Listing some of Nashville’s best restaurants could take days and would probably require a separate website. We can confidently share some of the best, which can help you make your own list of culinary must-do’s. Here are some of our favorites, separated by neighborhood.
One of the newest downtown eateries, this restaurant overlooking the Bridgestone Arena has quickly earned a stellar reputation.
A staple in downtown dining and nightlife, Merchants is the perfect spot for a meal before hockey games, concerts at the Ryman, or just a night on the town with your friends.
Southern Steak & Oyster
Almost immediately, this restaurant became one of Nashville’s favorite spots. Best enjoyed in mild weather because the patio is amazing, but the food is amazing any time.
Kayne Prime Steakhouse
With a name like this, you know the food is delicious. Quickly rising through the ranks of Nashville’s favorite steakhouses, Kayne Prime is definitely worth your time.
Tenn16 Food and Drink Co.
The Mardi Gras theme is charming but not overwhelming, the beer list is impressive but manageable, and the chicken and waffles are to die for. Enough said.
A rotating menu is complemented by a formidable list of artisan cocktails created by dapper men in bowties and suspenders. It’s like a step back in time while still thoroughly modern and definitely amazing.
Since the creators of the Holland House also brought us the Pharmacy, you can be sure everything is delicious. Prepare for craft burgers with creative toppings and a beer list that will make you want to sing. Also, malts. Just do it.
This is Italian fare for people who really love Italian. Delicious pastas are present, of course, but the real stars are the chicken, pork, and beef dishes. Don’t forget the cannoli!
The Yellow Porch
The set menu features some favorites with the chef’s personal twist, like shrimp and grits or flatiron steak. Then, the restaurant features several rotating seasonal dishes that you’ll wish you could have every day. As a crowning triumph, the wine list is impressive.
Home of delicious New Orleans-inspired creations like Po’ Boy sandwiches, gumbo, and etoufee, Patrick’s Bistreaux is a favorite for lunch hour in Berry Hill. If you stop by for dinner, you can also enjoy something from the lengthy beer list.
Classic dishes in a casual atmosphere make this a new favorite in 12South. The outdoor patio is one of the nicest in the city, too.
Another upscale casual dining establishment, Josephine features some creative twists on your favorite meals. All of the produce and meat comes from local sources, so your meal will always be fresh and delicious.
Who could ever get enough of craft burgers? This perennial favorite often has a long line waiting for the local beef burgers and cold brews, so plan ahead or get there early.
Rolf and Daughters
Quickly gain recognition as not just one of the best restaurants in Nashville but also in the country, Rolf and Daughters is located in the Werthan Lofts compound. Reservations are strongly recommended.
Labeled upscale Southern, this relative newcomer has really turned heads. The fresh ingredients gathered from local farms are used to create traditional southern dishes with true flair.
Though lunch and dinner are delicious here, the real star is the weekend brunch. Imagine crab cakes benedict, mouthwatering frittatas, and your choice of Mimosa of Bloody Mary.
Not only a spot for delicious outdoor dining, Sambuca features some of the city’s best jazz acts on almost any night of the week. If you go, prepare to stay for hours.
One of this neighborhood’s true staples, Watermark is known far and wide for the creative cuisine served here. Most are classics with a twist, but you may be lucky enough to get a special created by the chef on occasion.
Nashville really loves craft burgers, and Burger Republic returns that love with the finest beef, creative toppings, and chilled craft beers. Definitely the way to go if you’re out with friends.
The name doesn’t lie; this restaurant features a wide variety of whisky. You’ll also enjoy a wide variety of food from the menu, including filling appetizers or upscale “pub grub.”
Get your tacos anyway you like them, with fresh seafood, local beef, chicken, and even pulled pork. These tacos have made this restaurant a Nashville favorite for years.
Another delicious Italian option with creamy pastas and incredible desserts. Perfect for a quiet night with loved ones or a meeting with friends.
The beautiful upscale dining room with plenty of history and charm is a perfect complement to the picturesque dishes and artfully created cocktails. Reservations aren’t required, but they are recommended.