Disappointing experience on Thanksgiving brunch. We had a wonderful dinner at Macke's on Mother's Day, so we were ready for a return visit on Thanksgiving. Alas, the quality of food we experienced on Mother's Day was not available. After a so-so salad course, dinner arrived. The turkey was cold, as was the carrot souffle. The roasted sprouts and squash were adequate but uninspired. The desserts were the biggest disappointment. They were out of the coconut cream pie -- and little wonder. The "derby pie" and "pumpkin pie" were tartlets of about three bites each. The small portions were not the only problem: the crust was soggy and the fillings were about what one would expect from Mama Turney! At $35 per person, such a dessert was a calculated insult. After this experience, we will not return next year.
Not Sure About Giving Macke's 5 Stars. I'm in town for a conference and always scout out the restaurants that have 4 or 5 stars. I can usually count on the accuracy of other reviewers, but not this time. Sorry folks...this place was good, but not worth 5 stars. I had the filet, seared asparagus over a corn sauce. Everything I had was tasty and the ambiance was just OK. The restaurant is located in a mall (not that that's a bad thing). The inside of the restaurant wasn't enough of a 'retreat-like' feel so that I didn't feel like I was in a mall. Oh well, I probably wouldn't return. It was too far of a drive for a just OK meal.
Excellent food, staff and ambience!. When we wanted to host a small dinner for some good friends we chose one of our favorite Nashville restaurants, Macke's. Jill was so helpful putting all the details in place and the server, Veronica was charming. Macke's private room was much like being in someone's home except when we departed, none of us remained behind to help wash the dishes or cleanup. A splendid dinner evening was enjoyed by everyone in attendance.
Outstanding Brunch and Event Coordinator.
We needed a location to host a Vanderbitl graduation brunch for myself and a few friends and family members. I contacted Jill Brothers at Macke's and was BEYOND thrilled with her and the rest of the Macke's crew.
The communication with Jill was fantastic- she helped answer and work through all questions I had. She created a fantastic menu for our group and followed up on every email.
The restaurant was perfect for our party of 40 people and the food was delicious. The staff was extremely friendly and very patient with our large party.
I would recommend Macke's to anyone looking to host an event... or even just for a nice meal! Don't let it's hidden location keep you away!
Outstanding catering. Macke's recently catered my Dad's retirement party in Bowling Green, Ky. and created a beautiful menu with outstanding service! I was a bit nervous about having someone out of town catering the event, but Jill, Jan and Alvy arrived on time and worked their magic! The flowers were perfect for the occasion, the food was de-lish, and the hospitality cannot be beat.
Awesome catering, etc!. Macke's catered my nieces wedding reception this past weekend and exceeded our expectations on every front! The food, flowers and staff were amazing. Jill, Jan and Alvy were such a pleasure to work with and provided us with a lovely event that received many compliments. On top of the delicious food and gorgeous flowers, we had many comments on the kind, southern hospitality their staff provided. We would use them again in a heartbeat!
We used Macke's for a corporate dinner for out of town customers. Jill made the planning process entirely stress-free. She was always prompt to reply to any questions I had and her attention to detail every step of the way was greatly appreciated.
Everyone had wonderful things to say about the food and the atmosphere. We all had the flatbread with shaved prosciutto and the fried green tomatoes "caprese" as appetizers and delicious chocolate bread pudding for dessert. Everyone chose their individual entree's and were very pleased. The servers were knowledgable and a great help in making our selections.
We were so happy with our dinner that we have already booked them for our next event. Thank you, Macke's!
Bridal Brunch Extraordinaire.
I wanted a wonderful, out of the ordinary site in the Green Hills area for a bridal brunch for my niece, her bridesmaids, and out of town guests.
How fortunate I was to find Macke's!!
The restaurant is lovely yet comfortable. The event co-orindator, Jill, was wonderful to work with. She put together a great menu and party setup for the brunch. They even allowed us to have the brunch at 930 am to accommadate the bride's schedule. Tabitha, our server, was ever present and helpful but non-intrusive.
The food was out of this world! We have a wonderful quiche with spinach and cherry tomatoes, a sausage and egg casserole, the best french toast casserole ever, delicious hash browns, bacon (both crispy and not so crispy), blueberry muffins and mimosas.
All of our guests were so pleased with the brunch. The bride was thrilled. My only disappointment is that I do not live in Nashville so I could eat here more often!
Lucky, lucky Nashville to have such a delightful place to eat.
What did they do to make the Chef walk out?.
Had lunch at Macke's with my girlfriends on Friday as we usually do but it certainly wasn't up to its usual greatness! Our first problem was it took 25 minutes from us ordering to receiving our food! All of us work but have never in the past not been able to enjoy lunch and some girltalk!! Friend had the salad with apples, pears, and grilled chicken. After removing the apples with brown, mushy spots to another plate, she then said the dressing was not like usual and had too much vinegar in it. I had Toby's fried chicken salad (love when we meet up on Wednesdays b/c the fried chicken is a special and is amazing with gravy & mashed potatoes.) and noticed after eating several bites that the chicken was still pretty pink!! Looking at my watch, realized that there certainly wasn't time to send back and actually that we needed to be getting out if we wanted to make it back to work in time!! We wrote it off to a fluke after having so many great meals there (usually go for dinner at least once every wk or two) but learned when the server returned that the chef had walked after the owners mistreating him for some time! Shame on them! I have been coming here since they opened and also to the other restaurant in Kingston Springs and have become great fans of chef Toby and what he has done for this restaurant the last few years!! Also if you get to meet him is one of the nicest people! She said she wasn't sure where he was and that he did have another job lucky for him!
We're gonna go to the other restaurant tonight which has just reopened after moving to Franklin so don't quite know what to expect!
This is my first review I've ever put online and wish it wasn't so bad but I do regularly read reviews on here on places before trying out and wanted to get the word out as I had read other people's posts on such great experiences previously. Hope they are not gone for good!!
Best of luck Chef!! I'm sure others are noticing that things just aren't the same and missing you too!
Nashville's Best Kept Secret. I had heard about Macke's through a friend of a friend of a friend; delicious food, gorgeous dining room, great service, romantic atmosphere, live piano music. My husband and I wanted to go somewhere nice for a romantic dinner so we made reservations. The girl who answered the phone was very nice, took our information and even offered directions. We found it easily (in case we had printed out our own directions but didn't need them) The parking garage beneath is well lit and an elevator goes right up to the 2nd floor. We were seated immediately at a cozy table. The dining room is beautiful - fresh flower arrangements, crisp linens, beautiful artwork, and live piano music (the piano man, Bob, plays softly and has a lovely voice) The silverware and table linen was spotless - I am particular about clean plates and silverware. In fact the rest of the restaurant, including the restrooms, is immaculate. Our server, Tabitha, was prompt and very descriptive - she gave a great wine recommendation. We ordered the Lobster Mac and Cheese appetizer, which was FABULOUS!! It was big enough to share - very rich and creamy and piping hot. I ordered the rack of lamb and my husband ordered the duck. Both were delicious; the lamb was tender and the bed of cous-cous and a spicy eggplant were an excellent compliment. The duck was one of the best preparations I have ever tried - moist and just the right amount of sweetness from the sauce to balance the richness of the meat. Unfortunately we didn't have room for dessert, but the table next to ours had, what our server told us was, strawberry cake and a chocolate amaretto cheesecake. Both looked divine. We had a wonderful time - Tabitha had just the right balance of attentiveness and our food was delivered with perfect timing. We plan on going back soon so we can try everything else on the menu!
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