The Best New Restaurants and Bars of 2022 (So Far)

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Kick off summer by drinking and dining at one of these new spots that opened during the first half of 2022! Some serve chef-driven cuisine, while others offer a lively atmosphere for your next night out. From elevated steakhouses to casual watering holes, here is Nashville Guru’s list of the best new Nashville restaurants and bars of 2022 (so far). 

Nashville’s BEST NEW RESTAURANTS AND BARS OF 2022

IN REVERSE CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER


Emmy Squared (East Nashville)

  • Neighborhood: East Nashville 
  • Reason to go: Detroit-style pizza, burgers, and salads
  • When it opened: June 2022

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The Rutledge

  • Neighborhood: Downtown 
  • Reason to go: Modern American grille with an upscale vibe (located on the ground floor of the Four Seasons Nashville)
  • When it opened: June 2022

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TailGate Brewery (Germantown)

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  • Neighborhood: Germantown 
  • Reason to go: Local brewery serving craft beer and pizza
  • When it opened: June 2022

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Halls Chophouse

  • NeighborhoodWest End
  • Reason to go: Fine dining eatery serving prime steaks and fresh seafood specialties
  • When it opened: June 2022

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Layer Cake

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  • Neighborhood: Downtown 
  • Reason to go: Multi-level and multi-faceted concept, including a rooftop, dining room, ground floor, and lounge
  • When it opened: May 2022 (Ground Floor and The Cherry Lounge opening soon)

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Dicey’s Tavern

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  • Neighborhood: Wedgewood-Houston 
  • Reason to go: Pizzeria and tavern serving pizza, sandwiches, and salads
  • When it opened: April 2022

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Blue Sushi Sake Grill

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Overlord

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  • Neighborhood: East Nashville 
  • Reason to go: European-style bar with live Jazz music every Wednesday
  • When it opened: March 2022

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The Pink Hermit Cafe

  • Neighborhood: Downtown 
  • Reason to go: All-day café serving locally-roasted coffee, in-house baked pastries, craft cocktails, artisanal wines, and small plates
  • When it opened: March 2022

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The Nashville Sundae Club

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  • Neighborhood: Gulch 
  • Reason to go: Ice cream shop serving sundaes, decadent milkshakes, ice cream sandwiches, dessert cocktails, pastries, and breakfast
  • When it opened: March 2022

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Boqueria

  • Neighborhood: Downtown | Fifth + Broadway 
  • Reason to go: Barcelona-style tapas bar serving Spanish classics and market-driven seasonal specials
  • When it opened: February 2022

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Le Loup

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  • Neighborhood: Germantown 
  • Reason to go: Cocktail bar serving creative cocktails and oysters
  • When it opened: January 2022

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Velvet Taco (Midtown)

  • Neighborhood: Midtown 
  • Reason to go: Funky taco spot serving classic and unique cuisine
  • When it opened: January 2022

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The Electric Jane


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  • Neighborhood: Gulch
  • Reason to go: Elevated bar fare, drinks, and live entertainment
  • When it opened: January 2022

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Plane Jane

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  • Neighborhood: East Nashville 
  • Reason to go: Bar and lounge offering a daily happy hour
  • When it opened: January 2022

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Keep these other new spots on your radar!

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