Nothing says summer quite like sitting under a bright blue sky by the water with a hot-off-the-grill burger and a frosty pint of whatever’s on tap. While Nashville may not have the salty air and ocean views, here’s some good news: there are plenty of lakeside and riverfront vistas that lend themselves to an idyllic meal on the water. Whether it’s a casual weekend brunch or a scenic sunset dinner on the river, these eight spots offer views worthy of a drive And yes, plenty provide a nice Nashville dose of live music right there on the water.Read More
Where to Find Waterfront Wining and Dining Near Nashville
Because everything tastes better with a water view
1. Awedaddys Bar & Grill
Gallatin’s been keeping this beachy shack a local secret and it’s no surprise — strong bushwhackers, Black Angus beef burgers, and fish tacos are the perfect complement to Awedaddy’s umbrella-covered tables, string lights, and lakeside location. Live music nightly provides a lively soundtrack to the festivities; while their weekend brunch is the ideal kickoff for a day spent on the water.
2. Cherokee Steakhouse, Marina & Campground
After a long day on the water, Cherokee Steakhouse beckons with a newly opened 90-foot bar and dockside grill. Outdoors, the menu boasts standard bar fare like burgers, hot dogs, and tacos served alongside a rotating tap of draft beers. But head inside and this classic 1958 Tennessee staple continues to be a haven for carnivores looking for hearty plates of hand-cut aged beef and fantastic preparations of fried, broiled, or blackened fish and shellfish dishes. The dockside grill and steakhouse are open Tuesday-Sunday.
3. Moby Dickys
A rainy day on the water is better than none at all, and Moby Dicky’s covered patio is just the spot to while away the day — come rain or shine thanks to some new retractable screens. Picnic tables and a small live music stage line the banks of the river while plates brimming with shrimp, oysters, and grouper make their rounds with meatier counterparts (hello, steak and biscuits) in tow. Grab a beer, or a brunchtime bloody Mary, and feel the stress melt away.
4. The Rudder at Anchor High Marina
Over at Hendersonville’s Anchor High Marina, the Rudder is happily fueling avid boaters’ appetites with seafood selections — think oysters, shrimp, grouper, and ahi tuna — alongside pork chops, burgers, and salads. The tiki-style deck plays host to a variety of events, from live music performances to 90s trivia nights. Drop by Monday through Friday from 3 to 7 p.m. for happy hour pricing on drinks and apps.
5. Riverview Restaurant & Marina
What began as a bait shop in 1956 is now 3,800-square-feet of covered decks just steps from the Cumberland River. Boaters are welcome to come tie up their vessel on the dock and stock up on two-cycle oil, food, and beer to go. For those without a water-navigating vehicle, large sunlit windows and plentiful outdoor seating offer the perfect backdrop to the restaurant’s popular catfish dishes and creamy key lime pie.
6. Blue Moon Waterfront Grille
Located in Rock Harbor Marina off of the Cumberland River, Blue Moon Waterfront Grille is a breezy waterfront hang offering indoor and outdoor seating options for enjoying peel-and-eat shrimp, crab cakes, and fried catfish begging to be washed down with a cold beer or one of Blue Moon’s signature cocktails like the rum-based tropical moon. When the live music winds down, there are plenty of televisions on hand to watch the latest sporting event — but the real star of the show is the view. Brunch is also available on Sundays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
7. Shipwreck Cove
Shipwreck Cove is a long-time fan favorite of J. Percy Priest lakers, and it’s no surprise — with ample deck seating right on the water, there isn’t a bad seat in the house. Open year-round, this family-friendly spot serves up standard pub fare including their redneck nachos piled high with pulled pork, stacked burgers, and fried pickles with a side of live music. Don’t leave without trying one of their infamous bushwhackers topped with banana rum — in fact, make it a double.
8. Wines in the Fork
Franklin, TN 37064
Situated alongside a gurgling creek in bucolic Leiper’s Fork, Wines in the Fork is the brainchild of James Evans, owner of Vintage Winery in Columbia. With the Nashville Wine Duo (TJ and Kelsey Rogers) on board, guests can pop in for a tasting or a buy a bottle to enjoy outdoors by Leiper’s Creek. Keep an eye on their Instagram feed for outdoor live music performances where the entire is family is invited to bring blankets, chairs, and munchies to enjoy a glass of homegrown peach Moscato or the Farmstead table red.