There are many great things to do in Nashville when it comes to romance. Whether you enjoy a BBQ, casual meal on Lower Broadway or a serene evening of classical music at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center, this music-centric city has something for everyone.

First dates and long-time lovebirds can head to one of these intimate and romantic restaurants to celebrate new beginnings and old love.

1. etc. restaurant, Nashville, TN

etc. restaurant, Nashville, TN
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Located in the Bedford Commons complex of the Green Hills neighborhood, etc. restaurant is a chic culinary gem that serves brunch, lunch, and dinner in an intimate, refined space. The cozy 2,400 square foot dining room features electric blue, copper and glass accents, warm woods, comfortable banquette seating, simply adorned tables, an ample cocktail and wine bar and plenty of open-air seating for alfresco dining in the summer. Chef/Owner Deb Paquette creates sublime dishes of grilled octopus, seared scallops, lamb meatballs, and chicken cassoulet, and the cuisine is accompanied by a selection of global wines, craft beers, top-shelf spirits, and classic cocktails.

3790 Bedford Avenue, Nashville, TN 37215, Phone: 615-988-0332

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2. House of Cards

House of Cards
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House of Cards is Nashville’s most unique dining and entertainment experience, offering a magic-themed dining concept in a one of a kind 10,000 square foot underground space. Hailed as one of ‘America’s 100 Best Restaurants,’ House of Cards celebrates the art of magic with nightly shows and serves a menu of classic American cuisine and excellent hand-crafted cocktails. The restaurant features an elegant dining room with a beautiful handcrafted bar, European antiques and magic-related artifacts, and a world-class collection of art, and guests can watch some of America’s top magicians perform mind-boggling illusions and tricks while enjoying sublime cuisine and fine wines. For more ideas, see our article on the best BBQ restaurants in Nashville.

119, Lower Level, 3rd Ave S, Nashville, TN 37201, Phone: 615-730-8326, (website link)

3. Restaurants in Nashville: Husk

Restaurants in Nashville: Husk
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Located in a beautifully restored Victorian-era home, Husk Restaurant serves an ever-changing menu of locally-sourced Southern dishes from the bounty of South Carolina upcountry. Helmed by Executive Chef and South Carolina native, Jon Buck, the menu showcases ingredient-driven cuisine prepared using seasonally available heirloom products sourced from local purveyors. The restaurant has a warm and welcoming ambiance with a historic, early 20th-century storefront and a rustic wall of firewood to fuel the wood-fired oven in the open kitchen. A large chalkboard lists the artisanal products currently provisioning the kitchen and the signature dishes of the day such as Sassafras Glazed Pork Ribs and Rabbit-Pimento Loaf.

37 Rutledge St, Nashville, TN 37210, Phone: 615-256-6565

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4. Sinema Restaurant and Bar

Sinema Restaurant and Bar
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Set in the historic Melrose theater which dates back to 1942, Sinema Restaurant + Bar is a stylish restaurant that serves classic American cuisine in a time-honored space. Inspired by the rich history of the theater including its architectural design and the stars who graced the big screen, Sinema Restaurant + Bar features two levels of dining space with an elegant bar and several private dining areas with modern décor, exposed brick walls, and cozy velvet tufted booths. A diverse and timeless menu of contemporary cuisine boasts dishes of fresh seafood, prime meats and chicken, organic salads and vegetables and decadent desserts, and the cuisine is accompanied by a cocktail program that celebrates over 150 years of craft libations and includes tastefully selected wines and craft beers and a rare whiskey program with over 100 selections.

2600 8th Ave S Suite 102, Nashville, TN 37204, Phone: 615-942-7746

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5. 5th & Taylor, Nashville, TN

5th & Taylor, Nashville, TN
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Housed in an old Germantown warehouse, 5th & Taylor is a lofty, rustic-industrial restaurant with a charming tree-lined patio that serves refined American fare and casual wines in a stylish setting. The spacious restaurant has an airy main dining room with banquette-style tables, handmade furniture, period fixtures, and eclectic artworks, and a full-service bar and lounge where guests can sip fine wines, classic cocktails, and top-shelf spirits. Chef Daniel Lindley pays homage to traditional American fare with a menu of Southern shared plates, entrées, and house specialties such as sausage cheddar biscuits and private raised dining rooms can accommodate up to 70 guests.

1411 5th Ave N, Nashville, TN 37208, Phone: 615-242-4747

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6. Bob's Steak & Chop House - Nashville

Bob's Steak & Chop House - Nashville
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Located in the Omni Nashville Hotel, the award-winning, nationally renowned steakhouse specializes in the finest corn-fed, Midwestern prime beef and serves a simple formula of excellent meat, fresh seafood and salads, and decadent desserts. Boasting an elegant, woodsy ambiance, the restaurant has décor that represents the proud history of Nashville with authentic historical flags, Bill Lenox’s private antique microphone collection, two Gibson and two Epiphone guitars. The award-winning steakhouse’s menu features a range of prime steaks and chops, fresh seafood, and cold-water lobster tails, along with hearty sides, fresh salads, and mouthwatering desserts.

250 5th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203, Phone: 615-761-3707, (website link)

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7. Restaurants in Nashville: Etch Restaurant

Restaurants in Nashville: Etch Restaurant
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Located in the Encore tower in Downtown Nashville, Etch is the latest culinary venture from Chef Deb Paquette and offers an excellent exceptional dining experience. Voted Nashville’s best chef multiple times, Etch’s creative menu promises to take your taste buds on an unforgettable journey with every bite. The contemporary eatery boasts elegant and stylish décor with an open kitchen so you can see the master at work, however if you prefer a more private dining experience, there are two private rooms to choose from for those special occasions or business functions. Dishes on the sublime menu, include Tempura Oyster Mushrooms, Octopus and Shrimp Bruschetta, and favorites such as cobia, pork belly, and prime-cut steak, accompanied by an extensive wine and cocktail list.

303 Demonbreun St, Nashville, TN 37201, Phone: 615-522-0685

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8. Germantown Cafe, Nashville, TN

Germantown Cafe, Nashville, TN
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Conveniently located just blocks north of downtown and LP Field, the Germantown Café is an elegant, eclectic eatery with a full-service bar that is a reliable fixture on Nashville’s dining scene for an unforgettable dining experience. Perfect for a casual night out on the town or brunch before the big game, the café serves a creative menu of contemporary cuisine with dishes of classic French onion soup, juicy crab cakes, char-crusted New York strip steak, and the signature Plum Pork chops. The bar serves a variety of global wines, craft beers on tap and by the bottle, top-shelf spirits, and handcrafted cocktails.

1200 5th Ave N, Nashville, TN 37208, Phone: 615-242-3226

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9. Restaurants in Nashville: Margot Cafe and Bar

Restaurants in Nashville: Margot Cafe and Bar
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Situated in a beautifully renovated 1930s building in the historic district of East Nashville, Margot Café & Bar is a casually chic fine dining restaurant that serves a subtle fusion of rustic French and Italian cuisine. Featuring a lovely enclosed brick courtyard filled with a sleek marble bar, an open kitchen, and a mezzanine dining level with cozy and comfortable interiors, this delightful eatery is perfect for a romantic evening out. Offering a seasonal menu inspired by hearty dishes from the regions of Tuscany and Provence, dishes change every day, however, the way the servings remain the same with six appetizer choices, seven entrees, and five desserts. The restaurant boasts a relaxed and laid-back ambiance, akin to that of southern European restaurants, where food and friends come first.

1017 Woodland St, Nashville, TN 37206, Phone: 615-227-4668, (website link)

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10. Midtown Cafe, Nashville, TN

Midtown Cafe, Nashville, TN
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Nestled next to Music Row between Vanderbilt and Downtown just off West-End, Midtown Café is an old school Music Row destination that makes for an intimate and romantic dinner date. Owned by Randy Rayburn, who has long been a staple in the Nashville dining scene, the quaint little café has been serving the neighborhood for more than 30 years and offers a free shuttle service for to downtown performances and hotels. The contemporary menu features prime steaks, sustainable seafood, locally grown produce, and ingredients and a curated selection of fine wines with over 40 by the glass and over 150 by the bottle. Creative cocktails are added to the mix, along with craft beers on tap and by the bottle and the Midtown Café also offers private dining and special events services.

102 19th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203, Phone: 615-320-7176

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11. Miel Restaurant

Miel Restaurant
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Located in the historic Johnson’s Meat Market building in Sylvan Park, Miel Restaurant is a farm-to-table bistro that serves seasonal, French-inspired fare in an elegant, refined setting. The eatery prides itself on using only the freshest, locally sourced ingredients and regional produce and being a leader in sustainable practices in the area, utilizing organic herbs and salads picked from the restaurant patio and rooftop garden. Chef Andrew Coins presents a seasonally, market-driven menu of farm-to-fork cuisine with dishes such as fresh, sustainable seafood, grass-fed meats and chicken, house-made pasta, and salads and vegetables. The cuisine is accompanied by a selection of global wines, exclusive small-batch beers, imported spirits, and classic cocktails. Our Day trips from Nashville guide has more romantic ideas for couples.

343 53rd Ave N, Nashville, TN 37209, Phone: 615-298-3663

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12. Old Hickory Steakhouse

Old Hickory Steakhouse
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Located in the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center, Old Hickory Steakhouse is a classic Tennessee steakhouse that offers a unique fine-dining experience. Set in an exquisite Antebellum-style mansion overlooking the meandering river and named after President Andrew Jackson’s nickname, the hotel’s signature restaurant is renowned for serving 1855 Black Angus Beef seared to perfection, fresh seafood, artisan cheeses, and an extensive, award-winning wine list. The traditional steakhouse serves a menu of thick house-butchered cuts of USDA choice steaks, free-range chicken and pork, fresh seafood and a range of vegetarian options and the full-service bar has an extensive menu of fine wines from around the world, which can be enjoyed by the glass or bottle, craft beers on tap or by the bottle, and handcrafted cocktails.

2800 Opryland Dr, Nashville, TN 37214, Phone: 615-458-6848, (website link)

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13. Sambuca, Nashville, TN

Sambuca, Nashville, TN
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Located in the hip Gulch warehouse district, Sambuca Nashville is a sultry supper club that hosts nightly live music and serves elevated New American cuisine and classic cocktails. The restaurant boasts a beautiful European design with a stunning glass-enclosed Skyloft embracing spectacular skyline views, and features intimate booths, private dining rooms, and a full-service bar that offers an extensive menu of fine wines from around the world, which can be enjoyed by the glass or bottle, craft beers on tap or by the bottle, and handcrafted cocktails.

601 12th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203, Phone: 615-248-2888

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14. Skull's Rainbow Room, Nashville, TN

Skull's Rainbow Room, Nashville, TN
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Located in the basement of the historic Southern Turf Building in Printers Alley, Skull's Rainbow Room is one of the most celebrated and acclaimed dining experiences in Music City. Opened in circa-1948, the speakeasy-style lounge specializes in elevated American fare, creative cocktails, and nightly burlesque. The legendary dining and entertainment venue is an iconic cornerstone of Nashville's historic Printer's Alley district and serves an award-winning dinner menu of Coastal American cuisine created by Chef Gannon Leary along with an extensive list of globally-inspired wines and signature craft cocktails. Live jazz bands play nightly at Nashville’s only downtown jazz lounge, and Skull's showcases a late-night burlesque show several nights a week.

222 Printers Alley, Nashville, TN 37201, Phone: 615-810-9631

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15. Sperry's Belle Meade Restaurant

Sperry's Belle Meade Restaurant
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Sperry's Belle Meade Restaurant is a long-standing, tavern-like steakhouse set in a beautifully reconstructed English Tudor–style building in Belle Meade that serves a creative menu of farm-to-table cuisine. The equestrian-themed restaurant features rich wood paneling, lush draperies, framed paintings, wall-hangings, and a double fireplace that separates the bar and lounge areas. Signature dishes on the menu include Alaskan king crab, fresh fish and seafood plates, prime steaks and chops, and vegetarian and gluten-free options, along with an extensive wine list, craft beers, and classic cocktails.

5109 Harding Pike, Nashville, TN 37205, Phone: 615-353-0809

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16. The Standard at The Smith House

The Standard at The Smith House
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Set in an elegantly appointed 1843 home, the Standard at The Smith House is an elegant fine-dining restaurant that serves sophisticated Southern fare in a stylish and modern setting. Located in the heart of Downtown Nashville, the restaurant is a short walk from the famous Lower Broadway entertainment district and the new Music City Convention Center and is ideal for a romantic dinner or special celebration. The restaurant serves a menu of thick house-butchered cuts of USDA choice steaks, free-range chicken and pork, fresh seafood and a range of vegetarian options and the full-service bar has an extensive menu of fine wines from around the world, which can be enjoyed by the glass or bottle, craft beers on tap or by the bottle, and handcrafted cocktails.

167 Rosa L Parks Blvd, Nashville, TN 37203, Phone: 615-254-1277

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17. Trattoria Il Mulino

Trattoria Il Mulino
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Located in Hilton Nashville Downtown, Trattoria Il Mulino is an upmarket restaurant serving classic, regional Italian cuisine in stylish surroundings. Exuding an Old-World Italian ambiance with crisp white linen-covered tables, soft lighting, and breathtaking views of the Strip from the private balcony, Il Mulino New York focuses on the cuisine of the Abruzzo region, which features rich dishes in a simple, yet flavorful sauces. Alfresco dining can be enjoyed on the outdoor patio in the summer months, and live music can be enjoyed throughout the week.

144 5th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203, Phone: 615-620-3700

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18. Valentino's Ristorante

Valentino's Ristorante
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Valentino's Ristorante is a family-friendly restaurant that serves both classic and contemporary Italian cuisine in a warm and welcoming setting. Loved by locals and visitors alike, the casual eatery specializes in authentic Northern and Southern Italian cuisine with starters of antipasti, bruschetta, fresh Caprese salads, and focaccia. Entrées include pasta primavera, chicken piccata, and Frutti de mar, and classics like lasagna and spaghetti Bolognese, and desserts of tiramisu, pannacotta, and homemade gelato. The cuisine is paired with a variety of casual wines from Italy and other wine-growing regions, along with craft beers by the bottle, and made-to-order cocktails. The upscale Italian restaurant hosts live music on certain days.

1808 Hayes St, Nashville, TN 37203, Phone: 615-327-0148

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19. Virago

Virago
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Virago is an award-winning eatery that specializes in Asian fusion fare, fresh handmade sushi and sashimi, and creative cocktails. The hip, urban hangout on M Street has a seductive interior with modern décor, secluded booths, private dining rooms and an inviting ambiance, and serves a menu of contemporary Asian-inspired culinary gems such as soup, salad, seasonal tempura and California rolls, and an array of hibachi, sushi, sashimi, rolls, tempura, teppanyaki, and other fresh seafood dishes. Asian inspired cocktails, an expansive Japanese whiskey, and sake list, and casual wines accompany the cuisine.

1120 McGavock St, Nashville, TN 37203, Phone: 615-254-1902

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