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Located on the ground floor of the Pinnacle at Symphony Place in the heart of downtown Nashville, The Southern takes its guests on a culinary journey where every entrée tells a story.

Featuring a state-of-the-art, shuck-to-order oyster bar, a real wood-fired grill, locally-grown produce, deliciously tender meats and directly-sourced, sustainable seafood, The Southern combines indigenous flavors with exotic ingredients to offer an authentically southern experience with a twist. The Southern’s cuisine brings a southern sensibility to time-honored dishes from around the world. With influences from the Gulf Coast to the Carribean; from Nova Scotia to North Carolina, the menu at The Southern is truly “south of somewhere.”

We invite you to gather with friends in our bustling New Orleans-style oyster circle, take a seat at the bar, tuck out of the way in a high-backed booth or host a party in the Demonbreun Room. We look forward to hosting you at The Southern.



Founder of the TomKats Group, a catering company which originated 25 years ago as a backstage music event caterer, Tom Morales has expanded the family-owned and operated company into a multi-faceted hospitality management and upscale food service enterprise. TomKats is nationally and internationally known for its premier movie catering services, corporate and social events catering and top-notch restaurant properties, including Saffire Restaurant in Franklin and Acme Feed & Seed in downtown Nashville. Supported in ownership by local private investors – a mix of music industry insiders and Healthcare executives – The Southern represents the culmination of Morales’ years of expertise and passion for hospitality and vision for a unique upscale experience in Downtown Nashville.


Executive Chef Matt Farley began his culinary journey in rural upstate New York at the age of 17. He moved to New York City in 1995, where he worked his way up in the kitchens of some of the Big Apple’s most lauded restaurants. After studying at the French Culinary Institute, Matt landed the executive chef position at The Noho Star in New York City, where he remained for seven years. Matt’s eclectic career then led him to run a USDA plant, where he oversaw product development for retailers such as Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s. Matt moved his family to Nashville in the fall of 2009, and after two and a half years of working at the Loveless Cafe and the Farmhouse at Fontanel, Farley brought his varied experience and true love of food to The Southern. To Farley, “the most important thing is having honest food that brings out the flavors of good, simple ingredients.”