Think you can’t get authentic, mouth-watering dim sum in Music City? Think again. Nashville’s thriving food scene includes some of the best dim sum restaurants in the southeastern U.S., whether you’re looking for classic, tried-and-true varieties, or are seeking more adventurous, creative concoctions. Bring your appetite – you’re going to need it!

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Where to Find the Best Dim Sum in Nashville

Tánsuŏ

Address: 121B 12th Ave N, Nashville, TN 37203

Neighborhood: Downtown

Cost: $$$

What to Order: Choose from Tánsuŏ’s seven dim sum offerings: Chili Oil Dumplings, Shrimp Rangoon, Sichuan Chicken Dumplings, Shrimp Har Gau (also known as dim sum shrimp dumplings), Vegan Fresh Vegetable Momo, Foie Sui Mai, and 8 Treasure Spring Roll.

What Makes This Place Special: Tánsuŏ means “to explore” in Cantonese, so expect a departure from more traditional Chinese cuisine with contemporary, unique menu items like Nashville Hot Chicken Lo Mein. In addition to delicious bites, this restaurant is known for its cool decor and ambiance alongside its incredible cocktail selection. The Tánsuŏ Signature Old Fashioned and Shanghai Sour are perfect for whiskey lovers, while the Cha Cha Cha combines cachaca, banana liqueur, pineapple, lemon, and coconut cream to create a beach vacation in a glass.

Sichuan Hot Pot & Asian Cuisine

Address: 5680 Nolensville Pike, Nashville, TN 37211

Neighborhood: South Nashville

Cost: $

What to Order: Try one (or more) of Sichuan Hot Pot & Asian Cuisine’s dim sum dishes, served daily from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. More than 20 options are available, such as Jelly Fish Head with Scallion, Sticky Rice in Lotus Leaf, Steamed Dumplings, Crab Rangoon and Steamed Shrimp Dumplings.

What Makes This Place Special: Serving up spicy specialties from China’s Sichuan province, Sichuan Hot Pot & Asian Cuisine is known for offering some of the most authentic Chinese food in Nashville – and you won’t have to break the bank to fill your belly. This dining spot is a local favorite for hot pots (also known as fire pots) that include hot broth and herbs, spices, meats, vegetables, and more, which are perfect for groups interested in sampling multiple dishes.

Sunda New Asian

Address: 592 12th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203

Neighborhood: The Gulch

Cost: $$$

What to Order: Dive into the restaurant’s dim sum offerings, including steamed buns filled with pork belly, Korean fried chicken, or crispy eggplant, as well as the Oxtail Pot Stickers, Lumpia, Lemongrass Beef Lollipops, Seoul Wings, Bulgogi Roti Tacos, and Sugar Cane Shrimp.

What Makes This Place Special: With its name serving as a nod to the Sunda Shelf, a landmass connecting Southeast Asia and its surrounding islands to the rest of Asia, Sunda New Asian draws inspiration from places like China, Japan, the Philippines, Thailand and Indonesia. This upscale restaurant, located in Nashville’s 22-story Icon in the Gulch condominium building, puts a modern spin on culturally important dishes and offers an impressive adult beverage selection, including specialty cocktails, Japanese sake, wine and beer.

Hawkers

Address: 626A Main St, Nashville, TN 37206

Neighborhood: East Nashville

Cost: $$

What to Order: Choose from the nine dim sum options available: Roti Canai, Roast Duck Baos, Seoul Hot Chicken Baos, Pork Belly Baos, Chinese BBQ Pork Baos, Sichuan Wontons, Golden Wontons, Yi-Yi’s Chicken Dumplings, and Soup Dumplings.

What Makes This Place Special: If you’re looking for Asian street fare and craft cocktails in an eclectic, vibrant atmosphere, Hawkers is for you. Along with delicious dim sum, you’ll find skewers, wings, crispy pork belly, coconut shrimp, house-made kimchi, rice and curry bowls, noodles, and noodle soups – and that’s just a sampling. On the adult beverage side, Hawkers offers traditional tiki drinks (including the O.G. Pain Killer), along with classic and specialty cocktails, sake, Japanese whisky, wine, and craft brews.

Lucky Bamboo China Bistro

Address: 5855 Charlotte Pike Ste B, Ste B, Nashville, TN 37209

Neighborhood: Charlotte Park

Cost: $$

What to Order: Visit Lucky Bamboo China Bistro on weekends between 11:00 am and 3:00 pm to try their full section of delectable dim sum dishes, such as Fried Golden Wontons, Shrimp Dumplings, Steamed BBQ Pork Buns, and Pan-Fried Stuffed Tofu. Dining on a weekday or a weekend evening? You can’t go wrong with the Chongqing Spicy Chicken or the Honey Walnut Shrimp.

What Makes This Place Special: Authentic is the name of the game at Lucky Bamboo China Bistro, making it one of the go-to spots in Nashville for bona fide Chinese cuisine. The restaurant has an expansive menu that leaves little to be desired, serving up a wide variety of flavorful entrees like Peking Duck, Taiwanese Braised Pork Belly, General Tso’s Chicken, Mongolian Pork, Kung Pao Beef, and Fire Cracker Shrimp. As a result, there’s something to please just about everyone – even the pickiest of eaters.

For more brunch-time places to try, check out our list of Nashville’s top brunch spots, and then find some free things to do to add to your weekend bucket list.

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About the Author
Jessica Walker Boehm

Jessica is a Nashville-based freelance writer and yoga teacher who also dabbles in CrossFit and running (slowly). When she's not writing or working up a sweat, she can be found with her two cats, Shooby and Minju, or exploring the ever-growing city she calls home.