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Where to Grab Lunch on a Patio in Nashville Right Now

17 places taking social distancing, patio dining, and lunch all seriously, simultaneously

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Dining out — for those who feel comfortable doing so — can be a tad more tedious than normal to plan right now. Especially for those looking for lunch. Many places are open for dinner or weekend brunch only, others stick to a strict takeout policy, while others are still closed.

For those who choose to dine out, Eater Nashville has rounded up a curated list of spots doing it right. These places are following social distancing measures, with tables spaced at least 6-feet apart, and following all CDC recommended policies for the current phase of opening (now Phase Three).

Some also have dining rooms open and also offer takeout or delivery options, but for purposes of this list, all restaurants have ample patios for dining al fresco, while that’s still tolerable temperature-wise in Nashville.

As always, things change frequently, so check a restaurant’s social media or website (or just call) before heading in to dine.

*A number of Nashville restaurants have resumed dine-in service. The level of service offered is indicated on each map point. However, this should not be taken as endorsement for dining in, as there are still safety concerns: for updated information on coronavirus cases in your area, please visit the state’s website. Studies indicate that there is a lower exposure risk when outdoors, but the level of risk involved with patio dining is contingent on restaurants following strict social distancing and other safety guidelines.

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Coneheads

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Open for takeout, delivery, and socially distant dining on the patio (plus indoor seating), Coneheads puts a spin on classic chicken and waffles. Waffle cones are loaded up here with crispy fried chicken and sauce drizzles — which can then be “capped” with a heap of macaroni and cheese, grits, or coleslaw. Current hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Three waffle cones filled with savory fried chicken and sauce Coneheads [Official Photo]

Redheaded Stranger

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Bryan Lee Weaver’s Tex-Mex love letter to Nashville in the form of tacos, flour tortillas, and queso is open for indoor dining, takeout, and delivery, but also has a sweet patio for spaced-out indulgence. Currently, they’re open with varied daily hours — so check out their Instagram for the latest.

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Rosepepper Cantina

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Takeout and delivery orders happen daily beginning at 11 a.m., but diners can also park on the patio for an open-air, distant picnic table dining experience with all tables properly sectioned off and divided, outside and in. The buffalo white cheese dip with chorizo, served with flour tortilla chips is some of the best in town — and that pairs well with one of Nashville’s most popular margaritas.

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The Local Distro

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Open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., the Local Distro accepts call-in and email orders for takeout (or just walk up to the window and order), but also has a dog-friendly space, cornhole, and a patio peppered with picnic tables for socially distant dining. There’s even a locally sourced market with grocery items that can be picked up while ordering hot chicken chili, tacos, or weekend barbecue.

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Waldo's Chicken and Beer

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Open daily at 11 a.m., Waldo’s Chicken and Beer has a dog-friendly patio following proper social distancing measures. Popular fowl-focused choices here include a spicy chicken sandwich, tenders, and wings plus homestyle sides like mac and cheese or collard greens. Takeout ordering and delivery are also still an option.

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Vui's Kitchen

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The popular pho destination with four locations has nice patios for lunch dining — in Germantown, East Nashville, Franklin, and Berry Hill. Online ordering is available from each.

Ashley Brantley

D’Andrews Bakery & Cafe

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The bakery and cafe from David Andrews has a small patio and also savory lunch options that extend beyond the chef’s incredible pastry offerings. Also available on UberEats for delivery, find a menu of salads, sandwiches, and soups until at least 2 p.m. daily.

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Thai Esane

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With a large outdoor patio at the Music Row location, Nine Singto’s crowd-favorite Thai restaurant is open Monday through Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Takeout service continues. Check the restaurant’s Instagram for weekend special pop-up dishes, like her famous Thai crawfish and boat noodle soup.

exterior shot of the restaurant, a brick building, and Thai Esane sign in large red capital letters Thai Esane [Official Photo]

Otaku Ramen

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Sarah Gavigan’s Gulch ramen shop is open for daily lunch and dinner dining, both inside and on the enclosed patio (plus continued takeout and delivery). She’s also added boba plus some Bar Otaku favorites to the menu, and hard-to-find pantry items to bring home.

Otaku

Edley's Bar-B-Que

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If the barbecue and hot chicken nachos weren’t enough to book a lunch reservation alone, there’s also a newly renovated patio at the 12 South location.

Big Machine Distillery & Tavern

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The Berry Hill tavern from the music label and distillery of the same name started making hand sanitizer when the pandemic started. Now they’re back with strong patio vibes, boozy frozen beverages, and fried bar favorites like cheese curds, buffalo cauliflower. and whiskey-glazed wings. There’s also a Nashville hot cheeseburger, fried Oreos, and plenty of boozy frozen beverages. For those not ready to leave the house just yet, you can order food online for takeout locally — and hand sanitizer is available in multiple sizes for shipping nationwide.

*opens daily at 11 a.m.

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The Yellow Porch Restaurant

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The cozy Berry Hill restaurant has a covered front porch, open for lunch 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Saturday. Order salads, soups, burgers, and tacos to-go, or for socially distanced dining outside. (No reservations for lunch, walk-in only.)

food on the table at the yellow porch in berry hill including celery blue cheese soup Leigh Anna Thompson

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Open for lunch on Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Deb Paquette offers diners unique menu items like golden-spiced cauliflower and roasted beet grilled cheese (with pastrami-seasoned beets). The outside patio is open as well as the inside dining room, plus takeout continues.

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Green Hills Grille

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With a patio, takeout, and in-house delivery, the Green Hills go-to has plenty of options for lunch. Some tried and true favorites include the spinach dip, the seared tuna, pan seared scallops, and a solid burger.


*Opens daily at 11 a.m.

Green Hills Grille [Official Photo]

The Green Hills restaurant has added a beautiful extended patio, open for lunch daily starting at 11 a.m. The lunch menu offers everything from onion and gouda quiche and roasted beets

to lavender coriander chicken and a lamb smash burger.

Delia Jo Ramsey/Eater Nashville

Mere Bulles Restaurant

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Open for lunch Monday through Friday starting at 11 a.m., the Brentwood mainstay has a spacious patio studded with umbrellas, plus still offers curbside takeout and delivery of items like jumbo lump crab cakes, black kale salad, shaved prime rib rolls. Bonus: they also always offer half-off wine bottles.

Mere Bulles [Official Photo]

Wild Ginger

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For those in Williamson County, things look a bit different than in Davidson County when dining out. With social distancing and patios plus good food in mind, Wild Ginger is a standout for it all. Grab colorful rainbow rolls and edamame for takeout, and eat it on the patio.

Open at 11 a.m., Monday through Saturday.

Wild Ginger / Facebook

Coneheads

Open for takeout, delivery, and socially distant dining on the patio (plus indoor seating), Coneheads puts a spin on classic chicken and waffles. Waffle cones are loaded up here with crispy fried chicken and sauce drizzles — which can then be “capped” with a heap of macaroni and cheese, grits, or coleslaw. Current hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Three waffle cones filled with savory fried chicken and sauce Coneheads [Official Photo]

Redheaded Stranger

Bryan Lee Weaver’s Tex-Mex love letter to Nashville in the form of tacos, flour tortillas, and queso is open for indoor dining, takeout, and delivery, but also has a sweet patio for spaced-out indulgence. Currently, they’re open with varied daily hours — so check out their Instagram for the latest.

Andrew Cebulka

Rosepepper Cantina

Takeout and delivery orders happen daily beginning at 11 a.m., but diners can also park on the patio for an open-air, distant picnic table dining experience with all tables properly sectioned off and divided, outside and in. The buffalo white cheese dip with chorizo, served with flour tortilla chips is some of the best in town — and that pairs well with one of Nashville’s most popular margaritas.

Delia Jo Ramsey/Eater Nashville

The Local Distro

Open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., the Local Distro accepts call-in and email orders for takeout (or just walk up to the window and order), but also has a dog-friendly space, cornhole, and a patio peppered with picnic tables for socially distant dining. There’s even a locally sourced market with grocery items that can be picked up while ordering hot chicken chili, tacos, or weekend barbecue.

The Local Distro/Facebook

Waldo's Chicken and Beer

Open daily at 11 a.m., Waldo’s Chicken and Beer has a dog-friendly patio following proper social distancing measures. Popular fowl-focused choices here include a spicy chicken sandwich, tenders, and wings plus homestyle sides like mac and cheese or collard greens. Takeout ordering and delivery are also still an option.

Sam Angel / Eater Nashville

Vui's Kitchen

The popular pho destination with four locations has nice patios for lunch dining — in Germantown, East Nashville, Franklin, and Berry Hill. Online ordering is available from each.

Ashley Brantley

D’Andrews Bakery & Cafe

The bakery and cafe from David Andrews has a small patio and also savory lunch options that extend beyond the chef’s incredible pastry offerings. Also available on UberEats for delivery, find a menu of salads, sandwiches, and soups until at least 2 p.m. daily.

D’Andrews/Facebook

Thai Esane

With a large outdoor patio at the Music Row location, Nine Singto’s crowd-favorite Thai restaurant is open Monday through Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Takeout service continues. Check the restaurant’s Instagram for weekend special pop-up dishes, like her famous Thai crawfish and boat noodle soup.

exterior shot of the restaurant, a brick building, and Thai Esane sign in large red capital letters Thai Esane [Official Photo]

Otaku Ramen

Sarah Gavigan’s Gulch ramen shop is open for daily lunch and dinner dining, both inside and on the enclosed patio (plus continued takeout and delivery). She’s also added boba plus some Bar Otaku favorites to the menu, and hard-to-find pantry items to bring home.

Otaku

Edley's Bar-B-Que

If the barbecue and hot chicken nachos weren’t enough to book a lunch reservation alone, there’s also a newly renovated patio at the 12 South location.

Big Machine Distillery & Tavern

The Berry Hill tavern from the music label and distillery of the same name started making hand sanitizer when the pandemic started. Now they’re back with strong patio vibes, boozy frozen beverages, and fried bar favorites like cheese curds, buffalo cauliflower. and whiskey-glazed wings. There’s also a Nashville hot cheeseburger, fried Oreos, and plenty of boozy frozen beverages. For those not ready to leave the house just yet, you can order food online for takeout locally — and hand sanitizer is available in multiple sizes for shipping nationwide.

*opens daily at 11 a.m.

Delia Jo Ramsey/Eater Nashville

The Yellow Porch Restaurant

The cozy Berry Hill restaurant has a covered front porch, open for lunch 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Saturday. Order salads, soups, burgers, and tacos to-go, or for socially distanced dining outside. (No reservations for lunch, walk-in only.)

food on the table at the yellow porch in berry hill including celery blue cheese soup Leigh Anna Thompson

etc. restaurant

Open for lunch on Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Deb Paquette offers diners unique menu items like golden-spiced cauliflower and roasted beet grilled cheese (with pastrami-seasoned beets). The outside patio is open as well as the inside dining room, plus takeout continues.

spread of plates at etc. Nashville etc. / Official Photo

Green Hills Grille

With a patio, takeout, and in-house delivery, the Green Hills go-to has plenty of options for lunch. Some tried and true favorites include the spinach dip, the seared tuna, pan seared scallops, and a solid burger.


*Opens daily at 11 a.m.

Green Hills Grille [Official Photo]

Santo

The Green Hills restaurant has added a beautiful extended patio, open for lunch daily starting at 11 a.m. The lunch menu offers everything from onion and gouda quiche and roasted beets

to lavender coriander chicken and a lamb smash burger.

Delia Jo Ramsey/Eater Nashville

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Mere Bulles Restaurant

Open for lunch Monday through Friday starting at 11 a.m., the Brentwood mainstay has a spacious patio studded with umbrellas, plus still offers curbside takeout and delivery of items like jumbo lump crab cakes, black kale salad, shaved prime rib rolls. Bonus: they also always offer half-off wine bottles.

Mere Bulles [Official Photo]

Wild Ginger

For those in Williamson County, things look a bit different than in Davidson County when dining out. With social distancing and patios plus good food in mind, Wild Ginger is a standout for it all. Grab colorful rainbow rolls and edamame for takeout, and eat it on the patio.

Open at 11 a.m., Monday through Saturday.

Wild Ginger / Facebook

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