The Best Restaurants in the Gulch, Nashville

Nashville is famous for its bars, food and country music
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18 June 2020

The Gulch is one of the trendiest and most popular neighborhoods in Nashville, with an abundance of great restaurants. We list our favorite restaurants to seek out while you’re in this Music City enclave.

Peg Leg Porker

Restaurant, Bar, American, Gluten-free, Fast Food, Pub Grub, $$$
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Peg Leg Porker is one of Nashville’s best barbecue restaurants, known for dry ribs and pulled pork. The pork is smoked for more than 18 hours, which gives it a delicious, signature taste. The restaurant is very casual and includes a large outdoor patio, plus, the mission of the owners is to give back to the community, so they can be found at many charitable events.

Sambuca

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

Virago

Restaurant, Japanese, Sushi, $$$
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Virago is an award-winning Asian fusion restaurant with creative cuisine for the adventurous palate – it also offers more than 60 different sake labels. For a special night out, trust the chef and try the specially selected chef’s tour or sushi tour.

Arnold’s Country Kitchen

Restaurant, Diner, American
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Award winning Arnold’s Country Kitchen is located in the heart of Nashville, Tennessee. Arnold’s has been featured on TV shows and in 2009, it received the prestigious James Beard Award for America’s Classics. Known for its hearty southern fare, it’s a local favorite, so be prepared for a line out the door.

Whiskey Kitchen

Bar, Restaurant, Pub Grub, American, Fast Food, $$$
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Whiskey Kitchen has the largest selection of whiskys, bourbons, ryes and scotches in the city and this is one of the top drinking destinations in Nashville. The restaurant offers wood-fired pizzas and traditional pub food in addition to its extensive cocktail list.

St. Añejo

Bar, Restaurant, Mexican, Vegetarian, Vegan, Gluten-free, Fast Food, $$$
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St. Añejo is a Mexican restaurant and tequila bar. The tequila and mezcal menu consists of more than 120 different labels, and the cocktail menu includes margaritas and other traditional Latin drinks. Don’t miss the tacos and homemade guacamole. For a special occasion, consider renting out the Tequila Library lounge.
These recommendations were updated on June 18, 2020 to keep your travel plans fresh.