Gwyneth’s Favorite Nashville Restaurants—and More

Written by: Gwyneth Paltrow


Published on: November 10, 2022


I spent a lot of time in Nashville over a decade ago. I loved the country music culture and finding the hidden gems around town. Though it was on the come-up, it still felt a bit sleepy and very authentic. A girls’ trip brought me back recently, and I was surprised at how much the city had changed, exploded, really. If you can navigate your way around the wild, roving bachelorette parties and traffic jams, you will still find all of the authenticity, with the exciting developments of a city in full bloom; amazing food; and, as always, the best people.

Below, some Nashville restaurants I love and other standouts to explore.


  • Locust


    One of the best meals I have ever had in Nashville. Perfect dumplings. And look at these tomatoes. Everything chef Trevor Moran makes is so beautiful.

  • FOLK


    Oh my god. Incredible food. This pizza. My absolute favorite for dinner.

  • Epice


    I took a terrible photo, I know, but I went to this great Lebanese place for lunch.

  • O-Ku


    They finally have good sushi in Nashville.

  • Chauhan Ale & Masala House

    Chauhan Ale & Masala House

    Amazing Indian food.

  • Rolf and Daughters

    Rolf and Daughters

    Fantastic pasta and really good wine.

  • City House

    City House

    When I was in Nashville all those years ago, City House was the first real foodie spot that popped up there. The chef won a James Beard Award. I’ve been a lot of times—it’s good.

  • The Optimist

    The Optimist

    Great seafood here.

    Photo courtesy of Andrew Thomas Lee


  • Soho House Nashville

    Soho House Nashville

    Here’s me in G. Label at the new Soho House in Nashville. It’s in the old warehouse district, and it feels more low-key and authentic than some of the hotels downtown. And yes, that’s a bathtub next to the bed.

  • Station Inn

    Station Inn

    Station Inn is in the Gulch, and it’s been there forever. It’s real bluegrass. Go in there any night and it’s so good—the best musicians you’ve ever heard.

  • Grand Ole Opry

    Grand Ole Opry

    Grand Ole Opry really needs no introduction. A bunch of acts come through every night. Like Dolly Parton could pop in.

  • Private Edition

    Private Edition

    Great wax at this place.

  • Imogene + Willie

    Imogene + Willie

    I started coming to this cool denim place when I was doing Country Strong. There are now a ton of other shops in the neighborhood.