The restaurant scene in the Donelson-Hermitage area continues to grow, to the delight of residents, with McNamara's Irish Pub serving as a popular gathering place. Frequented by the ever-growing population of young professionals moving into the area, this establishment's menu features classic Irish pub fare. Standouts include the fish and chips and the shepherds pie. It also has live music on the weekends, with the owner's band often headlining. Decked out with historical photographs, Gaelic sports memorabilia, Irish instruments, music albums, tin pub signs and other Irish decor, this pub proffers a friendly ambiance that brings locals back time and time again.
Located in a historic farmhouse off Old Elm Hill Pike, Ellendale's restaurant stands as one of the Donelson-Hermitage area's hidden gems. A farm-to-table restaurant with a creative and hand-crafted menu by chef Julia Buhler, this restaurant features items with names like the James Bond: an appetizer dish with tender pieces of steak sauteed with green olives, garlic and shallots, with splashes of gin and cream garnished with toasted focaccia. Quality organic food at reasonable prices has people from all over metro Nashville coming to Ellendale's.
Dear Sushi located on Stewarts Ferry Pike ranks as one of the most popular sushi restaurants in all of Nashville, while the Hermitage Steak House holds the status of a Nashville fine-dining classic. Uncle Bud's Catfish on Old Lebanon Road serves up fried catfish as well as fried oysters, steak and chicken. Your home-style meal includes all you can eat servings of coleslaw, hush puppies, white beans, pickles and onions. Top off you meal with a generous portion of the homemade banana pudding. No matter what your favorite food, you can find it in the Donelson-Hermitage area.
Many locals make the trek closer to downtown, midtown
or to the Five Points area of East Nashville
for nightlife. That said, many laid-back options exist in the Donelson-Hermitage for night-time entertainment. The Rusty Nail, a sports bar off of Andrew Jackson Parkway, features a sand volleyball court behind its extra-large patio. You can catch amateur league action here as well during the summer, and the place has all the top sports action on TV every week.
Every Friday and Saturday night since 1974, the Grand Old Opry has broadcast from the Opry House, also located in the Donelson-Hermitage area. The longest running radio show in history, the Grand Old Opry showcases up-and-coming and classic country music recording artists every week.