Nashville is a vibrant city that is obviously renowned for its prominent music scene, but lately, a new phenomenon has put Music City on the foodie map. Now when you think of Nashville, boots, bachelorettes, and brunch may come to mind. Whether you’re a “breakfast all day” kind of person, or you can’t wait to try a new restaurant so you can post it on your Instagram story, Nashville features restaurants that will make every taste bud water. Below, I’ll break down the restaurants that feature brunch plates that take center stage.
East Nashville is as full of amazing brunch spots as it is hipsters and black skinny jeans. Tenn16 is no exception. If you are a fan of traditional brunch plates (french toast, biscuits, omelets, chicken & waffles, etc.) done well, you’ve found the quintessential spot. I could live on the soft pretzels and gouda cheese dip.
Sky Blue Café
Nashville historians will appreciate Sky Blue Café. A Nashville institution, it feels like having breakfast at your grandma’s house (if your grandma is an insanely good cook). However, you may have to provide your own butterscotch in your purse. I recommend Em’s Bowl to anyone who likes food.
Marché features an impressive brunch spread with a French twist. This spot is fantastic for brunch enthusiasts looking for baked goods and curated coffee. The garden chic design inside will make you feel as if you’ve flitted off for a weekend getaway. Bonjour!
Fort Louise invites you to “eat, drink, and be merry.” Now that’s a mantra I can get behind! The menu boasts dishes like smoked salmon bagel sliders, tater tot poutine, and breakfast flatbread. The farmhouse style restaurant is a homey spot that serves up delicious brunch eats and cocktails to guarantee merriment.
Walden’s brunch reinforces the age-old saying “sharing is caring.” The menu offers a plethora of “bites” that are excellent to share with friends while sipping on craft cocktails. The restaurant is an elegant nook that features several murals, ideal for a new Instagram post.
Rumor has it, Biscuit Love is now responsible for 80% of engagements. Ladies can’t wait for their guy to get on one knee so they can round up all of their girlfriends for a honkey-tonk bachelorette party. Biscuit Love is the perfect place to load up on Bonuts before you wait in line to get the requisite angel wings picture that’s on your bucket list.
For a Mexican twist on brunch, hop on over to Saint Anejo. With over 100 tequilas in house, you’re bound to have an amazing time. From their huevos rancheros to breakfast burrito, the Saint Anejo brunch menu does not disappoint. Plus, it is a great excuse to have a margarita when you wake up!
5th and Taylor
If you’re unlike me and aren’t trying to normalize margaritas in the morning, check out 5th and Taylor for an upscale atmosphere that features art installations. I recommend ordering monkey bread for the table while you take in the canvasses and sculptures that scatter the dining room floor. You’ll want to make reservations and keep in mind that brunch is just on Sunday at this lovely locale.
Butchertown Hall fixes dishes that rival authentic Texas helpings. Exploring the menu is like taking a trip through the southwest US, Mexico, and Europe. Entrees range from smoked meat to hearty queso. The variety is sure to satisfy all taste palettes.
Monell’s embraces the saying “There is no such things as strangers, just friends you haven’t met yet.” Offering family style dining, Monell’s is a unique brunch experience. The homemade style dishes are so tasty you won’t want to share! Enjoy biscuits and gravy while you engage with other Nashvillians. Or be weird and stay on your phone. Up to you. The original location is in Germantown, although you can enjoy homemade breakfast on Bransford and Murfreesboro Pike as well. Fun fact: the same architect that designed the Nashville Parthenon designed the Murfreesboro location manor.
For the Nashville native unicorns that haven’t flocked the city, you’ve witnessed the amazing revitalization of downtown. Full of thriving music venues and copious top-rated restaurants, downtown has it all, including The Southern. From seafood to fried chicken to waffles, the Southern brunch menu highlights the best of brunch. Saturday and Sunday mornings at The Southern include all of your favorite down-home brunch dishes, set to the backdrop of a sophisticated, stylish restaurant. At The Southern, you can feel classy as you down those mimosas.
Pinewood Social’s name is no accident. The restaurant sets the stage to get cozy, converse, and hang out with friends. You can bowl, play bocce ball, sip coffee, lounge on the couch, and munch on brunch at Pinewood. Pinewood offers up amazing brunch cocktails, along with the comfy lounge area if you indulge in one too many.
Once you’ve worn yourself out on the pedal tavern, head over to Midtown for brunch to refuel. Le Sel serves up a wonderful blend of traditional and modern french dishes that will have you shouting “Yay for beignets!” You’ll find delectable crepes, omelets, and eggs benedict on the menu, plus more. Le Sel offers a bonus day of brunch, available Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
You haven’t lived until you’ve tried The Stillery’s breakfast chorizo pizza. Perched on Broadway in midtown, you can enjoy monkey bread and chicken biscuits while bopping to Whitney Houston’s “I Wanna Dance with Somebody” as it blares on a nearby pedal tavern.
Hopsmith Tavern is a great choice for brunch enthusiasts that want to sip on their bellinis while catching up on the weekend’s sports. Armed with T.V.s and outdoor seating, the tavern vibe offers supreme comfort and a relaxed atmosphere for brunchin’. Get on the green scooter you’ve been using as your primary mode of transportation and zip over to Demonbreun to check it out.
8th Avenue is the new host to a strip of amazing restaurants. Those Nashville locals that have been in town for 5-7 years and “might as well be a native” have seen 8th Avenue spring alive. Sinema features restored movie theater decor, rich with mood lighting and mystery. They have a bottomless brunch, complete with buffet-style stations for $28 a person on Sundays. Between the style and delectable bites, a brunch outing here is sure to make all of your followers green with envy.
Nashville lures millions of tourists each year. Whether you’re here to celebrate an engagement, learn about music, become the new country star, or you call Nashville home, brunch helps bring everyone together to savor Nashville.
Heather Brown, a Nashville Guide writer
Hailing from the Old Dominion, I've easily adapted my "Virginia is for Lovers" slogan to the "Nashville is for Music Lovers" lifestyle. After moving to Music City from Oklahoma City, I've explored middle Tennessee through the lens of artists' paintbrushes and urban canvasses. I've enjoyed eating, sipping, and dancing my way through Tennessee's capital while pausing periodically to strike a pose throughout the journey.