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Nashville Dining - Our Favorites in Music City

Mar 30, 2007  Updated May 2013
4.5 of 5 bubbles based on 7 votes

Folks on the Nashville forum are always asking for restaurant recommendations. I put together this list as an easy reference for those of you visiting Music City in search of good meals. These are all the restaurants that we have come to love and visit regularly, plus links to help you find your own favorites.

  • Explore locations featured in this Trip List: Nashville
  • Category: Best of
  • Traveler type: Culture, Repeat visitors
  • Appeals to: Business travelers, Couples/romantics, Honeymooners, Singles, Families with small children, Families with teenagers, Seniors, Students, Budget travelers, Tourists
  • 1. The New York Times on the Nashville dining scene

    In June 2012 the New York Times ran an article talking about the hip, evolving dining scene in Nashville's historic neighborhoods.

  • 2. The Guardian UK's list of top budget restaurants in Nashville

    Hot on the heels of the NYT article, the Guardian ran a story on great budget restaurants in Music City.

  • 3. Nashville: country music legends and classic southern cookin'

    August, 2013 article from the Gaurdian with recommendations foor music, shopping, and food.

  • 4. Nashville Originals

    Nashville Originals is a group made up of local independent restaurants, all of which are excellent. The complete list of member restaurants appears on the right side of the homepage.

  • 5. Nashville Restaurants: Ethnic, Neighborhood, Speciality

    This blog is dedicated to reviewing more off-the-beaten-path neighborhood restaurants around Nashville. The reviews are helpfully sorted by type of cuisine on the right of the homepage.

  • 6. Nashville Food Trucks

    Nashville has had a food truck revolution! This site will help you find locations and direct links for the fantastic mobile cuisine scene.

  • 7. Local Coffee Shops

    There are a number of great coffee shops in Nashville, which range from casual cafes to high-end coffee artisans. One of our favorites not listed in the above link is Barrista Parlor in East Nashville.

  • 8. Margot Cafe and Bar
    Margot Cafe and Bar, Nashville, Davidson County

    Great for: Special occasions and big evenings
    Margot's is our standby choice for birthday and anniversary-type dinners. It's right in the heart of East Nsshville's 5-Points, a neighborhood with a number of other restaurants and bars, all within easy walking distance of one another.

  • 9. Marche

    Great for: Weekend brunch
    Marche is a lunch and casual dining place located at 1000 Main St behind Margot Cafe. It's run by the same people as Margot's, and although the setting is more relaxed, the food is just as wonderful.

  • 10. The Pharmacy Burger Parlor & Beer Garden

    The Pharmacy has some of the best burgers in town, as well as a great beer selection and house-made sodas. There's an outdoor beer garden area that is fantastic in the nice weather. Try not to hit the dinner rush or it can be very hard to find a seat!

  • 11. Etch
    Etch Restaurant, Nashville, Davidson County

    Etch is easily our favorite new restaurant in Nashville. The food is fantastic and the staff are excellent.It's pricy, but worth every penny.

  • 12. Hog Heaven
    Hog Heaven, Nashville, Davidson County

    Great for: Lunches, days in the park
    There are many BBQ joints in Nashville, but Hog Heaven has become our favorite. It doesn't look like much from the outside, but the food is excellent! In the nice weather it's great to spend an afternoon in Centennial Park with a sandwich and a frisbee.

  • 13. Family Wash
    The Family Wash/Garage Coffee, Nashville, Davidson County

    Great for: Casual meals with friends or family
    The Family Wash is located in an old laundrymat in the historic neighborhoods of East Nashville. It has a wonderful local feel, and features musicians on many nights.

  • 14. Tin Angel
    Tin Angel, Nashville, Davidson County

    Great for: Date night, dinner with friends
    Tin Angel has been one of our standby date-night restaurants for the last five years. The food is always great, and the atmosphere is very relaxed and friendly.

  • 15. Rosepepper Cantina
    Rosepepper Cantina, Nashville, Davidson County

    Great for: casual dining, patio weather
    The Rosepepper has a lovely patio for the nice weather, and makes some of the best margaritas in Nashville.

  • 16. Bombay Palace

    One of our favorite places for reasonably priced, delicious ethnic cuisine. Bombay Palace is located near Vanderbilt University at 2912 West End Ave.

  • 17. Pancake Pantry
    Pancake Pantry, Nashville, Davidson County

    Great for: Breakfast/lunch
    This is a Nashville standby, and though the line seems intimidating it will actually move pretty quickly. You can send someone up the street to Fido's for coffee while you wait.