by Jenni Barnett
on Friday, December 24th, 2021 at 11:56am.
When one imagines Nashville cuisine, a few things may come to mind: meat and three, hot chicken, catfish, country ham, and barbecue, right? However, Middle Tennessee also boasts a growing number of top-rated steakhouses, many of them serving sides and starters not available anywhere else in the world.
Today, we’re sharing our picks for the Top Ten Best Steakhouses in Middle Tennessee. Whether you’re new to the area and craving prime rib or an established local looking for a new spot to add your rotation of current favorites, you’ll find just what you’re looking for below.
Since 1934, Jimmy Kelly’s has had one mission: to serve mouth-watering steak along with a generous pour of whiskey. Their continued dedication to this goal remains the reason this independent steakhouse thrives within an elegant West End mansion in Nashville.
Today, the third generation of Kelly’s invites you to experience the cuisine and excellent service that has made their name famous. Choose from seafood, hearty salads, chicken, burgers, and an array of premium steaks - then add your sides.
Cork & Cow 403 Main St. | Franklin Dress Code: Business Casual
Chef and owner Jason McConnell got his start on a cattle farm, and his restaurant has “cow” in the name—clearly, he is committed to offering perfect steaks. However, McConnell’s other obsession is wine that pairs perfectly with steak, thus the “cork.” If you love surf & turf with a hearty pour, you’ll be in paradise here. Choose your cut of steak, then add crab cakes, lobster tail, or juicy garlic shrimp, and of course, savor the local produce dishes.
Cork & Cow’s menu changes up to eight times per year to present the best farm-to-table cuisine.
Kayne Prime 1103 McGavock St. | Nashville Dress Code: Business Casual
M Street’s flagship steakhouse in the Gulch is a modern classic, known throughout the region for their upscale cuisine crafted with attention to every detail. Perfect for a special occasion, guests can relax at the bar and lounge, or reserve one of five private dining rooms.
Indulge in bone marrow, oysters, lobster, duck, American and Australian Wagyu, and every U.S.D.A. Prime steak cut. Decadent side offerings include an array of root and leafy vegetables, corn, and mushrooms.
Steakhouse Five 1500 Medical Center Pkwy #1k | Murfreesboro Dress Code: Smart Casual
Steakhouse Five has only been open since mid-2019, but it’s already become one of Murfreesboro’s most popular dinner destinations. Owner Mitchell Murphree continues his family’s food-focused tradition; his grandparents raised livestock, and his family ran a country ham business.
Steakhouse Five’s atmosphere is refined mid-century modern, allowing the food to take center stage. Order your starter of appetizer, soup, or salad; select from steak, fowl, lamb, pork or seafood main; finally, choose your accompanying sauce and side.
This nostalgic Belle Mead steakhouse is perfect for those who are seeking a traditional steak and side served in a cozy, dimly lit atmosphere. Sperry’s Restaurant has more of a tavern feel than an upscale vibe—and that’s by design. When you are craving steak and sides without the fuss, you’re craving the warm, inviting feel of Sperry’s.
The salad bar, steaks, prime rib, and classic bananas foster are the most popular options, but they offer nearly any steakhouse meal you can fathom: seafood, lamb, escargots, fowl, pork, and an array of delicious sides.
Oak Steakhouse is a sister restaurant to the Charleston original, opening its doors in 2017. While the Nashville location serves the same prime cuts and small plates that made the Charleston location famous, it also incorporates ingredients from right here in Tennessee.
Oak Steakhouse has a modern classic feel, with a creative contemporary menu that showcases farm-to-table Appalachian cuisine. Choose from salads, vegetable dishes, seafood, fowl, pork, lamb, and an array of prime cuts of beef, including a 48 oz. Tomahawk that feeds two with ease.
Bourbon Steak 201 8th Avenue South | Nashville Dress Code: Business Casual, Smart Casual
High above Nashville’s JW Marriot, on the 34th floor, Michelin Star-awarded chef Michael Mina’s steakhouse offers diners 360-degree views of the beautiful city skyline along with prime Angus and Wagyu cuts. Of course, there’s a dizzying array of caviar, seafood, shellfish, fowl, pork, and vegetable dishes to choose from.
Bourbon Steak has a proprietary preparation method that begins with a slow poach in clarified beef tallow, butter, aromatic herbs, and spices – and then culminates with a sear on a wood-burning grill over oak, hickory, and cherrywood.
Perry’s first Middle Tennessee restaurant is located in Cool Springs. This colorful, lively steakhouse continues Perry’s tradition of presenting its award-winning menu and unique signature sides with top-notch service. Tableside presentations are one of Perry’s specialties—be sure to request a dish that’s made this way if you’d like to enjoy the show.
Choose from vegetables, soups, seafood, shellfish, escargots, pork, fowl, steak, and signature sides.
This Cincinnati-based steakhouse was voted Best Steakhouse in Nashville in The Tennessean Reader’s Poll, building on the chain’s stellar national reputation. The plush, dramatic interior one meets upon entering the eatery signals the decadent meal to come. Choose from pasta, sushi, seafood, shellfish, vegetable dishes, pork, fowl, U.S.D.A. prime cuts, and Wagyu beef.
Southern Tré Steakhouse is one of Columbia’s favorite restaurants—and a top wedding venue. This beautiful eatery serves award-winning dishes, including vegetables, seafood, shellfish, pasta, fowl, pork, burgers, and of course, prime cuts of U.S.D.A. beef.