Nashville’s culinary star is still firmly on the rise. An increasing number of big-name industry figures from around the country have set their sights on Music City, expanding with new restaurants and bars in downtown and the Gulch, primarily. Add to that the homegrown businesses that aim to keep local flavor alive, and it can be hard to keep track of what to look forward to. To help, Eater Nashville breaks down the city’s most anticipated restaurants each season so diners can keep an eye on the hottest new openings in town.
For fall 2023, we’re tracking six exciting spots — a popular NYC-born speakeasy hidden behind a barbershop; a high-end Asian fusion powerhouse with outposts in NYC and Washington, D.C.; and a Memphis eatery that wraps its tomahawks in 24-karat gold.
606 8th Avenue South, the Gulch
Barbershop by day and cocktail lounge by night, Blind Barber currently has outposts in Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, Philly, and soon, Nashville. During the day, you can walk into the barbershop for a haircut, shave, blow-dry-and-style, or a hangover treatment that comes with a complimentary cocktail. But when the sun sets, you’ll want to pop in the back for a speakeasy experience with killer cocktails — like the Strawberry Fields with vodka, Cocchi Rosa, Strega, strawberry, and lemon — and small bites set to curated sets spun by local DJs.
111 10th Avenue South, #310, Downtown
Milkshake Concepts is gearing up to launch yet another restaurant that’ll join Layer Cake and Harper’s Steakhouse in its Nashville roster. The Finch, a neighborhood bar and grill, is positioning itself as a go-to spot for downtown business lunches, weeknight happy hours, and casual date night dinners. An extensive bar adorned by tile and brass will anchor the bright space, which plans on dishing up shellfish towers, meatballs, steak frites, and oysters on the half-shell.
Supper Club on Belcourt
2000 Belcourt Avenue, Hillsboro Village
On the heels of a successful opening in Memphis, Supper Club is launching a second outpost in Hillsboro Village this fall. With a nod to the swanky supper clubs of the ‘60s and ‘70s, the Nashville location has a few playful surprises up its sleeve, like a 40-ounce bone-in tomahawk steak that comes with the option of being wrapped in edible 24-karat gold, a bone-in chicken breast stuffed with four different kinds of cheese, and cocktails with edible flower ice cubes and blackberry-infused whiskey.
209 10th Avenue, Downtown
New York’s opulent Chinese restaurant Philippe Chow is bringing its iconic and notoriously scene-y brand (Jay-Z, Rihanna, and Adam Sandler are fans) to a 10,000-square-foot space in the Station District. The menu will feature many of the same Beijing-style dishes that are popular at the flagship location in Uptown Manhattan, including salt and pepper lobster, wok-prepared crispy beef, and an array of dumplings. The cocktail program, spearheaded by Amir Babayoff, riffs off the classics, like a tropical Old Fashioned made with coconut, banana, and cacao.
2909B Gallatin Pike, East Nashville
Taking over the former Walden space in East Nashville, Tiger Bar is what happens when P.T. Barnum gets his hands on a modern-day saloon. The retro circus-themed bar comes courtesy of the Pearl Diver crew — you can enjoy your cocktail in one of the booths fashioned to look like a sideshow railcar before trying your luck at a Zoltar machine that indiscriminately pops out free drink tickets. Rumor has it you might even encounter the occasional sword swallower roaming the bar.
Voodoo Doughnut/Kitty Hawk/The Titans Press Box
Nashville International Airport (BNA), 1 Terminal Drive
Dining options at BNA will get a considerable boost thanks to three new restaurants from Strategic Hospitality. Portland’s Voodoo Doughnut will bring its bacon maple bar to the visiting Nashville masses, while the neighboring Kitty Hawk will feature fast-casual food options along with coffee drinks and cocktails. Across the way from Kitty Hawk, the upscale Titans Press Box will be the first Tennessee Titans-licensed restaurant with made-to-order dishes, cocktails, and an expansive wine list.