Pack your Knives. Nashville Steakhouses are a Cut Above

Nashville is not Chicago. Not when it comes to weather and not when it comes to steak either. But just because Music City isn't famous for steakhouses (or stockyards, for that matter), it doesn't mean you can't find some of the most delicious, perfectly prepared piece of meat at a number of specialty restaurants. In many cities steakhouses are formal affairs, reserved for an old-school atmosphere, where coats and ties are required. Nashville has those, and those are great for a night out on the town, but Music City likes to do things different. So, that means there are some places were boots and hats are welcome, and you can dine casually as you enjoy that rib eye. Nashville's got the classic, like Fleming's; the modern, like Union Common; and even one that owns its own herd of cattle. That would be Capitol Grille. Save up and splurge at one of these steakhouses.

Bob's Steak and Chop House
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This carnivore headquarters, located in the heart of SoBro, in the Omni hotel, serves up mega-sized portions to the scores of visitors to the Music City Convention Center and other nearby properties. A Texas-based chain with a reputation for...  Read More



Nestled inside the Gaylord Opryland Resort, Old Hickory is the ideal special occasion dinner reservation for travelers. The Opryland staff grows herbs for use in the restaurant in the gardens inside the atrium, and touches like that help this...  Read More

Sperry's Restaurant
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For a bit of nostalgia, this dimly lit Belle Meade original is the place to order a perfect steak with twice-stuffed baked potatoes (and salad bar that locals love). It has been so popular over the years that an exact replica outpost was opened...  Read More



Yes, this upscale steakhouse is a chain. But is a chain that specializes in the finest USDA Prime beef selections paired with an extensive by-the-glass wine list (100 different wines). Conveniently located by the Vanderbilt campus, it is a great...  Read More

Cherokee Steakhouse
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The steakhouse of choice among many locals is Cherokee Steakhouse in nearby Lebanon. The recipe for success is quite simple here: no frills. Really. This is a comfortable and homey atmosphere at a marina, so people frequently come in by boat....  Read More



Yes, The Palm is part of a national chain, but this outpost is considered a city icon. Its location, right across from Bridgestone and off of Broadway, is an oasis among the downtown chaos and excitement. The result is a lively environment at...  Read More



It is all in the name: The Southern Steak and Oyster. That's what's on the menu here and that's what you should order. There's even a daily steak special (the Nudie Suit), which can top $100 for an entrée (although it is huge and delicious)....  Read More

The Gulch
Kayne Prime
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When UNC basketball coach Dean Smith left $200 to any player who had ever lettered with him in his will, several planned a trip to Nashville to spend their windfall at Kayne Prime. That's how well-known (and well-loved) this restaurant is. This...  Read More

Union Common
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Union Common is a decidedly uncommon steakhouse. Yes, the chefs know how to prepare a piece of meat just right, to order, exactly as you like (pink or no in the center). But the Great Gatsby-esque vibe, the windows on Midtown, and the intimate,...  Read More

Capitol Grille
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Hidden in the lower level of the gorgeous Hermitage Hotel, this is one of the best dining rooms in the city, and has been for decades. Capitol Grille takes that whole farm-to-fork thing to whole new level. The restaurant runs Double H Farms,...  Read More


Meet Margaret Littman

Journalist Margaret Littman is a both a relative newcomer to Nashville as well as an old-timer, having returned to what was her college town as a grown-up. 

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