East Nashville has a good mix of charming established restaurants like James Beard semi-finalist Margot, and beautiful, modern new restaurants like Café Roze. Whether you’re looking for a culinary fine dining experience or a casual, comfortable spot with a great patio, East Nashville has it all. With so many great places both new and old to try, where do you start? We’ve narrowed down the list for you of spots to try this spring.
What could be better than dinner and cocktails in the trees? Both a beautiful culinary dining experience and a really unique atmosphere, The Treehouse is one of East Nashville’s hidden gems. The restaurant’s seasonal rotating menu features a variety of small plates and main courses — perfect for sharing. The cocktail and dessert menus also don’t disappoint. Be sure to make an online reservation for the outdoor patio to enjoy the full “treehouse” experience.
One of East Nashville’s most talked about new restaurants, Peninsula combines delicious International cuisine with stunning, simplistic interiors. Peninsula’s unique Spanish and Portuguese fare and extensive cocktail menus are unlike any other in Nashville. The 35-seat unassuming restaurant with floor-to-ceiling windows is both comfortable yet still has an upscale vibe.
For more than 10 years, Margot has been a staple on the East Side and has helped transform the Five Points neighborhood. But Margot isn’t slowing down. Recently, Chef Margot McCormack was named a James Beard semifinalist for 2018. This cozy, local hangout makes you feel like you’re having a gourmet meal at your best friend’s house. Their screened-in porch is also perfect for the springtime months.
When you walk in the doors of this modern space with clean lines and ample natural light, you feel like you’ve stepped into an upscale café in New York City. This all-day cafes serves both wine, spirits, coffee, salads, breakfast, sandwiches, and small plates.
This 5,000 square foot indoor/outdoor neighborhood cocktail bar features amazing specialty drinks and small plates. Warm lighting and rustic elements make this space perfectly cozy for a date or girls’ night out. With its roll up garage doors, this spot is the perfect hangout for Nashville’s warmer months.
Although this restaurant opened in East Nashville more than 2 years ago, the buzz around it has yet to die down. Best known for its delicious locally sourced fare, Butcher & Bee has an amazing seasonal menu that changes regularly. Its popularity extends beyond its delicious entrees. Its welcoming vibe and warm ambiance keep customers coming back. Butcher & Bee also has a few small outdoor tables — perfect for a quick lunch or after-work cocktail.
The closest you’ll get to feeling like you’re on a patio somewhere in sunny Southern Florida within Nashville city limits is at Rudie’s Seafood and Sausage. Rudie’s airy back patio is the perfect place to spend Sunday Funday brunch or a weeknight dinner with friends. This friendly neighborhood joint features fresh seafood dishes, oysters, and locally-sourced sausage. Yum!
It’s safe to say that East Nashville’s ever-growing restaurant scene won’t be slowing down any time soon, and this spring is the perfect time to explore these neighborhood favorites. Which is your favorite?
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