Whether you’ve been out on the lake all weekend or at work all day, not many people wouldn’t enjoy a nice meal with a waterfront view. We’re lucky to have marinas on multiple lakes and rivers in Middle Tennessee that offer both a fun and beautiful atmosphere for dining. Check out our list of best bets for your next meal overlooking the state’s incredible scenery, then pull the boat (or your car) right up to your local waterfront eatery and enjoy dinner and drinks while the sun sets on another great day at the lake.
Blue Moon Waterfront Grill
525 Basswood Avenue | Nashville
Closed after the 2010 floods, Blue Moon Waterfront Grill has opened its doors again for an all new waterfront dining experience. It’s currently the only waterfront restaurant in Nashville, is a part of the Nashville Originals Independent Restaurant Association, and serves a variety of Americana staples for lunch and dinner. Be sure to check out one of their songwriter’s nights.
PERCY PRIEST LAKE
Flip Flops Bar & Grille
4027 LaVergne Couchville Pike | Four Corners Marina | Antioch
With a wide menu, close proximity to Nashville, and live music on a floating patio, you can’t go wrong with Flip Flops Bar & Grille. The beautifully built restaurant is also available as a rental space, so if you’re looking to host a special occasion overlooking the water, look no further.
OLD HICKORY LAKE
Cherokee Steak House & Marina
450 Cherokee Dock Road | Cherokee Marina | Lebanon
Offering both seafood, steaks, and other options for land lovers, Cherokee Steak House has provided great food with a view since 1958. The establishment is also BYOB, so if you’re coming in from the lake, grab what’s left in your cooler before heading in.
155 Sanders Ferry Road | No Marina | Hendersonville
While this restaurant offers all you’d expect from a lakeside dining option, they go one step further by offering sushi and other menu options with an Asian flare. With large TVs and a full bar, it also makes a great location to watch the must-see games.
126 River Road | Anchor High Marina | Hendersonville
This family-friendly option serves regular favorites you might expect plus some surprises like pizza and stir-fry. The Rudder also hosts live music regularly, trivia on Thursdays, and encourages you to see if you can spot their regular feathered visitor and mascot Mo or his other duck, turtle, and fish friends.
CENTER HILL LAKE
Blue Water Grille
864 Floating Mill Road | Hurricane Marina | Silver Point
In addition to seafood, sandwiches, salads, and other staples, the Blue Water Grill offers regular shrimp boils, live music, and events for the 4th of July, Halloween, and this year, a gathering for the solar eclipse (August 21).
TIMS FORD LAKE
The Bluegill Grill
912 Old Awalt Road | Holiday Landing Marina | Tullahoma
Serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner, the Bluegill has become a favorite stop for locals around Tims Ford Lake. With a weekly all you can eat Cajun boil, weekend specials, and creative cocktails, you’re sure to have a good time.