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Diners' Choice: Innovative restaurants in Nashville

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Updated June 05, 2024

Looking for the best restaurants that are fit for foodies in Nashville? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favorite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!

A photo of Noko restaurant
5 (985)
$31 to $50
East Nashville
About the restaurant
Nestled in the heart of East Nashville, Noko is an Asian-inspired, wood-fired restaurant inspired by wanderlust and simplicity of the region. Here, Executive Chef Dung “Junior” Vo aims to perfect the balance of new and old techniques in wood fire cooking, putting his Asian-influenced spins on familiar proteins and indigenous vegetables through smoking, searing, and roasting.
Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 2 days ago
Don’t normally write reviews but felt it deserved it this time. Noko lived up to the hype. Very good fresh high quality food and surprisingly not too overpriced. Top 5 restaurant in Nashville in my opinion.
A photo of etch - Nashville restaurant
4.8 (8315)
$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
Dined 2 days ago
Great meal, good ambiance. It was nice to find a place to eat in Nashville where you could actually have e a conversation.
A photo of Peninsula restaurant
4.8 (72)
$31 to $50
Modern European
East Nashville
About the restaurant
Located in the heart of East Nashville, Peninsula serves up sharable plates, old world wines, and Spanish style gin and tonics in an inviting and intimate space. James Beard nominated Chef Jake Howell's menu focuses on sustainable, local ingredients and features seasonal, creative dishes influenced by the Iberian Peninsula. Guests are encouraged to sample the flavors of Spain, Portugal and France while enjoying the rustic, yet modern surrounds.
Top review
Dined 5 days ago
Staff made us feel like we weren't cool enough for Peninsula. Oh well, despite that, we enjoyed our food. Would I recommend to a friend? Maybe. . .
A photo of House of Cards restaurant
4.8 (5723)
$31 to $50
Downtown / Sobro
About the restaurant
House of Cards is Nashville’s most unique dining and entertainment experience. Located underground in a 10,000 sq. ft space, the venue offers an evening for guests unlike any other in the history of the South.
​House of Cards celebrates the art of magic, classic American cuisine and fine hand-crafted cocktails. Guests are encouraged to explore the dining room to enjoy the rare collections and be entertained by some of America’s top magicians. Complimentary tickets to magic performances in the showroom are included with purchase of a dinner entrée. Please, no outside bottles.

Reservations for parties of 6 or less can be made 14 days in advance through OpenTable. For parties of 7-12, please reserve 17 days in advance by emailing reservations@hocnashville.com.

Dress code strictly enforced. For dress code details, visit HOCNashville.com/reservations. No photography inside the restaurant. Reservations encouraged. Walk-ins welcome subject to availability and dress code.
Top review
Dined 3 days ago
Bill and Shannon know how to create an overall classy experience in every way, impressive and enjoyable are understatements! Thank you! ❤️❤️❤️
A photo of 615Chutney restaurant
4.8 (110)
$30 and under
About the restaurant
Order ONLINE @ www.nashvillechutney.com

You Call .......... We Cater .......... Lets Chutney
Top review
Dined on May 26, 2024
Awesome experience. I took a customer there and the food and service were amazing.
A photo of The Chef and I restaurant
4.7 (2924)
$31 to $50
Contemporary Southern
Music Row
About the restaurant

Mention your birthday or anniversary in the reservation notes and get a gift for you upon your visit.

The Chef and I is built on a love story between two people that began 15 years ago in Nashville, Tennessee.
Chris and Erica Rains grew the company from two to now over fifty family members.

We serve innovative cuisine in a fun environment. Guests can choose to order off the menu or do a chef's tasting any day of the week. A private chef’s table and an interactive show kitchen in addition to regular dining is what you’ll find at The Chef & I Nashville Midtown!

We are also able to accommodate walk-in guests in our lounge, backstage bar and other dining areas; with a short wait depending on the day of week and time. Prime times are longer of a wait for walk-ins.

Reservations for parties of (4) or more canceled within 24 hours before are subject to a $20 per seat charge.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 11, 2024
The chef’s tasting menu was FANTASTIC and way more food than you can imagine. We left so very full. It was a great experience. The chef’s are awesome and the service very friendly and attentive.
A photo of True Food Kitchen - Nashville restaurant
4.6 (2033)
$30 and under
Green Hills
About the restaurant
True Food Kitchen is a chef-driven restaurant and scratch bar that was founded by Dr. Andrew Weil, the pioneer of integrative medicine, to provide food that tastes great and is good for you. At our table, delicious dining and conscious nutrition go hand in hand, without sacrificing flavor, creativity or indulgence. Our expertly trained chefs craft flavor-forward dishes, handcrafted cocktails and freshly pressed refreshers so you can enjoy epic food experiences that aren’t just good for you, but good to you. Join us in Nashville for lunch, dinner, or weekend brunch. Located in Nashville attached to Vertis Green Hills apartments at Richard Jones Road and Hillsboro Pike, near Corepower Yoga and The Set Studio. New flavors, new combinations, new obsessions. Come see us for something completely new and delicious.
Top review
Dined 2 days ago
Always an enjoyable experience at True Food kmKitchen. Consistently rises to the occasion with great food, menu, service and atmosphere. 
A photo of Fonda on 12th restaurant
4.5 (37)
$30 and under
Waverly / Melrose / Breeze Hill
About the restaurant
Fonda Nashville is a neighborhood restaurant serving authentic, elevated Mexican fare driven by
acclaimed Chef and Partner Roberto Santibañez. With the original concept opening in Brooklyn, New
York fifteen years ago, Santibañez, along with local restaurateurs, bring a fresh take on Fonda to the
idyllic 12 South neighborhood at 2316 12th Ave. Santibañez, an award-winning cookbook author,
restaurateur and steward of Mexican cuisine, opened his Nashville “comida” this May 2024.

The menu distinguishes itself with a focus on small, shareable
contemporary plates. These dishes will range from Queso Fundido and Ensalada de Nopales to a
Mexican take on Burrata En Salsa Verde and a desirable Wagyu Con Mole de Avellanas. For the
table, you can order build-your-own taco boards or enchiladas baked homestyle.
Top review
Dined 5 days ago
Awesome food and service! Anna is a 5 star server!
A photo of Rainforest Cafe - Opry Mills restaurant
4.2 (962)
$31 to $50
About the restaurant
You don’t have to travel far to dine in a tropical rainforest, It’s a safari for the senses. Our menu contains an array of delicious items and tropical treats you’re sure to go WILD for. End your journey with the out-of-this-world VOLCANO dessert.
Discover the rainforest, complete with cascading waterfalls, tropical rainstorms, trumpeting elephants and entertaining gorillas. It’s not just another meal; it’s an adventure! Don’t forget to take a journey through our Retail Village (opens at 10 AM daily)
CAUTION: Flashing lights and thunder sounds inside restaurant. May cause discomfort and/ or seizures for those with photosensitive epilepsy.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 5, 2024
Too small kids. Good excellent and they had a ball! Very nice staff
A photo of P.F. Chang's - Cool Springs restaurant
4 (148)
$30 and under
About the restaurant
We are an Asian & Chinese restaurant offering dine-in, takeout, to-go, delivery, and catering. Make a reservation online to dine in. Order Asian and Chinese food delivery, takeout, and catering online or through the P.F. Chang's mobile app. Let us cater the perfect feast for you - corporate office catering menus are also available. P.F. Chang's offers a variety of signature Asian, Thai, Korean, Japanese, Mongolian, and Chinese food dishes including Chicken Lettuce Wraps, Chicken Pad Thai, Signature Lo Mein, Fried Rice, Mongolian Beef, Chang's Spicy Chicken, and Pork and Shrimp Dumplings. Order online for sushi delivery and takeout. Many gluten-free and vegetarian menu items are available. Try our seasonal cocktails and seasonal menu items.
Top review
Dined 4 days ago
We enjoyed our meal. They changed their background music. Much better now. Our server was fabulous.
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