Dive into a dining adventure at Opry Mills. Aquarium offers sensational seafood in a unique setting – guests dine around a 200,000 gallon tank featuring more than 100 species of colorful, tropical fish including sharks and stingrays. Menu selections range from burgers, chicken, and steaks to seafood platters. After your meal, take home an Under the Sea souvenir from the Treasure Chest Gift Shop. You can also make Aquarium part of your next field trip, birthday party or special event. Reservations are recommended at any time. Call (615) 514-FISH, visit aquariumrestaurants.com or become a fan on Facebook.
Café Lula at the Ryman
116 Fifth Avenue North. (615) 458-8700. Café Lula is now open! Located just outside the Ryman’s main entrance with floor to ceiling glass windows on three sides and a covered patio, Café Lula puts you in the middle of the excitement. The menu features fresh, healthy fare with an emphasis on rotisserie cooking and locally sourced ingredients available for both dine-in and grab-and-go service. Open daily 7 am to 7 pm with extended hours during nighttime Ryman events. ryman.com
592 12th Avenue South. Delicious margaritas, fresh guacamole made at the table, and authentic Mexican food prepared with the freshest and finest ingredients make this restaurant in the Gulch a great destination for lunch, dinner or special events. (615) 259-9282, cantinalaredo.com
Claim Jumper is ideal for celebrating special occasions, hosting a business lunch or gathering with friends and family. Open daily for lunch and dinner, with a vast selection of freshly prepared items including fish, rotisserie chicken, baby back pork ribs, freshly baked pot pie, specialty salads, pizzas, burgers and our famous Six-Layer Chocolate Motherlode Cake. Or relax in the saloon to enjoy cocktails and Claim Jumper’s own craft beers. claimjumper.com
Nashville Nightlife Dinner Theater
Nashville’s premier Country Music Dinner Theater features The Best of Country Music Show. Voted Nashville’s #1 Dinner Show, the show features songs made famous by legendary artists and today’s superstars. Many guest stars appear, as Opry Star Jeannie Seely, “The Fiddle Man” Tim Watson, Diana Murrell and others. There is entertainment for the entire family. The Great Southern Buffet is at 5:30p.m. and show time is 6:30p.m. Dinner and show is $39.95, show only is $26. Don’t miss this Nashville tradition. Located at 2416 Music Valley Dr., in Music Valley Village, across the street from the Gaylord Opryland Hotel and Grand Ole Opry. Tour groups are welcome. Call 615-885-4747 for reservations or visit the website at www.nashvillenightlife.com.
Opry Backstage Grill
The show that made country music famous is now making its mark on okra fries, Tennessee corn bread salad, skillet fried chicken, and pit smoked southern barbecue. Delicious seasonal pies are also available as a frozen treat, the home-baked shake! Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, as well as after the show. Located across from the Gaylord Opryland Resort at the Radisson Hotel at Opryland. See the menu at oprybackstagegrill.com.
This unique dining concept located in Opry Mills is an adventure through a realistic indoor rainforest with lush foliage, cascading waterfalls and giant aquariums. The menu has Mexican, Italian, Cajun and Caribbean flavors, and ranges from exotic to traditional. The children’s menu will please your little “wild ones”. Don’t forget to stop by the Retail Village for a wide selection of unique souvenirs! Call (615) 514-3000. rainforestcafe.com
The Smiling Elephant
2213 8th Avenue South. Healthy Thai food cooked with olive oil and no MSG. Specialty of the house is Pad Thai. Open for lunch and dinner, Monday through Friday. Open for dinner Sat. For more information, call (615) 891-4488 or see thesmilingelephant.com.
Two Twenty • Two Grill and Catering
222 Fifth Avenue South, in the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum. Serving Southern comfort food with a twist, made from fresh, mostly local foods. Indoor and outdoor seating is available, both with great views of downtown. Open Monday-Saturday, 11 am-2:30 pm. Two Twenty • Two 2Go offers soups, salads, sandwiches, bakery items and beverages seven days a week from 9 am-5 pm. The 2Go bar accepts orders by phone and fax. Call (615) 291-6759 or fax (615) 291-6761.
Located on Second Avenue in downtown Nashville, the Wildhorse offers three floors of action packed fun, five bars and live entertainment seven nights a week! The Wildhorse Saloon is the place to hear the hottest bands and learn the latest dance steps, with complimentary dance lessons nightly. Open for lunch every day except Monday. Open for dinner nightly. Be sure to try the award-winning barbecue and world famous fried pickles. For current concert information call (615) 902-8211. 21 and over after 10 pm. Hours subject to change due to private events. wildhorsesaloon.com