The 10 Best Restaurants In The District, Nashville

Photo of Chloe Hanschen
9 February 2017

The District neighborhood in Nashville has many popular attractions and restaurants. Sometimes the amount of choices can be overwhelming, so below we have compiled a list of our favorite places to grab a bite to eat in the area.

Capitol Grille

Restaurant, American, Contemporary, Vegetarian, $$$
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Capitol Grille, Nashville
Capitol Grille, Nashville | ©Reading Tom/Flickr
Located in Nashville’s Hermitage Hotel is Capitol Grille. This restaurant features upscale classic Southern dishes. Although their cuisine focuses on traditional Southern specialties, they attempt to integrate modern cooking methods in order to create delectable fare. The restaurant is also dedicated to using local ingredients, and their beef is sustainably sourced from their own farm.


Gastropub, Bistro, Pub Grub, $$$
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Merchants Restaurant, Nashville
Merchants Restaurant, Nashville | ©Brent Moore/Flickr
Merchants offers Southern bistro cuisine. Located in the historical old Merchant’s Hotel, the restaurant covers two floors. The first floor serves casual bistro food, while the second floor caters provides a more formal dining experience. In addition to their cuisine, they also offer an extensive cocktail list.

Acme Feed & Seed

Bar, Restaurant, American, $$$
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Acme Feed & Seed | © Emily B. Hall
Acme Feed & Seed is located in a large entertainment space with multiple storys. On the first floor, they offer ‘street-food’ style cuisine and two bars with 28 beers on tap. The second floor features a relaxed sports bar that offers handcrafted cocktails and a sushi bar, and the third floor features The Hatchery at Acme, a large open space that people can rent out for special occasions. The restaurant hosts live music performers that represent Nashville’s diverse music scene.

Kitchen Notes

Restaurant, American, Vegetarian, Vegan, $$$
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Kitchen Notes, Nashville
Kitchen Notes, Nashville | ©Etch Restaurant
Kitchen Notes offers traditional Southern food in a casual and homey environment. The restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily, and their cuisine originates from family recipes that have been handed down from generation to generation. The restaurant employs a farm-to-table concept and only uses the freshest ingredients. Do not miss out on their quaint Biscuit Bar and their Sunday brunch.


Market, Restaurant, American, Contemporary, $$$
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For Chef Deb Paquette, Etch is a homegrown restaurant. Paquette 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 Zola, which was named one of the Top 60 Restaurants in the United States. Her gift for creative cuisine is internationally renowned, and Etch’s extensive wine list perfectly accompanies the diverse menu.

The Southern

Bar, Restaurant, Steakhouse, $$$
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The Southern is an upscale restaurant that serves Southern cuisine with a modern twist. Enjoy their shuck-to-order oyster bar and sustainable seafood, and the wood-fired grilled meats. Chef Matt Farley believes that the most important thing is, “having honest food that brings out the flavors of good, simple ingredients,” and the restaurant does exactly that, by preserving tradition while incorporating new methods and ingredients.

Demos’ Restaurant

Demos’ Restaurant offers traditional Italian cuisine at great prices. The family-run restaurant offers gluten free and low carb options, and also offer an extensive drinks menu.
Address & Phone Number: 300 Commerce St, Nashville, TN +1 615 256 4655

Sole Mio

Bistro, Restaurant, Italian, Mediterranean, $$$
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Italian tradition right in the heart of Bangkok | © Sole Mio
Sole Mio is an authentic Italian bistro. The restaurant was opened by GianCarlo Agnoletti over twenty years ago in Rimini, Italy, and when he moved to Nashville he took his restaurant with him. This is the perfect casual restaurant for a romantic night or special occasion. Be sure to try their fresh house-made pastas and sauces – favorites from their menu include their lobster ravioli and linguine carbonara.

Robert’s Western World

Music Venue
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Robert’s Western World is located in the heart of historic downtown Nashville, near the Ryman Auditorium. Their building used to be the home of the Sho-Bud Steel Guitar Company, where many famous musicians hung out, and in the 90’s the building became what it is today. Today, people can enjoy some cold beer and pub fare whilst enjoying true country tunes.

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