The South is known for its polite residents, beautiful open spaces, and its great barbeque food, and Nashville, Tennessee is one of the best places to get steaks in the region, offering a wide range of steakhouses for guests who want to get some high-quality beef.
Keep in mind when planning your travel that the customs and traditions of Southern cities differ from those in the North—while Northerners may want to dress up for a steak dinner, many Nashville establishments welcome guests in cowboy boots and hats or dressed down. After all, for people in Nashville, steak isn't a delicacy—it's a way of life.
Nashville boasts a ton of great steakhouses, enough in fact to fit anyone's budget or lifestyle, and a large majority of them are actually family owned and operated. Explore this list, click through to the restaurants' websites to peruse their menus, prices, and hours of operation, and pick your favorite to try on your trip to Nashville.
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Kayne Prime Boutique Steakhouse
Opened in the spring of 2011, Kayne Prime set a high goal—to be the top steakhouse of all steakhouses in Nashville, labeling itself a "Boutique Steakhouse." What's great is that Kanye Prime achieved its goal when it won Nashville Lifestyle's "Best Steakhouse," "Best of the Best Fine Dining," and "Best Service" in 2017!
This upscale steakhouse is located in the Gulch Area in the former home of Radius10 and offers guests skyline views through picture windows. Guests can expect "modern interpretations of the classic" and farm-to-table service.
Location: 1103 McGavock Street, Nashville, TN 37203
Website: Kanye Prime
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Bob’s Steak & Chop House
Located in downtown Nashville, Bob’s Steak & Chop House is a nationally renowned steak house specializing in the finest corn-fed, Midwestern prime beef.
If you're in the area, be sure to check out the Music City Center at the Omni Nashville Hotel across the street. It's also connected to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.
Location: 250 5th Avenue South, Nashville, TN 37203
Website: Bob's Steak and Chop House
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Jimmy Kelly's Steakhouse
Jimmy Kelly's—a third-generation, family-run business—originally opened its doors in 1934 during the Great Depression with the promise to "serve a great steak, a generous portion of whiskey, and ensure the service was always attentive."
In a way, this steakhouse is an integral part of Nashville's history during the post-Depression era when families began to recover and needed relatively cheap yet exquisite meals like those served at Jimmy Kelly's. Housed in a southern mansion near Downtown Nashville, this old-time establishment still serves up an excellent steak.
Location: 217 Louise Avenue, Nashville, TN 37203
Website: Jimmy Kelly's
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Nashville Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar
Fleming's is another steakhouse chain, but this one originally opened in California. However, the location in Nashville offers one of the most extensive wine lists in town, with over 30 local selections and 100 total varieties.
Fleming's has won multiple awards for its wine and steaks, including the Wine Spectator "Award of Excellence" from 2010 to 2016, the "Venue of the Year" award from Tennessee Business Travel Association in 2012, and the "#2 Best Steakhouse" award from Nashville Lifestyles Magazine in 2012.
Location: 2525 West End Avenue, Nashville, TN 37203
Website: Nashville Fleming'sContinue to 5 of 11 below.
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The Hermitage Steak House
Independently owned and in business for over 20 years, the Hermitage Steak House is as unpretentious as one can get, offering a cozy, rustic atmosphere, a surf and turf menu, and big portions for a reasonable price.
Oftentimes, Hermitage hosts live music events featuring some of the Music City's talented artists and enough room to accommodate large groups of friends. Located in the suburb of Hermitage, just a few miles northeast of Nashville, this Steak House is worth the trip.
Location: 4342 Lebanon Road, Hermitage, TN 37076
Website: The Hermitage Steak House
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Merchants have a fascinating history and high standard of service and quality, originally opening in 1870 as a pharmacy, manufacturing facility, and wholesale drug company on each of its three floors, but was converted into a three-story restaurant in 1892.
The three floors are divided into separate features of the same establishment with the bottom floor serving as a bistro, the second serving as a high-end steakhouse, and the third as a private dining space for large groups.
Location: 401 Broadway, Nashville, TN 37203
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Old Hickory Steakhouse
For a really special occasion, go to Opryland's Old Hickory Steakhouse. Not only is it an award-winning restaurant with a very romantic antebellum-style setting, Old Hickory is also set against a backdrop of the majestic Gaylord Opryland gardens.
Found at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center's Delta Garden, this restaurant is great if you're also looking for a place to stay the night after a steak and a few glasses of whiskey.
Location: 2800 Opryland Drive, Nashville, TN 37214
Website: Old Hickory Steakhouse
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The Southern Steak & Oyster
This traditional yet eclectic establishment features a state-of-the-art, shuck-to-order oyster bar, a real wood-fired grill, a locally grown buying strategy, deliciously tender meats, and directly sourced, sustainable seafood.
Located in the newly establish (renamed) SoBro District of Downtown, it also offers great access to some of the area's best attractions including the Johnny Cash museum and the Music City Star Riverfront.
Location: 150 3rd Avenue South, Nashville, TN 37201
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Sperry's opened its doors in the Nashville suburb of Belle Meade in 1974 and its owners have a long history of restaurateurs in their family, dating back over 100 years.
Sperry's has recently expanded and has a new restaurant just south of Nashville in the Cool Springs area, but the flagship store has a more classic, traditional feel. Plus, the Belle Meade location was also the first restaurant in all of Nashville to offer a salad bar—and they still do!
Location: 5109 Harding Road, Belle Meade, TN 37205
Website: Sperry's Restaurant
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Demos' local chain of restaurants offers five locations in the Middle Tennessee Area including in Lebanon, Clarksville, Hendersonville, Murfreesboro, and the flagship location in Nashville, which opened in 1989.
Demos' is another family-run business, currently under the third generation of ownership, and all five locations offer diners plenty of southern hospitality in their family-friendly atmospheres. The one in Nashville itself, though, is definitely the best of the bunch.
Location: 300 Commerce Street Nashville, TN 37201
Website: Demos' Restaurant
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Cherokee Steak House
Originally opened in 1958 as a fish house, the Cherokee Steak House, located in Lebanon, has been a local family-run business for the last three decades.
Its reasonably priced dining and hometown atmosphere have made this steakhouse a local family favorite, but just because it's in Lebanon doesn't mean it's not worth the trip to this pleasant suburb of Nashville.
Location: 450 Cherokee Dock Road, Lebanon, TN 37087
Website: Cherokee Steak House