Music City Eats: Best Restaurants in Nashville

Stacie Standifer

By , Local Expert, Nashville
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The dining scene in Music City is constantly evolving. Recently, it has become more eclectic and noteworthy than ever.  The addition of award-winning regional chefs and a focus on more organic ingredients has earned national attention and praise.

You can still find an array of fantastic hot chicken and barbeque joints, and some of those are not to be missed.  Another popular tradition is gatherings at food trucks serving handmade Southern fare – they seem to be everywhere.  There’s a passion for cooking, serving and sharing that’s alive in every location.

Overall, dining choices have elevated to a more sophisticated level....  Read more »

  • 1

    Rolf and Daughters

    Every item on the menu comes with locally-sourced ingredients creatively prepared. The specials and the...  Read more »

    Local Expert Tip: "So many delicious choices for vegan and vegetarian palates."

  • 2

    Kayne Prime

    • Cuisine: Steakhouse
    • Average Main Course Price: $35
    • Neighborhood: The Gulch

    This location truly raised the bar for steakhouse fare in the city. Addictive, handmade popovers come...  Read more »

    Local Expert Tip: "The draw may be premium steaks and seafood, but the desserts are not to be missed."

  • 3

    Etch Restaurant

    Skill and creativity come to life here, where the chef utilizes quality local ingredients in fresh new...  Read more »

    Local Expert Tip: "Try to grab a seat or two at the chef's bar overlooking the kitchen."

  • 4

    Capitol Grille

    The chef here has earned numerous accolades for his inventive take on Southern fare while making great efforts to support farming in the area.

    Local Expert Tip: "Always start dinner with the soup; it's a tradition."

  • 5

    City House

    City House is delicious, fun and welcoming. It really is a trend-setting spot that other chefs in the area flock to nightly.

    Local Expert Tip: "Don't miss the octopus on the Antipasti menu."


  • 6

    The Catbird Seat

    • Average Main Course Price: $100
    • Neighborhood: Downtown

    This is a one-of-a-kind experience for a city like Nashville. It is the city's version of French Laundry,...  Read more »

    Local Expert Tip: "Be sure to secure reservations well in advance."

  • 7

    Giovanni Ristorante - Nashville

    Giovanni is always in the restaurant, and takes pride in the quality and authenticity of every dish.

    Local Expert Tip: "Set aside some time for this stop, as lingering for after-dinner cappuccino is extremely tempting."

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    One of the top chefs in the nation crafts the menus and sources the ingredients. Southern classics have...  Read more »

    Local Expert Tip: "The menu changes daily reflecting the chef's findings of fresh ingredients."

  • 9

    Arnold's Country Kitchen

    The food at Arnold's is like eating from a Southern church potluck, but better. Flavor is spot-on and...  Read more »

    Local Expert Tip: "Get there early to avoid waiting in line at this local meat-and-three."

  • 10

    Eastland cafe

    The consistent stream of artists, musicians and families makes for a diverse crowd. Even West Nashville...  Read more »

    Local Expert Tip: "Amazing happy hour with $5 for top-selling appetizers nightly."


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