VisitClarksvilleTN hosted my visit. All opinions are my own.
Are you a foodie who loves discovering new and exciting restaurants? If so, Clarksville, Tennessee, is the perfect destination for your next getaway! Nestled along the banks of the Cumberland River in northern Tennessee, this charming city offers an abundance of delicious eateries that will tantalize your taste buds. From BBQ to breakfast spots to elevated dining experiences, there’s something here for everyone.
Located about an hour from Nashville, I visited Clarksville with several other travel writers. Our visit was hosted as part of the Red Carpet Tour by Visit Clarksville. There were no fast food stops on this tour. We ate at some fantastic restaurants and enjoyed the most delicious food during our visit. I wanted to share the restaurants that served up scrumptious goodness. Read on to discover restaurants serving good food you will want to consider when visiting Clarksville!
103 Strawberry Alley, Clarksville, TN
If you find yourself in Clarksville, Tennessee, you’ll want to check out Strawberry Alley Ale Works. This charming alehouse, nestled in the heart of downtown, offers a wide selection of craft beers and delicious pub-style fare.
Their starters include nachos, tacos, and sliders. The table shared a soft pretzel starter. I ordered the Mediterranean Seared Chicken. Others in the group enjoyed the Fried Chicken Sliders and Potato Chip Nachos.
Strawberry Alley Ale Works desserts come in small mason jars. I ordered the trio with three flavors: Peanut Butter Pie, Banana Pudding, and Strawberry Cheesecake.
The cozy atmosphere and friendly staff make it the perfect spot to unwind after a long week or catch up with friends over a couple of pints. Whether you’re a beer connoisseur or just looking for a good time, Strawberry Alley Ale Works is worth a visit. Be sure to try the soft pretzels and the fun desserts.
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132 Franklin St., Clarksville, TN
One of the first brew houses in the Southeast, the veteran-owned Blackhorse Pub & Brewery is a go-to spot in Clarksville. They have been serving the locals and visitors for over 20 years.
Their craft beers are available year-round. They also have some seasonal brews, specialty beers, and an impressive cocktail menu. I tried a Prickly Pear Margarita.
I loved the atmosphere and the delicious pub fare they offered—everything from flatbread pizza to wedge salads to various sandwiches and wraps. There is something to suit every appetite.
2237 Lowes Drive, Suite E, Clarksville, TN
This small bakery breakfast and sandwich shop had the most delicious breakfast offerings—everything from savory quiche to sweet banana bread french toast. I ordered the Cinnamon Roll French Toast, which was a real treat for the tastebuds. They rolled the cinnamon roll in the French toast batter, cooked it, and sprinkled it with caramel bacon, candied pecans, and then a drizzle of maple syrup. A sweet way to start the day!
Everything was scratch made and freshly baked. Portions were large and filling. The service was exceptional, and the food was tasty at the Wild Flour Bake Shop. If you don’t have time to stop for breakfast, you can get takeout and enjoy it on the go.
The back of the bakery doubles as a gift shop with unique locally made products available for purchase.
803 South Riverside Drive, Clarksville, TN
Legends Smokehouse & Grill serves authentic barbeque. Their meats are smoked fresh daily. Legends Smokehouse & Grill is veteran owned and has many traditional American options for breakfast and throughout the day. There are also a few unique items on the menu.
They also make their own bbq sauces, and the Blueberry BBQ Sauce was the crowd favorite.
I ate breakfast there, went unique, and ordered their Pork-n-Roll, a warm gooey Cinnamon Roll topped with smoked pulled pork and drizzled with their bbq sauce. It was a fantastic combination of sweet and savory and was the perfect start to the day.
I loved all the restaurants we enjoyed, but Legends was my favorite, and it is one of the best restaurants in Clarksville.
5. The Mailroom
116 N. Second Street, Clarksville, TN
If you want a special meal, The Mailroom is the place to go in Clarksville. One of the newest restaurants in town, they have elevated dining options in a repurposed former Federal Building. You guessed it; it was a post office. They also have dining on a lovely patio that overlooks the town. It is a beautiful place to get together with family and friends and hang out.
Everything at The Mailroom is made from scratch. I ordered the Pecan Crusted Rainbow Trout served with pineapple fried rice. For dessert, we shared a serving of warm Red Velvet Bread pudding.
They also host private events and provide catering services. They are open for lunch and dinner seven days a week. Brunch is served on Saturday and Sunday.
1601 Madison St, Clarksville, TN
The Mad Herbalist was the most unique dining experience I enjoyed while visiting Clarksville. Known as an eatery, tea lounge, and blending lab, they serve freshly brewed teas and delicious bites. The property is gorgeous, so allow adequate time to take it all in and enjoy every minute.
They serve lunch on three-tiered serving plates. One each for your appetizer, main entree, and dessert. You order all three at once. They have both vegan and gluten-free options.
They serve lunch from Thursday through Saturday. Brunch is available on Sunday.
7. Cafe 931
2551 Madison St, (Sango) Clarksville, TN
Family-owned and operated, Cafe 931 is known for its acai bowls and gourmet burritos; they serve breakfast and lunch and offer various acai bowls and freshly-made juice blends.
They have a large casual dining room area and offer outdoor seating and curbside pickup.
2231 Madison St, Suite L. Clarksville, TN
You can’t visit Clarksville without visiting Miss Lucille’s Marketplace. You will find all kinds of goods from local makers. While there, visit Miss Lucille’s Cafe for a touch of southern charm and a delicious lunch or snack.
Their menu of handmade sandwiches, bowls, soups, fresh salads, and sharables suits every appetite. Their made-from-scratch desserts will be pure bliss for your taste buds.
They serve their excellent comfort food for lunch and close at 4:00 PM daily.
107 Franklin Street, Clarksville, TN
Edward’s Steakhouse is the perfect choice if you are in the mood for steak. This family-owned restaurant is open for dinner Wednesday through Saturday in downtown Clarksville on Franklin St. across from the Roxy Regional Theatre. It is an excellent stop for a date night meal before the show.
A fine-dining restaurant, they offer steaks and house specialty dishes with a wide variety of appetizers and sides. The desserts are luscious and don’t forget to add a scoop of ice cream for extra deliciousness.
1461 Zinc Plant Road, Clarksville, TN
Enjoy relaxed southern dining about five minutes from town at The Catfish House. Family owned and operated for over 40 years, The Catfish House serves farm-raised catfish and other seafood, plus steak and more for dinner every evening except Monday. They also serve lunch on Sundays.
Catfish is their specialty; it is hand-breaded and fried to perfection. They also have other dishes, and the Fudgey-Wudgey dessert is to die for. It is a masterpiece of three layers of chocolate cake with yummy fudge icing.
11. Dock 17
2231 Madison St, Suite D, Clarksville, TN
Dock 17 serves drinks and dinner Wednesday through Sunday and brunch on Saturday and Sunday. Their menu is constantly changing with the season and the ingredients available. Their menu is incredible, with burgers, salads, starters, and full entrees! Seating is available inside and outside. I did not have an opportunity to eat here, but hope to on my next visit.
A happening place, you will find live music on Wednesday and Thursday evenings when talented local artists take the stage. They have three custom-made dart lanes, corn holes, shuffleboards, and fire pits.
Dock 17 has ten specialty cocktails and an extensive beer and wine menu! They serve delicious mimosas with brunch.
12. Gingham Cafe
1955-C, Madison Street, Clarksville, TN
At Gingham Cafe, you can dine in or carry out. You can even order their sweet bread and dessert bars on Amazon.
Owned by an international foodie who moved 17 times in 20 years while her husband was in the army, the restaurant has a laidback atmosphere where people can visit and hang out.
The menu boasts homemade Asian and Italian delights.
13. Storming Crab
2135 Lowes Dr, Clarksville TN
If cajun or creole food is your favorite, you will want to visit the Storming Crab Boil in Clarksville. You will want to bib up for crab claws, legs, shrimp, oysters, and other mouthwatering dishes featuring Louisiana cajun flavor.
They warn you your meal will be messy.
120 Corporate Dr, Clarksville, TN
Voted the best Sushi and Ramen Restaurant in Clarksville, Kohana Sushi and Ramen uses the highest quality ingredients and styles the food for a bold presentation.
Their extensive sushi menu is impressive, and they serve various Japanese dishes. Starter plates, Ramin dishes, soups, salads, and sake are available. My favorite thing is the Pork Belly Bao Bun.
Clarksville, Tennessee, is rich in culture and heritage, and its restaurants showcase the city’s diversity. From local favorites like Strawberry Alley Ale Works or Blackhorse Pub & Brewery to delightful pastries for breakfast at Wild Flour Bake Shop or scrumptious BBQ at Legends Smokehouse, there’s something that will make your belly happy!