Franklin, TN Restaurants: These Are The Best!

Looking for somewhere to dine in Franklin, Tennessee?

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Following are the best Franklin area restaurants with the tastiest menus in town — in our opinion – including the Cool Springs area.

Granted, our all-time favorites aren’t going to meet the needs of everyone. These places were chosen primarily because we tend to frequent them regularly as locals, rather than the fact that they’re particularly unique.

Here’s a list of unique restaurants in Nashville …and lots of other places that we personally recommend for first-time visitors to the area!

For others’ recommendations, check these out:

 

BEST BUFFET / SALAD BAR:

#1 Ruby Tuesday’s
Cool Springs Galleria
Franklin, TN 37067
Phone: 615-771-2060

Jason’s Deli
3065 Mallory Lane
Franklin, TN 37067
Phone: 615-771-2626

Shoney’s
1306 Murfreesboro Road
Franklin, TN 37064
Phone: 615-790-1285

Golden Corral Buffet & Grill
3020 Mallory Lane
Franklin, TN 37067
Phone: 615-771-8834

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BEST BARBECUE:

#1 Famous Dave’s BBQ
7086 Bakers Bridge Rd.
Franklin, TN 37067
Phone: 615-778-1227

BB’s Barbeque
224 New Highway 96 W
Franklin, TN 37064
Phone: 615-599-2750

Stroud’s Barbeque
1010 Fulton Greer Road
Franklin, TN 37064
Phone: 615-595-0200

Mickey Roos
509 Hillsboro Road
Franklin, TN 37064
Phone: 615-599-5993

 

BEST SEAFOOD:

#1 Bonefish Grill
3010 Mallory Lane
Franklin, TN 37067
Phone: 615-778-9419

Bubba Gandy’s Seafood Market & Steamery
430 Cool Springs Blvd #120
Franklin, TN 37067
Phone: 615-465-6820

Puckett’s Boathouse
94 E. Main Street
Franklin, TN 37067
Phone: 615-790-2309

Sperry’s
650 Frazier Drive
Franklin, TN 37067
Phone: 615-778-9950

 

BEST MEXICAN:

#1 Sopapilla’s
1109 Davenport Blvd.
Franklin, TN 37064
Phone: 615-794-9989

Nacho’s
1031 Center Point Place
Franklin, TN 37064
Phone: 615-595-8090

Pancho’s Place
3046 Columbia Avenue
Franklin, TN 37064
Phone: 615-790-7710

La Hacienda
1110 Hillsboro Road
Franklin, TN 37064
Phone: 615-591-9590

Pueblo Real
1340 W. Main Street
Franklin, TN 37064
Phone: 615-794-3232

SOL Restaurant
403 Main Street
Franklin, TN 37064
Phone: 615-538-6021

 

BEST STEAKHOUSE:

#1 Sperry’s
650 Frazier Drive
Franklin, TN 37067
Phone: 615-778-9950

Logan’s Roadhouse
7087 Bakers Bridge Avenue
Franklin, TN 37064
Phone: 615-771-7288

Sportsman’s Grille
1640  Westgate Circle
Brentwood, TN 37027
Phone: 615-373-1070

Outback Steakhouse
8005 Moore Lane
Brentwood, TN 37027
Phone: 615-661-9150

 

BEST ASIAN / THAI

#1 Koi Sushi & Thai
102 Lumber Drive (off Columbia Ave)
Franklin, TN 37064
Phone: 615-538-6018

P.F. Changs
439 Cool Springs Blvd.
Franklin, TN 37067
Phone: 615-503-9640

Genghis Grill Mongolian Stirfry
600B Frazier Drive #140
Franklin, TN 37067
Phone: 615-771-0111

Basil’s Asian Bistro
9040 Carothers Parkway
Franklin, TN 37067
Phone: 615-771-0999

Thai Spice
1031 Center Point Place
Franklin, TN 37064
Phone: 615-591-5658

 

BEST FINE DINING:

#1 Mangia Nashville
1110 Hillsboro Road #B200
Franklin, TN 37064
Phone: 615-538-7456

Amerigo’s Italian Restaurant
1656 Westgate Circle
Brentwood, TN 37027
Phone: 615-377-7070

Saffire
230 Franklin Road
Franklin, TN 37064
Phone: 615-599-4995

Red Pony
408 Main Street
Franklin, TN 37064
Phone: 615-595-7669

Zolo’s Italian Restaurant
119 5th Ave N
Franklin, TN 37064
Phone: 615-599-2901

Buca di Beppo
1722 Galleria Blvd.
Franklin, TN 37067
Phone: 615-778-1321

 

BEST FAMILY DINING:

#1 Carrabba’s Italian Grill
553 Cool Springs Blvd
Franklin, TN 37067
Phone: 615-778-9111

Puckett’s Franklin
120 Fourth Avenue South
Franklin, TN 37064
Phone: 615-794-5527

TGI Friday’s
520 Cool Springs Blvd.
Franklin, TN 37067
Phone: 615-771-8185

Chili’s
3084 Columbia Avenue
Franklin, TN 37064
Phone: 615-794-1499

Cracker Barrel
1735 Mallory Lane
Franklin, TN 37067
Phone: 615-376-8120

O’Charleys
1202 Murfreesboro Road
Franklin, TN 37064
Phone: 615-794-9438

 

BEST SANDWICHES & SPECIALTIES:

#1 Jason’s Deli
3065 Mallory Lane
Franklin, TN 37067
Phone: 615-771-2626

Five Guys Burgers & Fries
3021 Mallory Lane #130
Franklin, TN 37067
Phone: 615-778-0349

McAllister’s Deli
401-A Cool Springs Blvd
Franklin, TN 37067
Phone: 615-771-7380

Bosco’s
2000 Meredian Blvd. #110
Franklin, TN 37067
Phone: 615-778-1770

 

BEST PIZZA:

#1 Mellow Mushroom
317 Main Street
Franklin, TN 37064
Phone: 615-628-0181

Old Chicago Pizza & Taproom
440 Cool Springs Blvd.
Franklin, TN 37067
Phone: 615-224-8380

Pie In The Sky Pizza
1770 Galleria Blvd
Franklin, TN 37067
Phone: 615-778-0988

Cool Springs Brewery & New York Pizza
600A Frazier Drive #135
Franklin, TN 37067
Phone: 615-503-9626

Matteo’s Pizzeria
230 Franklin Road
Franklin, TN 37064
Phone: 615-599-6650

 

Some Of Our Other Franklin/Nashville Restaurant Reviews

Barbara’s Homecookin: Better Than Your Mama’s?

Aquarium Restaurant In Nashville

Best Philly Cheesesteak: Penn Station vs Fat Mo’s

Henpeck Market: Good Food & Music

Franklin Mercantile Deli

Cheesecake Factory in Green Hills

Wild Ginger Restaurant

Pancake Pantry in Nashville

Mineo’s Pizza & Wings vs Mellow Mushroom

Nashville’s Loveless Cafe

Two of our favorite places in Cool Springs -- Calypso Caribbean Cafe and Smoothie King.
This photo shows 2 of our favorite places:  Calypso Cafe and Smoothie King.
We make a trip to one of these places at least once a week!

Calypso Cafe is a Caribbean restaurant in Cool Springs. They have the best cheap eats around. And we’re obviously not the only ones who think so. Calypso was given the following honors several years in a row by Nashville Scene readers:

  • “Best Food/Restaurant”
  • “Best Healthy Food”
  • “Best Take-out”
  • “Best Vegetarian Food”
  • “Best Cheap Eats”

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  • Zach

    I don’t know if you have heard anything about it, but 31 South Grille on Columbia Ave in Franklin. Me and a friend went there and the food was out of this world. I recommend checking it out.

  • Sally

    My daughter used to work at Choices and I have one cookbook. Are there more than one?

  • Harjitworks

    Best Indian Restaurant
    http://www.bombaybistrotn.com/

    The Indian food is awesome in this restaurant. Everyone should try lunch Buffet.

  • Amanda

    Wanted to let you know there is a new pizza place that just opened up in Nolensville, TN. I know, who goes to Nolensville, right? But it’s a great little family-run restaurant that serves pizza, subs, salads, wings, and freshly-made cakes, cookies, pies and more. It’s really a neat little place. Here is some info if you would like to check it out:

    http:www.momandpopspizzashop.com

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L6XtxUvwetk

  • Pen

    I need info on gluten free dairy free restaurant options in Franklin, please.

    • http://thefuntimesguide.com/ FunTimesGuide

      Pen – This one hasn’t been updated in awhile, but there are a few mentions of Gluten-free restaurants in nearby Brentwood, TN:
      http://brentwood.thefuntimesguide.com/2005/09/glutenfreefood.php

      Perhaps others will chime in here with more Gluten-free options in Franklin.

    • http://www.angelosbistro.com/ Eagle3933

      Angelo’s Bistro (1935 Mallory Lane Ste 200, Franklin, TN 37067 (615) 771-1700 ) has Gluten-free options and they also has piano bar nightly!

  • Ysocrates21

    You have to check out the Music City Dog House if you haven’t already! Great for families and always busy. Great Food! Great Atmosphere!
    http://WWW.MUSICCITYDOGHOUSE.COM

  • DixieSue

    That’s Italian restaurant in Franklin is amazing. Everything from scratch.

  • http://www.angelosbistro.com/ Eagle3933

    Please check out the new restaurant Angelo’s Bistro which just filled in the former Criallo’s Bistro in Cool Springs. Live Piano Bar opens every night showing from 6pm to 9pm.

  • Linda915091

    Good grief…enough chain restaurants anyone?