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A dinner spread from the Electric Jane.
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The Hottest New Restaurants in Nashville, June 2022

Late-night Detroit-style pizza, Spanish tapas, 14-course seafood tasting menus, and more

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A dinner spread from the Electric Jane.
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Despite the ongoing health crisis and construction and permitting delays caused by local government shutdowns, a steady stream of new restaurants continue opening across Nashville. To help keep up, Eater’s heat map tracks the city’s most exciting new dining destinations to open in the last six months, all of which are worth a try. Below, Eater shines the spotlight on 14 of Nashville’s newest, hottest restaurants to check out in June.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Acqua by RJ Cooper

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1300 3rd Ave N
Nashville, TN 37208
(615) 974-0121
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James Beard Award-winning chef RJ Cooper doubled down on Germantown with the opening of Acqua in March, right next door to his swanky American restaurant Saint Stephen. Acqua offers a considerably different atmosphere and cuisine from Saint Stephen, delivering an Italian-style progressive tasting menu of 14 to 16 courses that are all seafood (aside from one) served in a bright, minimalist space. Reservations are required for Acqua’s pricey, fine-dining format ($150 per person), but ties are not.

The 32-seat dining room at Germantown’s new Acqua. 
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2. Drusie & Darr by Jean-Georges

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231 6th Ave N
Nashville, TN 37219
(615) 345-7116
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In 2021, the historic Hermitage Hotel announced that legendary chef and restaurateur Jean-Georges Vongerichten was tapped to revamp the hotel’s entire culinary program, from top to bottom, while the hotel also saw design updates throughout. Drusie & Darr opened in mid-November, serving true Jean-Georges style, signature plant-based offerings, oven-fired pizzas, and classic cocktails in a stunning setting.

Drusie & Darr by Jean-Georges

3. Bringles Smoking Oasis

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4901 Centennial Blvd
Nashville, TN 37209

Open since early December of 2021, notable Nashville pitmaster Carey Bringle doubled his empire in Music City by bringing Texas Hill Country mission-style smoked meats, sides, and bourbon cocktails to a new spot in the Nations. One unexpected but insanely delicious must-order meat on the menu: the pastrami.

Bringle’s Smoking Oasis

4. Boqueria Fifth + Broadway

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5005 Broadway Pl
Nashville, TN 37203
(615) 245-7160
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New York transplant and Spanish tapas spot Boqueria landed in Nashville in late February, bringing a famed menu of pan con tomate, grilled octopus, patatas bravas, paella de mariscos, and large-format sangria to downtown’s behemoth dining and retail destination Fifth + Broadway. It’s huge, seating 150 not including a spacious patio facing 5th Avenue, with an industrial chic vibe.

5. Stationairy Union Station Hotel Nashville Yards

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1001 Broadway (Restaurant in Hotel, Lobby
Nashville, TN 37203
(615) 726-1001
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The 121-year-old former train station-turned-hotel recently got a facelift, and with it, a gorgeous new breakfast, lunch, and dinner destination overlooking Broadway. Chef Sean Foley is dishing out contemporary takes on European and American favorites like flat-ironed steak frites with herb butter or half-roasted chicken winter vegetables, foie gras powder, and chicken jus.

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6. Carne Mare

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300 12th Ave S
Nashville, TN 37203

New York transplant and James Beard Award-winning chef Andrew Carmellini opened a Nashville outpost of his Italian chophouse in November. Located on the bottom floor of the W, right next to the second location of New York’s the Dutch, which Carmellini helped launch in October, the menu as expected features a mix of land and sea options. The mozzarella sticks topped with caviar, Spanish octopus with carpaccio, Wagyu cuts, and fire-roasted cabbage are all solid picks on the current menu.

The interior of Carne Mare in Nashville.
The dining room of Nashville’s Carne Mare.
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7. Punk Wok

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At Sylvan Supply, 4101 Charlotte Ave suite G-20
Nashville, TN 37209
(615) 649-8885
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The new self-coined “American izakaya” at Sylvan Supply is churning out a variety of options for lunch and dinner. There are lots of choices for maki lovers, alongside a steak-topped “tiger tear salad”, several cold vegetarian-friendly options, and excellent Korean waffle fries.

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8. Black Dynasty Secret Ramen House

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4101 Charlotte Ave STE E40
Nashville, TN 37209
(615) 730-9654
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Chef Rooney and his talented noodle squad are back in business on the west side of town, taking over the kitchen seven days a week at Sylvan Supply’s Bearded Iris Brewery. On the menu, look for familiar things like hellfire tonkotsu and garlic bomb shoyu bowls alongside a new vegan ramen and rotating specials.

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9. The Electric Jane

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1301 Division St
Nashville, TN 37203
(615) 964-7175
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The Electric Jane is Nashville’s newest hype spot, claiming to deliver modern, collaborative dining; live entertainment experiences; breakfast boards; and a “high energy power brunch.” The various menus match the luxury vibe of the clubby venue: dinner options like tuna crispy rice, steak tartare, and Parisian gnocchi; with a caviar-topped French omelet, soft shell crab eggs Benedict, and ube cinnamon rolls as highlights for brunch. The late night menu may be best of all — Detroit-style pizzas, a Gifford’s bologna sandwich, and a a cannoli-crowned espresso martini to top it all off.

10. Sadie’s

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1200 Villa Pl
Nashville, TN 37212
(615) 988-1200
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Long-anticipated Sadie’s, a Mediterranean all-day cafe, finally opened its doors in October. The gorgeously revamped restaurant takes over the former home of Taco Mamacita in Edgehill, revivified by Red Pebbles Hospitality and chef Margaret LaVetty (formerly of Barcelona Wine Bar). The menu ranges from crispy artichokes to chicken souvlaki kebabs, among other delights.

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11. The Hart

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321 Hart St
Nashville, TN 37210
(629) 231-4006
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The Hart, a tropical new restaurant and bar, opened in Nashville’s Chestnut Hill neighborhood in late November. Kimchi fried rice, a katsu sando, and a colorful selection of yakitori kick off the menu, but people are raving about the whole smoked duck and grilled fish preparations, as well as the one-pound KLD beef kalbi with all the fixings.

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12. Il Forno

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1414 3rd Ave S
Nashville, TN 37210
(615) 739-6713
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Chef Egidio Franciosa and partner Jannah Franciosa recently gave their popular mobile pizzeria a permanent location in Wedgewood-Houston, serving up Neapolitan-style pies like the diavola, topped with pomodoro, fior de latte, and calabrese salami. The menu doesn’t stop at pizza, though, folks are also raving about the restaurant’s carpaccio, antipasto spreads, and pasta features.

13. 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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14. V & V Vietnamese Cuisine

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214 Ward Cir # 700
Brentwood, TN 37027
(615) 942-7485
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Wendy Nguyen opened V&V in November, highlighting dishes that she grew up with in Saigon, Vietnam. Formerly a manicurist, Nguyen is stepping out on her own and fulfilling a dream of opening her own restaurant, with dishes she’s long been known to cook for her family. Expect Vietnamese-style egg rolls, various varieties of pho, bun cha, banh mi, and other selections.

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1. Acqua by RJ Cooper

1300 3rd Ave N, Nashville, TN 37208
The 32-seat dining room at Germantown’s new Acqua. 
Amy Zawacki/Acqua

James Beard Award-winning chef RJ Cooper doubled down on Germantown with the opening of Acqua in March, right next door to his swanky American restaurant Saint Stephen. Acqua offers a considerably different atmosphere and cuisine from Saint Stephen, delivering an Italian-style progressive tasting menu of 14 to 16 courses that are all seafood (aside from one) served in a bright, minimalist space. Reservations are required for Acqua’s pricey, fine-dining format ($150 per person), but ties are not.

1300 3rd Ave N
Nashville, TN 37208

2. Drusie & Darr by Jean-Georges

231 6th Ave N, Nashville, TN 37219
Drusie & Darr by Jean-Georges

In 2021, the historic Hermitage Hotel announced that legendary chef and restaurateur Jean-Georges Vongerichten was tapped to revamp the hotel’s entire culinary program, from top to bottom, while the hotel also saw design updates throughout. Drusie & Darr opened in mid-November, serving true Jean-Georges style, signature plant-based offerings, oven-fired pizzas, and classic cocktails in a stunning setting.

231 6th Ave N
Nashville, TN 37219

3. Bringles Smoking Oasis

4901 Centennial Blvd, Nashville, TN 37209
Bringle’s Smoking Oasis

Open since early December of 2021, notable Nashville pitmaster Carey Bringle doubled his empire in Music City by bringing Texas Hill Country mission-style smoked meats, sides, and bourbon cocktails to a new spot in the Nations. One unexpected but insanely delicious must-order meat on the menu: the pastrami.

4901 Centennial Blvd
Nashville, TN 37209

4. Boqueria Fifth + Broadway

5005 Broadway Pl, Nashville, TN 37203

New York transplant and Spanish tapas spot Boqueria landed in Nashville in late February, bringing a famed menu of pan con tomate, grilled octopus, patatas bravas, paella de mariscos, and large-format sangria to downtown’s behemoth dining and retail destination Fifth + Broadway. It’s huge, seating 150 not including a spacious patio facing 5th Avenue, with an industrial chic vibe.

5005 Broadway Pl
Nashville, TN 37203

5. Stationairy Union Station Hotel Nashville Yards

1001 Broadway (Restaurant in Hotel, Lobby, Nashville, TN 37203
Stationairy

The 121-year-old former train station-turned-hotel recently got a facelift, and with it, a gorgeous new breakfast, lunch, and dinner destination overlooking Broadway. Chef Sean Foley is dishing out contemporary takes on European and American favorites like flat-ironed steak frites with herb butter or half-roasted chicken winter vegetables, foie gras powder, and chicken jus.

1001 Broadway (Restaurant in Hotel, Lobby
Nashville, TN 37203

6. Carne Mare

300 12th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203
The interior of Carne Mare in Nashville.
The dining room of Nashville’s Carne Mare.
Sam Angel Photography/Eater Nashville

New York transplant and James Beard Award-winning chef Andrew Carmellini opened a Nashville outpost of his Italian chophouse in November. Located on the bottom floor of the W, right next to the second location of New York’s the Dutch, which Carmellini helped launch in October, the menu as expected features a mix of land and sea options. The mozzarella sticks topped with caviar, Spanish octopus with carpaccio, Wagyu cuts, and fire-roasted cabbage are all solid picks on the current menu.

300 12th Ave S
Nashville, TN 37203

7. Punk Wok

At Sylvan Supply, 4101 Charlotte Ave suite G-20, Nashville, TN 37209
Punk Wok/Facebook

The new self-coined “American izakaya” at Sylvan Supply is churning out a variety of options for lunch and dinner. There are lots of choices for maki lovers, alongside a steak-topped “tiger tear salad”, several cold vegetarian-friendly options, and excellent Korean waffle fries.

At Sylvan Supply, 4101 Charlotte Ave suite G-20
Nashville, TN 37209

8. Black Dynasty Secret Ramen House

4101 Charlotte Ave STE E40, Nashville, TN 37209
Black Dynasty/Facebook

Chef Rooney and his talented noodle squad are back in business on the west side of town, taking over the kitchen seven days a week at Sylvan Supply’s Bearded Iris Brewery. On the menu, look for familiar things like hellfire tonkotsu and garlic bomb shoyu bowls alongside a new vegan ramen and rotating specials.

4101 Charlotte Ave STE E40
Nashville, TN 37209

9. The Electric Jane

1301 Division St, Nashville, TN 37203

The Electric Jane is Nashville’s newest hype spot, claiming to deliver modern, collaborative dining; live entertainment experiences; breakfast boards; and a “high energy power brunch.” The various menus match the luxury vibe of the clubby venue: dinner options like tuna crispy rice, steak tartare, and Parisian gnocchi; with a caviar-topped French omelet, soft shell crab eggs Benedict, and ube cinnamon rolls as highlights for brunch. The late night menu may be best of all — Detroit-style pizzas, a Gifford’s bologna sandwich, and a a cannoli-crowned espresso martini to top it all off.

1301 Division St
Nashville, TN 37203

10. Sadie’s

1200 Villa Pl, Nashville, TN 37212
Sadie’s/Facebook

Long-anticipated Sadie’s, a Mediterranean all-day cafe, finally opened its doors in October. The gorgeously revamped restaurant takes over the former home of Taco Mamacita in Edgehill, revivified by Red Pebbles Hospitality and chef Margaret LaVetty (formerly of Barcelona Wine Bar). The menu ranges from crispy artichokes to chicken souvlaki kebabs, among other delights.

1200 Villa Pl
Nashville, TN 37212

11. The Hart

321 Hart St, Nashville, TN 37210
@reidbrandphotography/The Hart

The Hart, a tropical new restaurant and bar, opened in Nashville’s Chestnut Hill neighborhood in late November. Kimchi fried rice, a katsu sando, and a colorful selection of yakitori kick off the menu, but people are raving about the whole smoked duck and grilled fish preparations, as well as the one-pound KLD beef kalbi with all the fixings.

321 Hart St
Nashville, TN 37210

12. Il Forno

1414 3rd Ave S, Nashville, TN 37210

Chef Egidio Franciosa and partner Jannah Franciosa recently gave their popular mobile pizzeria a permanent location in Wedgewood-Houston, serving up Neapolitan-style pies like the diavola, topped with pomodoro, fior de latte, and calabrese salami. The menu doesn’t stop at pizza, though, folks are also raving about the restaurant’s carpaccio, antipasto spreads, and pasta features.

1414 3rd Ave S
Nashville, TN 37210

13. International Market

2013 Belmont Blvd, Nashville, TN 37212
International Market/Instagram

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.

2013 Belmont Blvd
Nashville, TN 37212

14. V & V Vietnamese Cuisine

214 Ward Cir # 700, Brentwood, TN 37027

Wendy Nguyen opened V&V in November, highlighting dishes that she grew up with in Saigon, Vietnam. Formerly a manicurist, Nguyen is stepping out on her own and fulfilling a dream of opening her own restaurant, with dishes she’s long been known to cook for her family. Expect Vietnamese-style egg rolls, various varieties of pho, bun cha, banh mi, and other selections.

214 Ward Cir # 700
Brentwood, TN 37027

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