The Best Places to Eat in Nashville & Franklin

In this Nashville & Franklin dining guide, you will  find a wide range of sure-to-be favorites, ranging from cozy and reliable classics to the chicest new hot spots. Bon appetit, and don’t forget to tell them The Scout Guide sent you!

Locust (2305 12th Avenue South, Nashville). Order everything. This restaurant was named Food & Wine’s 2022 Restaurant of the Year. Plan accordingly, reservations go quick. Instagram

Audrey (809 Meridian Street, Nashville). In the heart of East Nashville, Chef Sean Brock’s flagship restaurant is inspired by his Appalachian roots. Don’t miss out on having a drink at the bar upstairs. Instagram

Once Upon a Time in France (102 Gallatin Avenue, Nashville). A cozy and unique French bistro in the middle of East Nashville. Enjoy delicious French wine and don’t forget to order the French onion soup. Instagram

Bourbon Steak (201 8th Avenue South, 34th Floor of the JW Marriott, Nashville). You can’t beat the view of Downtown Nashville or the trio of fries. Instagram

City House (1222 4th Avenue North, Nashville). Order the Belly Ham pizza with a runny egg at this buzzing, Italian spot. Instagram

Rolf & Daughters (700 Taylor Street, Nashville). The best pasta you will ever have. The perfect spot for a date night or dinner with friends. Instagram

Sam’s Place Belle Meade (6051 TN-100, Nashville). A great spot to grab an after work drink or to take the kids for a quick, delicious dinner. Plenty of TV’s to watch all of your favorite teams. Instagram

360 Bistro (6000 TN-100, Nashville). A contemporary, romantic spot with one of the most extensive wine selections in the city. Be sure to order the ahi tuna tartare. Instagram

Martin’s Bar-B-Que Joint (410 4th Avenue South, Nashville; multiple locations). Mouthwatering BBQ available at several different locations around town. Always order a side of the Alabama White Sauce. Instagram

Dino’s Bar (411 Gallatin Avenue, Nashville). East Nashville’s oldest dive bar. One of the best cheeseburgers in the city. Instagram

Santo (3998 Hillsboro Pike, Nashville). A modern Mediterranean bistro located in Green Hills. A lovely spot for a date night or girls dinner. Instagram

International Market (2013 Belmont Boulevard, Nashville). Order the Hatyai Fried Chicken and thank us later. Instagram

Bobby’s Dairy Dip (5301 Charlotte Avenue, Nashville). A nostalgic ice cream parlor that has been serving Nashville since 1951. The best vanilla shake you will ever have. Instagram

Prince’s Hot Chicken (5814 Nolensville Pike, Nashville; Assembly Food Hall). The ORIGINAL Hot Chicken. Instagram

Red Pony (408 Main Street, Franklin). Southern classic dishes from chef/owner Jason McConnell with a unique twist and a wonderful ambiance. Instagram

55 South (403 Main Street, Franklin). Standout dishes from Memphis down to New Orleans. Another favorite restaurant from Jason McConnell. Instagram

1892 (4150 Old Hillsboro Road, Franklin). A soul-filled restaurant in the heart of Leiper’s Fork. Reservations are recommended. Instagram

Country Boy (4141 Old Hillsboro Road, Franklin). Located in the middle of historic Leiper’s Fork, Country Boy serves mouthwatering comfort food for breakfast and lunch, seven days a week. Instagram

Pelato (1300 3rd Ave North, Nashville). Brooklyn Italian joint located in the Historic Germantown neighborhood. Instagram

Cafe 100 (8128 TN-100, Nashville). Your favorite local spot for a special anniversary or date night. Located in the heart of Bellevue. The coziest atmosphere and friendliest staff. Instagram

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