15 of the Best Restaurants in Nashville

Though Nashville is known as the home of country music, this big, beautiful city is also known for its exceptional, diverse, and unique dining options. With that in mind, our team has compiled a list of just 15 of the best restaurants that The Music City has to offer for locals and visitors alike. Check out our list, in no particular order, of favorites below:

1. Audrey

Known as the flagship restaurant of Chef Sean Brock, Audrey takes a more personable approach to southern meals, with inspiration stemming from his Appalachian roots and maternal grandmother. Alongside the delicious cuisine, the décor shows the chef’s love of Japanese architecture.

If you’re looking for a brunch and dinner experience truly unlike any other, Audrey is the place for you.

2. Lockeland Table

Lockeland Table is an ode to East Nashville’s community roots, and Chef Hal Holden-Bache’s menu reflects exactly that. Fan favorites include the smoked bone marrow, dry-aged NY strip steak, steamed PEI mussels, and LT pig pizza.

This Nashville establishment also has its own spin on happy hour, called “community hour,” which includes a specialized menu, and a portion of the proceeds benefitting the Lockeland Design Center PTO.

3. Black Dynasty Secret Ramen House

Located inside Bearded Iris at Sullivan Supplies, Black Dynasty Secret Ramen House is where you need to visit for Japanese American soul food. This hidden gem incorporates recipes and ingredients that are made completely in-house, including their savory and delicious noodles.

Additionally, the establishment has a quarterly menu that provides endless options with each and every visit!

4. Degthai

If you’re looking for delicious Thai food in the Nashville area, we highly recommend visiting Degthai. Whether you are ordering food for takeout or delivery, or you are dining in the restaurant itself, quality is consistently delivered with each order.

Just some of the notable favorites that we recommend include the pad Thai, the red chicken curry, and the crispy spring rolls.

5. Manny’s House of Pizza

Since 1984, Manny’s House of Pizza has had the distinct pleasure of bringing New York-style pizza to the city of Nashville. So, whether you are a native of the area or just visiting the city, you can trust a meal made by owner Manny Macca can take thin-crust pizza to the next level.

With countless options to choose from, your experience can be completely custom to your tastebuds. Stop by and share a pizza with friends and family, or quickly pick up a slice for lunch!

6. Joe Muer Seafood

For over 100 years, Joe Muer Seafood has been a Michigan staple for those looking for some of the freshest seafood delicacies, as well as a sophisticated, fine-dining experience. The establishment has since opened its doors to the Nashville community to spread the love.

Whether you are looking for a private dining experience, need seafood for an event, or want to pick up a quick bite from the food truck, Joe Muer is the perfect place for seafood in the city.

7. Husk

Looking for ingredient-driven southern cuisine just off Broadway? Luckily for you, Husk is the place to be. Chef Ben Norton is best known for rediscovering heirloom products and applying them to their delicious courses.

The restaurant includes a frequently rotating menu featuring key products that local producers provide daily. For an inside look at what’s being currently offered, check out today’s menu and stop by for an impeccable meal.

8. Pelato

Pelato is best known for taking the richness of Italian cuisine and combining it with the unmistakable spirit of Brooklyn. With the motto, “It’s in our DNA,” this restaurant takes its passion for intimate dining experiences and original flavor and elevates it to the next level.

Though they offer a wonderful dinner and drink menu, their “Sunday supper” is what truly makes them stand out. Enjoy an exceptional Italian dinner in the Germantown neighborhood today!

9. Prince’s Hot Chicken

Best known for its delicious and savory hot chicken and sides, Prince’s Hot Chicken is Nashville’s original hot chicken establishment. Now with three different locations, this restaurant is not stopping when it comes to bringing exceptional food to hungry customers.

So, for folks who enjoy a bit (or a lot!) of heat, this is the place for you. Pair your chicken of choice with a mouth-watering side, such as their “get it girl” greens, potato salad, and more!

10. Peg Leg Porker

Looking for a real Tennessee barbecue experience? If that is the case, Peg Leg Porker can absolutely deliver. Since 2013, this family-owned and operated restaurant and catering company is best known for serving a quality meal, as well as providing over 30 local drafts at their full bar.

The food is also cooked fresh daily, and they are known to serve menu items until they sell out. That’s how you know when the food is one to try!

11. Assembly Food Hall

Assembly Food Hall is best known as Nashville’s Largest rooftop bar, restaurant, and venue. The Hall includes a wide selection of over 30 bars and eateries, as well as 3 stages to host frequent events!

Let’s just say, The Hall has it all. If you’re looking for an exciting night out with friends while enjoying an assortment of food and drink options unique to The Music City, stop by for a high-energy evening!

12. Mimo

For the blend of authentic Italian comfort food and unbeatable Southern hospitality, Mimo provides a creative menu full of sharable dishes and seasonal favorites. It’s warm and inviting atmosphere also encourages you to partake in sharing an exceptional meal, preferably with a group of your closest friends and family!

So, whether you are looking for a fresh and delicious breakfast, express lunch, or filling dinner, Mimo has everything you could ask for and more!

13. Harper’s

At Harper’s, enjoy steak in style. With global culinary inspiration and a beautiful, intimate atmosphere, this fine dining experience is one to share with friends and family.

Not looking for steak? Not a problem. The menu itself takes your tastebuds on a trip abroad, with notable options such as the elk tenderloin and the rigatoni alla vodka. If you’re looking to share with a group, feel free to indulge in the seafood tower for a delicious and diverse alternative.

14. Wendell Smith’s

Since 1952, Wendell Smith’s has been the best place for savory and soul breakfast, lunch, and dinner. With 73 unforgettable years of business, this family-owned business has thrived through four generations of unwavering customer service!

Stop by this west Nashville favorite for a delicious meal in an atmosphere that feels like home!

15. Babo Korean

If you’re looking to eat, drink, and chill in an inviting atmosphere with an enticing assortment of food and drink options, Babo Korean is the destination for you. Enjoy some of our notable favorites, like the beef kimchi dog or the Korean fried chicken, and wash it down with some soju and sake!

So, whether you’re stopping by for a happy hour with friends or are looking to host a party in our restaurant or on the patio, Babo Korean is the perfect place for an intimate dining experience.

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