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Virago is a long-running Monday night favorite for its Maki Sake Mondays with half-priced sushi and two-for-one cocktails and sake.
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22 Great Spots for a Monday Meal Out in Nashville

From sushi specials around the city to sizzling steak and seafood in swanky settings

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Virago is a long-running Monday night favorite for its Maki Sake Mondays with half-priced sushi and two-for-one cocktails and sake.
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Even prior to pandemic woes, dining out options on a Monday in Nashville were always more limited than deciding where to eat on, say, a Saturday night. With labor shortages and cutback hours across the city, it’s now tougher than ever to score a Monday night reservation — enter this Eater list of 22 great restaurants around Music City that can turn around any manic Monday.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. O-Ku Sushi Nashville

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81 Van Buren St
Nashville, TN 37208
(629) 900-0021
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At Nashville’s outpost of the Charleston-based sushi restaurant, chef Eric Hill adds some Nashville flavor to the standard menu — think tebasaki (Japanese fried chicken wings) with Belle Meade bourbon sauce or Nashville hot-style O-Ku rock shrimp. Get half off sushi rolls throughout the restaurant with O-ku’s standout Monday night sushi happy hour from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

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2. The Optimist

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1400 Adams St
Nashville, TN 37208
(615) 709-3156
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Ford Fry’s luxe seafood spot in Germantown is one of the best Monday night options in town. Located at the Hammer Mill development in Germantown with plenty of indoor and outdoor seating (and a breezy bar upstairs), the menu here changes, but an opulent seafood tower and oysters are always a good start. Current menu standouts include the chilled blue crab, red grouper en papillote, and a side of smoked fish fried rice with coconut dashi and peanuts.

Chilled blue crab with squash blossom, zucchini, and west indies dressing on the current menu at the Optimist.
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3. Zeppelin Nashville Rooftop Bar & Lounge

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505 3rd Ave N
Nashville, TN 37201
(629) 236-0035
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Sit atop what the Towneplace Suites in what we’re now calling the “capitol district” and take in both city and stadium views in posh Zeppelin. The menu, from newly appointed Alabama-born executive chef Chris Calder (formerly of Deacon’s), includes some of the chef’s well-loved hits (like chargrilled oysters in NOLA-style bbq butter) but also sees some fun new stuff like a whole fried fish with raw salsa verde. On Monday nights, sit outside at “Nickel Bar” for $1 oysters and 5 cent from 4-10 p.m.

On Monday nights at Zeppelin, sit outside at “Nickel Bar” for $1 oysters and 5 cent from 4-10 pm.
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4. Jeff Ruby's Steakhouse

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300 4th Ave N
Nashville, TN 37219
(615) 434-4300
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This outpost of the Cincinnati-based steakhouse offers a large selection of steaks, seafood, and traditional sides. The swanky, slightly over-the-top Old Vegas-reminiscent interior sets the stage for the overall experience.

The Jeff Ruby Signature Filet is a guest favorite
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5. Ellington's

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401 Union St
Nashville, TN 37219
(615) 988-7333
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The throwback Fairlane Hotel’s fourth-floor restaurant is surrounded by a large wraparound terrace overlooking the street below. Mid-century vibes, 180-degree views plus comfortable seating add to the overall allure. During happy hour at the bar (4 to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday), enjoy $5 appetizers, well drinks, and beer plus $6 wine and $7 cocktails.

Curried dusted cauliflower, purée, and daikon salad.
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6. Deacon's New South

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401 Church St
Nashville, TN 37219
(615) 994-1994
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With a new chef running the show, downtown’s L&C building’s ground floor steakhouse is still a great destination for a Monday happy hour or work dinner. Current menu highlights include fried green tomatoes with pepperjack grits, black truffle-topped carbonara, and of course, any of the house dry-aged steaks.

Mussels served with garlic-herb butter, soppressata, and sourdough for sopping.
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7. Eddie V's Prime Seafood

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590 Broadway
Nashville, TN 37203
(615) 238-2359
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The swanky seafood and steak chain from Texas opened its first Tennessee location in April, with oyster platters, opulent shellfish towers, prime seafood entrees, and steaks aplenty. In the V Lounge Sunday thru Thursday from 4 to 6:30 p.m., find happy hour specials like $7 appetizers, $8 hand-shaken cocktails and wines by the glass, and oyster specials.

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8. The River House

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313 Demonbreun St
Nashville, TN 37210
(615) 271-7868
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New to the downtown dining scene from the owners of Nashville staple BrickTop’s, the expansive River House sets an excellent scene with soaring ceilings, floor-to-ceiling windows, and white linen-clad tables topped with luxurious seafood towers, clams casino, Parmesan souffle, and chicken piccata for sharing. Note, there is a business casual dress code so dress accordingly. Bonus: there’s also complimentary valet parking right out front.

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9. Chauhan Ale & Masala House

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123 12th Ave N
Nashville, TN 37203
(615) 242-8426
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Chef Maneet Chauhan breathed new life and star power into the Nashville dining scene through her eponymous restaurant, Chauhan. The menu taps into Chauhan’s Indian roots while also tapping into the local southern flavor. The tandoori chicken poutine, lamb keema papadi nachos, and her own interesting ode to a Nashville meat-and-three are all distinctive choices.

Tandoori chicken poutine is a must-try starter at Chauhan.
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10. Virago

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1120 McGavock St
Nashville, TN 37203
(615) 254-1902
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Serving modern sushi rolls and sashimi in swanky surroundings since 2000, M Street’s sushi-focused restaurant is a long-time Monday night favorite for its Maki Sake Monday — featuring half-price sushi and two-for-one cocktails/sake. A wide menu of nigirizushi (composed sushi), sashimi, and sushi rolls gives plenty of options — or just trust the chef with their omakase option.

Virago’s Maki Sake Monday runs weekly from 5 to 10 p.m. with half-price sushi and 2-for-1 cocktails and sake.
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11. Adele's

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1210 McGavock St
Nashville, TN 37203
(615) 988-9700
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This restaurant’s name honors Jonathan Waxman’s late mother, and its kitchen celebrates seasonal ingredients showcased in comfort food. While some items — such as the meatballs, kale salad, and JW chicken — have rightfully held their place on the menu since the restaurant’s opening, new dishes are introduced each season.

A classic Adele’s duo: the kale Salad and JW chicken
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12. Oak Steakhouse Nashville

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801 Clark Pl
Nashville, TN 37203
(615) 902-3111
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The steakhouse transplant from Charleston opened in 2017, bringing Prime Certified Angus Beef selections, small plates, and entrees incorporating local Tennessee ingredients to a space adjacent to the Westin Hotel. There are plenty of classic steaks here, from an 8-ounce CAB filet to a 36-ounce tomahawk that easily feeds 2.

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13. Del Frisco's Grille

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1201 Demonbreun St Suite 104
Nashville, TN 37203
(615) 742-5503
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The more casual spin-off of upscale chain, Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse, Del Frisco’s has locations in the Gulch and Brentwood in Nashville. Fan favorites here include the ahi tuna tacos, cheesesteak egg rolls, double stacked cheeseburgers, and signature steaks.

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14. Valentino's Ristorante

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1808 Hayes St
Nashville, TN 37203
(615) 327-0148
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Though they relocated from West End to Hayes Street, this Midtown staple has been serving up Italian classics to hungry locals for over 25 years. Think homemade lasagne with wild boar bolognese, bucatini, and cioppino. Need the narrow down the list? Valentino’s also offers a prix fixe menu with four courses for $55, as well as an upgraded version for $65.

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15. Jimmy Kelly’s Steakhouse

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217 Louise Ave
Nashville, TN 37203
(615) 329-4349
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A landmark in West End, the storied steakhouse has served cocktails, corn cakes, and crowd-favorite blue cheese-stuffed filets since 1934. Many of the staff have been there for decades too — so you’re in good hands when placing a steak order here.

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16. Midtown Cafe

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102 19th Ave S
Nashville, TN 37203
(615) 320-7176
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Charming long-time Music Row destination Midtown Cafe is a Nashville staple from Randy Rayburn. Open for over 30 years, the cozy little cafe known for its lemon artichoke soup transports diners back to the Nashville before the influx of bro-country and bachelorettes. Midtown Cafe offers a free shuttle service for travelers to downtown hotels, and for locals who need transportation to downtown performances after dinner (must reserve ahead of time).

Sunset Grill Original Combo Nachos are now available on Midtown’s day and night menus.
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17. Sunda Nashville

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592 12th Ave S
Nashville, TN 37203
(615) 610-7566
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Billy Dec’s Nashville outpost of the popular Chicago-based Pan Asian restaurant is a great staple for Sunday and Monday night dining. The menu here runs the gamut — drawing influence from Japan, the Philippines, Indonesia, Thailand, and China. Happy hour runs Monday through Friday from 4 to 6 p.m., with hand rolls, bar bites like nori fries and lumpia, and drinks all ranging from $4 to $6.

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18. Sambuca

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601 12th Ave S
Nashville, TN 37203
(615) 248-2888
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One of the last restaurants standing from a time when Nashvillians never thought to dine in the Gulch, Sambuca offers live music nightly and plenty of indoor and outdoor seating.

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19. The Chef and I on Ninth

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611 9th Ave S
Nashville, TN 37203
(615) 730-8496
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Built on a love story with rock and roll accents, the Gulch restaurant from chef and Nashville native Chris Rains and his wife Eric features a “show kitchen” with the option of a tasting menu or a la carte dining.

Crispy farm-raised duck breast sliced over sriracha-infused miso sauce, with pan-roasted fingerling potatoes, locally grown mushrooms, and shishito peppers
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20. Henley

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2023 Broadway
Nashville, TN 37203
(615) 340-6378
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Since taking the helm as chef de cuisine of the Kimpton Aertson Hotel and its brasserie and standout bar in 2021, Kristin Beringson has made the Southern-leaning seasonal menu her own, churning out stellar plates featuring ingredients from the Nashville region. Fast favorites include the country fried brie, beef and beet tartare, braised brisket reginetti, crispy pork belly with smoked peaches, and the scallops and grits with popcorn butter and XO sauce.

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21. etc. restaurant

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3790 Bedford Ave
Nashville, TN 37215
(615) 988-0332
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Etc. chef Deb Paquette’s spunky counterpart to sister restaurant, Etch, embodies the creativity and deliciousness for which the veteran chef is known and revered. Hidden off the main Green Hills drag, don’t miss the furikake fried green tomatoes, grilled pork loin, whatever soup she’s whipped up for the day, or the daily ice cream or sorbet.

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22. Emmy Squared: Green Hills - Nashville, Tennessee

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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 a few years back. Now, there are three locations in Music City to enjoy the square-shaped pies and award-winning burger. The Green Hills and Germantown locations are also open on Mondays, with other options from turmeric roasted cauliflower, eggplant Parmesan sandwiches, and more on the menu.

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1. O-Ku Sushi Nashville

81 Van Buren St, Nashville, TN 37208
O-Ku Sushi Nashville/Facebook

At Nashville’s outpost of the Charleston-based sushi restaurant, chef Eric Hill adds some Nashville flavor to the standard menu — think tebasaki (Japanese fried chicken wings) with Belle Meade bourbon sauce or Nashville hot-style O-Ku rock shrimp. Get half off sushi rolls throughout the restaurant with O-ku’s standout Monday night sushi happy hour from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

81 Van Buren St
Nashville, TN 37208

2. The Optimist

1400 Adams St, Nashville, TN 37208
Chilled blue crab with squash blossom, zucchini, and west indies dressing on the current menu at the Optimist.
The Optimist/Facebook

Ford Fry’s luxe seafood spot in Germantown is one of the best Monday night options in town. Located at the Hammer Mill development in Germantown with plenty of indoor and outdoor seating (and a breezy bar upstairs), the menu here changes, but an opulent seafood tower and oysters are always a good start. Current menu standouts include the chilled blue crab, red grouper en papillote, and a side of smoked fish fried rice with coconut dashi and peanuts.

1400 Adams St
Nashville, TN 37208

3. Zeppelin Nashville Rooftop Bar & Lounge

505 3rd Ave N, Nashville, TN 37201
On Monday nights at Zeppelin, sit outside at “Nickel Bar” for $1 oysters and 5 cent from 4-10 pm.
Zeppelin/Facebook

Sit atop what the Towneplace Suites in what we’re now calling the “capitol district” and take in both city and stadium views in posh Zeppelin. The menu, from newly appointed Alabama-born executive chef Chris Calder (formerly of Deacon’s), includes some of the chef’s well-loved hits (like chargrilled oysters in NOLA-style bbq butter) but also sees some fun new stuff like a whole fried fish with raw salsa verde. On Monday nights, sit outside at “Nickel Bar” for $1 oysters and 5 cent from 4-10 p.m.

505 3rd Ave N
Nashville, TN 37201

4. Jeff Ruby's Steakhouse

300 4th Ave N, Nashville, TN 37219
The Jeff Ruby Signature Filet is a guest favorite
Jeff Ruby/Facebook

This outpost of the Cincinnati-based steakhouse offers a large selection of steaks, seafood, and traditional sides. The swanky, slightly over-the-top Old Vegas-reminiscent interior sets the stage for the overall experience.

300 4th Ave N
Nashville, TN 37219

5. Ellington's

401 Union St, Nashville, TN 37219
Curried dusted cauliflower, purée, and daikon salad.
Ellington’s/Facebook

The throwback Fairlane Hotel’s fourth-floor restaurant is surrounded by a large wraparound terrace overlooking the street below. Mid-century vibes, 180-degree views plus comfortable seating add to the overall allure. During happy hour at the bar (4 to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday), enjoy $5 appetizers, well drinks, and beer plus $6 wine and $7 cocktails.

401 Union St
Nashville, TN 37219

6. Deacon's New South

401 Church St, Nashville, TN 37219
Mussels served with garlic-herb butter, soppressata, and sourdough for sopping.
Deacon’s New South/Facebook

With a new chef running the show, downtown’s L&C building’s ground floor steakhouse is still a great destination for a Monday happy hour or work dinner. Current menu highlights include fried green tomatoes with pepperjack grits, black truffle-topped carbonara, and of course, any of the house dry-aged steaks.

401 Church St
Nashville, TN 37219

7. Eddie V's Prime Seafood

590 Broadway, Nashville, TN 37203
Eddie V’s Nashville/Facebook

The swanky seafood and steak chain from Texas opened its first Tennessee location in April, with oyster platters, opulent shellfish towers, prime seafood entrees, and steaks aplenty. In the V Lounge Sunday thru Thursday from 4 to 6:30 p.m., find happy hour specials like $7 appetizers, $8 hand-shaken cocktails and wines by the glass, and oyster specials.

590 Broadway
Nashville, TN 37203

8. The River House

313 Demonbreun St, Nashville, TN 37210
The River House/Facebook

New to the downtown dining scene from the owners of Nashville staple BrickTop’s, the expansive River House sets an excellent scene with soaring ceilings, floor-to-ceiling windows, and white linen-clad tables topped with luxurious seafood towers, clams casino, Parmesan souffle, and chicken piccata for sharing. Note, there is a business casual dress code so dress accordingly. Bonus: there’s also complimentary valet parking right out front.

313 Demonbreun St
Nashville, TN 37210

9. Chauhan Ale & Masala House

123 12th Ave N, Nashville, TN 37203
Tandoori chicken poutine is a must-try starter at Chauhan.
Chauhan/Facebook

Chef Maneet Chauhan breathed new life and star power into the Nashville dining scene through her eponymous restaurant, Chauhan. The menu taps into Chauhan’s Indian roots while also tapping into the local southern flavor. The tandoori chicken poutine, lamb keema papadi nachos, and her own interesting ode to a Nashville meat-and-three are all distinctive choices.

123 12th Ave N
Nashville, TN 37203

10. Virago

1120 McGavock St, Nashville, TN 37203
Virago’s Maki Sake Monday runs weekly from 5 to 10 p.m. with half-price sushi and 2-for-1 cocktails and sake.
Virago/Facebook

Serving modern sushi rolls and sashimi in swanky surroundings since 2000, M Street’s sushi-focused restaurant is a long-time Monday night favorite for its Maki Sake Monday — featuring half-price sushi and two-for-one cocktails/sake. A wide menu of nigirizushi (composed sushi), sashimi, and sushi rolls gives plenty of options — or just trust the chef with their omakase option.

1120 McGavock St
Nashville, TN 37203

11. Adele's

1210 McGavock St, Nashville, TN 37203
A classic Adele’s duo: the kale Salad and JW chicken
Adele’s Nashville/Facebook

This restaurant’s name honors Jonathan Waxman’s late mother, and its kitchen celebrates seasonal ingredients showcased in comfort food. While some items — such as the meatballs, kale salad, and JW chicken — have rightfully held their place on the menu since the restaurant’s opening, new dishes are introduced each season.

1210 McGavock St
Nashville, TN 37203

12. Oak Steakhouse Nashville

801 Clark Pl, Nashville, TN 37203
Oak Steakhouse Nashville/Facebook

The steakhouse transplant from Charleston opened in 2017, bringing Prime Certified Angus Beef selections, small plates, and entrees incorporating local Tennessee ingredients to a space adjacent to the Westin Hotel. There are plenty of classic steaks here, from an 8-ounce CAB filet to a 36-ounce tomahawk that easily feeds 2.

801 Clark Pl
Nashville, TN 37203

13. Del Frisco's Grille

1201 Demonbreun St Suite 104, Nashville, TN 37203
Del Frisco’s Grille/Facebook

The more casual spin-off of upscale chain, Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse, Del Frisco’s has locations in the Gulch and Brentwood in Nashville. Fan favorites here include the ahi tuna tacos, cheesesteak egg rolls, double stacked cheeseburgers, and signature steaks.

1201 Demonbreun St Suite 104
Nashville, TN 37203

14. Valentino's Ristorante

1808 Hayes St, Nashville, TN 37203
Valentino’s Ristorante/Facebook

Though they relocated from West End to Hayes Street, this Midtown staple has been serving up Italian classics to hungry locals for over 25 years. Think homemade lasagne with wild boar bolognese, bucatini, and cioppino. Need the narrow down the list? Valentino’s also offers a prix fixe menu with four courses for $55, as well as an upgraded version for $65.

1808 Hayes St
Nashville, TN 37203

15. Jimmy Kelly’s Steakhouse

217 Louise Ave, Nashville, TN 37203
Jimmy Kelly’s/Facebook

A landmark in West End, the storied steakhouse has served cocktails, corn cakes, and crowd-favorite blue cheese-stuffed filets since 1934. Many of the staff have been there for decades too — so you’re in good hands when placing a steak order here.

217 Louise Ave
Nashville, TN 37203

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16. Midtown Cafe

102 19th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203
Sunset Grill Original Combo Nachos are now available on Midtown’s day and night menus.
Midtown Cafe/Facebook

Charming long-time Music Row destination Midtown Cafe is a Nashville staple from Randy Rayburn. Open for over 30 years, the cozy little cafe known for its lemon artichoke soup transports diners back to the Nashville before the influx of bro-country and bachelorettes. Midtown Cafe offers a free shuttle service for travelers to downtown hotels, and for locals who need transportation to downtown performances after dinner (must reserve ahead of time).

102 19th Ave S
Nashville, TN 37203

17. Sunda Nashville

592 12th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203
Sunda Nashville/Facebook

Billy Dec’s Nashville outpost of the popular Chicago-based Pan Asian restaurant is a great staple for Sunday and Monday night dining. The menu here runs the gamut — drawing influence from Japan, the Philippines, Indonesia, Thailand, and China. Happy hour runs Monday through Friday from 4 to 6 p.m., with hand rolls, bar bites like nori fries and lumpia, and drinks all ranging from $4 to $6.

592 12th Ave S
Nashville, TN 37203

18. Sambuca

601 12th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203
Sambuca Nashville/Facebook

One of the last restaurants standing from a time when Nashvillians never thought to dine in the Gulch, Sambuca offers live music nightly and plenty of indoor and outdoor seating.

601 12th Ave S
Nashville, TN 37203

19. The Chef and I on Ninth

611 9th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203