Nashville may be somewhat synonymous with country music.In fact, country music is as native to Nashville as sunshine is to Florida. However, this beautiful city has become known for much more than that, such as its art scene, popular hockey team, and, of course, its food. Whether visiting this great city for some fiery hot chicken and homegrown barbecue or you’re a local wanting to expand your knowledge of the local eateries, read on.

Nashville is the very home of not chicken, of course. And being the South, biscuits and gravy is all around. However, with its Southern cooking roots combined with the influence of immigrants from all over the world, Nashville is building a more diverse culinary landscape, with a number of noteworthy dining sports. Here’s a guide to the best restaurants in Nashville, and where to find the best dineries.


Just north of downtown, you’ll find some of the city’s more nationally-known restaurants. There’s  Philip Krajeck’s Rolf and Daughters that has won countless awards, for example. Henrietta Red’s raw bar is an ideal location to enjoy a cocktail and oysters. And for a more traditional Southern experience, the family-style culinary experience at Monell’s delivers like no other eatery in town. 


Thousands of visitors make their way to Lower Broadway each and every year, while locals tend to sweet clear of the epicentre and its numerous bachelorette parties. The recent selection of new restaurants, however, has meant that downtown has gained a whole new fanbase.

Green Pheasant offers new cuisine with a modern twist on Japanese dishes. Woolworth on 5th offers up some stunning Southern dishes with a taste of history, as it serves its food on the site of the 60’s lunch counter sit-ins. Martin’s Bar-B-Que Joint is the finest venue for genuine, tasty West Tennessee whole-hog style barbecue.

Etch from Deb Paquette has been in existence since 2012 and yet it remains one of the city’s most respected restaurants, with such offerings as carrot enchilada, shrimp bruschetta, octopus, and duck tart. Black Rabbit has a speakeasy vibe, with delightful cocktail sections and tasty small plates, such as charred octopus ceviche.


Just a few short miles from downtown is this forever-changing tourist stripthat is also popular with students. The area’s culinary offerings might not be for everybody but there is definitely a number of venues worth a visit. Josephine restaurant from chef Andy Little is famous for its seasonal menu and modern American cuisine, although brunch and its cinnamon sugar doughnuts are two of the tastier options on the menu.

Edley’s Bar-B-Que offers up some tasty barbecue and sides, and Mafiaoza’s is a go-to venue on Tuesdays, thanks to its 2-4-1 pizza and beer deals. Lebanese bistro Epice provides a menu featuring Middle Eastern dishes with numerous vegetarian options. Frothy Monkey remains a favourite in the area, although those seeking shorter lines for a just as delightful ciphered of Joe can instead choose to visit Portland Brew just one block south.