Welcome to the Eater 38, the answer to the question, “Where should we eat in Nashville?” This essential group of restaurants covers the entire city, spans myriad cuisines and price points, and collectively satisfies virtually all dining needs — from a reliable quick bite to a special-occasion dinner worth the splurge.
Each quarter the list is updated to reflect restaurants that have been omitted, those that have become newly eligible (restaurants must have been open at least six months), and a few being welcomed back into the 38 fold. Removal from the Eater 38 does not mean a restaurant isn’t still great and won’t return in the future, but allows for new additions, keeping the 38 a fresh, inclusive representation of what Nashville has to offer. For the April 2023 update, we welcome quite a few new entries, including recent James Beard Award semifinalist Maiz de la Vida, Italian chophouse Carne Mare, and longtime meat-and-three standby Swett’s.
For newer Nashville restaurants, check out the Heatmap, a periodically updated collection of the city’s hot new dining options that have opened in the last six months.
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