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The 5 Best Restaurants Near Nashville’s Music City Center

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Music City CenterNashville’s Music City Center opened in May and quickly became everything Nashvillians hoped it could be. Not only does the center function as a great destination for huge events, business meetings, conferences and more, but it also boasts an incredible location in the heart of all things Music City, including an impressive array of restaurants where visitors to the center can find out what all the fuss over Nashville’s food culture is really about. Visiting Music City should have a few basic elements before you make plans for dinner, though: For starters, it’s important to book car service for any special night out. You won’t have to worry with navigating or parking and you can enjoy the sights with fewer demands on your attention.

After you have your car booked, the next step is to find the best restaurants near the center. If you don’t know what the area around the Center, here’s a list of our favorite restaurants to help get your started.

The Southern

Conveniently located at 3rd Avenue South, the Southern offers the kind of restaurant experience that can bring people back time and time again. Its full name is the Southern Steak and Oyster, and believe us, the restaurant does both to perfection. Guests will also get to experience the unique history surrounding the 100+ year old restaurant and have several menus to choose from, including brunch, lunch, dinner, and happy hour. If you have specific dietary needs, you can feel free to let your waiter know; the kitchen is renowned for being more-than-accommodating to people with special dietary concerns.

City House

The City House is located on 4th Avenue North, making it the perfect destination for Music City Center visitors who want a unique Italian/American cuisine experience without having to sacrifice the lure of the city. The menu features pizzas, pastas, and traditional fish and meat dishes. The drink list is massive; with a range of wines or cocktails to suit your needs.

Capitol Grille at the Hermitage Hotel

If fine-dining at a historic hotel is on your mind, the Capitol Grille is the place for you. Having recently celebrated 100 years as a Nashville mainstay, the Hermitage Hotel continues to delight its patrons with the type of food and service that make its Capitol Grille an absolute must for people looking to dine well near the Music City Center. The menu consists of traditional dishes that vary according to the season since chef Tyler Brown only uses locally grown and seasonal ingredients to create his dishes.


Located in Nashville’s burgeoning 12th Avenue South, the Watermark is a beautiful restaurant that takes advantage of some of Music City’s fashionable new culture. The menu consists of mouth-watering specialty dishes like pan-seared South Carolina wreckfish and sautéed venison. Hickory grilled lamb tenderloin on leeks with yellow tomatoes and Prime Angus ribeye with Portobello mushrooms also make appearances on the menu.

Kayne Prime Steakhouse

A fusion of chic, modern styling and the perfect all-American steakhouse, Kayne Prime is the perfect upscale location for those who value atmosphere and great service but also just really want an incredible steak. The menu features incredible bone-in tenderloin and ribeye, skirt steak, and a variety of filet mignons.

Nashville is known for a lot of things, including music, culture, and great neighborhoods. Another thing it’s quickly becoming well known for is the variety of amazing local restaurants, which are winning lots of recognition on a ton of “Best Of” lists around the country. The restaurants around the Music City Center are just a small sampling of what Nashville’s culinary world has to offer, but it’s definitely enough to get you started next time you’re in town.




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Posted on Aug 07 2013

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