Roaming around Nashville and discovering the icons of music, art museums, and historical places in a day is surely an exciting yet tiring thing to do. If you intend to catch some celebrity sightings, or if you’re just up for a guided walking tour to see every nook and cranny of this side of Tennessee, you might as well know some of the true gems to visit when it’s time for an invigorating meal. Nashville is home to a number of restaurants with luxurious ambiance and delicious fare. Read on for the grandest places in Music City to satisfy your hunger. Here are the best fancy restaurants in Nashville, Tennessee.
1. Antonios' of Nashville
After a day of touring Nashville, have dinner with your loved ones in a casually chic atmosphere at this restaurant for the best Italian culinary experience. Don a smart-casual attire and enjoy your food in a dimly-lit romantic setting while sipping a glass of wine from their extensive list. You can’t go wrong with anything on the menu. Try the nightly specials that usually include salad, lasagna, pasta, and a wonderful steak with a terrific sauce. Don’t forget to order Bailey’s cream cake for dessert or the homemade tiramisu to complete the incredible experience.
Antonios' of Nashville
Address: 7097 Old Harding Pike, Nashville, TN 37221
Website: Antonios’ of Nashville
Opening hours: Sun - Thu: 4pm - 9pm; Fri - Sat: 4pm - 10pm
2. Capitol Grille
Sit and savor your food in this fine dining establishment with a very comfortable atmosphere. Business casual attire is expected as the restaurant is located at the Hermitage Hotel, though Nashville’s casual nature sometimes creates confusion for diners–some people dine in jeans. You will not regret a visit to this place that serves high-quality food from morning until dinnertime. Enjoy ham and cheese omelet for breakfast and order lamb chops with lamb sausage if you drop by during lunch. Make sure to check out the great wine list to complete a superb dinner and have homemade ice cream or a coconut cake for dessert you could share with a loved one.
Address: 231 6th Ave N, Nashville, TN 37219
Website: Capitol Grille
Opening hours: 6:30am - 10pm (daily)
3. Oak Steakhouse
Take delight in this steakhouse located adjacent to the Westin Hotel featuring a chef-driven menu that changes seasonally. Dress in business or resort casual. Be prepared to salivate as soon as you smell the aroma of high-quality steak seasoned to perfection fresh from the kitchen together with complimentary Smoked Ravioli in a surprisingly good presentation. Depending on your preference, enjoy a perfectly grilled Angus beef steak with a nice char on the surface and moist pink center while sipping a drink from the long wine list and curated cocktail menu. Don’t forget to make room for a fabulous piece of chocolate cake with peanut butter and chocolate icing for some sugar rush after the meal.
Address: 801 Clark Pl, Nashville, TN 37203
Website: Oak Steakhouse
Opening hours: Mon - Thu: 4:30pm - 10pm; Fri - Sat: 4:30am - 11pm; Sun: 4:30pm - 9pm
Offering local and seasonal food, make your way to this contemporary brasserie that celebrates American craftsmanship located inside the Kimpton Aertson Hotel. Feel welcome with its gracious ambiance, artistic motifs, and modern design that evolves as you walk around the bright and breezy front patio, hushed and moody snooker, up to the grand dining hall. Enjoy a perfectly done steak that is remarkably tender with some crispy fries on the side and a glass of wine. Treat your taste buds with superb homemade pasta and crunchy fried chicken before cleansing your palate with a soul-satisfying soufflé for dessert.
Address: 2021 Broadway, Nashville, TN 37203
Opening hours: Mon - Sat: 7am - 10am, 4pm - 12am; Sun: 7am - 2:30pm, 4pm - 11pm
5. The Catbird Seat
Wear comfortable, upscale casual and expect a stellar meal from the time the hostess welcomes you to this great dining place. Admire the beautiful decor and amazing lights with leather counter tops and comfortable horsehair stools–adding up to an unforgettable dining experience. Indulge in a fun culinary adventure with each course while watching the chef and his crew prepare and serve awesome food. Don’t miss the unique wine pairing that can be done with each course while indulging in the beautifully presented and tasty dishes.
The Catbird Seat
Address: 1711 Division St, Nashville, TN 37203
Website: The Catbird Seat
Opening hours: Wed - Sat: 5:30pm - 9pm (closed on Sun - Tue)
Enjoy a sumptuous meal with a relaxing atmosphere in this hotel restaurant that offers a classic Nashville dining experience. Enjoy the menu filled with Southern comfort food including pimento cheese sandwiches, sweet potato fries, and potato tots from breakfast until supper. Whether you’re up for quick bites or hoping to satisfy the glutton in you, a serving of shareable plates, smoked specialties, and tantalizing desserts are available to fill your plate. Make sure to wash down your food with a glass of locally sourced spirits and cocktails or enjoy the curated list of over 40 specialty whiskeys for a truly authentic Nashville experience.
Address: 1001 Broadway, Nashville, TN 37203
Opening hours: Sun - Thu: 6:30am - 11pm; Fri: 6:30am - 12pm (closed on Sat)
7. Gray & Dudley
A little bit more on the fancy side with an art museum inside, Gray & Dudley showcases executive chef Levon Wallace’s eclectic dishes and features a small bar. Admire the nice decor, appropriately dimmed lighting, great music, and the fun atmosphere which are perfect for dining and socializing, not to mention taking Instagram-worthy shots of the artfully plated food. Vegetarian options are always on the list if you have a special diet, and the upscale American menu with burgers, fries, and steaks should not be missed. Look for the impressive cocktail menu and have a drink between meals.
Gray & Dudley
Address: 221 2nd Ave N, Nashville, TN 37201
Website: Gray & Dudley
Opening hours: Mon - Fri: 7am - 11am, 11:30am - 3pm, 4pm - 12am; Sat: 7am - 3pm, 4pm - 1am; Sun: 7am - 3pm, 4pm - 12am
8. WestEnd Kitchen & Bar
Editor’s note: There’s no photo available at the time of writing.
Come to this restaurant and enjoy a scrumptious meal in a relaxing atmosphere with a vibrant color scheme while watching people passing by. Ask for a counter or window seat and start the day with a delicious breakfast with dishes such as waffles, pancakes, and scrambled eggs. By night, gather your family and friends and take advantage of the chairs and couches nicely arranged in small groups around tables, and have a quality chat while enjoying your food or having a drink. Considering that the food changes on a seasonal basis, don’t forget to get the separate menu for drinks and desserts for an extremely enjoyable meal.
WestEnd Kitchen & Bar
Address: 1808 W End Ave, Nashville, TN 37203
Website: WestEnd Kitchen & Bar
Opening hours: 7am - 2pm, 5pm - 10pm (daily)
9. Solario Cantina
Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account
Indulge dining in this upscale-casual resort restaurant with bold Mexican flavors, signature margaritas, and an array of tequilas that will take your stay in Nashville to a whole new level. Kids and adults who are young at heart will surely love the taco bar that features fresh and light taco options ranging from gluten-free or meatless–perfect for guests with a special diet. Have a leisurely meal while enjoying shared plates of crispy pork rinds and chili con queso while sipping a glass of margarita. Take time to savor the delicious guacamole, and the quesadilla with moist filling, melted cheese, and well-seasoned meat, before leaving this relaxing part of Gaylord Opryland Garden Atrium.
Address: 2800 Opryland Dr, Nashville, TN 37214
Website: Solario Cantina
Opening hours: 4pm - 10pm (daily)
10. Marsh House
Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account
Release the inner seafood lover in you as you make your way to this Southern seafood restaurant located in the heart of Nashville’s Gulch neighborhood. Enjoy the chic all-day setting with nice modern decor surrounding the airy dining room as you reward yourself with an exquisite meal such as the shrimp and grits for breakfast, raw-bar fare, and polished fish entrees. If you’re up for some drinks, go straight to the bar with seasonal craft cocktails and small-batch wines while enjoying the great ambiance which definitely make for a nice spot to chill and enjoy a few glasses of drinks.
Address: 401 11th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203
Website: Marsh House
Opening hours: Mon - Fri: 7am - 3pm, 5pm - 10pm; Sat - Sun: 8am - 3pm, 5pm - 10pm
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Munch your way to an exceptional dining experience on your next getaway to Nashville, Tennessee by visiting these fancy restaurants. Make sure to know the appropriate dress code and don’t forget to make a reservation if you don’t want to wait in queue for a long time for an available table. Ask the waitstaff for recommendations if you’re on a special diet and inform the chef about your food allergies before you order.
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