The Best Places to Eat in Nashville

Nashville is famous for three things: great music, warm hospitality, and inventive cuisine. When one thinks of Tennessee meals, food like barbecue and fried chicken come to mind. Yet, Nashville is more than just meat and top chefs are reinventing this Southern cuisine. But where are the smartest, savviest diners eating out? Welcome to the Tastemaker Lists. We’ve pulled data from thousands of restaurants to find the top spots among OpenTable's most expert, seasoned diners. Iconic Nashville dishes like “meat and three,” fried catfish, cornbread, mac 'n' cheese, and country ham all get a chance in the limelight, but so do some more exotic plates. Book a table and get eating at some of these Nashville icons.

The OpenTable Team
Restaurants:Opry Backstage Grill at The Inn at Opryland, Park Cafe, Giovanni's Ristorante - Mid Town
Price Range:$$ - $$
Cuisines:Southern, Contemporary American, Italian
Neighborhoods:Nashville, West End
Party Size
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Date
Time
7:00 PM

Opry Backstage Grill at The Inn at Opryland

$$$$·Southern·
Nashville
462 reviews
  • Great for Brunch

In Nashville, high-end cuisine is constantly fused with down-home cooking and traditional techniques. Yet the relationship between food and music is also just as important as the relationship between ...

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Park Cafe

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Nashville
868 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Great for Outdoor Dining

This minimalist bistro is a great example of how Nashville chefs are succeeding in soul fusion. There’s nothing more “Nashville” than the smoked Springer Mountain chicken. It’s served alongside house ...

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Healthy in Nashville

Giovanni's Ristorante - Mid Town

$$$$·Italian·
West End
1,199 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for Anniversaries

This high-end restaurant specializes in Italian cuisine with a Southern twist. The ambiance is rustic — drawing both on Nashville and Northern Italy. The mac and cheese with ham and peas is a dish tha...

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Romantic in Nashville

The Yellow Porch

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Nashville
1,401 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion
  • Great for Outdoor Dining

Possibly one of Nashville’s most beloved restaurants, the Yellow Porch allows Southern ingredients to shine. You’ll notice some of the most popular Southern dishes have gotten an update here — dishes ...

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Neighborhood Gem in Nashville

Trattoria Il Mulino - Nashville

$$$$·Unspecified·
Nashville
2,420 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Notable Wine List

You might forget you’re in such a laid-back city while sitting at a booth at Il Mulino. The Nashville outpost of this Italian restaurant screams class while embracing the flavors of the South. Here, y...

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Notable Wine List in Nashville
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The Palm Nashville

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Downtown
4,326 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries

Another famed high-end steak chain that’s made its way to Nashville is the Palm. The décor is just as interesting as the Palm’s locations in other cities (full of caricatures of celebrities and memora...

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Bob's Steak & Chop House - Nashville

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Downtown
2,615 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Good for Anniversaries

Possibly one of Nashville’s most iconic dishes (and exports) is hot chicken. Not for the faint of heart, hot chicken is an eye-watering dish that one might guess was a dare (it was actually a revenge ...

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Gray's on Main

$$$$·American·
Franklin / Brentwood
1,084 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion

GRAYS on Main is the place you go when you want to imagine you’re a guest in a classy Nashville home. This down-to-earth spot is trendy as all get out — and has a menu to match. They're another one of...

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Merchants

$$$$·American·
Downtown
3,286 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic

There are few “true” Southern restaurants on this list, but the ones included know how to elevate iconic Nashville cuisine and make each ingredient shine. If you’re going to order Nashville’s famous m...

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Ruth's Chris Steak House - Nashville

$$$$·Steakhouse·
West End
1,898 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Good for a Date

Ruth's Chris might be famous across the country as the place for meat, but in Nashville (where meat is king) it’s an even bigger deal. Since bigger is better when it comes to meat in the South, the to...

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Romantic in Nashville

Old Hickory Steakhouse at Gaylord Opryland

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Nashville
2,801 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Scenic View
  • Romantic

The Old Hickory Steakhouse is set in an antebellum mansion — the perfect environment for elevated Southern fare. This fine dining restaurant has not only managed to elevate classic Southern cuisine, b...

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Scenic View in Nashville
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