For a taste of the South, O’Charley’s Restaurant is the place to visit. With their delicious food and Southern hospitality, it feels more like a home than a restaurant.
Here’s the dilemma, though: Can you eat a low-carb meal in a restaurant filled with dishes that are rich in carbs? That’s a big problem, right?
But here’s the surprise: the restaurant also offers few selections that are not just low carb but high fat as well—perfect for the ketogenic diet!
What are these great low-carb meals that we’re talking about? Let’s dive right into that in this article!
What to Love About O’Charley’s
For several people, O’Charley’s is not just a place to grab a bite—it’s a place to bond with family, hang out with friends, and celebrate milestones over a plate of delectable dishes and great food.
O’Charleys is known for delivering more than just delicious food— but also for their Southern Hospitality. In addition to their O’mazing food, they also make sure to serve you, your family, and friends with warmth and kindness. Their goal is to ensure that your dining experience with them will be something you will enjoy and remember.
And if you want to eat low carb at O’Charley’s, we have the tips you need below.
Low Carb Options at O’Charley’s
Originated in Nashville, O’Charley’s menu is packed with delicious Southern flavors. As expected, the main features of the restaurant are high-carb dishes such as fried chicken, cornbread, mashed potatoes, and many more.
But don’t be disheartened! We’ve found lots of low-carb O’Charleys dishes. Here are some of them:
The entire serving of these starters has enough carbs to kick you out of ketosis. The key here to stay low carb is to avoid finishing the meal on your own– no matter how delicious these are. Instead, you should eat and share it with your family and friends.
Nashville Hot Deviled Eggs
Eggs are one of the most versatile food items in the world. Thanks to their low carb content, eggs are one of the breakfast food that you can eat low carb. (*)
O’Charley’s Restaurant took your regular egg dishes to the next level by injecting them with delicious Southern flavors, making them more flavorful.
Their Nashville Hot Deviled Eggs look very much such as the usual deviled eggs. The only difference is they placed them on top of pickle slices and drizzled them with Nashville Hot Sauce for a spicy kick.
Nutrition Facts: 22g net carb
Spinach and Artichoke Dip
Spinach and artichokes are great options as both of these contain low amounts of carbohydrates and good amounts of fiber which you still need for this diet. This appetizer is a delicious creamy blend of parmesan cheese, spinach, and artichoke hearts.
Pro Tips: This is served with salsa and tortilla chips. Also, get this without the chips.
Nutrition Facts: 710 calories, 34g fat, 18g protein, 9g fiber, and 68g net carb
This low-carb appetizer features chips and spicy white cheese cream dip, so you’re in for a cheesy treat.
Pro Tips: Get this without the chips. Instead, eat this with grilled asparagus or steamed veggies.
Nutrition Facts: 520 calories, 38g fat, 16g protein, 1g fiber, and 30g net carbs
If you like to start your meal the healthy way, their salads are a must for you!
Classic Cobb Salad
Many people consider Cobb Salad to be an unhealthy food item. While it’s true that the Cobb Salad that you can get in restaurants, it would still depend on the type of toppings that the salad has.
The salad from O’Charley’s Restaurant is packed with grilled chicken, diced tomatoes, bacon trimmings, boiled eggs, cheese, and avocado cubes—all perfectly arranged on top of a bed of lettuce.
Pro Tips: To make it low carb, get this without the croutons. To limit your calorie intake, eat it with a friend.
Nutrition Facts: 1140 calories, 92g fat, 50g protein, 11g fiber, and 25g net carbs
California Chicken Salad
The Chicken Salad is already a well-balanced meal in itself as it has fiber (from lettuce), protein, and fats (from cheese and grilled chicken).
Pro Tips: Unfortunately, the salad contains too many fresh high carb fruits—strawberries, cranberries, and oranges—which you should avoid. If you’re on strict low carb, get this salad without the candied pecans. Eat this without the balsamic vinaigrette too.
Nutrition Facts: 1020 calories, 67g fat, 38g protein, 7g fiber, and 67g net carbohydrates
There are plenty of salad dressing options at O’Charley’s Restaurant, but here are the three low carb choices you can eat your salad with:
Nutrition Facts: 22g fat, 2g protein, 4g net carbohydrates
Nutrition Facts: 5g fat, 2g protein, and 4g net carbohydrates
Nutrition Facts: 32g fat, 2g protein, and 2g net carbohydrates
Hand-Helds (Burgers and Sandwiches):
Of course, you need to get their burgers and sandwiches breadless and bunless to stay low carb.
All their handhelds are served with a side of fries. To lower the carb content of the meal, eat this without the fries. If you wish to lose weight, you can also substitute the beef patty with grilled chicken breast.
Bacon Cheddar Burger
This burger combines the two great low-carb foods—bacon and cheese! To make the burger more filling, it’s also made with onions, pickles, tomatoes, and lettuce.
Nutrition Facts: 1000 calories, 68g fats, 46g protein, 3g fiber, and 46g net carbohydrates
If you want to lower the calorie content of your burger, your best bet would be their classic cheeseburger which is made up of their famous beef patty, cheddar slice, onions, pickles, and tomatoes.
Nutrition Facts: 930 calories, 61g fat, 2g fiber, and 45g net carbohydrates
The Club Sandwich
For a less greasy handheld, you should try their Club Sandwich, consisting of ham, bacon, Turkey, Monterey Jack cheese, Cheddar cheese, mayo, lettuce, and tomato.
Nutrition Facts: 950 calories, 85g fat, 46g protein, 6g fiber, and 85g net carbohydrates
O’Charley’s Restaurant French Dip
Another meaty handheld is their French Dip Sandwich which features shaved roast beef, melted Monterey Jack cheese, and Cajun butter. It also comes with au jus for dipping.
Nutrition Facts: 1020 calories, 44g fat, 66g protein, 3g fiber, and 76g net carbohydrates
O’Charley’s is known for its perfectly seasoned steaks, which we all know to be low carb. But while the steaks are keto-compatible, the sides that come with it may not be. That’s why it’s essential to make sure that you choose two low-carb sides when you get your steaks.
The nutrition facts we’ve shared below are for the meat dish alone—side dishes not included.
Bone-in Ribeye – Prime Rib
When it comes to steak, nothing beats the quality of O’Charley’s Restaurant prime rib, which is 14 oz thick and is perfectly tender, well-flavored, and beautifully marbled. As that’s not enough, they even top the prime rib with garlic butter for a richer taste.
Nutrition Facts: 1080 calories, 90g fat, 61g protein, 0g net carbohydrates
For this one, they used a 12-oz Sirloin which they flavored with Cajun seasoning, grilled to perfection, and then topped with Cajun Butter. It’s certainly a feast for your taste buds!
Nutrition Facts: 600 calories, 43g fat, 50g protein, and 0g net carbohydrates
Filet Mignon with Garlic Butter
If you want the crème a la crème of the steaks, the Filet Mignon is the great way to go. Since only 8% of the beef can be considered filet mignon, you can consider this to be steak royalty. (*)
At O’Charley’s, they consider this to be their most tender and juicy steak. But, that’s not all. They even top their 7-oz center-cut filet mignon with garlic butter for the meaty and savory taste you’ll never forget.
Nutrition Facts: 580 calories, 47g fat, 38g protein, and 1g net carbohydrates
For something less fatty and more on the leaner side, the Top Sirloin the cut for you. The great news is they use USDA Choice cut for this, so it remains juicy and flavorful despite being lean.
Nutrition Facts: 530 calories, 36g fat, 50g protein, and 1g net carbohydrates (12 oz)
270 calories, 18g fat, 25g protein, and 0g net carbohydrates (6 oz)
O’Charley’s also offers a wide range of toppers and sides that will satisfy and suit everybody’s tastes and preferences. Here are some of the good low carb ones:
– Garlic Butter
– Cajun Butter
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Contrary to popular belief, meat is not the only thing you can eat low carb. There is also plenty of low-carb seafood and fish that you can take advantage of. (*) In fact, you can find a few of these dishes at O’Charley’s.
Please take note the nutrition facts we’ve shared below are for the seafood or fish dish alone—side dishes not included.
Cedar Planked Salmon
One of the good seafood dishes at O’Charley’s is their hand-cut 9 oz cedar-planked salmon fillet which is perfectly seasoned with pepper and lemon.
Pro Tips: This dish comes with two sides, so make sure to choose only the low-carb ones.
Nutrition Facts: 470 calories, 28g fat, 50g protein, and 2g net carb
Grilled Atlantic Salmon
Salmon is another low-carb fish that you should try because it offers plenty of health benefits. (*) This protein is relatively easy to prepare as it’s already flavorful in itself.
O’Charley’s prepare it in the tastiest way possible—herb-crusted! But you can also choose other cooking methods—chipotle, blackened, and bourbon-glazed.
Pro Tips: Avoid bourbon-glazed as it’s packed with sugars. Make sure to choose a low-carb side.
Nutrition Facts: 500 calories, 31g fat, 51g protein, 1g fiber, and 2g net carb (blackened)
620 calories, 31g fat, 54g protein, 5g fiber, and 27g net carb (chipotle)
Santa Fe Tilapia
Tilapia Fish is not common, but it’s becoming popular because of its mild and sweet taste and tender and firm yet flaky texture. They prepare it grilled and topped with homemade pico de gallo. This is arranged on top of pilaf rice and with a side of broccoli.
Pro Tips: Get this without the rice.
Nutrition Facts: (with rice) 430 calories, 14g fat, 46g protein, 2g fiber, and 34g net carb
Most of their meat and seafood food items come with two side dishes. So if you want to stay low carb, you should choose your side dishes wisely. Here are some of the options that you have:
Nutrition Facts: 200 calories, 15g fat, 2g protein, 1g fiber, and 11g net carb
Nutrition Facts: 110 calories, 8g fat, 3g protein, 3g fiber, and 3g net carb
The Worst O’Charley’s Dishes for Keto
When you head to O’Charley’s Restaurant, you should understand that not all of the meal in their menu is suitable for your needs. To give you a heads up, here are some of the good food items that you should never eat at O’Charley’s if you wish to stay low carb:
– O’Charley’s Restaurant Famous Chicken Tenders
– Baby Back Ribs
– All plates of pasta
– Chicken Parmesan Cheese
– Onion Tanglers
– Fried Chicken
– Peach Chutney Chicken
– Buttermilk Fried Shrimp Dinner
– Hand-breaded Catfish Dinner
– Hand-battered Fish and Chips
– Garlic Shrimp Pasta
– Seafood Combo Platter
– Seasoned Rice Pilaf
– Fries and Baked Potatoes
– Loaded Potato Soup
– Spirits, Beers, and Wines
– All Desserts
O’Charley’s Restaurant is one of the many dinners where you can eat when on the ketogenic diet. This shows that you don’t have to miss out on several things just because you’re on a diet.
But still, if you have a choice, one of the greatest low-carb tips is to minimize eating at restaurants. As much as possible, try to make fresh food and eat at home. In this way, you will know what goes into your food, making it easy for you to monitor your macros.