Your Guide to the Best Outdoor Eateries in Nashville

 In Nashville

Nashville, Tennessee is a hot spot for outdoor adventures in the spring season. With hundreds of new restaurants popping up annually, you won’t want to miss out on these prime outdoor eateries in Music City.

When it comes to planning your Nashville trip, especially in a COVID-19 world, you’re going to want to know about the hottest outdoor restaurants in town. Our bustling city has a lot to offer outside of our funky, music filled bars and pubs! Varying in price, scenery and cuisine, we’ve compiled a list of some of the best outdoor Nashville restaurants.

Here are some of the best places to experience Music City food outside: 

  • Bar Taco
  • The Optimist
  • Frothy Monkey 12th Ave South
  • McDougal’s Chicken Fingers & Wings
  • The Pharmacy
  • White Limozeen
  • Liberty Common

Bar Taco

If you have never visited Nashville before, then you’ve probably never heard of 12th Ave South. A cute local street full of shops and eateries, 12th Ave South is home to the infamous Bar Taco! With the weather warming up down in Tennessee, Bar Taco’s outdoor patio is the perfect place to be for people-watching, margaritas, street tacos and yummy rice-bowls. Be sure to walk off your meal by strolling along 12th Avenue in search of many beloved Nashville murals or make a pit stop in some of the local boutiques.

The Optimist

A fairly new restaurant to town, The Optimist is a local fresh seafood eatery that you won’t want to miss out on! Located in Nashville’s Germantown neighborhood, this outdoor Nashville restaurant is located in a historic building that’s been transformed into a true Music City oasis. Perfect for a vacation date night or a dinner with friends, their seafood is definitely fresh and flavorful. Start off your meal with some delicious buttery rolls before opting for fresh oysters, shrimp, ceviche, tuna poke, or lobster.

Frothy Monkey 12th Ave South

Located in the heart of 12th Ave South, Frothy Monkey is a favorite cafe amongst the locals of Nashville, Tennessee. Enjoy a delicious breakfast sandwich with a Havana latte, or opt for a quinoa-black bean burger. This adorable Nashville eatery recently added their vast outdoor space, adorned with various picnic tables. This is the perfect spot to watch some locals on their morning strolls with their dogs as you get a taste of Music City.

McDougal’s Chicken Fingers & Wings

A local favorite, McDougal’s Chicken Fingers & Wings is the perfect place to enjoy some laid back vibes and hot chicken. With an eclectic feel, this outdoor Nashville restaurant now has multiple locations that will make you feel right at home in Music City. Created by a Nashville local, McDougal’s very own Tommy opened up his first restaurant in 2004, and the grind hasn’t stopped since.

Pop over to McDougal’s Chicken Fingers & Wings to enjoy the springtime weather and an ice cold sweet tea.


The Pharmacy

If you’re looking for a good place to grab mouthwatering burgers, milkshakes and craft sodas, The Pharmacy may be the outdoor Nashville restaurant for you! Dine in a lush outdoor garden full of picnic tables and string lights. A more laid back feel, The Pharmacy’s burgers are made from 100 percent Tennessee beef. You won’t want to miss out on this delicious local spot!

White Limozeen

Are you in town for your bachelorette party or just a local looking for an outdoor space to relax with friends? If so, White Limozeen could be the best outdoor bar and eatery for your squad. Enjoy the vibes of this Dolly Parton inspired rooftop bar, equipped with a larger-than-life pink statue of Dolly’s head made from chicken wire!

White Limozeen opened in 2020 and sits atop the Graduate Nashville downtown. Featuring French cuisine and classic Nashville cooking, the outdoor area is dotted with various shades of pink. Be sure to make your reservations early as this hot outdoor Nashville restaurant is very popular and books up quickly.

Liberty Common

Are you looking for a riverfront outdoor view as you enjoy some local cuisine? Liberty Common, located right across from the Cumberland River, offers a French cafe vibe in the heart of Music City. An outdoor space lined with several tables, Liberty Common is a beautiful place to grab a drink or some delicious burgers and oysters. If you’re looking for a more laid back vibe, try visiting Liberty Common for an early dinner or maybe even brunch! Or, if that doesn’t suit your fancy, come back later in the evening to enjoy the restaurant turned cocktail bar.

If you’re ready to see all Music City has to offer, outdoor Nashville restaurants and all, contact Tommy’s Tours today!

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