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Students’ Favorite Restaurants

Bosco’s Restaurant and Brewing Company

One of Nashville’s four brew pubs, Bosco’s is located in nearby Hillsboro Village and serves up stone-fired pizzas, sandwiches, salads, and pasta. Daily specials are available for both lunch and dinner. Eight house brews make the visit even more tempting. 1805 21st Ave. S (615) 385-0050


Fabulous eclectic food, a huge wine and beer list, and its fun atmosphere make this one of the best restaurants in the city. Food is a little more expensive than at a casual dining restaurant, but the place is always a lot of fun. Weather permitting, ask for a table out on the patio. 911 20th Ave. S (615) 321-3043

Bread & Company

A very casual place for sandwiches, salads, soups, and desserts. Order at the counter or from premade items in fridges. It’s popular with the college crowd. 2525 West End Ave. (615) 329-1400

Broadway Brewhouse/Mojo Grill

Located within walking distance from campus, this is a favorite bar and restaurant for graduate students. Offering specialty beers and an open-air bar, along with authentic south-of-the-border food at cheap prices. If you plan to go at night, it can get a little smoky, but it is always a good time. 1900 Broadway (615) 321-3363


A trendy little restaurant tucked away behind the strip of Hillsboro Village. Good food at good prices for lunch and moderate prices during dinner. After 10 a great place to hang out and lounge in your personal cabana! 1910 Belcourt Ave (615) 577-2262

City House

This former art studio in Germantown offers a menu of locally sourced, simple ingredients, including house-cured meats, fresh pastas, local produce and imported cheeses. Open every evening for dinner, except Tuesday. 1222 4th Ave S. (615) 736-5838.


This busy coffee joint in Hillsboro Village is housed in what was once Jones’ Pet Shop and is part of Nashville’s own independent Bongo Java chain. It is a perfect place to get some work done or meet friends for a drink or bite to eat – they serve breakfast, lunch & dinner along with beer and wine. 1812 21st Ave. S (615) 777-3436

Flying Saucer

More than 70 taps pull draughts from some of the best breweries around the globe, and 160-plus bottled varieties round out the impressive selection. Good food complements the beer selection. 111 10th Ave. S (615) 259-3039

Germantown Café

A neighborhood café located in Germantown, worth leaving your neighborhood for. Reservations recommended. Brunch only on Sunday, until 2:00pm. 1200 5th Ave. N, Suite 100 (615) 242-3226


Paninis, wrap sandwiches, and salads are most popular, also a fabulous brunch on weekends. Located in Hillsboro Village with an outdoor patio (even enclosed with heaters for winter). Great “dirty” bloody mary’s. 1800 21st Ave. S (615) 385-9968

Local Taco

Located in Sylvan Park, The Local Taco is Nashville’s newest fast casual Mexican joint. Serves a range of eclectic flavors from Korean BBQ to Southern Fried Chicken tacos. Be sure to order a margarita. 4501 Murphy Road (615) 891-3271

Loveless Café

The biscuits alone are worth the drive into the country – the Southern charm is an extra perk. Too far to go on most class-days, you have to beat the rush on the weekend. 8400 Highway 100 (615) 646-9700


Local favorite nestled in the 12th South neighborhood. Best know for “Two for Tuesdays” featuring 2 for 1pizza by the slice and beers, this pizzeria and pub offers excellent Italian fare Tuesday-Sunday. 2400 12th Avenue South (615) 269-4646

Mellow Mushroom

Pizza across from school. A regional chain known for its psychedelic paintings and well-pierced staff draws a crowd of all ages. Great pizza and calzones to complement a refreshing drink selection. 212 21st Ave. S (615) 342-0044


Soul food, family-style eating! An experience that should not be missed. Breakfast, lunch or dinner. 1235 6th Ave. N (615) 248-4747

Noshville Deli

NY-style delicatessen features breakfast and lunch. Walking distance from the school, with bar seating available. A great choice lunch or breakfast. 1918 Broadway (615) 329-6674

Pancake Pantry

A Nashville institution since 1961, “the Pantry” is in the heart of Hillsboro Village. THE place to have breakfast – hot cakes, eggs, omelets, french toast, and coffee. If you come on the weekend, expect a wait. 1796 21st Ave. S (615) 383-9333


This laid-back Belmont-area restaurant has a variety of dishes – some people swear by the sushi and others love the burgers. During balmy weather, the patio is always bustling. 2017 Belmont Blvd (615) 297-2070

Provence Breads & Café

Parisian-style café in Hillsboro Village offering gourmet sandwiches, specialty cheeses, and decadent baked goods. 1705 21st Ave. S (615) 386-0363

Rosepepper Cantina

Mexican, across the river in East Nashville, great margaritas, typically busy, plan to go early. Sonoran-style Mexican grill and cantina lures trendsetters with its tasty food and expansive deck. 1907 Eastland Ave. (615) 227-4777


From specialty-grilled cheeseburgers to the popular “meat-and-three” with cornbread, this legendary local eatery is popular among Vandy students and visitors despite its atmosphere. Many say it has the best burger in Nashville! 2413 Elliston Place (615) 327-9892


This sushi spot is a hidden gem on Elliston Place. If you aren’t a regular, be prepared to wait. Very casual dining but intimate; only holds about 25 guests at a time. 2209 Elliston Place, Suite A (615) 320-5438

San Antonio Taco Co.

SATCO is a great place for a quick, cheap meal. Soft or crispy tacos are stuffed with beans and cheese, chicken, and fajita steak. Chalupas, enchiladas, taco salads, and nachos are also on the menu. The outdoor deck, across from Owen, is a popular place after exams, especially with beer by the bucket. 461 21st Ave. S (615) 327-4322

The Silly Goose

New, eclectic, and all-organic restaurant in East Nashville that uses local and sustainably produced ingredients. Nourish your body while helping out local farmers. 1888 Eastland Avenue (615) 915-0757.

South Street Crab Shack and Smoke House

An eclectic mix of patrons – students, business people, bikers, and yuppies all come to South Street. The menu features great ribs and other smoked barbecue items as well as seafood and other southern specialties. 907 20th Ave. S (615) 320-5555

Sam’s Place Sports Bar & Grill

THE sports bar in Hillsboro Village, Sam’s offers a great place to hang out with your friends and classmates. Great pizzas, cold beer, and lots of TVs to watch your favorite game. Specials every day and night make it a popular place. 1803 21st Ave. S (615) 383-3601

Sunset Grill

Located in Hillsboro Village, like its own extensive wine list, this upscale American eatery gets better with age. A good place to take the parents. They also have special prices for late-night dinners and desserts worth taking advantage of. 2001 Belcourt Ave. (615) 386-3663

Tin Angel

A low-key neighborhood bistro serving flavorful, healthy dishes just outside of Hillsboro Village off of West End Avenue. 3201 West End Ave. (615) 298-3444


Hot, upscale, eclectic bar and restaurant off Music Row combines a hip scene and inventive Asian fusion fare. Features half priced sushi on Mondays. 1811 Division Street (615)320-5149.

Zumi Sushi Japanese Kitchen

Created by an Owen MBA ’07, Zumi is new kind of sushi restaurant where each menu item is always made fresh to order in ten minutes or less. Impressive wine, beer and saki selection. 2119 Belcourt Avenue (615) 383-5770


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