Restaurants in Nashville

Nashville has an extensive range of restaurants from roadside diners and BBQ joints to high-end eateries and more unique choices. Individually owned, trendy and many with a pan-Pacific influence, the city’s burgeoning foodie scene serves up grub in a delightful range of settings.

The restaurants below have been hand-picked by our guide author and are grouped into three pricing categories:
Expensive (over $100)
Moderate ($50 to $100)
Cheap (up to $50)

These prices include three courses and a bottle of house wine. A sales tax of 9.25% is not included. Sometimes a gratuity (usually 18%) is added to the bill. If not, a tip of 10 to 15% for service is customary.

Flyte World Dining and Wine

Price: Expensive
Cuisine: American

A warehouse conversion, Flyte is the brainchild of owners Scott Atkinson and Scott Sears. Earthy colours and bold original artworks abound in this corner of the up-and-coming 12th Avenue South District. A seasonal menu features organic, fresh or humanely raised dishes created by chef Bobby Benjamin, former cook at Nashville's illustrious Capitol Grille. For a true dining adventure try the Chef's Sampler - a food and wine pairing of five courses.

Address: 718 Division Street, Nashville, Tennessee
Telephone: +1 615 255 6200.


Price: Expensive
Cuisine: American

A relatively new fine dining spot, unpretentious quality is the name of the game here. Housed in a former print shop, the place had high local expectations when it opened, and has not disappointed since. Sophisticated and unashamedly urban, the sleek dining rooms (and terrace) serve up new Southern dishes. Expect grits soufflé, sweet potato ravioli and artisanal cheeses.

Address: 507 12th Ave South, Nashville, Tennessee
Telephone: +1 615 254 2000.

1808 Grille

Price: Expensive
Cuisine: American

Located inside Nashville’s hipster haven, the Hutton Hotel, 1808 Grille blends traditional dishes with global flavours. The décor of woods and rich shades of green, blue and white. are as unique and vibrant as the menu. Accompany meals with a well-crafted cocktail from the bar or a vintage plonk from the celebrated wine display, featuring local and international favourites. Organic meats and sustainable seafood are high on the agenda.

Address: 1808 West End Ave, Nashville, Tennessee
Telephone: +1 615 340 0012.

Chef's Market Cafe & Take Away

Price: Moderate
Cuisine: Mediterranean

This Californian/Mediterranean style restaurant is a combination of popular business meeting spot, restaurant and gourmet grocery. Take your pick from foodie servings of seafood, pasta, chicken and exotic vegetable dishes, or 21 salad combinations. The signature Club Med Salad is an all-time favourite and California-style wraps are prepared to order. The pastry case and gourmet coffees are reason enough to stop at Chef's. Friday and Saturday nights feature weekly-themed all-you-can-eat buffets.

Address: 900 Conference Drive, Goodlettsville, Nashville, Tennessee
Telephone: +1 615 851 2433.

City House Restaurant

Price: Moderate
Cuisine: Italian

This good-looking spot, located in the quaint residential neighbourhood of Germantown, delivers a menu of house-cured meats, fresh pastas and other rustic Italian recipes alongside a roster of intriguing desserts. The gorgeous architectural design melds perfectly with the old-world charm of Germantown’s brick sidewalks and historic homes. In its decor, layout and cuisine, City House celebrates simple, beautiful ingredients.

Address: 1222 Fourth Avenue North, Nashville, Tennessee
Telephone: +1 615 736 5838.

Rolf and Daughters

Price: Moderate
Cuisine: Italian

Rolf and Daughters is where the country stars come to dine. The inventive menu by chef Philip Krajeck is the result of his Belgian roots, his Italian instructors and his American base, all mixed with sublime fresh ingredients. The rustic sauces and homemade dough are comfortingly good, but don’t miss the mushroom, kale and parmesan pasta – it’s food so good you won't notice the Grammy Award winner on the table next to you.

Address: 700 Taylor Street, Nashville, Tennessee
Telephone: +1 615 866 9897.

The Frothy Monkey Coffeehouse

Price: Cheap
Cuisine: American

The Frothy Monkey Coffeehouse is a sophisticated coffee shop serving a range of fresh and organic gourmet soups, salads, sandwiches and muffins. The outdoor patio is a great spot for people-watching in this hip neighbourhood of restored houses and health-conscious walkers and cyclists. Exposed brick, natural light, local artworks and a relaxed ambiance make sure the crowd is an interesting one.

Address: 2509 12th Avenue South, Nashville, Tennessee
Telephone: +1 615 292 1808.

Pancake Pantry

Price: Cheap
Cuisine: American

The Pantry is something of a Nashville institution. The place to eat your way through a hangover, break-up or bad day, their fluffy, sweet or savoury stacks are known to solve any issue. A long-standing family business, the owners make a couple of runs a year to the hills of East Tennessee to retrieve their specialty ground flours. Their syrups are freshly prepared each day from top secret recipes too. The only downside to this place is the line - expect to queue for anything up to two hours at weekends. It is worth the wait, though.

Address: 1796 21st Avenue South, Nashville, Tennessee
Telephone: +1 615 383 9333.

Jack's Bar-B-Que

Price: Cheap
Cuisine: American

Heralded by the neon flying pigs sign, Jack's is the favourite barbecue spot for those visiting Downtown. The casual, cosy dining room fills quickly for lunch, while the fragrance of slow-smoked barbecue cooked over hickory wood awakens the taste buds. The best deal is the BBQ Combo, giving a selection of pork shoulder, beef brisket, turkey breast, smoked sausage, ribs or smoked chicken with two vegetables and cornbread. The choice of six award-winning barbecue sauces adds to the flavour of Nashville's best grill.

Address: 416 Broadway, Nashville, Tennessee
Telephone: +1 615 254 5715.
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