The Best Restaurants in Nashville

The dining scene in Nashville is renowned for offering some of the best meat-and-threes, biscuits, and hot chicken; however, that is not all it offers. The city features a vibrant, diverse culinary scene with a wide range of chef-driven restaurants, from chic upscale to neighborhood favorites. Also, the dining scene in Nash boasts a fair share of accolades and recognitions, featuring award-winners and nominees to the coveted James Beard Award, among other awards. Diners can savor inventive global flavors, from classic French cooking to Italian- and Japanese-inspired dishes, and the timeless Southern U.S. fare, all in the same city. There is something for every diner in Nash, and these restaurants provide diverse alternatives in the city.

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Restaurants:Anatolia Turkish Restaurant, Bakersfield - Nashville, Bella Napoli
Price Range:$$ - $$
Cuisines:Turkish, Mexican, Italian
Neighborhoods:Nashville
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Anatolia Turkish Restaurant

$$$$·Turkish·
Nashville
628 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Romantic

Opened in 2003, Anatolia, located in the upscale Belle Meade, brings Turkish flavors to Nashville, serving classic and inventive Turkish dishes. The restaurant’s brilliant blend of a laidback inviting...

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Bakersfield - Nashville

$$$$·Mexican·
Nashville
339 reviews
  • Great for Lunch
  • Good for Groups
  • Fun

Since its debut in 2015, Bakersfield, named after country music’s sub-genre Bakersfield Sound, has been serving Mexican-inspired meals in the heart of downtown Nashville. The restaurant’s inventive me...

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Late Night Find in Nashville
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Bella Napoli

$$$$·Italian·
Nashville
784 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Cozy
  • Fit for Foodies

Bella Napoli is a Neapolitan pizzeria serving inventive Italian flavors in Nashville, which opened in 2010. The pizza served at the restaurant is inspired by chef Paolo Tramontano’s upbringing in Napl...

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Blanco Cocina + Cantina - Nashville

$$$$·Contemporary Mexican·
Nashville
246 reviews
  • Good for Groups
  • Fun
  • Hot Spot

Blanco Cocina + Cantina, a Sonoran-style Mexican-inspired restaurant, is a 2021 debutant on Broadway, right across from Bridgestone Arena. The restaurant is restauranteur Sam Fox’s concept, serving Me...

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Good for Groups in Nashville
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Bob's Steak & Chop House - Nashville

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

Bob’s Steak and Chop House is a typical Prime Steakhouse in downtown Nashville, offering big, savory steaks and chops prepared from the finest all-natural, Midwestern quality beef and fresh seafood sp...

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BrickTop's - Nashville

$$$$·American·
Nashville
1,586 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Great for Lunch
  • Business Meals

Since debuting in 2006, BrickTop’s has consistently impressed diners with its inventive, well-crafted local bistro cuisine. The upscale restaurant features a warm, inviting atmosphere ideal for an out...

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Chaatable

$$$$·Indian·
Nashville
871 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Special Occasion

Chaatable is chef Maneet Chauhan’s concept, which debuted in 2018, serving classics. The restaurant’s name is coined from the Indian word “chaat,” meaning lick. True to its name, the restaurant’s inve...

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Fit for Foodies in Nashville

Char - Nashville

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Nashville
1,398 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Good for a Date

Char is a U.S. southern-style contemporary restaurant nestled in the Vertis Green Hills complex, which debuted in 2018. This contemporary restaurant is owned by 4 Top Hospitality, offering inventive s...

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Great for Lunch in Nashville
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Chauhan Ale & Masala House

$$$$·Indian·
The Gulch
3,511 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date

Chauhan Ale and Masala House opened in 2014 with tons of hype, with dinners frequenting to experience chef Maneet Chauhan’s concept. The restaurant’s menu showcases a charming blend of chef Chauhan’s ...

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Fit for Foodies in Nashville

E3 Chophouse | Nashville

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Nashville
606 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic

E3 Chophouse is an upscale ranch-to-restaurant steakhouse owned by the Jason Aldean, Adam LaRoche, and Luke Bryan families. The steakhouse, which opened in 2019, is a concept is inspired by the owners...

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Notable Wine List in Nashville

Earnest Bar & Hideaway

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Nashville
760 reviews
  • Handcrafted Cocktails
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date

Earnest Bar and Hideaway is a chic restaurant and sophisticated tavern offering comfort classics and curated craft cocktails. The restaurant offers inventive entrees, including Bone Ribeye, chopped ka...

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Vibrant Bar Scene in Nashville

Emmy Squared - Gulch

$$$$·Pizzeria·
Nashville
155 reviews

Opened in 2018, Emmy Squared, co-founded by chef Matthew Hyland and Emily Hyland, is home to some of the best Detroit-style pizzas, prepared with the freshest high-quality ingredients to create invent...

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Best Overall in Nashville
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$$$$·Contemporary American·
Nashville
1,921 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion

Etc, a 2016 debutant, is nestled in the Green Hills neighborhood, serving inventive globally-inspired meals. The menu, helmed by chef-owner Deb Paquette, offers ingredient-driven lunch and dinner cuis...

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Best Overall in Nashville
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Etch

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Downtown
6,458 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic

Etch is award-winning chef Deb Paquette’s globally influenced concept, which debuted in 2012. The contemporary restaurant, nestled in the heart of downtown Nashville, features an open bar-style kitche...

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Frothy Monkey - East Nashville

$$$$·American·
Franklin / Brentwood
17 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Groups

Frothy Monkey is an all-day coffeehouse offering inventive dishes made from locally sourced ingredients served in a warm, welcoming setting. Frothy Monkey has all dining needs covered, from breakfast,...

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House of Cards

$$$$·American·
Downtown
3,456 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Good for a Date

Opened in 2018, House of Cards is Bill Miller’s concept tucked in the basement of the Johnny Cash Museum. The restaurant is spacious and is inspired by The Magic Castle in California. Arriving at the ...

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Best Ambiance in Nashville
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Jane’s Hideaway

$$$$·American·
Nashville
225 reviews
  • Live Music
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Great for Brunch

Jane’s Hideaway, which debuted in 2020, is a bar and restaurant tucked in the heart of downtown’s central business district. The restaurant offers re-imagined local classics made with locally sourced ...

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Hot Spot in Nashville

Jeff Ruby's Steakhouse - Nashville

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Nashville
4,847 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Good for Anniversaries

Jeff Ruby’s Steakhouse, the signature brand of his expanding network of namesake restaurants, depicts his life journey. From the upscale interiors to the art deco and classic décor, every detail holds...

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Best Overall in Nashville
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Loveless Cafe

$$$$·Southern·
Nashville
1,199 reviews
  • Comfort Food
  • Great for Lunch
  • Kid-friendly

Since its debut in 1951, The Loveless Cafe has provided a spot for families and friends to savor inventive scratch-made Southern U.S. inspired dishes while reconnecting around the table. Situated on t...

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Best Value in Nashville

Midtown Cafe

$$$$·Southern·
West End
3,065 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion
  • Great for Brunch

Midtown Café, located off West End in Midtown, has been offering casual fine dining since its debut in 1987. With a vintage Nashville charm and quality personalized service, Midtown Café boasts an int...

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Best Value in Nashville

Nada - Nashville

$$$$·Contemporary Mexican·
Downtown
978 reviews
  • Good for Groups
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion

Opened in 2018, Nada is a tacos and cocktail restaurant nestled in the Midtown neighborhood. The restaurant boasts an ambient upscale yet friendly atmosphere, featuring an open floor concept with dist...

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Oak Steakhouse - Nashville

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Downtown
2,324 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Good for a Date

Oak Steakhouse, a 2017 debutant, is located right next to The Westin and is owned and operated by The Indigo Road. The steakhouse boasts a chic ambient atmosphere, featuring a soaring wine wall, salva...

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Steakhouse in Nashville

Old Hickory Steakhouse at Gaylord Opryland

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Nashville
2,805 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Scenic View
  • Romantic

The award-winning Old Hickory Steakhouse, nestled in the antebellum-style Gaylord Opryland Hotel, has produced some of Nashville’s top chefs and restaurateurs since its debut in 1977. The restaurant u...

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Scenic View in Nashville
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OSH Restaurant & Grill

$$$$·Uzbek·
Nashville
46 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Authentic
  • Quiet Conversation

Osh Restaurant and Grill is a chic restaurant nestled in the Woodbine neighborhood. The restaurant serves inventive Uzbek cooking blended with unique flavors from Central Asia. Osh Restaurant features...

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Best Overall in Nashville
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Red Phone Booth - Nashville

$$$$·Speakeasy·
Nashville
102 reviews
  • Good for Groups
  • Vibrant Bar Scene
  • Good for a Date

Opened in 2019, The Red Phone Booth, located in the heart of downtown, offers a unique Prohibition-era feel right upon entry. The retro speakeasy’s interior features salvaged brick and restored tobacc...

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Sixty Vines - Nashville

$$$$·Wine Bar·
Nashville
650 reviews
  • Notable Wine List
  • Good for Groups
  • Special Occasion

Sixty Vines Nashville, a 2021 debutant, is a sustainability-focused wine and pizza spot nestled on the third floor of Assembly Food Hall. The restaurant offers a rustic elegant communal wine country a...

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Notable Wine List in Nashville
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Skull's Rainbow Room

$$$$·French American·
Downtown
2,930 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Live Music

Debuted in 1948, Skull’s Rainbow Room is one of the most iconic restaurants in Nashville, originally owned by David “Skull” Schulman. The restaurant features trademark craft cocktails curated by exper...

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Best Ambiance in Nashville
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Sunda - Nashville

$$$$·Contemporary Asian·
The Gulch
1,201 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for Groups

Opened in 2018, Sunda is a sophisticated restaurant serving inventive South-Eastern and Eastern Asian meals. Sunda is restaurateur Billy Dec’s concept that elegantly blends various culinary techniques...

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Good for Groups in Nashville
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Blanco Cocina + Cantina - Denver - VIP Pre-Opening Events

$$$$·Southwest·
Denver
187 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Groups
  • Handcrafted Cocktails

The Twelve Thirty Club, a 2021 debutant, is a three-story dining concept by restaurateur Sam Fox and pop star Justin Timberlake. The restaurant is inspired by Nashville’s art and lifestyle, linking di...

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Hot Spot in Exclusive
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The Chef and I

$$$$·Contemporary American·
The Gulch
2,178 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Creative Cuisine

The Chef and I is a couple-owned restaurant that opened in 2008, offering inventive dishes inspired by their love story. Diners at this restaurant are treated to an interactive culinary experience alo...

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Fit for Foodies in Nashville
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The Hampton Social - Nashville

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Nashville
2,167 reviews
  • Good for Groups
  • Scenic View
  • Special Occasion

Debuted in 2019, The Hamptons Social Nashville is a three-story restaurant located right off the bustling Broadway Street. The restaurant boasts an upscale yet friendly atmosphere, featuring a chic Ro...

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Scenic View in Nashville
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The Mockingbird Nashville

$$$$·Contemporary American·
The Gulch
1,963 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Neighborhood Gem

The Mockingbird, a 2016 debutant, is a contemporary restaurant co-owned by a talented duo, Brian Riggenbach and Mikey Corona. The restaurant offers inventive classic comfort food with a touch of conte...

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Contemporary American in Nashville
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The Optimist - Nashville

$$$$·Seafood·
Germantown
1,472 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date

The Optimist opened in 2020, creating a lot of buzz, with diners and critics flocking in to experience chef Ford Fry’s seafood concept. Nestled in the Germantown neighborhood, the restaurant is set in...

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The River House

$$$$·American·
Downtown
419 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries

The River House, a 2021 debutant, is an upscale seafood and steak restaurant tucked in the heart of downtown Nashville. The restaurant offers a vast selection of inventive dishes, such as prime all-na...

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Romantic in Nashville

The Standard at the Smith House

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Downtown
1,477 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Good for Anniversaries

Since opening in 2006, The Standard restaurant has been serving innovative Southern U.S. specialties at the heart of downtown Nashville. The restaurant is nestled in a vintage 1840s building, featurin...

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Best Service in Nashville
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The Yellow Porch

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

Opened in 1998, The Yellow Porch is a fine casual dining-style restaurant owned by Gep and Katie Nelson. The restaurant offers a vast, diverse seasonal menu helmed by chef Guerry McComas, featuring It...

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Neighborhood Gem in Nashville

Urban Grub

$$$$·Southern·
Nashville
3,902 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem

Urban Grub, which opened in 2012, is a casual Southern U.S. inspired restaurant nestled in Nashville’s South district in a refurbished carwash. The restaurant offers an upscale inviting atmosphere, fe...

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Southern in Nashville
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Valentino's Ristorante

$$$$·Italian·
West End
1,305 reviews
  • Romantic
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries

Since opening in 1990, Valentino Ristorante has been serving creative ingredient-inspired Italian dishes. Nestled in an old home, the restaurant has a relaxed, sophisticated, yet friendly ambiance, ma...

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Best Overall in Nashville
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