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Sinema, Nashville, TN

Sinema

4.4
4.4
3672 Reviews
$30 and under
American
The culinary team, led by Executive Chef Shelby Briggs, looks to take familiar dishes and make you fall in love with them all over again through his innovative and inspired approach to cooking. Chef Shelby's team takes a fresh look at what classic Americana should be, and the result is a diverse and timeless menu.

Sinema's cocktail program celebrates over 150 years of craft libations and includes a rare whiskey program with over 200 selections, thoughtfully selected wines and craft beers.

Our space features two levels of dining space, including a bar and private dining areas. The grand lobby, including the curved staircase, have been restored and complemented by exposed brick walls, cozy velvet tufted booths, and legendary music photography by Robert Knight and Mary Ann Bilham.

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2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 31 times today
Experiences are available.
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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    American, Contemporary American, Dessert
  • Hours of Operation
    Brunch Sat, Sun 10:00 am–2:00 pm Dinner Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri 5:00 pm–11:00 pm Sat 6:00 pm–11:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (615) 942-7746
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Smart Casual
  • Owned/operated by
    Black, Women
  • Executive Chef
    Shelby Briggs
  • Private party facilities
    Sinema is a sleek restaurant + bar offering an entire dining experience that hinges on impeccable service. Built on heritage, community and culture, the team provides an atmosphere of relaxed luxury. Sinema offers private dining space for business dinners, receptions, fundraisers, up to 300 guests.
  • Private party contact
    Carly Houison: (615) 942-7821
  • Neighbourhood
    Waverly / Melrose / Breeze Hill
  • Cross Street
    Kirkwood Avenue
  • Parking Details
    Self parking is available.
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Best-Of-The-Best 5-Course Tasting Menu

    Multiple dates available
    Come experience the Best Of Sinema, any night with our sumptuous 5-Course Tasting Menu. Our rotating offerings feature some of the exciting culinary creations from our Executive Chef Shelby Briggs. Wine pairings also available! Change your mind before your reservation? No problem! Just let us know when you arrive that you prefer our a la carte menu.

Offers

  • Make It Special Package

    Multiple dates available
    Tue - Thu - 5:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.,Fri - 5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.,Sat - 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
    Looking to add a little ambiance to your night with us? Add on this special package for $25 (amount will be added to final bill). We will supply a small seasonal flower bouquet, hand written note, extra candles, & sparkling wine toast for your arrival. Please supply your brief note in your reservation details.

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What 3,672 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Nashville

    Most Booked 1000-Point Tables

  • Nashville

    Most Booked 1000-Point Tables

3,672 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Nashville

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    This was a weeknight dinner.The food just was not very impressive to any of us. The french fries were not crispy. The pierogies appetizers only came with 3. The lamb shank was fine, the burger was fine. The best thing that we had was the bread appetizer with lemon ricotta spread. It was delicious. The look and vibe of the place is great. It just feels like more effort needs to be put into the food.

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  2. VanesR

    Los Angeles

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had a great brunch. Everything was so good but especially the fried chicken and cinnamon pancakes they were so yummy. Our server was enthusiastic as she took us on our culinary journey spacing out all the good food and bringing us extra when needed. The Bloody Mary was super but only needed one. We opted out of the bottomless they were very filling. Such a cool venue the old cinema with vintage pictures to see how it used to be. Will recommend for a very filling tasty brunch!!

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  3. MauraS

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great place. Great food. Try the whole menu if you can.

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  4. RDVD

    Nashville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had a great time - food and service were outstanding!

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  5. NiciaB

    Nashville

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The vibe is everything! The food is top notch. We had a wonderful food and wine pairing experience. The hostess was very accommodating. Our waitress Zoe was on point and very personable. Had a great opportunity to meet the assistant manager and was very happy w the food and presentation. Hats off to the chef and team. Love love the Hollywood restroom. !!! Nice touch ! !

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  6. MaggieM

    Las Vegas

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The dinner at Sinema was our favorite of the entire trip. I visited this restaurant while on a work trip and not only was the food incredible, but the service was impeccable. Our server Michael was extremely knowledgeable and helped guide us to choosing the perfect entrees and drinks. Great ambiance, friendly service and a very nice spot to visit.

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  7. Adrienne

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A must see brunch spot. The food and service are great but it’s the ambiance and experience that keep me recommending it to people. If you are a vegetarian they will accommodate you but only if you ask so don’t be afraid to speak up and ask for sides without meat (don’t just tell them you have a dietary restriction and expect them to bring vegetarian versions)

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  8. JillC

    Nashville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food and service were both excellent!! We will definitely go back!

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  9. MelissaW

    Memphis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and good service! Our waitress was busy but attentive, the ambiance was great, and the food was the best part. Get the Cajun Baked Oysters!!!

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  10. MattL

    Nashville

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    It's quite simple, honestly. The environment, ambience, drinks and food were excellent! The timing of the first course of food was extremely delayed... 40 minutes before receiving our first course. Getting the second round of drinks was also very slow. And, the place was not very busy at all. Overall, the quality of food and drinks coupled with the elegance and beauty of the interiors will definitely bring us back.

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  11. Anita

    Nashville

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    This is a wonderful place to go for a little date night.

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  12. IsaacM

    Key West

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, service, and atmosphere! Made for a perfect date night

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    Alabama

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Valentine's Day menu was truly underwhelming. Half a small lobster filled with stuffing was awful. It's what I would expect out of a bag in the Costco freezer section. Appetizer was great and dessert was fine. The experience failed miserably at $95 a person plus automatic 20% tip. Manager accommodated with a cocktail and was quite pleasant. I love margin as much as the next business, but this was ridiculous. So many superior restaurants for the dollar.

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  14. JordanC

    Austin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing all around! Great food and service was excellent!!

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  15. SkyM

    Dallas

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    I always have a good time at Sinema! I typically come here for special occasions or when I have guests in town. Yesterday, we were celebrating a birthday so this was the perfect mix of a quality atmosphere, good service, and good food. Ryan was a great server and was very attentive! The only piece of criticism I have is that they bring out small portions of each dish even when it's a large group, but I guess it's probably to limit waste. Not really a problem because you can always ask for more. 10/10 recommend Sinema for brunch!

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  16. LetsEat

    Alabama

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great place for a special night out. Ambience, food, and service were great!

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  17. user081800

    Nashville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was so delicious! My 2nd time going & l’ll def be back

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  18. KelliB

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I did the tasting menu with the wine pairing and everything was delicious. The chef even accommodated one of the courses due to an allergy. Can’t recommend it enough.

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  19. VickiC

    Nashville

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Delightful meal. Music level was louder than desired.

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  20. RodrickW

    Memphis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, atmosphere, and service. Ryan was an excellent server!

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    Nashville

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    The Brunch is awesome. And I highly recommend that you add the bottomless mimosas. It's a winning combination.

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Server was inattentive and made several mistakes with our orders and didn’t try to rectify the mistakes. The management team did get involved and was very attentive to our needs. The food was very good though. I will try it again knowing it was only a server error.

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  23. LikesSomethingNew

    Nashville

    18 reviews

    3.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    We were seated in awkward table between the entrance and exit. Our starter and salads never arrived. Entrees were delicious and price was fair. Wouldn’t come back. One and done.

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  24. AngelaH

    Nashville

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 2, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    New Chef with some serious talent for layering flavors. We enjoyed every bite of the tasting menu and had a fun evening experiencing new foods. Chef Shelby is definitely up to something yummy for Sinema lovers!

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  25. DenyseH

    Nashville

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food, as always. Fantastic service, as well. We will definitely be back again.

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  26. MattM

    Philadelphia

    9 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 31, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    "This new menu is just two weeks old". This can slice both ways. I asked for a recommendation for the best first bite and the angolottti did not disappoint. Maybe a hair thinner on the pasta but al dente preparation and great flavor. Drinks are done right as well. A dessert of Nutella lava cake elevated the pedestrian to a play on textures that absolutely hit the mark. Amazing. The mains we ordered were not so great. A short rib tortellini with about a half pound of short rib scattered around short rib tortellini left the palate overwhelmed and heavy. What about ricotta cheese tortellini then short rib accompanying. By the end it was cloying. No acid, lack of seasoning, very very heavy. My dinner partner had the chicken Parm. I didn't realize it could be that tough. Soggy crust, tough chicken..this one also missed the mark. We would go back but would look to other mains

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  27. JillS

    Las Vegas

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We did the bottomless brunch, with the add-on of bottomless, mimosas and bloody Mary’s. We requested to sit at the bar, and Tommy the bartender was fantastic. The food was amazing and came out relatively quickly. The place is really cute with old Timey movies playing on the wall. Definitely going back to try dinner!

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Food wasn’t great…could have better ambiance. Our server was friendly.

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  29. KUNEK

    Nashville

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 5
    I've visited the restaurant before and had a very good experience, so to celebrate my birthday, I reserved a table upstairs for a party of 8. We arrived at the restaurant on time and was seated immediately, upstairs at my request. Because it was the Sunday Bottomless Brunch, the menu is already established in advance by the restaurant. After waiting some time for the meal courses to be served, after the first dish was served - the quality of service and quantity of food went downhill for there. The waiter made a couple of unfriendly remarks, and did he serve the food dishes in a timely manner, nor was the quantity enough for the table. As a table of 8 the dishes served only feed 3 people, when we requested additional food dished---it seemed as if we were asking for something, we weren't required to have, then it another 20 minutes and again, we were served one dish that would normally feed 4 for a table of 8. Being that it was lunch time most of us were hungry, everyone started to complain. At the Sunday Bottomless Brunch each guest is expected to feast on the family-style bottomless servings, the cost $39.00 per person, with the expectancy of a 20% gratuity, so we were expecting that in which is advertised, the Sunday Bottomless Brunch. It became unbearable, embarrassing & it felt unsettling, the waiter admitted he forgot about us, there was no food served, no refills on drinks served seating, no dishes removed from the table, no additional drink items never arrived & no serving silverware it just became too much! After complaining in detail to the manager - they immediately tried to rectify the situation and ended up comping our table. It was very disappointing, we all felt let down and we were hoping for a different experience and outcome. The restaurant covering the expenses of each guest was a kind gesture at the end, but we felt robbed of the experience & the service for the full experience as advertised for The Sunday Bottomless Brunch.

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  30. TaylorB

    Memphis

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Stopped in to have dinner with a friend, promptly greeted by server and reviewed mocktail menu. Although I understand that the mocktails also come from the bar, the wait time was a little long regardless. I was not a fan of my original mocktail, the replacement was speedy. Unfortunately after that everything else was mediocre and disappointing. Ordered the pierogies which were tasty and Cajun baked oysters for appetizer, which were cold and lacked flavor. I was only able to tolerate 2 out of the 5/6 on my plate. We ordered the Hoisin Short Rib and Short rib tortellini and planned to share them both. When our food was finally delivered the order was incorrect, only the Short rib was delivered along with something that we did not order. The server merely chalked it up to a “misunderstanding”, when it was made clear what we wanted. The server walked away with everything and returned with just the Hoisin entree informing us that the restaurant was now sold out of the short rib tortellini that he forgot. The entree that we did receive was OK. The last and final nail in the coffin came when my friend and I paid. We requested one check and both put down our cards. The server who had been quite quiet and low speaking returned with our cards to loudly announce that my friend and I had both gotten our cards this year and that he wouldn’t get that specific credit card because of whatever reason, he went on&on. I have never been so unamused and honestly embarrassed of the situation. I did not ask for the manger as he never touched the table besides dropping our drinks off. He didn’t seem to want to be bothered either. Final note instead of the server ending the night with an apology for the “misunderstanding” and us leaving hungry he insulted us and overstepped his boundary. I truly do not think that if we looked like the patrons of the restaurant. Older and/or of another race that he would have felt comfortable with declaring loudly the status of our cards. He seemed shocked.

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  31. Popcorn

    Nashville

    14 reviews

    3.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    It was LOUD! We had to practically shout at each other to converse during dinner. Too much music with all hard surfaces to bounce off. Desserts were disappointingly small and bland. I wouldn’t reorder.

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    Nashville

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    An absolutely fantastic experience. The food was amazing—we ordered the ribeye and tortellini meals. Both to perfection! Enjoyed the brussels sprouts and fries as an appetizer—both were spot on, with the brussels sprouts exceptional. Our server was very knowledgeable, friendly, and prompt. Never had to wonder when she’d show back up. Finally, the vibe was exactly what was needed and appreciated for a restaurant away from downtown Nashville—relaxing and enjoyable. Overall, a wonderful experience.

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  33. Mspicky03

    Nashville

    51 reviews

    5.0

    51 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We had a great time catching up with our friends. The food was delicious, starting with the fall seasonal salad. We had the fish special and the short ribs as well as the oysters! Thanks so much to Seven our server for taking such good care of us.

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  34. CBIII

    Nashville

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service and good as always! We love brunch at Sinema!!

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  35. ThomasM

    Atlanta Metro

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Staff is very accommodating to reservation specific request regarding seating etc

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  36. CatRM

    Tahoe

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Basking in the flavorful food memory of a perfect Chef's choice tasting dinner! Every course was beautifully presented, perfect serving size and memorable flavor combinations.

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  37. DawsonT

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Professional, attentive, personal and generous staff. Anniversary package added a special touch to a fun, relaxed evening.

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  38. CiaraA

    Nashville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was my first time here and it was amazing. Booking my reservation online was easy and I was able to move it back 30 mins with no penalty or hardship. Would absolutely go again

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  39. AkinO

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Sinema has good ambinet. A great brunch place with excellent service.

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  40. TinaD

    Nashville

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Bottomless brunch. The food was great, the service and vibe were excellent. I am never disappointed when I come here!

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated

FAQs

Sinema offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (615) 942-7746.

Sinema is rated 4.4 stars by 3672 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 31 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for Sinema

2600 8th Avenue South, Suite 102, Nashville, TN 37204

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross Street
    Kirkwood Avenue
  • Neighbourhood
    Waverly / Melrose / Breeze Hill
  • Hours of Operation
    Brunch Sat, Sun 10:00 am–2:00 pm Dinner Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri 5:00 pm–11:00 pm Sat 6:00 pm–11:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    American, Contemporary American, Dessert
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress Code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking Details
    Self parking is available.
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Owned/operated by
    Black, Women
  • Executive Chef
    Shelby Briggs
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (615) 942-7746
  • Private party facilities
    Sinema is a sleek restaurant + bar offering an entire dining experience that hinges on impeccable service. Built on heritage, community and culture, the team provides an atmosphere of relaxed luxury. Sinema offers private dining space for business dinners, receptions, fundraisers, up to 300 guests.
  • Private party contact
    Carly Houison: (615) 942-7821
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