Top 10 Restaurants in Downtown Nashville

Downtown Nashville is LOADED with all kinds of amazing restaurants.  From 5 star to the best hole in the wall restaurants around, there’s a taste for everyone.  Below is NashVegas’ best restaurants in Downtown Nashville based on user reviews.  Don’t see your favorite in the list?  Add it in the comments below.

10 – Arnold’s Country Kitchen

Starting out our Top 10 Restaurants in Downtown Nashville list is a famous “Meat & 3” kitchen that is arguably the best in Nashville. In 2009, they even won a James Beard award. Established in 1982, Arnold’s Country Kitchen quickly became known for their amazing roast beef (and their vegetables are incredible too). With over 2000 ratings between Facebook, Yelp and Google averaging over 4.5 stars each, it’s not hard to see why Arnold’s is a local favorite in Downtown Nashville!

This is one of 10 best in Nashville and voted best mac and cheese! I’ve brought friends and family and it’s always worth it. The catfish with greens and sides plus delicious hot pepper chocolate pie brings me back. – Sarah Blue, Facebook

Arnold’s County Kitchen
Located in The Gulch, Downtown
605 8th Ave S
Nashville, TN 37203

#arnoldscountrykitchen #sweetpotato #greenbeans

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9 – DeSano Pizza Bakery

Even though this list is based on user reviews, we can personally attest to this one.  DeSano’s pizza is absolutely amazing!  We are huge pizza lovers and highly recommend DeSano’s to anyone who likes pizza.  They have some of the best flavors we’ve ever tasted and in our opinion, they simply can’t be beat when it comes to pizza.

Best pizza in Nashville period. It’s incredible quality pizza plus has a great environment. Easily beats the competition in the surrounding area. – Ari B., Yelp

DeSano Pizza Bakery
Located in Music Row, Midtown
115 16th Ave S
Nashville, TN 37203

comfort food for your rainy Wednesday ☔️☔️

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8 – Skull’s Rainbow Room

The Skull’s Rainbow Room is know as one of the most famous hidden spots in Nashville. Opened in 1948, Skull’s has had several big names in music perform on its stage throughout the years including Elvis and Johnny Cash. To go with the awesome entertainment is some of the best reviewed prime rib and lamb in town. If you’re a meat lover who enjoys some entertainment with your dinner, then Skull’s Rainbow Room is the place for you!

Hip atmosphere, cool location, friendly staff and excellent food! Make sure you make reservations. – Al Piccininni, Google

Skull’s Rainbow Room
Located Downtown
222 Printers Aly
Nashville, TN 37201
Phone number (615) 810-9631

7 – Slim & Husky’s Pizza Beeria

Coming in at #7 is our second pizza joint on the list and the eatery with the quickest rise to local restaurant fame after breaking ground in 2016 on their new facility. With fresh, local ingredients, artisan crusts, specialty sauces and homemade cheese blends, it’s easy to see why Slim and Husky’s quickly became a Nashville favorite. They also carry local brews and cans o’ wine specifically paired with their pizza to highlight the best flavors.

Great pizza, great spinach salad, great staff, good beer selection… what is not to love. The prices are reasonable and the food was super fast. Everyone agreed that the best part of their pizza was the thin crust. These are personal pizza s made Subway style as you pick, they add. Consider splitting the large. – Mark C., Yelp

Slim & Husky’s Pizza Beeria
911 Buchanan St
Nashville, TN 37208

6 – Little Mosko’s

In the words of Little Mosko’s themselves, “Coffee. Breakfast. Lunch. Munch. We serve great food made with lots of love.” Their menu changes weekly, they keep the favorites on and rotate between seasonal and inspired food choices. Open from 7:30am to 3:30pm-ish, Little Mosko’s makes a great local stop for breakfast or lunch Monday through Friday, but closed on weekends.

Great food doesn’t have to cost a fortune. Just lots of love and a little heat, that’s all you need, really. Keep it simple, stupid. – Chef Alex

Little Mosko’s
Located Downtown
41 Peabody St
Nashville, TN 37210

Peekaboo #littlemoskos

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5 – The Stillery

The Stillery is the kind of place you can relax, eat outstanding, fresh food, and enjoy a signature mason jar cocktail. They serve up amazing brick fired pies, juicy stacked burgers, fresh salads and amazing appetizers. The menu is comprised of what could be best explained as ‘a chef’s comfort food.’ Signature cocktails are made with the south’s best shines and whiskeys. Looking for an amazing local beer? They have plenty to choose from.

What a great find! We had the Bacon Mushroom Blue burger, the Sonoran Burger, fries, and mac and cheese. Food was way above average! We also had the the Little Harpath Upstream Lager and the Fat Bottom Ruby Red Ale. Both beers were outstanding. Service was very good. Highly recommend this place. – Rem Woodruff, Facebook

The Stillery
Located Downtown
113 2nd Ave N
Nashville, TN 37201

4 – Hattie B’s Chicken

Coming in with over 8500 reviews on Google, Facebook and Yelp combined and averaging a whopping 4.8 from user reviews, Hattie B’s is the most reviewed restaurant on our list. Hattie B’s is what made “Nashville Hot Chicken” famous! They offer six (6) different heat levels ranging from “Southern” to “Shut the Cluck Up!!!” WARNING – Shut the Cluck Up comes with “Burn Notice” listed on the menu. Yes, it’s very hot! Whatever your spice level, Hattie B’s is second to none when it comes to chicken. Whether you’re a Nashville local or visiting from out of town, make sure Hattie B’s is a must try on your food list.

Great Chicken! Saw a long line and couldn’t understand what the fuss was about. But, I decided to give it a try and quickly realized why the line was so long! It was delicious!! I was warned by a few guests that were also in line to get mild. Glad I listened! Even the mild had a kick!! Great food, GREAT STAFF!! – F. Myers, Zagat

Hattie B’s Chicken
Located at Music Row, Midtown
112 19th Ave S
Nashville, TN 37203

3 – Etch Restaurant

Located in the Encore Tower Downtown, Etch offers lunch Mon-Fri and dinner Mon-Sat. Everyone always raves about the roasted cauliflower and octopus and shrimp bruschetta appetizers – yes, they are amazing! Etch also has a great happy hour with some very tasty specialty cocktails and house martinis. With a marvelous menu for lunch, dinner and desserts paired with an awesome happy hour, how can you go wrong?

Sleek, modern restaurant located between the Honky-tonks of Broadway and the Country Music Hall of Fame. Service is very professional and menu offers lots of good options. Bar also offers lots of good options. We had a satisfying healthy lunch here. Definitely worth a visit. One of the more sophisticated eateries in Downtown. – Zachary S., Yelp

Etch Restaurant
Located at Sobro, Downtown
303 Demonbreun St
Nashville, TN 37201

2 – The Catbird Seat

The Catbird Seat is a buzzy, upscale American mecca serving a changing tasting menu in a U-shaped open kitchen. This restaurant is definitely one for the foodie in all of us. The food is American with elements of Japanese and Italian. Their standout dish is the sake-marinated cauliflower, cashew puree, turnips and aged beef fat. The chefs cook right in front of you and are very interactive with their customers answering all their questions. The restaurant only allows for 22 people to be sat at a time, so make sure you have a reservation or you probably won’t be eating there. Also make sure you come prepared to spend some money. The set price is (and we quote) “crazy expensive.”

The Catbird Seat
Located at Music Row, Midtown
1711 Division St
Nashville, TN 37203

1 – Monell’s Dining & Catering

And coming in at #1 on our list… Monell’s Dining & Catering.

When in Nashville do what the locals do… Pass the Peas… Please! Great southern food served family style in historic settings await you at Monell’s. Skillet fried chicken, green beans, cheese grits, cornbread, biscuits and gravy, pork chops, pot roast, YUMMY! The menu changes daily. Head on in, grab a seat at large tables and start passing the bowls to your left. The price is set and includes meats, vegetables and salads of the day, plus drink and dessert. Enter as Strangers, leave as Friends.

Best southern cooking ever, wonderful atmosphere, you get to meet the most wonderful people there and you can’t beat the price. – Carl Tidwell, Google

Monell’s Dining & Catering
Located in Germantown
1235 6th Ave N
Nashville, TN 37208
Phone number (615) 248-4747

Friday mornings never looked so good!! 😩🙌🏽

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