Nashville Is For Eating

The Foodie Guide to Nashville (1)

Are you hungry yet?

No matter what kind of food you enjoy, Nashville has it. I have compiled a list of my favorite restaurants broken into subcategories based on which neighborhood in Nashville they call home. Bon Appétit! 


  • Bella Napoli – Watch the pizza makers whip out wood-fire pizzas, then enjoy it on a brick-lined patio with string lights
  • Edgehill Café – Meet music row executives at this favorite hangout with coffee and light lunches
  • Taco Mamacita – Creative Mexican-inspired food with an amazing patio
  • Barcelona Wine Bar – A high end chain of wine bars that has found a new home in Edgehill village. Authentic Spanish eats and an extensive wine menu.

Hillsboro Village 

  • Cabana – Upscale Southern food served in your own private cabana. Check out the happy hour from 4-7pm
  • Double Dog’s – Dog-friendly sport’s bar with American fare. Get the nachos in the dog bowl!
  • Fido – One of Nashville’s favorite hangouts, you might just see a celebrity
  • Jackson’s Bar and Bistro – Dishes that are as creative as they are delicious
  • Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams – Enjoy creative flavors and local ingredients; a student favorite
  • McDougal’s Chicken – Seriously spicy chicken in a comfortable comfortable outdoor environment
  • Pancake Pantry – People line up down the street for these delicious pancakes
  • Revelator Coffee Company – Serious coffee menu in a bright, modern space

21st Avenue/North Broadway Area 

  • Hattie B’s Hot Chicken – One of the best places to get Nashville’s signature dish, but beware of the line
  • Soulshine Pizza Factory – Bar, music venue, and restaurant serving creative pizza
  • Tavern – pub-style food in a chic restaurant. Don’t skip the table-side s’mores or the red velvet waffles!
  • Union Common – a sophisticated corner restaurant with a plethora of upscale options
  • Nada – A brand new restaurant warranting praise for their cocktails and tacos
  • Le Sel – A hip French restaurant hidden among a strip of inferior restaurants

Belmont Area

  • Bongo Java – Hipster coffee spot serving fairtrade and organic meals
  • Blvd Nashville – A modern restaurant serving French food with a rotating menu
  • International Market & Restaurant – Delicious and authentic Thai food inside an Asian grocery
  • PM – A trendy Thai restaurant with surprisingly great burgers
  • Proper Bagel – NY style bagel shop with every flavor of cream cheese you can imagine. A popular Instagram destination and hip hangout for weekend brunches


  • Desano Pizza – Artisan pizza that maintains a casual feel
  • Etch – Generally regarded as the best restaurant in Nashville
  • South – Modern Southern food in an industrial space
  • Tin Roof – Usually a nighttime music joint that serves good food with a nice patio

12 South

  • Bartaco – Classic and creative tacos in a bohemian space. Befriend your local bartender!
  • Burger Up – Grass-fed burgers with organic sides in an industrial inspired space
  • Five Daughter’s Bakery – Home of the decadent one hundred layer donut
  • Flipside – Countless variations of chicken and yummy milkshakes
  • Frothy Monkey – A comfortable cozy coffeehouse with an impressive dinner menu
  • Las Paletas – Flavorful desserts that will make you think popsicles aren’t just for kids
  • Edley’s Bar-B-Que – A must for any fans of Southern BBQ
  • Smiling Elephant – a local favorite Thai restaurant that is family run with specific hours

The Gulch

  • Barista Parlor Golden Sound- Hip industrial venue with artisanal coffee in an old garage
  • Biscuit Love – A food truck turned restaurant with creative breakfast dishes. Come here hungry!
  • Sambuca – An upscale American restaurant with a live jazz band
  • Watermark – Upscale Southern food in a modern space with rooftop seating
  • Whiskey Kitchen – Warm wood decor and food typical of a tavern, the nachos are to die for
  • Virago – An upscale sushi joint on M street
  • Peg Leg Porker – A hidden yet delicious, award winning BBQ restaurant as featured on the Food Network
  • Saint Anejo’s – A popular brunch spot with an open air patio
  • Moto – An upscale Italian restaurant in the hip M street district
  • Milk & Honey – Has a light and airy atmosphere for brunch through dinner, best known for their cookies and milk
  • Yazoo Brewery – the best tasting room and brewery tour in town, with a killer menu

Downtown and Germantown 

  • Nashville Farmer’s Market – A sample of Nashville’s flavors complete with greenery and craft tables as well
  • Germantown Café – An eclectic Southern menu with a great view of downtown
  • Monell’s – Classic Southern food; you can taste the heart. They also do midnight dinners family style.
  • Puckett’s Grocery and Restaurant – Delicious seafood and American food near the river downtown
  • Rippy’s BBQ – Live country music and great BBQ with a rooftop deck
  • The Mad Platter – Locally sourced food with a menu that changes by the day
  • Barista Parlor Germantown – A light and airy location of the Nashville chain fit with full wall garage doors that open up on beautiful days
  • Kuchina and Keller – A new restaurant in Germantown serving up Mediterranean cuisine
  • Rolf and Daughters – A local favorite for a special occasion dinner
  • Henrietta Red – A new seafood restaurant with an incredible raw oyster bar
  • City House – a quaint house turned restaurant famous for their pizza topped with egg
  • Husk – farm-centered menu in a historic mansion downtown

East Nashville

  • The Pharmacy – A beautiful burger parlor with heavy grass-fed options and classic milkshakes
  • The Southern – An oyster bar with Southern staples in a trendy space
  • Barista Parlor – The original of the trio of coffee shops, has a classic vintage garage vibe
  • The Treehouse Restaurant – Exactly what it sounds like, a fun space for a date
  • Butcher & Bee – A locally sourced restaurant for fresh and organic dishes
  • Cafe Roze – A new light and airy brunch place in this up and coming neighborhood
  • Marche Artisan Foods – A weekend favorite for brunch. Beware of the wait!


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