14 Essential Late-Night Restaurants in Nashville

Because cravings don't only happen from 9 to 5

When traveling, there's never a convenient time for cravings to hit. That's why we've rounded up all of the around the clock and late-night options that Nashville has to offer. Discover everything from delectable nachos, award-winning burgers, old-school diner plates, even seafood and sushi: it's all here. 


THE DINER

Considered the crown jewel of SoBro, The Diner, a six-story, 24-hour restaurant serves up a different dining experience on each floor. Among the casual and upscale choices are home-style Southern dishes, Italian specialties, steaks, freshly-shucked oysters and made-to-order sushi. Late-night treats are served on the sixth floor—if you can make it past the coffee, milkshakes (including boozy creations) and pastries of the first floor. 

Open 24 hours; serves alcohol 23 hours a day (no alcohol sales from 3-4 am)


SUN DINER

No diner celebrates Nashville more than Sun Diner, which pays tribue to Sun Records recording artists who brought rockabilly to life: Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis, Roy Orbison and Johnny Cash. Tributes to these and other legendary stars line the diner's walls; their hits help inform the feel-good menu. The late-night menu includes Sun favorites such as the donut breakfast sandwich, "Feelin' Good" breakfast burger and "Let's Do the Twist" creme brulee French toast.

Open 24 hours; late-night menu is available 10 pm-5 am nightly


CAFE COCO

An eclectic enclave tucked within Elliston Place, there's always a buzz at Cafe Coco. Mornings begin with breakfast bowls, chicken and waffles and of course plenty of coffee; there's also wraps, paninis and down-home specialties such as Granny's Turkey. No matter what the hour, you'll want to pair your meal with the cafe's signature tots. 

Open 24 hours Th-Sa; 7 am-midnight Su-W. Songwriter Nights every Tuesday and Thursday from 8-10:30 pm


Mafiaoza's Nashville late-night dining

MAFIAOZA'S

Part of the Nashville community since 2003, MAFIAoZA's prides itself on its family-friendly atmosphere and authentic Italian menu. It won a 2016 Wine Spectator Restaurant Award for its wine program; local honors include best pizza (for its New York-style, stone-oven pizza) and best for dining with kids.

Open until 3 am nightly


DINO'S

An old-school dive bar in East Nashville, Dino's is known for its classic burgers and fries. And it's not just local crowds that have taken note: Bon Appetit voted Dino's cheeseburger as one of the nation's Top 3 burgers in 2017; the late Anthony Bourdain visited for "Parts Unknown" in 2016. 

Open until 3 am nightly; call-in to-go orders 'til 10 pm nightly


The pizza window at Five Points Pizza East Nashville late-night

FIVE POINTS PIZZA EAST

A New York-style pizza shop, Five Points Pizza makes its dough from scratch every day and tops it with hand-crushed plum tomato sauce and house-shredded mozzarella. Then, pizzas are baked on two-inch bricks in gas-fired ovens. Slices are cut from 20-inch pies and served on paper plates.

Late-night slice window (walk-up only) open Su-Th, 11 pm-1 am; F-Sa, midnight-3 am


The Big Bar at Bastion Nashville

THE BIG BAR AT BASTION

Part of Bastion Nashville but operated separately from the restaurant, fans of nachos (available with smoked pork or vegetarian chorizo) shouldn't miss the Big Bar at Bastion. Pair it with one of the bar's tempting cocktails or the punch of the day.

Open until 2 am nightly


ROBERT'S WESTERN WORLD

Before it became one of Nashville's most beloved honky tonks, Robert's Western World was a warehouse for river merchants, and from the '50s to the '80s was the home of the Sho-Bud Steel Guitar Company. Its Honky Tonk Grill offers some of the best deals around, including the $6 "Recession Special," a fried bologna sandwich, chips, a moon pie and can of PBR. The late-night menu has a similar hot dog special, French fry basket and cheese curds.

The Honky Tonk Grill's last call nightly is 12:45 am. Late-night menu is F-Sa, 1-2 am


M.L. ROSE

Comfort food is the name of the game at M.L. Rose, and we wholeheartedly approve. For starters, there are waffle fries, waffle fries and more waffle fries, in cheesy, loaded and sweet potato versions. You'll also want to hoist a craft burger (yes, they do have the Impossible Burger); unique twists include The Angry Dragon, with avocado, egg and sriracha, and the The Bakersfield, a turkey patty with mushrooms inside, Harvarti cheese, bbq mayo, avocado, red onions and sprouts.

The Melrose location is open until 1 am nightly; the Sylvan Park location is open Su-Tu until midnight and W-Sa 'til 1 am 


TREEHOUSE

A farm-to-table restaurant and community watering hole, guests to this Five Points restaurant will find a children's treehouse still standing in the backyard of this former family home. The reclaimed wood from the property was recycled into the hand-crafted tables and chairs, and produce is grown on its farm 50 miles west of Nashville. You can enjoy the restaurant's popular chicken tinga and mushroom and poblano tamales late night.

Late-night menu is 10 pm-1 am nightly


smoked_bbq_wings_at L.A. Jackson Nashville

L.A. JACKSON

An indoor/outdoor bar and restaurant atop the Thompson Nashville, L.A. Jackson is known for its creative food and drink. Small plates include smoked BBQ wings, duck empanadas and grilled shrimp ceviche. Sweets come in the form of cookies, ice cream and popsicles. 

A limited late-night food menu is available Su-Th from 10 pm-midnight, F-Sa from 10 pm-1 am


PM CAFE

Patti Myint emigrated from Thailand to Nashville and in 1975 opened Nashville's first Asian market. Her son Arnold opened PM Cafe in her honor, bringing Thai fusion to Nashville's neighborhood. The late-night menu consists of srircha buffalo fries, wonton chip nachos, Peking chicken pinwheels, spicy tuna on crispy rice and crispy veggie potstickers. 

Late-night options served from midnight to 1 am (dine-in only)


Double deviled eggs Merchant's Bistro Nashville

MERCHANT'S BISTRO

Located inside an architecturally significant building that was once a three-floor pharmacy, Merchants Bistro offers different styles of dining on each floor. The bistro, located on the first floor, is its casual—but no less delicious—option where you can devour snacks such as fried green tomatoes and double deviled eggs alongside plates of Johnny Cash's chili and jambalaya.

Open until 11 pm Su-Th and 1 am F-Sa


HERMITAGE CAFE

This old-school diner offers many hearty menu choices, from a country-fried steak breakfast, corned beef hash and biscuits and gravy to plate dinners that include a fish plate and an 8-ounce rib-eye (grilled onions upon request) with potatoes, coleslaw and bread and butter.

Late-night dining from 10 pm-midnight nightly

 

Jennifer McKee
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Jennifer is the Managing Editor of Morris Visitor Publications, where she has worked since 2005. She grew up in small...