300 Indian Lake Blvd, Hendersonville, TN | Directions 3707536.329825 -86.592998
Yummy – September's Cafe, simply put, is beautiful. It's one of the few places in Hendersonville with true ambiance. It started out great in the service department but seems to be hiring cheaper and less experienced lately. The menu is diverse with some really unique and delicious choices. I particularly love the Spinach Salad and I usually wouldn't like Spinach Salad! I add chicken to make it even better. If you live here or just visiting be sure to add this to your list of fun things to do.
Fresh food – We visited September's right after it opened and it was okay. Decided to give them another try after talking with friends who had eaten there recently and had a great experience. I am glad we gave them another chance.
We are tired of the chains in town and lack of imagination with food. September's has hit the mark. Our experience this past Saturday was flawless. The staff is very attentive and knowledgable. I had the fish special - super fresh and was told by one of the owners that they fly it in almost everyday. It was extremely tasty and very well created with some unique flavors. Won't find that at any other place in town. My wife had the filet with the Bacon Butter on top - extremely tender cut of beef - it was like butter itself. Decided to splurge and eat dessert - best cheesecake we have every had. It had a pecan pie baked in the middle.
Overall great food and great service - plus they had live music. We will be regulars now.
Great Salads – I have been there several times and enjoy the atmosphere each time. Service is better at night than at lunch. Don't go here for lunch if you don't have a least 1 hour to spend.
The owner is usually there during the evening and is very involved with her guests.
I will be going back and will take out of town clients there also.
A little overprice, but go on a Monday for 1/2 price entree – We went to September's on a Monday night and were happy to find that Monday's are 1/2 price entree nights. Otherwise, I think the food is overpriced. I do find it funny when people complain when they get the bill--the prices are plainly listed on the menu so unless you can't do math, there should be no surprises when the bill comes.
I'd highly recommend the mushroom fritters, the duck and the portobello mushroom sandwich. The sunken pecan cheesecake was fabulous--though probably not worth the $8 a slice pricetag. We did not order any specialty drinks, but they looked very appealing.
The atmosphere was cozy, but the seats were not very comfortable. The service was good--she kept our glasses full, told us the specials, and even asked if I wanted something in place of my garlic mashed potatoes (no, just want them in a to go box so I'll have room for the desert!)
Overall, I'd say as long as you stick to Monday nights, its a pretty good deal for the food quality. I left stuffed and satisfied.
Not enough attention to detail – The evening started with a bad omen: I brought up September's on Google maps (the most popular online map, right?) and got directions...to Indian Lake Rd, not Indian Lake Blvd. What business doesn't check their GOOGLE listing for accuracy?
Anyway, drinks were good and strong, although one didn't come with the advertised chocolate rim. Mushroom fritters were especially tasty. Salads were popular - although the pecans weren't candied as advertised. Service was OK - we had to ask about specials and were asked what side we wanted even though every entree had a side specified. The steak, fish and scallops were adequate; the duck got high marks. The sides turned out either too dry or too oily or too boring.
Dessert: we came because we heard about the sunken cheesecakes. Pecan pie inside a cheesecake didn't disappoint. Key lime pie inside a cheesecake did disappoint because it was apparently out-of-season but still on the menu. The pumpkin pie inside a cheesecake substitute was good, but hearts were still pining for key lime.
Feels like they are reaching a bit too high on a lot of fronts: prices are positioned like an upscale evening, but the food doesn't deliver, competes with a multiplex for parking, customers are wearing ratty jeans and tennis shoes, kids and teenagers abound, mall shopping bags are peaking out from under tables, too far out in the burbs for pro waitstaff maybe?
For a Saturday night, the place emptied out really quickly - nearly dead by 8:30.
If I came by for a movie, I'd still drop in and try lunch.
Sunday Lunch not worth eating – Our family went to Septembers this past Sunday for lunch. The waitress was nice and we were promptly seated. There were hardly any customers in the restaurant and it was almost noon. The food took over 30 minutes, but we just assumed it was because it was being prepared. I had the Pork Tenderloin and it was too saltly. My wife had the Ravioli and it was too mushy. Our children also ate off the childrens menu and it didn't complain, but also didn't finish their food (which is rare and means it wasn't that good). I was astounded when our bill came and it was $69 before tip. We only had 2 drinks (soda) and the rest was water. If we plan on paying that kind of money we would have gone to a better restaurant. Definitely not worth the money.
Unethical – My boyfriend and I went to Septembers recently and they had a band in house. After some drinks, appetizer and entrees our bill was outrageous. (well over $100). We asked the server to explain the $20 additional charge and he said it was for the band $10 a piece. We asked to speak to a manager, and he just brought the bill back without the charge. It is a good thing or we would have called the Newspaper or Chamber of Commerce!
All of this drama and not to mention the food was not good.
Ridiculous they have stayed in business this long – My husband and I recently dined at September's. We were excited to try the restaurant given how close they were located to the movie theatre. After the movie we headed over to the restaurant at about 6:30 p.m. on a Saturday night and were shocked the there probably only about 3 couples dining. That should have been our first clue!
After being seated, it took over 15 minutes to get our drinks and our food (when it finally arrived) was horrible. I ordered a Chicken Tortially soup that tasted like something that had sat in the fridge for over a week and it was overly saltly (probably trying to cover the staleness). I also order a Cheese Sandwich and the cheese was cold and not melted!
My husband ordered the New York Strip and it was rubbery. It was truly terrible and the potatoes he ordered with the meal were like stale dough. He actually sent the food back (he never does this). Here is the kicker...when we complained the waiter was completely uninterested or concerned. No offer of taking something off our bill since we didn't eat. When we asked to speak to the manager (presumably September) we were told she was busy!!! We will never return and hope to see this place close down woon! Then maybe we can get a real restuarant at this location!!!
Not so hot – We really wanted to like this place - it's beautiful to look at, in a great location and has a fantastic wine list, but the food was cold! Everyone at the table got different items and everyone's food was cold - it was just strange! The place was really busy, and the waiter kept apologizing but with cold food and so-so service, I don't think we will be going back.
Great experience – Went to the new Regal Theater this past weekend and decided to try the new restaurant, September's. My wife and I were upset with ourselves because we had not tried them before. We had a great time and a great meal. I had the short ribs and she had the scallops (she said they were very fresh) - nobody else in this area serves scallops as far as we know. We got to meet the owners - and discovered they are local - not a chain - finally - Hendersonville is getting the shopping and dining we deserve.
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