Best Outdoor Dining Destinations in Nashville: Restaurants with Fresh Food, Fresh Air

Nashvillians know that the weather in this fair city is definitely hit or miss. By mid-summer, the sweltering heat has everyone running for a cold drink in the air conditioning. But if you catch Nashville in the Spring, Fall, or unseasonably pleasant Winter or Summer evenings, dining outdoors is absolute perfection. That’s why so many popular restaurants and bars have expanded outdoor space to accommodate more people. If you're looking for a gorgeous courtyard to enjoy while you sip on wine, Park Cafe has you covered. Or maybe a good beer on a laid-back porch is your thing? If so, try Edley's Bar-B-Que. Of course, no list of Nashville patios would be complete without mentioning Jackson's Bar and Bistro. The bistro's large patio is poised for incredible people-watching in Hillsboro village, and it's dog-friendly, too. Now that's a patio!

You can get an incredible meal with perfect drink pairings in any Nashville neighborhood. But the perfect dinner outside? It takes a special touch and a unique location to create an atmosphere that has patrons begging for a seat in the open air. From romantic twinkle lights, to outdoor gardens, to seats poised perfectly to watch passersby, these are some of Nashville’s greatest outdoor dining destinations.

12th Avenue South
Edley's Bar-B-Que
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Edley's came to the 12 South neighborhood in 2012, and it was so popular that the restaurant opened a second location within a few years. The patio faces 12 South and wraps around to a side street where patrons can sit and watch car, bike, and...  Read More

The Pharmacy Burger Parlor & Beer Garden
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Designed like a throw back to the old days of soda fountains and classic burger joints, The Pharmacy has had a constant line out the door since it opened. Burgers are on trend to be sure, but The Pharmacy bucks those trends by offering...  Read More

Rolf and Daughters
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Since opening in late 2012, Rolf and Daughters has earned plenty of accolades--including a spot on BonAppetit's 2013 Best New Restaurants list. The kitchen staff takes pride in sourcing locally raised meats and Tennessee produce, but the...  Read More

Rosepepper Cantina
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Rosepepper Cantina is an East Nashville favorite. In fact, it's so popular that people from other parts of the city trek across the river on weekend nights to eat at "The Rosepepper," as locals call it. One of the things that sets Rosepepper...  Read More

Village Pub and Beer Garden
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The Village Pub and Beer Garden is a little off the beaten path, but it's worth a venture into East Nashville if you're looking for a laid-back spot to eat and drink. "The pub," as locals call it, is a melting pot of different types of people...  Read More

12th Avenue South
12 South Tap Room
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The 12 South neighborhood has changed rapidly in the past few years. Old buildings have been knocked down and new ones, with new restaurants and bars, have taken their place. But the Tap Room remains a mainstay. Locals flock to the 12 South Tap...  Read More

Sylvan Park
Park Cafe
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This fun bistro turns to local farms and purveyors to serve seasonal, local dishes year-round. Park Cafe is particularly well known for incredible seafood and pasta dishes, so take note when you order. If you can arrive between 4 and 6 p.m., on...  Read More

Hillsboro Village
Jackson's Bar and Bistro
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Jackson's has been a mainstay in the Hillsboro Village neighborhood for years. Although the restaurant boasts a popular menu and a solid beer list, its claim to fame is an incredible patio. The large patio can hold sizeable parties, and offers...  Read More

Rumours East
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Located in a historic home near 5 Points in East Nashville, Rumours East is the perfect setting for a nice glass of wine or a craft cocktail. The restaurant seating area is set up around a fireplace, while bar patrons can pull up a stool at a...  Read More


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