From big-name chefs to down-home favorites, these are Nashville's must-hit restaurants.
This lively, stylish Edgehill outpost of a Connecticut-based chain features an extensive wine list, craft cocktails and brews to wash down a creative menu of globally influenced Spanish tapas and large-format plates such as paella. The intimate space is accented by low lighting, dark wood, exposed-brick walls and bold photos, plus a roomy bar.
Sweeping views of Nashville are a big draw at this stylish Gulch rooftop lounge in the Westin Nashville, where a large bar with dramatic lighting and contemporary sofas opens to an expansive deck with an infinity pool and a DJ. Craft cocktails and a lengthy wine list are complemented by Southern-accented small plates and a few dinner and lunch options.
Boldly flavored craft cocktails, regional beers and global wines are complemented by adventurous small plates – think absinthe oysters and butternut squash hand pies – at John Besh's swanky rooftop hangout in the Gulch’s Thompson Nashville hotel. The airy setting features brass details, vintage photos and plenty of seats inside and out, but the real showstopper is the sweeping view of Music City.
Behind the hip Urban Cowboy Bed & Breakfast in Lockeland Springs, this rustic-chic watering hole offers a range of craft cocktails and beers, plus seasonal fare from a permanent food truck and a wood-fired cooking area. The expansive bar features reclaimed wood beams, vintage light fixtures, old-school cigarette machines and a wall of windows overlooking an enormous patio complete with a fireplace.
John Besh expands his Southern cooking empire with this chic all-day kitchen inside the Gulch’s Thompson Nashville hotel, where the upscale seafood-centric menu – from shrimp and grits for breakfast to raw-bar fare and polished fish entrees – includes plenty of options for carnivores. Seasonal craft cocktails and small-batch wines round out the offerings in the modern, airy dining room.
Chinese food gets a touch of Southern flavor at this casual East Nashville eatery and take-out spot, offering imaginative shareable plates like cornmeal fried catfish with black bean sauce alongside cocktails, wine and beer. The modern, cozy space includes an open kitchen with a bar, brightened by white subway-tiled walls and lemon yellow chairs.
Tom Morales (The Southern Steak & Oyster) expands in Nashville with this all-day Southern seafood spot in the Gulch, where the menu spans crab and crawfish omelets at breakfast to pan-seared barramundi at dinner, all complemented by a large wine and cocktail list. With fitting seaside-inspired decor, the chic digs feature reclaimed-wood ceilings, a roomy bar and plenty of patio seating.
From the former Fifty-First Kitchen & Bar team comes this stylish, lively pizza hub in The Nations, serving inventive coal-fired pies, housemade pastas and charcuterie, plus wine on tap and Italian-style cocktails. Set in a converted warehouse, the airy eatery features exposed-brick walls, wood ceilings, a spacious bar and communal tables, not to mention 'Enrico', the massive, mosaic-covered oven named for the owner's grandfather.
This Sylvan Heights destination blends gourmet market, tasting room and wine bar, serving a rotating list of wines, cocktails and shareable vino-based punches alongside globally inspired small plates and snacks, plus artisan coffees and sandwiches for the lunch crowd. The modern, airy space features large windows, crisp white walls, bare wood tables and pops of color from yellow chairs.
New AmericanThe Gulch
“Sleek” and “oozing sex appeal”, this “breathtaking” Gulch New American gives off a “movie-set feel” with “dramatic” optical-fiber chandeliers, “luxurious booths” and a marble bar; the “thoughtful" cuisine, “excellent wine list” and “exceptional” service round out a “must-try” experience – provided "you’re willing to spend a pretty penny.”