Best Casual Restaurants in Nashville

May 13, 2022 | Advertising Disclosure | Our Partners may be mentioned in this article.

As fun as it sounds, you can’t have a special-occasion meal every day. Here’s where to eat a good casual meal—which involves laid-back attire, an affordable menu, and waiter service—in Nashville.

The Best Casual Restaurants in Nashville


Von Elrod’s

While Germantown has seen a surge in fine dining, Von Elrod’s low-key beer hall has been welcomed with open arms.

Get More Details 


Burger Up

Burger Up is a community-driven restaurant that brings together families and friends over locally sourced beef and produce.

  • Neighborhoods: 12 South
  • Order This: Bison Burger

Get More Details 


Pinewood Social

Swing by Pinewood Social any time of day for a quick refuel. The breakfast, lunch, and dinner items are all equally delicious.

  • Neighborhood: SoBro
  • Order This: Crispy Brussels Sprouts

Get More Details 


The Pharmacy

The Pharmacy’s burgers are indeed like medicine—even if you eat too much, you’ll walk out of this joint with a spring in your step.

Get More Details 


bartaco

Check the forecast, then chill outside or inside as you chow down on tacos, rice bowls, and assorted seafood dishes at bartaco.

  • Neighborhood: 12 South
  • Order This: Sesame Ribeye Bowl

Get More Details 


M.L.Rose

“Get out without getting fancy” is one of M.L.Rose’s mottos. Expect simple pub food, craft beer, and burgers at this local favorite.

Get More Details 


Pastaria

Pastaria is a family-friendly restaurant serving organic pasta and pizza that tastes like fine Italian dining. (Yes, even the risotto balls.)

  • Neighborhood: West End
  • Order This: Pistachio Ravioli

See the menu


Whiskey Kitchen

One of the more casual restaurants under the M Street umbrella, Whiskey Kitchen always hits the spot for lunch or dinner.

  • Neighborhood: Gulch
  • Order This: Tennessee Cuban

SEE THE MENU


Neighbor’s

Neighbor’s has two locations boasting a chill environment, tasty pub grub, and an excellent selection of brews.

SEE THE MENU


The Stillery

A quick sit-down meal is possible in Midtown or Downtown, courtesy of The Stillery. Drinks at both locations are stiff and plentiful.

SEE THE MENU


Party Fowl

From Party Fowl’s fiery menu to the 13 giant flat screens, nothing about this hot-chicken mecca is subtle.

  • Neighborhood: Gulch
  • Order This: Hot Chicken Street Tacos

SEE THE MENU


12 South Taproom

12 South Taproom is a longtime gathering spot for friends, families, and—when it’s nice out—their pups.

  • Neighborhood: 12 South
  • Order This: The Nashville Burger

SEE THE MENU


51 North Taproom

Like its sister property, the 12 South Taproom, 51 North Taproom is armed with mouthwatering bar fare and plenty of beers on tap.

SEE THE MENU


Pancho & Lefty’s

If you’re in a time crunch and need to scarf down dinner before a concert or Preds game, take advantage of Pancho & Lefty’s Downtown Nashville location! Have time to sit back and relax? Head over to their Sylvan Park outpost.

SEE THE MENU


Hopsmith Tavern

New to the Nashville scene? Hopsmith shines bright as a brunch destination or gathering spot for watching games.

  • Neighborhood: Midtown
  • Order This: Chicken & Waffle Bites

SEE THE MENU


Mafiaoza’s

While known for its pizzas, Mafiaoza’s has a full roster of pasta, salads, and apps that shouldn’t be overlooked.

  • Neighborhood: 12 South
  • Order This: Brother Fredo Pizza

SEE THE MENU


Tavern

We can’t say this for every place in town: no matter how long the line is for your meal at Tavern, the wait will be worth it.

  • Neighborhood: Midtown
  • Order This: Nachos

See the menu


The Best Fast-Casual Restaurants

Sometimes even waiter service is a little too fancy for your needs. Here are the top fast-casual restaurants in Nashville.


Hugh-Baby’s

  • Cuisine: Burgers

SEE THE MENU


Martin’s

  • Cuisine: Bar-b-que

SEE THE MENU


Edley’s

  • Cuisine: Bar-b-que

SEE THE MENU


Fido

  • Cuisine: American

SEE THE MENU


Hattie B’s

  • Cuisine: Hot chicken

See the menu


Radish Kitchen

  • Cuisine: Healthy salads, wraps, and bowls

SEE THE MENU


Taqueria del Sol

  • Cuisine: Mexican

SEE THE MENU


Five Points Pizza

  • Cuisine: Pizza

See the menu


Frothy Monkey

  • Cuisine: American

SEE THE MENU


Mitchell Delicatessen

  • Cuisine: American/Deli

SEE THE MENU


Greko Greek Street Food

  • Cuisine: Greek

SEE THE MENU


Grilled Cheeserie

  • Cuisine: Grilled cheese

SEE THE MENU


Mas Tacos

  • Cuisine: Mexican

SEE THE MENU


Vui’s Kitchen

  • Cuisine: Vietnamese

SEE THE MENU


Sunflower Cafe

  • Cuisine: Vegetarian and vegan

SEE THE MENU


Nicoletto’s Italian Kitchen

  • Cuisine: Italian

SEE THE MENU


Slim & Husky’s

  • Cuisine: Pizza

SEE THE MENU

Also See: 

Also See:

Copyright Notice:
© Nashville Guru, Inc. All rights reserved. The material on Nashville Guru may not be reproduced or republished without the written permission of Nashville Guru.