Our southern roots
In 1971, Charley Watkins opened the original O'Charley's restaurant across from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. With a menu made up of a handful of his wife's popular recipes and the belief that "Everyone who walks through this door is a friend of mine", Charley had the ingredients to create something special.
That's because in addition to great food, Charley wanted to provide atmosphere. A place that welcomed guests with a warm familiarity every time they walked in. A place where rolls were unsliceably soft - and served for free as a gesture of hospitality. This was the foundation upon which our restaurants were built.
O'Charley's currently has over 200 locations in 17 states, serving generous portions of classic American food with a southern accent. And connecting family and friends over a great meal, in a comfortable, inviting setting.
We believe in Southern Hospitality
While traditional elements of Southern Hospitality include generous food portions, Southern food staples like fresh-baked pies, a welcoming environment, plus friendly and engaging customer service, we realize that Southern Hospitality is also about connecting with one another. It's about the people you're with and the memories you make.
We believe in Fresh Ingredients
Meals that keep guests coming back rarely start with a can, or inside a microwave or freezer. Taste the difference fresh makes. With fresh, hand double-breaded tenders, fresh salmon and fresh never-frozen steaks, our quality is something you can't ignore.
We believe in supporting our Community
Giving back to the community is important to us. That's why we support local Tennessee food banks that are part of Second Harvest, as well as others partnered with its parent organization, Feeding America
We believe in supporting our Troops
To thank those that have served our country, our individual restaurants have honored local veterans and active-duty service members through our Hometown Heroes Program. Since April 2013, we've recognized the service of over 140 heroes. O'charley's also supports Operation Gratitude, a non-profit organization that sends care packages to individually named U.S. service members in hostile regions overseas.