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The 10 Best Restaurants In Downtown Nashville

The 10 Best Restaurants In Downtown Nashville
Although noted for its vibrant music culture, Nashville also has an excellent food culture. From small casual diners to award winning fine dining, Nashville has it all. Below you will find our choices for the top 10 best restaurants in Downtown Nashville.

Arnold’s Country Kitchen

Restaurant, Diner, American
Hot Pepper Chocolate Pie, Arnold's Country Kitchen
Hot Pepper Chocolate Pie, Arnold's Country Kitchen | © Rachel Chapdelaine/Flickr
Award winning Arnold’s Country Kitchen is located in the heart of Nashville, Tennessee. Arnold’s has been featured on TV shows like Diner’s Drive & Dives and has been featured in magazines such as Southern Living and Bon Appetit. In 2009 they received the prestigious James Beard American Classics Award. Known for their classic Southern fare, be prepared for a line out the door.
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Restaurant, American, Vegetarian, Vegan, Gluten-free, $$$
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Winner of “Best New Restaurant: Nashville” by Nashville, Adele’s is Americandining at its finest. The restaurant is made up of three areas: the main dining room, the garage, and the skyline outdoor patio. The large converted garage’s simple, but refined interior contributes to the casual atmosphere of the restaurant. The restaurant is the perfect place for a casual get together or a place to grab drinks after work. Their twist on American cuisine is focused on fresh local ingredients that are seasonally inspired.
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Watermark Restaurant

Restaurant, American, Fast Food, $$$
Watermark Restaurant offers traditional Southern food in a fine dining setting. Their elegant patio seating is the perfect place for a special occasion. Their modern simple interior elevates the sophistication of their restaurant. With more than 200 different wines, you’ll have no difficulty finding a drink to perfectly complement the cuisine. Be on the lookout for locally sourced ingredients and wines.
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Germantown Cafe

Cafe, American, Coffee, Tea , French, Vegan, Vegetarian, Gluten-free, $$$
Germantown Cafe, Nashville
Germantown Cafe, Nashville | ©Etch Restaurant
With its breathtaking skyline views and location near downtown and LP Field, Germantown Cafeis a great stop for lunch before the big game or a day of shopping. Since they’re open for brunch, lunch and dinner, you can come any time of day to get great food at a good price. Every Mon-Fri from 3pm-7pm they have happy hour, which is great for meeting new people and socializing. Their simple and casual ambiance is perfect for a casual meeting with friends or family.
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Restaurant, Market, American, Contemporary, $$$
Etch Restaurant, Nashville
Etch Restaurant, Nashville | Image Courtesy of The Wild Cow
For Chef Deb Paquette, Etch is a homegrown restaurant. She has lived in Nashville for the last 30 years, and became the chef of Etch in 2010. Previously she was the chef and owner of the French based eatery Zola, which was named one of the Top 60 Restaurants in the United States. Her gift for creative cuisine is known across the world. Their extensive wine list perfectly accompanies the diverse menu.
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The Farmhouse

What’s better than delicious food sourced directly from the local community? The Farmhouse combines the best of both worlds. The decor is also indicative of their Southern roots, the interior includes furniture made from barn wood and Tennessee heirlooms, located in a 4,000 square foot space. Both chefs, Trey Cioccia and Bobby Compton, are dedicated to the idea of a menu that uses fresh local ingredients. Chef Cioccia has grown up in Nashville and Chef Bobby brings his expertise of Southern living from Alabama.

Address & Telephone: 210 Almond St., Nashville, TN, USA. +1 615 0690

Flyte World Dining and Wine

Bar, Restaurant, American, $$$
Flyte World Dining and Wine promotes a diverse array of wines and beers, while also creating sustainable food. Chef Mike Moranski works with local farms to acquire local produce. The restaurant also offers responsibly sourced meat and fish. Although the fine dining room offers a special experience, the restaurant also offers a casual lounge and patio. Be sure to check out the lounge for after work drinks.
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The Perch

The Perch offers delicious crepes, expresso, wine, and beer. Perfect location for a coffee date, bruch, lunch, or just a tasty snack! In a readers poll, they were voted the #1 Place for Coffee. Located next door the owners have opened The Skinbar. Have a crepe and cup of coffee and afterwards stop by their skincare store.

Address & Telephone: 300 James Robertson Pkwy, Nashville, TN, USA. +1 615 647 7255


Food, service, and decor combine to offer an unique dining experience at Prima. Located in downtown Nashville, Prima offers contemporary American cuisine. Chef Salvador Avila creates menus based on seasonal selections of wood-fired meats and fish. The interior is marked by a striking statue by acclaimed artist Bruce Munro. Their modern contemporary decor reflects their contemporary take on their food.

Address & Telephone: 700 12th Ave S. Nashville, TN, USA. +1 615 873 4232


Restaurant, Central American, $$$
For a night out with friends, be sure to visit Sambuca. Large groups are welcome and they can make accommodations for up to 200 people for private events. A diverse selection of live music changes every night, and can range from classic rock to jazz and everything in between. Be sure to visit the rooftop patio that overlooks the Nashville skyline.
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