Whether setting out to toast a special occasion or celebrating “just because,” an evening of fine dining is always a treat. Around Nashville, there are plenty of noteworthy options to tickle your fancy, including elaborate tasting menus and opulent steakhouses that are primed and ready to make your evening extra special. While these may come with a high price tag, you can bet these 13 Nashville restaurants will provide an experience that’s well worth it.Read More
Where to Splurge on a Meal in Nashville
When treating yourself means lavish dishes and pampering service
Chef Sean Brock flexes his culinary chops in an extra special way through June, his Southern-inspired tasting menu concept that sits just upstairs from Audrey. Choose from an eight- or 16-course (or should we say “act”) option, and prepare to be wowed by the seamless experience from start to finish. Menus rotate several times per year but may include things like lime eel, Irish blue lobster, deer tartare, and a stuffed pigtail donut. Seatings are available Thursday through Sunday, starting at $150 per person.
Germantown has no shortage of splurge-worthy spots, but chef Vivek Surti’s Tailor Nashville promises an unforgettable dining experience influenced by his South Asian American heritage. The dinner party-esque evenings require a ticket for one of two seatings nightly where you’ll be treated to a set meal with high-touch service. The menu changes periodically but may include items like roasted eggplant, lentils and rice, and mango shortcake for dessert. Tickets start at $125 per person.
Drusie & Darr by Jean-Georges
Renowned chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten debuted a stunning globally-inspired restaurant on the lowest level of the Hermitage Hotel. Drusie and Darr, named after children who once called the Hermitage home, exudes elegance all the way from its decor to its menu – expect mother-of-pearl-covered pillars, sparkling chandeliers, and dishes ranging from raw bar selections and elegant plates of pasta to wood-fired pizza. A tasting menu is also available running well over $100 per person.
Joe Muer Seafood - Nashville
A Detroit staple, Joe Muer Seafood made a splash in Nashville’s Capitol View neighborhood in late summer, marking its first venture outside of Michigan. The dishes are sustainably sourced and flown in from around the globe (Nashville is landlocked, after all), including favorites like the crab-stuffed flounder with stone ground mustard beurre blanc (a wine-based sauce) and a lobster tail with whipped potatoes and asparagus. Settle into a table inside the opulent dining room to enjoy this splurge-worthy meal.
This Nashville newcomer has quickly made a name for itself in the city’s fine dining scene, offering everything from impressive seafood towers to steaks, pastas, and seafood dishes. The setting itself is also noteworthy, complete with intricate stonework, striking wallpaper, and plenty of stylish touches throughout. Whether joining for the prix fixe lunch or a la carte dinner, head to Harper’s for a meal worthy of celebration.
Formerly at the helm of Michelin-starred restaurant Spiaggia in Chicago, chef Tony Mantuano now serves as food and beverage partner at Yolan, an elegant Italian dining room inside the Joseph hotel. Book a tasting experience inspired by various regions in Italy, always kicked off with fresh bread and finished with a decadent dessert from James Beard Award semifinalist Noelle Marchetti. The tasting menu runs $165 (or $275 with wine pairing).
Bourbon Steak by Michael Mina
If you’re looking to appease your appetite with incredible ambience, Bourbon Steak towers 34 floors above Nashville inside the JW Marriott. Its wood-fired grilled chops are known for being some of the most expensive in town — a Wagyu Tomahawk ribeye runs $325 — but the price tag is well worth it. Pair your mains with accompaniments like bone marrow crust, black truffle butter, or Maine lobster and bearnaise, plus a side of black truffle mac and cheese or spicy creamed corn to round out your splurge-worthy meal.
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The Catbird Seat
The Catbird Seat delivers an unparalleled dining experience in Midtown. Seating just 22 diners at a time, this spot takes open concept to the next level by putting the kitchen in the center of the dining room. Watch as chefs plate and serve the evening’s rotating tasting menu that comprises up to 18 courses. The experience begins at $135 per person and fluctuates based on reservation time.
Rabbit Hole at Henley
Tucked inside the street level of the Kimpton Aertson in Midtown, Henley is a French and Southern-influenced masterpiece from Chopped champion chef Kristin Beringson. The wonderland-inspired restaurant has a secret — a chef’s table in the kitchen accessible through a hidden bookcase. The multi-course experience will include a completely custom menu, starting at $180 per person sans tax and gratuity.
The Chef and I
You can celebrate over brunch or dinner at the Chef and I, an experiential dining hotspot in Midtown from husband and wife duo Chris and Erica Rains. Coursed tastings are available starting at $95 per person, or a la carte options ranging from sirloin steaks to duck breast and pasta are also offered. If you’re celebrating a special occasion, be sure to mention it when making your reservation, just in case.
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This Manhattan transplant has been one of Nashville’s most beloved Italian eateries since opening its doors in 2008, hosting many a celebration ever since. The Tuscan villa-inspired dining room sets the stage for a splurge-worthy meal in both price and decadence, with homemade cheese-stuffed ravioli and traditional pasta dishes running $30+ a pop. Adding to the opulence: Murano glass chandeliers, Venetian plaster, and a Hermes (yes, that Hermes) upholstered bar
The restaurant side of Wedgewood-Houston’s Bastion is an upscale counterpart to the lively bar next door. Book one of the 24 seats (it’s reservation-only) for a rotating six-course menu from Josh Habiger, the 2023 James Beard Foundation Award finalist for Best Chef Southeast. Dishes may include things like raw oysters, beef tongue and swordfish, best enjoyed while sharing a toast with a craft cocktail or glass of wine. The experience starts at $125 per person with a wine pairing add-on option.
This 12 South staple helped further Nashville’s status as a culinary destination when it nabbed No. 1 on Food & Wine Magazine’s best restaurant list in 2022. The chefs double as the servers here, making for an intimate experience with high-touch service. A tougher challenge than selecting what to order is securing the reservation in the first place – they open on the first of every month and fill up quickly, so plan ahead for future celebrations.