Nashville Family Friendly Restaurants

Nashville, TN 615-279-3767
This new restaurant (opened in 2010) offers a wide variety of gourmet burgers made from local grass-fed beef. But not everything on the menu comes from a cow. You'll also find a citrus salmon burger, a quinoa and black bean burger, a lamb and boursin burger, various chicken dishes, and a fabulous Portobello sandwich (to name just a few alternatives). Most of the tables are communal, making for a decidedly neighborly atmosphere. Your kids will get a kick out of the kids' menus, which are pasted inside of children's books. Open for lunch and dinner.
Nashville, TN 615-646-9700
This country cafe is the place for genuine southern cuisine, including mouth-watering country ham and red eye gravy, pit-cooked pork barbeque, Southern-fried chicken, and world-famous scratch biscuits (served with homemade preserves). Celebrities have been known to frequent the premises, including the likes of Princess Anne. Originally opened in 1951 as the Harpeth Valley Tea Room, the Loveless has been recently renovated and updated. It's well worth a visit, but don't come famished -- the drive to get here takes half an hour from downtown (or 40 minutes from the Opryland Hotel), the wait can be up to two hours, and the cafe doesn't take reservations. Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Nashville, TN 615-329-6674
Noshville is a New York-style deli in midtown that is so authentic it serves a container of crisp kosher dills at every table. The reubens are renowned, as is the corned beef, and you can also find such deli staples as lox, bagels, potato pancakes, matzah ball soup, cheese blintzes, potato knishes, and chopped liver. You can even order a New York Egg Cream (which contains neither eggs nor cream; the drink is a mixture of milk, seltzer, and chocolate syrup). The breakfast menu is available all day and contains a Yiddish primer for the uninitiated. Be sure to look for the replica of the Statue of Liberty on the roof! Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Nashville, TN 615-742-7256
Pancake Pantry is a famous Nashville eatery located near Vanderbilt and Belmont universities in a neighborhood known as Hillsboro Village. Opened since 1961, the restaurant offers 24 varieties of pancakes, including Swiss chocolate chip, pecan, buckwheat, cornmeal, potato, Georgia peach, blueberry, banana walnut, Caribbean, and sweet potato (with cinnamon cream syrup). For those who don't fancy flapjacks, generous omelets and delectable French toast are also available -- as are sandwiches, soups, and salads for lunch. But be warned, there's a long line on weekends (and they don't take reservations) -- although the line does move quickly, and sometimes you get free coffee while you queue. Open for breakfast and lunch.
Nashville, TN 615-829-6023
It's hard to find this BBQ spot, but it's well worth the search for some real, Southern BBQ. The menu is small, focusing entirely on BBQ - pulled pork, chicken, and wet and dry ribs. Sides include smoked green beans, slaw, fries, BBQ beans and mac and cheese. The kids' menu is simply one slide sandwich, one side and a drink for $5.95. Easy, simple, but really good.
Nashville, TN 615-770-2772
This quaint place welcomes families to stop by for breakfast, lunch or dinner. With an expansive menu full of many Southern favorites, there is something for everyone, including kids' menus. This is a casual, no-frills restaurant where both parents and kids can relax.
Nashville, TN 615-460-9878
An authentic Italian restaurant and bakery run by a Sicilian family, Savarino's is known for its amazing stuffed peppers. Other popular dishes here include eggplant Parmesan, sausage sandwiches, and chicken Marsala. Everything, including the bread, is made on the premises from scratch. Do leave room for dessert -- the cannolis are the best in town, and the cheesecakes and tiramisu are more than memorable. Savarino's also has a sense of humor -- each of its sandwiches is named for a Nashville resident of Italian heritage working in the music industry! Open for lunch and early dinner. Closed Sundays.
Nashville, TN 615-244-2900
This local family bakery serves up seven traditional flavors, with some occasional new ones mixed in. Sweet Lemonade, Wedding Cake and Red Velvet are some of the more popular, although they all go fast. To peruse the entire selection, get there early. It doesn't take long for these cupcakes to fly off the shelves. The Cupcake Connection is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Sundays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. It is closed on Saturday, so plan accordingly.
Nashville, TN 615-298-2088
Every table at this restaurant includes a griddle in the middle so you can cook your own pancakes. This is fun for all ages, but do take care with younger children so no one gets burned. While pancake batter is all you can eat, toppings are not, so be mindful of those adding up on your check. Also, this can be a busy place, so head over before the kids are starving in case there is a wait.
Nashville, TN 615-712-9517
This is a great place to hang out with the kids. Yes, mom and dad can enjoy an adult beverage, but the atmosphere is not off-putting for children. In fact, it's comfortable and a bit loud, which is an ideal setting for families. As the name suggests, the menu revolves mostly around burgers, with some housemade sausage and chicken options thrown in. There's also a brief kid's menu, but it hits the highlights: cheeseburgers, hot dogs, chicken tenders and grilled chicken sandwiches.

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