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Stacey Oswald, originally from South Florida, moved to Nashville as a member of Vanderbilt University's class of 2015. There, she is the assistant editor of Vanderbilt HerCampus, an online magazine for college girls, as well as a writer for the sports section of the Vanderbilt Hustler. She recently became an initiated sister of Kappa Delta sorority and looks forward to getting involved in more organizations, like an a capella group or a club sport, during her college career. Outside of school and her extracurriculars, Stacey finds happiness in many sources, the most crucial being exercise and the sun. She loves to attend exercise classes and is an avid runner; she recently completed the Country Music Half Marathon. She also loves Vitamin D, especially when on the beach- though of course, she only soaks up the sun after applying SPF. A few of the things Stacey couldn't live without? Good food (especially from Sweet Cece's, Bricktops, and Bread & Co.), great books (The Bungalow by Sarah Jio is a recent favorite), her family back in Florida, her wonderful boyfriend, and all of the great friends she's made at Vanderbilt.

Post-Graduation Dinner Spots In Nashville

There exists no shortage of great restaurants in Nashville, but picking the right one for your graduation celebration can be quite the challenge. Every family celebrates in a different way, and it is important to keep that in mind when picking a venue. That being said, here are several unique locations that should cater to all families looking to celebrate their graduate’s new beginnings.

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If your family is looking for amazing food served in a classy environment, I would highly recommend Bricktops. Their menu is incredibly diverse, and everyone will be satisfied with their options; everything Bricktops serves, from the deviled eggs with sugar bacon to their chicken tenders, is top-notch. The ambiance is conducive to conversation while still maintaining an air of sophistication not found at many other family-friendly restaurants. Bricktops is always packed, but their service is never slow. I personally choose to celebrate every milestone with either a slice of their macadamia-nut crusted key lime pie or their chocolate chip cookie skillet- both are amazing and incredibly unique!

Bricktops Nashville
3000 West End Ave
Nashville, TN 37212
Ph. 615-298-1000

Monday – Thursday: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Friday: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Sunday 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Brunch-Saturday & Sunday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Monell’s Cafe

For the big family that wants an equally large meal, Monell’s is the place to go. This restaurant prides themselves on being a southern, family-style establishment, and they do not disappoint. While I am personally a fan of their brunch, I’ve heard that their dinner is equally as good. From the second you sit down, you are served mountains of quality southern food on large platters, and every single stomach-expanding bite is delicious. This is certainly not a place to go if your family prides itself on being healthy, but if you’re looking for a relaxed, fun time, make a reservation at Monell’s.

Monell’s Cafe
2826 Bransford Avenue
Nashville, TN 37204
Ph. 615-298-2254

Monday – Saturday: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Sunday Brunch: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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Urban Flats

Urban Flats, located in the Gulch, is a great place for the family looking to celebrate in a modern environment. Lots of events are held here and for good reason: their menu is fresh, healthy, and delicious. Their forte is their unique array of mouthwatering flatbreads, but their salads and sandwiches are also delicious. This is another place where even the pickiest of eaters will be satisfied. Urban Flats also has an extensive and exciting cocktail menu for those over 21. I recommend trying their dessert flatbreads–they’re different but really good!

Urban Flats
610 12th Avenue South
Nashville, TN 37203
Ph. 615-254-0454

Not listed online.

Sambuca Nashville (Photo Credit: sambucarestaurant.com)


For the music-loving family, Sambuca, also located in the Gulch, is a prime spot for celebrations. They have quality live music every night, and the performers always cater to what the audience wants to hear. I saw one band play a requested song they’d never once rehearsed- the lead singer even had to look up the lyrics on his iPad! This is definitely a restaurant for the family that refers to Nashville as Music City. The food is really good and very different from the typical fare at a live music venue. While the service can be a little slow, I guarantee your party won’t even notice amid the fun, youthful environment!

Sambuca Nashville
601 12th Avenue South
Nashville, TN 37203
Ph. 615-248-2888

Pleas click here for restaurant and bar hours.

No matter what kind of family you have, remember that this celebratory dinner is for the graduate, so make sure that he/she is the most satisfied! Also, remind yourself to bring a camera for the big day- these are memories you wan’t want to lose.

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