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Diners' Choice: Contemporary American restaurants in Nashville

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Updated May 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants with the best overall Contemporary American cuisine in Nashville? You’re in the right place. Each month OpenTable analyzes more than 400,000 new diner reviews. We sort the results by category to help you discover new favorites. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!


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4.9
4.9 (2699)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Green Hills
About the restaurant
Located in the Bedford Commons complex of the Green Hills neighborhood, etc. offers lunch and dinner Monday - Friday and dinner on Saturday. As the second, smaller version of sister restaurant Etch, Chef Deb Paquette incorporates her favorite spices, produce and global recipes on the menus at etc. for an adventurous dining experience. A succinct wine and cocktail menu includes wines from around the world, select craft beer and a handful of culinary-minded cocktails.

The intimate 2400sq ft space features simply adorned tables, comfortable banquette seating, a large wine and cocktail bar and plenty of open-air seating. Funky light fixtures, striking electric blue, copper and glass accents, and warm woods fill out the intimate space.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 15, 2024
Deb Paquette’s restaurant, Etc., is a wonderful place to dine. The food and service are always excellent. She is very creative with her dishes and I’m never disappointed. I come here often. Great food, cocktails and atmosphere.
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4.8
4.8 (8286)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Downtown / Sobro
About the restaurant
Featuring an array of global flavors and decadent desserts by Chef Deb Paquette and Pastry Chef Megan Williams, Etch is located in the ground floor of the Encore tower in Nashville's SoBro district. The restaurant is equipped with two private dining rooms, a full bar and an open kitchen with bar-style seating, allowing guests to interact with the culinary team. Lunch and dinner are available Monday-Friday, as well as dinner on Saturday.

In her 13 years as Chef/Owner of Zola, Deb received accolades for Nashville's best chef and Nashville's best restaurant multiple times. Nashville restaurants are many, but Etch sets itself apart with bold flavors and colorful presentations.

The cuisine at Etch is complemented by our comprehensive wine list, featuring an extensive collection of wines from around the world. Guests can also enjoy our modern take on classic cocktails, along with a variety of eclectic beers and regional drafts.


Top review
GoodTipper
Dined 2 days ago
We loved our dinner at Etch. Our server, Carter, was everything we think a fine-dining server should be---attentive, informed and very friendly but not overbearing. Our dinners were amazing as well, but really it's the quality of service that we kept coming back to. We were very happy, and we'll be back. Thank you for a wonderful evening.
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4.7
4.7 (3006)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
The Gulch & North Gulch
About the restaurant
Modern Diner. Global Fare. Delicious Fun. This is The Mockingbird. Led by talented culinary duo executive chef / partner Brian Riggenbach and front-of-house extraordinaire / partner Mikey Corona, The Mockingbird offers a menu of comfort classics with a global twist and an ambiance of art deco diner whimsy. Walls are covered in beautiful custom-made wallpaper, painted tin tiles on the ceiling, windows open to two patios as weather allows and a larger-than-life mirrored bird sculpture overlooking the dining room. And then there’s the food and drink! Munch on a Mockingburger or Mac N Cheese (aka Feeling Grate!) while sipping an Old-Fashioned-ish or a Punchin’ Bag (ask about it – they are famous!). We also love hosting group events! We have a private dining room, an upstairs dining room and an enclosed patio, all perfect for bridal showers and bachelorette parties plus business lunches and corporate dinners. Y’all come see us! **Reservation cancelation policy is strictly enforced**

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
Everytime we visit Nashville we make sure we stop for breakfast/lunch at Mockingbird! The food is amazing!! Such unique choices and their drinks are so good! The Flock Ya chicken dish is one of my absolute favorites. The flavors are just perfect! My son raved about the burger…”best he’s had”. We will be back!!
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4.7
4.7 (4484)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Franklin
About the restaurant
Since it opening in 2006, Red Pony Restaurant has impressed guests by staying true to a mission focused on cuisine and service.
Chef owned and operated, Red Pony changes its menu about six times a year with the intention of keeping ingredients the season’s freshest and the variety of dishes dynamic.
While a great deal of the menu pays homage to the Sophisticated Southern foods Chef Jason McConnell grew up on, you will also see a reflection of his travels, that drive his creativity.
It is our belief that food is something to be celebrated. We also believe that experience is a huge part of dining. Whether it be enjoying a crafted cocktail at one of our bars or enjoying dinner at the table, we want each guest to be seamlessly guided through their time at Red Pony Restaurant.
We love our community and we love food.

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MattY
Dined 3 days ago
Great experience as always. Food was extremely tasty and the cocktails were great. Be back again soon.
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4.7
4.7 (4875)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Brentwood
About the restaurant
Mere Bulles offers superb food, outstanding service, and a beautiful setting. With a 'make it happen' attitude, our goal is always to exceed your expectations. Lunch can be in and out or a leisurely meal with important clients. Dinner is there for any special occasion or another perfect evening out.

Mere Bulles reminds you of what was once the grand manor house of Maryland Farms. In Spring and Summer, relax in our bright, cheerful Indoor Patio with its floor to ceiling windows. Surrounded by majestic old maple trees, the outdoor patio is the place to be when the weather permits. In Fall and Winter, cozy up to the fireplace for a great meal in The Living Room. We have eight inviting private dining rooms. which can be booked by phone or E-mail through our friendly and astute Events Staff. Join us for Sunday Brunch 9:30am-1:30pm.

For parties larger than 7, please call the restaurant @ 615-467-1945 or email us at info@merebulles.com

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 5 days ago
We had the best belated Mother’s Day brunch. Thank you for always being warm, welcoming and delicious!
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4.7
4.7 (1236)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Sylvan Park & Sylvan Heights
About the restaurant
Park Cafe is one of West Nashville's hidden gems, serving elevated American cuisine in a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere for nearly twenty-two years. Chef Jeffrey Martin crafts delicious daily specials from local, high-quality ingredients. With a talented kitchen and curated service, Park Cafe is sure to provide an excellent dining experience with local flair. Gluten-free & vegetarian options are available.

Whether you're dining on our spacious, peaceful patio, at a high-top in the bar, upstairs in the bungalow, or in one of our main dining rooms, you'll be glad you chose Park Cafe for lunch, brunch or dinner. We can't wait to see you!

P.S. Looking to book a private party? Please visit us on our parties page on our website or give us a call. We can't wait to make it special!

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
Our first time dining at Park Cafe and was very favorably impressed. Will definitely return.
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4.6
4.6 (285)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Downtown / Sobro
About the restaurant
Gannons Nashville is a Casual Fine Dining restaurant located at The Marriott Courtyard in the heart of Downtown Nashville. We offer a wide variety of dishes including fresh oysters and highly curated cocktails designed by our experienced team of mixologists. Join us for live jazz and a dinner experience you wont soon forget!
Top review
Love2eatseafoodvip
Dined 1 day ago
We really enjoyed our dinner! Everything was perfect-service was outstanding. Our entrees were delicious. I had the swordfish special. It was wonderful. The music was a special touch also!
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4.6
4.6 (1216)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Franklin
About the restaurant
Celebrating bold flavors through locally and regionally-influenced American cuisine, 1799 Kitchen & Cocktails showcases a menu with a contemporary take on everyone’s tried and trusted favorites.
Top review
Katovip
Dined 5 days ago
Food was excellent, one of the best brunches we have had in a long time. Server was good and friendly.
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4.7
4.7 (492)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Franklin
About the restaurant
Coal Town Public House is a modern American grill located in the heart of Westhaven Town Center. Our diverse menu is comprised of elevated and unique takes on American cuisine, as well as a full service bar boasting a wide array of wine, beer and craft cocktails. The restaurant features a lush interior with high ceilings, stylish fixtures and plenty of natural light. Nestled against Magli Green, our retractable garage doors open completely to let in the sun, fresh air and views of the lake. The Public House will set the scene for you to enjoy a truly memorable dining experience with friends and family!

Reservations recommended. No take-out available.

Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 6 days ago
Made my 15 year old feel super special for her bday!
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4.6
4.6 (146)
$30 and under
American
The Gulch & North Gulch
About the restaurant
Elegant restaurant nestled in the historic Union Station complete anchored with a craft cocktail center bar.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 1 day ago
Great food and wonderful calm atmosphere for lunch. Douglas was our server and brilliantly joyful to be around.
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