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Restaurants in Tennessee

Whether it’s a classic culinary temple or a local haunt, these Tennessee restaurants are destinations in and of themselves. Read on to discover Travel + Leisure’s picks for the best Tennessee restaurants and dining experiences. Browse our travel guides for insider information on food trucks, bakeries, cafés, coffeehouses, farm-to-table restaurants, diners, trattorias, bistros, pizzerias, ice cream parlors, tapas bars, noodle houses, sushi counters, fine dining establishments, and more.

Our global network of editors and writers selects the best restaurants in Tennessee to help travelers soak up the local scene and find authentic dishes. Whether highlighting an insider hot spot, a celebrity chef’s newest restaurant, a hip coffeehouse, or the best place for cheap eats, Travel + Leisure takes you there, serving up the best Tennessee restaurant listings. Below find T+L’s top picks for where to eat in Tennessee.

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  • A & R Bar-B-Q

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar
    Prepare yourself for the best traditional Memphis-style ribs ever—flat-out sensational. The velvety, succulent meat at A&R simply glides away from ... More
  • Bell Buckle Café

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar
  • Brushmark

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar
  • Cabana

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar
    Southern bistro and bar More
  • Central BBQ

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar
    Open since 2002, and full of students from nearby colleges, Central has a breezy, spring-break feel and outdoor deck seating to match. Order a pork... More
  • Chapel Bistro

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar
  • Charlie Vergos' Rendezvous

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar
    They’re not wet; they’re not dry. They’re “’Vous-style” ribs and they’re famous. Basted just before serving with a vinegar solution and followed by... More
  • Chez Philippe

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar Dollar Dollar
  • Circa, Memphis

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar Dollar
  • City House

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar
    Snack on the thin-crust pizza at this local joint located in a former artists' studio in north Nashville's up-and- coming Germantown neighborhood More
  • Cozy Corner

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar
    Mention to locals that you’re heading to Cozy Corner for barbecued Cornish hen—rich and moist all the way through—and you’ll get plenty of head-nod... More
  • Dyer's Burgers

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar
    The Burger: Grease is the word at Dyer’s Burger, a Memphis institution since 1912. The pounded-thin, all-beef patties at this café are dunked in a ... More
  • Encore Restaurant & Bar

  • Foothills Milling Company

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar
    Chef Bart Vaughan does comfort food with a Southern flair: hikers fill up on braised short ribs served over cheese grits. More
  • Gus's World Famous Fried Chicken

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar

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