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Where to Eat in Germantown

Longtime dining staples share the historic neighborhood with notable new restaurants worth a visit

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Known for its architectural charm and countless culinary destinations, Germantown consistently draws local diners and hungry travelers. Unfortunately, a handful of restaurants there saw significant damage in last year’s tornado. However, the historic neighborhood found just north of downtown is still a designated hub of Nashville cuisine, starring a long lineup of award-winning restaurants, many of which helped put Nashville on the map. Get a taste of the neighborhood’s edible offerings at these essential stops.

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1. 5th & Taylor

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1411 5th Ave N
Nashville, TN 37208
(615) 242-4747
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Chattanooga restauranteur and multi-James Beard Award-nominated chef Daniel Lindley made a name for himself in Nashville with this warehouse-turned-restaurant. The menu is upscale, but not out of reach, with comforting dishes and familiar flavors ranging from bacon-wrapped quail to beer can chicken and Nashville hot cauliflower steak. When the weather is warm, snag a seat at the outdoor bar to sip on a cucumber gimlet or apricot-laced old fashioned.

2. 312 Pizza Company

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371 Monroe St
Nashville, TN 37208
(615) 730-7888
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Unlike its thin-crust peers, this pizzeria serves Chicago-style, deep-dish pies. The heartiest pizza comes with sausage chunks, pepperoni, Italian beef, and is baked into a cast-iron pan. There are options here for vegans, vegetarians, thin-crust lovers and late-nighters, too.

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3. Barista Parlor x Germantown

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1230 4th Ave N
Nashville, TN 37208
(615) 401-9144
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A light-filled space where tunes spin on a record player, this trendy coffee shop serves artisan drip and pour-over coffee to neighborhood regulars and weekend tourists. Also worth noting? The biscuit sandwiches and the Conny and Jonny doughnuts.

4. Butchertown Hall

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1416 4th Ave N
Nashville, TN 37208
(615) 454-3634
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Butchertown Hall brings its take on Texas barbecue and a modern approach to butchery to Germantown. Order anything with brisket — oak-roasted brisket tacos, brisket by the pound, or the brisket-grind double burger. Also, don’t miss the chorizo-crowned queso or top-notch margaritas.

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5. City House

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1222 4th Ave N
Nashville, TN 37208
(615) 736-5838
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City House has been a staple since 2007, and with Nashville native Chef Tandy Wilson at the helm, it is arguably Germantown’s most well-known eatery. This standby serves contemporary Italian dishes, most notably a belly ham pizza fresh from the wood-fired oven, then topped with a runny egg.

6. Emmy Squared - Germantown

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1121 5th Ave N
Nashville, TN 37208
(615) 502-1025
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Named as Eater Nashville’s Restaurant import of the Year in 2018’s Eater Awards, Emmy Squared has been celebrated by locals for introducing Detroit-style pizza to Nashville. It should come as no surprise that the must-orders here are square-shaped pies, but you’ll also want to consider the award-winning burger.

7. Henrietta Red

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1200 4th Ave N
Nashville, TN 37208
(615) 490-8042
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With breezy interiors and an emphasis on seasonal cooking, Henrietta Red quickly became a neighborhood hangout and must-visit destination for out-of-towners. Before sitting down to dinner, snag a seat at the bar for fresh or wood-roasted oysters. And don’t overlook the creative wine list nor the brunch menu.

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8. Monell's Dining and Catering

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2601, 1235 6th Ave N
Nashville, TN 37208
(615) 248-4747
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Get your Southern food fix at this all-you-can-eat, family-style institution where fried chicken is served with every meal (as it should be). Locals know to go after hours for the midnight country breakfast, available on Saturdays from midnight to 3 a.m.

9. Mother's Ruin

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1239 6th Ave N
Nashville, TN 37208
(615) 953-7317
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Nashville scored the first outpost of the NY-based bar, and the cocktails and standout late-night menu combine to make it worth a visit. The name Mother’s Ruin is a nod to the mid-eighteenth century nickname for gin, but non-gin lovers can breathe a sigh of relief because they’re pouring much more than just gin here. And, the Old Bay-seasoned waffle fries are some of the best in the city.

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10. O-Ku Nashville

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81 Van Buren St
Nashville, TN 37208
(629) 900-0021
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Germantown welcomed this Charleston-born restaurant to the neighborhood with open arms, when it opened last year. Fresh fish is the star of the menu, but the sushi rolls also shine bright here. Usuzukuri, hamachi nigiri, hana rolls, and mushroom farro risotto all make a stellar first impression.

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11. Rolf and Daughters

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700 Taylor St
Nashville, TN 37208
(615) 866-9897
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A pillar of Germantown, Rolf and Daughters is a neighborhood establishment with national recognition that aptly labels themselves as small, fun, focused, and seasonal. The ever-changing menu is anchored by the must-order handmade pasta, with a smart approach to seasonal vegetables, sharable proteins, and sourdough with seaweed butter (a fan favorite).

12. Saint Stephen

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1300 3rd Ave N
Nashville, TN 37208
(615) 974-0121
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James Beard Award-winning chef RJ Cooper holds the new record for tenure at the former Mop/Broom and Kuchnia & Keller space in Germantown. On the current menu: 7-year aged carnoroli risotto, fatty bluefin tuna tartare, and a wildly popular cheeseburger with black garlic aioli (happy hour only).

13. Steadfast Coffee

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603 Taylor St
Nashville, TN 37208
(615) 891-7424
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A limited food menu delivers fresh options for weekday breakfast and lunch, which is hard to come by in Germantown. A breakfast sandwich features farm egg, smashed avocado, arugula, and pickled onions on a brioche bun — and receives rave reviews.

14. Steam Boys

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1200 2nd Ave N
Nashville, TN 37208
(615) 678-6336
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Steam Boys introduces Chinese comfort food rooted traditional flavors and techniques with their selection of bao, dumplings, and noodles. For spice lovers, there is a hot dumpling bowl drenched in Sichuan pepper sauce

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15. Tailor Nashville

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1300B 3rd Ave N
Nashville, TN 37208

A freshman brick-and-mortar endeavor from longtime pop-up chef and dinner party host Vivek Surti, Tailor offers an unmatched experience in dining. Surti guides a small group of diners through multiple courses of thoughtfully developed dishes drawing on his heritage as a first-generation American of Indian descent.

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16. Third and Home

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919 3rd Ave N
Nashville, TN 37201
(615) 645-7651
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Nashville Sounds fans and locals flock to Germantown’s bar with a ballpark for prime seats for the game plus great city views. Must try dishes: fried pickle spears with Nashville hot ranch for dipping,

17. Von Elrod's Beer Hall & Kitchen

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1004 4th Ave N
Nashville, TN 37219
(615) 866-1620
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Germantown’s dining scene would be incomplete without a beer hall and sausage house that vows to continue the neighborhood’s tradition of butchery and smoking meats. House-made sausages and Southern barbecue platters follow fried cheese curds and homemade pretzels on the menu. Slide into an outside communal table for a stein and a snack before a Sounds game.

18. Vui's Kitchen

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1120 4th Ave N
Nashville, TN 37208
(615) 610-3383
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Making use of fresh ingredients and herby flavors, Vui’s approach to Vietnamese cuisine is simple. It’s impossible to go wrong with an order of summer rolls stuffed with shrimp, noodles, and vegetables, and pho brimming with bone broth, rice noodles, vegetables, jalapeño, and lime.

chicken pho from Vui’s Kitchen at Hunters Station Ashley Brantley

19. Waldo's Chicken and Beer

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1120 4th Ave N #103
Nashville, TN 37208
(615) 610-3394
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Germantown’s new fast casual chicken-centric Waldo’s serves up fried chicken sandwiches and comforting sides. The popular “fowl mouth” sandwich is spicy habanero fried chicken thigh slapped on a toasted potato bun with cheddar, jalapeño slaw, herb mayo, and namesake Waldo’s sauce.

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1. 5th & Taylor

1411 5th Ave N, Nashville, TN 37208

Chattanooga restauranteur and multi-James Beard Award-nominated chef Daniel Lindley made a name for himself in Nashville with this warehouse-turned-restaurant. The menu is upscale, but not out of reach, with comforting dishes and familiar flavors ranging from bacon-wrapped quail to beer can chicken and Nashville hot cauliflower steak. When the weather is warm, snag a seat at the outdoor bar to sip on a cucumber gimlet or apricot-laced old fashioned.

1411 5th Ave N
Nashville, TN 37208

2. 312 Pizza Company

371 Monroe St, Nashville, TN 37208
312 Pizza Company / Facebook

Unlike its thin-crust peers, this pizzeria serves Chicago-style, deep-dish pies. The heartiest pizza comes with sausage chunks, pepperoni, Italian beef, and is baked into a cast-iron pan. There are options here for vegans, vegetarians, thin-crust lovers and late-nighters, too.

371 Monroe St
Nashville, TN 37208

3. Barista Parlor x Germantown

1230 4th Ave N, Nashville, TN 37208

A light-filled space where tunes spin on a record player, this trendy coffee shop serves artisan drip and pour-over coffee to neighborhood regulars and weekend tourists. Also worth noting? The biscuit sandwiches and the Conny and Jonny doughnuts.

1230 4th Ave N
Nashville, TN 37208

4. Butchertown Hall

1416 4th Ave N, Nashville, TN 37208
Take a Look Around Butchertown Hall, Opening Tomorrow

Butchertown Hall brings its take on Texas barbecue and a modern approach to butchery to Germantown. Order anything with brisket — oak-roasted brisket tacos, brisket by the pound, or the brisket-grind double burger. Also, don’t miss the chorizo-crowned queso or top-notch margaritas.

1416 4th Ave N
Nashville, TN 37208

5. City House

1222 4th Ave N, Nashville, TN 37208

City House has been a staple since 2007, and with Nashville native Chef Tandy Wilson at the helm, it is arguably Germantown’s most well-known eatery. This standby serves contemporary Italian dishes, most notably a belly ham pizza fresh from the wood-fired oven, then topped with a runny egg.

1222 4th Ave N
Nashville, TN 37208

6. Emmy Squared - Germantown

1121 5th Ave N, Nashville, TN 37208

Named as Eater Nashville’s Restaurant import of the Year in 2018’s Eater Awards, Emmy Squared has been celebrated by locals for introducing Detroit-style pizza to Nashville. It should come as no surprise that the must-orders here are square-shaped pies, but you’ll also want to consider the award-winning burger.

1121 5th Ave N
Nashville, TN 37208

7. Henrietta Red

1200 4th Ave N, Nashville, TN 37208
Sam Angel

With breezy interiors and an emphasis on seasonal cooking, Henrietta Red quickly became a neighborhood hangout and must-visit destination for out-of-towners. Before sitting down to dinner, snag a seat at the bar for fresh or wood-roasted oysters. And don’t overlook the creative wine list nor the brunch menu.

1200 4th Ave N
Nashville, TN 37208

8. Monell's Dining and Catering

2601, 1235 6th Ave N, Nashville, TN 37208

Get your Southern food fix at this all-you-can-eat, family-style institution where fried chicken is served with every meal (as it should be). Locals know to go after hours for the midnight country breakfast, available on Saturdays from midnight to 3 a.m.

2601, 1235 6th Ave N
Nashville, TN 37208

9. Mother's Ruin

1239 6th Ave N, Nashville, TN 37208
Mother’s Ruin [Official Photo]

Nashville scored the first outpost of the NY-based bar, and the cocktails and standout late-night menu combine to make it worth a visit. The name Mother’s Ruin is a nod to the mid-eighteenth century nickname for gin, but non-gin lovers can breathe a sigh of relief because they’re pouring much more than just gin here. And, the Old Bay-seasoned waffle fries are some of the best in the city.

1239 6th Ave N
Nashville, TN 37208

10. O-Ku Nashville

81 Van Buren St, Nashville, TN 37208
O-Ku Nashville

Germantown welcomed this Charleston-born restaurant to the neighborhood with open arms, when it opened last year. Fresh fish is the star of the menu, but the sushi rolls also shine bright here. Usuzukuri, hamachi nigiri, hana rolls, and mushroom farro risotto all make a stellar first impression.

81 Van Buren St
Nashville, TN 37208

11. Rolf and Daughters

700 Taylor St, Nashville, TN 37208

A pillar of Germantown, Rolf and Daughters is a neighborhood establishment with national recognition that aptly labels themselves as small, fun, focused, and seasonal. The ever-changing menu is anchored by the must-order handmade pasta, with a smart approach to seasonal vegetables, sharable proteins, and sourdough with seaweed butter (a fan favorite).

700 Taylor St
Nashville, TN 37208

12. Saint Stephen

1300 3rd Ave N, Nashville, TN 37208

James Beard Award-winning chef RJ Cooper holds the new record for tenure at the former Mop/Broom and Kuchnia & Keller space in Germantown. On the current menu: 7-year aged carnoroli risotto, fatty bluefin tuna tartare, and a wildly popular cheeseburger with black garlic aioli (happy hour only).

1300 3rd Ave N
Nashville, TN 37208

13. Steadfast Coffee

603 Taylor St, Nashville, TN 37208

A limited food menu delivers fresh options for weekday breakfast and lunch, which is hard to come by in Germantown. A breakfast sandwich features farm egg, smashed avocado, arugula, and pickled onions on a brioche bun — and receives rave reviews.

603 Taylor St
Nashville, TN 37208

14. Steam Boys

1200 2nd Ave N, Nashville, TN 37208
Bao at Steam Boys
Delia Jo Ramsey / Eater Nashville

Steam Boys introduces Chinese comfort food rooted traditional flavors and techniques with their selection of bao, dumplings, and noodles. For spice lovers, there is a hot dumpling bowl drenched in Sichuan pepper sauce

1200 2nd Ave N
Nashville, TN 37208

15. Tailor Nashville

1300B 3rd Ave N, Nashville, TN 37208
Tailor Nashville [Official Photo]

A freshman brick-and-mortar endeavor from longtime pop-up chef and dinner party host Vivek Surti, Tailor offers an unmatched experience in dining. Surti guides a small group of diners through multiple courses of thoughtfully developed dishes drawing on his heritage as a first-generation American of Indian descent.

1300B 3rd Ave N
Nashville, TN 37208

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16. Third and Home

919 3rd Ave N, Nashville, TN 37201

Nashville Sounds fans and locals flock to Germantown’s bar with a ballpark for prime seats for the game plus great city views. Must try dishes: fried pickle spears with Nashville hot ranch for dipping,

919 3rd Ave N
Nashville, TN 37201

17. Von Elrod's Beer Hall & Kitchen

1004 4th Ave N, Nashville, TN 37219

Germantown’s dining scene would be incomplete without a beer hall and sausage house that vows to continue the neighborhood’s tradition of butchery and smoking meats. House-made sausages and Southern barbecue platters follow fried cheese curds and homemade pretzels on the menu. Slide into an outside communal table for a stein and a snack before a Sounds game.

1004 4th Ave N
Nashville, TN 37219

18. Vui's Kitchen

1120 4th Ave N, Nashville, TN 37208
chicken pho from Vui’s Kitchen at Hunters Station Ashley Brantley

Making use of fresh ingredients and herby flavors, Vui’s approach to Vietnamese cuisine is simple. It’s impossible to go wrong with an order of summer rolls stuffed with shrimp, noodles, and vegetables, and pho brimming with bone broth, rice noodles, vegetables, jalapeño, and lime.

1120 4th Ave N
Nashville, TN 37208

19. Waldo's Chicken and Beer

1120 4th Ave N #103, Nashville, TN 37208
Sam Angel / Eater Nashville

Germantown’s new fast casual chicken-centric Waldo’s serves up fried chicken sandwiches and comforting sides. The popular “fowl mouth” sandwich is spicy habanero fried chicken thigh slapped on a toasted potato bun with cheddar, jalapeño slaw, herb mayo, and namesake Waldo’s sauce.

1120 4th Ave N #103
Nashville, TN 37208

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