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Where to Get Dinner and Cocktails in Downtown Franklin, Tennessee

Where to Get Dinner and Cocktails in Downtown Franklin, Tennessee

Have you ever found yourself craving a good dinner after a day of walking around downtown Franklin? Or maybe you’re in need of a new spot for date night? Whatever the reason may be, we have you covered with some local restaurants in downtown Franklin, Tennessee that are sure to curb your cravings! 

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55 South

55 South is a restaurant with locations in downtown Franklin and Brentwood, that specializes in southern comfort food and drinks. Whether you are in the mood for seafood, bbq, chicken, salad, or sandwiches, this local spot has it all! They also offer a variety of desserts for those with a sweet tooth as well as a selection of wine, beer, and cocktails!


1799 Kitchen & Cocktails

Located inside The Harpeth Hotel in downtown Franklin, 1799 Kitchen & Cocktails partners with local farmers to create seasonal menus showcasing the flavors of the Middle Tennessee region. Their creative menus offer modern American eats as well as handcrafted cocktails, wine, and local craft beers. Consider stopping by 1799 Kitchen & Cocktails next time you’re downtown and make sure to check out their 1799 Lounge outside of the restaurant for a drink! 


Americana Taphouse


Americana Taphouse

Overlooking Franklin’s historic Main Street, Americana Taphouse invites you to spend your evening relaxing with good food and good people! This unique eatery offers southern-inspired takes on traditional foods, 24 beers on tap, live music from local artists throughout the week, and a heated, dog friendly outdoor patio with wraparound shrubbery! 


Cork and Cow

Cork & Cow offers a high-end dining experience with a menu of classic and experimental dishes alike. With an exceptional cocktail program featuring unique craft cocktails and over 100 bottles of wine, this local steakhouse boasts more than their delicious steak and seafood options made from locally sourced ingredients. Their menu changes and showcases seasonal dishes throughout the year, so there is always something new to try! 


Culaccino Italian Restaurant + Bar

Culaccino Italian Restaurant + Bar offers authentic Italian cuisine. With signature dishes featuring housemade pastas, woodfired pizzas, and Chef Pullara’s family recipes, this local restaurant is sure to impress. When the weather is nice, you can enjoy their craft cocktails, authentic entrees, global wine list, and dessert menu on their outdoor patio! 


Gray’s on Main


GRAY’S on Main

Before GRAY’S on Main became the restaurant we all know and love, it served downtown Franklin as a staple pharmacy called the Gray Drug Co. for nearly a century! Since being renovated in 2013, GRAY’S on Main has been a hit thanks to their seasonal Southern fare made from locally sourced ingredients, a drink menu of cocktails reflecting the culture of the late 19th century, and live music! Next time you’re looking for dinner and a show, check out this venue in one of the most historic buildings in downtown Franklin. 


Izzy’s Feel Good Food

Izzy’s Feel Good Food offers a selection of entrees including salmon, burgers, lobster, tacos, pasta, and more! They also have extensive lists of beer, spirits, wine, cocktails, and mocktails – there is something for everyone! Topping off their food and drink menus, Izzy’s regularly hosts live music from local artists, so stop by next time you’re looking for a casual evening of dinner and music!


JJ’s Wine Bar

JJ’s Wine Bar offers wine-dispensing machines as well as menus of wine, beer, cocktails, and food! With local art adorning the walls, dog-friendly outdoor seating spaces, upscale wines, delicious food, and a quaint atmosphere, JJ’s Wine Bar is known as the first wine bar in Franklin! Located in a building on the National Historic Registry, you are invited to take a sip of history at this local wine bar!


McCreary's Irish Pub and Eatery in historic downtown Franklin, Tennessee.

McCreary’s Irish Pub & Eatery


McCreary’s Irish Pub & Eatery

McCreary’s Irish Pub & Eatery is locally owned and operated with a casual atmosphere, good food, and a wide range of cocktails. Whether you want your drink hot, cold, or seasonal, there are quite a few options! Their drink and food menus pay tribute to Irish cuisine and they even host live Celtic music! 


Puckett’s Restaurant

From being a small grocery in Leiper’s Fork to having six restaurant locations throughout Middle Tennessee, Puckett’s has definitely made a name for itself. With menus of authentic Southern cuisine, handcrafted cocktails, wine, local beers, and liquor, it’s no surprise how Puckett’s became such a local treasure! This local restaurant has live entertainment every night at 8:30pm, so stop by and see what all the talk is about!


Pueblo Real

Pueblo Real in downtown Franklin is a local, family-owned Mexican restaurant known for their top shelf margaritas and extensive menu featuring dishes created from family recipes. This is a great spot to grab dinner and a drink! Try out their homemade desserts after indulging in their fresh entrees and cocktails for the perfect evening!


The Skylight Bar_Grand Opening in downtown Franklin at The factory at Franklin.

The Skylight


The Skylight

The Skylight bar is the newest addition to The Factory at Franklin’s Grand Hall and it offers a space to connect with the community as well as specialty cocktails! If you’re hungry, there are plenty of options in The Factory at Franklin! Whether you are wanting to have dinner at Mafiaoza’s or Mojo’s Tacos or you’re looking for something sweet at Five Daughters Bakery or Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams, this is a convenient spot for dinner and cocktails in downtown Franklin!


Red Pony

Red Pony is an upscale restaurant serving southern favorites with a twist. They offer menus for appetizers, entrees, sides, and desserts as well as for beer, cocktails, and wine! Their unique dishes and drinks make for a memorable meal in a cozy and eclectic environment. Take some time to try out Red Pony if you’re looking for a more sophisticated dining experience in Franklin. 


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