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Diners' Choice: Southern restaurants in Nashville

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Updated July 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants with the best overall Southern 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!


A photo of Urban Grub restaurant
4.8
4.8 (5075)
$31 to $50
Southern
Waverly / Melrose / Breeze Hill
About the restaurant
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Urban Grub is a casual fine dining bar and eatery located in a renovated carwash in Nashville’s iconic 12 South district.

The design of the restaurant features a rustic elegance, filled with custom woodwork, stone fireplaces and rounded booths tucked in intimate corners. Urban Grub offers both indoor and outdoor seating with a combination of the two in the beer garden, accompanied a view of the restaurant’s meat curing room, as well as a covered gazebo for larger parties.

From the inviting indoor-outdoor atmosphere to the elevated Southern cuisine of fresh seafood, house-made charcuterie, and prime dry-aged steaks, the experience is unforgettable.

Top review
RedstoneFanGirlvip
Dined 2 days ago
Wonderful food. The pork chop is next level. My husband and I shared it and got some sides.
A photo of Midtown Cafe restaurant
4.8
4.8 (4806)
$31 to $50
Southern
Midtown
About the restaurant
Open Table TOP 50 Best Southern Restaurant in USA offering a casual, affordable, fine dining atmosphere with breakfast / brunch / lunch all seven days and dinner Monday through Saturday with cage free eggs, biscuits, pancakes, seafood, prime steak, veal, pastas & featuring 40 wines by the glass and 150 selections. Located just off West End at 102 -19th Ave S in the West End / Vanderbilt / Music Row / Midtown / Medical Center neighborhoods. Since 1987, casual fine dining with quality ingredients prepared and served by caring professionals.

Open weekdays for Breakfast 8am-2pm. Lunch 11am-2pm Mon-Sun. Dinner starting at 4:30 Monday - Thursday and 5:00pm Friday and Saturday.
Complementary Valet Parking for Lunch and Dinner

Shuttle offered for events at Tpac, Ryman, The Symphony, and Bridgestone with a 40$/ person check minimum. Must call restaurant to reserve shuttle seats. Requests made on Open Table may not be honored, due to limited seating.

Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 2 days ago
This is our second dinner at Midtown Cafe during a Nashville visit. The service and food are outstanding. The food is also a good value. We will be back!
A photo of The Farm House restaurant
4.7
4.7 (2335)
$31 to $50
Southern
Downtown / Sobro
About the restaurant
We are a southern Restaurant & Bar (Best Happy Hour in Nashville) with a touch of Italian. Chefs Trey Cioccia & Robert Compton have been working side by side for 17 years. We are located directly across the street from the Schermerhorn and one block from the Bridgestone Arena, Country Music Hall of Fame, and the Ascend Ampitheater. We are a casual laid back restaurant, with a bar that makes y'all feel at home. We have Happy Hour every day and valet parking on Fridays and Saturdays. If you wake up hungry on the weekend, we serve Brunch and all you need to drink Mimosa's
Top review
LarissaPvip
Dined 3 days ago
We had great service! The food and drinks were wonderful! The music was on point. Thank you!
A photo of Kitchen Notes - Omni Nashville restaurant
4.7
4.7 (1551)
$30 and under
Southern
Downtown / Sobro
About the restaurant
Kitchen Notes is open and serving a new menu created by Chef Jon Moore, of course we still have our fresh biscuits. With recipes reminiscent of your Grandmother's kitchen, we create a southern style dining experience. With breakfast that includes Home Style Grits, Sourdough Pancakes, Nashville Hot Fried Chicken and more to start off your day. For those of you looking for something on the healthy side of the menu we have Avocado Toast, and a Southern Succotash.


Located inside the Omni Hotel, come enjoy Nashville's best breakfast.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 6 days ago
Good food, good service. Can't beat it! Ate lunch and breakfast there each during my stay.
A photo of Elliston Place Soda Shop restaurant
4.7
4.7 (140)
$30 and under
Southern
Midtown
About the restaurant
We’re one part soda shop, one part meat-and-three, and one hundred percent bona fide Southern eatery. We cook each meal fresh from scratch daily, following time-tested recipes and honoring our founder’s meat-and-three legacy. Bring the kids around for a treat, grab lunch with friends, or drop by for a shake and fries. And did we mention the pies?
Top review
CherylV
Dined 5 days ago
A trip back in time to a soda shop with favorites from our past. Great burger and fries but also a turkey & dressing dinner my hubby loved. We had hot fudge sundae that was delicious!
A photo of Henley restaurant
4.5
4.5 (1178)
$30 and under
Southern
Music Row
About the restaurant
Rooted in the traditions of regional cooking, Henley celebrates quality products made by American hands. That starts with the hand selected bourbon and Tennessee whiskey barrels that populate our drink program and extends to our rich appreciation for the bounty available in the American South. The atmosphere evolves as you move through the space: bright and breezy on patio, hushed and moody in Snooker. As for the inner sanctum--Henley’s coveted Rabbit Hole--well, you’ll just have to experience that for yourself.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined today
we were looking for someplace to go have our anniversary dinner. We found this place just randomly on Google maps. This was by far our best experience at a restaurant in Nashville. The service was amazing. The price of the food was very reasonable. The manager was great and very accommodating.
A photo of Little Fib restaurant
4.3
4.3 (381)
$30 and under
Southern
Downtown / Sobro
About the restaurant
Savor American retro cuisine at Little Fib, a distinct restaurant designed to honor the rich history of Nashville through food, music and libations. Start your morning to the right beat in downtown Nashville or refuel after exploring Broadway. Located in the heart of Music City inside the Renaissance Nashville hotel.
Top review
LiamsTT
Dined on Jul 14, 2024
Great restaurant.,, breakfast was awesome. Did not do buffet but it looked amazing. Second time here and absolutely love the ambience and seating 👍👍
A photo of Commons Club Kitchen and Bar restaurant
4.4
4.4 (237)
$30 and under
Southern
Midtown
About the restaurant
Serving as the social epicenter of Virgin Hotels Nashville, Commons Club offers an interactive experience with three distinct spaces inviting locals and hotel guests alike to eat, drink and explore Music Row. The Kitchen boasts an open-style kitchen concept and dining room including an exclusive chef’s table. Guests can enjoy an elevated mix of small plates, craveable entrées and sides available for breakfast, lunch, brunch, and dinner. The Bar offers thoughtfully crafted cocktails, a curated wine selection and a menu of bites. Adjacent to the bar is The Shag Room, a swanky space with a southern twist that features wrap-around tiered seating and a fringe ceiling installation evoking an enjoyable setting for both travelers and locals.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
The bone-in ribeye (cooked perfectly to med-rare) with truffle fries and Mac & cheese, and the salmon with season vegetables and fresh spring salad, were both terrific! The strawberry rhubarb pie a la mode was incredible! Service was great! Highly recommend!
A photo of Puckett's Murfreesboro restaurant
4.0
4 (691)
$30 and under
Southern
Murfreesboro
About the restaurant
The Puckett’s roots go way back to the 1950s, and a little grocery store in the village of Leiper’s Fork, Tenn. Ever since then, we’ve been focused on providing friends new and old with great food and Southern hospitality. When it comes down to it, Puckett’s is a community kitchen, with live pickin’ performances just a few feet from your table. Authentic comfort food—barbecue smoked slow ‘n’ low over cherry wood, the home-cooked sides, even a few upscale dishes—is what Puckett’s aims for you to remember! Our philosophy is simple: Real Food, Real People, Real Fun.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jul 9, 2024
Some of the food arrived cold or lukewarm. Was a little slow to arrive. Especially for a Monday night. Server Maria was excellent.
A photo of The Honeysuckle restaurant
4.1
4.1 (2027)
$31 to $50
Southern
Franklin
About the restaurant
We proudly present a local and social experience featuring new southern creations, dry-aged steaks, fresh oysters, custom made cocktails, whiskey and more.
Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined on Jul 13, 2024
Lovely place and lovely gestures for my parent’s anniversary.
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