The All Time Best Restaurants in Nashville, Hands Down

Welcome to Nashville, home of cowboy boots, bachelorette parties, and plenty of hot chicken!

If you're heading to Music City, you better come hungry. Between all of the delicious Nashville eateries and whiskey tours, no one leaves Nashville without a full stomach.

But with so many scrumptious foods, where do you start? We've compiled our list of some of the best restaurants in Nashville to guide you through your trip.

Treat Yourself to the Best Restaurants in Nashville

From date night spots to tasty lunch stops, Nashville knows how to eat. Check out our list of some of the most mouth-watering Nashville restaurants you have to try.

Bastion: Perfect for Date Night

Between its flavorful menu and fun atmosphere, Bastion is one of the most in-demand restaurants in Nashville.

Renowned chef Josh Habiger wanted to create an innovative, but yet still simple restaurant. While the meals are gourmet, the ambiance is casual and friendly. 

You better have a reservation if you want to dine out at the Bastion. The restaurant only has 24 seats and all bookings must be made online. Walk-in parties up to four people are accepted, but only if there's room.

The menu changes throughout the year. It's ala carte and designed for five courses. For larger groups, the restaurant offers family-style party options.

Bastion is a 21+ establishment, so it's the perfect date-night spot. Enjoy one of their amazing cocktails or bring your own bottle of wine to dinner. Just be ready to pay a $25 corkage fee.

Arnold's Country Kitchen: Your Go-To Lunch Spot

Arnold's Country Kitchen is a meat-and-three style restaurant. Customers choose one meat and three sides to accompany it. It's only open for lunch and offers fast, cafeteria-style dining.

The kitchen opened in 1982 and the original owners' sons have kept the business alive. Meat-and-threes are popular around Nashville, but Arnold's is the best. All of its menu items are made from scratch.

Everyone loves to gather and indulge in Arnold's delicious fried chicken, cole slaw, and creamed corn. It's likely that no matter what time you head over, there's a line out the door.

Owner Kahlil Arnold claims his key to southern cooking is a little bit of sugar plus a whole lot of butter. While Arnold's might not be the healthiest lunch you'll ever have, it's definitely delicious.

Butcher & Bee: The Hip Place to Be

If you're looking for a fun place for a group to share new foods, the Butcher & Bee is it. 

The restaurant originally was meant to be a fine-dining sandwich shop. Today, its menu incorporates various small platters made from foods from local farms, fisherman, and ranchers.

Butcher & Bee is a trendy establishment, but still casual. It's family-friendly with a menu full of variety. It features seasonal items with a Mediterranean flare, and you can watch your chef prepare your plates thanks to the open kitchen.

Pastaria Nashville: A Taste of Italy

If you're craving a night in Italy, look no further than Pastaria Nashville. Chef Gerard Craft opened up the establishment in September 2017, following its original one in St. Louise, Missouri. 

The establishment is lively with an open floor plan and plenty of natural light. It has a beautiful dining area along with a large bar. During the warmer months, guests enjoy dining on the restaurant's outdoor patio.

The menu was inspired by the cuisine in Naples, Rome, Marque, and Tuscany. It offers different Neapolitan pizzas, organic pasta, soups, salads, and, of course, gelato. It's open for brunch, lunch, and dinner.

Sounds delizioso!

Pinewood Social: For More Than Just Dinner

If you're looking for a hodgepodge of things, Pinewood Social is your spot. Between its restaurant, swimming pool, coffee shop, and bowling alley, there's plenty to keep you busy.

The restaurant portion has a sophisticated style with a creative menu. Between fried broccoli, smoked trout, and beef short rib pot pie, there's plenty of delicious items to choose from. There's also an extensive cocktail menu to compliment your meal.

Pinewood Social is home to six vintage-style bowling lanes. It's free to rent shoes and the lanes only cost about $40 an hour. Instead of scoring monitors, bowlers keep track with hand-written scorecards.

Before you head out, grab a specialty cup of Joe for the road. Pinewood Social's Crema coffee bar offers plenty of caffeine delicacies that are home-brewed just for you.

Earnest Bar & Hideaway: A Secret Spot

A shoutout to the beloved author, Earnest Bar & Hideaway is a downtown Nashville must-try. It was previously known as Hemingway's Bar & Hideaway but changed its name in April 2019 to avoid trademark issues.

The restaurant doesn't have flashy signs and is easy to miss. But if you make your way inside, you'll enjoy its fun and vibrant atmosphere. There are even a few arcade games for some pre-dinner entertainment.

The menu offers brunch, lunch, and dinner options. The food has a southern flare and features poutine, Brussel sprouts, and chicken & dumplings. Its extensive and crafty cocktail list pairs nicely with the dishes.

Rotier's: The Best Burger You'll Ever Have

It may be a bit of a dive, but Rotier's knows what it's doing when it comes to burgers. Everyone in Nashville, from locals to tourists, stops in to try these famously delicious burgers.

Since opening in 1945, Rotier's has been proud to serve burgers, beer, and milkshakes. It started as a beer and gambling stop, but become a full restaurant after gambling became illegal in Tennessee.

While it offers meat-and-three options, Rotier's is best known for its famous French Bread Burger. It's your typical cheeseburger with all the fixins' served on two hearty slices of French Bread. The burger has won awards from USA Today and was featured on The Food Network.

Prince's Hot Chicken: A Must-Try in Nashville

When in Nashville, load up on the hot chicken. While there are many different places claiming to sell the best hot chicken in town, Prince's Hot Chicken will always be the king.

Thorton Prince, the father of hot chicken, is to thank for the sizzling and delicious chicken we love today. Hot chicken is a Nashville staple and if you're strolling through Music City, you've got to try the best hot chicken in the state. 

Order up some pan-fried spicy chicken and make sure you have plenty to drink. Prince's is serious when it comes to spices! 

Plan the Perfect Nashville Trip

Ready, set, eat! All of these amazing eateries are waiting for you in good old Nashville, Tennessee. 

If you're hungry for an awesome trip to Music City, let us be your guide! Not only do we know the best restaurants in Nashville, but we've got the resources you need to plan the best trip ever. Contact us to get started.

Posted on May 22 2019

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