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Comment Archives: Locations: Restaurants: Contemporary

Re: “tayst [closed]

Just ok. I had much higher expectations for Tayst, especially as an award-winning restaurant. The food was mediocre and the server had no knowledge of the menu.

Posted by Nicole on 03/08/2012 at 9:22 PM

Re: “The Catbird Seat

Great experience. Every minute was great. So was each course of food!

Posted by Martha on 02/10/2012 at 9:17 PM

Re: “Eastland Café

I have eaten here several times. The food is great. The chief has come to my table and asked if everything was good a couple of times. This shows that chief Paul really cares about his customers. I know of a celeb or two that frequent the place so that is a plus. I think it is a cross between a casual diner and a touch of class.
CJ from Atlanta

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Posted by CJ on 01/06/2012 at 6:25 AM

Re: “Flyte World Dining & Wine

WHAT A WONDERFUL DINING EXPERIENCE! THE FOOD WAS DELICIOUS, ELEGANT YET HOMEY. GREAT FOOD, SERVICE WINE AND FRIENDLY PEOPLE. I CAN NOT WAIT TO GO BACK! ONE OF THE BEST NIGHTS OUT EVER!




POSTED BY JACKIE DEC,18, 2011

Posted by Jackie Bell 1 on 12/22/2011 at 4:57 PM

Re: “J. Alexander's

vanderbilt ate there friday night, food was great!!!, but do you not get bread with your meal??? although it is a great place for a romantic date, where we sat was DARK!!!
THANK YOU FOR BEING SO CLOSE TO US
VANDERBILT

Posted by RUTH/VANDERBILT on 11/14/2011 at 10:48 AM

Re: “Firefly Grille

When you read that the decor is funky, believe it. Be prepared. It looks like someone went into the attic and just stapled what they found to the walls. It is a bit of a shocker at first but as the night goes on, it creats really good conversation topics.
Once you have gotten over the tacky decorations, order all three courses. The food is amazing and you shouldn't miss out on any of it! Don't waste your meal on the hamburger, get adventurous and order one of the amazing creations from the chef.
The waiters seem a little funny in the head, but they are very well informed about the menu. They can help you with everything down to the wine selection. I was impressed when the waiter didn't suggest the most expensive item on the list. He really tried to find something that would meet what we wanted.
Though the food is amazing, the price is high. Be prepared to spend when you come. Believe me when I say it is completely worth it!

Posted by Micah Damron on 11/13/2011 at 9:50 PM

Re: “Watermark

If you have a bit of extra cash on you and expect to eat higher on the hog, this is the restaurant for you. Expect to be treated as a valued member of society in this establishment as they have car valets, segmented dining rooms and plenty of diners who prefer to move in the upper eschelons.

Dinner proves to be good and the wine selection is fair. Its exactly what you would expect from a fine dining experience.

Posted by Smarmy Snodsnick on 11/03/2011 at 4:22 PM

Re: “Sambuca

My anniversary was marred by the lousy singer and her accompanyist. The wait staff was pleasant enough, but the food was on the small side for the price and the wine, a half bottle, was a bit on the high side for only a half-bottle.

The singer was doing a countrified version of Sade, and my husband is a big Sade buff, so it just put him out. All in all, the cost plus the mediocre to not good at all entertainment made it the moderate experience it was.

Posted by Smarmy Snodsnick on 11/03/2011 at 4:18 PM

Re: “Cantina Laredo

When your boss asks to go here for his birthday, know that you are going to get some pretty nice food, presented fairly and that it will taste good. Ask for a water with lime and the taste of the tortilla chips comes alive. This place's claim to fame is that they make the guac fresh at your table and they prepare it with fresh ingredients to make your tastebuds grateful and wish for an encore.

The rest of the fare does not disappoint and depending upon what you get, its pretty good. So, gather a small crowd and go, because while its not cheap, its also not so expensive that you wouldn't take your whole family for a treat. The service staff are very good at refilling your drink and asking if you can hold any more in your gullet.

Enjoy!

Posted by Smarmy Snodsnick on 11/03/2011 at 4:06 PM

Re: “Germantown Café East [Closed]

The green plate is a must, even for non-vegetarians. It's hearty and full of flavor as well as a real meal; not just a plate of side items.

And the side patio is a wonderful spot with a great view of downtown.

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Posted by Lesley on 10/20/2011 at 8:41 AM

Re: “J. Alexander's

This restaurant is great. This is a top recommendation when we have guests in town. I have been here for lunch and dinner and my meal/service has always been exceptional! The atmosphere is very upbeat and entertaining with all the creative food presentations, like the tower of onion rings or the chocolate pyramid dessert, that are paraded by your table. Highly recommended for a great meal and the best shoe string style fries in Nashville.

Posted by mrbrink on 09/30/2011 at 12:31 PM

Re: “Firefly Grille

I LOVE LOVE LOVE The Firefly Grille!!! I recently took my parents and sister to Firefly and everyone was wowed! The Conch Seviche and Mac n Cheese were HUGE hits. My father and I both had the paella, and I've been craving it since. Our server was Zac and he was a delight, making great recommendations on wine pairings and his favorites from the summer menu. I have never had anything but a perfect experience at Firefly, and whenever I have friends visiting me in Nashville I make it a point to enjoy a meal at Firefly Grille.

Posted by BelleNic on 07/27/2011 at 2:49 PM

Re: “Saffire

Really nice retro place with carefully prepared yummy appetizers. Beautiful giant restored bar with private "blue garage" area for private parties. Love the color and feel of this hip bar/dining retreat nestled in the lovely Franklin Factory. A little pricey, but keeps it upscale.

Posted by AlaTn on 07/24/2011 at 12:07 PM

Re: “Flyte World Dining & Wine

For appetizers we had the Charcuterie platter w/duck prosciutto, mortadella, country pâté and cheese platter. Both of which were excellent. There was a wide variety of meats and cheeses. I think 5 of each in just the right proportions; each very unique and tasty. A great way to start off the meal, especially with wine.
The grilled octopus pesto sauce was the best I’ve ever had, and I’ve had a lot of bad octopus. It was tender (really) and so mild, yet tasty. It was a simple dish that highlighted the octopus; rather than buries it. I think it may have been smoked lightly – just plain wonderful. The Georgia shrimp w/leek fondue, spring peas, ramps, citrus was absolutely delicious. I could have eaten a bowl of the warm leek fondue and ramps. The pea puree burst of spring and made the dish rise to another level. The BBQ pork sliders on sweet potato biscuits were a disappointment. The biscuits were dry and there was the classic mistake that many non-Southern chefs make with BBQ – sauce should be used sparingly (not drenched) because BBQed meat is great by itself. The venison w/ mushrooms, spaghetti squash, and parsnips was excellent. Cooked perfectly to a medium rare, tender and flavorful.

The wine selection is superb. They know their wines and are happy to share their knowledge no matter how much or little you know about wine.
Wait staff and bartender are friendly and superb. Not only do they know the menu, they know the wines to pair with your choices. They are engaging - they listen to your preferences and ask questions before making suggestions. They are attentive and responsive with the littlest request such as a little more pesto to finish off the grilled octopus.
The ambience is simple elegance. The bar and dining area are far enough apart not to interfere with each other. It is a quiet, romantic and lovely restaurant.

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Posted by Bridget on 06/24/2011 at 10:07 PM

Re: “Eastland Café

Dinner was delicious. For appetizers we had homemade potato & thyme gnocchi w/ bacon, pecans, sour apple, greens, brown butter, and apple cider reduction which was superb. The flavors blended so well together and the gnocchi was perfect. The fried gulf oysters w/ radish, sriracha, lemon, micro greens were excellent – the oysters were tender and crunchy; not greasy. For dinner I had Gulf shrimp w/ Asian noodle & vegetable salad (cucumbers, bell peppers, carrots & cabbage), coconut curry sauce, peanuts, Thai basil & cilantro salad which was very tasty; just delicious. My friends had the TN raised strip steak w/ baby potatoes, grilled asparagus, béarnaise sauce which was a large portion and excellent, and the seared/broiled King clipper fish with sweet cream corn and caramelized beets also excellent. For dessert we split the peach and blackberry cobbler with vanilla ice cream. It was fine, but not memorable. The blackberries overpowered the peaches.
Service was excellent. Our waitress described in detail, and with enthusiasm, the dishes we were intrigued by. She was very attentive and responsive. She gets an A+.

Now for the bad news …. I rate the ambience an “F”. It was so UNBELIEVABLY loud. There was a combination of kitchen noise of clanking pots and dishes, customers and some music in the background. We couldn’t hear each other talk which only added to the decimals. The three us each left with a headache. The wall between the kitchen and dining room should go to the ceiling (add a fan in the kitchen if necessary) and add sound absorbing acoustical tiles to the ceiling.

Posted by Bridget on 06/24/2011 at 10:04 PM

Re: “Merchants

The new owner's "overhaul" shows, but in a bad way. I had heard he got rid of the mgr, chef and all the kitchen staff; it shows. Food has suffered and with these overpriced entrees, I won't give them many chances.

Posted by Big R on 06/01/2011 at 6:26 PM

Re: “J. Alexander's

We placed our name on the waiting list ahead of time (no reservations) so we were seated very quickly. Very pleasant service, attentive but not hovering and server was very knowledgable about the menu. We had a variety of entrees, tuna steak, beef tacos and a filet. Salad was excellent, tacos were acceptable, tuna was well prepared. The filet came medium well instead of medium rare. The room is very "alive" acoustically. So if you want a quiet, intimate dinner you might look elsewhere. Food to value ratio is ok. We'd try again.

Posted by The Dog on 05/07/2011 at 9:41 PM

Re: “Sambuca

My wife took me on my birthday and we both loved it. Jason, our server, was very attentive and concerned about our experience. I had the filet which melted in my mouth and my wife, who is vegetarian, they made her something that was not on the menu but loaded with vegis and tasted great. The entire experience was great, I'll be sure to go back.

Posted by Live to Eat on 04/14/2011 at 10:49 AM

Re: “1808 Grille

I visited 1808 when an old friend visited from New York. I wanted to find a place that would showcase Nashville and 1808 didn't disappoint.

Located in the Hutton Hotel, the decor is tasteful and modern and tables are arranged for both openess and privacy.

We chose the $18.08 Special, which was a grilled fish that evening. Flavors were subtle and delicious in the entree and all of the sides. My young daughter had a surprisingly affordable children's entree. We opted for dessert, aso top notch.

Service was attentive without being intrusive and the friendly waiter didn't talk down to us. This restaurant offers great value for the quality of food and service. Highly recommended.

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Posted by Moderato on 03/27/2011 at 2:45 PM

Re: “Urban Flats [Closed]

I don't feel it's really fair to give a restaurant only 1 star based on your dislike of the parking situation.

Here's a REAL review of the actual restaurant.

Pleasant interior, much sleeker and more upscale than you'd expect based on the menu. Food is fresh and freshly prepared. Decent wine selection. Nothing knocked my socks off, but I've never been disappointed with what I ordered. A lot will depend on whether you like the concept and flavor combinations (I do). A perfectly decent casual chain concept that feels more sophisticated than a casual chain concept, and a good choice for lunch or an inexpensive dinner choice before heading out to downtown events.

Posted by FG on 03/21/2011 at 3:46 PM

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