My new favorite restaurant in Nashville. We had dinner at Riviera Grill tonight. It was truly wonderful; not just very good, but excellent. I've lived in Washington, DC and San Francisco, and I enjoy excellent French cuisine. We had steamed mussels in a white wine, cream and parsely sauce that was delicious. I had monkfish (my favorite and very hard to find) with bacon, roasted potatoes and balsamic reduction. My boyfriend had salmon, pappardelle pasta and a dill cream sauce. The chocolate mouse was perfect - light and airy like few know how to make. I haven't had chocolate mouse that enjoyable in years. I highly recommend it for lunch or dinner. Best of all it is reasonably priced - appetizers are $8 or less and entrees are $12-$20.
FYI - There is plenty of parking in back; so don't let the limited street parking deter you.
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Enjoyed a lovely meal tonight. The wine list is very good while being reasonably priced. We had a Barbara d Alba with short ribs and pork tenderloin - an excellent pairing. The entrees were tender and juicy with excellent sauces. We also enjoyed the charcuterie plate and a argula salad with goat cheese and lime vinagerette dressing. All in all and excellent meal. The environment was warm, and it was so nice to not be in a loud restaurant. A great place for a romantic date.
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.
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