A Delicious Meal Served by People Who Care. What an enjoyable evening we had at Mambu. Anita, the hostess, was a joy to meet. The service was spot on, and the food and drinks were perfect. We'll be back with a trinket to hang on the wall.
fall in love. being an east sider, it is near blasphemy for me to declare that i looooove this restaurant! mambu is a clear favorite whenever my boyfriend and i want a fun night out or plan a special evening! we are never disappointed and consider all who make mambu such a welcoming and comfortable space true friends. our adoration of anita and jabari is known to all! i greatly appreciate the special preparation of the dishes, as well as, the funky decor! for us, mambu is truly a home away from home! DELISH!
Great Food ...not so great service.. So I went to mambu saturday night for dinner and I must say that although a little pricey, the food was absolutely amazing. The chef did an amazing job with plate presentation. The drinks were delightfully strong and always on time. The only thing I didn't like was the unlikeable, bitter and mean hostess. She was very rude and although they were busy she was still unable to multitask in what appeared to be a snooty attitude. Might I suggest to the owner that it might be time to trade her in for a fun-loving, fast paced, wide eyed and big smiled hostess who actually enjoys people and the restaurant business.
Excellent food, good atmosphere, and SO pretentious.. Mambu is a very cool place?but one of those places you wouldn?t go in unless a friend told you it was okay. The food is ?fusion? style and I?ve never been too sure what it?s supposed to fuse, but it was very good. The portions were a little small, but Mambu?s not one of those ?strap on the food bag? sort of places. Anyplace where the servers takes 10 minutes to tell you what kind of waters they have should tip you off that you?re going to be hungry in a couple of hours, but you?re supposed to go there for the quality, not the quantity. If a smorgasbord is your idea of a good time, stay out of Mambu, but if really excellent food means anything to you, I?d try it. One thing, though. They shouldn?t call a place that charges this much a cafe.
Best fine dining in Nashville. Went to Mambu tonight and had the Mahi Mahi special. I'm from the East coast and am very picky about my seafood. I have to say that this might have been the best meal that I have ever eaten. The chef, Corey, paires the freshest ingredients in the nicest way possible. Mambu is the answer to Nashville's traveling clientle. Take my advice, go to Mambu for a nice meal.
Service can be iffy.
Two friends and I went to eat at Mambu two nights ago. The place was dead when we walked in. It took a minute for anyone to notice we were there, and then we were told by a waiter that "she" would be right with us. We waited. And waited. Meanwhile, noticing again that most of the tables were empty, I began to wonder what the hold-up could be. I got the attention of another waiter, asked, "Could you..." He said, "Just a minute," went to speak with "her," came back and said, "She'll be with you in just a few minutes. She's in a meeting." We were incredulous. We looked at each other, and quickly decided to take our business elsewhere. By the time we got to the car, the waiter came out of the restaurant and called for us that we could be seated. Of course, we just got in the car and went to Amerigo, where we were attended to properly.
In the past, I have been to Mambu with two other friends and we waited a ridiculous amount of time for menus and a waiter's (ANY waiter's) attention. We finally had to flag down a waiter and ask if we had one.
In this economy, and in a town heavy-laden with restaurants trying to survive, service makes the difference. I hope Mambu can get it together because I'd hate to see it close. They have great food and great atmosphere, but disregard for the customer renders it all meaningless.
Some of the best food in Nashville. You need to give this place a try. While only open for dinner (major construction noise from across the streetduring the day) I can honestly say that this is not your typical dining experience in Nashville. The choices for appetizers and entres are extensive enough to provide choice but not so ambitious to over challenge the kitchen. They have without a doubt the best seafood in this area. Their seafood is Hawaiian, hand caught not netted and prepared to an epicurian's delite. Be sure and try the salmon appetizer. For desert try the coconut cream pie...it's to die for. A refurbished bar, with a new bar tender, John, and an expanded wine list completes the evening. I try other restaurants in this area but always leave disappointed; not so with Mambu.
Our Top Choice. I cannot say enough about Mambu! My fiance is a chef and is very picky about where we spend our dining dollars. Mambu is the first place he picks. Every time! The atmosphere is clever, fun, retro, clean, and unique adding to the dining experience. Every time I have been in Mambu I have felt at home. GET THE LOBSTER ROLLS!!!!! Don't stop there....we always get the calamari. I don't know the genius mind behind the menu, but it is consistent and delicious every time. That is why we keep coming back. Side note: my fiance has been out of town for a month and his first request upon coming home: dinner at Mambu.
Not worth the hype.
I've heard a few people talking about this establishment and have visited a couple times over the past couple months. The food I had, as well as the food sampled by peers of mine, has been mediocre at best. The atmosphere is kitschy, each room having its own decor that looks thrown together from goodwill rejects. From what I've learned of the staff, the cooks are in constant turnaround, which may explain why the food is not consistent. When the restaurant is busy, dishes are often served incorrectly or just forgotten. On my visit, in a party of 10, one patron at our table (the one paying the bill, i might add) waited for 10 minutes for his food while the rest of the party ate. The drinks made by the male bartender working that night were poorly made. The second visit was for lunch and the place was full of obnoxiously loud power lunchers yapping on cell phones while we attempted to eat. Also, there was swearing coming from the kitchen loud enough for our table and other tables around us to hear. I don't know what was going on back there, but I'm guessing yet another cook bit the dust.
Also, the construction going on across the street makes parking a hassle. The noise from the construction during the day is almost intolerable.
I would not recommend Mambu to friends or peers, and will not be returning.
Food is good - go elsewhere for a drink.... We enjoyed some good to great food at Mambu recently. The drinks, however, are not good. We ordered some margaritas and mojitos. The margarita tastes like it comes from a bottle of bad sour mix, the mojitos are the worst I have ever tasted (imagine liquid spearmint gum). We went a backup bottle of wine - too bad it was served at about 85 degrees (note to owner/bar manager: you need to chill white wine and slightly chill red wine to about 55-60 degrees). It's too bad that you cannot get a great meal and a great drink at Mambu, hopefully they will read this and make it an even better experience!
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