GREAT UNPRETENTIOUS FOOD!. I have been here twice with groups of 4 and 12 people. Both times everyone in the group loved the food, drinks and very helpful and courteous staff. If you want great prime rib, ribs, fresh fish, or even deviled eggs and blue cheese potato chips, this is a place that focused on food taste and quality. It may not be a fancy atmosphere but it is very nice and suitable for famiy or business dinners. Price is reasonable for location and the food quality/portion size.
Lousy Dinner Experience. We recently had dinner at BrickTop's and were thoroughly disappointed. The food was overpriced, the service average at best, the ambiance ordinary, and the culinary experience most disappointing. The food presentation was mediocre; fillet mignon came as a lump of meat with no garnish, rotisserie chicken came as a grilled bird with no flavor or color. If a salad were ordered, it would have cost extra. Bread was offered, not spontaneously at the beginning of the dinner but with some coaxing during dinner. Desserts were limited in choice. The server was apathetic, and the manager didn't care to inquire if we were satisfied. Overall, the bill of $30 per head, without wine or appetizer or dessert, was not worth the price for the dinner experience. So, that was our last visit to BrickTop's.
don't get the burger. It was my first time to go to this location since Houston's closed. The decor was beautiful and the staff was very nice. However, the $11 bluecheese burger looked more like a Wendy burger. Small, dry meat, overcooked. Very disappointing. The menu options are slim. The cocktails are all $10 and come in a small glass. Not sure if I would go back there again.
Only good thing was the dip. A friend and I were in Nashville on business and wanted to try someplace new. I had previously passed Bricktops numerous times and suggested it. At 12pm on a Tuesday, we were told it would be a 25 minute wait. 25 minute wait turned into 45 minutes. I don't mind a wait, but Bricktop's space is so limited it felt like we were on the subway in NY. The food was not worth the wait. We had spinach and artichoke dip to start, which was very tasty. For entrees, I had the french dip, and my friend ordered the chicken tortilla soup. The soup looked like they had just poured baby food into a bowl and stuck a tortilla chip in it. She said there was not much chicken which made the soup unappetizing. The french dip was a good size and tasted overcooked. The server was absent and acted like waiting on us was a nuisance. Other servers were goofing off with the hostess next to our table which was very unprofessional. This was two trips in one: my first and my last.
Deserved six stars....
...had it not been for the artwork.
Otherwise, fantastic restaurant! Really surprised at reviews that criticize the service, particularly the attitudes of the staff. I have always received a warm welcome, prompt service and great effort from the staff, especially the bartenders - on a Friday night they crank out the frosty libations from demanding patrons with style and a smile, and when it's a little slower during the day, they are quite conversational.
As a vegetarian, I cannot comment on the entire menu (though the meat dishes I see tend to tempt me). However, the wood oven roasted artichoke halves are a superb appetizer, and the vegetables of the day have never let me down. The - ok, let me cut to the chase - the restaurant is beautiful, the staff is friendly and very competent, the food is fantastic and quite reasonably priced, but as the name of the review would indicate, I have a hard time with the cartoonish chimpanzees with the tales of monkeys. They do not fit in the resaurant of this calibre, and having read many reviews, it would appear that several writers agree with me on this issue. The chimpkeys must go, and should be replaced by rich, textured abstract art. Art like the paintings you would find on QuixoticArt something or another. I visited that site, and have to give it five luminaries also.
Well, enough about the chimpkeys and the wonderful art that you would see on QuixoticArt something or another.
As Art Linkletter would say, "I heartily endorse this restaurant!" except for the...
Best All-Around Restaurant. Bricktops is one of my favorite sit-down restaurants in Nashville. They serve a good mix of upscale American cuisine, including wonderful grilled fish, steaks, and burgers as well as salads and flat-breads. The service is generally very good and I've never had issues with the quality of the food. It's perfect for any type of occasion, whether you're looking for a quick lunch/dinner, a night out with the kids, or a romantic date or special occasion. For dessert, the Chocolate Chip (a huge chocolate chip cookie, freshly baked in its own personal skillet, topped with vanilla ice cream) is a must-have. The restaurant is definitely on the pricey side but is worth every penny.
Good food. Good food and is always a great place to go for ambience. The outside area is nice too. Parking is ample
Service in Bar much superior to Dining Room Service. My husband and I usually visit Bricktop's twice a month. We commute from TN to SFO monthly and expect service from the restuarants we patronize. Up until our 3/22/08 visit, Bricktop's usually did not disappoint but on that Sat nite, our service and food was simply terrible. To make things worse, we were entertaining a guest from Scottdale and had raved how wonderful our favorite place would be! My friend and I were seated promptly and served our cocktails but our server was very rude when he found out my husband was running 10 min late. He kept pressing for us to order starters after I told him repeatedly we would enjoy our cocktails and wait for my husband. My husband did arrive and ordered his cocktail and we did order a starter which came immediately but before we could get the first bite the bisque and salad was served at which time we told the server and one of the managers to stop pushing us. We could not believe it when we looked up and there was a server with our entrees when we had not even has two bites of our bisque or salad!! We sent them back to the kitchen and again said not to push us.; we wanted to order wine with our dinner but the wine list was not offered. We wound up with two very ordinary choices of chardonnay by the glass. Once again our entrees were presented before we had finished our starters but we decided to give up and let them serve them. They were not fresh and had just been setting under the hot lite while we were eating our starters. Our very ORDINARY Chard was finally served halfway thru the entree service. We did get a good laugh when asked if we wanted dessert, all we wanted was to get our check and leave and apologize to our guest for such an embarassing evening. My husband was going to leave no tip but as a former waitress while in school I did manage to talk him in to leaving a small one that would leave msg of how displeased we were to spend over $200 for a very stressful evening.
Snobs - I have never experienced someone literally looking down their nose at me until I came here. Certain types of people are not welcome in this restaurant. One greeter walked right past me and never said hello. I had to walk up to the 2nd one and initiate conversation. The manager looked at my mom and me like we each had 100 heads. We were dressed professionally. As I glanced around the restaurant, no black patrons. Now I know why. I don't feel a need to go where I am not wanted. Bricktops has a right to serve the type of customers they prefer. It just gave me a strange feeling to walk into a restaurant in a busy place like West End and get the kind of cold reception that we did. Wow and this is 2008. I would expect it in Alabama in 1950. Oh well. There are hundreds of restaurants in Nashville. And Bricktops, I'm not suggesting that you change the way you do business, I'm only posting this message as a friendly warning to other people of color who may be hungry and looking for a nice place to eat. Go elsewhere.
Great Place. Took my girlfriend here on valentines day, i love this place great food and great service. Food is a little on the high price side but it was delicious.
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