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The 10 Best Restaurants In The Gulch, Nashville

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Chloe Hanschen
Updated: 9 February 2017
The Gulch is one of the trendiest and most popular neighborhoods in Nashville with an abundance of great restaurants. We list our 10 favorite restaurants to seek out while you’re in this Music City enclave.

Watermark Restaurant

Watermark Restaurant offers traditional Southern food in a fine dining setting. The elegant patio seating is the perfect place for a special occasion, and the modern simple interior elevates the restaurant’s sophistication. With more than 200 different wines on the menu, there is no problem in finding a drink to perfectly complement the cuisine.

507 12th Ave S, Nashville, TN, USA. +1 615 254 2000

Prima

Located in downtown Nashville, Prima offers contemporary American cuisine. The chef creates menus based on seasonal selections of wood-fired meats and fish, and the interior is marked by a striking statue by acclaimed artist Bruce Munro. Their modern contemporary decor reflects their contemporary take on their food.

700 12th Ave S. Nashville, TN, USA. +1 615 873 4232

Ru San’s Sushi & Seafood

Ru San’s Sushi & Seafood offers delicious and creative Japanese sushi and seafood. Their menu is huge and offers fresh seafood at affordable prices, so be sure to try their all-you-can-eat sushi lunch buffet. The atmosphere of the restaurant is casual and friendly; come here for a fun night out with friends and try their sake bombs. In a hurry? Order online and and pick it up in the restaurant.

505 12th Ave S, Nashville, TN, USA. +1 615 252 8787

Peg Leg Porker

Peg Leg Porker is one of Nashville’s best BBQ restaurants, known for their dry ribs and pulled pork. Their 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, it tries to give back to the community and can be found at many charitable events.

903 Gleaves St, Nashville, TN, USA. +1 615 829 6023

Sambuca

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

601 12th Ave S, Nashville, TN, USA. +1 615 248 2888

Virago

Virago is an award-winning Asian fusion restaurant with creative cuisine for the adventurous palate – they also offer more than 60 different sake labels. For a special night out, trust the chef and try their specially selected Chef’s Tour or Sushi Tour.

1126 McGavock St, Nashville, TN, USA. +1 615 254 1902

Arnold’s Country Kitchen

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

605 8th Avenue South, Nashville, TN, USA. +1 615 256 4455

 

Whiskey Kitchen

Whiskey Kitchen has the largest selection of whiskeys, bourbons, ryes, and scotches in the city and this is one of the top destinations in Nashville. The restaurant offers wood-fired pizzas and traditional pub food in addition to their extensive cocktail list.

118 12th Ave S, Nashville, TN, USA. +1 615 254 3029

St. Añejo

St. Añejo is a Mexican restaurant and tequila bar. Their tequila and mezcal menu consists of over 120 different labels. In addition, the cocktail menu includes margaritas and other traditional Latin drinks. Be sure to try their tacos and homemade guacamole. For a special occasion, consider renting out their Tequila Library lounge.

1120 McGavock St, Nashville, TN, USA. +1 615 736 5301

Flyte World Dining and Wine

Opened in 2006 Flyte World Dining and Wine promotes a diverse array of wines and beers, while also creating sustainable food. The chefs work with local farms to acquire local produce and the restaurant also offers responsibly sourced meat and fish. Although the fine dining room offers a special experience, there’s a more casual experience on the lounge and patio.

718 Division St., Nashville, TN, USA. +1 615 255 6200