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Where to Dine in (and Around) the Gulch

Top stops in the growing neighborhood

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The action-packed Gulch boasts plenty of places to discover the city’s culinary charms, new and old. In a neighborhood characterized by growth, in which change is an essential part of its fabric, the dining scene is layered with possibilities for hungry locals and visitors. Barbecue and biscuits mingle with sushi and contemporary seafood. There is always a new kid on the block, but don’t overlook the long-standing spots that give the Gulch its strong culinary foundation.

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1. The 404 Kitchen

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507 12th Ave S Fl 2
Nashville, TN 37203
(615) 251-1404
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Getting its start in a shipping container with only 56 seats, The 404 Kitchen was once the hardest reservation to secure in town. Now in new, larger space, seats are much easier to come by. Stop by Gertie’s Bar for a whiskey, then head upstairs to experience the culinary creations of chef Matt Bolus.

2. Adele's

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1210 McGavock St
Nashville, TN 37203
(615) 988-9700
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This restaurant’s name honors Jonathan Waxman’s late mother, and its kitchen celebrates seasonal ingredients showcased in comfort food. While some items, such as the meatballs, kale salad, and jw chicken, have rightfully held their place on the menu since the restaurant’s opening, new dishes are introduced each season. Dinner is the main draw, but that said, the Sunday Brunch Buffet is a tasty way to end the week.

3. Arnold's Country Kitchen

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605 8th Ave S
Nashville, TN 37203
(615) 256-4455
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A place worthy of every bit of the recognition it receives, Arnold’s home cooking and casual atmosphere meets expectations. This establishment — where they serve from-scratch sides and Southern mains — is an essential part of the city’s dining scene. Be sure to secure your spot in the always-long line on Tuesdays and Fridays for their famous meatloaf.

4. Bar Otaku

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505 12th Ave S
Nashville, TN 37203
(615) 454-3946
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Even in a town overflowing with eateries, international flavor can be hard to come by, but Sarah Gavigan brings the flavors, art, and culture of Japan to the Gulch with Bar Otaku. The recently-opened izakaya entices those looking for a meal of shared plates or late-night cocktails and a snack.

5. Biscuit Love Gulch

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316 11th Ave S
Nashville, TN 37203
(615) 490-9584
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Here, biscuits come every which way — fried and tossed in sugar, for instance, or filled with fried chicken, cheese, and sausage gravy. Each of the restaurant’s three locations draw crowds daily because no one can resist the smell of freshly baked biscuits.

6. Chauhan Ale & Masala House

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123 12th Ave N
Nashville, TN 37203
(615) 242-8426
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Travel just north of the Gulch to find three eateries by famed celebrity chef Maneet Chauhan. This one, bearing her name, marries a traditional approach to Indian dishes with an appreciation for Southern ingredients. Before diving into the desi fare section, make a pit stop at the appetizers for gol guppa shots. The Mockingbird and Tánsuŏ are Chauhan’s sister restaurants in the neighborhood.

7. Emmy Squared - Gulch

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404 12th Ave S
Nashville, TN 37203
(615) 248-2662
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Named as Eater Nashville’s Restaurant import of the Year in 2018’s Eater Award, Emmy Squared has been celebrated by locals for introducing Detroit-style pizza to the Gulch. It should come as no surprise that the must-orders here are square-shaped pies, but you’ll also want to consider the award-winning burger.

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8. Kayne Prime Steakhouse

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1103 McGavock St
Nashville, TN 37203
(615) 259-0050
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Kayne Prime is a dressed-up chophouse with out-of-the-box offerings — think house-made bacon with maple cotton candy, popcorn buttered lobster, cream corn brûlée and risotto tater tots. These dishes expertly accompany the requisite steaks and loins, which are always prepared to perfection. The romantic atmosphere only elevates the experience.

9. Marsh House

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401 11th Ave S
Nashville, TN 37203
(615) 262-6001
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One of the city’s more stylish spots to stay, The Thompson Hotel houses two restaurants: one more polished, the other more upbeat. Marsh House is an all-day kitchen specializing in seafood-forward dishes steered by Southern flavors. As you polish off chargrilled (or raw) oysters and shrimp toast followed by seafood mains, paired with seasonal cocktails, admire the modern décor with art deco elements.

Upstairs, the indoor-outdoor rooftop bar and restaurant buzzes with energy as drinkers discuss which small plates to share and their plans to come back for weekend brunch.

10. The Mockingbird

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121 12th Ave N
Nashville, TN 37203
(615) 741-9900
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The Mockingbird is a stunning space with modern diner fare. Clever names denote playful dishes. Rice, Rice, Baby is a small plate of pimento cheese arancini, and tatchos are tater tots topped with lamb chili and beer cheddar. Quench your thirst with a Tequila Mockingbird or Punchin’ Bag.

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11. Moto

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1120 McGavock St
Nashville, TN 37203
(615) 736-5305
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Moto is the Italian gem of the M Street Restaurant Group (the folks who brought Nashville Kayne Prime, Moto, Saint Anejo, Tavern, Whiskey Kitchen, and Virago). The enoteca offers an inviting dinner menu with pizza and pasta as crowd favorites. But another reason to dine here — the gorgeous interiors with cool vibes. Oh, and the cocktails.

12. Otaku Ramen

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1104 Division St
Nashville, TN 37203
(615) 942-8281
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Seeing a ramen bowl-sized gap in Nashville restaurant scene, Sarah Gavigan debuted Otaku Ramen in East Nashville before it landed permanently in the Gulch. The Shoyu Tonkotsu with pork belly is heavenly, while the Tantanmen is an excellent choice for vegetarians. Those interested in more than noodles will quickly be directed to the hot chicken buns.

13. Peg Leg Porker BBQ

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903 Gleaves St
Nashville, TN 37203
(615) 829-6023
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You don’t need to be a barbecue aficionado to understand that Peg Leg Porker is down-right delicious, but if you appreciate the art of barbecue, you’ll admire pitmaster Carey Bringle’s dedication to the craft. Either way, you will be left licking your fingers and asking for another rack of dry-rub ribs. If you are going back for seconds, order the pulled pork sandwich this time.

14. Sunda

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592 12th Ave S
Nashville, TN 37203
(615) 610-7566
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A Chicago import, Sunda has gained a reputation locally for its swanky interiors and the menu’s Southeast Asia influence. Two standouts on the long list of hot and cold dishes are the crispy rice topped with wagyu and tuna roll stuffed with yellowfin tuna, escolar, pickled jalapeño, fried shallots, and spicy mayo.

15. Virago

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1120 McGavock St
Nashville, TN 37203
(615) 254-1902
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Setting the standard for quality sushi in the city, Virago has held court on McGavock Street for nearly 20 years. Even in its new digs just steps away from the original restaurant, the stylish joint continues to uphold its longstanding reputation. Expanded offerings include a late-night menu and a handful of new rolls.

1. The 404 Kitchen

507 12th Ave S Fl 2, Nashville, TN 37203

Getting its start in a shipping container with only 56 seats, The 404 Kitchen was once the hardest reservation to secure in town. Now in new, larger space, seats are much easier to come by. Stop by Gertie’s Bar for a whiskey, then head upstairs to experience the culinary creations of chef Matt Bolus.

507 12th Ave S Fl 2
Nashville, TN 37203

2. Adele's

1210 McGavock St, Nashville, TN 37203

This restaurant’s name honors Jonathan Waxman’s late mother, and its kitchen celebrates seasonal ingredients showcased in comfort food. While some items, such as the meatballs, kale salad, and jw chicken, have rightfully held their place on the menu since the restaurant’s opening, new dishes are introduced each season. Dinner is the main draw, but that said, the Sunday Brunch Buffet is a tasty way to end the week.

1210 McGavock St
Nashville, TN 37203

3. Arnold's Country Kitchen

605 8th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203

A place worthy of every bit of the recognition it receives, Arnold’s home cooking and casual atmosphere meets expectations. This establishment — where they serve from-scratch sides and Southern mains — is an essential part of the city’s dining scene. Be sure to secure your spot in the always-long line on Tuesdays and Fridays for their famous meatloaf.

605 8th Ave S
Nashville, TN 37203

4. Bar Otaku

505 12th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203

Even in a town overflowing with eateries, international flavor can be hard to come by, but Sarah Gavigan brings the flavors, art, and culture of Japan to the Gulch with Bar Otaku. The recently-opened izakaya entices those looking for a meal of shared plates or late-night cocktails and a snack.

505 12th Ave S
Nashville, TN 37203

5. Biscuit Love Gulch

316 11th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203

Here, biscuits come every which way — fried and tossed in sugar, for instance, or filled with fried chicken, cheese, and sausage gravy. Each of the restaurant’s three locations draw crowds daily because no one can resist the smell of freshly baked biscuits.

316 11th Ave S
Nashville, TN 37203

6. Chauhan Ale & Masala House

123 12th Ave N, Nashville, TN 37203

Travel just north of the Gulch to find three eateries by famed celebrity chef Maneet Chauhan. This one, bearing her name, marries a traditional approach to Indian dishes with an appreciation for Southern ingredients. Before diving into the desi fare section, make a pit stop at the appetizers for gol guppa shots. The Mockingbird and Tánsuŏ are Chauhan’s sister restaurants in the neighborhood.

123 12th Ave N
Nashville, TN 37203

7. Emmy Squared - Gulch

404 12th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203
Official Photo

Named as Eater Nashville’s Restaurant import of the Year in 2018’s Eater Award, Emmy Squared has been celebrated by locals for introducing Detroit-style pizza to the Gulch. It should come as no surprise that the must-orders here are square-shaped pies, but you’ll also want to consider the award-winning burger.

404 12th Ave S
Nashville, TN 37203

8. Kayne Prime Steakhouse

1103 McGavock St, Nashville, TN 37203

Kayne Prime is a dressed-up chophouse with out-of-the-box offerings — think house-made bacon with maple cotton candy, popcorn buttered lobster, cream corn brûlée and risotto tater tots. These dishes expertly accompany the requisite steaks and loins, which are always prepared to perfection. The romantic atmosphere only elevates the experience.

1103 McGavock St
Nashville, TN 37203

9. Marsh House

401 11th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203

One of the city’s more stylish spots to stay, The Thompson Hotel houses two restaurants: one more polished, the other more upbeat. Marsh House is an all-day kitchen specializing in seafood-forward dishes steered by Southern flavors. As you polish off chargrilled (or raw) oysters and shrimp toast followed by seafood mains, paired with seasonal cocktails, admire the modern décor with art deco elements.

Upstairs, the indoor-outdoor rooftop bar and restaurant buzzes with energy as drinkers discuss which small plates to share and their plans to come back for weekend brunch.

401 11th Ave S
Nashville, TN 37203

10. The Mockingbird

121 12th Ave N, Nashville, TN 37203
Emily Dorio

The Mockingbird is a stunning space with modern diner fare. Clever names denote playful dishes. Rice, Rice, Baby is a small plate of pimento cheese arancini, and tatchos are tater tots topped with lamb chili and beer cheddar. Quench your thirst with a Tequila Mockingbird or Punchin’ Bag.

121 12th Ave N
Nashville, TN 37203

11. Moto

1120 McGavock St, Nashville, TN 37203

Moto is the Italian gem of the M Street Restaurant Group (the folks who brought Nashville Kayne Prime, Moto, Saint Anejo, Tavern, Whiskey Kitchen, and Virago). The enoteca offers an inviting dinner menu with pizza and pasta as crowd favorites. But another reason to dine here — the gorgeous interiors with cool vibes. Oh, and the cocktails.

1120 McGavock St
Nashville, TN 37203

12. Otaku Ramen

1104 Division St, Nashville, TN 37203

Seeing a ramen bowl-sized gap in Nashville restaurant scene, Sarah Gavigan debuted Otaku Ramen in East Nashville before it landed permanently in the Gulch. The Shoyu Tonkotsu with pork belly is heavenly, while the Tantanmen is an excellent choice for vegetarians. Those interested in more than noodles will quickly be directed to the hot chicken buns.

1104 Division St
Nashville, TN 37203

13. Peg Leg Porker BBQ

903 Gleaves St, Nashville, TN 37203

You don’t need to be a barbecue aficionado to understand that Peg Leg Porker is down-right delicious, but if you appreciate the art of barbecue, you’ll admire pitmaster Carey Bringle’s dedication to the craft. Either way, you will be left licking your fingers and asking for another rack of dry-rub ribs. If you are going back for seconds, order the pulled pork sandwich this time.

903 Gleaves St
Nashville, TN 37203

14. Sunda

592 12th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203

A Chicago import, Sunda has gained a reputation locally for its swanky interiors and the menu’s Southeast Asia influence. Two standouts on the long list of hot and cold dishes are the crispy rice topped with wagyu and tuna roll stuffed with yellowfin tuna, escolar, pickled jalapeño, fried shallots, and spicy mayo.

592 12th Ave S
Nashville, TN 37203

15. Virago

1120 McGavock St, Nashville, TN 37203

Setting the standard for quality sushi in the city, Virago has held court on McGavock Street for nearly 20 years. Even in its new digs just steps away from the original restaurant, the stylish joint continues to uphold its longstanding reputation. Expanded offerings include a late-night menu and a handful of new rolls.

1120 McGavock St
Nashville, TN 37203

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