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20 Great Spots for a Monday Meal Out in Nashville

From burgers and fries to steak sushi specials around the city

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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 20 great restaurants around Music City that can turn around any manic Monday.

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O-Ku Sushi Nashville

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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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The Optimist

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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 crispy octopus, halibut en papillote, and a side of smoked fish fried rice with mushrooms and peanuts.

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

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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 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 lemon caper sauce or lemon ricotta cavatelli with Calabrian chili pesto . On Monday nights, sit at the “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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Ellington's

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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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Deacon's New South

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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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Eddie V's Prime Seafood

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The swanky seafood and steak chain from Texas opened its first Tennessee location last 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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The River House

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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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Chauhan Ale & Masala House

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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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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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Adele's

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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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Oak Steakhouse Nashville

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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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Del Frisco's Grille

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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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Jimmy Kelly’s Steakhouse

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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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Midtown Cafe

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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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Sambuca

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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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The Chef and I on Ninth

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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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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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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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Mere Bulles Restaurant

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Open on Mondays from 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., this Brentwood mainstay with a lovely patio offers classic favorites like jumbo lump crab cakes, she crab soup, and juicy prime rib. Bonus: they also always offer half-off wine bottles.

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Chrysalis Modern Italian

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Chrysalis Modern Italian snuck into the Cool Springs/Corothers stretch in early 2021. It’s not your everyday mom-and-pop style Italian joint, but a cozy neighborhood restaurant dishing out create-your-own cheese/charcuterie boards alongside housemade rosemary focaccia, pasta, seafood, and meat specials with modern flair.

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O-Ku Sushi Nashville

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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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The Optimist

Chilled blue crab with squash blossom, zucchini, and west indies dressing on the current menu at the Optimist.
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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 crispy octopus, halibut en papillote, and a side of smoked fish fried rice with mushrooms and peanuts.

Chilled blue crab with squash blossom, zucchini, and west indies dressing on the current menu at the Optimist.
The Optimist/Facebook

Zeppelin Nashville Rooftop Bar & Lounge

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 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 lemon caper sauce or lemon ricotta cavatelli with Calabrian chili pesto . On Monday nights, sit at the “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.
Zeppelin/Facebook

Ellington's

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.

Curried dusted cauliflower, purée, and daikon salad.
Ellington’s/Facebook

Deacon's New South

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.

Mussels served with garlic-herb butter, soppressata, and sourdough for sopping.
Deacon’s New South/Facebook

Eddie V's Prime Seafood

Eddie V’s Nashville/Facebook

The swanky seafood and steak chain from Texas opened its first Tennessee location last 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.

Eddie V’s Nashville/Facebook

The River House

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.

The River House/Facebook

Chauhan Ale & Masala House