Nashville is the face of the Metropolitan south nowadays. It’s right on the heels of Atlanta, boasting incredible, award-winning restaurants, streamlined hospitality and a whole lot of local flavor. Whether you’re a native, a tourist or perhaps a newly minted transplant (because OH there are so many), these dining experiences throughout the city will give you an inside look at the quirky heart of the city. Try something new in your town, maybe fall in love. The options are endless!
Sinema is located in Nashville's historic Melrose theater, a beautifully designed restaurant that serves up American classics and moonlights as one of the top date spots in town. Address: 2600 8th Avenue S #102, Nashville, TN 37204.
2. The Catbird Seat
The Catbird Seat has one of the most intimate dining experiences in Nashville, hosting only a handful of patrons at a time and serving and beautifully prepared tasting menu right in front of the guests. It's "the spot" to visit! Address: 2600 8th Avenue S #102, Nashville, TN 37204
3. The Standard at the Smith House
Located in one of the oldest homes in downtown Nashville (built in 1843!), this elegantly composed upscale restaurant serves up a bit of history alongside its delicious meals. It's the only place in the downtown area where you'll feel as if you've stepped back in time...
Address: 167 Rosa L Parks Boulevard, Nashville, TN 37203
This contemporary Chinese restaurant is one of the culinary experiences culled by Maneet Chauhan, providing a sophisticated approach to your favorite to-go cuisine. Address: 121B 12th Avenue N, Nashville, TN 37203
5. Barcelona Wine Bar
Enjoy an incredible array of Spanish tapas at this beautifully designed and communally-centric restaurant. The interior design is both cozy and industrially-inspired, with exposed brick and warm tones working to up the ante on the visitor's experience. Address: 1200 Villa Place, Nashville, TN 37212.
6. The Mockingbird
Diner classics get a unique spin at Mockingbird, a chic local diner that's managed to elevate everything from tatchos (tater tot nachos!) and grilled cheese to an adult extreme. The indulgence is real here, with even the interior design pivoting on a maximalist extreme. Address: 121 12th Avenue N, Nashville, TN 37203.
7. Husk Restaurant
Husk is operated out of Charleston, a homey, southern-inspired eatery that grows their own vegetables on-site and works with local farmer's and makers to provide for the decadent meals on the menu. Husk provides a way to support the community while noshing on some of your favorites! Address: 37 Rutledge Street, Nashville, TN 37210.
8. Woolworth on 5th
This historic Nashville building once operated as a five-and-dime, and served as one of the many Nashville sites during the sit in's of the Civil Rights Movement. Nowadays, you can pitch up for a good meal and dancing in the gorgeous old building. Make sure you check out the restaurant's event calendar on their official website for fun new experiences. Address: 221 5th Avenue N, Nashville, TN 37219.
9. Mangia Nashville
This low-key Italian restaurant serves traditional cuisine in an easy atmosphere, family AND date friendly. It's quite possibly the best hole-in-the-wall in Nashville, offering up quality meals in the heart of Berry Hill. Address: 701 Craighead Street, Berry Hill, TN 37204.
10. City Winery
If you're looking for fine dining with a side of live music, this is the place for it. Upscale and wildly "cool", the Mediterranean-inspired menu is paired with a great wine menu and eclectic event calendar. Address: 609 Lafayette Street, Nashville, TN 37203
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