Planning a visit to Nashville?

Then you’re in for an incredible trip!

Mainly because Music City is known for its delicious Southern cuisine. 

That is why going on a food tour while in the city is a must!

So we’ve done some research and checked out all the different food available in the city.

Continue reading to discover the 15 best Nashville food tours and dining experiences.

1. Belle Meade Plantation Food & Wine Pairing

When in Nashville, visiting the beautiful Belle Meade Plantation is a must. 

Belle Meade Plantation is a 200 year old southern plantation.

But beyond the rich history and breathtaking scenery, you will be treated to an in-depth food and wine pairing.

The dining experience is 1 hour in length.

During the course of the hour, you will get to taste five different wines which have been specifically paired with everything from locally made gourmet chocolate to cheese and cured meats.

This one of a kind experience is limited to just 12 people, guaranteeing an intimate day.

  • Location: 110 Leake Ave, Nashville, TN, 37205, USA
  • Opening Hours: Daily 9am to 5pm. Tours start 12pm, 1pm or 2pm.
  • Duration: 1 hour

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2. Jack Daniel’s Distillery

Not far from Nashville lies Lynchburg, Tennessee.

What is Lynchburg famous for, you might be wondering?

It is the home of Jack Daniel’s (considered to be one of the tastiest whiskeys in the world).

So if you’re a whiskey fan, then this Nashville food experience is a must!

There are many day tours leaving from Nashville that will take you straight to the distillery.

Once there, you can expect to learn about the fascinating distilling process, as well as the history of Jack Daniel’s since it’s founding in the 19th century.

And of course, no one leaves without a taste of the fine beverage!

  • Location: Jack Daniel’s Distillery, 182 Lynchburg Hwy, Lynchburg, TN 37352-7452
  • Opening Hours: Daily 9am to 4:30pm
  • Duration: 7 to 8 hours

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3. Bluebird Cafe

If you love music, then you’ve come to the right place.

Nashville’s music scene is unrivalled.

From country to blues, you can find it all in this southern city. 

One of the best venues to see live music is none other than the Bluebird Cafe.

(Fans of the hit TV series Nashville may recognize this from the show).

There are many tours that can take you to the Bluebird Cafe, and luckily, all of them include food!

The Bluebird has a full kitchen and bar for you to enjoy throughout the evening as you listen to some of the best up and coming musical acts in Nashville.

  • Location: The Bluebird Cafe, 4104 Hillsboro Pike, Nashville, TN 37215, USA
  • Duration: 1 to 3 hours

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4. Hard Rock Café Nashville

As one of the best music cities in all of the United States, it’s no surprise that there is a Hard Rock Cafe.

And not just any Hard Rock Cafe, but one of the most impressive locations in the country.

Nashville’s Hard Rock Cafe first opened in 1994, and since then, has become an important part of the city’s music and culinary scene.

The cafe was renovated back in 2009 and is a whopping 13,000 square feet.

It can accommodate over 300 diners at once.

This location serves the chain’s signature all-American fare, has an extensive gift shop, as well as a brand new concert venue. 

It also happens to be located near some of the best tourist attractions in Nashville like the Johnny Cash Museum.

  • Location: Hard Rock Cafe Nashville, 100 Broadway, Nashville, TN 37201-2112
  • Opening Hours: Mon-Thu, Sun 10:30am to 12am ; Fri-Sat 10:30am to 1am
  • Duration: 2 hours

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5. Taste of Nashville Food & Sightseeing

There is so much to see and do in Nashville, so why not take an official tour of the city?

This Taste of Nashville Food & Sightseeing tour is one of our favourites, as you get to eat some of the city’s best food while exploring!

The three hour tour runs twice daily, once in the morning and once in the afternoon.

There are multiple stops throughout the tour, such as at Centennial Park, the Parthenon, Vanderbilt, Bicentennial Mall, Germantown, the Cumberland River, Marathon Village, East Nashville’s Five Points, and Nissan Stadium.

Meanwhile, foodies will love sampling Nashville’s famous hot chicken and many local cocktails and desserts along the way.

  • Departure Point: 330 Harrison St, Nashville, TN 37219, USA
  • Departure Time: 10am or 2pm
  • Duration: 3 hours

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6. Music City Bites and Sites

Architecture, history, food, and drinks?

What could be better!

Music City Bites and Sites is a three-hour tour that will satisfy all the senses.

Throughout this tour, you will pass by many of the city’s most famous landmarks, as well as spend ample time exploring Nashville’s downtown riverfront.

Along the way, expect to sample a specialty cocktail and some authentic southern food.

Your local guide will also be giving you an insider’s perspective on Nashville, as well as many stories about its rich history.

  • Departure Point: 300 Broadway, Nashville, TN 37201, USA
  • Departure Time: 10:30am
  • Duration: 3 hours

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7. Downtown Nashville Walking Food Tour

Nashville is a small yet busy city, which makes it perfect for a walking tour.

And what better kind of tour than one that includes plenty of food!

This Downtown Nashville Walking Food Tour spans three hours.

By the end of the tour, you will have a stomach full of delicious local food and a brain full of new knowledge about this wonderful city. 

Nashville hot chicken, local beer, and other Southern favourites will be served throughout the tour.

In addition, you will walk by and learn all about famous sites like Historic Broadway, the Country Music Hall of Fame, the Ryman Auditorium, and Printers Alley.

  • Departure Point: 100 1st Ave S, Nashville, TN 37201, USA
  • Departure Time: 11am to 1pm
  • Duration: 3 hours

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8. General Jackson Showboat Lunch or Dinner Cruise

Did you know that the scenic Cumberland River runs right through Nashville?

Well, now you do! 

And taking a river cruise is a must while in the city.

This General Jackson Showboat Lunch or Dinner Cruise combines the sightseeing activity with a delicious meal.

Hop aboard an old-fashioned paddle wheel riverboat and enjoy Nashville’s skyline as you gently float down the Cumberland.

While on board, you will be served a freshly made meal.

Dinner cruise guests will also be treated to a fun Las Vegas-style show.

  • Departure Point: Traveler pickup is offered
  • Departure Time: 11am to 1pm
  • Duration: 4 hours

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9. Nashville Barbecue, Beer, and Bourbon Guided Bus Tour

If there are three words that sum of Nashville’s culinary scene, they are: barbecue, beer, and bourbon.

And this activity combines them into one top notch tour!

On this Nashville Barbecue, Beer, and Bourbon Guided Bus Tour, you will visit three of the city’s most popular gastronomic destinations.

Both fun and educational, this guided bus tour is 4 hours in length and includes entry into both Bearded Iris Brewing and Nelson’s Green Brier Distillery.

Throughout the tour, you will get to taste a locally made craft beer, a flight of house smoked meats, and Nashville’s best-selling bourbon.

  • Departure Point: 250 5th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203, USA
  • Departure Time: 11:45am to 1pm
  • Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes

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10. Tenn South Distillery Tour

If you love artisanal alcoholic beverages, then this Tenn South Distillery Tour is for you!

For those that don’t know, Tenn South is home to some of the best hand-crafted spirits in the state.

Tenn South Distillery is conveniently located inside Big Machine Store & Distillery.

It houses a wide range of alcohol beverages, including Clayton James Tennessee Whiskey, Abernathy Gin, and All Mighty Moonshine.

They are especially known for their vodka (Big Machine Platinum Filtered Vodka), which is the only distillery in the United States that uses this kind of vodka producing technology.

  • Departure Point: 122 3rd Ave S, Nashville, TN 37201, USA
  • Departure Time: 12pm to 6pm
  • Duration: 45 minutes

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11. All-Inclusive Hey Y’all Distillery Crawl

Tennessee is crawling with amazing distilleries, which is why in Nashville, it’s all about the distillery crawls.

This All-Inclusive Hey Y’All Distillery Crawl is a great way to see different parts of the city, while tasting some of the best drinks the state has to offer.

Over the course of this crawl, which spans between three and six hours, you will be treated to multiple tastings.

There is also a special tour options that would take you to three distilleries, plus Arrington Vineyard Winery.

This tour is all-inclusive, which means it’s totally hassle free.

Tours include tastings, round-trip transportation from Nashville, and a knowledgeable tour guide.

  • Departure Point: Nashville, Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee
  • Departure Time: 10:30am
  • Duration: 3 to 6 hours

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12. The Music of Nashville Dinner & Live Show

Did you know there is a live show in Nashville that not only features amazing music artists, but also tells the story of the city’s history?

That’s right, and it’s called The Music of Nashville!

This foodie experience will have you front and centre for a viewing of this hot Nashville attraction (it’s actually the fastest growing attraction in the city).

Over the course of the three hour-event, you will learn about 60 years of music history and hear covers of songs from great country stars like Hank Williams, Patsy Cline, George Jones, Tammy Wynette, Kenny Rogers, and Dolly Parton.

A full dinner is included with this show, which consists of an entree and dessert options.

You will be able to choose between oven-roasted pork, meatloaf with creamy mushroom sauce, or seasoned fried southern Catfish.

  • Departure Point: The Nashville Palace, 2611 McGavock Pike, Nashville, TN 37214-1215
  • Departure Time: 6:30pm
  • Duration: 2 hours

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13. Southern Belle Biscuit & Breakfast Class

When in Nashville, it’s time to embrace your inner Southern Belle!

And of course, that means learning to make a southern classic: biscuits.

If you’re looking to hone your baking skills, this is the Nashville food tour for you.

This two hour class will have you learning the art of biscuit making from a local professional.

Biscuit expert Maryann Byrd will invite you into her Southern Belle Biscuit Kitchen, where she will teach you all about the history of the biscuit, as well as baking tips and tricks.

There will also be plenty of hot, pillowing biscuits (topped with gravy!) to eat as you watch Byrd’s demonstration.

You’ll even get to leave with your own batch of biscuits. 

  • Departure Point: Nashville, TN 37214, USA
  • Departure Time: 10am
  • Duration: 2 hours

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14. The Ville Tours Pub Crawl: Cocktail & Food Tour

Looking for an all-inclusive pub crawl in Nashville?

Look no further than The Ville Tours Pub Crawl.

This food and cocktail tour includes all drinks, light refreshments and sweets, and even a Nashville Collectors gift bag.

Your tour begins in Printers Alley at a historic gin mill, before you make your way through honky tonk central (also known as the exciting Broadway district).

Expect to be treated to samples of moonshine and craft beer.

Thus, this food lover’s tour takes you to two of Nashville’s hottest neighbourhoods.

  • Departure Point: Alley Taps, 162 Printers Alley, Nashville, TN 37201, USA
  • Departure Time: 2:30pm
  • Duration: 2 hours

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15. Secret Food Tours Nashville

For an off the beaten path food tour, consider this Secret Food Tours Nashville.

Nashville has some of the best food in the country, so why not learn about the best spots from someone who lives there?

This tour will have an experienced local guide taking you to all the best joints in the city.

Over the course of three hours, you’ll taste plenty of great food and learn about the city’s history.

Stops on this tour include Sevier County Park, Belmont Mansion, Draper James, Summer Classics Home Nashville, and Christie Cookie Co.

Plus, all tours include a tasting of their “secret dish,” which will only be unveiled once the tour begins.

  • Departure Point: 2315 12th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37204, USA
  • Departure Time: 11am
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes

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As you can see, Nashville is a foodie paradise.

From distillery crawls to walking tours that will you have you sampling the city’s famous hot chicken, there are plenty of incredible dining experiences to be had in this southern locale.

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emily
Emily is a freelance writer from Canada and it was during her time studying History that she became interested in travel. Countries I've visited include the United States, Mexico, the Cayman Islands, New Zealand, Costa Rica, the United Kingdom, Greece, Spain, Portugal, Italy, France, Germany, Sweden, Poland, Austria, Belgium, the Netherlands, and Switzerland.