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In the South, family is important. So important that even dining is considered a family affair. But this doesn’t just mean breaking bread with blood relatives. Sometimes it means enjoying a meal with total strangers who turn into friends and feel like family. If you want to experience family-style dining in Nashville, these are the restaurants to check out.
Serving dinner and late-night dishes, The Treehouse Restaurant uses locally sourced ingredients to create American menu items such as braised short ribs, black pasta, and spiced sausage. There are also family-style dishes, including bone-in ribeye and whole roasted farm chicken. Whether you’re hungry for a large meat plate or meeting friends for an after-dinner drink, The Treehouse Restaurant has a bar and grill with plenty to offer. Vegan, gluten-free, and vegetarian options are also available.
For an intimate evening dining experience, there’s Rolf & Daughters. The restaurant features communal tables, bar seating, and an outdoor patio. Menu offerings include lamb sausage, beef short ribs, shrimp and squid ragout, and butternut squash.
Opened by Jack and Rose Arnold in 1982, Arnold’s Country Kitchen offers daily specials such as roast beef, chicken and dumplings, meatloaf, turnip greens, and mashed potatoes. Local celebrities have been known to dine at the meat-and-three restaurant, and it’s even been featured on the show Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives. The family-style restaurant is a Nashville favorite among locals and tourists alike.