Attending a Grand Ole Opry show remains on the bucket list of just about every country music fan, and a pilgrimage to the capital of Country Music is not complete without catching a performance. The Grand Ole Opry began as a radio show presented in front of a live audience right here in Nashville in 1925, and live performances continue three times a week, ramping up to almost daily performances during high season. The Opry held residence at the Ryman Auditorium downtown Nashville from 1943 until 1974, when it moved seven miles east of downtown to the Grand Ole Opry House, where it lives on today most of the year.
The Opry House sits adjacent to Opry Mills Mall and the sprawling Gaylord Opryland Hotel. For visitors staying near downtown, you can expect a 20- to 30- minute drive to the Opry, depending on traffic. The nearby mall offers a constellation of chain-dining experiences for a quick casual bite, but if you’re looking for something a little more local, we’ve compiled a list of the best spots to grab dinner before enjoying a show at the Opry. Since the Opry’s first performance of the night begins at 7 p.m., these restaurants all open early enough, offer easy parking options and quick access to the highway to simplify the jaunt out to the Opry.