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Diners' Choice: Southern restaurants in Nashville

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Updated 05 February 2024

Looking for restaurants with the best overall Southern cuisine in Nashville? You’re in the right place. Each month OpenTable analyses more than 400,000 new diner reviews. We sort the results by category to help you discover new favourites. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!


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4.9
4.9 (4533)
$31 to $50
Southern
Midtown
About the restaurant
Open Table TOP 50 Best Southern Restaurant in USA offering a casual, affordable, fine dining atmosphere with breakfast / brunch / lunch all seven days and dinner Monday through Saturday with cage free eggs, biscuits, pancakes, seafood, prime steak, veal, pastas & featuring 40 wines by the glass and 150 selections. Located just off West End at 102 -19th Ave S in the West End / Vanderbilt / Music Row / Midtown / Medical Center neighborhoods. Since 1987, casual fine dining with quality ingredients prepared and served by caring professionals.

Open weekdays for Breakfast 8am-2pm. Lunch 11am-2pm Mon-Sun. Dinner starting at 4:30 Monday - Thursday and 5:00pm Friday and Saturday.
Complementary Valet Parking for Lunch and Dinner

Shuttle offered for events at Tpac, Ryman, The Symphony, and Bridgestone with a 40$/ person check minimum. Must call restaurant to reserve shuttle seats. Requests made on Open Table may not be honored, due to limited seating.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
Delicious food, great service, and comfortable seating. The valet parking is a great convenience. Love this Nashville mainstay!
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4.8
4.8 (4851)
$31 to $50
Southern
Waverly / Melrose / Breeze Hill
About the restaurant
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Urban Grub is a casual fine dining bar and eatery located in a renovated carwash in Nashville’s iconic 12 South district.

The design of the restaurant features a rustic elegance, filled with custom woodwork, stone fireplaces and rounded booths tucked in intimate corners. Urban Grub offers both indoor and outdoor seating with a combination of the two in the beer garden, accompanied a view of the restaurant’s meat curing room, as well as a covered gazebo for larger parties.

From the inviting indoor-outdoor atmosphere to the elevated Southern cuisine of fresh seafood, house-made charcuterie, and prime dry-aged steaks, the experience is unforgettable.

Top review
MicheleC
Dined 2 days ago
My experience at Urban Grub is great as usual I go several times a month and I sit outside on the patio. Whether it is cold or hot. They have temperature control out there so you always feel comfortable. The ambience is amazing. Christie was very attentive and gave really great service as per usual. We are steady customers for life.
A photo of Elliston Place Soda Shop restaurant
4.8
4.8 (111)
$30 and under
Southern
Midtown
About the restaurant
We’re one part soda shop, one part meat-and-three, and one hundred percent bona fide Southern eatery. We cook each meal fresh from scratch daily, following time-tested recipes and honoring our founder’s meat-and-three legacy. Bring the kids around for a treat, grab lunch with friends, or drop by for a shake and fries. And did we mention the pies?
Top review
Deliciousvip
Dined 3 days ago
Amazing food! Service was outstanding! Can’t wait to come back!
A photo of Kitchen Notes - Omni Nashville restaurant
4.7
4.7 (1522)
$30 and under
Southern
Downtown / Sobro
About the restaurant
Kitchen Notes is open and serving a new menu created by Chef Jon Moore, of course we still have our fresh biscuits. With recipes reminiscent of your Grandmother's kitchen, we create a southern style dining experience. With breakfast that includes Home Style Grits, Sourdough Pancakes, Nashville Hot Fried Chicken and more to start off your day. For those of you looking for something on the healthy side of the menu we have Avocado Toast, and a Southern Succotash.


Located inside the Omni Hotel, come enjoy Nashville's best breakfast.

Top review
Brittnic
Dined 2 days ago
Trying new places for brunch with friends once a month, this was a great place to go, we will go again. Waitress Rasha was amazing, friendly- helpful and lots of fun to be arouond. 10/10
A photo of Puckett's Downtown Columbia restaurant
4.6
4.6 (415)
$30 and under
Southern
Columbia
About the restaurant
Founded in the fifties, people have been congregating at Puckett's for over half a century. We've updated a bit, added some recipes from our family and friends, and thrown in some great live music. But it's still Puckett's Grocery... nothing too fancy, but everything good. It's where the locals go for real food, real people and real fun.
Top review
BillW
Dined on 25 Feb 2024
Ordered brisket sandwich and pulled pork. The flavor was good but lukewarm as well as the sweet potato fries
A photo of Henley restaurant
4.5
4.5 (1154)
$30 and under
Southern
Music Row
About the restaurant
Rooted in the traditions of regional cooking, Henley celebrates quality products made by American hands. That starts with the hand selected bourbon and Tennessee whiskey barrels that populate our drink program and extends to our rich appreciation for the bounty available in the American South. The atmosphere evolves as you move through the space: bright and breezy on patio, hushed and moody in Snooker. As for the inner sanctum--Henley’s coveted Rabbit Hole--well, you’ll just have to experience that for yourself.

Top review
MaseWyndu83
Dined 2 days ago
Service is ALWAYS phenomenal, but it's DEFINITELY a busy space. I have not had a single food issue in three visits, only small issues with drinks.
A photo of Puckett's Murfreesboro restaurant
4.5
4.5 (668)
$30 and under
Southern
Murfreesboro
About the restaurant
The Puckett’s roots go way back to the 1950s, and a little grocery store in the village of Leiper’s Fork, Tenn. Ever since then, we’ve been focused on providing friends new and old with great food and Southern hospitality. When it comes down to it, Puckett’s is a community kitchen, with live pickin’ performances just a few feet from your table. Authentic comfort food—barbecue smoked slow ‘n’ low over cherry wood, the home-cooked sides, even a few upscale dishes—is what Puckett’s aims for you to remember! Our philosophy is simple: Real Food, Real People, Real Fun.
Top review
LP10
Dined 3 days ago
We enjoyed our meals and the server was very nice and attentive.
A photo of The Honeysuckle restaurant
4.2
4.2 (1976)
$31 to $50
Southern
Franklin
About the restaurant
We proudly present a local and social experience featuring new southern creations, dry-aged steaks, fresh oysters, custom made cocktails, whiskey and more.
Top review
AnthonyS
Dined 4 days ago
Our waitress, Riley, was outstanding. The food was pretty good but just a bit overpriced.
A photo of Commons Club Kitchen and Bar restaurant
4.4
4.4 (226)
$30 and under
Southern
Midtown
About the restaurant
Serving as the social epicenter of Virgin Hotels Nashville, Commons Club offers an interactive experience with three distinct spaces inviting locals and hotel guests alike to eat, drink and explore Music Row. The Kitchen boasts an open-style kitchen concept and dining room including an exclusive chef’s table. Guests can enjoy an elevated mix of small plates, craveable entrées and sides available for breakfast, lunch, brunch, and dinner. The Bar offers thoughtfully crafted cocktails, a curated wine selection and a menu of bites. Adjacent to the bar is The Shag Room, a swanky space with a southern twist that features wrap-around tiered seating and a fringe ceiling installation evoking an enjoyable setting for both travelers and locals.
Top review
Kelsie
Dined on 15 Feb 2024
The food was great and the staff was very kind and accommodating! We got there for our reservation an hour early to sit around and wait, but they were able to seat us early! We would definitely go back.
A photo of Nashville Underground restaurant
3.8
3.8 (640)
$30 and under
Southern
Downtown / Sobro
About the restaurant
Owned by brothers Joey and Gavin DeGraw, Nashville Underground was named a Top 20 Celebrity-Owned Restaurant by The Food Network, and we're just getting started...

Boasting the largest and only double-deck rooftop on Broadway, Nashville Underground delivers an intimate experience where you can Drink, Taste and Hear Nashville. Here, we celebrate the rich history of Music City combining all the elements that make Nashville so unique.

Come experience the best Nashville Hot Chicken in town, a Mimi's staple, and finish it off with a slice of homemade Pecan Pie. Choose from our many draft selections or relax with a classic cocktail. We'll be waitin' for ya!

Top review
KayV
Dined on 25 Feb 2024
We were there for my daughter's 21st birthday and it was a lot of fun. I did expect a birthday treat at the end but no luck. Drinks were pricy and lots of ice.
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