Psst... We're working on the next generation of Chowhound! View >
HOME > Chowhound > Kentucky & Tennessee >
Jul 27, 2010 03:32 PM

Dinner Recommendations in Downtown Nashville

I'm from LA and I'm visiting Nashville for one night with my fiancee, but we don't know where to have dinner! I need some recommendations!
We're staying in downtown near West End Ave and 10th St and we're open to any type of cuisine - though it would be nice to eat something that I couldn't easily get in LA. Within walking distance of my location would be ideal (or a short taxi ride). Price: less than $65/per person (includes a drink or two and tax/tip). But we're totally open to eating at a super-cheap hole in the wall type place if it's tasty!

  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
  1. The Standard at the Smith House is one of Nashville's finest restaurants and serves menu items you won't get in LA. It's 2 blocks from your hotel. Get the Shrimp and Crayfish Etouffee and Lump Crab Bisque. It's located in an 1840's house. The atmosphere is outstanding. You may want BBQ. If so Jack's is right up the street on. Capital Grill in the Hermitasge Hotel is another great Fine Dining choice just a few blocks from your hotel. It's my favorite but I think you will like The Standard also.

    I almost forgot about Merchants. It's a great fine dining restaurant open for lunch or dinner a few blocks from your hotel. If you would rather have something more casual Broadway Brewhouse would be your answer and it's 5 blocks E of your hotel. If it's fine dining I would go to The Capital Grill. If you want good bar food and cold beer then it's Broadway Brewhouse. They will serve you something you can't get in LA. Burrito's, Taco's, Quesadilla's, Gumbo, Pizza and fresh fried catfish. Good luck.

    The Standard @ The Smith House @ 167 Rosa L. Parks Blvd. (8th ave. North), Nashville, TN 615 - 254 - 1277.
    Jack's BBQ @ 416 Broadway, Nashville, TN 615 - 254 - 1020.
    Capital Grille @ 231 6th Avenue North, Nashville, TN 615 - 345 - 7116.
    Merchant's Restaurant @ 401 Broadway, Nashville, TN 615 - 254 - 1892.
    Broadway Brewhouse @ 7108 Charlotte Pike, Nashville, TN 615 - 356 - 5005.

    3 Replies
    1. re: Littleman

      I agree about The Standard and Jack's. The Merchants is under new ownership and has been shut down in preparation for a complete overhaul and reopening soon. I have not seen the new menu, don't know that it's been publicized. Capital Grille is fine, check the online menu to make sure it fits your budget. I think Broadway Brewhouse is ok but nothing special, especially given all the other choices.

      I'd also recommend Watermark -- not walking distance, you'd need a cab, but it's a short ride or you may even be able to take advantage of the free downtown loop shuttle.

      Other options, also a short cab hop away, would be Monell's (family-style, no alcohol), Germantown Cafe, or Mad Platter. Slightly longer, but still reasonable, cab rides would be to Cabana, Firefly, Park Cafe.

      P.S. The cross street at 10th is not West End but Broadway. I know Google Maps say's it's West End at that point, but it's still Broadway. West End starts at 16th, where Broadway forks off to the left.

      1. re: TLF

        Thanks for the tip on Merchants. I did not know about 10th at West End either. Thanks again. Good luck.

        1. re: Littleman

          I think you are staying at or near the Union Station Hotel. I just had dinner at Prime 108 (had a groupon!), and it was pretty tasty. I had the lamb and the SO had the chicken, and both were well-cooked, well-seasoned, and good sized portions! The sweet corn risotto was soooo good.

          I would also suggest following the Groupon for Nashville, we've gotten really great deals for The Acorn, The Mad Hatter, Prime 108, Rumba, etc, which are great restaurants but a little bit higher priced than we'd personally like without a discount, but have been absolutely fabulous.

    2. I would recommend Capitol Grille or Watermark. Both are upscale, but not outrageously expensive, especially by LA standards. More importantly, both are outstanding.

      But if you really want to get a taste of Nashville, eat lunch at Arnold's on 8th Avenue South.

      1 Reply
      1. re: jamiecarroll

        Lots of fine choices have already been mentioned.

        I'll second the recs for:

        The Acorn

        and my personal favorite City House, just north of downtown in the Germantown area.

        btw, Merchants was purchased by the Goldberg brothers (Patterson House) also a fine choice for really creative cocktails and small bites.

        City House
        1222 4th Avenue North, Nashville, TN 37208

      2. Thanks for all the recommendations!
        Just so I have a couple more options in my back pocket....what restaurants would you recommend that are no higher than the $25-$30 per person price range? Just in case my SO doesn't want to do the fine dining thing tonight.

        5 Replies
        1. re: fatassasian

          You could probably get away with that price range if you stick with 1-2 drinks at the below places:

          J Alexander's
          Suzy Wong’s House of Yum

          I really love Broadway Brewhouse, especially if you're a fan of beer. You can get a fairly fresh grouper/mahi mahi sandwich and a side for under $10.

            1. re: Littleman

              Thanks to everyone for their recommendations.
              I ended up going to Jack's for some bbq. Overall, it was really good and I'm very happy I went.
              I started out with a plate of ribs. They were awesome. Moist and meaty. When coupled with the Kansas City sauce and the 911 hot sauce, they were excellent. Definitely can't get ribs like that very easily in LA.
              I was so satisfied with my ribs that I went back to get a brisket sandwich and a sausage sandwich. The brisket sandwich was really nice. Cooked to proper done-ness and the texture was good. The sausage was impressive because it had a really thin, soft casing. The buns were a perfect match. Soft and chewy.
              I would highly recommend this spot to anyone coming from a place that doesn't readily have good bbq. While this place probably doesn't have the best (or most highly respected) bbq in the sure did a heck of a job pleasing this guy.

              1. re: fatassasian

                Good call on Jack's.

                Despite being in a touristy location, it's actually one of the best (and one of the most highly respected) BBQ places in town. Definitely in the top 3.

                In Nashville, even tourists have easy access to great food! :)

                Happy you enjoyed your ribs, brisket and sausage.

                Y'all come back and see us sometime! :)

                1. re: fatassasian

                  What's funny is that brisket and sausage would not be typical "barbecue" items for most Southerners. In the South, authentic BBQ means pig, specifically pork shoulder and ribs. Beef BBQ is more of a Texas thing. A lot of BBQ places like Jack's include other cuts/animals and do them well, but to this native Georgian and Tennessee resident, pulled pork shoulder is what I think of when I think of BBQ. So next time, try some of the pulled pork!