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The Hottest New Restaurants in Nashville, October 2021

A whopping list of 23 of Nashville’s hottest new restaurants around town, from the return of a fish and chips favorite to an interesting new 12 South option

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Despite the ongoing health crisis and construction and permitting delays caused by local government shutdowns over the last several months, new restaurants continue opening across Nashville. While some of these restaurants are open for dine-in service, many establishments are placing greater emphasis on patios and outdoor seating options, as well as takeout and delivery. Here, Eater shines the spotlight on a few of Nashville’s newest restaurants to check out this month. Know of something new and exciting that should be on our radar? Email the Eater Nashville team at nashville@eater.com.

It’s been busy around here, and there’s a whopping 6 new places entering the scene this time around. New to the list this month: Church and Union, the Dutch, Emery, International Market, Lola, Love & Exile, and Red Perch.

Leaving the list in this update: Thai Esane Brentwood.

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1. The Authentique

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925 Gallatin Ave Suite 103
Nashville, TN 37206
(615) 649-8204
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Melvil Arnt (Once Upon a Time in France) just opened his third French spot the Authentique at 925 Gallatin Road. The wine bar is Arnt’s lifelong dream and serves a list comprised 50 percent of French wines alongside wine classes, beer, and a small food menu. Arnt has been busy since first opening their first French restaurant in East Nashville back in late 2019, which is wildly popular among locals for date night.

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2. Samurai Sushi East

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97 Chapel Ave
Nashville, TN 37206
(615) 454-2927

Samurai quietly slid into the former Eastland Cafe space in April of 2021, bringing in a new chef from Tokyo, Tomo, to bring an upgraded menu to its third location, complete with wider nigiri and sashimi options plus plenty of raw and cooked rolls.

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3. Love And Exile Bar

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715 Main St A
Nashville, TN 37206
(615) 712-9780
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Tyler Alkins’ Nashville Urban Winery, which debuted in 2018 and was destroyed in the March 2020 tornado, has been reborn in the same location under Alkins’ wine label’s name Love and Exile Bar, and it has a fancy new look and food offerings. An added perk: much adored Ricey & Co. catering will be a permanent Monday night fixture for sampling sample sushi rolls and other offerings.

4. EG&MC Cocktail Bar

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924 Jefferson St
Nashville, TN 37208
(615) 490-3825
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Find a vibe and great cocktails at the new bar and southern-rooted tapas hotspot, which took over the former home of the much-missed Garden Brunch Cafe. EG&MC is the brainchild of Clint Gray, Derrick Moore, and EJ Reed (the crew behind Slim + Husky’s Pizza Beeria), alongside craft cocktail guru Gemaal Pratts of Aperitif. Open since July, the menu here is a refreshing one — with shared plates like cheddar bourbon fondue, lamb meatballs stuffed with cheese grits, and peach barbecue-glazed candied yam mac and cheese alongside drinks like the EG&MC signature drink with raisin-soaked Uncle Nearest, Amaro, vermouth, bitters, and chicory liqueur.

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5. Church and Union

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201 4th Ave N
Nashville, TN 37219
(615) 864-0977
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Church and Union opened in September downtown at yes, Church and Union Streets, dishing out

American cuisine from two-time Top Chef alum Jamie Lynch and chef Adam Hodgson. On the menu, find swanky seafood towers, French onion agnolotti, and a Kurobuta pork chop, plus confit Spanish octopus and a Certified Angus Beef porterhouse for two. Photo perk: a giant Church & Union dollar bill is on display diagonally behind the bar, decked out with Dolly Parton and Johnny Cash.

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6. Casa Rosa

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308 Broadway
Nashville, TN 37201

Miranda Lambert’s Casa Rosa opened in June — adding a much-needed female name to that celeb-named stretch of Lower Broadway. It’s a chic taco and queso lover’s dream because the food here is actually really good. Step away from the bro-country bars that pepper the street and step into a room surrounded by hot pink booths, intricately tiled floors, and Miranda and Elvis-themed walls prime for photo ops. On the menu, find Tex-Mex treats from chori-queso and barbacoa tacos to the quintessential Nashville hot chicken burrito, or even a queso-stuffed Juicy Lucy.

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7. The Twelve Thirty Club

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550 Broadway
Nashville, TN 37203
(629) 236-0001
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The First Level at Twelve Thirty Club rolled out in April of 2021, just the first of four levels of the new experiential dining destination at Fifth + Broadway. The self-described elevated honky-tonk’s menu runs the gamut from pork belly dumplings, sashimi, and Old Bay-rubbed wings for the table. In September, the swanky club opened fully, adding even more dining and drinking options — with a fabulous rooftop and supper club unlike anything found on Broadway.

8. Sixty Vines

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5055 Broadway Pl Suite 3200
Nashville, TN 37203
(615) 610-9330
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The Texas-based wine lovers’ dream restaurant opened in May at Fifth + Broadway. Find the stunning, sprawling space on the third floor of the development, where diners can feast on pizzas, pasta, and charcuterie while choosing from so many options of wines by the glass.

9. Assembly Food Hall at Fifth + Broadway

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5055 Broadway Pl
Nashville, TN 37203
(615) 800-5395
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Now open with dozens of new food and beverage options for Lower Broadway visitors and downtown residents alike, Assembly Food Hall/Fifth + Broadway completely changes the look and feel of the familiar honky-tonk strip, nestled smack dab across from the historic Ryman and Bridgestone Arena. For breakfast, look for Whisk Crepes, Donut Distillery, or grab coffee from Elixr Coffee downstairs. Later in the day take your pick from food stalls including Nashville favorites like Prince’s Hot Chicken Thai Esane or boozy shaved ice from Cotton & Snow. Down below at Fifth+Broadway, stop for Hattie B’s or visit Broadways’s first-ever black-owned restaurant Slim + Husky’s for a create-your-own pizza. Find the full rundown of current restaurant offerings here.

10. Eddie V's Prime Seafood

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590 Broadway
Nashville, TN 37203
(615) 238-2359
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The Texas-based swanky seafood and steak chain opened its first Tennessee location in April, with oyster platters, opulent shellfish towers, prime seafood entrees, and steaks aplenty.

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11. The Continental Nashville

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1000 Broadway Suite 101
Nashville, TN 37203
(615) 622-3225
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In May chef Sean Brock’s new ground-level restaurant inside the Grand Hyatt finally opened for dine-in service — and the presentations alone make it worth a visit. On the current prix fixe menu served throughout the dining room, find a Sequatchie Cove Walden cheese tart, Broken Arrow Ranch venison with sauce roanne, and Yukon gold potato pave — with special appearances by the roving pate en route, prime rib, and ice cream carts. Can’t get in for a reservation? No worries, stop by for a seat at the bar and sample the a la carte menu.

*Book reservations well in advance.

12. Calacas Mexican Cuisine

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Marriott Tri-Brand Hotel, 411 Korean Veterans Blvd
Nashville, TN 37203
(615) 915-0552
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Feast on pork pibil tamales, Oaxacan empanadas, and plenty of salsa options alongside barbacoa and carnitas tacos and grilled pescado at the new Mexican restaurant on the ground floor of the AC Hotel by Marriott. The decor draws inspiration from dia de los muertos — the traditional Mexican holiday celebrating friends and family members lost with a multi-day occasion filled with culture and cuisine.

Fried chile relleno with queso fresco, black beans refritos, salsa ranchero, sour cream.
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13. The Dutch

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300 12th Ave S
Nashville, TN 37203
(615) 379-9000
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James Beard Award-winning chef Andrew Carmellini partnered with hospitality experts Luke Ostrom and Josh Pickard (NoHo Hospitality) on the Nashville outpost of his NY-based restaurant, located within the newly opened W Hotel. Open in early October, the restaurant serves classic American dishes with some international twists for breakfast, dinner, and weekend brunch. Menu highlights include chilled Atlantic red crab with bloody mary dressing, smoked beet salad, an Ora King salmon tostada with pineapple pico and chipotle crema, and Maine scallops with mezcal butter.

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14. Red Perch

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4101 Charlotte Ave G120
Nashville, TN 37209
(615) 964-7104
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Nicole and Cameron Payne’s Red Perch sold so many chips and fish platters they had to move a few miles west to bigger digs, and their loyal fans are following. The new space (at Sylvan Supply) is so much more spacious than the Arcade — with ample seating and the addition of alcoholic beverages. And as always, it’s much more than fish and chips here — the filet-of-fish sandwich, Ahi poke, and lumpia are all-stars here too.

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15. Flatiron

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1929 Broadway
Nashville, TN 37203
(615) 730-9739
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There’s a new brunch, dinner, and happy hour option in Midtown since chef Chris Raucci and Victoria Rothberg (owners of beloved Sylvan Park restaurant Answer) opened Flatiron back in May. During brunch, look for French toast sticks, pimento cheese-stuffed potato skins, and breakfast sandwiches — while at dinner guests feast on steak salads, cheeseburgers, and coffee-rubbed bone-in pork chops.

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16. Lola

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4401 Murphy Rd
Nashville, TN 37209

Maher Fawaz of Siege Hospitality (Epice, Santo, Kalamatas) debuted a stunning Spanish spot recently in Sylvan Park, at 4401 Murphy Road. On the menu, look for cold tapas like Spanish olives and montadito, plus jamon Iberico and rotating cheese and charcuterie boards alongside hot dishes from fried artichokes and croquetas to papas bravas and octopus with spiced chorizo. 

17. Shokku Ramen

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2127 Belcourt Ave
Nashville, TN 37212
(615) 913-3922
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Shokku Ramen, the Las Vegas-born ramen spot expanded to Music City — and it’s the first Asian-owned ramen-specific spot in town. The Japanese anime-themed ramen shop is known for serving up both traditional and newly innovated styles and varieties of made-from-scratch broths and house-made spice blends, fried rice, beer, and sake at their 24-hour operation in the heart of Las Vegas’s Chinatown.

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18. International Market

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2013 Belmont Blvd
Nashville, TN 37212

One of the most exciting openings of the year is the reemergence of the much-missed International Market — the Myint family’s longtime Nashville mainstay. Now open in the former Blvd space right across the street, look for familiar favorites alongside new offerings like Burmese tomato relish with shrimp powder and shrimp paste — served with prawn crackers and pork rinds for dipping.

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19. Emery Wood Fired

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2500 12th Ave S
Nashville, TN 37204
(615) 739-5813
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Several restaurants have been highly awaited in the 12 South stretch — and the first to race to the finish was Emery, located in the former Royal dry cleaners site. From the owners of the Stillery, alongside restaurateurs Steve Sargent, Jeff Greenlee, and Sasha Qualkenbush and veteran chef Sean Williams, Emery’s menu is an intriguing one. Expect starters like duck liver mousse, clams, and charred onion dip and vegetables-forward dishes like roasted beets, coconut ginger carrots, and grilled Henosis mushroom toast. A handful of pizzas are on offer — from classics like spicy sausage or pepperoni to cacio e pepe and bagel-themed pies. Pasta is looking impressive here too — think crawfish tagliatelle and spicy bison Bolognese with gochujang, whipped ricotta, and basil tuile. Steaks and seafood plates round out the menu.

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20. 615Chutney

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7075 Hwy 70 S
Nashville, TN 37221
(615) 248-8639
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The South Indian restaurant ventured just west of the city center for its new home back in July. 615Chutney began its life as a food truck, with a focus on gluten-free, vegan, and vegetarian South Indian dishes. Some popular choices include samosas, pickled idli (steamed rice cakes with South Indian spices), malabar parotta (a layered flatbread), and Chutneyville sambar (lentil-based vegetable stew cooked with dal and tamarind broth).

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21. Pegasus Pizzeria

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6601 Sugar Valley Dr #115
Nashville, TN 37211
(615) 283-8501
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New near Lenox Village, Pegasus Pizzeria replaced a recently closed pizza joint and is already getting rave reviews as the much-preferred alternative. On the menu, look for a variety of thick Detroit-style pies with Vegan, dairy-free options plus a selection of six pasta dishes including penne pesto or spaghetti with meat sauce. To start, folks also rave about the Sicilian-baked meatballs and the mozzarella sticks.

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22. ZORBA CAFE

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1610 Lee Victory Pkwy
Smyrna, TN 37167
(615) 462-7096
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There’s a new quick-service Mediterranean dining option for diners in Smyrna — and there’s plenty of hummus, falafel platter, gyro, tabbouleh, and baklava to be had. The restaurant opened in May and is already a fast neighborhood favorite for both the food and the friendly customer service.

23. Pisco305 Peruvian Cuisine and Steakhouse

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Murfreesboro, TN 37129
(615) 962-7500
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Named after the Peruvian city most known for the drink and the area code of Miami, Pisco305 is getting big-city rave reviews well outside the Nashville city limits. Quick crowd favorites here include ceviche platters, Peruvian fried rice, lomo saltado, and churrasco verde. Pisco305 also serves brunch on weekends.

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1. The Authentique

925 Gallatin Ave Suite 103, Nashville, TN 37206
The Authentique

Melvil Arnt (Once Upon a Time in France) just opened his third French spot the Authentique at 925 Gallatin Road. The wine bar is Arnt’s lifelong dream and serves a list comprised 50 percent of French wines alongside wine classes, beer, and a small food menu. Arnt has been busy since first opening their first French restaurant in East Nashville back in late 2019, which is wildly popular among locals for date night.

925 Gallatin Ave Suite 103
Nashville, TN 37206

2. Samurai Sushi East

97 Chapel Ave, Nashville, TN 37206
Samurai Sushi/Facebook

Samurai quietly slid into the former Eastland Cafe space in April of 2021, bringing in a new chef from Tokyo, Tomo, to bring an upgraded menu to its third location, complete with wider nigiri and sashimi options plus plenty of raw and cooked rolls.

97 Chapel Ave
Nashville, TN 37206

3. Love And Exile Bar

715 Main St A, Nashville, TN 37206

Tyler Alkins’ Nashville Urban Winery, which debuted in 2018 and was destroyed in the March 2020 tornado, has been reborn in the same location under Alkins’ wine label’s name Love and Exile Bar, and it has a fancy new look and food offerings. An added perk: much adored Ricey & Co. catering will be a permanent Monday night fixture for sampling sample sushi rolls and other offerings.

715 Main St A
Nashville, TN 37206

4. EG&MC Cocktail Bar

924 Jefferson St, Nashville, TN 37208
EG &MC Cocktail Bar/Facebook

Find a vibe and great cocktails at the new bar and southern-rooted tapas hotspot, which took over the former home of the much-missed Garden Brunch Cafe. EG&MC is the brainchild of Clint Gray, Derrick Moore, and EJ Reed (the crew behind Slim + Husky’s Pizza Beeria), alongside craft cocktail guru Gemaal Pratts of Aperitif. Open since July, the menu here is a refreshing one — with shared plates like cheddar bourbon fondue, lamb meatballs stuffed with cheese grits, and peach barbecue-glazed candied yam mac and cheese alongside drinks like the EG&MC signature drink with raisin-soaked Uncle Nearest, Amaro, vermouth, bitters, and chicory liqueur.

924 Jefferson St
Nashville, TN 37208

5. Church and Union

201 4th Ave N, Nashville, TN 37219
Church and Union/Facebook

Church and Union opened in September downtown at yes, Church and Union Streets, dishing out

American cuisine from two-time Top Chef alum Jamie Lynch and chef Adam Hodgson. On the menu, find swanky seafood towers, French onion agnolotti, and a Kurobuta pork chop, plus confit Spanish octopus and a Certified Angus Beef porterhouse for two. Photo perk: a giant Church & Union dollar bill is on display diagonally behind the bar, decked out with Dolly Parton and Johnny Cash.

201 4th Ave N
Nashville, TN 37219

6. Casa Rosa

308 Broadway, Nashville, TN 37201
Casa Rosa/Facebook

Miranda Lambert’s Casa Rosa opened in June — adding a much-needed female name to that celeb-named stretch of Lower Broadway. It’s a chic taco and queso lover’s dream because the food here is actually really good. Step away from the bro-country bars that pepper the street and step into a room surrounded by hot pink booths, intricately tiled floors, and Miranda and Elvis-themed walls prime for photo ops. On the menu, find Tex-Mex treats from chori-queso and barbacoa tacos to the quintessential Nashville hot chicken burrito, or even a queso-stuffed Juicy Lucy.

308 Broadway
Nashville, TN 37201

7. The Twelve Thirty Club

550 Broadway, Nashville, TN 37203

The First Level at Twelve Thirty Club rolled out in April of 2021, just the first of four levels of the new experiential dining destination at Fifth + Broadway. The self-described elevated honky-tonk’s menu runs the gamut from pork belly dumplings, sashimi, and Old Bay-rubbed wings for the table. In September, the swanky club opened fully, adding even more dining and drinking options — with a fabulous rooftop and supper club unlike anything found on Broadway.

550 Broadway
Nashville, TN 37203

8. Sixty Vines

5055 Broadway Pl Suite 3200, Nashville, TN 37203

The Texas-based wine lovers’ dream restaurant opened in May at Fifth + Broadway. Find the stunning, sprawling space on the third floor of the development, where diners can feast on pizzas, pasta, and charcuterie while choosing from so many options of wines by the glass.

5055 Broadway Pl Suite 3200
Nashville, TN 37203

9. Assembly Food Hall at Fifth + Broadway

5055 Broadway Pl, Nashville, TN 37203

Now open with dozens of new food and beverage options for Lower Broadway visitors and downtown residents alike, Assembly Food Hall/Fifth + Broadway completely changes the look and feel of the familiar honky-tonk strip, nestled smack dab across from the historic Ryman and Bridgestone Arena. For breakfast, look for Whisk Crepes, Donut Distillery, or grab coffee from Elixr Coffee downstairs. Later in the day take your pick from food stalls including Nashville favorites like Prince’s Hot Chicken Thai Esane or boozy shaved ice from Cotton & Snow. Down below at Fifth+Broadway, stop for Hattie B’s or visit Broadways’s first-ever black-owned restaurant Slim + Husky’s for a create-your-own pizza. Find the full rundown of current restaurant offerings here.

5055 Broadway Pl
Nashville, TN 37203

10. Eddie V's Prime Seafood

590 Broadway, Nashville, TN 37203
Eddie V’s/Facebook

The Texas-based swanky seafood and steak chain opened its first Tennessee location in April, with oyster platters, opulent shellfish towers, prime seafood entrees, and steaks aplenty.

590 Broadway
Nashville, TN 37203

11. The Continental Nashville

1000 Broadway Suite 101, Nashville, TN 37203

In May chef Sean Brock’s new ground-level restaurant inside the Grand Hyatt finally opened for dine-in service — and the presentations alone make it worth a visit. On the current prix fixe menu served throughout the dining room, find a Sequatchie Cove Walden cheese tart, Broken Arrow Ranch venison with sauce roanne, and Yukon gold potato pave — with special appearances by the roving pate en route, prime rib, and ice cream carts. Can’t get in for a reservation? No worries, stop by for a seat at the bar and sample the a la carte menu.

*Book reservations well in advance.

1000 Broadway Suite 101
Nashville, TN 37203

12. Calacas Mexican Cuisine

Marriott Tri-Brand Hotel, 411 Korean Veterans Blvd, Nashville, TN 37203
Fried chile relleno with queso fresco, black beans refritos, salsa ranchero, sour cream.
Calacas Mexican Cuisine/Facebook

Feast on pork pibil tamales, Oaxacan empanadas, and plenty of salsa options alongside barbacoa and carnitas tacos and grilled pescado at the new Mexican restaurant on the ground floor of the AC Hotel by Marriott. The decor draws inspiration from dia de los muertos — the traditional Mexican holiday celebrating friends and family members lost with a multi-day occasion filled with culture and cuisine.

Marriott Tri-Brand Hotel, 411 Korean Veterans Blvd
Nashville, TN 37203

13. The Dutch

300 12th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203
The Dutch/Facebook

James Beard Award-winning chef Andrew Carmellini partnered with hospitality experts Luke Ostrom and Josh Pickard (NoHo Hospitality) on the Nashville outpost of his NY-based restaurant, located within the newly opened W Hotel. Open in early October, the restaurant serves classic American dishes with some international twists for breakfast, dinner, and weekend brunch. Menu highlights include chilled Atlantic red crab with bloody mary dressing, smoked beet salad, an Ora King salmon tostada with pineapple pico and chipotle crema, and Maine scallops with mezcal butter.

300 12th Ave S
Nashville, TN 37203

14. Red Perch

4101 Charlotte Ave G120, Nashville, TN 37209
Red Perch/Facebook

Nicole and Cameron Payne’s Red Perch sold so many chips and fish platters they had to move a few miles west to bigger digs, and their loyal fans are following. The new space (at Sylvan Supply) is so much more spacious than the Arcade — with ample seating and the addition of alcoholic beverages. And as always, it’s much more than fish and chips here — the filet-of-fish sandwich, Ahi poke, and lumpia are all-stars here too.

4101 Charlotte Ave G120
Nashville, TN 37209

15. Flatiron

1929 Broadway, Nashville, TN 37203
Flatiron/Facebook

There’s a new brunch, dinner, and happy hour option in Midtown since chef Chris Raucci and Victoria Rothberg (owners of beloved Sylvan Park restaurant Answer) opened Flatiron back in May. During brunch, look for French toast sticks, pimento cheese-stuffed potato skins, and breakfast sandwiches — while at dinner guests feast on steak salads, cheeseburgers, and coffee-rubbed bone-in pork chops.

1929 Broadway
Nashville, TN 37203

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16. Lola

4401 Murphy Rd, Nashville, TN 37209

Maher Fawaz of Siege Hospitality (Epice, Santo, Kalamatas) debuted a stunning Spanish spot recently in Sylvan Park, at 4401 Murphy Road. On the menu, look for cold tapas like Spanish olives and montadito, plus jamon Iberico and rotating cheese and charcuterie boards alongside hot dishes from fried artichokes and croquetas to papas bravas and octopus with spiced chorizo. 

4401 Murphy Rd
Nashville, TN 37209

17. Shokku Ramen

2127 Belcourt Ave, Nashville, TN 37212
Shokku Ramen

Shokku Ramen, the Las Vegas-born ramen spot expanded to Music City — and it’s the first Asian-owned ramen-specific spot in town. The Japanese anime-themed ramen shop is known for serving up both traditional and newly innovated styles and varieties of made-from-scratch broths and house-made spice blends, fried rice, beer, and sake at their 24-hour operation in the heart of Las Vegas’s Chinatown.

2127 Belcourt Ave
Nashville, TN 37212

18. International Market

2013 Belmont Blvd, Nashville, TN 37212