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Green Hills Grille

Namesake Restaurant Makes Local Meals Delicious Again

Looking for a restaurant that's a great local hangout and also showcases the fine fare of Green Hills to visitors?

Brothers Steven and Christopher Smithing, owner and head chef respectively of the Green Hills Grille, hope diners feel their restaurant is the best backdrop for first dates, anniversaries, family gatherings, business lunches, weekend brunches, late-night soirees—and anyone who wants to satisfy their souls through good meals and attentive service.

“I’ve always wanted to be a big part of the community, so I’m fortunate to be doing what I wanted to do,” says Steven, who routinely donates gift cards to local public and private schools and charities in addition to hosting fundraisers for a variety of causes, such as when homes are lost in fires.

The California Style Menu: Green Hills Grille

The Grille’s current menu reflects a casual California-revival style with classic, high-quality foods. They also offer specific menus for gluten-free choices, vegetarians, kids and brunch dishes.

“While we have mature offerings, we want the restaurant to always be approachable for families,” Steven says.

The restaurant reopened in 2015 at 2002 Richard Jones Road after the original, beloved Nashville go-to Grille spot of 20 years closed in 2008.

Steven says he appreciates being able to provide jobs for the Green Hills community. His children and local young adults work at the restaurant, with some of the employees going off to college and returning.

The Smithings’ revitalized menu includes updated twists, but longtime enthusiasts can still get their familiar favorites, such as tortilla soup, grilled salmon salad, chicken salad melt, Santa Fe chicken and smoked chicken enchiladas.

Some of the modern menu items include flatbreads, sushi, hand-cut steaks and the BLBIGH: the “Best Little Burger in Green Hills.”

Steven reveals that the newly launched vegetarian taco has been well-received, too.

Green Hills Grille: Offerings and Environment

A full bar adjoins the 175-seat restaurant and 40-seat patio, offering both the usual standbys and handcrafted cocktails. Bottled wine is 50 percent off every day, and the patio is dog-friendly, a great benefit to some of the Nashville restaurants.

Steven started in the restaurant business as a dishwasher at age 16. He worked at Green Hills Grille in the 1990s as a server and bartender and ultimately as general manager. He also owns Brentwood-based Mere Bulles, which he purchased in 2006.

Green Hills is Steven’s personal community, as well. He lives right in between the two locations, with each being 4 miles in either direction.

Steven’s brother, Christopher, also spent six years at the original Grille location and is the current executive chef and general manager at Mere Bulles, too. But he still likes making time to be head chef of the Grille.

Located in the Greenbriar Village Shopping Center, Green Hills Grille serves lunch and dinner seven days a week, with brunch on Saturdays and Sundays until 2:30 p.m. Each month, they enjoy offering a thematic or special, quirky food choice.

Steven adds that they have a thriving food to-go program while handling their own customer deliveries within 2.5 to 3 miles of the restaurant.

“But one of the best parts of having this restaurant is still getting to talk to the guests,” he says.

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