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A savory beignet with caviar from Sean Brock’s new restaurant, June. 
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The Hottest New Restaurants in Nashville, August 2022

The answer to the question, “where should I eat right now?”

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A savory beignet with caviar from Sean Brock’s new restaurant, June. 
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More than ever, Nashville’s steady stream of new restaurant openings can make it hard to keep track of what’s new, what’s good, and most importantly — where to eat right now. To help, Eater’s heat map tracks the city’s most exciting new dining destinations, all of which are worth a try. The below restaurants are open as of publication time, but be sure to call or check a restaurant’s social media pages before paying them a visit, as circumstances, especially when it comes to staffing, are changing daily. Below, Eater shines the spotlight on 12 of Nashville’s newest, hottest restaurants to check out in July.

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Sean Brock’s June, opened in East Nashville’s McFerrin Park neighborhood in late July, might just be one of the most exciting new restaurants to hit the city this year. It’s poised as a culmination of the famed chef’s career, a return to the grand tasting menus that he originally became famous for more than a decade ago. The dinner menu, set to change twice a season, is composed of 20 or more courses over two to three hours. Dishes like snow crab, freeze-dried buttermilk, and parsnip pudding, and a savory beignet with smoked hollandaise and caviar are divided into five “acts”: canapes, water, land, dessert, and petit fours.

Beef with carrot and onions from June. 
John Troxell/June

Acqua by RJ Cooper

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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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5 Points Diner

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The diner is the latest from WOW Hospitality, opened in East Nashville in mid-May, a huge restaurant with a VIP area, an elevated bar dubbed the Rainbow Loft. It follows a familiar popular formula, serving craft local beer, “boozy frozens,” and “frunch,” Friday brunch. The menu is a fun mix of classic diner food like meatloaf and burgers and inventive twists on Southern staples, like goat cheese tartlets and tabasco-fried pickles.

Boqueria Fifth + Broadway

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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.

Layer Cake Social Kitchen

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Admittedly designed to be social media and bachelorette-friendly, Layer Cake Social club is a four-level mix of restaurants and bars, with each floor and space aiming to provide distinct settings and experiences. The ground floor is a bar with a pub menu and occasional live music, and on floor two is a full-service dining room serving a hodgepodge of cuisines. After your meal the idea is to head up and up to the clubby rooftop, lit up by neon signs and string lights and offering bottle service, or request VIP table service at the private cocktail bar, the Cherry Lounge (customers can inquire about VIP table service by texting a phone number).

Layer Cake’s rooftop offers bottle (and cake) service. 
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1 Kitchen

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1 Kitchen opened in late July as part of 1 Hotel Nashville, a luxury hotel brand that claims to be “consciously cultivated.” As such, the restaurant, led by former Top Chef contestant Chris Crary, aims to differentiate itself with things like an onsite garden, a glass pulverizer, composting and recycling oil, and zero waste menu items. Proteins and vegetables from farms including Bucksnort Trout RanchPig & Leaf, and Bear Creek are used to compose dishes like fried chicken pot pie, pork Milanese, beet Wellington, and grilled baby carrots with salsa verde and fried onions.

Grilled baby carrots with salsa verde and crispy onions.
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Stationairy Union Station Hotel Nashville Yards

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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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Punk Wok

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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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The Electric Jane

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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.

Dicey's Tavern

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Dark, loud, and fun is the vibe at this new all-day neighborhood bar and cafe, with subs, salads, and tavern-style pizza to accompany the atmosphere. It’s homey, funky, and eclectic, a nice reprieve from the hyper-chic, stylized establishments nearby (think Soho House). This is the best new spot to grub on satisfying, carb-filled nosh, cold beer, natural wine, and excitingly, frozen drinks.

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International Market

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One of the most exciting openings of the year is the re-emergence 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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Wildcat BBQ

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Every Friday and Saturday night you can find Wildcat BBQ, the new venture from Brandon Frohne (Forage South), at Nashville Jam Cafe in Berry Hill. A mashup of Southern barbecue and tropical influences, staples include brisket, sticky chicken wings, and spareribs, sides like corn and blueberry salad and spicy watermelon, and specials like a Hot Ruffle Lumpia, a Filipino lumpia filled with smoked brisket, spicy noodles, cabbage, cheese, and chiles, fried and served with pepper jelly toyomansi sauce. A live music lineup will change weekly.

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Beef with carrot and onions from June. 
John Troxell/June

Sean Brock’s June, opened in East Nashville’s McFerrin Park neighborhood in late July, might just be one of the most exciting new restaurants to hit the city this year. It’s poised as a culmination of the famed chef’s career, a return to the grand tasting menus that he originally became famous for more than a decade ago. The dinner menu, set to change twice a season, is composed of 20 or more courses over two to three hours. Dishes like snow crab, freeze-dried buttermilk, and parsnip pudding, and a savory beignet with smoked hollandaise and caviar are divided into five “acts”: canapes, water, land, dessert, and petit fours.

Beef with carrot and onions from June. 
John Troxell/June

Acqua by RJ Cooper

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.

The 32-seat dining room at Germantown’s new Acqua. 
Amy Zawacki/Acqua

5 Points Diner

The diner is the latest from WOW Hospitality, opened in East Nashville in mid-May, a huge restaurant with a VIP area, an elevated bar dubbed the Rainbow Loft. It follows a familiar popular formula, serving craft local beer, “boozy frozens,” and “frunch,” Friday brunch. The menu is a fun mix of classic diner food like meatloaf and burgers and inventive twists on Southern staples, like goat cheese tartlets and tabasco-fried pickles.

Boqueria Fifth + Broadway

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.

Layer Cake Social Kitchen

Layer Cake’s rooftop offers bottle (and cake) service. 
Mandy Reid/Milkshake Concepts

Admittedly designed to be social media and bachelorette-friendly, Layer Cake Social club is a four-level mix of restaurants and bars, with each floor and space aiming to provide distinct settings and experiences. The ground floor is a bar with a pub menu and occasional live music, and on floor two is a full-service dining room serving a hodgepodge of cuisines. After your meal the idea is to head up and up to the clubby rooftop, lit up by neon signs and string lights and offering bottle service, or request VIP table service at the private cocktail bar, the Cherry Lounge (customers can inquire about VIP table service by texting a phone number).

Layer Cake’s rooftop offers bottle (and cake) service. 
Mandy Reid/Milkshake Concepts

1 Kitchen

Grilled baby carrots with salsa verde and crispy onions.
Frawley Photography/1 Hotel Nashville

1 Kitchen opened in late July as part of 1 Hotel Nashville, a luxury hotel brand that claims to be “consciously cultivated.” As such, the restaurant, led by former Top Chef contestant Chris Crary, aims to differentiate itself with things like an onsite garden, a glass pulverizer, composting and recycling oil, and zero waste menu items. Proteins and vegetables from farms including Bucksnort Trout RanchPig & Leaf, and Bear Creek are used to compose dishes like fried chicken pot pie, pork Milanese, beet Wellington, and grilled baby carrots with salsa verde and fried onions.

Grilled baby carrots with salsa verde and crispy onions.
Frawley Photography/1 Hotel Nashville

Stationairy Union Station Hotel Nashville Yards

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.

Stationairy

Punk Wok

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.

Punk Wok/Facebook

The Electric Jane

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.

Dicey's Tavern

Clayton Hauck/Dicey’s Tavern

Dark, loud, and fun is the vibe at this new all-day neighborhood bar and cafe, with subs, salads, and tavern-style pizza to accompany the atmosphere. It’s homey, funky, and eclectic, a nice reprieve from the hyper-chic, stylized establishments nearby (think Soho House). This is the best new spot to grub on satisfying, carb-filled nosh, cold beer, natural wine, and excitingly, frozen drinks.

Clayton Hauck/Dicey’s Tavern

International Market

International Market/Instagram

One of the most exciting openings of the year is the re-emergence 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.

International Market/Instagram

Wildcat BBQ

Wildcat BBQ/Official

Every Friday and Saturday night you can find Wildcat BBQ, the new venture from Brandon Frohne (Forage South), at Nashville Jam Cafe in Berry Hill. A mashup of Southern barbecue and tropical influences, staples include brisket, sticky chicken wings, and spareribs, sides like corn and blueberry salad and spicy watermelon, and specials like a Hot Ruffle Lumpia, a Filipino lumpia filled with smoked brisket, spicy noodles, cabbage, cheese, and chiles, fried and served with pepper jelly toyomansi sauce. A live music lineup will change weekly.

Wildcat BBQ/Official

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