Where to Eat in Downtown Nashville


With four stories to explore Acme is sure to have whatever you’re looking for. Enjoy a sit-down restaurant on the first floor with a multi-ethnic menu and live music. Move up to the second floor and you’ll find chef Sam Katakura and his staff making a mix of nigiri and rolls at a 16-seat sushi bar. For music events and private parties make your way to the third floor, and to take in the sweeping views of the Cumberland, take a seat at the roof-top bar on the fourth floor. 101 Broadway, Nashville, TN 37201; 615-915-0888; theacmenashville.com 


Baja Sexto

The newest spot to join the fast-casual movement, Bajo Sexto is putting a Mexican spin on the trend. Created by chef Jonathan Waxman, the concept, which is named for a 12-string guitar often called the “sixth bass,” lets you tour the entire country of Mexico through their extensive taco list. 216 5th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203; 615-577-7717; bajosextotaco.com 


Bakersfield is a quaint Mexican restaurant serving authentic food, a grand selection of tequila and whiskey, and an atmosphere all its own. While their simple menu allows for quick service, you won’t be in any hurry to leave. 201 3rd Ave S, Nashville, TN 37201; 615-522-0970; bakersfieldtacos.com


One of the nicest spots to catch a game in town is Barlines, the sports and spirits bar at the Omni Hotel downtown. Named after the lines on a musical staff, the fifth avenue honkey tonk takes that theme even further with live music performed on a stage in the middle of the dining room. The menu at Barlines features several elevated bar plates, many augmented with a Southern touch. 250 5th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203; 615-782-5300; omnihotels.com 

Bob’s Steak & Chop House

Bob's gives Music City a lively, upscale steakhouse experience that also serves as a hotspot for special occasions. The massive steak and seafood entrees are accompanied by decadent side dishes followed with desserts like marbled chocolate amaretto cheesecake topped with whipped cream and toasted almonds and crème brulee. Aiming for quality and diversity, they also offers a selection of over 450 wines. 250 5th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203; 615-761-3707; bobs-steakandchop.com


Nashville legend, Deb Paquette has a way of making every dish is new and fresh. The beautiful downtown dining room gets its finish touch from pastry chef Megan Williams and her savory-sweet-tangy-fruity-chocolaty seductions. 303 Demonbreun St, Nashville, TN 37201; 615-522-0685; etchrestaurant.com 

The Farm House

Everything on Chef Trey Cioccia’s menu at The Farm House reflects the same ethos: delicious Southern classics that are ramped up and treated with respect. Cioccia makes his own bacon, cornbread, and sauces in house and you’ll find a solid selection of local brews on tap. As The Farm House recipes incorporate nothing but locally sourced ingredients, Cioccia ensures the delectable meals are also the freshest. 210 Almond St, Nashville, TN 37201; 615-522-0688; thefarmhousetn.com 

Kitchen Notes

With a menu described as “Southern,” good things are sure to follow. Kitchen Note’s decadent comfort foods are made with fresh from the farm ingredients and are served with an all-day Biscuit Bar in the Omni Hotel right next to the Music City Hall of Fame. 250 Fifth Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203; 615-761-3700; omnihotels.com 


Any place that serves duck fat tater tots as decadent as Merchants deserves recognition. Munch on a few while sipping a classic cocktail and follow it up with plates of deviled eggs, fried green tomatoes with spicy pepper jam and pimento cheese. Dine upstairs for a slower-paced evening and order the shrimp & grits. 401 Broadway, Nashville, TN 37203; 615-254-1892; merchantsrestaurant.com


While its premier dishes include prime-aged beef and savory seafood, the Bar 12.21 at Morton’s is also the perfect place to share Bar Bites and drinks before enjoying a TPAC performance or a free Live on the Green concert. 618 Church St, Nashville, TN 37219; 615-259-4558; mortons.com

The Palm

Sure, there are lots of Palms—but ours, staked in the heart of downtown Nashville, has nestled itself into the hearts of locals. More than 300 luminaries caricatured on the walls brand this as a Music City joint and on any given night those very faces are living it up in the bar and dining room. 140 5th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203; 615-742-7256; thepalm.com/Nashville 

Pub 5

The minute you walk into this rustic pub you’ll forget you’re smack dab in the middle of the hustle and bustle of lower Broad. Located across from the Bridgestone Arena, Pub 5 is ideal for grabbing a beer before hitting the Preds game, dinner with friends, or a night on the town with a view. Enjoy their rooftop bar with one of their featured drinks and a steaming bowl of mussels. 104 5th Ave, Nashville, TN 37219; 615-780-4005; pub5.com

Puckett's Grocery & Restaurant

From Leiper's Fork to Franklin and now in downtown Nashville, Puckett's has always been known for their tempting Southern dishes and great live music. Enjoy daily specials like BBQ pulled pork, fried catfish, roasted chicken with a heavy dose of sweet tea. If you get the chance, order their sweet potato fries! 500 Church St, Nashville, TN 37219; 615-770-2772; puckettsgrocery.com 

Southernaire Market

A corner store with more to offer than just fresh market goods, the Southernaire is serving up Creole-Inspired dishes in SoBro. Peruse their shelves of artisan goods while you wait on your made-to-order salad or sandwich, perfect for a quick downtown bite. 150 3rd Ave S, Nashville, TN 37201; 615-490-8077; southernairemarket.com

The Southern Steak & Oyster

The Southern Steak & Oyster is a spacious, modern restaurant located near Broadway and a quick walk from the Music City Center. An oval bar anchors the room and provides a perch for raw bar enthusiasts (they have anywhere from five to eight oyster varieties available daily) but the menu reaches across Southern state lines with chicken fried chicken, fish tacos, and smoked baby back ribs. 150 3rd Ave S, Nashville, TN 37201; 615-724-1762; thesouthernnashville.com 

Trattoria II Mulino

New York meets Nashville in this new downtown spot on Fifth Ave. An inviting indoor-outdoor setting is paired with experimental Italian dishes inspired by Italy’s Abruzzo region. 144 Fifth Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203; 615-620-3700; trattoriailmulino.com 


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