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Best Business Lunches in Nashville

The business lunch is alive and well in Nashville. Here are 10+ places to sit and schmooze over a tasty meal.

Written By:  Nashville Lifestyles

Photographers:  Emily Dorio

Makeready Libations & Liberation


To order: Deviled Eggs, Palm Beach Salad, BBQ Chicken Salad

Positioned on West End throughfare makes for a super easy meeting spot to those coming into town or from downtown. Park without a hassle and take in a who’s-who of business chatter during the lunch hour. bricktops.com

Caviar & Bananas

To order: The French Dip; The Baja Salad with Citrus Grilled Shrimp

It’s a grand, modern space with many food stations, counters, and bars that cater to every desire, breakfast through dinner. Stuffed biscuits. Fresh-to-order salads. Handcrafted sandwiches. Baked goods. Charcuterie. Farmstead cheeses. Artisanal chocolates. Impress your guests or just make it easy to get down to business. caviarandbananas.com

Chauhan Ale & Masala House

To order: Indian "Meat and Three" Thali

Located on a construction-heavy corner in the North Gulch, chef Maneet Chauhan’s Indian eatery is brimming with energy: The room is dim, the music is upbeat, and there’s a flickering light show along the brick wall. chauhannashville.com


To order: Epice Salad with Fish; Bustan Sandwich

Epice re-creates a modern Middle Eastern aesthetic with a stacked-stone wall, skylights, and that marble-wrapped bar, behind which sit decorative piles of fresh spices and perfectly procured dishes. epicenashville.com


To order: Roasted Califlower; Argentinian Beef Tenderloin

Chef Deb Paquette imbues Etch’s kitchen with her passion for the exotic essence, hues, textures, and products of the Mediterranean and North Africa. Etch’s perfectly plated dishes are a feast of their own. etchrestaurant.com

Fin & Pearl

To order: Blackened Catch Sandwich; Tejano Shrimp Tacos

A self-titled sea-to-fork restaurant, set in the base of the Twelve Twelve building in the Gulch, Fin & Pearl is one of the first dedicated seafood houses in town—beyond a simple fish fry, though, they offer out-of-the-box menu items, thoughtfully sourced seafood, and a space that caters to several types of diners. finandpearl.com


To order: Husk Cheeseburger

Since the menu changes twice daily, look for specific suppliers to guide you. Beef from Double H Farms, poultry from White Oak Pastures, lamb from Border Springs Farm, and anything from Benton’s Country Hams. Be sure to ask the extremely well-prepared servers for advice. husknashville.com

Little Octopus

To order: Peruvian Chicken; Vegan Caesar

From its varied and fresh dishes to its reasonable pricing, Little Octopus fills several voids. The chic dining space in The Gulch offers lunch service and a full bar with dishes to suit all types from the vegan to the omnivore. littleoctopusnashville.com

Makeready Libations & Liberation

To order: Beet Salad; L&L Burger; Mussels

Offering a seasonal approach to American tavern food, Makeready Libations & Liberation serves as a warm and welcoming gathering place for hotel guests and locals, alike. Located on the ground floor of Noelle, Makeready is led by executive chef Dan Herget. The restaurant’s commitment to local partnerships and heritage products provides guests with a unique and comforting dining experience, with menu options that include rotisserie-fired meats, an exceptional cheeseburger, and a regional larder program, featuring extensive in-house charcuterie. makereadynash.com

Midtown Cafe

To order: Midtown Meatloaf; Pacific Rim Salad

Restaurateur Randy Rayburn’s neighborhood eatery, Midtown Cafe, is a fixture on the dining scene. Now in its 30th year, the menu of elevated classics is still a fit for third shifters from area hospitals to a table of tourists. midtowncafe.com

Table 3

To order: Croque Madame; Coq au Vin

Fans of French bistro fare—and remarkably affordable prices—will appreciate the staples on the daily menu in addition to seasonal favorites. Nestled in The Mall at Green Hills shopping area, parking is abundant with easy access to neighborhood amenities. table3nashville.com


To order: Vegetarian Spring Rolls; Pork Belly Bao; Black Bean Beef

With high ceilings, cozy, blue leather banquettes, and Chinese lanterns hung throughout, chef Chris Cheung and his team have introduced this city to a higher caliber of Chinese cuisine. His menu pulls from his experience—he grew up eating Cantonese cooking, was trained by a Hong Kong chef, and cooked in Shanghai. (But, he also admits to a love for Chinese-American food.) tansuonashville.com

The Palm

To order: The Power Lunch

One of the most delicious lunches in Nashville is also the most efficient. Without skimping, The Palm’s three-course power lunch includes a salad, decadent entree, and dessert. Dine among more than 300 luminaries caricatured on the walls, branding this as a Music City joint. thepalm.com


To order: Mediterranean Veggie Lasagna; Asian Ahi Tuna Salad

Known for its nightly live music, Sambuca is also a hub in the Gulch for daytime diners. The expansive, casual menu and eclectic European design are ideal for any size groups. Think business luncheon, networking happy hour, and everything in between. sambucarestaurant.com

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