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16 Excellent Date Night Restaurants in Nashville

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There’s certainly no shortage of fun date options in Nashville. From a night spent honky-tonkin’ on Lower Broadway to an elegant evening at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center, this city certainly shines with live music options every night of the week. Beyond the activity side of things, bookmark this list for the next time a date night dinner destination needs to be decided. Whether it’s feeling out a first date or reconnecting long time lovebirds, these spots are for all types of couples.

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1. Nicky's Coal Fired

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5026 Centennial Blvd
Nashville, TN 37209
(615) 678-4289
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A date night spent sitting at the bar at Nicky’s, face to face with Enrico (that’s the oven) is one well spent. While it’s steamy out, consider a frozen Aperol spritz. Tony Galzin’s focaccia, pastas, and pizza are all shareable crowd-pleasers. As an added bonus, the ever-changing array of gelato flavors are always spot-on.

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132 46th Ave N
Nashville, TN 37209
(615) 942-0866
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Answer is exactly the comfortable neighborhood restaurant that could easily become a weekly date night destination. There’s a solid happy hour for those who don’t mind dining at the bar, but the small patio is also a nice spot to enjoy Chef Raucci’s eclectic menu. A stroll around idyllic Sylvan Park, post-dinner makes a fine finish.

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3790 Bedford Ave
Nashville, TN 37215
(615) 988-0332
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Truly a culinary saving grace for Green Hills, Deb Paquette’s more intimate, newest restaurant stuns with new flavors for Nashville. Not to be missed when dining in the chic, nearly-hidden space — the grilled octopus, whatever soup she’s whipped up for the day, and the daily ice cream or sorbet. Plan ahead for your Green Hills date night by snagging tickets early to the nearby Bluebird Cafe, or just head over to the movie theater.

4. Midtown Cafe

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102 19th Ave S
Nashville, TN 37203
(615) 320-7176
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An old school Music Row destination, the charming Midtown Cafe makes for a superbly intimate dinner date. Randy Rayburn has long been a staple in the Nashville dining scene, and sitting inside his quaint little cafe reminds you of the Nashville before the influx of bro-country and bachelorettes. Open for more than 31 years, it’s an easy choice for date night. Midtown Cafe also offers a free shuttle service for travelers to downtown hotels, and for locals who need transportation to downtown performances after dinner.

5. Barcelona Wine Bar Edgehill

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1200 Villa Pl #110
Nashville, TN 37212
(615) 327-0600
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An interesting wine list and tapas food situation make Barcelona a fun choice for a night out in Nashville. The roomy, dimly-lit restaurant is always rather lively, so perhaps make this a spot for week night dining.

6. Josephine

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2316 12th Ave S
Nashville, TN 37204
(615) 292-7766
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Josephine’s Executive chef Andy Little draws rustic inspiration from his years cooking in Pennsylvania-Dutch country. Visit the approachable 12 South neighborhood restaurant for dinner and dessert, walk around 12 South mural-watching, then have second dessert at Jeni’s Ice Cream. It is date night, after all.

7. Tempered Café & Chocolate

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1201 5th Ave N
Nashville, TN 37208
(615) 454-5432
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If a daytime date is the plan, Germantown’s Tempered makes their own truffles (and drinking chocolate), and pairs them with wine or whiskey. If looking for more than chocolate, there’s a cheese plate and a selection of sandwiches, all served on Dozen Bakery baguettes.

8. Marsh House

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401 11th Ave S
Nashville, TN 37203
(615) 262-6001
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Experience seafood and southern fare from chef Nathan Duensing in stunning digs at Marsh House, on the bottom level of the Thompson Nashville Hotel. Menu highlights include barbecue shrimp, squid ink garganelli, and whatever brilliant pastry chef Lisa Marie White has whipped up for dessert.

9. Otaku Ramen

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1104 Division St
Nashville, TN 37203
(615) 942-8281
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Change it up with ramen and hot chicken bao buns. There is not a thing wrong with a date night spent slurping Tennessee Tonkotsu side-by-side in Sarah Gavigan’s Gulch restaurant.

10. Oak Steakhouse Nashville

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801 Clark Pl
Nashville, TN 37203
(615) 902-3111
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If still convinced that hotel-affiliated restaurants aren’t delviering food-wise, it’s time to reconsider that notion, as times have changed. The Southern steakhouse outpost located adjacent to the Westin fits the bill for classic steakhouse vibes in a gorgeous setting.

11. Gray & Dudley

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21c Museum Hotel, 221 2nd Ave N
Nashville, TN 37201
(615) 610-6460
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Another hotel restaurant makes the cut, and this hotel happens to feature an eclectic art museum—great for a post-dinner browse. Gray & Dudley menu standouts include the beef tartare, shrimp noodles, and the Vietnamese coffee cream beignets.

12. 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 continues to shine since his promotion to executive chef in 2016. Must tries? The agnolotti and the scallops. Head down the street to Zanie’s after for a post dinner chuckle. 

13. The Yellow Porch Restaurant

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734 Thompson Ln
Nashville, TN 37204
(615) 386-0260
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Yellow Porch is one of Nashville’s finest hidden treasures. The service is friendly, drinks are strong, and the food is impressive—try the crab cake or the sorghum-infused duck breast. The namesake porch has long been a refreshing place to spend a date sipping cocktails.

14. Peninsula

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1035 Eastland Ave
Nashville, TN 37206
(615) 679-0377
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Whisk your date over to East Nashville for Peninsula’s gin and tonic menu, then stay and share a few of their plates, reflective of the Iberian peninsula. The braised rabbit in garlic broth should not be skipped.

15. Lockeland Table

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1520 Woodland St
Nashville, TN 37206
(615) 228-4864
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The neighborhood restaurant helmed by chef Hal Holden-Bache is an essential East Nashville restaurant. The reconstructed storefront is a nod to the original 1930s H.G. Hills store that once called the space home. Lockeland Table is quintessentially Nashville throughout, and a cool place to spend a night eating Nashville hot pig ears, empanadas, pastas, and pizza while rekindling the romance.

16. Plaza Mariachi

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3955 Nolensville Pike
Nashville, TN 37211
(615) 373-9292
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Dates don’t have to break the bank to be fun, and Nolensville Pike’s Plaza Mariachi proves that point. Affordable dinner options, shopping, plus free entertainment (everything from bands to fire dancing to aerial performances) every night of the week makes a date at Plaza Mariachi a unique and memorable occasion. Grab a café Cubano from Madera Cafe, then stroll around the plaza or chow down on juicy steak from Tres Gauchos. A visit to Plaza Mariachi is a refreshing escape from typical date nights.

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1. Nicky's Coal Fired

5026 Centennial Blvd, Nashville, TN 37209

A date night spent sitting at the bar at Nicky’s, face to face with Enrico (that’s the oven) is one well spent. While it’s steamy out, consider a frozen Aperol spritz. Tony Galzin’s focaccia, pastas, and pizza are all shareable crowd-pleasers. As an added bonus, the ever-changing array of gelato flavors are always spot-on.

5026 Centennial Blvd
Nashville, TN 37209

2. answer. restaurant

132 46th Ave N, Nashville, TN 37209

Answer is exactly the comfortable neighborhood restaurant that could easily become a weekly date night destination. There’s a solid happy hour for those who don’t mind dining at the bar, but the small patio is also a nice spot to enjoy Chef Raucci’s eclectic menu. A stroll around idyllic Sylvan Park, post-dinner makes a fine finish.

132 46th Ave N
Nashville, TN 37209

3. etc. restaurant

3790 Bedford Ave, Nashville, TN 37215

Truly a culinary saving grace for Green Hills, Deb Paquette’s more intimate, newest restaurant stuns with new flavors for Nashville. Not to be missed when dining in the chic, nearly-hidden space — the grilled octopus, whatever soup she’s whipped up for the day, and the daily ice cream or sorbet. Plan ahead for your Green Hills date night by snagging tickets early to the nearby Bluebird Cafe, or just head over to the movie theater.

3790 Bedford Ave
Nashville, TN 37215

4. Midtown Cafe

102 19th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203

An old school Music Row destination, the charming Midtown Cafe makes for a superbly intimate dinner date. Randy Rayburn has long been a staple in the Nashville dining scene, and sitting inside his quaint little cafe reminds you of the Nashville before the influx of bro-country and bachelorettes. Open for more than 31 years, it’s an easy choice for date night. Midtown Cafe also offers a free shuttle service for travelers to downtown hotels, and for locals who need transportation to downtown performances after dinner.

102 19th Ave S
Nashville, TN 37203

5. Barcelona Wine Bar Edgehill

1200 Villa Pl #110, Nashville, TN 37212

An interesting wine list and tapas food situation make Barcelona a fun choice for a night out in Nashville. The roomy, dimly-lit restaurant is always rather lively, so perhaps make this a spot for week night dining.

1200 Villa Pl #110
Nashville, TN 37212

6. Josephine

2316 12th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37204

Josephine’s Executive chef Andy Little draws rustic inspiration from his years cooking in Pennsylvania-Dutch country. Visit the approachable 12 South neighborhood restaurant for dinner and dessert, walk around 12 South mural-watching, then have second dessert at Jeni’s Ice Cream. It is date night, after all.

2316 12th Ave S
Nashville, TN 37204

7. Tempered Café & Chocolate

1201 5th Ave N, Nashville, TN 37208

If a daytime date is the plan, Germantown’s Tempered makes their own truffles (and drinking chocolate), and pairs them with wine or whiskey. If looking for more than chocolate, there’s a cheese plate and a selection of sandwiches, all served on Dozen Bakery baguettes.

1201 5th Ave N
Nashville, TN 37208

8. Marsh House

401 11th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203

Experience seafood and southern fare from chef Nathan Duensing in stunning digs at Marsh House, on the bottom level of the Thompson Nashville Hotel. Menu highlights include barbecue shrimp, squid ink garganelli, and whatever brilliant pastry chef Lisa Marie White has whipped up for dessert.

401 11th Ave S
Nashville, TN 37203

9. Otaku Ramen

1104 Division St, Nashville, TN 37203

Change it up with ramen and hot chicken bao buns. There is not a thing wrong with a date night spent slurping Tennessee Tonkotsu side-by-side in Sarah Gavigan’s Gulch restaurant.

1104 Division St
Nashville, TN 37203

10. Oak Steakhouse Nashville

801 Clark Pl, Nashville, TN 37203

If still convinced that hotel-affiliated restaurants aren’t delviering food-wise, it’s time to reconsider that notion, as times have changed. The Southern steakhouse outpost located adjacent to the Westin fits the bill for classic steakhouse vibes in a gorgeous setting.

801 Clark Pl
Nashville, TN 37203

11. Gray & Dudley

21c Museum Hotel, 221 2nd Ave N, Nashville, TN 37201

Another hotel restaurant makes the cut, and this hotel happens to feature an eclectic art museum—great for a post-dinner browse. Gray & Dudley menu standouts include the beef tartare, shrimp noodles, and the Vietnamese coffee cream beignets.

21c Museum Hotel, 221 2nd Ave N
Nashville, TN 37201

12. 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 continues to shine since his promotion to executive chef in 2016. Must tries? The agnolotti and the scallops. Head down the street to Zanie’s after for a post dinner chuckle. 

2600 8th Ave S suite 102
Nashville, TN 37204

13. The Yellow Porch Restaurant

734 Thompson Ln, Nashville, TN 37204

Yellow Porch is one of Nashville’s finest hidden treasures. The service is friendly, drinks are strong, and the food is impressive—try the crab cake or the sorghum-infused duck breast. The namesake porch has long been a refreshing place to spend a date sipping cocktails.

734 Thompson Ln
Nashville, TN 37204

14. Peninsula

1035 Eastland Ave, Nashville, TN 37206

Whisk your date over to East Nashville for Peninsula’s gin and tonic menu, then stay and share a few of their plates, reflective of the Iberian peninsula. The braised rabbit in garlic broth should not be skipped.

1035 Eastland Ave
Nashville, TN 37206

15. Lockeland Table

1520 Woodland St, Nashville, TN 37206

The neighborhood restaurant helmed by chef Hal Holden-Bache is an essential East Nashville restaurant. The reconstructed storefront is a nod to the original 1930s H.G. Hills store that once called the space home. Lockeland Table is quintessentially Nashville throughout, and a cool place to spend a night eating Nashville hot pig ears, empanadas, pastas, and pizza while rekindling the romance.

1520 Woodland St
Nashville, TN 37206

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16. Plaza Mariachi

3955 Nolensville Pike, Nashville, TN 37211

Dates don’t have to break the bank to be fun, and Nolensville Pike’s Plaza Mariachi proves that point. Affordable dinner options, shopping, plus free entertainment (everything from bands to fire dancing to aerial performances) every night of the week makes a date at Plaza Mariachi a unique and memorable occasion. Grab a café Cubano from Madera Cafe, then stroll around the plaza or chow down on juicy steak from Tres Gauchos. A visit to Plaza Mariachi is a refreshing escape from typical date nights.

3955 Nolensville Pike
Nashville, TN 37211

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