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Marche Artisan Foods

International 90 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Start off the day with an omelette sepcial like the organic corn and tomato with fresh mozzarella at this French bistro and gourmet market in hip East Nashville. — Travel + Leisure

Inside a "bustling, casual" space that includes a small deli, this affordable East Nashville bistro with European flair starts the day with "divine breakfasts" that segue into light lunches. — Zagat

Impeccably fresh European-style food in a modern, airy space with artisanal meats, cheeses and antipasti to go; the home-made brioche and croissants make brunch particularly satisfying. — Rough Guide

There's nowhere cooler to have a late lunch or working breakfast than this East Nashville joint. — Concierge

Marché is easily one of the most beautiful restaurants in Nashville. — Condé Nast Traveler

Capitol Grille

Seafood 89 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The Capitol Grille, in downtown's historic Hermitage Hotel, features a farm-to-table menu from their own 245-acre farm a short distance away. — Fodor's

The dining room has a stately grandeur with plush banquettes and white-lined candlelit tables sitting beneath vaulted ceilings. — Concierge

Located in the elegant The Hermitage Hotel, the Four-Star Capitol Grille offers an equally posh dining experience. — Forbes Travel Guide

A lower-level dining room brimming with politicians, power-lunchers, and theatergoers from the nearby Tennessee Performing Arts Center. — Frommer's

In the kitchen team's hands, these ingredients become simple but memorable dishes. Braised pork belly with grits and tomato gravy is a winning starter. — Gayot

Margot Cafe and Bar

French 87 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

A daily-changing menu of French and Italian dishes comes out of this husband-and-wife owned restaurant in East Nashville where the emphasis is always on local and seasonal ingredients. — goop

The creation of chef Margot McCormack, this romantic eatery offer's one of Nashville's best evening dining experiences — BlackBook

Situated in a converted East End service station, this “homey”, European-inflected cafe whips up a “Tuscan- and Provençal-inspired” menu. — Zagat

Her local dining institution consistently offers a delightfully inconsistent menu. That is, the choice of rustic Italian and French dishes with a Southern influence changes daily. — Fodor's

In the cutting-edge Five Points neighborhood, chef Margot McCormack prepares Mediterranean-inspired dishes with a Tennessee flair, including clams, snapper, and cobia in a tomato-and-fennel broth. — Travel + Leisure

City House

Italian 85 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Belly ham pizzas, pastas and main dishes like roasted chicken and cornmeal-crusted catfish with peppers, garlic, anchovy, lemon and parsley. — Afar Magazine

Antipasto, pizza, and pasta are plentiful at this new rustic Italian restaurant in the Germantown neighborhood. — Frommer's

Open Kitchen, friendly service, and intimate setting make this house feel more like a home. — BlackBook

Snack on the thin-crust pizza at this local joint located in a former artists' studio in north Nashville's up-and- coming Germantown neighborhood. — Travel + Leisure

“A locavore’s dream”, this “trendy”, midpriced Germantown “rustic” Italian uses area ingredients in “house-cured salami”, “best-in-town” belly-ham pizza and other “astonishing creations.” — Zagat

Arnold's Country Kitchen

Burgers 85 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

One choice of meat (fried chicken is the runaway favorite, although liver and onions has a loyal following) and three sides—mac and cheese, turnip greens, and fried apples are all solid options. — Condé Nast Traveler

The city's best meat-and-three. — Concierge

Before old-school Southern was cool, Arnold's had old-school Southern fare well in hand. — Gayot

There's no better place to sample a wide array of Southern fried goodness (think collard greens, fried chicken, biscuits and gravy, fried okra, pecan pie. — Travel + Leisure

Winner of the James Beard award, this self-described country kitchen serves up southern staples such as catfish, country-fried steak, turnip greens, cornbread and sweet tea — BlackBook

Husk

American 82 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

"stupendous”, regionally sourced Southern fare that’s “bursting with flavor” thanks to the “masterful touch” of chef Sean Brock and his “farm-to-fork” ethos. — Zagat

While Brock nods to Nashville food culture with such dishes as his meticulously crafted fried chicken...he also pays homage to the restaurant'™s low country flagship in Charleston with shrimp and grit — Gayot

Book a customized dining experience at the Stables at Husk, a private dining space located in a historic carriage house. — Afar Magazine

Husk is the restaurant that pushed Nashville cuisine onto the national stage. — Condé Nast Traveler

An off-shoot of the Charleston, South Carolina original Husk, this Nashville incarnation is housed in a historic mansion and has a stellar vibe. — On the Grid

Watermark

American 82 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Serious diners don't let the view distract them from the menu, heavy on haute versions of Southern classics. — Concierge

Elegant space with skyline views. — Travel + Leisure

In the “increasingly glamorous” Gulch neighborhood, this “crisp-white-tablecloth” American is a “favorite for business dinners and special events.” — Zagat

For dessert, try the seasonal sorbets and gelati or the small but well-rounded selection of cheeses. In the warmer months, dine on the rooftop patio for excellent views of downtown. — Gayot

The exquisite gourmet American dishes, top-notch service and posh setting. The hickory-grilled grouper gets Southern with black-eyed peas while the rib-eye celebrates with duck-fat fried potatoes. — Lonely Planet

Etch Restaurant

81 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Etch serves some of Nashville's most inventive cuisine – comfort food whose flavors and textures have been manipulated into tantalizing combinations that surpass expectations at every bite. — Lonely Planet

The central location downtown is perfect for a pre- or post-show dinner. — Gayot

The more intimate and tranquil sister restaurant to chef/owner Deb Paquette’s bustling downtown spot Etch. — Condé Nast Traveler

Etch's upscale, no-fuss interior appeals to the business crowd; chef-owner Deb Paquette's inventive take on classic American dishes draws all the rest in. — Travel + Leisure

The upscale prices are "reasonable" for the quality, the "knowledgeable" staff is "helpful with wine pairings". — Zagat

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Loveless Cafe

Barbecue 81 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Near the parkway entrance, stop at the landmark Loveless Cafe , a 1950s roadhouse famous for its biscuits with homemade preserves, country ham and ample portions of Southern fried chicken. — Lonely Planet

The fried chicken is especially good when paired with slow-simmered pintos and potlikker-rich greens. Those amazing biscuits are available all day, not just at breakfast. — Gayot

This West Nashville roadhouse slinging “quintessential Southern cuisine” is a “tradition that everyone must experience.” — Zagat

For some of the best country cooking in the Nashville area, take a trip out past the city's western suburbs to this old-fashioned roadhouse and popular Nashville institution. — Frommer's

For more than 50 years, the neon sign on the Loveless Cafe has beckoned locals and country-music stars like Reba McEntire to breakfast in West Nashville — Michelin Guide

The Yellow Porch

American 81 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

House-made soups and salads that use vegetables from the garden out front. — Travel + Leisure

In the cute Berry Hill neighborhood south of Nashville, next to a gas station and just across a busy, multilane highway, lies this irresistible little bistro. — Frommer's

The Yellow Porch is a popular neighborhood restaurant with a cozy interior and expansive patio. — Fodor's

Next to a gas station and just across a busy multi-lane highway, lies this little bistro. Look for the rocking chair garden planter out front. — Zagat

This small restaurant, behind a verdant garden of produce and herbs, delivers a tantalizing array of popular favorites and daily specials, such as fresh fish, seafood paela, and blackened shrimp. — DK Eyewitness

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Prince's Hot Chicken Shack

81 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Cayenne-rubbed 'hot chicken,' fried to succulent perfection and served on a piece of white bread with a side of pickles, is Nashville's unique contribution to the culinary universe. — Lonely Planet

inventive new dishes such as an amuse-bouche of skewered baby corn with coffee-infused mayo, lime, and salt, all served in a small glass tube. — Travel + Leisure

If you feel the urge to eat the best spicy fried chicken on planet earth before you die, drop in to Prince's. — BlackBook

Landmark for fiery, deep-fried fowl — Zagat

Grease will soak through the brown paper bag in which your fiery, deep-fried chicken is unceremoniously served. — Frommer's

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Lockeland Table

American 80 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Playing to the chic-yet-casual demographic of this quiet, residential side of East Nashville, Lockeland Table offers a seasonal menu of local, carefully considered plates. — Lonely Planet

This East Nashville restaurant's setting in a rehabbed dry goods store tells you what to look for in its rustic, hearty food. — Condé Nast Traveler

The fresh produce comes from local farms, and most of the booze and beer is Tennessee-sourced. The menu is packed with hearty, deeply satisfying dishes like spaghetti and meatballs. — goop

Housed in a “wonderfully restored” 1930s storefront, this Lockeland Springs “find” cooks up “fabulous”, Southern-inspired American cuisine along with “excellent” wood-fired pizza. — Zagat

Starters range from eclectic regional delicacies such as Nashville hot crispy pig ears to crowd-pleasers such as pork and shrimp dumplings with "ninja sauce." — Fodor's

Rolf and Daughters

International 80 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Rolf & Daughters is a standout with its laid-back, Southern-influenced approach to Italian cooking. Don't miss handmade pasta dishes. — Travel + Leisure

Inventive cocktails and plates shared at a convivial bar or at communal tables make this upscale Germantown New American a popular group gathering spot. — Zagat

The epicenter of Germantown's foodie revival is this stunning kitchen run by Belgian chef Philip Krajeck. — Lonely Planet

Rolf and Daughters bills itself as a neighborhood restaurant that serves "modern peasant food" with Northern Italian and Mediterranean influences using local and seasonal ingredients. — Frommer's

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Rotier's

Burgers 80 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The world slows down at beloved Rotier's, where tight green booths, decorative newspaper clippings and friendly but leisurely service hearkens back to an earlier era. — Lonely Planet

The grilled cheeseburger remains one of Nashville's most consistent menu stars. And though there's a meat and three menu, regulars often come for the burgers. — Gayot

If you're a fan of old-fashioned diners, don't miss Rotier's. This little stone cottage is surrounded by newer buildings but has managed to remain a world unto itself. — Frommer's

Revered cheeseburger joint — Zagat

This has been the undefeated meat-and-three/ burger joint in Nashville since the Rotier family first opened their doors in 1945. — BlackBook

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Blackstone Restaurant & Brewery

Pizza 80 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The “upscale pub food” served at this West End American is “above average.” — Zagat

At this glitzy brewpub, brewing tanks in the front window silently crank out half a dozen different beers ranging from a pale ale to a dark porter. — Frommer's

A founding member of Nashville’s craft beer community, this Midtown brewpub offers a wide range of ales. — Gayot

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Martin's Bar-B-Que Joint

Barbecue 79 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

They are committed to the West-Tennessee style of whole hog barbecue, smoking their hogs for a full day and serving it until it runs out—period. — Fodor's

Smokehouse with a whole-hog approach — Zagat

The ribs are first-rate, as is the turkey. We also recommend the sides, from the tender, porky green beans to the crisp, cool slaw and the creamy potato salad. — Gayot

Travelers and locals alike find plenty of things to like at the latest outpost of Martin’s Bar-B-Que. — Condé Nast Traveler

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The Pharmacy Burger Parlor & Beer Garden

Burgers 79 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Stop by this super-popular spot for the manly Farm Burger—a juicy patty topped with ham, bacon and fried egg—along with sweet-potato fries and a hearty beer. — Frommer's

Inventive burgers, sodas & outdoor seats — Zagat

Prepare to go to war for a table, be it at the welcoming communal table, the bar or the spectacular backyard beer garden — Lonely Planet

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Midtown Cafe

French 79 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Located just off West End Avenue, this small, upscale restaurant conjures up a very romantic atmosphere with indirect lighting and bold displays of art. — Frommer's

Old standards such as the lemon artichoke soup and crab cakes keep regulars coming back for familiar flavors. — Gayot

This “charming, intimate”, art-lined Midtown stalwart sets the “Nashville standard for business lunches” and “date nights.” — Zagat

Nashville restaurateur Randy Rayburn has rowdier restaurants than Midtown Café, but this is where the big kids in town get their kicks. — Concierge

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Pancake Pantry

Bakeries 79 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

With more than 20 pancake choices, this cheery Hillsboro Village institution is a popular breakfast spot – expect to wait for a table at the weekend. — Rough Guide

“The line winds down the street” at this Hillsboro Village flapjackery, but the stacks of “fluffy pancakes” loaded with “unique options” are “worth the wait.” — Zagat

A Nashville institution, Pancake Pantry is the place to go for breakfast. It's a favorite with locals, students, and celebrities. — Fodor's

For 50-plus years, crowds have been lining up for tall stacks of pancakes every-which-way at this iconic breakfast joint. Try the sweet-potato kind. — Lonely Planet

Hung-over college kids, tourists, and families commute for this bustling eatery, offering fluffy, melt-in-your-mouth pancakes topped with prepared fresh daily syrups. — BlackBook

Puckett's Grocery & Restaurant

78 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Whether you're here for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, you'll find that a big portion of the menu is fried something or other...and it's all good and affordably priced. — Frommer's

It's "like eating in an old general store" at these Southern siblings with a "hometown feel". — Zagat

Stop off at Puckett's Grocery for a fried-catfish sandwich and some bluegrass. — Lonely Planet

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