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The Rudder

$$ - $$$
American, Bar, Pub
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128 River Rd, Hendersonville, TN 37075-3418
11:00 - 00:00
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Sun 11:00 - 22:00
Mon - Tue 15:00 - 22:00
Wed - Thu 11:00 - 23:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 00:00
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Atlanta, Georgia, USA
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94 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

I go here every time I visit my sister! It has tables surrounding the lake and there are boats and pretty houses for the view. They also have fish and turtles that you can feed (they give you cherrios if you want to feed them). The food is good too! We shared the fried pickles and I had a Cobb... More 

Thank kathy r
Level Contributor
3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This place is an oasis! The setting is vibrant and colorful and the staff is friendly and interactive. Hank was our server and he treated us like a family that had visited his home. Everyone was happy with their food and that is a feat in and of itself! The bags of Cheerios that they give at the hostess stand... More 

Thank Zena K
Columbus, Ohio
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I called before we left and was told by the hostess that our wait would not be longer than 20 minutes. We got there before 7pm and did not get seated until 8pm. We had a large group but said we could be separated if needed. We ordered our food as soon as we sat down and our food did... More 

Thank Erin C
Hendersonville, Tennessee
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Good atmosphere, average choices of food, live music some days. Used to have REALLY good menu. Over the last couple of years, have deleted some items, so there is not a lot of variety. Crab cakes, and pretzel with beer cheese dip were two favorites that have been deleted. But the outside deck in good weather is awesome! On the... More 

Thank mcarmon
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61 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 April 2017

My family and I came here on a whim for Easter after looking up restaurants in our area that were doing Easter Brunch. We are so glad we came here. It was such a lovely experience. The food was great, a really great brunch spread! There was so much to choose from, they had eggs, bacon, potatotes, breakfast etc. they... More 

Thank indyfan99
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49 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 February 2017 via mobile

We have eaten inside year round at the Rudder and sometimes the service is not great. But during warm weather when the patio by the water is open, we have always had a fabulous time. We just enjoy the food, drinks and service more outside. We go around 4 o'clock so they are not so busy and we have a... More 

Thank Camilla P
Tampa, Florida
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20 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 November 2016 via mobile

We were in Nashville visiting family and sent to The Rudder to watch some of our Florida football teams. It's on a marina surrounded by water and was really pretty. Food was good and lots of tv's. It's broken up into 3 separate areas and each area is big enough but not too big. We loved it and would go... More 

Thank Jennifer H
Nashville, Tennessee
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35 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 November 2016

We have eaten here a few times and the food is not horrible but not great either. We went for dinner and live music. The first time we met my sister and her children about 7:30 - 8, thats when we learned this was not so kid friendly after all. It's more of a bar in the evenings on Friday... More 

Thank Magie L
Hendersonville, Tennessee
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35 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 October 2016 via mobile

I found out the only thing this place has going for it is that it sits on the lake in the kids can feed the fish that's one star and the second star they have pretty good music. But that is where this review ends the staff was unhelpful and the food is not that good..

Thank kid506
Clarksville, Tennessee
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33 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 October 2016 via mobile

A friend turned me on to The Rudder as a place to watch football outside on the water. True to form, we parked at the outside bar today to enjoy the sun and the games. There are two small tv's at the outside bar but far more inside. The huge patio and stage set up suggest this would be a... More 

Thank jphgreenwood

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
American, Bar, Pub
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Kids, Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Groups
Open Hours
11:00 - 22:00
15:00 - 22:00
15:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 128 River Rd, Hendersonville, TN 37075-3418
  • Location: United States  >  Tennessee (TN)  >  Sumner County  >  Hendersonville

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?