The Best Restaurants in Nashville, According to our Tastemakers

The OpenTable Team

Over the past few years, Nashville has boomed. This Tennessee capital went from being a friendly, fun, country music hot spot to one of the country's most popular destinations for cultural attractions—including culinary delights. Nashville has attracted chefs from all over the world, who opened a wide variety of restaurants and made an indelible mark on the city's dining scene. But where are the smartest, savviest diners eating out? Welcome to our Tastemaker List. We’ve pulled data from thousands of restaurants to find the top spots among OpenTable's most expert, seasoned diners. Some are mom-and-pop hole in the walls; others are world-class five-star dining affairs where the atmosphere is as impressive as the menu. But all are worth scoring a table at.

Restaurants:Park Cafe, Eastland Cafe, Giovanni's Ristorante - Mid Town
Price Range:$$ - $$
Cuisines:Contemporary American, American, Italian
Neighborhoods:Nashville, East Nashville, West End

Park Cafe

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Nashville
685 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Special Occasion
Park Cafe might be best known for its happy hour. However, Park Cafe might also be one of the best places in town for Southern-inspired food, as well as an impressive wine list. PaRead more
97% recommended
Best Overall in Nashville

Eastland Cafe

$$$$·American·
East Nashville
778 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
Eastland Cafe might be relatively new, but it is hands down one of the best restaurants in Nashville. Located in East Nashville, Eastland Cafe shines for its small plates, which arRead more
100% recommended
Best Overall in Nashville

Giovanni's Ristorante - Mid Town

$$$$·Italian·
West End
1,049 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Neighborhood Gem
If you want to visit one of the best places to eat Italian food in Nashville, Giovanni Ristorante is your place. Giovanni might feel more authentically Italian than you usually finRead more
90% recommended
Notable Wine List in Nashville

The Yellow Porch

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Nashville
1,120 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
If you're looking for a restaurant that feels like an escape, but also one that serves some of the best food in Nashville, head to The Yellow Porch. This staple, open since 1998, oRead more
97% recommended
Best Value in Nashville

Pomodoro East

$$$$·Italian·
East Nashville
710 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
One of the best places to eat Italian food in a laid-back, casual setting in Nashville is Pomodoro East. Pizza is the standout here, cooked in a wood oven and comprised of unique iRead more
100% recommended
Healthy in Nashville

Mason's at Loews Vanderbilt Hotel

$$$$·Southern·
West End
259 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Groups
When you're in the south, you might as well eat great Southern food. To do that, head to Masons, located in the Loews Vanderbilt. You'll be able to order off their menu that's as cRead more
83% recommended
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Trattoria Il Mulino - Nashville

$$$$·Italian·
Nashville
2,032 reviews
  • Romantic
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
Trattoria Il Mulino is one of the best restaurants in Downtown Nashville, and it's one of the chicest dining spots in town. The restaurant is another outpost of the popular New YorRead more
92% recommended
Notable Wine List in Nashville

The Palm Nashville

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Downtown
4,141 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
The Palm is usually one of the best restaurants in town, no matter what town you're in. The same holds true for Nashville, where the Palm stands out as one of the most outstanding Read more
90% recommended
Special Occasion in Nashville

Sopapilla's

$$$$·Mexican / Southwestern·
Franklin / Brentwood
1,137 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
Nashville's destination for Southwestern and Tex-Mex style food is undoubtedly Sopapillas, which is technically located in nearby suburb Franklin. Sopapillas is a restaurant servinRead more
88% recommended
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Bob's Steak & Chop House - Nashville

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Downtown
2,272 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Good for a Date
Bob's Steak and Chop House may be a chain, but that doesn't mean that it's not one of the best steak restaurants in Nashville. Located in the heart of downtown, Bob's offers an oppRead more
91% recommended
Steakhouse in Nashville
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Gray's on Main

$$$$·American·
Franklin / Brentwood
1,094 reviews
  • Handcrafted Cocktails
  • Great for Lunch
  • Good for a Date
Located in a historic building from 1876 in Downtown Franklin, Gray's is an upscale Southern restaurant that uses only locally and regionally sourced ingredients. The atmosphere maRead more
85% recommended
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Maggiano's - Nashville

$$$$·Italian·
West End
8,702 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Good for a Date
Maggiano's is a chain, but its Nashville location is one of the best places to eat Italian food in town. Located on West End in the heart of town, Maggiano's offers traditional ItaRead more
96% recommended
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Merchants

$$$$·American·
Downtown
2,755 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
If you're looking for a restaurant in Nashville that's as lively and invigorating as it is delicious, you may want to make a reservation at Merchants. This dining destination, locaRead more
94% recommended
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Ruth's Chris Steak House - Nashville

$$$$·Steakhouse·
West End
1,663 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Good for a Date
When you go to Ruth's Chris Steak House in Nashville, you're going to experience something elegant and classic. The restaurant is a chain, but it's well known for offering excellenRead more
83% recommended
Special Occasion in Nashville

Old Hickory Steakhouse at Gaylord Opryland

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Nashville
2,221 reviews
  • Romantic
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
While hotel restaurants are often forgettable, Old Hickory Steakhouse at Gaylord Opryland is a hotel restaurant that's worth paying attention to. This traditional country dining ouRead more
93% recommended
Romantic in Nashville
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Opry Backstage Grill at The Inn at Opryland

$$$$·Southern·
Nashville
450 reviews
  • Casual
  • Comfort Food
  • Bar Seating
Another great hotel restaurant is the Opry Backstage Grill, located in the Inn at Opryland. This is a Southern restaurant through and through, so expect barbecue, cornbread, and grRead more
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Miel

$$$$·French American·
Nashville
771 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion
Ask any local what the best place for upscale dining in town is, and there's a good chance they'll say Miel in Sylvan Park. This upscale restaurant, known for its French cuisine, oRead more
93% recommended
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Table 3 Restaurant and Market

$$$$·French·
Nashville
997 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Notable Wine List
Table 3 Restaurant and Market is one of Green Hills' best restaurants. Known for using fresh ingredients and offering a cozy old-world atmosphere, Table 3 is an excellent destinatiRead more
91% recommended
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Suzy Wong's House of Yum

$$$$·Asian·
Nashville
1,342 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for Groups
  • Hot Spot
Suzy Wong's House of Yum is a restaurant that is as fun as it is delicious. Located just off Music Row in Midtown, Suzy Wong's House of Yum serves up Asian-inspired dishes like AsiRead more
89% recommended
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Tin Angel

$$$$·Contemporary American·
West End
1,743 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
Tin Angel has long stood as one of the best places to eat in Nashville. It's also considered THE neighborhood restaurant in town The restaurant has been open since 1993, and it's lRead more
96% recommended
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