Tiny, 24-seat Bastion and its adjoining bars in Houston Station mark one of the Wedgewood-Houston neighborhood’s best reclamation projects — it’s the site of an old machine shop — as well as the return of Chef Josh Habiger to a kitchen of his own. Habiger was the original co-head chef at The Catbird Seat and later started Pinewood Social for the Strategic Hospitality group, which also owns Bastian. Just months after its February 2016 opening, Bastian already had local critics calling it one of the city’s best restaurants. Habiger has assembled a crackerjack crew to prepare and serve an ever-changing, five-course a la carte small plates menu for parties of one to four, with a large-format, prix-fixe option for parties of four to six. The bar is one of the most relaxing hangs in town, with lots of imaginative cocktails — try the punch of the day — and some stellar nachos as the lone food item. Reservations for dinner are much recommended, although walk-ins are accepted on a limited basis each evening.
Full bar. Serving dinner 5:30pm-9:30pm Wednesday-Saturday. Little bar 5:30pm-11pm Wednesday-Saturday. Closed Sunday-Tuesday. Big bar hours 5pm-2am Tuesday-Sunday. Closed Monday.
“At every turn, there are surprises blended with familiar flavors, comfortable dishes enhanced by technique, but not overpowered by it. It’s quite the kabuki played out in the kitchen in front of you as [chef Josh] Habiger and crew perform in an open setting.’
— Steve Cavendish, Nashville Scene, Oct. 27, 2016