Where Locals Eat in Nashville

What’s better than good music? Good food. And when the two come together, it’s a match made in heaven. 

Luckily, for us at Von Elrod’s, this heavenly place exists right in our own backyard. 

Yep, that’s Nashville.

From food trucks to fine dining and international flavors to Southern classics, there’s no shortage of delicious eats in the Music City and there’s really something for everyone. With so many places to try, just for the food alone, it’s worth coming here. That’s how good it is!

In the last decade, Nashville has earned itself a spot on the national culinary map. Rightly so since things are really cooking here and won’t be stopping any time soon. 

We’ve rounded up a list of the 9 best places to eat in Nashville according to locals. It was hard to make this list without getting hungry, but we knew we had to do it for our city (and for you!)

9 Best Nashville Restaurants Recommended By Locals

Von Elrod’s

A spacious beer garden and restaurant in a contemporary industrial setting. We offer freshly ground burgers and sausages, classic Southern fare, brunch with a live bluegrass band every weekend, and drool-worthy BBQ.


Innovative South Asian cuisine meets an American dinner party. Tailor offers set seasonal menus inspired by Indian flavors, a guided explanation with each meal, and limited seatings per week. 

East Side Banh Mi

A family-run authentic Vietnamese sandwich shop. These must be the freshest, most mouthwatering banh mi’s on this side of the world. Featuring family recipes and locally-sourced veggies piled high on freshly-made bread, you’ll feel like you’ve ordered right from a street food vendor in Vietnam


Modern American cuisine in a sleek, intimate space. Josephine’s fusion of Pennsylvania Dutch and Southern hospitality perfectly combines to create elevated brunch favorites, updated classics, and a wine list that’s just to die for.

Mitchell’s Deli

Artisanal, full-service delicatessen in East Nashville. With hearty sandwiches, daily soups, a self-service salad bar, and a full breakfast buffet prepared using the freshest ingredients sourced from local farms and producers, this isn’t your average deli.  

Mas Tacos

Authentic Mexican street food in Nashville. The menu is limited, but the love and care they put into each dish are not. Order at the window outside and don’t worry if there’s a line – it moves fast (but not as fast as you’ll devour your meal!) 

Redheaded Stranger

Southwestern-inspired eats in a lively atmosphere. Aside from their delicious Tex-Mex dishes served with housemade flour tortillas, this neighborhood taco shop also offers juicy burgers, tender brisket, and tasty tater tots.

Smiling Elephant

Classic Thai cuisine in a cozy, casual setting. Prepared daily with fresh veggies, creamy coconut milk, and no dairy, the star here is their curry of the day. They’re definitely doing something right, they’ve been voted best Thai restaurant in Nashville for 4 years in a row.


South Indian cuisine with a Nashville touch. This eatery welcomes you with live music, friendly service, and South Indian specialties like dosas large enough for 2, savory idlis, and, of course, delectable chutneys.

Convinced yet to come and visit? Book your table with us and see what Nashville has to offer.


We’ll be waiting for you!