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24 Restaurants for a Romantic Night Out in Nashville

Two dozen romantic restaurants, dimly lit cocktail lounges, and casual cafes and bistros around Music City

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Maybe you want to create a romantic setting for a first date, or maybe you’re celebrating a milestone anniversary. Take heart: these Nashville restaurants know how to make any dinner seem that much more special. Whether you want a stunning view, a complimentary rose, a setting made for an art lover, or just a place that knows how to make any occasion memorable, these restaurants in Nashville are the most romantic in the city.

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Miel Restaurant

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The cozy West Nashville restaurant has been consistently serving up a great spot for date night (and lovely patio vibes) for well over a decade. A few menu standouts from Miel’s chef Jason LaIacona: beet-cured salmon, cioppino, and house pappardelle with foraged mushroom marsala sauce.

Park Café

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This Sylvan Park gem offers cozy vibes for date night dining — inside and out alongside a solid and consistent menu from executive chef Paul Wright. People rave about the jumbo mozzarella-stuffed beef tenderloin meatballs, the lobster ricotta ravioli, and the salmon served with Szechuan green beans, chili plum sauce, and coconut rice.

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

Fable Lounge

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This West End cocktail and piano bar neutral colors, dim lighting, and gold pops provide a gilded, 1920s-era backdrop for a sophisticated night out on the town. On the menu, find cheese and charcuterie boards, whipped goat cheese, meatballs, and more alongside classic cocktails and a cast of local Tennessee brews.

Giovanni Ristorante

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After 27 years in Manhattan, Giovanni Ristorante found its way to Nashville and firmly planted its flag near Midtown with a snappy bi-level space. Murano glass chandeliers, Venetian plaster, and a Hermes (yes, that Hermes) upholstered bar provide some visual eye candy while plates like risotto  del giorno, pappardelle alla Norcia with black truffles and tagliatelle with veal tempt the taste buds.

Valentino's Ristorante

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Though they relocated from West End to Hayes Street, this Midtown staple has been serving up Italian classics to hungry locals for over 25 years. Think homemade lasagne with wild boar bolognese, bucatini, and cioppino.

Sadie’s

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Sadie’s, a Mediterranean all-day cafe, brightened the Edgehill neighborhood when it opened in the fall. The restaurant took over the former home of Taco Mamacita, 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.

5th & Taylor

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Chattanooga-based, James Beard Award-nominated chef Daniel Lindley became known in Nashville with this Germantown warehouse-turned-restaurant. While the space is massive with very high ceilings, warm lighting and romantic vibes make it a great date night destination. Current menu highlights include the bacon-wrapped quail, chicken liver mousse, and sausage-cheddar biscuits to start, and standout mains like beef cheek pot roast and beer can chicken.

Urban Grub

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Urban Grub, which opened in 2012 in a renovated car wash, remains a consistent neighborhood favorite today. During dinner, a selection of oysters and charcuterie share the menu with Southern specialties and steaks. A seat on the patio beer garden is nice during warmer weather, while the dimly lit rustic interior also sets a romantic scene for a well-spent date night.

Kayne Prime Steakhouse

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M Street’s massive steakhouse in the Gulch offers a wide selection of top-quality cuts including filet mignon, New York strip, and bone-in ribeye, among others. The progression of New York strip offers a selection of three sous vide-style steaks: U.S.D.A. Prime, American Wagyu, and Australian Wagyu — while the fun starters and sides are also not to be skipped.

The Continental Nashville

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The snazzy’s Grand Hyatt has a few different date night options, one being Sean Brock’s ground floor stunner, the Continental. Plan ahead by booking reservations in advance for the prix fixe menu or the new caviar and martini tasting experience at The Vesper Club, or just stop by early to snag a bar seat. The prime rib is an absolute must here, as are the show-stopping desserts from pastry co-directors Michael Werrell and Keaton Vasek.

Carne Mare

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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.

Drusie & Darr by Jean-Georges

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Legendary chef and restaurateur Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s first foray into Nashville provides a visually stunning setting for a romantic night on the town. On the menu, find true Jean-Georges style, signature plant-based offerings, oven-fired pizzas, and classic cocktails.

Bourbon Steak

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Michael Mina’s luxurious sky-high steakhouse offers all the trappings to transport diners out of the day-to-day and into an intimate fantasy.  Prime Angus beef and Wagyu cuts are all hand-selected for Bourbon Steak — so there’s really no wrong choice here when it comes to hunks of meat or places to sit.

12/30 Club

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In fall 2021, the highly anticipated swanky club fully opened, adding a destination-worthy dining and drinking option to the Lower Broadway corridor — namely, the 12/30 rooftop and supper club. The self-described “dapper-as-hell” supper club is a refreshing escape from the Broadway madness, with truffley, cheesy garlic toast, warm butter-poached King crab, opulent seafood towers, and grass-fed ribeyes on offer.

Eddie V's Prime Seafood

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The Texas-based swanky seafood and steak chain opened its first Tennessee location at the massive Fifth + Broadway development last spring, with oyster platters, opulent shellfish towers, prime seafood entrees, and steaks aplenty.

Jeff Ruby's Steakhouse, Nashville

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This outpost of the Cincinnati-based steakhouse offers a large selection of steaks, seafood, and traditional sides. The slightly over-the-top, Old Vegas-reminiscent interior sets the stage for the overall experience.

House of Cards

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A true date night experience for both dining and entertainment in a dimly lit setting, House of Cards is the right move. Here, a magic show caps off a gourmet dinner of staples like steak and mac and cheese paired with hand-crafted cocktails. Note: no cameras or photos are allowed here once inside, so plan appropriately by snagging couples’ photos ahead of time.

Always playing at the historic Melrose theatre-turned-restaurant on 8th: impressive food and fun cocktails in one of the most romantic settings in Nashville. Chef Kyle Patterson and the team at Sinema continue to shine with staples like ricotta agnolotti with fried capers, scallops with spinach orzotto, and one of the best cheese and charcuterie spreads in the city.

The Yellow Porch Restaurant

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At Yellow Porch, the service is friendly, drinks are strong, and the food is impressive — try the crab cake with Japanese chili oil or the sorghum-infused duck breast. The namesake porch has long been a refreshing place to spend a romantic evening sipping cocktails.

Margot Cafe & Bar

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Make it a breakfast, brunch, lunch, or dinner date at chef Margot McCormack’s East Nashville institution. Open since 2001, look for an ever-changing menu touched by rustic French and Italian influences — with everything from steamed icy blue mussels to chickpea tomato soup, duck breast, or vegetarian-friendly dishes featuring Mr. Aaron’s pasta.

Once Upon A Time In France

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Father and son Laurent Champonnois and Melvil Arnt opened the no-reservations-accepted chic 1920s-inspired French bistro on Gallatin Avenue back in late 2019, and the 45-seat restaurant was a fast favorite for date nights among Nashville locals. Whether the night calls for escargot, foie gras, or beef bourguignon, Once Upon a Time in France serves up romantic vibes and a wallet-friendly wine list as an added bonus.

The Fox Bar & Cocktail Club

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This excellent East Nashville bar showcases a romantic, Art Deco-style interior alongside cocktails curated by the incredibly talented Laura Unterberg. Cocktails clock in at $12 to $15 each — with options ranging from light and refreshing to high octane and boozy. The monthly old-fashioned is always a good call, here. To eat, there’s vegan charcuterie, hot chicken hummus, and Old Bay-dusted popcorn.

Rosie Food & Wine

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Just 25 or so minutes northeast of Nashville in Hendersonville, Andy and Beth Hayes’ charming strip mall restaurant doles out stunningly plated Spanish-inspired feasts. The menu here changes — but look for tapas-style standouts like meatballs with garlic bread, Iberico ham, octopus, and patatas bravas (called Rosie potatoes here) to start, followed by house-made pasta, quail fideo, and striped bass as heartier portioned plates. Be sure to save room for dessert to cap off that date night.

Miel Restaurant

The cozy West Nashville restaurant has been consistently serving up a great spot for date night (and lovely patio vibes) for well over a decade. A few menu standouts from Miel’s chef Jason LaIacona: beet-cured salmon, cioppino, and house pappardelle with foraged mushroom marsala sauce.

Park Café

This Sylvan Park gem offers cozy vibes for date night dining — inside and out alongside a solid and consistent menu from executive chef Paul Wright. People rave about the jumbo mozzarella-stuffed beef tenderloin meatballs, the lobster ricotta ravioli, and the salmon served with Szechuan green beans, chili plum sauce, and coconut rice.

Lola

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

Fable Lounge

This West End cocktail and piano bar neutral colors, dim lighting, and gold pops provide a gilded, 1920s-era backdrop for a sophisticated night out on the town. On the menu, find cheese and charcuterie boards, whipped goat cheese, meatballs, and more alongside classic cocktails and a cast of local Tennessee brews.

Giovanni Ristorante

After 27 years in Manhattan, Giovanni Ristorante found its way to Nashville and firmly planted its flag near Midtown with a snappy bi-level space. Murano glass chandeliers, Venetian plaster, and a Hermes (yes, that Hermes) upholstered bar provide some visual eye candy while plates like risotto  del giorno, pappardelle alla Norcia with black truffles and tagliatelle with veal tempt the taste buds.

Valentino's Ristorante

Though they relocated from West End to Hayes Street, this Midtown staple has been serving up Italian classics to hungry locals for over 25 years. Think homemade lasagne with wild boar bolognese, bucatini, and cioppino.

Sadie’s

Sadie’s, a Mediterranean all-day cafe, brightened the Edgehill neighborhood when it opened in the fall. The restaurant took over the former home of Taco Mamacita, 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.

5th & Taylor

Chattanooga-based, James Beard Award-nominated chef Daniel Lindley became known in Nashville with this Germantown warehouse-turned-restaurant. While the space is massive with very high ceilings, warm lighting and romantic vibes make it a great date night destination. Current menu highlights include the bacon-wrapped quail, chicken liver mousse, and sausage-cheddar biscuits to start, and standout mains like beef cheek pot roast and beer can chicken.

Urban Grub

Urban Grub, which opened in 2012 in a renovated car wash, remains a consistent neighborhood favorite today. During dinner, a selection of oysters and charcuterie share the menu with Southern specialties and steaks. A seat on the patio beer garden is nice during warmer weather, while the dimly lit rustic interior also sets a romantic scene for a well-spent date night.

Kayne Prime Steakhouse

M Street’s massive steakhouse in the Gulch offers a wide selection of top-quality cuts including filet mignon, New York strip, and bone-in ribeye, among others. The progression of New York strip offers a selection of three sous vide-style steaks: U.S.D.A. Prime, American Wagyu, and Australian Wagyu — while the fun starters and sides are also not to be skipped.

The Continental Nashville

The snazzy’s Grand Hyatt has a few different date night options, one being Sean Brock’s ground floor stunner, the Continental. Plan ahead by booking reservations in advance for the prix fixe menu or the new caviar and martini tasting experience at The Vesper Club, or just stop by early to snag a bar seat. The prime rib is an absolute must here, as are the show-stopping desserts from pastry co-directors Michael Werrell and Keaton Vasek.

Carne Mare

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.

Drusie & Darr by Jean-Georges

Legendary chef and restaurateur Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s first foray into Nashville provides a visually stunning setting for a romantic night on the town. On the menu, find true Jean-Georges style, signature plant-based offerings, oven-fired pizzas, and classic cocktails.

Bourbon Steak

Michael Mina’s luxurious sky-high steakhouse offers all the trappings to transport diners out of the day-to-day and into an intimate fantasy.  Prime Angus beef and Wagyu cuts are all hand-selected for Bourbon Steak — so there’s really no wrong choice here when it comes to hunks of meat or places to sit.

12/30 Club

In fall 2021, the highly anticipated swanky club fully opened, adding a destination-worthy dining and drinking option to the Lower Broadway corridor — namely, the 12/30 rooftop and supper club. The self-described “dapper-as-hell” supper club is a refreshing escape from the Broadway madness, with truffley, cheesy garlic toast, warm butter-poached King crab, opulent seafood towers, and grass-fed ribeyes on offer.

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Eddie V's Prime Seafood

The Texas-based swanky seafood and steak chain opened its first Tennessee location at the massive Fifth + Broadway development last spring, with oyster platters, opulent shellfish towers, prime seafood entrees, and steaks aplenty.

Jeff Ruby's Steakhouse, Nashville

This outpost of the Cincinnati-based steakhouse offers a large selection of steaks, seafood, and traditional sides. The slightly over-the-top, Old Vegas-reminiscent interior sets the stage for the overall experience.

House of Cards

A true date night experience for both dining and entertainment in a dimly lit setting, House of Cards is the right move. Here, a magic show caps off a gourmet dinner of staples like steak and mac and cheese paired with hand-crafted cocktails. Note: no cameras or photos are allowed here once inside, so plan appropriately by snagging couples’ photos ahead of time.

Sinema

Always playing at the historic Melrose theatre-turned-restaurant on 8th: impressive food and fun cocktails in one of the most romantic settings in Nashville. Chef Kyle Patterson and the team at Sinema continue to shine with staples like ricotta agnolotti with fried capers, scallops with spinach orzotto, and one of the best cheese and charcuterie spreads in the city.

The Yellow Porch Restaurant

At Yellow Porch, the service is friendly, drinks are strong, and the food is impressive — try the crab cake with Japanese chili oil or the sorghum-infused duck breast. The namesake porch has long been a refreshing place to spend a romantic evening sipping cocktails.

Margot Cafe & Bar

Make it a breakfast, brunch, lunch, or dinner date at chef Margot McCormack’s East Nashville institution. Open since 2001, look for an ever-changing menu touched by rustic French and Italian influences — with everything from steamed icy blue mussels to chickpea tomato soup, duck breast, or vegetarian-friendly dishes featuring Mr. Aaron’s pasta.

Once Upon A Time In France

Father and son Laurent Champonnois and Melvil Arnt opened the no-reservations-accepted chic 1920s-inspired French bistro on Gallatin Avenue back in late 2019, and the 45-seat restaurant was a fast favorite for date nights among Nashville locals. Whether the night calls for escargot, foie gras, or beef bourguignon, Once Upon a Time in France serves up romantic vibes and a wallet-friendly wine list as an added bonus.

The Fox Bar & Cocktail Club

This excellent East Nashville bar showcases a romantic, Art Deco-style interior alongside cocktails curated by the incredibly talented Laura Unterberg. Cocktails clock in at $12 to $15 each — with options ranging from light and refreshing to high octane and boozy. The monthly old-fashioned is always a good call, here. To eat, there’s vegan charcuterie, hot chicken hummus, and Old Bay-dusted popcorn.

Rosie Food & Wine

Just 25 or so minutes northeast of Nashville in Hendersonville, Andy and Beth Hayes’ charming strip mall restaurant doles out stunningly plated Spanish-inspired feasts. The menu here changes — but look for tapas-style standouts like meatballs with garlic bread, Iberico ham, octopus, and patatas bravas (called Rosie potatoes here) to start, followed by house-made pasta, quail fideo, and striped bass as heartier portioned plates. Be sure to save room for dessert to cap off that date night.

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