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Where to Eat in Green Hills

Old and new eateries offer solid options for great food without leaving the traffic-heavy neighborhood

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Green Hills is a bustling area known for mall and boutique shopping, as well as its traffic — but the culinary offerings should not be overlooked. Brand new and longstanding eateries offer respite for a hearty pizza, delicious donuts, and a stylish space to relax and sip wine. Take the back roads to reach these restaurants and avoid the action on Hillsboro Pike. This map covers a few of the top spots in the neighborhood.

*Map is not ranked, but is listed alphabetically

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Char Restaurant

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3988 Hillsboro Pike
Nashville, TN 37215
(615) 891-7181
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This Southern-style modern steakhouse, boasting handsome interiors, occupies a ground-floor space in the Vertis Green Hills development. A contemporary approach to an old-school menu of meat and seafood means prime cuts paired with sharable sides and buttery, rich seafood dishes. The bar serves up classic cocktails as jazz music flows throughout the restaurant and piano bar.

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2. Emmy Squared – Green Hills

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3821 Green Hills Village Dr
Nashville, TN 37215
(615) 800-5400
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The much-talked-about Emmy Squared won over diners with Detroit-style pizza when they landed in the Gulch last year. Now, there is a second spot in Music City to enjoy the square-shaped pies and award-winning burger. The recently-opened Green Hills location adds salads, gluten-free crust, and a kids menu to the list of offerings.

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3. etc. restaurant

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3790 Bedford Ave
Nashville, TN 37215
(615) 988-0332
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Drawing influence from around the world, etc. wows with dishes that are as interesting as the surroundings. A spunky counterpart to sister restaurant, Etch, etc. embodies the creativity and deliciousness for which Deb Paquette is known and revered. Count on an open seat at the bar for last-minute dinner, lunch, or brunch plans.

4. The Food Company

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2211 Bandywood Dr
Nashville, TN 37215
(615) 385-4311
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All longtime Nashvillians are quick to name The Food Company as one of the best casual spots in the city — and they are right to do so. A menu consisting of sandwiches, soups, and salads satisfies daytime hunger and makes dinners easy. Under the same ownership and located next door, Greenhouse Bar is another neighborhood go-to with a great margarita.

5. Fox's Donut Den

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3900 Hillsboro Pike
Nashville, TN 37215
(615) 385-1021
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Look for the bright lights of the classic neon sign that hangs over this nostalgic donut den. A draw for decades, the institution is well-loved for its classic donuts, as well as the pastries, sausage rolls, and kolaches. Go early to snag the most popular flavors.

6. Green Hills Grille

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2002 Richard Jones Rd #104A
Nashville, TN 37215
(615) 620-8390
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Many Nashville newcomers may not know the history of this local gem: a go-to in the ‘90s and beyond, Green Hills Grille returned in 2015, seven long years after the restaurant closed its doors. Diners homesick for the tortilla soup and chicken salad melt find comfort in the re-opened and revived restaurant that serves familiar dishes and delivers new flavors. The varied menu offers something for everyone — even gluten-free folks, vegetarians, and kids.

7. Kalamatas

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3764 Hillsboro Pike
Nashville, TN 37215
(615) 383-8700
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This fast-casual Mediterranean restaurant should not go unnoticed by dinners looking for quality food on the go. At Kalamatas, find fresh food with a brilliant balance of flavors — including creamy hummus, traditional falafel, meat and vegetable-stuffed pitas, kabobs, and standout salads.

8. Noshville Delicatessen

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4014 Hillsboro Cir
Nashville, TN 37215
(615) 269-3535
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A neighborhood staple, this New York Delicatessen serves all-day breakfast and homemade soups, plus quintessential deli staples: pastrami sandwiches, hot dogs, corned beef and cabbage, and smoked fish.

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9. RH Nashville Café

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2101 Green Hills Village Dr
Nashville, TN 37215
(615) 209-7644
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Enjoy surprisingly delicious food in a stylish space on the first floor of the massive Restoration Hardware. Brunch and dinner menus by Brendan Sodikoff are served daily, and the offerings are tasty and filling. The lobster roll is always a good choice. The food, like the furniture, comes with a high price tag, but the ambiance is hard to match.

10. Santo

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3998 Hillsboro Pike
Nashville, TN 37215
(615) 336-3426
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This new modern Mediterranean restaurant, from the force behind Epice, as well as neighboring Kalamatas, is a promising, stunning spot with staying power. Bright, fresh flavors are found in everything from the white bean puree to the shaved vegetable salad to the branzino. 

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11. Shake Shack

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4031 Hillsboro Pike #904
Nashville, TN 37215
(615) 610-6326
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Although this gourmet burger chain got its start in New York, it feels right at home in Music City. In addition to the well-known fresh burgers, hand-cut crinkle fries, and all-natural beef dogs, find local specialties like the Crackle Shack cheeseburger — topped with Peg Leg Porker’s seasoned cracklins and ShackSauce.

Evan Sung

12. True Food Kitchen

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Vertis Green Hills |, 3996 Hillsboro Pike
Nashville, TN 37215
(615) 383-7333
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Another well-received transplant, this health-focused chain follows a philosophy that food should make diners feel better, not worse. Expect healthy and filling edamame dumplings, kale salads, pizzas, grain and noodle bowls, the famed inside out quinoa burger, and seasonal entrées. Plus, find healthier takes on cocktails.

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1. Char Restaurant

3988 Hillsboro Pike, Nashville, TN 37215
Char shrimp-topped filet Char / Official Photo

This Southern-style modern steakhouse, boasting handsome interiors, occupies a ground-floor space in the Vertis Green Hills development. A contemporary approach to an old-school menu of meat and seafood means prime cuts paired with sharable sides and buttery, rich seafood dishes. The bar serves up classic cocktails as jazz music flows throughout the restaurant and piano bar.

3988 Hillsboro Pike
Nashville, TN 37215

2. Emmy Squared – Green Hills

3821 Green Hills Village Dr, Nashville, TN 37215
Official Photo

The much-talked-about Emmy Squared won over diners with Detroit-style pizza when they landed in the Gulch last year. Now, there is a second spot in Music City to enjoy the square-shaped pies and award-winning burger. The recently-opened Green Hills location adds salads, gluten-free crust, and a kids menu to the list of offerings.

3821 Green Hills Village Dr
Nashville, TN 37215

3. etc. restaurant

3790 Bedford Ave, Nashville, TN 37215

Drawing influence from around the world, etc. wows with dishes that are as interesting as the surroundings. A spunky counterpart to sister restaurant, Etch, etc. embodies the creativity and deliciousness for which Deb Paquette is known and revered. Count on an open seat at the bar for last-minute dinner, lunch, or brunch plans.

3790 Bedford Ave
Nashville, TN 37215

4. The Food Company

2211 Bandywood Dr, Nashville, TN 37215

All longtime Nashvillians are quick to name The Food Company as one of the best casual spots in the city — and they are right to do so. A menu consisting of sandwiches, soups, and salads satisfies daytime hunger and makes dinners easy. Under the same ownership and located next door, Greenhouse Bar is another neighborhood go-to with a great margarita.

2211 Bandywood Dr
Nashville, TN 37215

5. Fox's Donut Den

3900 Hillsboro Pike, Nashville, TN 37215

Look for the bright lights of the classic neon sign that hangs over this nostalgic donut den. A draw for decades, the institution is well-loved for its classic donuts, as well as the pastries, sausage rolls, and kolaches. Go early to snag the most popular flavors.

3900 Hillsboro Pike
Nashville, TN 37215

6. Green Hills Grille

2002 Richard Jones Rd #104A, Nashville, TN 37215

Many Nashville newcomers may not know the history of this local gem: a go-to in the ‘90s and beyond, Green Hills Grille returned in 2015, seven long years after the restaurant closed its doors. Diners homesick for the tortilla soup and chicken salad melt find comfort in the re-opened and revived restaurant that serves familiar dishes and delivers new flavors. The varied menu offers something for everyone — even gluten-free folks, vegetarians, and kids.

2002 Richard Jones Rd #104A
Nashville, TN 37215

7. Kalamatas

3764 Hillsboro Pike, Nashville, TN 37215

This fast-casual Mediterranean restaurant should not go unnoticed by dinners looking for quality food on the go. At Kalamatas, find fresh food with a brilliant balance of flavors — including creamy hummus, traditional falafel, meat and vegetable-stuffed pitas, kabobs, and standout salads.

3764 Hillsboro Pike
Nashville, TN 37215

8. Noshville Delicatessen

4014 Hillsboro Cir, Nashville, TN 37215
Noshville Midtown

A neighborhood staple, this New York Delicatessen serves all-day breakfast and homemade soups, plus quintessential deli staples: pastrami sandwiches, hot dogs, corned beef and cabbage, and smoked fish.

4014 Hillsboro Cir
Nashville, TN 37215

9. RH Nashville Café

2101 Green Hills Village Dr, Nashville, TN 37215

Enjoy surprisingly delicious food in a stylish space on the first floor of the massive Restoration Hardware. Brunch and dinner menus by Brendan Sodikoff are served daily, and the offerings are tasty and filling. The lobster roll is always a good choice. The food, like the furniture, comes with a high price tag, but the ambiance is hard to match.

2101 Green Hills Village Dr
Nashville, TN 37215

10. Santo

3998 Hillsboro Pike, Nashville, TN 37215
Eesome Co / Santo

This new modern Mediterranean restaurant, from the force behind Epice, as well as neighboring Kalamatas, is a promising, stunning spot with staying power. Bright, fresh flavors are found in everything from the white bean puree to the shaved vegetable salad to the branzino. 

3998 Hillsboro Pike
Nashville, TN 37215

11. Shake Shack

4031 Hillsboro Pike #904, Nashville, TN 37215
Evan Sung

Although this gourmet burger chain got its start in New York, it feels right at home in Music City. In addition to the well-known fresh burgers, hand-cut crinkle fries, and all-natural beef dogs, find local specialties like the Crackle Shack cheeseburger — topped with Peg Leg Porker’s seasoned cracklins and ShackSauce.

4031 Hillsboro Pike #904
Nashville, TN 37215

12. True Food Kitchen

Vertis Green Hills |, 3996 Hillsboro Pike, Nashville, TN 37215
Delia Jo Ramsey/Eater

Another well-received transplant, this health-focused chain follows a philosophy that food should make diners feel better, not worse. Expect healthy and filling edamame dumplings, kale salads, pizzas, grain and noodle bowls, the famed inside out quinoa burger, and seasonal entrées. Plus, find healthier takes on cocktails.

Vertis Green Hills |, 3996 Hillsboro Pike
Nashville, TN 37215

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