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The Hottest New Restaurants in Nashville, September 2021

17 of Nashville’s hottest new restaurants around town, from a South Indian restaurant in Bellevue to a new wine bar in East Nashville

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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.

New to the list this month: The Authentique, EG & MC, 615Chutney, and Calacas Mexican Cuisine.

Leaving the list: Shep’s, Smith & Lentz, Slim & Husky’s, Gumbo Bros, Arnold’s After Dark, OSH Restaurant & Grill

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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 will serve 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.

The Authentique

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.

*Open for dine-in and takeout.

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3. 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. The menu is a refreshing and interesting one — with shared plates like cheddar bourbon fondue, stuffed lamb meatballs with cheese grits, and peach barbecue glazed candied yam mac and cheese on the menu alongside drinks like the EG&Mc signature drink with raisin-soaked Uncle Nearest, Amaro, vermouth, bitters, and chicory liqueur.

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4. Casa Rosa

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308 Broadway
Nashville, TN 37201

Miranda Lambert’s Casa Rosa opened on in that celeb-named stretch of Lower Broadway, and it’s a chic taco and queso lover’s dream. 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 the quintessential Nashville hot chicken burrito, or even a queso-stuffed Juicy Lucy.


*Open for dine-in.

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5. 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. Also on the all-encompassing menu, find a selection of salads plus mains like burgers, pastrami sandwiches, fish tacos, and barbecue.

*Open for dine-in.

6. 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.

*Open for dine-in.

7. 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.
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Find the full rundown of current restaurant offerings here.

*Open for indoor, outdoor dining, and takeout.

8. Eddie V's Prime Seafood

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

*Open for dine-in.

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9. The Continental Nashville

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1000 Broadway Suite 101
Nashville, TN 37203
(615) 622-3225
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At last Sean Brock’s new ground-level restaurant inside the Grand Hyatt is open for dine-in service, and the presentations alone look like it’s worth planning ahead for a reservation. The opening menu leads off with Hawaiian Ahi tuna, Pacific red crab parfait, and a California white sturgeon caviar and oyster set-up. Plus, there’s a roving prime rib cart (and one with pate en croute too).

*Open for dine-in. Book reservations well in advance.

10. 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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11. 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. For brunch, find 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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12. 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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13. 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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14. Thai Esane Brentwood

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203 Franklin Rd Suite 100
Brentwood, TN 37027
(615) 915-4736
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Singto’s crowd-favorite Thai restaurant expanded rapidly in early 2021, with a new spot in Brentwood and at downtown’s Assembly Food Hall. The menu is familiar to TE’s loyal customers, who flock for papaya salad, drunken noodles, pineapple boat fried rice, and more which can all be elevated to her signature “Nina hot” level. Singto first opened Thai Esane in its original location on 12South in 2014 following the continued success of her family’s King Market in Antioch.

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15. 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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16. 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 Smyrya — 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.

17. Pisco305 Peruvian Cuisine and Steakhouse

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452 N Thompson Ln Suite C
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 will serve 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.

*Open for dine-in and takeout.

97 Chapel Ave
Nashville, TN 37206

3. 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. The menu is a refreshing and interesting one — with shared plates like cheddar bourbon fondue, stuffed lamb meatballs with cheese grits, and peach barbecue glazed candied yam mac and cheese on the menu 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

4. Casa Rosa

308 Broadway, Nashville, TN 37201
Casa Rosa/Facebook

Miranda Lambert’s Casa Rosa opened on in that celeb-named stretch of Lower Broadway, and it’s a chic taco and queso lover’s dream. 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 the quintessential Nashville hot chicken burrito, or even a queso-stuffed Juicy Lucy.


*Open for dine-in.

308 Broadway
Nashville, TN 37201

5. 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. Also on the all-encompassing menu, find a selection of salads plus mains like burgers, pastrami sandwiches, fish tacos, and barbecue.

*Open for dine-in.

550 Broadway
Nashville, TN 37203

6. 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.

*Open for dine-in.

5055 Broadway Pl Suite 3200
Nashville, TN 37203

7. 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.

*Open for indoor, outdoor dining, and takeout.

5055 Broadway Pl
Nashville, TN 37203

8. Eddie V's Prime Seafood

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

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

*Open for dine-in.

590 Broadway
Nashville, TN 37203

9. The Continental Nashville

1000 Broadway Suite 101, Nashville, TN 37203

At last Sean Brock’s new ground-level restaurant inside the Grand Hyatt is open for dine-in service, and the presentations alone look like it’s worth planning ahead for a reservation. The opening menu leads off with Hawaiian Ahi tuna, Pacific red crab parfait, and a California white sturgeon caviar and oyster set-up. Plus, there’s a roving prime rib cart (and one with pate en croute too).

*Open for dine-in. Book reservations well in advance.

1000 Broadway Suite 101
Nashville, TN 37203

10. 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

11. 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. For brunch, find 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

12. 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

13. 615Chutney

7075 Hwy 70 S, Nashville, TN 37221
615Chutney/Facebook

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).

7075 Hwy 70 S
Nashville, TN 37221

14. Thai Esane Brentwood

203 Franklin Rd Suite 100, Brentwood, TN 37027
Thai Esane [Official Photo]

Singto’s crowd-favorite Thai restaurant expanded rapidly in early 2021, with a new spot in Brentwood and at downtown’s Assembly Food Hall. The menu is familiar to TE’s loyal customers, who flock for papaya salad, drunken noodles, pineapple boat fried rice, and more which can all be elevated to her signature “Nina hot” level. Singto first opened Thai Esane in its original location on 12South in 2014 following the continued success of her family’s King Market in Antioch.

203 Franklin Rd Suite 100
Brentwood, TN 37027

15. Pegasus Pizzeria

6601 Sugar Valley Dr #115, Nashville, TN 37211
Pegasus Pizzeria/Facebook

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.

6601 Sugar Valley Dr #115
Nashville, TN 37211

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16. ZORBA CAFE

1610 Lee Victory Pkwy, Smyrna, TN 37167

There’s a new quick-service Mediterranean dining option for diners in Smyrya — 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.

1610 Lee Victory Pkwy
Smyrna, TN 37167

17. Pisco305 Peruvian Cuisine and Steakhouse

452 N Thompson Ln Suite C, Murfreesboro, TN 37129
Pisco305/Facebook

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.

452 N Thompson Ln Suite C
Murfreesboro, TN 37129

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