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Taco-bout Tasty Tacos in Nashville

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by The OpenTable Team
Updated January 28, 2020

America's Country Music Capital, Nashville, TN has legendary music hotspots like the Grand Ole Opry, Music Row and the Country Music Hall of Fame. Restaurants across The Music City serve award-winning meals, from fiery fried chicken and buttermilk biscuits to Southern barbecue. Nashville chefs don't just know how to make a good fried chicken. They also serve a mean taco. But where do the smartest, savviest diners go for the best tacos in Nashville? Welcome to the Tastemaker 20. We've pulled data from thousands of restaurants to find the top spots for the best tacos in Nashville among OpenTable's most expert, seasoned diners. Reserve a table for an unforgettable Mexican meal.

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4.7
4.7 (1989)
$30 and under
American
Green Hills
About the restaurant
True Food Kitchen is a nation-wide chain of healthy restaurants committed to serving nutritious foods that are delicious. At the Nashville location, in the heart of Green Hills, they serve a selection of tacos, including grilled fish tacos or grass-fed steak tacos. The bright whimsical decor at True Food Kitchen—lime green and white seating with musical instruments on the wall—makes for a vibrant and upbeat dining experience. Come here to eat in or take food to go.
Top review
HappyCustomervip
Dined on Mar 31, 2024
Outstanding restaurant all around, food was perfection and our server Kiki was absolutely lovely as was the entire staff! Highly recommended!
A photo of Earnest Bar & Hideaway restaurant
4.5
4.5 (1089)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
South Nashville
About the restaurant
Earnest Bar & Hideaway is a trendy restaurant in the city's Chestnut Hill neighborhood. They serves up a menu of upscale bar fare and strong artisanal cocktails. At lunch and brunch, they serve some of the best tacos in Nashville: the breakfast tacos. The tacos come with chorizo, scrambled eggs, jalapeno crème fraîche, and charred tomato salsa. Earnest Bar and Hideaway is trendy inside but casual, so diners can come as they are for lunch, dinner, or weekend brunch.
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Beth
Dined on Mar 31, 2024
The Korean Fried Chicken paired with The White Elephant… chef’s kiss! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
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4.9
4.9 (4647)
$31 to $50
Southern
Midtown
About the restaurant
Midtown Cafe has been a favorite with locals for decades. One of the reasons they love it? The consistently delicious, wide, and varied selection of menu items—including tacos. Visitors to Midtown Cafe craving tacos are in luck, because the restaurant serves some of the best tacos in Nashville. They are grilled fish tacos served with pico de gallo, avocado and green cabbage in a flour tortilla served with rice pilaf. The tacos are only available at lunch. Midtown Cafe is steps from Music Row, so it is convenient to Vanderbilt, Downtown, and all of the best attractions Music City has to offer.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
I love this place!! Always wonderful staff and amazing food!!!
A photo of BrickTop's - Nashville restaurant
4.8
4.8 (2608)
$30 and under
American
Nashville
About the restaurant
On West End Ave in the heart of Nashville is BrickTop's—a restaurant celebrated for its fish tacos. These tacos come with the blackened fish of the day, as well as cheddar, avocado, and cilantro, and they are available at lunch and dinner. The restaurant is a chain throughout the Southeastern U.S., but the location in Nashville offers a stylish interior, a wide range of international dishes, and strong cocktails. There's something for everyone on the menu here, so don't shy away from bringing picky eaters along.
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MarilynH
Dined 3 days ago
We took our daughter during her lunch. We cut it tight for her to get back. Kinda under the wire.
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4.8
4.8 (1852)
$30 and under
Japanese
Germantown
About the restaurant
O-Ku might be a sushi restaurant, but they are also the creators of some of the best tacos in Nashville. The Miso Hamachi Tacos delight visitors regularly. They contain Asian pear, avocado, yuzu miso, cucumber, fresno chili, fried wonton, wasabi aioli, cilantro, and togarashi. Start with the tacos, then follow them up with sushi—the sashimi, nigiri, and maki are some of the freshest and most artfully-prepared in town. O-Ku is a minimalist, traditional-feeling Japanese restaurant in the heart of East Germantown. It is just steps from the banks of the beautiful Cumberland River.
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OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
Had the best meal and service I’ve had in Nashville probably ever, and I’m from here. Nick was our server and was truly so knowledgeable and kind and felt like we’d known him for years! Made our birthday so special!
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4.8
4.8 (4915)
$31 to $50
Southern
Waverly / Melrose / Breeze Hill
About the restaurant
Diners craving steak and seafood in Nashville often choose Urban Grub. It's a steak and fish restaurant that has become famous for their charcuterie boards. Set in a renovated old car wash building, Urban Grub is one of the most popular dining spots in the city's 12 South District. Patrons who want tacos will be happy with the offerings they find at Urban Grub. The menu features a hot chicken taco, showcasing Nashville's legendary spicy fried chicken peppers, and onions. Another popular dish for people craving Mexican food are the Migas. The contain tortilla strips, slow scrambled eggs, cotija, and frisee salad, available at brunch. Urban Grub has an upscale casual vibe, so choose it for great steakhouse fare with no dress code to adhere to.
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Moorsie2444vip
Dined 2 days ago
Phenomenal food and top notch service. Loved the ambience!
A photo of The Mockingbird Nashville restaurant
4.7
4.7 (2973)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
The Gulch & North Gulch
About the restaurant
The Mockingbrd calls itself a diner. But inside, it feels more like a hipster cafe you would find in Brooklyn, with white marble tabletops, trendy teal booths, and gigantic windows. This creates a bright, sunlit, and cheery atmosphere. The menu features global fare. One of the most popular menu items at The Mockingbird is the $2 tacos, available on Tuesdays from 4pm to 10pm at their weekly "Tiki Taco Tuesday." There are five creative taco options including Kale Seitan (with al pastor seitan), Barbarbarbarbarbacoa (with shredded beef), Holy Mole! (with mole chicken), Pig Latin (with pork carnitas), and El Mushroom (with roasted mushrooms). Wash down a taco with a $5 tiki drink, available only on Tuesdays. The Mockingbird is in a convenient location, in the northern part of the Gulch, close to downtown.
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Shell
Dined 2 days ago
Great food and great service! Would recommend for a totally incredible experience. It was bit loud because of how small the restaurant is but it was amazing! 10/10 highly recommended
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4.5
4.5 (755)
$30 and under
American
Midtown
About the restaurant
Saltine is a casual restaurant in the heart of Nashville's mitown, and the feature a raw bar and craft cocktails. Some of the other highlights at the restaurant include their tacos, which are either yellowfin tuna mini tacos, served on a wonton taco shell with ginger sticky rice, or fish tacos, served on tortillas with shredded cabbage and mango jalapeno salsa. Diners can find a range of other delicious eats at Saltine, like the hushpuppies with pimento cheese, salt and peper calamari, and po'boys. Saltine serves lunch, dinner, and brunch on Sundays.
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KC03
Dined 7 days ago
We love this restaurant! The food is always fresh and perfectly cooked. The staff are pleasant and happy to be there. The restaurant is clean and has a good vibe. Love it!
A photo of Del Frisco's Grille - Brentwood restaurant
4.4
4.4 (2427)
$31 to $50
Steakhouse
Brentwood
About the restaurant
For some of the best tacos in Brentwood, Nashville's nearby suburb, check out Del Frisco's Grille. It's an American restaurant that is upscale and brasserie-like inside. Diners can find tacos on the lunch menu: they are fish tacos, filled with fresh haddock, corn jicama slaw, and guacamole, and they come with a serrano honey vinegarette. Del Frisco's also has a large menu of steak and meat options, as well as traditional steakhouse sides. Choose Del Frisco's when it's nice outside since they have a large patio that offers outdoor dining when the Tennessee sun is shining.
Top review
DonnieSvip
Dined 4 days ago
Birthday happy hour on the patio is always the best! Good food, great drinks and even better service. Always a home Run!
A photo of The Farm House restaurant
4.9
4.9 (2277)
$31 to $50
Southern
Downtown / Sobro
About the restaurant
In the heart of downtown Nashville is the Farmhouse, a restaurant that makes their dishes from scratch and only uses ingredients from local or family businesses. The Farm House has a cozy, casual vibe, and their goal is to make visitors feel at home, so come for a meal that feels warm and welcoming. The menu changes at the Farm House daily, but at lunch, diners can consistently find BBQ pork tacos, which comes with Wurm's BBQ sauce and slaw. The Farm House also touts their cocktails that also feature farm fresh ingredients, so consider washing the tacos down with a fresh bloody mary, if the timing is right.
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OpenTable Diner
Dined 7 days ago
The pork chops - OMG. Amazing!!! It was so good and we will definitely be back!
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