There’s no denying that Nashville’s culinary scene is deserving of acclaim. Today, the city’s ravenous diners are still sated by a large number of talented chefs who employ cutting-edge ideas that support seasonality, and sustainability, and showcase their unique perspectives. As a result, rather than being dominated by tourists, Nashville’s culinary culture is becoming more diverse and centered around the local community.
Read on to discover the top nine restaurants in Nashville that every foodie must try.
Maneet Chauhan’s Chauhan Ale & Masala House offers a menu that wonderfully combines Chauhan’s love of Indian cooking and Southern cooking.
Here, we highly recommend the Lamb Masala to Nachos with Pork Keema Papadi, Tamari Marinade, and Provel Cheese. Chauhan’s friendly demeanor blends well with the room’s warm lighting and exposed masonry.
City House by Tandy Wilson offers Southern-Italian dishes that are well-loved in the neighborhood. Bring your companions along to sample the extensive menu.
Here, you can try the show-stopping Southern dish of catfish coated in cornmeal and served with cabbage, winter squash, marinated chiles, and cornbread crumbs. After that, try the restaurant’s peanut butter tahini icebox dessert.
Chef Philip Krajeck’s Folk offers seasonal dishes served at this East Nashville eatery with its paper lantern globes, exposed brick wall, and bustling open kitchen.
Here, you can try popular veggie dishes, including clam pie with bonito, chili, lemon, and scallions, as well as cauliflower fioretto with almond, raisin, Calabrian chili, and anchovy.
Chef Julia Sullivan’s famous Henrietta Red offers a selection of local and seasonal food.
Here, you can enjoy your catch expertly prepared in Snapper with farro, eggplant, basil chermoula broth, Calabrian chili, and Wood Roasted Squid with chicory, pepitas, apple, and shiitake in addition to an impressive raw bar with over a dozen types of oysters.
Chef Brock’s June has gained a lot of popularity since it opened in July 2022. The restaurant currently offers up to twenty dishes.
Here, diners can watch chefs who are more like artists create each meal in a sizable open kitchen in East Nashville’s McFerrin Park. Past meals have included Texas deer with maize and okra, scallops with cherrywood smoked fennel, and grilled porcini with yuba, eggplant, and garlic scapes.
Lyra is a trendy, chic, and airy restaurant that offers comfort food.
Here, you will discover that short ribs, sirloin, and zhoug are used in the preparation of the hummus mushakal. Tahini, red onion, and grilled eggplant are the main ingredients in Baba Ganoush. The wood-fired, tiled bread was inspired by the biggest Kurdish community in Nashville.
On Gallatin Avenue in East Nashville, Pearl Diver is a refuge with LED lighting. Japanese pearl divers were the inspiration for four business veterans with deep ties to the area, and the interior design is evocative of “The Shape of Water” with its green-and-blue color scheme.
With palm-leaf accents, seafoam seats, and coral chairs, the bar serves rum, pressed sugarcane, and lime daiquiris. A mai tai or El Padrino, made with Blanco tequila, fresh cucumber, serrano chile, agave, fresh lime, and black salt, is perfect for lounging on the buzzing patio. Along with your refreshment, try the Hawaiian Big Mac and Hot Chicken Tacos.
Slim & Husky’s Pizza Beeria is the brainchild of three childhood friends from Nashville. The restaurant is famous for its homemade oblong dough pieces, which are generously topped with fresh, local ingredients.
Vivek Surti’s Tailor Nashville is a cozy spot beneath a seven-foot crystal chandelier. Surti, a first-generation immigrant, tells tales between stages while preparing dishes using his grandmother’s recipes.
Here, prices for two dining hours, four evenings a week, start at $100 per person. What a steal!
When we go to a city to explore, a trip is never complete without a proper food crawl. Now that you have discovered the best restaurants in Nashville, you will keep coming back for more!
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