Since I live in East Nashville, normally my coverage for Music City Highway extends within that region of town, but sometimes I do venture out of that area to try new places elsewhere. Recently, one of those new places was Nada, a new upscale Mexican restaurant in Midtown.
Nada has other iterations in Cincinnati, Columbus, Indianapolis, and North Bethesda, so there is a sense of legitimacy that lends itself to the new Nashville location. I went to eat there on National Margarita Day and they were having buy one get one free margaritas, so I already kind of expected to have a positive experience. The restaurant is sandwiched between Caviar & Bananas and Henley in the Kimpton Aertson Hotel, with Le Sel around the corner, so I expected a large-scale high-end vibe, and I was not disappointed.
The restaurant is spacious, decked out in lots of bright warm furniture, some authentically Mexican looking, some more modern American. The wall behind the bar stretches to the ceiling, with a ladder on a track for bartenders to reach higher shelves. That plus the huge windows on either side of it lend a dramatic, almost opulent vibe.
In contrast to the large space of the restaurant, the menu is smaller, and simple. Nada is branded as “A taco and cocktail joint.” Expect staples of Mexican cuisine: tacos, enchiladas, salsa, guacamole; and a few salads. The margaritas were good, and STRONG. This is an important factor to note, as we were getting one free, so it’s nice that they weren’t skimped on quality.
The front of the restaurant has a dedicated social area next to the bar and out front on a patio. It seems as though they want you to stay a while when you come. And, according to my visit, it worked!
Nada is open for lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch. Reservations can be made via Resy and private parties are available upon request.