The Best New Restaurants and Bars of 2020

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Despite the challenges Music City faced in 2020, the restaurant scene still saw some notable newcomers. From healthy eateries to casual watering holes, here is Nashville Guru’s list of the best new Nashville restaurants and bars of 2020. Some of these hot spots have top-notch cuisine, while others offer an atmosphere suitable for your next night out. Put these on your list to try if you haven’t already!


THE BEST NEW RESTAURANTS AND BARS OF 2020

IN REVERSE CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER


Greenery Co.

  • Neighborhood: Hillsboro Village 
  • Reason to go: Healthy, fast-casual eatery serving fresh, delicious, and balanced foods
  • When it opened: December 2020

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Zeppelin

  • Neighborhood: Downtown
  • Reason to go: Rooftop restaurant and bar with pitch-perfect cocktails and shareable plates
  • When it opened: November 2020

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Cheese Gal

  • Neighborhood: Downtown
  • Reason to go: A curated cheese and charcuterie concept created by Cortney LaCorte
  • When it opened: November 2020

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Locust

  • Neighborhood: 12 South 
  • Reason to go: An easygoing hangout that serves Japanese-inspired cuisine like shaved ice, hand-cut noodles, and dumplings
  • When it opened: October 2020

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Sid Gold’s Request Room

  • Neighborhood: East Nashville
  • Reason to go: A vibrant atmosphere with live piano music or karaoke
  • When it opened: October 2020

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Jasper’s

  • Neighborhood: West End
  • Reason to go: A local eatery with a market (The Market at Jasper’s) featuring grab-n-go prepared foods, local Nashville goods, and fresh pastries
  • When it opened: October 2020

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Hawkers Nashville

  • Neighborhood: East Nashville
  • Reason to go: Authentic Asian cuisine served in a vibrant atmosphere with shareable plates $11 or less
  • When it opened: October 2020

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The Continental

  • Neighborhood: Downtown
  • Reason to go: A modern hotel restaurant from Chef Sean Brock
  • When it opened: October 2020

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Sonny’s Patio Pub & Refuge

  • Neighborhood: Germantown 
  • Reason to go: Neighborhood hangout with good mood food and power packed drinks
  • When it opened: September 2020

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Otto’s Bar

  • Neighborhood: The Nations
  • Reason to go: A casual place for drinks situated in a renovated auto repair shop
  • When it opened: September 2020

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Yolan Nashville

  • Neighborhood: SoBro
  • Reason to go: Fine authentic Italian cuisine from Michelin-starred chef Tony Mantuano
  • When it opened: August 2020

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Radish Kitchen

  • Neighborhood: Sylvan Park
  • Reason to go: Health-focused salads, bowls, and wraps
  • When it opened: August 2020

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East Side Banh Mi

  • Neighborhood: East Nashville
  • Reason to go: Fast-causal Vietnamese-style bánh mì sandwiches, salads, and bowls
  • When it opened: August 2020

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The Pool Club

  • Neighborhood: Midtown
  • Reason to go: Views, day passes and cabana rentals, fun atmosphere
  • When it opened: July 2020

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White Limozeen

  • Neighborhood: West End 
  • Reason to go: Rooftop views, Instagram-worthy photos, creative cocktails, and French-inspired cuisine like mussels steamed in Nashville hot butter
  • When it opened: July 2020

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The Goat SoBro

  • Neighborhood: SoBro
  • Reason to go: Lively social space featuring a community-styled menu and curated cocktails
  • When it opened: July 2020

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Pie Town Tacos

Pie Town Tacos
  • Neighborhood: SoBro
  • Reason to go: Casual Mexican cuisine specializing in street style tacos and simple, delicious snacks
  • When it opened: July 2020

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Hearts Nashville

  • Neighborhood: East Nashville
  • Reason to go: All-day Australian-inspired cafe serving breakfast and brunch
  • When it opened: July 2020

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Third and Home

  • Neighborhood: Germantown
  • Reason to go: Elevated game-watching food in collaboration with Centerplate, First Horizon Park’s catering partner, plus perfect views of the ballpark
  • When it opened: June 2020

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The Optimist

  • Neighborhood: Germantown
  • Reason to go: A sophisticated environment and seafood from acclaimed restaurateur Ford Fry and chef Ryder Zetts
  • When it opened: June 2020

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Ruby Sunshine

  • Neighborhood: Hillsboro Village
  • Reason to go: Breakfast and brunch any time of day
  • When it opened: June 2020

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Ladybird Taco

  • Neighborhood: 12 South
  • Reason to go: Fast-casual breakfast & lunch taco restaurant currently open for carryout only
  • When it opened: June 2020

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PennePazze

  • Neighborhood: The Nations
  • Reason to go: Farm-to-table cuisine in an open Italian kitchen concept
  • When it opened: April 2020

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Midnight Oil

  • Neighborhood: The Nations
  • Reason to go: New York style-pizza and ice cold frosé
  • When it opened: March 2020

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