The open kitchen at June. Photo courtesy of June

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The 10 Restaurants That Defined Nashville Dining in 2022


In a strong year for dining, what were the absolute standouts?  We asked our contributors to the Resy Hit List to share their top 10 dining experiences from this year in their city — restaurants and meals that left and impression and helped to define the state of American dining right now. Please welcome back our Best of The Hit List for 2022. (You can read other cities’ top picks here.)

2022 was a year of rebirth in the Nashville restaurant scene.

After a tornado and the pandemic wiped out much of 2020, and stifled investment in just about any restaurant project that wasn’t already under construction in a luxury hotel, energy returned to local independent restaurateurs and chefs this year. As they expressed new hopes through their food. Nashville was blessed with some amazing new spots for dining — including a shrine to Appalachia, luxurious spots for steak and seafood, and fantastic cocktail bars.

Here are 10 restaurants that defined this year for dining here in town.