Discover Trending Restaurants in Nashville

Nashville, the home of country music, is also home to a thriving food scene. Take classic Southern favorites like a bowl of creamy grits and shrimp, add Creole seasoning, and enjoy the upgraded flavors coming out of the innovative kitchens in this music mecca. The food is full of comfort and served with hospitality, but deciding where to eat can be a struggle. Crowdsourced, curated recommendations are the best kind. We tapped local Nashville tastemakers on our network to see the top trendy restaurants they’re loving in Music City. Here’s the list of must-try spots.

The OpenTable Team
Restaurants:The Palm Nashville, Trattoria Il Mulino - Nashville, Bob's Steak & Chop House - Nashville
Price Range:$$ - $$$
Cuisines:Steakhouse, Italian
Neighborhoods:Downtown, Nashville
Party Size
For 2
Date
Time
7:00 PM

The Palm Nashville

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Downtown
4,278 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Good for a Date

Some trendy restaurants serve cool new food combinations, while those like The Palm keep to the classics, leavened with more than a hint of humor and pop culture. The caricature-covered walls offer pl...

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Trattoria Il Mulino - Nashville

$$$$·Italian·
Nashville
2,333 reviews
  • Romantic
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date

Trattoria Il Mulino blends chic decor with rustic touches for an ambiance that draws a seriously trendy crowd. The exposed brick floors contrast with elegant light fixtures for a cool and relaxing exp...

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Italian in Nashville
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Bob's Steak & Chop House - Nashville

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Downtown
2,523 reviews
  • Romantic
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date

Take a step back in time when entering Bob's Steak & Chop House. The industrial front is a complete contrast to the gentlemen's club interior. Leather seats, wood-paneled walls, muted carpet, and boot...

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Notable Wine List in Nashville
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Park Cafe

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Nashville
839 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Fit for Foodies

A clean and airy space is the hallmark at Park Cafe, where the service is quick and the menu includes a range of small and large plates. The farm-to-table trend is alive and well here, with many of th...

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Neighborhood Gem in Nashville
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The Yellow Porch

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Nashville
1,335 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Fit for Foodies

Step into a small and intimate bistro-style dining experience when walking through the front doors of The Yellow Porch. The low lighting and warm ochre colors used in the decor contrast with the black...

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Best Value in Nashville

Giovanni's Ristorante - Mid Town

$$$$·Italian·
West End
1,163 reviews
  • Romantic
  • Special Occasion
  • Quiet Conversation

One of New York's most iconic Italian restaurants, Giovanni's Ristorante, made the move to Nashville and brought along authentic flavors and an elegant atmosphere. White tablecloths, dark chairs, and ...

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Notable Wine List in Nashville
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Tansuo

$$$$·Chinese·
The Gulch
1,531 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion

Enjoy traditional Chinese street fare in an elegant, upscale atmosphere at Tansuo. The food might share their names with standard items from a carryout menu, but the Peking duck and General Tso's chic...

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Romantic in Nashville
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Midtown Cafe

$$$$·Southern·
West End
2,918 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion

Some restaurants use kitschy decor or passing fads to gain an audience, but at Midtown Cafe, it's all about the food. The decor is casual, with indirect lighting and lots of brown creating a neutral b...

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Best Value in Nashville
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M Restaurant and Bar

$$$$·Southern·
Downtown
1,096 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic

A spacious and light-filled dining room takes M Restaurant and Bar far above the feel of a grunge bar. This establishment features floor-to-ceiling windows, creating a light and open feeling in the di...

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Cabana

$$$$·American·
Midtown
1,403 reviews
  • Good for Groups
  • Fun
  • Hot Spot

Enjoy the tropical atmosphere at Cabana, where potted trees bring the Caribbean inside. The atmosphere is hip and casual, giving off an almost cafeteria-style vibe with plastic chairs pulled up to und...

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Good for Groups in Nashville
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Earnest Bar & Hideaway

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Nashville
715 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion

Classic pub dining never goes out of style, which is exactly what brings diners to Hemingway's Bar and Hideaway, one of the best trending restaurants in Nashville. From big plates drenched with poutin...

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Vibrant Bar Scene in Nashville
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Nada - Nashville

$$$$·Contemporary Mexican·
Downtown
915 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Groups
  • Tapas

Warm wood paneling and plenty of lighting set the stage for an energetic evening at Nada. This fresh take on Mexican street food starts with sharable plates like the guacamole or loaded queso. The que...

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True Food Kitchen - Nashville

$$$$·American·
Nashville
1,270 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Healthy
  • Great for Lunch

For those looking for good food that's good for the body, True Food Kitchen is a prime destination. The seasonal menu has plenty of Mediterranean presence on a globally inspired menu with plenty of ve...

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Healthy in Nashville
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