Nashville Brunch Guide
Whether you’re looking for a Nashville brunch spot that has a great patio, delivers the hair of the dog, offers international flare, or is a local favorite, you’ll find it in this guide.
By Katie Quine
The Lookout at Ole Red
At The Lookout at Ole Red, brunch isn’t a meal. It’s a lifestyle. Broadway’s highest rooftop retreat serves up reimagined brunch favorites with all the swanky tonk flair you’d expect from a place inspired by Blake Shelton’s irreverent hit “Ol’ Red.”
Your Hair of the Dog, Delivered
When you already spent a night indulging your honky-tonk dreams, how much harm can a decadent day-after brunch do? If you’re a fan of two-for-one libations and runny yolks, you’ll find your answer at Tavern. Save room for dessert; this brunch hot spot’s red velvet waffles and pretzel pancakes are the stuff of dreams.
This Mexican hotspot knows cocktails — even the maple syrup is mezcal-infused. If you’re in town for a bachelorette party or are reuniting with a big group of friends, continue the fun by booking a tasting at Saint Añejo’s intimate upstairs Tequila Library Lounge, where you can try dozens of tequila and mezcal varieties.
You might not find Fonzie, Richie, and the gang sipping on milkshakes at this retro-chic diner, but no matter because your attention is on The Flipside’s famous bloody Mary. Known as “The Big Fix,” it’s topped with tater tots, chicken tenders, a giant pickle and — wait for it — a crab leg cluster.
Dine Al Fresco
Acme Feed & Seed
Take your food to the rooftop for an unobstructed view of the Cumberland River at this fast-casual restaurant styled after a honky-tonk. Acme doesn’t skimp on flavor (See: Beer Belly Tacos and sushi — just roll with it) or atmosphere (Enjoy your brunch with a side of live soul or bluegrass music). In warmer months, enjoy an open-air Saturday yoga session before chowing down.
The Southern Steak & Oyster
Just as this restaurant’s name implies, the brunch menu here is as Southern as it gets with ingredients like country ham and grits making appearances in dishes. After enjoying a warm breeze from the comfort of The Southern’s covered patio, walk off your meal along the John Seigenthaler Pedestrian Bridge, just steps away.
This laid-back eatery with three Nashville locations has plenty of surprises up its sleeve. Chiefly: “The Recovery” Waffle Fry, a giant order of waffle fries topped with cheese, bacon, tomatoes, green onions, and eggs cooked sunny side up. Enjoy the dish while sitting around with a group of friends in the expansive beer garden.
Get a taste of the world
Chauhan Ale & Masala House
India and the American South might feel worlds apart, but they share a love for cuisine cooked low ‘n’ slow. Enjoy the flavors of both at Chauhan Ale & Masala House. While the ornate décor makes you feel as if you’ve been dropped in New Delhi, Southern-anchored dishes, like tandoori shrimp and grits, remind you that you haven’t strayed from Tennessee after all.
Barcelona Wine Bar
Barcelona’s gorgeous rustic furnishings will make your jaw to drop — which makes it that much easier to devour the restaurant’s delicious array of tapas. You’ll find all the trappings of a traditional brunch, but menu items are dressed in Spanish flair. If you’re a fan of chicken and waffles, let us upgrade you: Try Barcelona’s Churros & Chicken, which is drizzled with a jalapeño honey.
Marché Artisan Foods
Any Francophile will fit right in at Marché, where croissants are made fresh and the cheese plate is well-stocked. If you’re lucky enough to be visiting Nashville on a Monday when everyone else is at the office, you can still enjoy Marché’s brunch menu on the first day of the workweek. You might just spot a country star at Marché, too. Carly Pearce is just one of many to name it as a favorite brunch spot.
Go where the locals go
The Garden Brunch Café
How can you tell if a restaurant’s brunch menu is any good? When brunch is the only thing the restaurant serves. The Garden Brunch Cafe dishes up all the classics: omelettes, pancakes, and eggs Benedict. It’s only open on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, and this cozy restaurant has a legion of local fans, so arrive early.
Cozy up in one of the large booths at Fenwick’s, a flavor-forward diner with retro digs that occupies the space of what was once a beloved bowling alley. The Bacon & Egg Fried Rice dish tempts and will have you rethinking all notions of what breakfast is supposed to look like. Waiting for a table? Fenwick’s separate coffee bar has an impressive drink menu.
Known among locals for its elegant dishes like beef tongue and rabbit, this 12South institution still features classic brunch favorites, such as quiche and eggs Benedict. Josephine’s warm and inviting ambience makes for the perfect setting for a celebratory meal, whether that’s a birthday or the start of the weekend.