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Restaurants & etc.
These restaurants and attractions are arranged by neighborhood. We’ll post sign-ups for hosted
dinners closer to the conference date, once hosts are recruited and they choose restaurants.

The restaurants highlighted in yellow donated gift cards for our auction to benefit Act Like a Grrrl and Magdalene.

$: cheap, under $11  $$: moderate, $11-$30  $$$: expensive, over $30  distances below are from the Hutton Hotel


Restaurants good for larger groups

Restaurants of general interest


easy walking distance from the Hutton

Sitar (Indian). $$ ~.3 mi. 116 21st Ave., N., 37203. Good north Indian food. Their kababs are quite delicious. Veggie, vegan & gluten free options available. Very close to the hotel.

Tavern Midtown. $$ <.5 mi. 1904 Broadway, 37203. The Tavern is a “gastro-pub” concept, featuring an extensive list of wines, spirits, beers, and cocktails. The Tavern specializes in American cuisines and strives to create a hip environment. The menu is extensive, with several small plate options in addition to tacos, salad, sandwiches and larger plates.

Bound’ry. $$$ <.5 mi. 911 20th Ave., S., 37212. New American cuisine offered in an intimate, upscale dining experience. The menu combines traditional French techniques with Southern influences. From Creole shrimp to pan seared Alaskan halibut, Bound’ry provides customers with a variety of dining options.

The Row. $$ <.5 mi. 110 Lyle Ave., 37203. Traditional Southern cuisine in a causal open atmosphere. In addition to the southern style barbeque, the Row has an extensive beer and cocktail menu.

Samurai Sushi. $$ ~.5 mi. Great for sushi and other Japanese cuisine.

Noshville (deli). $$ <.5 mi. New York style deli, has great sandwiches, matzo ball soup and other Jewish delights.

Chago’s. Chain Mexican. Popular with students. Free nacho bar w queso & salsa.

The Catbird Seat. $$$ ~.5 mi. Nationally renowned for creative cuisine. Reservations open 1 month in advance & fill quickly.

Center of Symmetry. $ ~.5 mi. Juice bar, smoothies, and a few natural eats. Plus, massage & alternative products (e.g., incense, herbs, oils).

Café Coco. A hip 24-hour place for food & music.

The Gulch & Cummins Station

not a bad walk, about a mile,
& you’ll pass the Musica statue
on the way to Nashville’s
hottest new neighborhood

Rumours Wine Bar. $$$ ~2.5 mi. 1104 Division St, 37203. Rumours is a hit for its upscale wine, cocktails, and beautiful small dishes. Try a tasting of wines paired with Irish Stout Mac & Cheese or the famed BLT Bruschetta. Extensive wine & cocktail menu that can’t be beat.

Peg Leg Porker. $$ ~1mi. 903 Gleaves St., 37203. If you want barbeque, this is the place to be. The ribs just may be the best in town. Not for vegetarians.

Flyte. $$$ ~1 mi. 718 Division Street,, 37203. For the locavore who wants an upscale treat with a fancy drink. All meats come from within 50 miles of the restaurant and most produce is local and organic.

Virago. (sushi) $$$ ~1 mi. 1126 McGavock Street, 37203. 615-254-1902. Virago has sushi and Asian fusion and a great view of the Nashville skyline from their rooftop patio. Beyond their food, the cocktail menu can please whatever your taste.

M Restaurant and Bar. $$ ~1 mi. 209 10th Ave., S., Suite 223, 37204. Southern inspired contemporary cuisine, with a few “international” influenced specialties. The menu includes small plates in addition to steak, seafood, and pasta options. The quiet and intimate space provides individuals with a trendy dining experience.

Mercy Lounge. ~ 1 mi. Nationally-renowned live music bar.

Bond Coffee Company. $$ ~1 mi. Good coffee and café food.

Colts Chocolates. $$$ ~1 mi. Gourmet chocolates & desserts.

Jackalope Brewing Co. $$ ~1 mi. Hand crafted local beer.

Music City Flats. $$ ~1 mi. American fare and a nice bar, specializing in flatbreads.

Juice Nashville. ~1 mi. Gourmet juices of all kinds.

12th & Porter. $$ ~1 mi. A great music club.

Kayne Prime. $$$ ~1 mi. Artful fusion of a chef-chic boutique restaurant & great American steakhouse.

Ru San’s. $$ ~1 mi. Japanese food with a wide variety of sushi.

Yazoo Brewery. $ ~1 mi. Good for nice, cheap beer.

Sambuca. $$$ ~1 mi. Fine dining and live jazz.

Pour House. $$ ~1 mi. American fare, like hand ground burgers and crafted beer. Across the street from Flyte.

Station Inn. $ ~1 mi. Great live bluegrass & roots music w/ bar food.

Bar Louie. $$ ~1 mi. Creative cocktails from a small chain (but not in a McD sort of way)

Watermark. $$$ ~1 mi. Fine dining. Reservation strongly recommended.

Whiskey Kitchen. $$ ~1 mi. Cool, intimate spot offering a mix of chef-inspired pub favorites, southern classics, and wood-fired pizzas and creative drinks.

Hillsboro /

West End

nestled between Vanderbilt & Belmont universities, the walk to Hillsboro Village is about

1.2 miles, but
parking’s not a problem if you decide to drive

Cabana. $$ 1.3 mi. 1910 Belcourt Ave., 37212. Cabana specializes in casual southern comfort cuisine such as lump crab hush puppies, lobster brie mac and cheese, sweet tea smoked chicken, and some of the best pizza in town. The drink menu features a wide variety of martinis, draft and bottled beers, and wine. *Not vegan friendly*

Sunset Grill. $$. ~1.5 mi. 2001 Belcourt Ave,, 37212. Cabana’s sister restaurant serves contemporary American cuisine, specializing in locally grown products, steaks, and seafood. Try the Habanero-Butterscotch Bread Pudding.

Woodlands. $$ 1.6 mi. 3415 W End Ave., 37203. 615-463-3005. Contemporary Indian vegetarian restaurant offering fresh, innovative Indian cuisine at moderate prices. Locally rated Best Indian Restaurant and Best Vegetarian Menu (but popular with meat-lovers, too).

Pancake Pantry. $ 1.2 mi. So popular there’s a line out the door on weekend mornings.

Provence Bakery. $ 1.2 mi. Salads, sandwiches, soups, & delicious baked goods.

Fido Café. $ 1.2 mi. Veg*n friendly. Check out Hot & Cold (next door, $) for Jeni’s ice cream, homemade paletas, baked goods, & local, amazing chocolate from Olive & Sinclair.

Zumi’s Sushi. $$ 1.3 mi. Just off the main drag in the Village, Zumi offers Japanese izakaya style food.

Belcourt Taps. $$ 1.2 mi. Among the few late night eating places in Nashville. Live music, reasonably good burgers, tacos and bar food.

Boscos. $$ 1.2 mi. Good American and southern cuisine with hand-crafted beer.


alive with exciting live music, great food, and elegant hotels

Capitol Grille. $$$ 1.3 mi. 231 6th Ave., N, 37219. Located downtown in the historic (and gorgeous) Hermitage Hotel, the Capitol Grille is a standard bearer for fine dining in Nashville. Executive chef Tyler Brown is serious about the local movement, sourcing his ingredients from the Farm at Glen Leven, run by the restaurant since 2010. While there, stop by the OAK Bar, one of the city’s best.

Etch. $$$ 1.5 mi. 303 Demonbreun Street, 37201, 615-522-0685. The latest culinary venture of Chef Deb Paquette, the first woman in Tennessee to qualify as a certified executive chef, and winner of countless awards and accolades. Etch features an array of playful global flavors and decadent desserts. Free valet parking.

Husk. $$ 1.5 mi. 37 Rutledge St., 37210. Headed by James Beard award-winning Chef Sean Brock, Husk grows much of their own produce, concentrating on heirloom grains and vegetables that once flourished in the region, but were lost to 20th-century industrial agriculture.

Demos. $$ ~1.5 mi. General family-style American fare.

Puckett’s. $ ~1.5 mi. Family-owned great Southern cuisine & burgers with a full bar & great live music.

417 Union. $$ 1.3 mi. American fare with an emphasis on Southern traditions.

B.B. King's Blues Club. $$ 1.5 mi. Good bar food and great music.

The National Underground. $$ ~1.5 mi. Great grill and drinks w/ amazing live music.

Merchants. $$ 1.5 mi. American fare with southern traditions since 1842.

The Southern. $$$ 1.5 mi. As the name implies.

3rd & Lindsley. $-$$ Good bar food and live music seven nights a week.


this trendy neighborhood offers everything from boutique shops to art galleries and music stores to coffee shops, bars and restaurants

Burger Up. $$ ~3 mi. 2901 12th Ave., S., 37212. Specializes in high quality local meat and ingredients served on community style tables. Although they specialize in burgers, they provide several vegetarian and vegan friendly options. Has a wide array of craft beer options, featuring several local Nashville breweries.

Edley’s Bar-B-Que. $$ ~3 mi. 2706 12th Ave., S., 37204. Edley’s specializes in traditional style Southern barbeque, smoking their meats fresh daily in local White Oak wood and offering customers eight to ten Southern style side dishes made from scratch daily. If you’re looking to experience traditional Nashville style barbeque, Edley’s is the place for you.

MAFIAoZA’s. (pizzeria) $$ ~3 mi. 2400 12th Ave., S., 37204. Specializes in authentic Italian in a comfortable and welcoming environment. With a wide array of options including a gluten-free pizza and an Old and New World wine list,

Urban Grub. $$ ~3 mi. 2506 12th Ave., S., 37204. This trendy and causal restaurant provides customers with new American cuisine. From seafood to steaks and barbeque options, Urban Grub specializes in Southern traditions with a “flavor up tweak” and a vast wine list and cocktail options.

Frothy Monkey. $ ~2.5mi. Café with great sandwiches and nice in and out seating. Hipster central. Veggie and vegan options available.

Taqueria del Sol. $ ~2.5mi. Cheap and good Mexican cuisine.

12S Taproom. $ ~2.5mi.

Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream. $ -$$ ~3 mi. DELICIOUS! Made by hand. Creative. Salted Carmel. Chocolate & Chili. A new Nashville inspired flavor – Peaches & Biscuits! Expect a line, but it moves quickly & you can sample as much as you want. You won’t be disappointed.

Portland Brew. $ ~3 mi. Good coffee and café food.

Sloco Sandwiches. $ ~3 mi. Vegan friendly* sandwiches.

Green Hills

the mecca for shopping lovers, Green Hills offers boutique shopping, an upscale mall, diverse dining options

Firefly Grille. $$ ~4 mi. 2201 Bandywood Dr., 37215. Creative American cuisine. One of Nashville’s “hidden gems,” the Firefly provides customers with a trendy and intimate atmosphere. The menu is quite extensive, with several options including the fresh catch of the day, coconut crusted seared tuna, and a daily pasta special. Firefly has a full bar with specialty cocktails.

Bluebird Café. $$ ~4 mi. Owned by the Nashville Songwriters Association International, this little hole in the wall located in a strip mall is one of the world’s preeminent listening rooms and a Nashville institution. Now also known for its frequent appearances on ABC’s Nashville.

Chinatown. $ ~3.5 mi. Popular Chinese restaurant. What’s unique is the Taiwanese cuisine.

Shalimar Indian Restaurant. $$ ~3.5 mi. Indian place near the mall. Lots of veggie, vegan and gluten free options.

White Bridge

in between the Hillwood neighborhood & Richland Creek, restaurants in this commercial area are handy if you need to make a run to Target

Anatolia Turkish Cuisine. $$ 3.8 mi. 48 White Bridge Rd., 37205. Known for kebabs, a wide range of Turkish and Middle Eastern food, and Turkish teas and coffees. Perfect for individuals looking to experience something outside of Nashville’s traditional cuisines. Anatolia’s is spacious and quiet, with a causal atmosphere.

Siam Cuisine. $$ 5 mi. Great Thai Food, one of the best in Nashville.

Stone Fox. $ -$$ 5 mi. Great, very reasonably priced Pan-American food that is homegrown, local ingredients, organicMusic, too.

Thistle Stop Café. $ 3.2 mi. A creation of Magdalene, this charming restaurant is run by women who have survived trafficking, addiction, and incarceration. Thistle Stop Cafe sells Nashville-based and fair-trade coffees, teas and healthy cafe foods. Currently only open for lunch, but offering music at night.

Berry Hill / 8th Avenue S

the colorful bungalows
of Berry Hill
are home to independent specialty shops, recording studios and music publishers—even a dog bakery

antique stores line both sides of 8th Ave. S., a collector’s haven that has become known as a premier antiques district

Yellow Porch. $$ ~4.5 mi. 734 Thompson Ln., 37204. Cute, casual interior. The menu offers creative upscale culinary adventures. The selections change frequently but often include pastas, paella, chicken, and filet mignon. Great vegetarian options! The wine selection will make even the pickiest sommelier happy.

Patrick’s Bistreaux. $$ ~4.5 mi. 2821 Bransford Ave., 37204. This Cajun/Creole fusion restaurant has been making a following in Nashville since it opened almost a year ago. They serve an amazing selection of po-boy sandwiches and other Cajun inspired cuisine. You will not go wrong with catfish here.

Sunflower Café. $-$$ ~4 mi. Vegetarian, vegan, and gluten free. Gourmet café food.

Pfunky Griddle. $ ~4 mi. A family friendly restaurant that provides an experience where the customers are the cooks. They do all the prep and clean up, leaving the fun part of pancake-making to you. Breakfast and lunch only.

A Matter of Taste. $ 3 mi. All gluten free. Lunch only, sandwiches and other café type food.

Athens Family Restaurant. $ ~3 mi. Greek & American plus breakfast options.

Smiling Elephant. $-$$ ~3 mi. Cozy Thai place with great food.

Arnold’s Country Kitchen. $ ~1 mi. Cheap but good southern-American cuisine as seen on Diners, Drive-Ins, & Dives.


beautiful Victorian buildings and homes, with
great restaurants and shops interspersed throughout,
make up Nashville’s oldest neighborhood

City House. $$$ ~3 mi. 1222 4th Ave., N., 37208. This Germantown hot spot has garnered near universal praise since opening at the end of 2007. Chef Tandy Wilson was recently honored as a James Beard nominee for Best Chef Southeast. His rustic offerings change frequently, based on the freshest product available, and his house-cured meats are a menu highlight.

Rolf and Daughters. $$$ ~2.5 mi. 700 Taylor St., 37208. Rolf and Daughters is housed in an old converted warehouse. If you have ever wanted to try squid ink pasta, here’s your chance. Or you can dig into the other fresh delights on the menu. Pair food with an expertly made cocktail and you will have a meal that can’t be beat.

Monell's. $$ ~2.5 mi. 1235 6th Ave., N., 37208. It doesn't get much more Southern than Monell's. Housed in a 19th century Victorian in historic Germantown, dishes such as spinach lasagna and skillet fried chicken are passed around the table family-style. Be prepared for a wait on the weekends; their country breakfast is legendary. Not many vegetarian options.

Germantown Café. $$ 2.4 mi. 1200 5th Ave., N., 37208.This is a great place to sip some wine and relish in modern elegant cuisine. People rave about the Plum Pork. They serve weekend brunch, lunch, and dinner.

Silo. $$ ~2.5 mi. 1121 5th Ave., N., 37208. Creative and delicious farm to table food in a “southern bistro” atmosphere. Slow food fans will rejoice at the fresh, seasonal, and local menu. With vegetarian, vegan, and gluten free options available, everyone will be able to enjoy the upscale fare. To add to the ambiance, the tables and chairs are made by Amish craftspeople. They also do all of their own butchery in house.

Restaurants at the Nashville Farmer’s Market. $ ~2 mi. Several great Indian, Jamaican, Mediterranean restaurants in the Farmer’s market restaurants 8am-6pm most days.

Cupcake Collection. $-$$ ~2 mi. Gourmet cupcakes.

Flour.Sugar.Eggs. $-$$ ~2.5 mi. Delicious pastry, quiche, sandwiches and coffee.

Red Bicycle. $-$$ ~2.5 mi. Delicious sweet and savory crepes, sandwiches and coffee.

Mad Platter. $$ ~2.5 mi. Gourmet American fare with seasonal specialties.

East Nashville

home to many musicians and visual artists,

the vibe here
is eclectic and creative, yet
low-key and neighborly—
a great place to escape without leaving town

Margot. $$$ ~3.5 mi. (French & Italian cuisine) 1017 Woodland St., 37206. Local food meets fine French cuisine. The menu here changes daily and is focused on local, seasonal foods. The wine selection is also hard to beat. The food may be on the pricey side, but you will leave satisfied and impressed. Check out the daily menu online.

Eastland Café. $$ ~5 mi. (American). 97 Chapel Ave., 37206. One of the best happy hours in Nashville (5-6pm Friday and Saturday. They specialize in creative twists on classics such as Sweet Tea Brined Bone in Pork, Tennessee Hereford Ribeye, and Potato & Thyme Gnocchi. Wash it down with a specialty martini ($5 at happy hour).

Holland House. $$ ~4mi. (epicurean restaurant & cocktail lounge). 937 Eastland Ave., 37206. True cocktail culture at its fullest. Your mixologist will expertly prepare exquisite drinks from fresh homemade ingredients while you await your food. Happy hour is a great time to visit (Friday and Saturday 5-6pm, 10-11pm), but if you come for dinner you will be pleasantly surprised by the local and seasonal fare. You will feel classy in this East Nashville gem.

Rumours East. $$ 3.8 mi. 1112 Woodland St., 37206. If you’re a wine aficionado, you may go nuts for Rumours East. This wine bar has tasty food in a funky, cozy house-turned-restaurant. The patio is one of the best in Nashville. They offer just a few entrees each night such as Eggplant Mousakka, Seared Leg of Lamb, and Sautéed Prawns. Their wine list is impressive, and the wine on tap is a unique addition.

Café Fundamental. $$ ~6 mi. (French, Southern classique). 1115 Porter Rd., 37206. French-Southern fusion? Sounds intriguing. Come for weekend brunch and try the duck confit hash or some of their homemade pastries. Dinners here are just as creative. You can enjoy a Nashville twist on French classics. One vegetarian dish on the menu nightly.

Marche Artisan Foods. $$ ~5.5 mi. Serving light, seasonal fare for every meal of the day, Marche perhaps shines brightest on the weekends, offering one of the best brunches in town.

Family Wash. $$ ~7 mi. Casual fun place. Known for shepherd’s pie (including a vegetarian option). Other favorites: meatloaf, mac & cheese, burgers & mash, chicken pot pie. Once the music starts, it can be hard to have a conversation since the space is intimate.

The Turnip Truck Natural Market. $$ ~4.5 mi. Close to Five Points is this local organic grocery store that offers salad bars and such.

Lipstick Lounge. $ ~5 mi. Hip restaurant and drinks with creative cocktails., right across from the live music venue

Mad Donna’s. $$

Batter’d & Fried. $$ ~4.5 mi. (Boston seafood house) Good fish & chips & reasonably good sushi.

Five Points Pizza. $$ ~4.5 mi. Tasty pizza by the pie or the slice. Near Batter’d & Fried.

Sky Blue Café. $ ~4 mi. Casual, café style food, including some vegan & vegetarian options. Nashville is filmed here. (Right around the corner is “Scarlett’s house.”)

Nuvo Burrito. $ ~5.5 mi. offering casual, creative burritos.

No. 308. $$ ~5.5 mi. Bar with creative drinks

Mas Tacos. $ ~5.5 mi. One of Nashville’s best food trucks.

Pied Piper Eatery. $ ~8 mi. American Diner.

East Nashville


Thai Phooket. $ 2.3 mi. (Thai & South-East Asian cuisine). 207 Woodland St., 37213. Consistently delicious and affordable Thai. The interior is simple, but this leaves the emphasis on the food. Whether you are looking for noodles, curries, or wok dishes, everyone can find something delicious here.

Lockeland Table. $$$ ~5 mi. 1520 Woodland St., 37206. Lockland table has quickly built a stellar reputation as one of Nashville’s best restaurants. It was a James Beard Foundation nominee for best new restaurant 2013. They serve a meat heavy, upscale menu as well as wood fired pizzas. The chef won second place in the Tennessee Beef Competition, so you know he knows his meats.

Silly Goose. $$ 4.7 mi. (farm-to-table restaurant). 1888 Eastland Ave., 37206. If you don’t like Silly Goose, you may just be one. They have something for everyone. They specialize in fresh, local foods and are happy to accommodate any dietary restrictions. The menu changes seasonally but their couscous has a somewhat cult following in Nashville. Whether you come for lunch, dinner, or somewhere in between, you will find something delicious here.

The FooBar. $$ ~5.5 mi. Bar, Restaurant, Live Music Venue.

Watanabe. (Sushi & Asian cuisine). $$ ~8 mi.

Far East. $$ ~4 mi. Fancy Vietnamese cuisine.

Prince’s Hot Chicken Shack. $ ~4.5 mi. 70 years as Nashville's original “hot chicken shack.” 2013 James Beard Foundation America's Classic. Enough said.

Pizzereal. $$ ~5.5 mi. Good pizza in a small, cozy house-converted-to-restaurant.

3 Crow Bar. $$ ~4.5 mi. Bar and restaurant.

Tenn 16. $$ ~4.5 mi. Bar and restaurant.

The Treehouse. $$ ~4.5 mi. Restaurant & Bar.

5 Spot. Live Music Venue.

Wild Cow. (vegetarian). $$ 6.5 mi. Great for American vegetarian and vegan fare.

Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams. $ -$$ ~6.5 min. (See description under 12S).

Ugly Mugs. $ ~6.5 mi. (coffee shop) with live music many nights.

Portland Brew. $ ~6.5 mi. Café, breakfast and lunch. Good coffee option!

Rosepepper Cantina. $$ ~6.5 mi. Mexican cuisine worth trying.

Mitchell’s Deli. $ ~8 mi. The best sandwiches in the city. Small deli but consistently packed with an eclectic crowd. Check out the daily specials.

The Pharmacy (burger parlor & beer garden). $$ ~5.5 mi. One of our best burger joints, with fish and a variety of vegetarian options. Also features wursts, beers on tap, home-made sodas. Great patio!

Highway 100

no turns, just a fork in the road--West End Ave. turns into Harding Pike, which runs into Hwy 100, which takes you to…

Loveless Café. $$ 13.3 mi. 8400 Hwy 100, 37221. An iconic Nashville institution, the Loveless café is a tourist destination for those who come to visit Music City. Specializing in traditional Southern cuisine, Loveless Café is known for their legendary biscuits. If you are looking to experience true Southern style country cooking, look no further than the Loveless Café

Visit Nolensville Road (4th Ave., from downtown)
for cheap, GREAT food, including:

Gojo Ethiopian Restaurant

La Hacienda Mexican

House of Kabob (Middle Eastern)

Ginger Thai Restaurant

Shish Kabab (Middle Eastern)

Siam Café (Thai)

Istanbul Restaurant (Turkish)

Other East Nashville places that may be of interest

Bagel Face Bakery (Bagel Bakery)

Barista Parlor (Coffee Shop)

Beyond the Edge (Bar & Restaurant)

Bongo Java (Coffeehouse/Restaurant)

Castrillo’s Pizza (East) (Pizzeria)

Fat Bottom Brewing (Taproom)

Portland Brew (Coffeehouse)

Red Door Saloon (Bar & Restaurant)

Village Pub & Beer Garden

  • City Maps, etc:

  • More info about many of these neighborhoods:

  • Events calendar:

  • Live music guide app:

  • Best honky tonks: Robert's Western World, 416 Broadway,
    Layla's Bluegrass Inn, 418 Broadway,
    Tootsie's Orchid Lounge, 422 Broadway,
    The Listening Room Café, 217 2nd Ave S.

  • Public transportation: MTA bus numbers 3 and 5 have stops in front of the hotel. Both go downtown, ending at the Music Central depot. In the other direction, Bus #3 goes to White Bridge Rd., and Bus #5 goes out to Bellevue. The fare is $1.70 per ride, with 15-20 minutes in between busses. Once downtown (or at the Gulch), Nashville's clean diesel hybrid, the Downtown Connector, offers a free and convenient way to get around. Visit for route maps and schedules.

  • Taxi companies: Allied Cab, 615-333-3333  Music City Taxi, 615-244-4886

  • Directions to Hutton Hotel:

Contributors: Pallavi Banerjee, Erin Bergner, Laura Carpenter, Allison McGrath, Terrie Spetalnick, Ronnie Steinberg, Andi Stepnick, Peter Vielehr

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