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Margot Cafe and Bar

Margot Cafe and Bar
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With quiet charm and steadfast skill, chef-owner Margot McCormack remains a titan in the open-air kitchen of her trail-blazing Margot Cafe & Bar in East Nashville’s now well-established Five Points neighborhood. A veteran in the kitchens of first Nashville, then New York, McCormack returned to her hometown to open the 80-seat restaurant in 2001 in what was once a filling station. Her influence can be felt all over town: It’s no coincidence that James Beard Award-winning Tandy Wilson worked as her sous chef before opening City House. Margot’s short menu changes daily and reflects her passion for seasonal ingredients and rustic bistro cooking from France and Italy. The Sunday brunch is one of Nashville’s most popular. (Book ahead for patio seats.)

Full bar. Serving breakfast 8-11 am Tue-Fri, lunch 11 am-2 pm Tue-Fri, dinner 4:30-8:30 pm Tue-Thu, 4:30-9 pm Fri-Sat. Sun brunch 10 am-2 pm. Closed Mon.

MUST EATS: Pizza appetizer, seafood dishes, which have included pan-roasted golden tilefish. House-made ice cream or sorbet off the dessert menu.

“Fifteen years in, chef Margot McCormack delights guests with the creature comforts of food. She took high dining and brought it back to the earth. Her tables have roots.”

— Jim Myers, The Tennessean, “Top 25 Restaurants in Nashville,” June 21, 2016