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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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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Miel Restaurant

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343 53rd Ave N
Nashville, TN 37209
(615) 298-3663
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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.

2. Park Café

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4403 Murphy Rd
Nashville, TN 37209
(615) 383-4409
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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.

3. Lola

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4401 Murphy Rd
Nashville, TN 37209

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.

4. Fable Lounge

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114 28th Ave N
Nashville, TN 37203
(615) 645-5150
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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.

5. Giovanni Ristorante

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909 20th Ave S
Nashville, TN 37212
(615) 760-5932
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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.

6. Valentino's Ristorante

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1808 Hayes St
Nashville, TN 37203
(615) 327-0148
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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.

7. Sadie’s

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1200 Villa Pl
Nashville, TN 37212
(615) 988-1200
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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.

8. 5th & Taylor

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1411 5th Ave N
Nashville, TN 37208
(615) 242-4747
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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.

9. Urban Grub

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2506 12th Ave S
Nashville, TN 37204
(615) 679-9342
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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.

10. Kayne Prime Steakhouse

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1103 McGavock St
Nashville, TN 37203
(615) 259-0050
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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.

11. The Continental Nashville

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1000 Broadway Suite 101
Nashville, TN 37203
(615) 622-3225
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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.

12. Carne Mare

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300 12th Ave S
Nashville, TN 37203
(615) 379-9000
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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.

13. Drusie & Darr by Jean-Georges

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231 6th Ave N
Nashville, TN 37219
(615) 345-7116
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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.

14. Bourbon Steak

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201 8th Ave S 34th floor
Nashville, TN 37203
(629) 208-8440
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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.

15. 12/30 Club

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550 Broadway
Nashville, TN 37203

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.

16. 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 at the massive Fifth + Broadway development last spring, with oyster platters, opulent shellfish towers, prime seafood entrees, and steaks aplenty.

17. Jeff Ruby's Steakhouse, Nashville

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300 4th Ave N
Nashville, TN 37219
(615) 434-4300
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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.

18. House of Cards

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119 3rd Ave S
Nashville, TN 37201
(615) 730-8326
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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.

19. Sinema

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2600 8th Ave S Suite 102
Nashville, TN 37204
(615) 942-7746
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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.

20. The Yellow Porch Restaurant

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734 Thompson Ln
Nashville, TN 37204
(615) 386-0260
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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.

21. Margot Cafe & Bar

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1017 Woodland St
Nashville, TN 37206
(615) 227-4668
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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.

22. Once Upon A Time In France

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1102 Gallatin Ave
Nashville, TN 37206
(615) 649-8284
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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.

23. The Fox Bar & Cocktail Club

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2905B Gallatin Pike
Nashville, TN 37216

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.

24. Rosie Food & Wine

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203 Anderson Ln N Suite 107
Hendersonville, TN 37075
(615) 757-3305
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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.

1. Miel Restaurant

343 53rd Ave N, Nashville, TN 37209

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.

343 53rd Ave N
Nashville, TN 37209

2. Park Café

4403 Murphy Rd, Nashville, TN 37209

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.

4403 Murphy Rd
Nashville, TN 37209

3. Lola

4401 Murphy Rd, Nashville, TN 37209

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.

4401 Murphy Rd
Nashville, TN 37209

4. Fable Lounge

114 28th Ave N, Nashville, TN 37203

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.

114 28th Ave N
Nashville, TN 37203

5. Giovanni Ristorante

909 20th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37212

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.

909 20th Ave S
Nashville, TN 37212

6. Valentino's Ristorante

1808 Hayes St, Nashville, TN 37203

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.

1808 Hayes St
Nashville, TN 37203

7. Sadie’s

1200 Villa Pl, Nashville, TN 37212

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.

1200 Villa Pl
Nashville, TN 37212

8. 5th & Taylor

1411 5th Ave N, Nashville, TN 37208

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.

1411 5th Ave N
Nashville, TN 37208

9. Urban Grub

2506 12th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37204

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.

2506 12th Ave S
Nashville, TN 37204

10. Kayne Prime Steakhouse

1103 McGavock St, Nashville, TN 37203

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.

1103 McGavock St
Nashville, TN 37203

11. The Continental Nashville

1000 Broadway Suite 101, Nashville, TN 37203

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.

1000 Broadway Suite 101
Nashville, TN 37203

12. Carne Mare

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.

300 12th Ave S
Nashville, TN 37203

13. Drusie & Darr by Jean-Georges

231 6th Ave N, Nashville, TN 37219

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.

231 6th Ave N
Nashville, TN 37219

14. Bourbon Steak

201 8th Ave S 34th floor, Nashville, TN 37203

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.

201 8th Ave S 34th floor
Nashville, TN 37203

15. 12/30 Club

550 Broadway, Nashville, TN 37203

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.

550 Broadway
Nashville, TN 37203

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16. Eddie V's Prime Seafood

590 Broadway, Nashville, TN 37203

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.

590 Broadway
Nashville, TN 37203

17. Jeff Ruby's Steakhouse, Nashville

300 4th Ave N, Nashville, TN 37219

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.

300 4th Ave N
Nashville, TN 37219

18. House of Cards

119 3rd Ave S, Nashville, TN 37201

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.

119 3rd Ave S
Nashville, TN 37201

19. Sinema

2600 8th Ave S Suite 102, Nashville, TN 37204

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.

2600 8th Ave S Suite 102
Nashville, TN 37204

20. The Yellow Porch Restaurant

734 Thompson Ln, Nashville, TN 37204

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.

734 Thompson Ln
Nashville, TN 37204

21. Margot Cafe & Bar

1017 Woodland St, Nashville, TN 37206

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.

1017 Woodland St
Nashville, TN 37206

22. Once Upon A Time In France

1102 Gallatin Ave, Nashville, TN 37206

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.

1102 Gallatin Ave
Nashville, TN 37206

23. The Fox Bar & Cocktail Club

2905B Gallatin Pike, Nashville, TN 37216

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.

2905B Gallatin Pike
Nashville, TN 37216

24. Rosie Food & Wine

203 Anderson Ln N Suite 107, Hendersonville, TN 37075

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.

203 Anderson Ln N Suite 107
Hendersonville, TN 37075

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