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Nashville, TN Restaurant Guide

Nashville, TN is a city known for its sound – it’s called Music City, USA after all.  And even though millions travel to the city for an auditory experience, the other four senses have plenty to enjoy.  With a charming downtown, hip neighborhoods and colorful characters there’s lots to see in Nashville.  Between smoky barrooms and beautiful BBQ smokers, you’ll have lots to smell on your visit.  Wonderful microbreweries and great dance halls give you plenty to feel.  And finally, with world-class restaurants featuring the best Southern, Asian, Soul Food and Nashville specialties like Hot Chicken, there’s enough taste to last a lifetime.  

To start, let’s focus on where you’re likely to find the most out of towners when visiting Nashville, Broadway.  The iconic strip in the heart of downtown Nashville is home to numerous bars and restaurants, all featuring live music that can be heard from the streets.  In a town known for iconic musicians like Dolly Parton, Jack White, Sheryl Crow, and others, the Broadway strip is where the next icons rise to the top.  It’s also where you can find an alarming amount of bachelorettes – Nashville has become one of the country’s Bachelorette party capitals, earning the new nickname, NashVegas.

There’s more to Nashville than the main strip, however.  Up and coming neighborhoods like The Gulch and East Nashville have seen a rise in hip, young people coming from cities all around the country to settle in this up and coming city.  It’s estimated that over 100 people per day are moving to Nashville from bigger cities like Chicago, New York and Los Angeles.  As more and more folks have brought their big city experiences and tastes to Nashville, the restaurants and bars have been more than ready to match the demand.  

Tennessee Brew Works
Honky Tonk Brewing Co.
The Station Inn
The Stillery (Downtown)
Robert's Western World
Bourbon Street Blues & Boogie Bar
The 5 Spot
Listening Room Cafe
Skull's Rainbow Room
The Row
Dicey’s Tavern
Desano
Rock’n Dough
Nicky’s Coal Fired
Pegasus Pizzeria
Le Vera
Five Points
Emmy Squared
Milk And Honey Gulch
Biscuit Love Gulch
Peg Leg Porker BBQ
Bourbon Steak by Michael Mina
The Stillery
The Chef And I
Cafe Intermezzo
Makeready L&L
Stateside Kitchen
Urban Grub
Sixty Vines
RH Cafe
Josephine
The Sutler
White Limozeen
Party Fowl – The Gulch
Biscuit Love: Gulch
Prince’s Hot Chicken South
Husk
Hattie B’s Hot Chicken
5th & Taylor
The Stillery
Monell’s Dining and Catering
The Supper Club - The Twelve Thirty Club
UP, A Rooftop Lounge
Bourbon Steak by Michael Mina
The Stillery
The Hampton Social - Nashville
Rare Bird
LA Jackson
Zeppelin
L27 Rooftop Bar
Acme Feed & Seed
Sixty Vines
Dream Nashville
The Pharmacy Burger Parlor & Beer Garden
Burger Up
Gabby's Burgers & Fries
Jack Brown's Beer and Burger Joint Germantown
Stock and Barrel
Farm Burger Nashville
Wayback Burgers
Hopdoddy Burger Bar
Lockeland Table
Graze Nashville
The Pharmacy
Party Fowl- the Gulch
The Hampton Social-Nashville
Up-down Nashville
The Wild Cow
Urban Grub
Peninsula
Tailgate Brewery East Nashville
Monell’s (both locations)
Monell’s (both locations)
Dandgure's Classic Southern Cooking
Hattie B’s Hot Chicken
Wendell Smith’s Restaurant
Arnold’s Country Kitchen
Silver Sands Cafe
H & T’s Homecooking
Big Mama’s
Party Fowl (The Gulch)
Helen’s Hot Chicken
Hattie B’s Hot Chicken
Prince’s Hot Chicken (South)
Bj Hot Chicken
Waldo’s Chicken & Beer
Slow Burn Hot Chicken
400 Degrees Hot Chicken
Willie B’s Kitchen & Lounge
EG & MC
One Spunky Spud
Riddim N’ Spice
Sinema
The Pepper Pott
Germantown Pub
Coneheads
The Stage on Broadwa
Tootsies Orchid Lounge
Jason Aldean’s Kitchen + Rooftop Bar
Nudie’s Honky Tonk
The Stillery
The Stillery
Honky Tonk Central
Dierks Bentley’s Whiskey Row
Robert’s Western World
Eddie V's Prime Seafood
Milk and Honey
Jaspers
The Southern Steak and Oyster
Bella Napoli Pizzeria
Martin's Bar-b-Que Joint
Elliston Place Soda Restaurant
Tennessee Brew Works
Honky Tonk Brewing Co.
The Station Inn
The Stillery (Downtown)
Robert's Western World
Bourbon Street Blues & Boogie Bar
The 5 Spot
Listening Room Cafe
Skull's Rainbow Room
Dicey’s Tavern
Desano
Rock’n Dough
Nicky’s Coal Fired
Pegasus Pizzeria
Le Vera
Five Points
Emmy Squared
Milk And Honey Gulch
Biscuit Love Gulch
Peg Leg Porker BBQ
Bourbon Steak by Michael Mina
The Stillery
The Chef And I
Cafe Intermezzo
Makeready L&L
Stateside Kitchen
Urban Grub
Sixty Vines
Josephine
The Sutler
Party Fowl – The Gulch
Biscuit Love: Gulch
Prince’s Hot Chicken South
Husk
Hattie B’s Hot Chicken
5th & Taylor
The Stillery
Monell’s Dining and Catering
The Supper Club - The Twelve Thirty Club
UP, A Rooftop Lounge
Bourbon Steak by Michael Mina
The Stillery
The Hampton Social - Nashville
LA Jackson
Zeppelin
L27 Rooftop Bar
Acme Feed & Seed
Sixty Vines
Dream Nashville
The Pharmacy Burger Parlor & Beer Garden
Burger Up
Gabby's Burgers & Fries
Jack Brown's Beer and Burger Joint Germantown
Stock and Barrel
Farm Burger Nashville
Wayback Burgers
Hopdoddy Burger Bar
Lockeland Table
Graze Nashville
The Pharmacy
Party Fowl- the Gulch
The Hampton Social-Nashville
Up-down Nashville
The Wild Cow
Urban Grub
Peninsula
Tailgate Brewery East Nashville
Monell’s (both locations)
Monell’s (both locations)
Dandgure's Classic Southern Cooking
Hattie B’s Hot Chicken
Wendell Smith’s Restaurant
Arnold’s Country Kitchen
Silver Sands Cafe
H & T’s Homecooking
Party Fowl (The Gulch)
Helen’s Hot Chicken
Hattie B’s Hot Chicken
Prince’s Hot Chicken (South)
Bj Hot Chicken
Waldo’s Chicken & Beer
Slow Burn Hot Chicken
400 Degrees Hot Chicken
Willie B’s Kitchen & Lounge
EG & MC
One Spunky Spud
Riddim N’ Spice
Sinema
The Pepper Pott
Germantown Pub
Coneheads
The Stage on Broadwa
Tootsies Orchid Lounge
Jason Aldean’s Kitchen + Rooftop Bar
Nudie’s Honky Tonk
The Stillery
The Stillery
Honky Tonk Central
Dierks Bentley’s Whiskey Row
Robert’s Western World
Eddie V's Prime Seafood
Milk and Honey
Jaspers
The Southern Steak and Oyster
Bella Napoli Pizzeria
Martin's Bar-b-Que Joint
Elliston Place Soda Restaurant

In addition to big city folks making Nashville home, some of the country’s best and brightest have been flocking to the City to attend Vanderbilt, known to some as “The Harvard of the South”.  The college, located in Nashville’s midtown, has had a great restaurant and bar scene near campus over the decades to accommodate those parent visits from all around the country.  Now, that scene has exploded, as the latest influx of students has demanded more variety in their restaurant choices. 

In addition to a rich country music history, Nashville is also the home to civil rights history.  During the Civil Rights movement, sit-ins and bus boycotts in Nashville were an important part of a greater national trend, leading to increased rights for black people in the South and across the country.  We’re celebrating Nashville’s black history by focusing on the City’s best black-owned restaurants, the best soul food you can find in Nashville, the best hot chicken and more.  

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8 Essential Breweries in Nashville, TN

Craft beer is booming all over the country, and Nashville is now home to a lot more breweries than you might think! New microbreweries are popping up nearly every day, and many have delicious food and events to take advantage of as well. We’ve found some of the coolest breweries to ensure you can have a good time in the country music capital of the world! If you need a quick break from Broadway, check out our list of 8 fun breweries in Nashville, TN. 

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8 Nashville Restaurants With Outstanding Live Music

These Nashville restaurants are some of the best for their live music scene. They will sweep you off your feet with good vibes, great company, and epic food. A night out in Music City just isn’t the same unless you’re getting in front of an up and coming live band. The best part is that one of country music’s biggest acts could always decide to blow into any old dive bar in Nashville without warning. Check out the eight best spots for live music served as fiery as Nashville’s famous hot chicken.

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The 8 Absolute Best Pizza Spots in Nashville, Tennessee

Hot or cold, fresh or leftover, there is nothing more delicious or satisfying than having a slice of pizza (or a few). While the main ingredients stay the same in every pie, a few alterations here and there make all the difference and can bring each bite to a whole new level. We’ve put together a list of some of the very best spots to check out when you’re craving a nice cheesy slice of pizza in Nashville. 

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The Best Nashville Restaurants in the Gulch

The Gulch is one of the more popular neighborhoods around Nashville and has many great options for hungry visitors and locals alike. Whether it’s a night out with friends or you are looking for a place just to grab a quick bite, you won’t have a hard time finding a place to enjoy a tasty meal. To help you locate some of the trendiest and most fun spots to dine in and around the Gulch, we’ve provided a few of our favorites below. 

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10 of Nashville’s Absolute Best Brunch Spots

What trip to Nashville would be complete without a chance to sip, savor, and slurp the most delectable dishes prepared by award-winning chefs? Brunch is a sacred time during any vaca where you and your travel buddies can regain your strength and share stories of the previous evening’s debauchery over a stack of pancakes and a plate of biscuits and gravy. Check out our sampler platter of some of the best brunch spots Nashville has to offer to you hungry travelers, as well as some of the best suggestions on the menu. Bon Appetit!

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8 Essential Broadway Restaurants in Nashville

Nashville is called Music City in large part because of its iconic Broadway. It’s home to many a honkytonk with soon-to-be-huge country stars on stage crooning their songs to thrilled visitors and locals alike, And while this experience is so amazing, enjoying a fantastic meal is a big part of Nashville as is the live music scene. So we’ve come up with the some of the best Broadway restaurants in Nashville to hit for a delicious meal before you enjoy Nashville’s incomparable music scene.

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12 Rooftop Restaurants in Nashville With Stunning Views

Nashville is home to good country music, champion sports teams like the Nashville Predators and Tennessee Titans, and killer chicken wings. The city is also home for some stunning views, best enjoyed on higher ground with a meal or drink. Here are some notable rooftop restaurants in Nashville you must try.

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8 Top Burger Joints in Nashville 🍔

A mouthwatering meal is always an excellent way to connect with friends and family.  And is there anything as quintessentially American and delicious as a burger? Even a “just ok” one is still pretty good and will have your taste buds asking for more. In Nashville, various restaurants serve this great American classic with their unique twist of flavor bound to give you a unique yet delicious experience every time. Here are some of the best burger restaurants in Nashville.

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The Absolute Best Restaurants in East Nashville

Nashville is a city in Tennessee known for amazing, can’t miss attractions from the Grand Ole Opry House to The Country Music Hall of Fame to Broadway. With such a rich history, there is bound to be delicious cuisines to be discovered in this city. If you’re looking for the best restaurants in East Nashville, an up and coming neighborhood, try your luck with this list we’ve compiled for you.

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7 Of Nashville’s Best Soul Food Restaurants

Dining out in Music City means choosing from a variety of local specialties to truly experience this surprising foodie town. And soul food restaurants in Nashville are a great way to delight your taste buds while enjoying the flavors, history, soul of the south. We have rounded up 7 of the best soul food restaurants to try in Nashville cooking up some unique and mouthwatering ingredients you are sure to love!

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8 Can’t Miss Hot Chicken Spots in Nashville 🥵

One of the most iconic dishes to ever come out of Music City is their spicy hot chicken. Often imitated but rarely duplicated, this deep-fried chicken absolutely covered in spices shows up on menus from five-star restaurants to food trucks all over town. So we have curated our list of the best hot chicken spots in Nashville to order up some crispy, spicy goodness the next time you are craving this tasty symbol of Tennessee. 

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The Absolute Best Black Owned Restaurants in Nashville

The foodie scene in Nashville is almost as scorching hot as the city’s ubiquitous hot chicken dish. Plenty of fantastic food is cooked up in this Southern city, but if you want to know the best Black-owned restaurants in Nashville to try, we have curated our list of the top 8 spots to visit the next time you dine out in Music City.

With influence from Country Music legends, hip newcomers from around the country, college students at Vanderbilt and a vibrant black community, there’s something for everyone in Nashville, TN.  Whether you’re brunching in East Nashville, looking for a great rooftop restaurant or the hottest hot chicken in the area, we’ve got the guide you’ll need to Music City, USA.