The Ultimate Guide to Nashville's Best Brunches

Everyone loves brunch and Nashville is full of great options. From savory dishes to drinks and coffee what's not to like?

Date Posted: June 16, 2023



Henrietta Red's beautiful interior

Morning light fills Henrietta Red in Germantown

If there's one meal that screams 'weekend with friends' it's brunch. After a night out partying there's nothing better then sleeping in and recharging with a great brunch. Seeking out the best brunch in Nashville can feel a little like having a bottomless drink, there seems to be no end to the options available. From classics live the Loveless Cafe to new hot spots like Lou check out our list below. We've got it all covered from pancakes and omelets to mimosas and coffee.

Table of Contents:

Places displayed in semi geographic order

  • 1. Cafe Roze
  • 2. Hearts
  • 3. Frothy Monkey
  • 4. Pinewood Social
  • 5. Monell's
  • 6. Café Intermezzo
  • 7. Fenwicks 300
  • 8. Elliston Place Soda Shop
  • 9. The Butter Milk Ranch
  • 10. Ruby Sunshine
  • 11. RH Cafe
  • 12. Roze Pony
  • 13. The Loveless Cafe
  • 14. Lou
  • 15. Margot
  • 16. Butcher and Bee
  • 17. Husk
  • 18. Henrietta Red
  • 19. Butchertown Hall
  • 20. The Hampton Social
  • 21. Earnest Bar & Hideaway
  • 22. Chauhan Ale and Masala House
  • 23. Adele's
  • 24. Saint Añejo

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1. Cafe Roze
Neighborhood: East Nashville

Cafe Roze is a chic modern all-day café specializing in fresh breakfast, lunch and dinner options. Roze’s brunch menu is diverse with a number of breakfast options, delectable salads, toasts and also great sandwiches. Colorful fruits and veggies find their way into most of Roze’s simple by design plates, creating photogenic food that tastes even better than it looks. If you’re looking for a great spot for a brunch date, Cafe Roze is definitely one of Nashville’s top options.

2. Hearts
Neighborhood: East Nashville, 12 South

Hearts is a Melbourne, Australia inspired brunch destination that reflects it’s owners heritage with an egg-based menu of salads, sandwiches, healthy bowls and other favorites. Hearts design is highlighted by huge floor to ceiling windows perfect for their abundance of house plants, beautiful wood furniture, and outdoor patio.

3. Frothy Monkey
Neighborhood: 12 South, The Nations, East Nashville, Downtown, Franklin

Frothy Monkey, now with five locations in Nashville, is a neighborhood-focused coffee shop with an all-day menu full of tasty and locally sourced dishes and drinks. A popular spot with locals and tourists in the know, Frothy’s OG 12 South location opened in 2004 and they've since opened shops in the Nations, Franklin, Downtown and East Nashville.

4. Pinewood Social
Neighborhood: SoBro

Pinewood Social which opened in 2013, is a trendsetting concept restaurant located just a short walk from downtown in Nashville’s SoBro neighborhood. Complete with a swimming pool, bowling alley, coffee bar, outdoor patio and more, Pinewood is a great place to be morning, noon or night. Pinewood is a perfect option for large groups.

5. Monell's
Neighborhood: Germantown

Monell’s is an all you can eat tradition-rich restaurant that’s been serving up delicious southern cooking in Music City since 1995. Located in the heart of Germantown, Monell’s restaurant is situated in an old, brick, victorian style house with a lovely adjacent garden. Monell’s is a family style diner. You sit down at a big table with people you don’t know, everyone has mismatched plates and silverware and you’re served a great, traditional, southern feast. Imagine a really great Thanksgiving meal with your whole family. That experience is basically what Monell’s offers everyday. Monell’s is open for brunch seven days a week but also reopens for dinner from Tuesday-Sunday.

6. Café Intermezzo
Neighborhood: Downtown

Cafe Intermezzo, with it’s trademark European ambience, is one of our favorite options for brunch downtown. Intermezzo specializes in craft espresso and coffee as well as a vast assortment of wonderful cakes and pastries. The cafe is warm and spacious, and it’s almost hard to believe a place so quiet and nice can exist just a block away from Broadway. In addition to their great sweets, Intermezzo offers a Mediterranean inspired menu along with the typical brunch staples.

7. Fenwicks 300
Neighborhood: Melrose

Fenwicks 300 is a new diner in Nashville’s Melrose district that has a vast and affordable menu of breakfast and lunch classics. Fenwicks takes its name from the Kevin Bacon movie ‘Diner’ and a perfect score in bowling (Fenwicks location was previously used as a bowling alley).

8. Elliston Place Soda Shop
Neighborhood: West End

Nashville milkshake institution Elliston Place Soda Shop, open since 1939, recently underwent a massive renovation and is a great spot for a family brunch in Nashville. The shop serves breakfast all day, a southern influenced lunch and dinner menu and of course their many delectable pies, cakes and ice creams.

9. The Butter Milk Ranch
Neighborhood: 12 South

Brought to you by the team behind seafood focused local favorite Urban Grub, The Butter Milk Ranch is a new mid-century styled brunch spot in 12 South serving delectable bakery treats as well as a dedicated full brunch menu. Similar to it’s sister restaurant Urban Grub, The Butter Milk excels at many things featuring a menu that has everything from a selection of dry-aged meats, to sandwiches, biscuits and pretty much anything else you could ever imagine wanting for brunch.

10. Ruby Sunshine
Neighborhood: Hillsboro Village, Franklin

Brunch born in New Orleans is the motto of Ruby Sunshine the franchise which has opened two restaurants in greater Nashville, one in Hillsboro Village the other on Main Street in Franklin in the past few years. Brought to you by the owners of The Ruby Slipper Cafe in New Orleans, Ruby Sunshine offers a number of eye-opening cocktails and a cajun inspired brunch menu with a vast assortment of different classic brunch favorites.

11. Restoration Hardware Cafe
Neighborhood: Green Hills

Restoration Hardware Cafe is without a doubt one of the best brunch options in Music City. For starters the cafe is absolutely gorgeous. When you walk into the four story RH, you’ll immediately be blown away by its design. A beautiful, glass chandelier, perfectly situated tables and couches that can accommodate both solo diners and large groups, a centerpiece water fountain and perfect lighting. The food menu is really good albeit a little pricey. Everything we’ve had here we can recommend from the shaved ribeye sandwich on garlic bread to some of the best bacon in Music City.

12. Roze Pony
Neighborhood: Belle Meade

The sister restaurant of the aforementioned Cafe Roze, Roze Pony offers a similar menu with a selection of plates, sandwiches, salads and pastries in Belle Meade. One of our favorites on the menu here for brunch is the delectable inch-thick soufle pancakes. These cakes take around 25 minutes to make but are definitely worth the wait. Open morning to night, serving brunch and lunch up to 4:00 p.m. and then a great dinner menu until close at 10:00, Roze Pony is one of our favorite spots for any meal in Nashville.

13. Loveless Cafe
Neighborhood: Bellevue

Loveless Cafe is one of Nashville’s true culinary institutions. Serving up a variety of southern classics, Loveless is open all-day and especially known for their famous biscuits and brunch. More than just a restaurant, Loveless' Motel, Hams and Jams Shop, Gift Shop, Barbecue Pit and Barn are all available for you to explore while you wait on your table. While Loveless is around a 25 minute drive from downtown it remains a popular spot for good reason, since opening in 1951 the cafe and motel remain unchanged.

Weekend Only Brunch Spots

14. Lou
Neighborhood: East Nashville

Lou is a cozy and cute all-day café & wine bar tucked away in East Nashville’s Riverside Village. Lou has a wide variety of simple and healthy brunch options. The buckwheat pancakes topped with chocolate maple syrup and malt butter are a favorite. It’s a very homey restaurant and has that neighborhood hidden gem kind of feel.

15. Margot
Neighborhood: East Nashville

Margot is a popular fine-dining cafe located in Five Points that specializes in cuisine from France and Italy specifically from the regions of Provence and Tuscany. Margot takes its name from its head chef, longtime local favorite Margot McCormick. The restaurant is set in a beautiful, old, rustic-colored, brick building that dates back to the 1930’s. Inside, the brick walls are adorned with copper pots, Italian plates and antique mirrors and the marble bar serves as the beautiful and classic centerpiece of the room. Margot’s brunch menu fits the restaurants design perfectly with a number of classic, European inspired, locally sourced options.

16. Butcher and Bee
Neighborhood: East Nashville

Butcher & Bee began as a sandwich shop on King Street in Charleston, SC first opening in 2011. The restaurant found quick success and opened their second location in Nashville in 2016. Butcher and Bee’s brunch menu has an American theme with a middle eastern twist reflecting its owners heritage.

17. Husk
Neighborhood: Rutledge Hill

Husk, the second restaurant under the same name after the original Charleston hit, is located in a beautiful, brick house on the top of Rutledge Hill facing the downtown skyline. At Husk “if the ingredients not coming from the south, it’s not coming through the door.” Open for dinner seven days a week but only for brunch on Saturday and Sunday, expect a number of gourmet southern-influenced plates. Grits, ham, bacon, eggs, fried chicken, shrooms and all types of veggies each from the best local sources, each cooked better than pretty much anywhere else.

18. Henrietta Red
Neighborhood: Germantown

Nestled in a bustling stretch of Germantown, Henrietta Red is an American restaurant offering seasonal contemporary cooking. The dream of Nashville-native and chef Julia Sullivan, Henrietta Red focuses on simple and fresh ingredients. One of Nashville’s most stylish restaurants, Henrietta Red’s interior is absolutely beautiful. White walls, wooden floors, tables, and chairs, a white marble bar and blue accents throughout, give the restaurant a decidedly coastal ambience. Henrietta Red’s brunch menu also has a coastal flavor. Dishes featuring seafood such as oysters, scallops, lobster, trout and shrimp are standouts.

19. Butchertown Hall
Neighborhood: Germantown

Butchertown Hall is a barbecue and TexMex restaurant that specializes in smoked meats and briskets. The interior atmosphere is friendly casual with beautiful white subway tiled walls and wooden furniture. The menu features tons of western options as well as a few sharable staples like their brussel sprouts and chips with queso.

The beautiful upstairs seating area at Hampton Social
20. The Hampton Social
Neighborhood: Downtown

The Hampton Social located just a short walk from Broadway is the perfect place to imbibe and enjoy the feeling of Summer days. The 3-story restaurant features a first-floor 'Rosé All Day' lounge, second-floor dining and a beautiful rooftop terrace with indoor and outdoor seating. Hampton Social is known for a lively dining experience featuring exceptional coastal-inspired food, cocktails and live music in a beautifully designed atmosphere.

21. Earnest Bar and Hideaway
Neighborhood: WeHo

One of the best spots not just in WeHo but in all of Nashville, Earnest is an elegant restaurant with a great brunch and a laidback vibe. If you’ve visited their Instagram page (or just looked at the picture above) you’ve seen their delectable hot chicken and Mac which we can confirm tastes just as good as it looks.

22. Chauhan Ale and Masala House
Neighborhood: The Gulch

Chauhan Ale and Masala House is a chic restaurant specializing in creative Indian cuisine and cocktails in the Gulch. The restaurant is set in a refurbished brick garage and is designed like an old times British pub with Indian influences. Chauhan’s food takes inspiration from co-owner and chef Manet Chauhan’s Indian upbringing and Nashville’s history of southern cuisine.

23. Adele's
Neighborhood: The Gulch

Adele’s in the Gulch is one of Nashville’s most beautiful restaurants and also serves up a fantastic weekend brunch buffet. Adele’s building, which in a previous life operated as an auto repair shop, was perfectly converted into the open, industrial, high-ceilinged restaurant that is also one of Nashville’s trendiest date night spots.

24. Saint Añejo
Neighborhood: The Gulch

For years now, Saint Añejo has been a top mexican restaurant and weekend brunch option in Nashville. Built for large groups, order a bowl of queso and guac for the table and enjoy a great atmosphere and top notch food and service at this Gulch staple.

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