Nashville

The Absolute Best Brunch Spots in Nashville

From sunny patios to live music performances.

Brunch really is a magical meal. It’s the only time you can easily combine two meals, since trying to smash lunch and dinner together would mean you’d have to miss work or your afternoon nap. With brunch, you can sleep in, enjoy food items from two different parts of the menu and drink like it’s happy hour. So when you choose to celebrate this wonderful meal mashup, here are some of the best spots in neighborhoods all over Nashville to enjoy brunch.

After decades of only being open for lunch, Arnold’s Country Kitchen has expanded to dinner service most of the week and brunch on weekends, and we couldn’t be more excited! You’ll still be able to cherry pick from some of their iconic mode-from-scratch lunch items like fried chicken and roast beef, but now with the added option of fun breakfast fare. 
How to book: Just walk on in.

Biscuit Love

Hillsboro Village

The queue of hungry patrons waiting to get into the original Biscuit Love in the Gulch are smart enough to know the cozy eatery’s biscuit sandwiches are something special. They’re just not smart enough to realize that the second location five minutes away in Hillsboro Village serves the same menu of biscuits and gravy, hot chicken biscuit sandwiches, and the biscuit/donut clone known as the “bonut” as in the Gulch, but with smaller crowds. Be doubly smart.
How to book: Place an order in advance or just walk up.

Butcher & Bee

East Nashville

The Israeli-inspired menu at Butcher & Bee lends itself to an enjoyable vegetarian experience, even for hardcore carnivores. It does serve meat, but small flavorful plates like the popular whipped feta and honey with cracked black pepper and mains such as their addictive avocado crispy rice make it pretty easy to go veggie every Sunday from 10-2.
How to book: Walk in or get a table via Resy.

Butchertown Hall can be a little geographically baffling. It’s named Butchertown, but the restaurant sits near the line separating Germantown and Salemtown. It’s a Nashville restaurant, but it serves Texas-style barbecue and craft tacos. Don’t let any of that concern you, because it’s done so well that we don’t care what they call themselves. With plenty of porch space perfumed with smoke from the pits, you can spread out as you dive into a pile of smoked meat including house-made bacon, chorizo, brisket, carne asada, or TX-wurst sold by the pound. Try brunch specialties like The Cowboy Breakfast featuring two eggs, smoked onion/potato hash, and your choice of smoked meats. 
How to book: Grab a porch seat via Resy.

Cafe Roze

Eastwood

There’s no need to hurry to get to brunch at Cafe Roze, since they serve it every day from 9 am until 4 pm, so they’ll be ready when you are. The talented kitchen team at Cafe Roze has what you need, be it to get the day off to a healthy start with a berry shake or some coconut yogurt, or if you’re trying to soak up a little of last night’s sins with country ham toast and a soft scrambled egg or one of the best smash burgers in town. More refined options include a delightful turmeric-carrot soup and a beautiful smoked trout toast served with radish, lemon, and chives.
How to book: Make a reservation via Tock.

Chaatable

Sylvan Heights

After opening multiple restaurants in her new adopted hometown of Nashville, Maneet Chauhan returns to her roots for her latest venture, a throwback to the street foods of her youth in India. The kitchen has elevated the street cart food to new levels of spice, sweet, crunchy, creamy, and salty. From small bite snacks to interesting American/Indian hybrid main dishes, Chaatable offers explosions of flavors that will perk you up and get you ready to start another week. The vibrant decor of the quirky dining room mirrors the burst of spices in the food.
How to book: Make a reservation via OpenTable.

Earnest Bar & Hideaway

Wedgewood-Houston

The good folks at Earnest know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so they offer their brunch menu every day of the week except Monday. This is a real benefit for hospitality professionals who have to work during weekend brunch hours and would like the chance to enjoy an occasional cocktail with their morning meal alongside dishes like brown butter pancakes, breakfast tacos, and poutine Benedict. 
How to book: Make a reservation via OpenTable.

etc.

Green Hills

At etc., the ambiance is classy, and the plates are classics, but with a twist. Add shrimp or chicken to the portobello, bacon, avocado, and tofu scramble for some extra protein or indulge in crab cakes with poached eggs, a smoked creole mustard hollandaise tomato pecan sauce and black beans for a culinary tour of regional cuisines on one plate. Inventive cocktails are designed just for brunch and are the perfect complement to the meal.
How to book: Make a reservation through OpenTable.

Henrietta Red

Germantown

Henrietta Red is best known for its work with seafood, and there are certainly some ocean delights on the brunch menu from roasted oysters to citrus-cured salmon. But weekend mornings are when the kitchen plays with other fun dishes like internationally inspired breakfast treats and sweet pastries. The decor of the lovely dining space is a treat for the eyes, and the pleasant buzz of excited diners provides the soundtrack.
How to book: Grab a table through Resy.

Husk

Rutledge Hill

Husk is best known for inventive takes on classic Southern dishes made with heritage ingredients. It also has an incredible selection of spirits in the cozy bar downstairs. Combine these two factors and you have a perfect recipe for a transcendent Southern breakfast, where options include quail with red-eye gravy, johnnycakes, a poached egg, sweet potato glaze, and hollandaise. Luckily, that famous Husk cheeseburger is also available during brunch hours, which run from 10 am to 2 pm on weekends.
How to book: Grab a table via Resy.

Josephine

12South

Chef Andy Little hails from Pennsylvania and is a classically trained culinary artist. He combines this varied background with the flavors of his adopted region to create unique brunch items like elevated sausage, egg and cheese sandwiches, and a namesake Josephine Benedict with poached eggs, scrapple, country ham, and brown butter hollandaise sauce that are unlike any other weekend menu in Nashville. The talented pastry staff offers up some fine donuts and pecan sticky buns to satisfy your sweet tooth.
How to book: Walk in or reserve in advance via OpenTable.

Unlike the DJs and cover bands of Lower Broad, the Listening Room Cafe is committed to featuring local singer/songwriters as part of their enjoyable Saturday brunches with two seatings at 10:30 and 12:30. It straddles a nice line between other venues where you’re not supposed to make a peep while performers are on stage and the party palaces where you couldn’t hear your dining companions over the music if you tried. Dig into Southern classics like fried chicken biscuits or a brunch sundae of fries topped with sausage gravy, cheese, bacon, and green onions.
How to book: Make reservations online.

lou

Inglewood

Lowercase lou doesn’t wait until the weekends to jump on the brunch train, because it’s available all the time. The menu benefits from chef/owner Mailea Weger’s experience working in fine kitchens in France and California and the food is both healthy and a trifle decadent at the same time, with lots of veggie-forward dishes jazzed up by exotic spices. The drinks menu is innovative, introducing many Nashville diners to the beauty of low-ABV cocktails so you can enjoy more than two with a meal and natural wines that taste like they’re dancing on your palate.
How to book: Grab a table via Resy.

When East Nashville institution Marche fell victim to the 2020 tornado that swept through Five Points, fans of the morning meal were disappointed because that was one of the best spots in town to linger over a casual brunch. Fortunately, chef/owner Margot McCormack expanded the hours at her eponymous flagship restaurant around the corner and added a weekend brunch. While the menu changes frequently based on the seasons and freshest ingredients, you can expect fantastic breakfast cocktails and coffee service, sticky pastries, lots of fresh fruits and vegetables showcased in parfaits and bowls, and classic bistro fare for main courses.
How to book: Grab an inside or patio table via Resy.

You have to hand it to New Orleans; they know how to brunch. At this Louisiana-inspired eatery in the lobby of the hip Thompson Hotel, they show their NOLA roots with a menu of shrimp toast, crab fingers, and a plate of shrimp & grits as good as any in town. In case you were looking to make your champagne drinking more efficient, Marsh House also offers chambong service with open-ended flutes designed to shotgun the bubbly down your gullet at warp speed.
How to book: Make a reservation via OpenTable.

The Mockingbird

North Gulch

The Mockingbird knows what you want out of weekend brunch. The festive atmosphere at this party palace encourages appropriately irresponsible behavior among friends, and the available bowls of boozy punch with your choice of alcoholic spirit for sharing turns everything up a notch. The menu is filled with delicious dishes bearing punny names like a cinnamon roll dish called “Those Buns, Dough!” and a Mexican-inspired platter named “Taco the Town.” 
How to book: Grab a spot on the patio via OpenTable.

Thanks to its vaunted reputation as the bar that introduced classic cocktail culture to Nashville, you might not even consider dining when thinking about The Patterson House. But it’s brought to you by the same group that operates by a fantastic restaurant group, so you know they don’t skimp on the culinary side. In fact, the brunch menu at TPH was developed by the talented kitchen of their neighbors upstairs at The Catbird Seat, long regarded as one of the absolute finest restaurants in the region. Great beer, bubbles, and cocktails are a given, but the food menu reveals surprises including old favorites like tots, chicken wings, grilled cheese, fried bologna, and a burger—all elevated to the level of the sublime by the use of novel cooking techniques and international ingredients. 
How to book: Make a reservation via Tock.

Redheaded Stranger

McFerrin Park

The menu at Redheaded Stranger isn’t very long—a tight list of breakfast tacos served on flour tortillas (like God intended), a burrito stuffed with eggs, chorizo, cheese, and crispy hash browns, and a green chili cheeseburger that will make you think you’re dining at Sparky’s in Hatch, New Mexico. Still, that doesn’t mean the choices are easy, so you’ll want to make multiple visits to this cozy neighborhood taco shop to work your way through the entire menu.
How to book: Order takeout online or walk in for patio seating.

The Sutler

Melrose

The Sutler has been a neighborhood institution for decades, back to when it was more of a smoky dive bar than the fantastic restaurant, saloon, and music venue it has evolved into. Their weekend Bluegrass Brunch is quite popular with music fans arriving early for the meal of down-home breakfast classics like chicken & waffles, biscuits & gravy, and smoked brisket hash accompanied by festive authentic bluegrass music from the stage. Wash it all down with a glass or three of seasonal speciality sangria.
How to book: Seats are first-come, first-served.

Tavern

Midtown

Tavern is one of the best spots to see and be seen in all of Midtown, particularly on fall Saturdays when fans cheer on their favorite football teams over international gastropub fare like huevos rancheros and Singapore stir fry. American classics like red velvet waffles, Philly cheesesteak egg rolls, and a really solid Tavern burger are also fine choices. There’s also a generous happy hour until 3 pm featuring boozy brunch cocktails.
How to book: Make a reservation via SevenRooms.

White Limozeen

Vanderbilt

Ever since the Graduate Nashville hotel opened, the property’s bold and playful decor and cheeky worship of Dolly Parton has made it a premier location for Instagram photoshoots, with bevys of bachelorettes often making multiple costume changes between shots. The rooftop pool patio and lounge is a magnet for fun seekers who want to sip on clever cocktails and enjoy a sweeping panorama of downtown. The food menu includes plenty of shareables for your crew to divvy up plus larger plates if you’re feeling selfish.
How to book: Grab a rooftop spot on Resy.

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