Best Seafood Restaurants in Nashville, TN



Anyone with access to an atlas or Google Maps can see that Nashville is smack in the middle of an extremely landlocked state. The eight hour drive to the nearest beach is one of the worst things about life in Music City, but that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy some good fish every now and then. Nashville has some great options when you crave seafood; here are the best.

Fin and pearl
Fin and pearl
The ravine

Committed to serving only the freshest seafood harvested using sustainable methods, Fin & Pearl puts its menu where its mouth is. Working with small private fishing boats and sustainable farms to source ingredients, the restaurant serves fine seafood dishes in an elegant environment. Whole crispy bronzini, herb crusted salmon, seared scallops and black fettuccine with shrimp are always on the menu, and fresh catches of fish, crabs, ceviche and lobsters will keep you coming back for more.

Downtown

Although a large part of the Los Arcos menu features typical Mexican dishes like fajitas and enchiladas, seafood is a very important part of the kitchen. Fish or shrimp dishes cooked a la Veracruz with onions, green peppers and tomatoes are solid choices, but it’s hard to go beyond the description of Piña Cantamar: baked shrimp and octopus, stuffed in a seeded pineapple. and topped with cheese and creamy sauce.

Acme Feed & Seed
Acme Feed & Seed
Downtown

The menu at this emporium of drink, food, and fun on Lower Broad focuses on an eclectic variety of Latin-tinged Southern fare, with plenty of Gulf and ocean dishes to try. Noteworthy is the fried catfish basket and grilled ahi sandwich, and the stylish second-floor sushi bar, which serves 17 types of buns, in Acme Square near the top of the local seafood mountain.

Common union
Common union
Downtown

This restaurant calls itself a “social steakhouse” with lots of small plates to share, but don’t sleep on their chilled seafood selections. Order a Midtown Tower with lobster tail, giant crab, assorted oysters, shrimp cocktail and smoked mussels, as well as several homemade sauces and mignonettes for a real treat. It’s the favorite destination for Vandy’s students on family weekends when parents foot the bill.

Marathon Village

Just about everything inside and outside of this modest seafood restaurant is tiny, from the parking lot to the mall that houses it. However, the portions at the Seafood Sensation are huge: king crab legs big enough to scratch your back, fried fish fillets spilling over the edges of the plate, and mixed platters so huge it requires two hands to carry them. If you do win, place a newspaper in your car seat first, as everything here is soaked in butter.

Henriette Red
Henriette Red
Germantown

Nashville-born chef Julia Sullivan, who previously worked at Blue Hill New York at Stone Barns and Per Se, partnered with general manager and sommelier Allie Poindexter to open the remarkable Henrietta Red in early 2017. The restaurant elegantly cold focuses on seafood, seafood and vegetables. -vanguardist dishes roasted in a wood-fired oven, with a raw sea bass menu that changes every day. Even if you opt for the bar’s more limited menu, which still features crab dip, trout, and oyster cakes, you can’t go wrong.

Marathon Village

There is nothing fancy about this little seafood shack with a simple menu of fried sandwiches, fries, coleslaw, and spaghetti. At some point you should try the catfish, but the crispy, crisp whiting dressed in hot mustard, hot sauce, pickles and raw white onions might just be the best seafood bite in town, and it only costs $ 5.25.

Swamp house
Swamp house
The ravine

When it became known that celebrity New Orleans chef John Besh was opening the main restaurant at the new Thompson Hotel, expectations were high. Fortunately, the winner and his team at Marsh House rose to the challenge with a mostly sea-based menu with lots of Big Easy touches. Spicy Ginger Shrimp Toast is a popular appetizer that lands on almost any table, and any Besh whole fish preparations like catfish creole or red snapper courtbouillon deserve your attention.

Maine Cousins ​​Lobster
Maine Cousins ​​Lobster
Downtown

In town since 2012, this food truck has served two versions of the iconic lobster roll, a fresh Maine roll with a kiss of mayonnaise and a hot Connecticut roll with butter and lemon. Other shellfish dishes include lobster quesadillas, tacos, poppers, and a gooey lobster grilled cheese sandwich.

Nashville East

When it took over the space from the popular Mitchell Delicatessen, the team behind Rudie’s Seafood and Sausage had a plan: to bring fresh seafood, whole animal butcher’s and craft beers to the East Side. The result is a cozy restaurant that offers a selection of oysters from coast to coast, tangy ceviche and a decadent crawfish, shellfish and cheese dish that is totally worth the calories.

Blue Moon waterfront gate
Blue Moon waterfront gate
Sylvan Park

Seafood always tastes better if you can see the water while you eat (even if you’re only looking at the Cumberland River). Tucked away in Rock Harbor Marina, the Blue Moon Waterfront Grille is a floating restaurant on a houseboat with indoor and outdoor dining. The menu features tropical favorites like coconut shrimp and grilled mahi-mahi, as well as southern favorites like po-boys and fried catfish. For a taste of the ocean in the middle of a river, it’s worth the trip.

Nashville East

Despite the restaurant’s name, not everything comes out of the deep fryer at this popular East Nashville chippy. Of course, there are four different variations of the classic fish and chips on the menu – cod loin, Guinness breaded grouper, Alaskan pollock, and haddock – plus a host of other deep-fried seafood platters and baskets. , but there’s also a huge supply of sushi rolls, sashimi, and grilled fish, like salmon steak and rare seared ahi tuna.

Southern steak and oyster
Southern steak and oyster
SoBro

Steak may come first in the name of this bustling SoBro restaurant, but it’s the Sea food which are the highlights of the menu. With crabcakes, okra, fish and oatmeal, barbecued shrimp and a wildly popular raw sea bass, The Southern puts seafood in the spotlight all day.

Downtown

With the announcement of Bro’s Cajun Cuisine closing, fans started looking for another place to get their fix of steamed spicy seafood. Step into The Loft, a hole in the wall focused on mixed platters of tilapia, crab and salmon in the style of a traditional Cajun boil. Heavy on the spices but light on the wallet, The Loft has its straight priorities.

South Street
South Street
Music Row / Vanderbilt / Belmont

Long before Midtown became the popular dining destination it is today, South Street was known as the place to be for chilled beer and southern fried seafood delicacies. Recreating an authentic crab shack and dive bar experience, the restaurant emphasizes casual dining with oysters served four ways, fried calamari, poboys, and a popular steamed bucket that includes a combination of mussels, shrimp, oysters, smoked sausage, corn, and potatoes boiled in Cajun spices and served with pulled butter.

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Chris Chamberlain is a Nashville-based food, drink and travel writer who knows the fastest route to the Gulf and will argue with anyone who disagrees. Follow his ramblings on Twitter @CeeElCee.



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