Things in Nashville do not seem to be slowing down and the dining scene just keeps growing. Between October and March, we saw the opening of 20 (yes, 20!) new restaurants in Nashville and, today, we give you 25 more. We are thrilled to welcome these restaurants to Music City and we cannot wait to try them all — and get back to you with what we think! Summer may be winding down but don’t turn into a winter recluse just yet. Get out and experience what these chefs are serving up in these new restaurants in Nashville.
New Restaurants in Nashville
Opened in August 2016
3790 Bedford Ave., Nashville, TN 37215 • (615) 988-0332
Hours: Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.; Saturday, 5 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
The anticipation for Deb Paquette’s new restaurant has been building for a while and we were beyond excited when they opened the doors of Etc. earlier this week. Etc. brings something upscale and local to the lunch and dinner options in Green Hills. The space is smaller than that of its sister restaurant, Etch, but with 94 seats, there is plenty of room for everyone. The menu shares similarities to Etch and is undeniably Deb Paquette. Lunch items not to miss: grilled asparagus (with Deb’s pea pesto with truffle oil), tuna watermelon salad and Indian chicken tacos. We haven’t made it in for dinner but plan to do so — and report back!
2057 Scarritt Place, Nashville, TN 37212 • (615) 669-8782
Hours: Every day, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Funk Seoul Brother first brought Korean and Japanese street food directly to the streets of Nashville via their eponymous food truck but as of early August, their Korean barbecue tacos and sushi burritos have a permanent home in Midtown. Test out their poke bowls and boba tea menu with infused cereal milk!
410 Fourth Ave. S., Nashville, TN 37201 • (615) 288-0880
Hours: Daily, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Martin’s Bar-B-Que Joint is a local favorite and has received accolades from publications across the country. The first Martin’s joint opened in Nolensville in the fall of 2006 and, since then, there have been three more locations opened — the newest of which in Nashville’s SoBro area, just south of downtown. Within the restaurant’s two stories, you will find three bars, multiple rooms, an open-air patio and pingpong tables. A few menu favorites are the redneck tacos, ribs and the BBQ baked potato.
Opened in July 2016
1440 McGavock Pike, Nashville, TN 37216 • (615) 730-8625
Hours: Monday through Saturday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sunday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Since their opening in 2009, dose. has become an early morning destination for those who frequent the west side of town. With their new location in Riverside Village, dose. is expanding their reach and their offerings. You will find many of the same bakery items at both locations but the breakfast, lunch and snack menus are pretty different. In Riverside, you will find breakfast sandwiches, lunch sandwiches, salads and snacks (such as crispy chicken skins and beignets). Keep your ears open for the cocktail menu, which is to be announced in the future.
4017 Charlotte Ave., Nashville, TN 37209 • (629) 777-8500
Hours: Monday through Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 12 a.m..; Thursday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 1 a.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 12 a.m.
Double Dogs is a great place to watch the game and grab a beer. Nary a seat can be found at their Hillsboro Village location during a Titans game, so we are glad to have a second location open in the Charlotte Avenue/Sylvan Heights neighborhood. Their menu consists of typical game-day food, such as nachos, dips, wings, sandwiches, pizzas, hamburgers and hot dogs. But most importantly, there are 40 television screens and a full bar.
712 51st Ave. N., Nashville, TN 37209 • (615) 678-8773
Hours: Monday through Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 1 a.m.; Thursday, 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.; Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 a.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. to 1 a.m.
We were all sad to see The Stone Fox close their doors but are glad that House is now open in that space in the hip Nations neighborhood. The most enticing aspect of House is their all-day brunch menu. The house omelette is stuffed with braised pork, peppers, onions, avocado and smoked gouda; the shrimp and grits is served Cajun style; and the pancakes are topped with fried chicken, pepper bacon, Granny Smith apples and maple mustard. They are also open for lunch, dinner and late night, during which everything from fried green tomatoes and burgers to shrimp spring rolls and corned beef sandwiches is served. (Read about our first impressions here.)
536 Thompson Lane, Nashville, TN 37211 • (615) 610-4888
Hours: Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Authentic Thai and Japanese dishes are crafted with locally and internationally sourced ingredients at this eatery on Thompson Lane in the Berry Hill neighborhood. Currently, the menu consists of edamame, spring rolls, dumplings, crab rangoon, calamari, lettuce wraps, sushi and sashimi. It is said to be fresh and delicious — and we cannot wait to try it out.
5205 Centennial Blvd., Nashville, TN 37209
Hours: Tuesday through Friday, 2 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday, 12 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Sunday, 12 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Labeled as a craft beer bar, Nations newcomer The Old Gas Station has more than 10 beers on tap — with room to grow. Housed in an old gas station, this eatery and watering hole is aptly named. John McDougal, one of the brothers responsible for McDougal’s Chicken, is to thank for this new spot in the Nations but don’t think the menu will consist of fried foods with a high-heat level — there are plenty of interesting options. Plus, there’s a patio … and the space is Fido-friendly, too!
Opened in June 2016
434 Houston St., Nashville, TN 37203 • (615) 490-8434
Kitchen Hours: Wednesday through Saturday, 5:30 p.m. to 9:45 p.m.; Kitchen Bar hours: Wednesday through Saturday, 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Strategic Hospitality surprised us with the opening of Bastion’s bar in February and, of course, they didn’t stop there. The doors to the restaurant portion of the space, located in the Wedgewood-Houston neighborhood, opened just four months later. Under the direction of Chef Josh Habiger, Bastion’s kitchen showcases seasonal and inventive fare. The menu is ever changing and totally interesting. Good luck snagging one of the 24 seats in the dining room. If you can’t sneak in with a reservation, you can enjoy some of the best nachos in town at the bar! (Read more here.)
4500 Murphy Road, Nashville, TN 37209 • (615) 942-7499
Hours: Daily, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
This 3,600-square-foot space in Sylvan Park is the third Edley’s location (the others can be found in 12South and East Nashville). With two outdoor patios, it is a great spot to enjoy the neighborhood while sipping on a bushwacker and dining on a barbecue sandwich or a hearty helping of barbecue nachos.
2301 12th Ave. S., Nashville, TN 37204 • (615) 600-4558
Hours: Daily, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Franklin Juice Co. introduced us to the trendy açai bowls — and now we are hooked. Thankfully, we no longer have to drive all the way to Franklin to get our fix, as they opened shop in 12South! In addition to the bowls, you will find cold-pressed juices, cleanses, elixirs and smoothies, salads, wraps, kombucha, nut-milk soft serve and Honest Roasters coffee.
4001 Charlotte Ave., Nashville, TN 37209 • (615) 800-8517
Hours: Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Charlotte Avenue is quickly becoming Nashville’s new food mecca and Salt & Vine has secured a spot in the area. The front of the eatery is home to a market with to-go salads and sides (such as curry chicken salad, beets and strawberries and kale salad), meats, cheese and gourmet pantry items. The rest of the space is dedicated to a restaurant and bar that serves wine, cocktails, beer, snacks, shared plates and sweets. The menu is light and fresh — and the same can be said for the cocktails.
158 Front St., Suite #120, Franklin, TN 37064 • (615) 721-5993
Hours: Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sunday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Grab the family and head south on I-65 to Scout’s Pub for a wonderful atmosphere, good food and delicious cocktails. Open for brunch, lunch and dinner, this neighborhood spot serves a variety of eats, such as bangers and fish & chips, pizzas, sandwiches, burgers, salads, double-crunch French toast and huevos rancheros.
1808 Hayes St., Nashville, TN 37203 • (615) 454-5578
Hours: Monday through Saturday, 5 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.
Details regarding the menu at Midtown’s Tartufo are limited but rumor has it that this is one of the most expensive restaurants in Music City. It is an upscale, reservations-only Italian restaurant and, according to the Tennessean, the dining options include a five-course, fixed-price menu (which changes weekly) — ranging from $75 to $100 — along with an a la carte bar and patio menu of house specialties, starting at $25. We have yet to pay this place a visit but it is on our list!
The Gold Rush (Reopened)
2205 Elliston Place, Nashville, TN 37203 • (615) 321-1160
Hours: Daily, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
For more than 40 years, The Gold Rush has been a go-to spot on Elliston Place for drinks and their beloved bean roll. So while this isn’t a new spot, it merits mention. This summer, The Gold Rush reopened their doors as a non-smoking spot (although smokers can still find a spot on the smoking deck) and the menu also has seen changes but do not fear — the bean roll still holds court.
Opened in May 2016
5303 Charlotte Ave., Nashville, TN 37209 • (615) 678-1049
Hours: Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
This downtown taco joint, owned by Jonathan Waxman, has expanded to Charlotte Avenue. The space is small but not cramped and, during warm weather, the garage doors open to a patio for additional seating. As for the food, of course you can’t go wrong with the tacos but we suggest you also test the queso (which is served with fried potatoes, mushroom and pork rinds), the salads and the seasonal veggies. (Read more here.)
2832 Bransford Ave., Nashville, TN 37204 • (615) 241-8847
Hours: Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Closed Sunday
The fresh and healthy Vietnamese food offered at this casual eatery is just the thing we crave during the hot summer days. Even the larger dishes, sandwiches, pho, rice bowls, noodle bowls and salads leave us satisfied but not weighed down. With two patios (one covered), there is plenty of space to enjoy these dishes in-house — it is also perfect for grab-and-go. (Read about our first impressions here.)
Opened in April 2016
Graze | East Nashville | Opened April 2016
1888 Eastland Ave., Nashville, TN 37206 • (615) 686-2060
Hours: Tuesday through Sunday, 8 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Closed Monday
In the space formerly occupied by The Silly Goose, Graze Nashville — a plant-based bistro and bar — is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Traditional breakfast items, such as breakfast biscuits and burritos, are accompanied by juices and smoothies but you’ll also find small plates, snacks and entrees. And yes, everything is meat-free.
701 Craighead St., Nashville, TN 37204 • (615) 538-7456
Hours: Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Nothing can prepare you for the experience that is Mangia. Previously a pop-up held in Franklin, this new Berry Hill eatery offers an authentic New York-style Italian family dining experience. During their 12-course prix fixe dinners held every Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. — you will eat, drink and dance (yes, dance!). In addition to these nights, they also serve lunch and dinner on weekdays, which is delicious but not quite as lively.
333 Union St., Nashville, TN 37201 • (615) 248-3400
Hours: Monday through Friday, 6:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Breakfast, brunch and lunch are served at this recently opened downtown eatery. Look for breakfast basics like biscuits and gravy, cinnamon rolls, oatmeal, pancakes, crepes, waffles and French toast, as well as some impressive omelets, sandwiches, soups and salads … the options are endless. There are even dedicated menus for kids and gluten-free eaters.
1907 Broadway, Nashville, TN 37203 • (615) 953- 6449
Hours: Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Urban Cookhouse has more than a few locations across the Southeast and we’re thrilled they brought their “buy local, eat urban” mentality to Nashville. Situated in Midtown, Urban Cookhouse offers a menu of sandwiches, greens, wraps and entrees. It is a fast-casual joint, making it a great option for lunch.
Opened in March 2016
1700 Church St., Nashville, TN 37203 • (615) 432-2928
Hours: Sunday through Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 12 a.m.; Thursday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 1:30 a.m.
Clyde’s on Church is more than just a restaurant and bar; it is a place to kick back on comfy leather couches or try your hand at a game of pingpong, shuffleboard or foosball. Clyde’s is under the same ownership as Taco Mamacita in Edgehill Village and Milk & Honey, which is rumored to open later this year.
1200 Villa Place, Suite #103, Nashville, TN 37212 • (615) 679-0509
Hours: Monday through Sunday, 12 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Alexis Soler, the force behind Bar No. 308, and sister, Britt Soler, opened the doors to Old Glory in Edgehill Village earlier this year. The watering hole is tucked behind Taco Mamacita in a space that was formerly used as a boiler room for a laundry mat. The space has character, the cocktails pack a punch and the menu is small but mighty.
1407 Clinton St., Nashville, TN 37203 • (615) 457-3872
Hours: Tuesday through Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Saturday, 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Every day for lunch and dinner, Orleans Avenue Restaurant is serving Creole cuisine with a touch of Southern California influence. Po’ boys make up the bulk of the menu, but sides, such as jambalaya, red beans and rice and Nola mac & cheese, also have a place here. You will find this New Orleans-inspired restaurant situated across from Marathon Music Works in Marathon Village.
726 McFerrin Ave., Nashville, TN 37206 • (615) 928-8118
Hours: Sunday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Southern meets Korean at this fast-casual restaurant located in Historic East Nashville. They specialize in Korean fried chicken but also have a selection of specials (including rice bowls, lettuce wraps and Korean barbecue brisket). Just ask, and they will give you a list of gluten-free, nut-free, dairy-free, vegetarian and vegan options. This place is ideal for picking up lunch or dinner but you can also snag a seat on their patio; and BYOB (they don’t serve alcohol).
Opened in February 2016
41 Peabody St., Nashville, TN 37210 • (615) 727-8555
Hours: Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Closed Saturday and Sunday
Somehow, this sandwich shop and bakery wasn’t on our radar and didn’t make our spring roundup! We might be a little late to the game but want to give this eatery its much-deserved highlight. Many of you may remember Mosko’s on Elliston Place, and Little Mosko (baker and owner Lauren Moskovitz) is carrying on the tradition — with a twist. Monday through Friday, you can visit Lauren and Alex Grainger, chef and co-owner, for breakfast and lunch. The menu changes weekly but always features delicious breakfast items and sandwiches. Gluten-free folks will rejoice because gluten-free options are plentiful.
There you have it — plenty of places to try in Nashville and beyond. Sample these suggestions and let us know if we missed any; and stay tuned for more restaurant news coming soon. ‘Til then, find more local restaurants in the SB Guide and SB App!
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