The restaurants, chefs, and bars that made the city run wild this year

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Nashville Eater Awards 2017
By Matt Rogers

After nearly a week of intensive reader voting, today we announce the winners of the eighth annual Eater Awards, celebrating the chefs and restaurants that made the largest impact on all 24 Eater cities over the past twelve months.

Here now are the establishments — from raw bars and cocktail dens to live-fire neighborhood spots and out-of-town imports — that have taken the Nashville food world by storm. Thank you to everyone who voted last week, and congratulations to the winners of the readers’ choice and editors’ choice awards. Read on to learn more about this year’s best of the best. Editor’s Choice winners will receive an illustrious tomato can trophy via FedEx, along with a full feature on Eater in the coming year.

Restaurant of the Year Readers’ Choice Winner: Henley

New Bar Program of the Year


Sam Angel

It’s been a strong year for new bars and bar programs in Nashville, but the creations from Henley’s head barman Jonathan Howard were real standouts. Howard’s challenge was to create cocktails that could match the inventiveness and complexity of executive chef R.J. Cooper’s dishes, and he certainly stepped up to the plate, utilizing ingredients and flavor combinations that kick things up a notch from the usual offerings.