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The Hook Opens on 8th Ave. South


The Hook is fast casual dining in a fun, relaxed space.  The fresh menu of regionally-inspired chicken and seafood is rounded out with classic sandwiches, salads & shareable sides. As the musical hook catches the ear of the listener, the food at The Hook will catch the appetite of our diners with creative food, an open dining area with comfortable seating, a bar stocked with local craft beers, batched cocktails, and frozen drinks, and a partially enclosed patio that overlooks 8th Avenue’s booming Melrose district in Nashville, Tennessee.

The building design incorporates Music City’s rich music scene, created by locally commissioned artists. The Hook is fast, affordable food with friendly, attentive service in a fun spot for lunch and dinner seven days a week, and the feel good vibes  eat, drink and repeat!

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Menu subject to change based on availability of seasonal and fresh ingredients. For allergen information, please ask your server. Eating raw or undercooked meat, seafood, fish, eggs, or poultry increases your risk of foodborne illness, especially if you have certain medical conditions.


The Hook Nashville is owned and operated by Colin and Brenda Reed, brothers Ed and Sam Reed and Executive Chef and Culinary Director Dale Levitski. This will be the second 8th Avenue/Melrose establishment by this ownership team, and is located just blocks away from the first, Sinema Restaurant & Bar, which is named one of Nashville’s best restaurants by multiple media outlets and recognized for its exceptional food, atmosphere, and service.

Patrons of The Hook can expect the same guest-driven experience, both front and back of house.  The team has embraced both the preservation and development of one of Nashville’s most dynamic and storied neighborhoods in Nashville and is looking forward to creating a favorite hangout for locals and visitors alike.


Chef V - The Hook Nashville

Vasisht Ramasubramanian (Chef V)

Chef V comes to The Hook from Chauhan Ale & Masala House, where he served as chef de cuisine.  He was part of the original team, planning and executing the menu, kitchen, and internal procedures. Prior to moving to Nashville, Chef V spent four years in working at ABC Kitchen and ABC Cocina by Jean Georges Vongerichten, ultimately acting as sous chef.  He is a high honors graduate of The Culinary Institute of America.


Chef Dale Levitski - The Hook - Sinema

Dale Levitski
Executive Chef & Culinary Director

Though Dale Levitski became a household name through Bravo’s Top Chef, where he was a runner up on the third season, his culinary accolades reach beyond his time on television.  Over the course of 15 years, Levitski has received numerous honors for his cooking, including being tied to three different best new restaurant awards by Chicago Magazine.  He has received four Jean Banchet Award nominations, including rising star chef, celebrity chef, and twice for best neighborhood restaurant.  He has cooked three times at the James Beard House by invitation, most recently representing Sinema Nashville with a “Nashville Buzz”-themed dinner.

Levitski came to Nashville as Executive Chef for Sinema, and has achieved many accolades since the restaurant opened its doors in 2014. Along with the Reed Family, Chef Levitski brings his culinary expertise and flair to The Hook to provide a true regionally-inspired neighborhood hangout.

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