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Discover Trending Restaurants in Nashville

The OpenTable Team

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 20 trendy restaurants they’re loving in Music City. Here’s the list of must-try spots.

Restaurants:The Palm Nashville, Trattoria Il Mulino - Nashville, Sopapilla's
Price Range:$$ - $$$$
Cuisines:Steakhouse, Italian, Mexican / Southwestern
Neighborhoods:Downtown, Nashville, Franklin / Brentwood
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The Palm Nashville

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Downtown
3,767 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
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-coRead more
90% recommended
61 people mentioned the Steak Lobster

Trattoria Il Mulino - Nashville

$$$$·Italian·
Nashville
1,679 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
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 cRead more
89% recommended
Italian in Nashville
27 people mentioned the Calamari

Sopapilla's

$$$$·Mexican / Southwestern·
Franklin / Brentwood
947 reviews
  • Casual
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Good for a Date
Artfully plated food hits rustic tables at Sopapilla's, a restaurant devoted to Mexican and Southwest flavors. An exposed brick wall and industrial touches combine with the vibrantRead more
87% recommended
Outdoor Dining in Nashville
141 people mentioned the Sopapilla

Bob's Steak & Chop House - Nashville

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Downtown
1,916 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
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, muRead more
92% recommended
Best Service in Nashville
27 people mentioned the Baked Potato

Park Cafe

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Nashville
575 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion
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 hRead more
100% recommended
Neighborhood Gem in Nashville
12 people mentioned the Green Bean

Eastland Cafe

$$$$·American·
East Nashville
683 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Happy Hour
An approachable and affordable seasonal menu is the hallmark of Eastland Cafe cuisine, making it one of the best trending restaurants in Nashville. The large tables, dark wood paneRead more
90% recommended
Neighborhood Gem in Nashville
34 people mentioned the Shrimp Grits

Tin Angel

$$$$·Contemporary American·
West End
1,742 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
West End has a long history as a center for the Nashville food scene, and Tin Angel is a part of that history. It's located in one of the very few historic buildings left in the arRead more
96% recommended
54 people mentioned the Bacon Wrapped Figs
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The Yellow Porch

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Nashville
917 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for Anniversaries
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 conRead more
96% recommended
Contemporary American in Nashville
34 people mentioned the Paella

Miel

$$$$·French American·
Nashville
772 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
A surprising amount of herbs and fresh produce surround the patio at Miel, a restaurant that is one of Nashville's leaders in sustainable dining. The rustic decor makes every visitRead more
98% recommended
Best Overall in Nashville
33 people mentioned the Pork Shoulder
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Giovanni's Ristorante - Mid Town

$$$$·Italian·
West End
886 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
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 tableclothRead more
97% recommended
Best Ambiance in Nashville
19 people mentioned the Calamari

Table 3 Restaurant and Market

$$$$·French·
Nashville
997 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Notable Wine List
The French bistro makes its way to Nashville at Table 3 Restaurant and Market. This chic and casual restaurant serves authentic classics along with elevated fusion dishes. From a cRead more
91% recommended
29 people mentioned the Coq Au Vin
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SILO

$$$$·Contemporary Southern·
Germantown
2,112 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
Germantown has a seasonally focused restaurant since Silo opened its doors. Combining the best of Southern, French, and American cuisines, this kitchen plates up food that inspiresRead more
87% recommended
77 people mentioned the Mac Cheese

Tansuo

$$$$·Chinese·
The Gulch
1,224 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • 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 anRead more
94% recommended
Best Ambiance in Nashville
54 people mentioned the Dumplings

Midtown Cafe

$$$$·Southern·
West End
2,252 reviews
  • Business Meals
  • Good for a Date
  • 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 Read more
94% recommended
Best Service in Nashville
128 people mentioned the Artichoke Soup

M Restaurant and Bar

$$$$·Southern·
Downtown
1,000 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Good for a Date
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 opRead more
93% recommended
Southern in Nashville
72 people mentioned the Shrimp Grits

Cabana

$$$$·American·
Midtown
1,274 reviews
  • Good for Groups
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Birthdays
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 chaRead more
81% recommended
Good for Groups in Nashville
31 people mentioned the Sweet Potatoes

Earnest Bar & Hideaway

$$$$·American·
Nashville
407 reviews
  • Handcrafted Cocktails
  • Good for a Date
  • 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 Read more
90% recommended
Vibrant Bar Scene in Nashville
14 people mentioned the Korean Fried Chicken

Nada - Nashville

$$$$·Contemporary Mexican·
Downtown
550 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Casual
  • Great for Lunch
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 lRead more
92% recommended
10 people mentioned the Carne Asada

Bourbon Steak by Michael Mina

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Downtown
550 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
Renowned Tihany Design created an open and airy space for Bourbon Steak by Michael Mina. Gone is the gentlemen's club vibe and here to stay is a modern and contemporary feel. This Read more
87% recommended
Scenic View in Nashville
5 people mentioned the Lobster Pot Pie
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True Food Kitchen - Nashville

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Nashville
641 reviews
  • Healthy
  • Good Vegetarian Options
  • Organic
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 meRead more
95% recommended
Healthy in Nashville
7 people mentioned the Butternut Squash