My Favorite Nashville Restaurants

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From the performances at the Grand Ole Opry to those along the Honky Tonk Row, Nashville is a very energetic city. I hope this list of restaurants helps you pick out that perfect restaurant during your next trip!

Family Friendly:

 

The Diner
The restaurant has a great location, right next to the pedestrian bridge and a couple blocks from Honky Tonk Row. The restaurant has six different floors and serves a variety of food. My daughter was thrilled about the sushi.

 

Martin's Bar-B-Que Joint
One thing that I noticed about Nashville, the City smells like BBQ. And this place is a classic stop for any BBQ lover. You can get a plate full of ribs, brisket, turkey or a few other options, served with classic sides such as mac and cheese, beans, fries, hush puppies, and more. For the kids, they have mini burgers, hot dogs, grilled cheese and chicken fingers to name a few. I will warn you, we went early for lunch, and the line was already out the door. So plan ahead and bring your stretchy pants!

 

Aquarium
This place was amazing!! It’s outside the main downtown, next to the Grand Ole Opry. It’s actually located in the mall that’s next to the Opry, and I would definitely make reservations. When you walk in, you really do feel like you’re under the ocean. The ceiling has a lot of cool pockets of color and design. And the fish tank, it’s huge! It’s set in the middle of the restaurant, so regardless of where you sit, you have a pretty good view. The menu has a good amount of seafood as well as other chicken or pasta dishes.

 

Burger Up
Located south of the city, this burger joint is a big hit with adults and kids.

 

Arnold's Country Kitchen
Arnold's is an inviting and laid back, diner that serves southern and soul food fare. It has been welcoming guests for over 30 years, and is a great place to bring the kids. One of my all time favorite meals, the one I beg my mom to make all the time (which I'm going to get the recipe some day soon!) is sauerkraut and kielbasa. I can't get enough. This is one of the only restaurants that I've ever known to have it on the menu, so yeah, I'm a fan.

 

Prince's Hot Chicken Shack
Hot Chicken is a staple of Nashville, and if you like spicy food, then this is a must have while you’re in town. The spicy fried chicken is addictive, and Prince’s is known for having some of the best. The restaurant is located in a strip, north of the City, on the way to the Opry.

Casual Dining:

 

FGL House
I had a blast here. It’s a bar/restaurant that was perfect for my family. We went early, so there were a few more families enjoying the loud atmosphere. I loved the energy of the restaurant. The stage, rodeo on the tv and country décor on the walls and ceiling. The food was amazing as well. We started with a hot pretzel that was bigger than a large pizza. The BBQ pork nachos stood about 10 inches high, and it was a tower of goodness. After the 2 appetizers, there was very little room for the main meal, so plan carefully!

 

Merchants
This is located right in the middle of the Broadway, and offers three floors of food. On the first floor, you’ll have a bistro dining experience focusing on comfort foods. Try the crawfish Gumbo! On the second floor, the experience is a little more dressed up. It has a steakhouse menu and an more expansive drink menu. For private parties, you can reserve the third floor for a private meal.

 

Acme feed and seed
This is another multi-level restaurant. It’s located near the riverfront, close to the pedestrian bridge. The first floor offers southern fare where you can enjoy Beer Belly Tacos, Farmer’s fresh Catfish or shrimp and grits. The layout is open with communal tables. The second floor is a bar/lounge, and is great place to start a night out in Nashville. It offers gastro pub fare.

 

Rolf & Daughters
Rolf & Daughters, located in the City’s Germantown, has an industrial vibe. You’ll be treated to small plates while meeting others in this communal setting.

 

The Treehouse Restaurant
Located in a trendy neighborhood of East Nashville, the Treehouse restaurant is a rustic eatery that serves amazing options such as a grilled squash salad, squid Bolognese and a whole grilled sea bass. The menu changes often, so go check out what they have right now!

 

The Farm House
The Farm House serves farm fresh southern food in a downtown location. If you're in the mood for smoked short ribs or a perfect pork chop, make sure you add this restaurant to your list of "Must visit"

Fine Dining:

 

Husk
From the James Beard award-winning Chef Sean Brock, Husk Nashville offers southern cuisine just south of Broadway. I love that they have an entrée title “A plate of southern vegetables,” I think that is fun. Husk also serves Bear Creek Farm beef and pork as well a number of other entrees.

 

Josephine
Joesphine's is a trendy spot that serves farmhouse cuisine. It's a great spot for a date night where you can indulge.

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