Nashville's Oldest Vegetarian Restaurant

Nashville’s oldest vegetarian and first certified Kosher restaurant is located on the campus of Vanderbilt University and is part of the school’s meal plan. The café, located inside the Ben Shulman Center for Jewish Life, is open to all and has parking available for non-university guests.

Grins (Yiddish for "vegetable"- pronounced "Greens") offers a regular menu and daily chef-inspired specials that will make (most) folks forget about meat. Offerings include grilled sandwiches, made-from-scratch soups, salads and vegan cookies and muffins so good you’ll eat ‘em as an appetizer.

Kosher certification provided by Rabbi Saul Strosberg from Congregation Sherith Israel, an Orthodox synagogue, with a level of supervision called yotzei vinichnas.


NEW MENU coming Fall 2024


Grins Cafe will be CLOSED FOR RENOVATIONS on March 1, 2024. We will reopen in August corresponding with Vanderbilt University's Fall Semester schedule!  Thanks for your understanding.