Xiao bao

Xiao Bao

Xiao Bao in East Nashville offers a unique dining experience, blending Asian culinary traditions with a modern, approachable twist. This restaurant, created by the husband-and-wife duo Joshua Walker and Duolan Li, is set in a location that combines mid-century American diner aesthetics with Mainland China influences. The decor features a mix of red leather couches, chrome booths, banquettes, and an assortment of vintage decorations, contributing to a distinctive ambiance​​​​.

Kumamoto oysters
Kumamoto oysters

The menu, inspired by the couple’s extensive travels across Asia, features a variety of dishes that showcase bold flavors and comforting textures. Popular offerings include pork belly bao buns, fried dumplings with lemongrass pork, and hand-pulled noodles with chili cumin brisket. Xiao Bao is a great spot for both lunch and dinner, providing a culinary escape with its intriguing blend of dishes​​.

Omu omelette, hashbrown, sausage combo with okonomiyaki cheese sauce

Adding to the allure is Xiao Bao’s beverage selection, which is noted for its meticulous attention to detail. Drinks like the Ecto Cooler, which combines sparkling wine with Midori liqueur, and the London Flower, a mix of Sichuan peppercorn-infused gin with Pimm’s and lemon, complement the restaurant’s flavorful dishes​​.

King ora, flavor queens, yuzu, umeboshi
King ora, flavor queens, yuzu, umeboshi

Whether you’re seeking a casual lunch, a cozy dinner, or a distinctive Sunday brunch, Xiao Bao in East Nashville offers a memorable dining experience that reflects a fusion of culinary artistry and cultural nostalgia.


830 Meridian Street
Nashville, TN 37207
(615) 239-5553

Closed: Tuesday / Wednesdays

About Michael Castello

Michael is a singer/songwriter, producer, director, engineer and owner of Nashville.com. Michael has been in the music and film industry for 40 years and learned songwriting from Tin Pan Alley great Lou Stallman.

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