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Country Music Stars and Restaurants

Country music star gone restaurateur seems like a popular progression for many in the biz. There is a high density of these eateries in Nashville, but there are still plenty of these famous restaurants all over the United States. One of the most famous of these, that has locations inside and outside of Nashville:

1.) Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville


Margaritaville is more than a restaurant, it’s a resort and total immersive experience. Jimmy Buffet’s laid-back music and style are maintained in the overall vibe of his restaurant. And, of course, the moto is “it’s 5 o’clock somewhere.” There are many locations all over the US and beyond. With 27 locations around the world from Florida to Jamaica, you will be able to get your burger and seafood fix at this famous full experience eatery.

2.) Blake Shelton’s Ole Red Nashville


Another staple on Broadway in Nashville. With southern inspired cooking and world class music, this is a great place to just walk in and see what the fuss is about. The vibe is laid-back with a no reservations approach. There’s a welcoming feeling and the place encourages patrons to be spontaneous and just trust that whatever is happening at the venue that night will be worth experiencing.

3.) Alan Jackson’s Acme Feed & Seed


This is a staple in Nashville, located in the heart of downtown Nashville on lower Broadway. This is a gem that locals and tourists all enjoy. Like most of the restaurants on Broadway, this one is also a music venue as well as a place to get great food. And speaking of the food, this place offers everything from fast casual to sushi. The building itself is of historic importance to the community and the restaurant strives to preserve this history and charm. Whether you are there for one of the great cocktails or drafts, the games on the upper floor, or a great live music show, this place has plenty to offer everyone!

4.) Dierks Bentley’s Whiskey Row


With locations in Arizona and Nashville, as well as a Denver location in development, Whiskey Row is a gastropub, music venue, and private event space. It has a modern and rock and roll vibe with plenty of energy. There is a heavy emphasis on the nightlife vibe, with the option of VIP table service reservations to really make you feel like a rock star. This is definitely the type of place to take the party to the next level.

5.) Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede


Dolly Parton is a beloved Tennessee staple and Dixie Stampede is an extension of her legacy. There are locations in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee and Branson, Missouri. The focus here is on family friendly dining with a saloon-like atmosphere and four-course meals. There’s a horse riding show, as well as the chance to have the kids meet the stars of the show. This has all the southern charm and entertainment to please the whole family.

6.) Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar And Grill


This one speaks for itself and is a favorite, with three locations in Oklahoma. There is a fun, unpretentious vibe for this restaurant and music venue. The endearing cowboy theme, and affordable domestic brews make it a great place to experience a classic country atmosphere.

7.) Gavin Degraw’s Nashville Underground


If you want a patio view on Broadway in Nashville this is the place to check out. It is also a music venue, but it boasts the highest and largest deck on Broadway. A perfect place to enjoy a summer night in Nashville. The cuisine emphasis is on the southern “hot” everything – from hot chicken to hot ramen. With a mechanical bull, and bowling lanes coming soon, if the patio isn’t quite your thing there is still plenty to do!

8.) Dan Auerbach’s of The Black Keys Barista Parlor


Though the Black Keys aren’t necessarily country, their bluesy sounds fit right in with the Nashville music scene. This place is a bit more understated, but worth a mention, and a visit. This is also a good choice if your brew of choice is coffee instead of beer. The focus here is on ethical sourcing and meticulous roasting. The food is sourced from local bakeries, and this is also a great spot to appreciate local art.


Written by Lex Voytek