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When Dining in Green Hills, Think Outside the Chain

An area that is characterized by its options for fashion and home decor, Green Hills is often overlooked as a go-to spot for local dining. Yes, it is home to ever-popular chains, such as Chipotle, Zoe’s Kitchen and California Pizza Kitchen. But it also offers locally run and locally sourced restaurants that are worthy of a visit. Believe it or not, there are 29 locally owned restaurants in the area. There’s no need to spend hours deciphering The Cheesecake Factory’s novel-length menu or waiting in the McDonald’s drive-thru line. Support these local businesses instead. While even we can admit we haven’t dined at all of these spots, we now know the answer to “Are there any locally owned restaurants in Green Hills?” Why, yes. Here they are:

LOCAL restaurants in Green Hills

Fast and Fresh

Green Hills local restaurants

Kalamata’s

3764 Hillsboro Pike, Nashville, TN 37215 • (615) 383-8700
Hours: Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

If you are looking for fresh offerings for lunch and dinner, Kalamata’s should land at the top of your must-go list. The Mediterranean fare is sourced from traditional recipes resulting in authentic flavors and healthy alternatives. On the menu, you will find Greek salads and fattoush, pita sandwiches, housemade falafel and gyro plates. Round out the meal with a serving of pistachio baklava.

Little Gourmand

2209 Bandywood Drive, Nashville, TN 37215 • (615) 522-7134
Hours: Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Although Little Gourmand is known for its gourmet market and pantry items, which range from caviar and foie gras to truffles and teas, freshly made baguette sandwiches are reason enough to stop by this French market tucked away in The Courtyard at Bandywood. Five sandwiches are currently available, and expect to see soups and salads on the menu soon, as well as breakfast service on Saturday mornings.

The Food Company

2211 Bandywood Drive, Nashville, TN 37215 • (615) 385-4311
Hours: Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

At The Food Company, you can order from the counter or snag something from the grab-and-go section. Seven days a week, The Food Company serves sandwiches, such as turkey, tarragon almond chicken salad, veggie and roast beef. You can also order one of their hearty salads or daily specials (including a daily soup).

The Juice Bar

2120 Green Hills Village Drive, Nashville, TN 37215
Hours: Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

In addition to fresh-press juices and organic smoothies, The Juice Bar also offers gluten-free and organic eats, such as spring rolls, kale and quinoa salad, and hummus and veggies. Located across from The Mall at Green Hills, The Juice Bar’s location is convenient for grabbing breakfast, lunch or a quick snack. And you are guaranteed to feel satisfied but not weighed down afterwards.

Breakfast Treats and Sweets

Green Hills local restaurants

The Perch

2002 Richard Jones Road, Ste. B-106, Nashville, TN 37215 • (615) 712-8787
Hours: Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Sunday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Savory and sweet European treats are offered at The Perch, located in Greenbriar Village. If sweet is what you are craving, try a sugar, butter cinnamon or s’mores crêpe or a traditional or sweet potato Belgian waffle. If you are looking for something a tad more savory, order an omelette with your choice of fillings or a savory crêpe with meats and veggies.

Fox’s Donut Den

3900 Hillsboro Pike, Nashville, TN 37215 • (615) 385-1021
Hours: Monday through Thursday, 5 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday, 5 a.m. to 12 a.m.; Saturday, 6 a.m. to 12 a.m.; Sunday, 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.

If you haven’t been lured in by the glowing neon lights of Fox’s Donut Den, you are missing out on one of the sweetest spots in Nashville. Old-fashioned donuts sit beside apple fritters, chocolate eclairs, cinnamon rolls, turnovers, sausage rolls, kolaches, bagels and muffins, and everything is made fresh daily. This Green Hills favorite opens at the crack of dawn (5 a.m. on weekdays; 6 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday) and stays open until midnight on Friday and Saturday, so there are plenty of hours in which you can get your sugar fix.

The Painted Cupcake

2014 Glen Echo Road, Nashville, TN 37215  • (615) 279-8055
Hours: Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Cupcakes with a side of macarons may not be a well-rounded meal, and The Painted Cupcake is not necessarily a restaurant by definition. But their bright, welcoming shop is a must-visit in Green Hills. Located on Glen Echo Road, The Painted Cupcake makes cupcakes, French macarons, cookies, cakes and pies daily. It is a perfect destination after you enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner at another local spot in the area — although, really, it is a destination all its own.

Sit Down and Stay Awhile

Green Hills local restaurants

Table 3

3821 Green Hills Village Drive, Nashville, TN 37215 • (615) 739-6900
Hours: Monday, 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Tuesday through Thursday, 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and 5 to 11 p.m.; Sunday, 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 5 to 9  p.m.

Alongside Little Gourmand, Table 3 pays homage to the talents of French chefs and the high-end offerings of French markets. This European-style bistro specializes in French comfort food, which is showcased through dishes like croque madame, duck burger, coq au moûles frîtes, roasted chicken and cassoulet. If you are looking for a quick bite, the market carries sandwiches, salads, soups, freshly baked breads, pastries and espresso drinks.

Firefly Grille

2201 Bandywood Drive, Nashville, TN 37215 • (615) 383-0042
Hours: Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

While Firefly Grille’s cuisine makes use of traditional Southern flavors, the dishes are anything but ordinary, and the interior is anything but traditional. The dinner menu consists of beef, chicken and pasta dishes and mouthwatering starters. One fan favorite is the white cheddar mac and cheese that is topped with bread crumbs and the nectar of the gods, truffle oil. You’d be a fool not to try a slice of their famous coconut cake for dessert.

Goozy Dessert Bar & Cafe

(Now closed, but you can still enjoy on the lower level at The Mall at Green Hills, outside of Macy’s)

Goozy Dessert Bar & Cafe asserts our belief that dessert should be the star of the show. Yes, you will find delicious salads, soups, cheese and charcuterie, and artisan grilled-cheese sandwiches (such as an artichoke melt, brie and pear, and a pimento cheese melt) on the menu. But more importantly, you will discover cakes, specialty desserts, skillet cookies, gelato, and sorbets and sundaes. If you are looking for something with a kick, try their selection of boozy shakes/floats or order from their list of cocktails, spirits, beer and wine.

Arnold’s Country Kitchen

2209 Abbott Martin Road, Nashville, TN 37215 • (615) 835-3432
Hours: Monday through Friday, 10:30 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.

We heard cheers across town when Arnold’s Country Kitchen opened the doors to their second location, which sits on Abbott Martin Road in Green Hills. This meat-and-three joint has made a name for itself not only in Nashville, but across the country. Locals and tourists flock to try, and re-try, Arnold’s Southern fare. Stroll through the cafeteria-style line for classic country offerings that change daily.

Green Hills Grille

2002 Richard Jones Road, A104, Nashville, TN 37215 • (615) 620-8390
Hours: Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Green Hills Grille made its grand return after seven years with closed doors. The original Green Hills Grille held court in the area’s dining scene for 18 years before shutting its doors. Steven Smithing, previous employee and new owner of the restaurant, brought back this local favorite last year. The interior holds similarities to the original joint and many of the favorite dishes have reappeared on the menu. Stop in for crab cakes, artichoke dip, shrimp and grits, a selection of salads and sandwiches, and entrees with flavors borrowed from Mexico, the South, Asia and Italy.

The Bluebird Cafe

4104 Hillsboro Pike, Nashville TN 37215 • (615) 383-1461
Hours vary based on show calendar

The Bluebird Cafe is well known for its musical acts, not its food. But that being said, you can munch on appetizers, quesadillas, sandwiches and chicken fingers at the legendary spot. The atmosphere is cozy and the beer is cold. So stop in for some great music and enjoy a bite to eat and a refreshing beverage as you enjoy the show.

Noshville

4014 Hillsboro Circle, Nashville, TN 37215 (615) 269-3535
Hours: Monday and Tuesday, 6:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.; Wednesday through Friday, 6:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Noshville is a delicatessen that is designed in true New York style. For breakfast and lunch, you can nosh on everything from eggs, omelettes and griddle cakes to deli sandwiches, hot sandwiches, grilled franks and bagels, and smoked fish.

Bar Food and Pizza

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Jonathan’s Grille

3805 Green Hills Village Drive, Nashville, TN 37215 • (615) 835-2073
Hours: Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 1 a.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 12 a.m.

Jonathan’s Grille, with five locations, is locally owned and proud of it. At each of their locations, restaurant goers can watch a big game and dig into fried pickles, chicken wings, soft pretzels, salads, sandwiches, burgers, flatbreads, pizzas or a long list of entrees.

Corner Pub

4109 Hillsboro Pike, Nashville, TN 37215 • (615) 298-9698
Hours: Monday through Friday, 3 p.m. to 1 a.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 12 a.m.

This family-friendly restaurant is another good spot to watch a game and gather with friends and family. At this local joint, pub food and Southern flavors come together in the menu, which consists of starters, soups and salads, entrees, sandwiches, burgers, wraps and quesadillas, and meat-n-three dishes. There is also a separate menu for the kiddos.

Crow’s Nest

2221 Bandywood Drive, Nashville, TN 37215 • (615) 783-0720
Hours: Monday through Thursday and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 12 a.m.

With a front and back deck, the Crow’s Nest offers a lively environment that is great for grabbing a beer or grabbing a bite. Take advantage of their weekend brunch deals or swing by on Tuesday nights for trivia.

Build-a-Burger

3811 Green Hills Village Drive, Nashville, TN 37215 • (615) 292-8685
Hours: Monday through Friday, 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Build A Burger took over the space that formerly housed Cheeseburger Charley’s and is now serving up burgers of a different name. Choose your burger meat (we hear the turkey burger is a crowd pleaser) and build it up with toppings of your choice.

The Greenhouse

2211 Bandywood Drive, Nashville, TN 37215 • (615) 385-3357
Hours: Monday through Sunday, 4 p.m. to 3 a.m.

Unlike most bars of its kind, The Greenhouse can easily accommodate those with dietary restrictions. As a sister spot to The Food Company, it is no surprise that their food is top-notch bar food. Snack on a bowl of bacon popcorn, dive into Frito pie, take a bite of a Porter Road Butcher chili cheese dog or munch on a taco salad as you relax in the unique setting.

Roma Pizza & Pasta

3706B Hillsboro Road, Nashville, TN 37215 • (615) 385-5050
Hours: Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Munier Hantoli, a professional baker in the old country and owner of Roma Pizza & Pasta, promises homemade-style pizza, calzones and stromboli, pasta, Italian sandwiches, salads and tasty appetizers, all of which can be picked up or delivered right to your door.

Ethnic Eats

Green Hills local restaurants

Shalimar

3711 Hillsboro Pike, Nashville, TN 37215 • (615) 269-8577
Hours: Monday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.

If you are looking for something to mix up your weeknights, try dinner at Shalimar — an Indian restaurant with appetizers, chicken, lamb, seafood and vegetarian entrees, traditional Indian breads and traditional Indian desserts. Carryout and delivery options are available, but if you are looking to dine in-house, take advantage of the BYOB option.

El Paleneque

2210 Crestmoor Road,#7, Nashville, TN 37215 • (615) 383-6142
Hours: Monday through Friday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday 12 p.m. to 10 p.m. 

We must admit that tacos are a staple in our weekly diet and El Paleneque is on our rotation of Mexican and Mexican-inspired restaurants in town. And although we find it hard not to order the tacos when we visit, we always find ourselves diving into a warm bowl of the chicken soup. Dare we say it is the best in town?

Kohana Japanese Restaurant

2002 Richard Jones Road, Nashville, TN 37215 • (615) 915-2415
Hours, Tuesday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.; Friday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sunday, 12 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Kohana’s first location opened in Clarksville in 2007 and the Nashville location followed suit five years later. Both locations offer Japanese cuisine with a modern twist. In addition to the sushi bar, you can find Japanese appetizers and entrees on the lunch and dinner menus.

Orchid Thai & Sushi

4004 Hillsboro Pike, Ste. 115-R, Nashville, TN 37215  • (615) 499-4097
Hours: Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.; Friday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday, 12 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Thai dishes and a complete sushi bar can be found at Orchid Thai & Sushi, which is located in the Green Hills Court Shopping Center. The dishes are stir-fried, baked, boiled and grilled and offer spicy levels from mild to very hot — meaning, there is something for everyone in the family! Stop in for lunch roll specials or Thai specials if you are looking for a good midday deal. In addition to these offers, there is a large selection of lunch and dinner items!

Chinatown

3900 Hillsboro Pike, Nashville, TN 37215 • (615) 269-3275
Hours: Monday through Thursday and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

If you are craving Chinese favorites, such as won ton soup, fried rice, Mongolian beef or sesame chicken, Chinatown is your go-to place in Green Hills. They are open seven days a week for lunch and dinner, so you can indulge any time.

Ginza Japanese Restaurant

3900 Hillsboro Pike, Ste.10, Nashville, TN 37215 • (615) 292-1168
Hours: Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday, 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Sunday, 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Another option for lunch and dinner is Ginza Japanese Restaurant. The menu shows similarities to other Japanese restaurants in the area but Ginza has a taste all its own. As many of you may know, the parking in this area can get hairy at peak hours, so plan accordingly!

Greek Cafe Grill

4004 Hillsboro Pike, Ste. 100 R, Nashville, TN 37215 • (615) 982-8427
Hours: Monday through Saturday, 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Greek restaurants are sporadically placed across the city and we are glad to hear that another one popped up in Green Hills. Hommas, falafel, grape leaves, baba ghanoush and gyros are served at an approachable price point at Greek Cafe Grill, and we hear the staff is extremely friendly.

Tokyo

3808 Cleghorn Ave., Nashville, TN 37215 • (615) 297-6608
Hours: Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday, 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Sunday, 12 p.m. to 10 p.m.

This Japanese steakhouse offers hibachi and sushi, plus additional Japanese dishes for lunch and dinner. The extensive menu (12 pages long!) includes a variety of options. They also have a patio that looks great for warmer days to come.

The Café DbyD

4009 Hillsboro Pike, Ste. 212, Nashville, TN 37215 • (615) 942-7146
Hours: Tuesday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Newer to the Green Hills area, The Café DbyD is a Jamaican-American restaurant and catering service. The menu features jerk chicken, curried goat, snapper, oxtails, beef short ribs, skillet mac and cheese, Jamaican beef patties, sandwiches and soups. You can join them for lunch, brunch or dinner.

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