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Comment Archives: Locations: Restaurants: Steakhouse

Re: “Sperry's Restaurant

Sperry's, what can I say.
Arrived early for a 5:30 dinner reservation, party of nine.
Seated and served water, wine for the table ordered.
Waiter comes back to the table to advise the grill was not working and they could only offer cold appetizers and prime rib.
Personally I could live with this but the 5:30 reservation should indicate to anyone in the industry that our party includes older patrons. Reservations made a week in advance should be given the common courtesy of a phone call. If you show up to fire the grill at 3PM to clean it and there is a problem, please have the decency to call the customer. It's simple common courtesy.
You'll never get the opportunity to disappoint me again.

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Posted by John Wolfrom on 03/31/2014 at 10:47 PM

Re: “Sperry's Restaurant

We came off the Trace (Natchez Trace) hoping for a yummy birthday dinner. We are returning from wintering in South TX to home in northern Minnesota in Monico RV rig with 26 foot car carrier & fortunately was able to park very near Sperry's. At 7:01 the hostess advised 30 minute to possibly up to 60 minute wait time. We freshened up in the RV, returned to Spery's ar 7:20, advised the hostess we would be in the bar. At 8:24 we left Sperry's bar area still Hungry. There was NO follow up and NO service. The correct rating would be NO star which is not a rating option. Kinda like the missing bubble option on election ballots None of the above. Accuaries aka pollsters: Tea Party, Democrat, Republican or None of the Above--- perhaps None of the Above would be strong contender??

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Posted by PUDENT on 03/29/2014 at 9:43 AM

Re: “Sperry's Restaurant

I'd like to review the restaurant details.
"Woken up the wine list?"
Suggestions;
awakened
updated
revitalized
improved
revamped

Invest in a vocabulary and short of that a thesaurus.

Posted by jojin on 03/24/2014 at 7:26 PM

Re: “Sperry's Restaurant

I grew up in the neighborhood where Sperry's is located and used to go with my parents at least once a week from the time it opened. It was my Father's favorite place. My husband and I have celebrated birthdays, anniversaries there for a lot of years. However when we went there to eat about 6 months ago on a Saturday night it was bedlam in there. We had a reservation but had to sit in the bar. I have read other comments and agree with them regarding the bar flies and their suitors that are obnoxious and loud. I order Prime Rib and my husband ordered a Rib Eye.. Well our meal arrived and my piece of rib eye looked like an end piece that should have never been served. I sent it back and the waiter was most gracious. It came back for a second time and was raw-sent it back again. After my husband had finished eating by third and final piece of prime rib arrived with a fresh , hot baked potato. It was OK but not up to the usual standards of this restaurant. The manager apologized and did not charge us but this would have never happened in days past. And yes- it is on the high end pricewise for what you get.
Service is still excellent but I agree-it is time to lighten the place up inside. The outside has recently been painted and fixed and looks nice. It is very dark inside and would be a great place to meet someone if you wanted to keep it a secret. The competition is stiff now in Nashville so watch out!

Posted by disappointed on 03/02/2014 at 3:11 PM

Re: “Sperry's Restaurant

Bar tender horrible. Treats you like crap unless your his friend. Humiliated me in front of customers as he made me give up my seat for his girlfriend and her friends.

Posted by Rich on 02/28/2014 at 9:38 PM

Re: “Sperry's Restaurant

The bartenders at the Bellmead location with most humiliating unprofessional person I've ever had the displeasure of meeting. Rich

Posted by Jeffshvn on 02/28/2014 at 9:14 PM

Re: “Sperry's Restaurant

I will never go back to Sperry's. I ordered lamb chops cooked med rare for my entree. When they arrived at my table, you could tell they were way overcooked just by looking at them. The bones were completely charred and when I cut into one, the meat was tough and completely grey. I sent them back and asked if they would make them rare to be sure they weren't overcooked. They brought brought back a terrible second attempt. They were pretty much just a little less cooked than the first. Also, there were about 10 extremely thin lamb chops completely covered in bread crumbs that seemed like an attempt to hide the terrible meat underneath, rather than 3-4 nice thick cuts that could be cooked perfectly.
I really hoped this was a fluke and that something was just off that night, but then for dessert we ordered a sunday (impossible to mess up a sunday, right?). The ice cream sunday was pre-made and had to have been sitting in the freezer for days. My girlfriend couldn't even shove a fork through the ice cream.
Easily the worst dining experience I have had since I have lived in Nashville, and probably the biggest waste of money i have spent while dining anywhere.

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Posted by Aaron Wolfcale on 07/31/2012 at 4:15 AM

Re: “Bombasha Brazilian Steakhouse

THIS STEAKHOUSE DOES NOT DESERVE ANY STARS BUT I CANT POST THIS WARNING WITHOUT GIVING IT AT LEAST ONE STAR. (1) WE MADE RESERVATIONS AND WHEN WE ARRIVED WE WERE TOLD THAT WE DIDNT MAKE RESERVATIONS (2) WE WERE SEATED AT A WOBBLY TABLE IN THE CORNER (3) WAITER WAS RUSHING US TO ORDER AND TALKING LIKE WE WERE IN A AUCTION (4) FOOD WAS COLD AND MOST OF THE MEATS WERE BLOODY AND TOUGH

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Posted by FOOD JUDGE on 01/13/2012 at 7:31 AM

Re: “Sperry's Restaurant

Just did Sperry's again for about the 10 time, all the while hoping I would somehow find the love my spouse has for this place. Sadly, no. While being legend in Nashville it's all smoke and mirrors (er, "grease and dust" would be more appropriate). Decor strait out of "Jolly Ox" era of steakhouses circa 1972. Menu is very standard AARP fare, beef, chicken, pork chop, salmon and one other fish/shell food. Grim salad bar, dungeon like interior, and average age of customer = 70. Reasonable wine list, good bar service, food is high quality and tasty but, heavily salted and bathed in butter and or cheap cheese. Nothing close to "light and natural" here with perhaps the exception of the crab cakes (exceptional). If you long for the feel of a chain midscale steakhouse from the 1970's complete with the accumulated filth of the past 40 years coupled with reasonably good but, heavy food at a price close to double what it should be then, Sperry's is for you.

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Posted by Local Foodie on 11/29/2011 at 9:45 AM

Re: “Bombasha

Great atmosphere! From beginning to end surprisingly superb customer service! Definitely worth a try ~ when you go be sure to try the signature drinks, the bartender was knowledgeable and friendly! Loved the sangria, it was a treat for the eyes and the palate! Food was wonderful fresh, crisp salad items galore, and the meats.....there are not enough words to describe!
Jolie
Franklin, TN

Posted by Joliewar on 08/21/2011 at 5:02 PM

Re: “Fleming's Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar

Good wine selection.

Posted by pinkpug on 09/07/2010 at 4:45 PM

Re: “Ruth's Chris Steakhouse

I actually have to disagree. My steak was cooked beautifully, and the asparagus side was simply delicious. I prefer Ruth's Chris over other major steak houses like Fleming's--also on West End--not only for the quality of food but also the general atmosphere. I had an excellent waiter, and I could talk comfortably with my group of five people. Generally, at other major steak houses I find myself cupping my hands around my face to try and megaphone my words to other people. Perhaps a bit pricy, but a good restaurant all the same.

Posted by Alvin Kim on 06/07/2010 at 4:18 PM

Re: “Ruth's Chris Steakhouse

We had dinner here on Saturday night. The service was excellent; however, the food was less than expected. The steak was greasy (way to much butter), the salad was bland and the cheesecake tasteless. All I can say is that I am glad I was NOT paying for this dinner.

Posted by VJ on 05/24/2010 at 11:37 AM

Re: “Stoney River Legendary Steaks

The best steak I have eaten in Nashville. Everything was wonderful down to the iced tea.. The waiter forgot to put in our appetizer order but other than that my experience here was worth the money. The staff is very knowledgeable about steak and can offer advice if needed. I will definitely go back to this restaurant.

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Posted by brandon on 05/12/2010 at 4:16 PM

Re: “Stock-Yard Restaurant

Dined at the Stockyard many years ago, and it was fabulous. Something has changed. Food was served cold. Cooked properly, just cold. When we complained, we were treated very rudely. Got no satisfaction. Will never go there again.
Rating Detail:
Food: 1
Service: 1
Atmosphere: 2
Value: 1
Overall: 1

Posted by Ken on 03/25/2010 at 8:46 AM

Re: “Stoney River Legendary Steaks

this restaurant was excellent. We enjoyed everything about it.
Rating Detail:
Food: 5
Service: 5
Atmosphere: 5
Value: 5
Overall: 5

Posted by jill on 12/28/2009 at 12:11 PM

Re: “Sperry's Restaurant

This is another one of those “first class” establishments in Nashville that no longer deserves its reputation, if it ever did. I have lived in Nashville for a number of years and whenever I heard of this restaurant, it was always in tones of hushed, almost whispered worship, like a prayer or wishing upon a star. My Italian friend, born and raised in Italy, and I ended up at this restaurant on Christmas. We had had a perfectly glorious mini repast at 1 808’s earlier (check out the reviews of this place. Genuinely superb!) earlier in the day but decided to see if all we’d heard about Sperry’s was true. The bread, assembled in a glue factory, stuffed with soggy cotton balls and then zapped in the microwave arrived within seconds of our being seated; the soft, cottony, gluey center scalding hot while the colorless crust remained tepid as road kill. It instantly became ballast in the mouth and created a choking hazard. I cannot fathom why my fellow Southerners, who in many ways invented American cooking, cling to this soulless incarnation of wheat and water. It’s everywhere. They should stick with cornbread. The French Onion soup, arrived like the Escargot, within mere seconds after placing our order, which should have been a tip off that no actual cooking was being done. It was so salty I was concerned I would need a blood pressure pill to get through it. The onions looked and tasted like strips of soaked cardboard, while a piece of the glue factory bread sogged, untoasted, over the salt mine below, and then the bland, blubbery cheese had been applied as one would apply mortar. The escargot, little black blood clots, entombed far longer in a tin can than living in a shell had the same musty dead scent of a mausoleum. They were dredged in bread crumbs in the vain hope of masking their flavor and then greased in cheap, tasteless margarine, or was it mineral oil? I’m convinced it wasn’t butter. Greenish, black flakes floated over the top of each cup in the pillivuyt The flakes, at one time in their history before being mixed into the can in which the escargot was embalmed, had been parsley. Or so it was presumed. We deduced that the bread crumbs were intended to pass for stuffing. The usual buttery earthiness of actual escargot was so badly deformed, the spirit of blue blood excess and culinary elitism signaled by its consumption so insulted and debased by this glop, that its only charming feature was that it was not served cold. We did not feel elevated up the social ladder afterward. We felt abused, lashed by the food chain. The salad. Salad bar. Even the vinaigrette was creamy, made with the same machine oil that was in the escargot. The greens were wet. Enough said. By the time the first bite of smoked salmon dip was dipped into, it was surprising that the Nashville Fire Department had not shown up following the scent of liquid smoke wafting through West Meade. It took my Italian companion three cups of canarino to remove the odor from her taste buds. The only thing that exceeded the liquid smoke in ratio to the canned salmon it had been poured over was the mayonnaise the whole concoction had been bathed in to make it spreadable. The bread, sliced Pepperidge Farm White Bread, cleverly cut on the diagonal, had some heft and tooth feel for sure, unfortunately, because it was stale. The reason for its outer crunch being it had been setting open on the kitchen counter since last night’s dinner. Staring at the dish, I kept thinking: Super Bowl, maybe it’s palatable with a keg of beer. Salmon Florentine with creamed spinach and, uhh, and, hmmm….mayonnaise hollandaise? The waiter, who was excellent in every way, had told me that the, cook, or did he say chef?, whatever, the cook liked to cook the Salmon medium well. My first inclination was to ask for just barely medium and boy was I glad I hadn’t! Frozen, with the mustiness of old salmon, the “well done” part saved the dish from perdition. The creamed spinach, was actually spinach (frozen) and gravy (from breakfast) mixed together into a mound over which the perfectly broiled filet reposed. I’m not certain what was in the ramekin that arrived on the plate. Was it mayonnaise or hollandaise? Lumpy, oily, the only part of the lemon it had seen was maybe the outside of one and butter had been nowhere near it. It resembled congealed pus more than buttery, lemony, silky hollandaise. The place was dirty. The dishes were dirty. I sent one bread plate back and the waitress brought me another dirty one. The silver is dull, scared and bent, the walls and ledges dusty, the salad bar kiosk looked like a health hazard. I can see why they keep the lights turned down. The place is stuffy, claustrophobic, with an old world club décor which to the regulars no doubt feels like a pair of comfortable shoes. As a newbie I had the sense of traipsing across over-worn, dank, sticky theatre carpet. We had no liquor and no dessert. I had a hot tea and my companion had only water. Our bill was almost $60. This is too shameful to endure. Caveat emptor.
Rating Detail:
Food: 1
Service: 5
Atmosphere: 1
Value: 1
Overall: 1

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Posted by Paolo on 12/26/2009 at 9:13 PM

Re: “Cherokee Steakhouse & Marina

Hello my name is Charles. I have lived around here for 45 years and never eat at cherokee steak house! my wife is in hospice and on mothers day of 09 we went to the steak house. we both have disabiltys.oh by the way we are both on social security. they greeted us at the door and took us to our seat. with in two minutes we had placed our order and had our drinks.in about fifteen minutes we were dinning.the food is second to none! But please SLOW DOWN DUCKS ARE EVERY WHERE!!!
Rating Detail:
Food: 5
Service: 5
Atmosphere: 5
Value: 5
Overall: 5

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Posted by charles huff on 06/08/2009 at 6:25 AM

Re: “Sperry's Restaurant

Sperry's is a celebrated Nashville landmark, which after 24 years of living in Nashville, I visited for the first time Saturday evening. We were celebrating a birthday, so we made reservations for 6:15. We were not shown to a table until nearly 7pm, and we watched as several other lare parties (we had 6) were seated before us. Perhaps we didn't reak of aged green Benjamins like the regulars. When we did inquire, the manager acted as if nothing were wrong. When we finally sat down, it was at a table slam up against the bar. We couldn't hear each other for the Burberry and Louis Vuitton laiden coquettes cackling enough to get attention from across Harding! We were constantly bumped into, once by (I kid you not) a lady with short sleeves and a mink stole! This may be outside of the restaurant's control, but still killed the experience. We hiked across the obstacle course of tables, chairs, and rude servers in a rush to get to the salad bar. Once there we found unkept, not-so-fresh fare. Brown lettuce was not a good start. Between us we ordered a couple filets, a strip, a ribeye, and two fish plates. The Salmon and Trout were great, so props! The steaks, however...one actually looked up at us to say "Mooo" (once it came out 20 minutes after the other entrees). The others were too charred to talk. The filets were poorly trimmed and had balls of dense fat still attached. The twice-baked potato was fantastic, but then, how hard is that? The savior of the whole thing was that all the entrees were half off in February. We would not have paid $30 for those filets-EVER. For $15,-fine, but Texas Roadhouse does it better and cheaper. I frankly, don't see the draw of the regulars. It will be at least another 24 years before I return.
Rating Detail:
Food: 3
Service: 2
Atmosphere: 1
Value: 2
Overall: 2

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Posted by Restaurant Critic on 02/08/2009 at 2:53 PM

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