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Best Business Lunches in Nashville

The business lunch is alive and well in Nashville. Here are 20 places to sit and schmooze over a tasty meal.

Written By:  Nashville Lifestyles

Photographers:  The Tennessean

1808 Grille

1808 West End Ave.; (615) 340-0012; 1808grille.com
Lunch Hours: Monday-Friday 11:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.
What to Order: Go for the classic 1808 burger or their meat & 3 with local sides that change based on their farmers.
Take a look at the lunch menu.


37 Rutledge St.; 615-256-6565; husknashville
Lunch Hours: Monday-Friday 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
What to Order: The menu will varies daily based on local growers and what's ripe from the Husk garden, but you can count on excellence when ordering a Husk Cheeseburger (half beef, bacon). Another most-ordered item is the first course soft shelled crab with Smoky Lady pea and pepper salad.
Take a look at the lunch menu.


300 Commerce St.; 615-256-4655; DemosRestaurants.com
Lunch Hours: Monday-Friday 11 a.m. - 3 p.m
What to Order: The insiders tell us the Chicken Fettucini special on Monday is the most popular, but you definitely check the daily dish to pick your own favorite.
Demos' Lunch Specials


2100 West End Avenue; 615-321-1990; Masons-Nashville.com
Lunch Hours: 11 a.m. -3 p.m.
What to Order: Always always get their 'devil of an egg'. Crowd favorites are the Mason's farm burger and fried green tomato BLT. Why not finish up like a king with the 'Elvis' dessert.
Full lunch menu


3000 West End Ave.; 615-298-1000
1576 W. McEwen Dr., Franklin; 615-771-8760
Lunch Hours: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
What to Order: Can't go wrong with the Crab Cake Salad.
See the lunch menu for both locations.


401 Broadway; 615-254-1892; MerchantsRestaurant.com
Lunch Hours: Monday-Friday 11 a.m.-close
What to Order: If you're going for something tried and true, order the Duck Fat tater tots and a Merchants burger. Other menu favorites include the grilled salmon BLT, Mahi-Mahi fish tacos and some down-home, white cheddar mac & cheese.
Take a look at the lunch menu.

Capitol Grille

231 6th Ave. N.; 615-345-7116; CapitolGrilleNashville.com
Lunch Hours: Monday-Friday 11:30 a.m.- 2 p.m.
What to Order: Go with any of their daily blue plate specials. Ex: Tuesday's BBQ pork plate with baked beans and mac & cheese or Monday's fried chicken with creamed corn and braised greens.
Chef Tyler Brown sources from local farmers, find out his trusted purveyors!


303 Demonbreun St.; 615-522-0685; etchrestaurant.com
Lunch Hours: Monday- Friday 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
What to Order: Everyone raves about the roasted cauliflower for good reason. We also recommend the brisket pupusa, tuna bowl or ratatouille crudo with chicken.
Take a look at the lunch menu.

The Palm

140 5th Avenue S.; 615-742-7256; ThePalm.com
Lunch Hours: Monday-Friday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
What to Order:  3-Course Power Lunch with starter, entree, side and dessert
Pick your entree ahead of time off the lunch menu.

M. Restaurant & Bar

209 10th Avenue S., Suite 223 in Cummins Station; 615-678-1591; M. Restaurant and Bar
Lunch Hours: 11:00 a.m.- 2 p.m.
What to Order: Dine on a lobster BLT burrito or the seared salmon.
M. Restaurant menu


601 12th Avenue S.; (615) 248-2888; SambucaRestaurant.com
Lunch Hours: Monday-Friday 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
What to Order: Triple Combo - soup, salad and sandwich
For more info, check out the lunch menu.

Midtown Cafe

102 19th Ave. S.; 615-320-7176; MidtownCafe.com
Lunch Hours: Monday-Friday 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
What to Order: Treat your clients to their notable shrimp & grits or other memorable menu items like chicken croquettes or the salmon BLT sandwich.
More on the menu at Midtown.


1904 Broadway; 615-320-8580; Tavern.com
Lunch Hours: 11 a.m.-close
What to Order: Our go-to is the Tuscan kale and parmesan salad; other popular menu items are the turkey BLT or Tavern burger.
Select an ideal lunch from the Tavern menu.

The Southern Steak & Oyster

150 3rd Ave S #110; 615-724-1762; TheSouthernNashville.com
Lunch Hours: Monday-Friday 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
What to Order: The most ordered lunch dish is their hot chicken salad.
See the full lunch menu.


1920 West End Ave.; 615-320-1740
1656 Westgate Circle, Brentwood; 615-377-7070
Lunch Hours: Monday-Friday 11 a.m.- 4 p.m.
What to Order: Lunch combo — half pizza and salad or pasta and salad
Check the Nashville lunch menu.
Check the Brentwood lunch menu.

Pavilion Kitchen

1530 Demonbreun St.; 615-457-2781; PavilionNashville.com
Lunch Hours: 11 a.m.-close
What to Order: Pavilion pork belly BLT sliders are the way to go (any of the sliders, really) along with a bowl of their homemade soup of the day.

Prime 108 in Union Station

1001 Broadway; 615-620-5665; Prime108.com
Lunch Hours: Monday-Friday 11:30 a.m.- 2 p.m.
What to Order: You don't have to be a CEO to dine like one — Prime 108's 3-course business lunch special is ideal. Try the grass-fed Kentucky bison sliders or the smoked chicken cobb salad.
Take a look at the full menu.

Cantina Laredo

592 12th Ave. S.; 615-259-9282; CantinaLaredo.com
Lunch Hours: 11 a.m.-close
What to Order: The Mango Chicken salad (Ensalada de mango y pollo), the new Torta de Carnitas sandwich and the Mexican apple pie with sizzling brandy butter. Warning: you may not be able to go back to work.
See the Cantina lunch menu.


104 5th Ave S.; 615-780-4005; Pub5.com
Lunch Hours: Monday-Friday 11 a.m.-2 a.m.
What to Order: Feel good about ordering the Poutine to start and follow up with the kale salad; adding chicken or salmon is a must.

Nashville City Club

201 4th Ave. N.; 615-244-3693; NashvilleCity.com
Lunch Hours: Monday–Friday 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
What to Order: Enjoy the downtown view over contracts and NCC's daily 'club comforts' like roast beef and fried catfish. If you really want to seal the deal, order the blackened ribeye with crushed potatoes and asparagus. (Must have a member present).
The complete City Club lunch menu.



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