The Green Pheasant

Photo courtesy of Instagram/@greenpheasantnash

A highly-anticipated restaurant opening was satisfied yesterday when upscale Japanese restaurant The Green Pheasant opened in South Broadway.

At The Green Pheasant, chefs Jess Benefield and Trey Burnette plan to elevate the neighborhood izakaya-style pub food they're known for at popular East Nashville establishment Two Ten Jack. The restaurant, named after Japan's national bird, is located across the street from Ascend Amphitheater at 215 1st Avenue South.

What to know

The 184-seat restaurant from Seed Hospitality Group will focus on refined dishes and techniques, while combining local and Southern flavors with traditional Asian ingredients sourced from Japan like seaweeds, artisanal soys and decades old miso.

What's on the menu?

The restaurant sources ingredients from The Nashville Food & Growing Together Projects, No. 9 Farms, Marmilu Farms and others.

Menu highlights include: Okonomiyaki, a Japanese pancake made with potato, smoked ham, bacon and scallops; A5 Miyazaki, grilled rib-eye cap from Japan that is available by the ounce; and Whole TN Trout, wok-fried in ginger oil, sansho and served with steamed buns and tobanjan slaw.

The Green Pheasant also serves a selection of noodles, including Mazemen, with spicy crab, garlic butter and chile threads; and Curry Udon, with Japanese curry and whipped baked potato.

What they said

"Our goal is to honor Japanese culinary traditions while also celebrating regional foodways and ingredients," says Benefield. "The Green Pheasant's menu reflects our interpretation of seasonal Japanese cuisine, utilizing fish and ingredients sourced directly from Japan as well as continuing to source meats and produce from our local farmers."

Reservations can be made at or 615-205-5400.

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Already looking + smelling + tasting pretty delicious over here!! So close now! #comingsoon #Fall2018

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Dylan Skye Aycock is a Nashville-based journalist and photographer. As a reporter for Rover, Aycock follows transportation, housing and retail trends, as well as other hyperlocal and city-wide issues that affect residents in Green Hills and Belle Meade.

She previously contributed written and visual content to The Murfreesboro Pulse, American Songwriter Magazine and The Tennessean. Aycock earned a journalism degree from Middle Tennessee State University, where she honed her craft as editor-in-chief of Sidelines, the university's student-run publication. When she's not out on assignment or live-tweeting city council meetings, you can find her discovering new local spots or catching a show at one of Nashville's many music venues.


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