Get Fresh With Nashville's Best Seafood Restaurants

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 seafood with a side of hush puppies and a glass of sweet tea - and you can't do wrong with the version found at Batter'd and Fried - or with a fine wine and some ambient lighting, Nashville's seafood scene has something delicious to offer. You can even find a an authentic Cajun place in Bro's bringing gumbo and crawfish straight from NOLA to Music City. Sure, many restaurants in town have an outstanding seafood dish or two, but for this list of Top 10 spots, it's their specialty.

Bro's Cajun Cuisine


This cajun establishment, owned by a family from Lafayette, Louisiana, has been in business at different locations for over 30 years. Known for it's cajun delights with soul, Bro's is one of Nashville's premier hot spots for authentic southern...  Read More



Fans of waterside dining have been rejoicing since Blue Moon reopened in April 2013 after it was crippled by the May 2010 flood. One of only a few spots in the area you can get to by boat, the atmosphere is most definitely flip-flop casual....  Read More

Jefferson Street District


If you are looking for a romantic experience with some intricately prepared dishes, look somewhere else. If you are looking for big plates of fresh, buttery seafood, this is your spot. Steamed mussels, crab legs, crab cakes, lobster all make the...  Read More



One of the local outposts of the Florida-based chain - the other is in Murfreesboro - Bonefish is obviously all about... fish. Diners first choose their fish from grilled, sauteed or baked options like flaky Mahi Mahi or melt-in-your-mouth sea...  Read More



The casual, pub-like confines of the Batter'd and Fried Boston Seafood House offers good seafood at inexpensive prices. The menu focuses on different-size baskets of fried seafood, though there are a few pasta and nonfried entrees. The Wave...  Read More



Cascades Restaurant is surrounded by gardens and waterfalls, which lend a tropical note to Music City's scene. Fresh seafood is key, and Australian lobster tails crown an impressive menu that also includes pan-seared Atlantic cod, diver...  Read More



This killer seafood restaurant serves up southern fare and features live music in the evening Wednesday through Saturday. Whether it's our open mic night, blues night or Cajun dances, Puckett's Boat House is more than just seafood - but the menu...  Read More



South Street looks like an old 'Dukes of Hazard" set, so don't expect to find any fancy linen tablecloths! This is the type of place tourists usually eschew because its looks aren't too enticing. In the warmer months, locals jockey for one of...  Read More


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Hollie Deese is a Nashville-based writer who has spent the past 10 years falling in love with the sights, sounds and flavors of Music City. Hollie has 15 years experience as a writer and...  More About Hollie