About Us & Chef Matt Bolus

About Us
The 404 Kitchen

Located in the heart of the Gulch neighborhood of Nashville, The 404 Kitchen offers a modern take on classic European cuisine, with an emphasis on local, seasonal fare. Our menus by celebrated chef Matt Bolus feature the freshest, responsibly-sourced ingredients prepared using both classic and innovative techniques. Guests can begin their meal with one of our delicious starters, including the nationally recognized mushroom toast or scallop toast. From there, our pasta program features fresh, house made pasta selections prepared with innovative flavor profiles that will leave you craving more. For the main course, chef Bolus features perfectly-prepared meat and fish selections that showcase the area’s best ingredients served with European-inspired flavor profiles. The beverage program offers both classic cocktail preparations and original craft cocktails, a curated selection of wines offered by the glass and the bottle, and one of Nashville’s most extensive whiskey collections, many hand selected by chef Bolus. The 404 Whiskey Society was launched in 2018 to bring local whiskey lovers together to celebrate and explore everything whiskey-related.

The 404 Kitchen accommodates guests for dinner Monday – Saturday. The restaurant features multiple dining spaces, socially distanced indoor spaces, outdoor patios, as well as, various private dining options. Gertie’s Whiskey Bar, located on the first floor of the restaurant, hosts weekly drink specials on Whiskey Wednesdays. The restaurant’s bar program, which offers unique cocktails, rare and unusual wines, and one of the largest whiskey selections in the south, earned The 404 Kitchen a spot on Travel + Leisure‘s list of the best whiskey bars in America and a nod at the best whiskey bar in Tennessee from Thrillist.

Gertie’s Whiskey Bar and The 404 Kitchen offers one of the south’s most impressive collections of coveted whiskey. Our exclusive collection is hand-curated by chef Matt Bolus, who collaborates directly with distillers for some of our limited series bottles.

Executive Chef & Partner
Matt Bolus

After graduating from the University of Tennessee with a bachelor of science in business administration, Chef Matt Bolus chose instead to pursue his love of cooking. Bolus attended Le Cordon Bleu in London where he received the Grand Diplôme in 2003.

Before moving to Nashville, Chef Bolus worked as a butcher and fishmonger at the James Beard award-winning FIG in Charleston, SC, and at sous chef stations at The Ocean Room at The Sanctuary Hotel in Kiawah Island, SC, and Little Star in Knoxville, TN. He has extensive experience working in kitchens overseas, including stints at Blagden’s Fish Monger and Allen’s Butcher Shop, both in London.

As executive chef of The 404 Kitchen in Nashville, TN, Bolus relishes his role. From the pressures of the kitchen to budgeting, forecasting and pricing, every aspect of the job leaves him fulfilled and excited. Bolus takes a hands on approach to his cuisine, insisting upon seeing, smelling and tasting every ingredient that comes through the door. This enthusiasm has led to great success in his culinary career, from FIG in Charleston, to the kitchens of Flyte and Watermark in Nashville, and now to The 404 Kitchen.

In addition to the 2014 James Beard nomination for Best New Restaurant, The 404 Kitchen has been named Best Restaurant in Nashville by Eater Nashville, the writer’s choice Best Restaurant in Nashville Scene, one of the 25 Best Restaurants in Thrillist and The Tennessean, and one of the Best Whiskey Bars in America by Travel + Leisure.

When he is away from the restaurant, Bolus treasures time spent with his wife Kelly, his beautiful daughter Delaney Gray, handsome son George Merritt and their two dogs and a cat. He loves cooking, reading, gardening and, most of all, spending time with family and friends.