Six Best Restaurants To Visit In Nashville

Nashville’s culinary scene is constantly growing. It’s on par with what you’d expect from a big city. You’ll find restaurants in Nashville serving up everything from traditional Southern cuisine to upscale, fine international dining.

However, the hardest part of dining in Nashville is deciding which restaurant to try next. Here’s a guide you to the best restaurants in Nashville curated by experts from

  1. Rosie Food & Wine

Just 25 or so minutes northeast of Nashville in Hendersonville, Andy and Beth Hayes’ charming strip mall restaurant doles out stunningly plated Spanish-inspired feasts. The menu here changes — but look for tapas-style standouts like meatballs with garlic bread, Iberico ham, octopus, and patatasbravas (called Rosie potatoes here) to start, followed by house-made pasta, quail fideo, and striped bass as heartier portioned plates. Be sure to save room for dessert.

  1. Lou Nashville

Open since late 2019, MaileaWeger’s cozy, Parisian-inspired Riverside Village cafe offers one of the most unique menus in the city (alongside one of Nashville’s best wine lists). Weger and the Lou team constantly adapted throughout the pandemic, adding curated picnic and wine sacs for home consumption, plus expanding outdoor dining options and hosting several first-class bake sale fundraisers for causes like Planned Parenthood and helping fight anti-trans legislation.

  1. 400 Degrees

Native Nashvillian and lifelong hot chicken fan Aqui Hines first started 400 Degrees — named for her hottest spice level offered — more than 15 years ago, gaining loyal fans via food truck and her Clarksville Pike restaurant. Hines’s hot chicken recipe calls for deep-fried rather than skillet-fried chicken, a chief distinction between 400 degrees and most other restaurants. Hers is considered among the best in Nashville.

4. Pelican & Pig

Nick and Audra Guidry had their hands in every detail of their first full-service restaurant — a cozy spot carved into a former auto upholstery shop. Flavor-packed wood-fired dishes are equally enjoyable at the bar or in the socially distanced dining room (or most recently — at home for takeout). Standout dishes include fried provolone with chili crisp, local sweet corn “ribs,” and a frenched pork chop with gooseberry relish.

5. East Side Banh Mi

Industry vets Gracie Nguyen and Chad Newton opened their fast-casual banh mi shop early on in the pandemic, and it’s been a favorite ever since. Locals swarm for the concise sandwich menu — ranging from one with smoked Gifford’s bologna, ham hock terrine, and pate to a vegetarian-friendly option with chili crisp tofu and roasted eggplant. Salads, rice and noodle bowls, and specials are also on offer, all sourced locally: including Bear Creek Farm beef and pork, Bloomsbury Farm vegetables, and Nguyen Coffee Supply. The half and half, a caffeinated delight featuring toasted peanut rice milk and Vietnamese iced coffee, is not to be missed. You can enjoy games at real money online pokies from the restaurant while enjoying their meals.

  1. Big Al’s Deli

Big Al’s homestyle hospitality and reliably pleasing homestyle cooking merge seamlessly, making the Salemtown spot a top pick among locals for breakfast and lunch. It opens at 7 a.m. during the week, serving classic breakfast items and Southern staple lunch features from fried catfish to spicy South Carolinian shrimp and grits in an atmosphere that actually feels like dining in a family member’s home.