Get Fresh With Nashville's Best Seafood Restaurants

Hollie Deese

By , Local Expert, Nashville
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Yes, Nashville has long been masters at making perfectly-crispy fried catfish and bowls of hearty shrimp and grits, but there are so many new flavors and preparations to be had these days. For instance, The Original Giant King Fish sandwich from East Side Fish is so "crunk" it was featured in the Road Food column of Gourmet Magazine before they ceased publication. For something a little more upscale and a little less messy, Cascades in the Opryland Resort is just right, thanks to the luxe resort gardens that surround you while you eat. Of course, the people watching there can't be beat either. So whether you prefer your...  Read more »

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    South Street Crab Shack

    Suddenly South Street is one of the area stalwarts, serving up delicious oysters and crab legs since 1991.

    Local Expert Tip: "Spring the $16 for the Steam Pot Bucket, packed with mouth-watering mussels, shrimp, oysters, smoked sausage, corn and new potatoes in a rolling Cajun boil. Don't forget the drawn butter and piles of napkins."

  • 2

    Puckett's Boat House

    Housed in Franklin's old Boat Locker, Puckett's serves up the freshest in Gulf seafood, delivered daily right to their kitchen.

    Local Expert Tip: "Stop by for Happy Hour specials, including two-for-one wine and beer, as well as half-priced oysters."

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    Cascades Seafood Restaurant

    Get over any aversion to what you might think is too touristy. The gardens are too gorgeous and the people watching is perfection.

    Local Expert Tip: "Special requests are accommodated, even vegetarian and vegan."

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    Batter'd and Fried Boston Seafood House

    The owner is fully committed to the neighborhood with multiple restaurants all within a block of each other.

    Local Expert Tip: "No fighting with friends over whether to get sushi or a crispy basket of fish and chips. Adjoined with Wave Sushi Bar, you can get both."

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    East Side Fish

    Despite it's small location, East Side Fish has been making one of the best versions of the classic Southern fried fish sandwich for years.

    Local Expert Tip: "Don't plan on staying to eat. The small storefront tucked off Gallatin Pike only has a few seats and counter space to stand. Of course, that's plenty to take on one of those king fish sandwiches."

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    Bonefish Grill

    With locations in Cool Springs and Murfreesboro, Bonefish does solid interpretations of seafood classics.

    Local Expert Tip: "Try the nightly fresh specials, which can include New England-style lobster rolls made in house, perfect with a hand-muddled watermelon martini. Dinner only except for Sunday brunch."

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    Seafood Sensation

    • Cuisine: American, Seafood
    • Average Main Course Price: $10
    • Neighborhood: Jefferson Street District

    Fancy and romantic it's not, but hearty and delicious it is. Fans south of town love the recently-opened Antioch location in the mall.

    Local Expert Tip: "Don't think you are getting off without making a mess, so dress accordingly and leave easily-stained silk at home."

  • 8

    Blue Moon Waterfront Grille

    • Cuisine: Seafood
    • Average Main Course Price: $15
    • Neighborhood: West Nashville

    Pull up and dock your boat for waterside casual dining or head over for late night bites and beer into the early morning hours.

    Local Expert Tip: "Don't even bother in the winter months. Blue Moon shuts down operations in January and February."

  • 9

    Bro's Cajun Cuisine

    Cajun food done correctly is surprisingly hard to find in this Southern city. Once you find Bro's you really don't have to look anywhere else.

    Local Expert Tip: "Crawfish broils in season give you the whole NOLA experience. "

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    Gulf Pride Seafood

    The fish market and adjoining retail store sells everything you need for your at-home attempts.

    Local Expert Tip: "Check out their seasonal live crawfish boils."



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