The equally loved and hated holiday is right around the corner. Valentine’s Day falls on Wednesday, February 14, 2018, so many people will also celebrate the weekend before — Friday, February 9th and Saturday, February 10th. There are so many delicious restaurants in Nashville that are perfect for Valentine’s Day dinner. Here are Nashville Guru’s top thirty picks.
30 RESTAURANT IDEAS FOR VALENTINE’S DAY IN NASHVILLE
Moto is a gorgeous Italian restaurant in the Gulch. With authentic Italian cuisine, you’ll be overwhelmed with how great the food is. If you need a recommendation, the Blueberry Lasagna is divine! With 250 labels and a rotating selection of 30 wines by the glass, you know vino is a priority at this spot. Make a reservation online or call: (615) 736-5305
Etc. is a sophisticated restaurant in Green Hills featuring globally-driven dishes from chef and restauranteur Deb Paquette. This restaurant will leave you inspired and satiated. Make a reservation online or call: (615) 988-0332
Barcelona Wine Bar
Barcelona Wine Bar in Edgehill Village is newer to the restaurant scene and is definitely a go-to date night spot. The menu focuses on charcuterie, cheese and tapas-style plates. Oh, and we can’t forget the wine list featuring hundreds of options. Call for reservations: (615) 327-0600
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Sinema is situated where the historic 1940’s Melrose theater used to be, and the owners kept the cinema atmosphere intact. Screens and televisions play classic movies, the decor is warm and the ambiance is spot-on.
Many people don’t realize Bastion, a popular watering hole, also has a high-end, 24-seat restaurant. The menu focuses on seasonal, continually changing cuisine with an emphasis on sharing. Make a reservation online.
Sambuca is one of the most romantic restaurants in Nashville. With the dark red and purple decor, dim lighting and awesome live music, this is a popular place for couples. View the Valentine’s Day specials.
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The Southern, located in SoBro, is always a great come-as-you-are spot for dinner, especially if you don’t get downtown very often. Parking is available in the Pinnacle building, and they’ll validate your parking ticket. They also have free valet, which is an even better option. Make a reservation online or call: (615) 724-1762
Henrietta Red in Germantown is a charming restaurant for Valentine’s Day. Oysters are the menu standout item at this hot spot. The beverage program has an emphasis on wine, although specialty cocktails and beer are also available. Make reservations online or call: (615) 490-8042
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Husk is definitely going to fill up quickly for Valentine’s Day. The incredible food is the highlight of this place, although excellent service is nipping at its heels. Husk is a popular date spot year-round, so you won’t be disappointed. Make a reservation online or call: (615) 256-6565
As soon as you step through the doors of Virago in the Gulch, you’ll feel like you just teleported to a hotspot in L.A. If you love sushi and want a high-energy “in the city” feel, this is your place. Make a reservation online or call: (615) 254-1902
Rolf & Daughters
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Rolf & Daughters in Germantown has been the talk of the town since opening its doors in late 2012. The buzz continues because of their original menu and use of quality ingredients. Oh, and the hip, intimate atmosphere makes it pretty great, too. Make reservations online or call: (615) 866-9897
Fin & Pearl
If you want Southern-accented seafood and a welcoming atmosphere, consider Fin & Pearl in the Gulch. Get the Staycation cocktail and enjoy your night out in Nashville. You can make reservations online or call (615) 577-6688.
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Le Sel is an adorable French-inspired restaurant in Midtown. Chef Brian Lea spearheads the menu, which offers seasonally-inspired dishes and a thirst-quenching beverage program. Make a reservation online or call (615) 490-8550.
The 404 Kitchen
The 404 Kitchen has made a name for itself in Nashville as a culinary destination. Executive Chef Matt Bolus’ innovative dishes leave diners striving to return as soon as possible. The restaurant recently moved to a much larger space in the Gulch that can accommodate far more guests than before. Make your reservation online or call: (615) 251-1404
Lockeland Table in East Nashville is, in one word, impressive. This is a foodie’s restaurant with its one-of-a-kind, chef-driven dishes. Don’t expect a white tablecloth, but do anticipate a tremendous meal. See menu. Call for reservations: (615) 228-4864
Oak Steahouse opened summer 2017 and has received rave reviews from locals and tourist alike. If you enjoy a beautiful atmosphere and fresh ingredients, this is the perfect spot for you. Make reservations online or call: (615) 902-3111
Rumours Wine Bar
Rumours Wine Bar in East Nashville is an amazing spot for a romantic dinner on Valentine’s Day. Wine is the perfect accompaniment to a romantic dinner, hence, the appropriateness of a wine bar. This restaurant delivers wonderful meals, service and ambiance. Call for reservations: (615) 262-5346 or make them online.
An incognito sign on a side street in Germantown marks one of Nashville’s best restaurants. City House is tucked away, but its impeccable dining experience is well-known. For a guaranteed divine meal and overall experience, head to City House on Valentine’s Day. Call for reservations: 615.736.5838 or make them online.
5th & Taylor
5th & Taylor has become one of the most popular dinner restaurants in Nashville. Candles provide most of the light in this establishment, providing an unmatched ambiance at night. The menu is delectable, too! Make reservations online or call: (615) 242-4747
Kayne Prime in the Gulch is one of the most frequented steakhouses in Nashville. With a sleek atmosphere and top-of-the-line culinary execution, you will definitely love this place. Make a reservation online or call: (615) 259-0050
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Etch has become one of the most talked about restaurants in Downtown Nashville since it opened. Etch has a classy ambiance and incredible food, which makes it a perfect option for your Valentine’s Day dinner. Make reservations online or call: (615) 522-0685
The Mockingbird is one of the latest concepts from Chef Maneet Chauhan and will not disappoint on V-Day. The modern diner combines global comfort food with a whimsical atmosphere. The Punchin’ Bag cocktail is a must-try. Make reservations online or call: (615) 741-9900
Margot is one of East Nashville’s gems. Known for their menu that changes every day, it’s no wonder people return so often. The originality and consistent high level of service are also major perks of dining at Margot. Call for a reservation: (615) 227-4668
Hemingway’s Bar & Hideaway
Hemingway’s Bar & Hideaway is located in the Wedgewood-Houston area, and is an Ernest Hemingway-inspired bar and restaurant. Popular menu items include the Korean fried chicken and chopped kale salad. Make reservations online or call: (615) 915-1715
Makeready Libations & Liberation
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Makeready is a brand new restaurant in the Noelle Nashville hotel. With the motto “work like a dog, drink like a fish,” you know it’s going to be a good time. This is the place to go if you want to impress your date with being in the know! Make reservations online or call: (615) 610-7835
Butcher & Bee
For a less fancy option, Butcher & Bee in East Nashville will not disappoint. This is a good option if your date considers themselves a foodie. Plus, the Mezze menu allows you to try a lot of different dishes together. Make your reservation online or call: (615) 226-3322
Henley is the fresh fine dining restaurant in Midtown. The name “Henley” is inspired by the iconic shirt made popular in the early 1900s, which was a symbol of rebellion against the rigid clothing of the era. Hints of this inspiration are present in each aspect of Henley, including the design, décor, menu, service and staff. Make reservations online or call: (615) 340-6378
Josephine is a neighborhood standout located in 12 South. The atmosphere and menu are perfect for two. Be sure to order dessert from the rotating “Sweets” menu. Make a reservation online or call: (615) 292-7766
Tempered Cafe & Chocolate
Tempered Cafe & Chocolate has an delightful menu of wine, cheese, and truffle pairings. You could hit this spot before or after a full-fledged dinner, or just keep it simple and spend your Valentine’s Day enjoying wine, cheese, chocolates and conversation. They also have truffles by the box, if you need a gift. Tempered is first-come, first-served.
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