The equally loved and hated holiday is right around the corner. Valentine’s Day falls on Thursday, February 14, 2019, so many people will also celebrate over the weekend. There are so many delicious restaurants in Nashville that are perfect for Valentine’s Day dinner. Here are Nashville Guru’s top 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.
Valentine’s Day 2019 details: Four-course prix fixe menu for $80 per person plus optional wine pairings for $30 per person
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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. Make a reservation online or call: (615) 942-7746.
Valentine’s Day 2019 details: Five-course prix fixe menu for $90 per person plus optional wine pairings for $40 per person; add-on romance packages also available; The Lounge at Sinema will host a Stupid Cupid Mixer from 8:00pm to close.
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.
Valentine’s Day 2019 details: Seven-course prix fixe menu for $90 per person
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Sambuca is one of the most romantic restaurants in Nashville. With the dark decor, dim lighting, and awesome live music, this is a popular place for couples. Make a reservation online or call: (615) 248-2888.
Valentine’s Day 2019 details: Three-course prix fixe menu for $55 per person; premium menu available for $80 per person
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 a reservation online or call: (615) 251-1404
Valentine’s Day 2019 details: four-course prix fixe menu for $85 per person; set menu items are also available a la carte
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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.
Valentine’s Day 2019 details: Four-course prix fixe menu for $90 per person plus optional wine pairings for $40 per person
Geist’s charming interior is not only historic, but also romantic. Enjoy dinner and cocktails in this blacksmith shop built in 1886 in Germantown. Make reservations online or call: (615) 920-5440.
Valentine’s Day 2019 details: Three-course prix fixe menu with amuse-bouche for $50 per person; a specialty cocktail menu will also be available
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For spectacular views, Bourbon Steak at the top of the JW Marriott downtown won’t disappoint. This new modern American steakhouse offers a top-notch dining experience for a romantic evening.
Valentine’s Day 2019 details: Prix fixe menu selections for $140 per person and an optional wine pairing for $45 per person (tax and gratuity not included)
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.
Valentine’s Day 2019 details: Regular menu available in addition to a la carte specials
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.
Valentine’s Day 2019 details: Full menu available a la carte or choose a four-course prix fixe menu for $65 per person (available February 14-16, 2019)
The Southern Steak & Oyster
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The Southern Steak & Oyster, 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.
Valentine’s Day 2019 details: Three-course prix fixe menu for $72 per person
L27 Rooftop Lounge
Valentine’s Day 2019 details: Couple’s tasting menu for $40, half-priced select bottles of wine, live music by Jaclyn Monroe, vinyl experience by DJ Alanna Royale, and a specialty Valentine’s Day cocktail
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.
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.
White tablecloths, piano music, and tasty cuisine are just a few of the things to expect at Char in Green Hills. This restaurant from 4-Top Hospitality opened in September 2018, and has received rave reviews since. Make a reservation online or call: (615) 891-7181.
Valentine’s Day 2019 details: Regular menu plus specials including Lobster Thermidor, grilled octopus, and two-pound Porterhouse for two
Nicky’s Coal Fired
Nicky’s textured brick walls, plate-glass steel windows, and raw beams provide a rustic, romantic atmosphere. Their custom-made, four-ton coal fired oven (named “Enrico”) will ensure a meal worth talking about. Make a reservation online or call: (615) 678-4289.
Valentine’s Day 2019 details: Four-course tasting menu for $60 per person
Gray & Dudley
Gray & Dudley at 21c Museum Hotel combines inventive cuisine with an art-filled atmosphere. Get a cocktail and browse the gallery before or after dinner. You can make reservations online or call (615) 610-6460.
Valentine’s Day 2019 details: Three-course prix fixe menu for $65 per person plus an optional wine pairing for $24 per person; the prix fixe menu items area also available a la carte at the bar for walk-ins
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. Call for reservations: (615) 228-4864.
Barcelona Wine Bar
Barcelona Wine Bar in Edgehill Village 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. Make a reservation online or call: (615) 327-0600.
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.
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. Make reservations online or call: (615) 736-5838.
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.
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. Make a reservation online or call: (615) 227-4668.
Spend Valentine’s Day enjoying Saltine’s seafood-centric menu, including a modern oyster bar. Even though you’re landlocked in Music City, Saltine’s interior will make you feel like you’re at a seaside eatery. Make a reservation online or call: (615) 327-4410.
Valentine’s Day 2019 details: Regular menu plus specials including alfresco lobster ravioli, 40-ounce Porterhouse for two, oysters on the half shell with champagne mignonette, red velvet cake for two, and speciality cocktails like Strawberry 75 and The Clover Club
Makeready Libations & Liberation
Makeready L&L is the restaurant located within Noelle, a trendy 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! Be sure to check out the other areas of the hotel, including Hidden Bar and the library in The Trade Room. Make reservations online or call: (615) 610-7835.
Valentine’s Day 2019 details: Four-course prix fixe dinner paired with craft beers for $65 per person plus tax and gratuity; complimentary valet parking is included; available February 14-16, 2019, from 5:00pm to 10:00pm each night
Earnest Bar & Hideaway
Earnest 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.
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.
Valentine’s Day 2019 details: Only available on Valentine’s Eve, February 13, 2019: In addition to the regular menu, there will also be a three-course prix fixe dinner for $45 per person; optional beverage pairings are also available.
Ellington’s Mid Way Bar & Grill
Venture to the fourth floor of The Fairlane Hotel to Ellington’s Mid Way Bar & Grill. There’s a wraparound terrace with city views, perfect for a selfie with your dinner date. Make a reservation online or call: (615) 988-7333.
Valentine’s Day 2019 details: Three-course prix fixe menu for $65 per person; the full menu will also be available a la carte
Tempered Cafe & Chocolate
Tempered Cafe & Chocolate has a 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.
More Valentine’s Day Options
Valentine’s Day dinners keep rolling in. Here are some additional V-Day options in Nashville:
- Butchertown Hall: Celebrate Butchertown Hall’s four-year anniversary from 2:00pm to close with games, tacos, and specialty drinks like the Fortaleza margarita; starting at 4:00pm, there will be Valentine’s Day special plates in addition to their regular menu items
- City Winery Nashville: Hour-long wine and chocolate tasting (6 wines, 4 chocolates) for $30 per person
- Americano Coffee Lounge: “Let’s Fall in Love” from 6:00pm to 10:00pm; enjoy live jazz music by Jeffrey Goodkind, specialty lattes, cocktails, and desserts; free admission; 21+
- Capitol Grille: Amuse and three-course prix fixe menu for $80 per person; available February 14-16, 2019
- Up, a rooftop lounge: Experience-based dinner paired with signature drinks for $200 per couple ($100 per person); seatings at 7:00pm and 9:00pm
- TailGate Brewery: All three locations will offer a $30 special which includes two pints, 12-inch specialty pizza, and choice of an eight-inch dessert pizza or two half-pints of select dessert beer
- Del Frisco Grille: Special Valentine’s Day menu available all day
- Tennessee Brew Works: Craft beer and chocolate pairings with Olive & Sinclair Chocolate Co. plus live music; admission is free
- Chauhan Ale & Masala House: A la carte menu with special menu items
- Chaatable: A la carte menu with special menu items
- Tánsuŏ: A la carte menu with special menu items
- Sunda: Valentine’s specials available February 14-16, 2019
- Christie Cookie: Get select cookies delivered for $5 within a five-mile radius of the 12 South bakery. Order by February 11
Did we leave off a great restaurant for V-Day? Let us know in the comments!