5109 Harding Pike, Nashville, TN | Directions 3720536.104834 -86.868523
Great food, Great service, Great value – Our daughter was in town - had not seen her since Christmas - so we celebrated with a special dinner at Sperry's. Wonderful meal and service. Though we had made a reservation for the dining room, we decided we'd rather eat in the lively bar area when we got there, and the hostess most graciously made this happen for us with a minimum wait. Got a great table and ordered a bottle of fantastic wine: Lucente Super Tuscan. Best deal on the wine list ($65 and tastes like a $150 wine), and Sperry's is the only restaurant in town where I've seen it on the list.
My daughter has been on a vegetarian diet, so she ordered the big 16 oz NY Strip - and said it was the best thing she had eaten in months. My wife ordered the stuffed sole special and found it tantalizingly good. I had an "Oscarized" rib eye - which means it is topped with crab meat and Bernaise sauce. This is not on the menu, but any steak at Sperry's can be Oscarized, and I highly recommend it. Made a great steak even better.
Service was unfailingly good throughout our meal. All in all, a wonderful evening.
If You Don't Have a Man With You, Prepare for Rude Treatment – This place is really almost comically unbelievable! It is a caricature of the Good Old Boy southern system of pompous and condescending servers coupled with truly average yet temendously overpriced food.
This is the second time I've eaten here, and my experience was identical both times. Several years ago, I decided to take my mother here during the holidays. We made reservations and showed up on time. Although there were empty tables in the dining room, we were asked if we'd be okay sitting in the bar (smoky, TVs blaring, crowded). I wasn't happy with this, but my mom said it was fine, so we sat there. We both discussed how it was a shame that some restaurants STILL treat women poorly when there is no man in the party. (i.e., poor tables, bad service, etc.).
I made a mental note never to waste my money at Sperry's again.
However, a female friend received a gift certificate and asked me to dine with her at Sperry's. She made a reservation, we showed up on time. The host was laughably rude to us the minute we walked in. He looked us up and down and just sort of sneered and said nothing. My friend seemed a little confused by his behavior, but smiled and said we had a reservation at 6:30 for 2. His response? Nothing. Just more condescending sneering and finally a bored and exhausted-sounding, "Last name?"
Again, there were empty tables in the dining room, but the host claimed there were no tables available and asked if we would eat in the bar. This time, I said no. He looked a bit shocked and told us to wait at the bar then. 30 minutes later, we had watched him seat at least a dozen parties in the dining room. My friend finally got up to ask him what was going on, and he turned his back on her and walked away! Finally, a waiter seated us, walking over to the host after we were seated to point us out while they both snickered and laughed about it.
I can only assume, this treatment is encouraged by the ownership since it is so blatant. Granted, this is a restaurant that caters to old money, old people, in Belle Meade, so it shouldn't come as much of a surprise. Still, it is discouraging to experience 1950s Old South treatment in a 2011 New South. Nashville is typically pretty progressive, fair, and forward-thinking. Not so at this stronghold of Good Old Boyism.
I can only shudder to think of how black patrons might be treated. Shame on you, Sperrys!
We had a great time, There were four of us. The servers were attentive to our needs and wants. The wait for our reservation was a short wait. We sat down and had a wonderful dinner and conversation. The restaurant looked great. I was a little concerned about how the flood would affect the reopening. It was handled very well. It looked fantastic. Thanks for a great evening and great service for our friends who were from out of State. They too complimented every thing. The filets, were perfection, Twice baked potatoes Awesome as usual. Keep up the good work.
Never a letdown!!! – It had been a while since my last visit to the Belle Meade Sperry's. As soon as I entered I remembered why I loved going here. We were greeted by a friendly hostess that hated to tell us that since we didn't have a reservation, we would be waiting a while. However, she informed us that we could sit at the bar and eat right away if we would like. I'm not a fan of sitting at a bar and eating, but thought we could have a drink or two while waiting for a table in the main dining room. We took a seat at the bar and were acknowledged right away by the bartender, Hillary. I asked for a wine list, but also asked if there was one that she recommended. She had me try one and gosh it was just what I was looking! We sat there talking to Hillary and a few people around us and decided that since we were having such a great time at the bar we wanted to stay there and eat. Hillary walked us through the specials as she set up a setting at the bar, which I was totally impressed by. It was treatment I’ve only known to get at the main table!! The special sounded great, but I decided to go with what I used to get…the filet (medium rare) Oskar style and sweet potato fries. Then, one friend ordered the salmon with creamed spinach and the other ordered a filet with a twice baked potato. We were all eating off each other’s plates. Everything was done to perfection and SO yummy!!! We were completely stuffed, but we can never pass up dessert. We ordered two sticky toffees because a guy beside us at the bar said we had to try it…OH WOW!!! Hillary poured something over it and it just melts in your mouth…we called it ooey gooey heaven! It was meant that we were to stay at the bar…fabulous service from Hillary, fantastic food and wonderful crowd to hang out with (no wonder this restaurant is always packed when I drive by and completely crowded when we got there!!), such a wonderful time that we stayed til almost closing!!!! Thank you Sperry’s…we WILL be back more often :)
What's the fuss? – Sperry's has a very old reputation in Nashville, but I think it may be time to hang up the spurs. I very much liked the idea of going to a classic 70's style steak house, with copious amounts of great meat and rich sauces and whatever else, but I'm afraid the food is terrible. I felt like I was eating at a restaurant featured on an episode of "Kitchen Nightmares". The salad bar is right in front of the cooking area, but instead of seeing a busy kitchen, all you see is a guy throwing stuff in the microwave and another guy slapping steaks on a grill. They microwave everything: soup, sides, anything that needs to be heated. For an appetizer I got the Calimari. 13.95 and the bits of calamari were not even fried correctly. They were soggy, and it was what I would call a half portion. Carraba's has better calimari that is properly fried to a crisp for cheaper.
The salad bar was OK, but hardly worth the 10.95 it costs on the menu. I should also mention that while this is a high end establishment, there were several little children running roughshod over the salad bar. They took an extremely long time, and one of the mothers forced one of her children to spit up something IN HER HAND, which she wiped on her plate, and then used that SAME HAND to get more stuff from the salad bar. Disgusting.
The steaks are aged and cooked properly, but my NY Strip was very gristly and lacked seasoning. Certainly not worth 27 dollars. I very much doubt that it was a prime cut of beef. I ended up asking for A1, which I never do with a quality steak.
The desserts were lackluster and severely overpriced. Avoid the sticky toffee pudding at ALL COSTS. It tasted like an overdone pancake soaked in very cheap maple syrup. I've had better desserts out of the frozen aisle, which is where I imagine this pudding came from.
Also, be mindful of who you're going to be eating around. The place was PACKED with the geriatric white crowd. They probably like the ambiance and can't taste the food so well. I did not see a single non-white face in the establishment.
Cost too much for the quality of food – Found out that they already have fish cooked so you don't get it fresh.I had swordfish for $26. The plate had the swordfish with no condiments or decorations with a few sprinkles of pepper on top! It made the white plate look extremely large and weird to me. I have been to many restaurants and this was like a joke to get fish like this. It was tasteless also. Very tasteless and I was very disappointed.
A Restaurant – Too bad I can't publish my full review of this restaurant here. I have three times too many words than is allowed. This is another one of those “first class” establishments in Nashville that no longer deserves its reputation, if it ever did. As you can tell from the other reviewers here, they are more impressed with the décor, the service, the booze and/or the location, than any honest, educated, worldly critique of the fare served. I suspect that most of those reviewing here are younger than thirty and were brought up on McDonald’s and Pizza Hut. Or they are older, devoted patrons from the ‘hood, and have had their palettes numbed year after year to the inexorable crashing of the Sperry standards like the proverbial frog in boiling water. I have lived in Nashville for a number of years and whenever I heard of this restaurant, it was always in tones of hushed, almost whispered worship, like a prayer or wishing upon a star.
My Italian friend, born and raised in Italy, and I ended up at this restaurant on Christmas. We had had a perfectly glorious mini repast at 1 808’s earlier (check out the reviews of this place. Genuinely superb!) earlier in the day but decided to see if all we’d heard about Sperry’s was true.
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We had no liquor and no dessert. I had a hot tea and my companion had only water. Our bill was almost $60. This is too shameful to endure. Somebody needs to fix Sperry's before it deserves its reputation again, if it ever did.
Great classic steak house – Have been in Nashville for 3 years, looking for a good, classic (not a chain) steak house. This place has been around 35 years, is busy, friendly, a little noisy, but the kind of place we've been looking for. Everyone doesn't wear blue jeans (a nashville peeve of mine). Done all the high priced chains, but like this place the most.
Bruce was our waiter and was very friendly, attentive and made our first dining experience first rate (ask for Bruce). Had the filet and twice-baked (as recommended) and the salad bar (first one I've seen in many years, but back in the 70s, everyone had them). Great wine list. It was a little crowded (due to Steeplechase), but that's a good sign of a popular restaurant.
Too expensive for the amount and taste of food – Too expensive for salmon and can find it at Wildwood or J Alexander for much less and get much more food. Sperrys only gives you one piece of salmon for around $22 and nothing else with it. Other places give you so much more and their salad bar is pitiful compared to a salad bar with many more choices. Actually Ruby Tuesdays salad bar is much better.
Expensive, but great steaks. – My wife and I double-dated here on Valentine's and thought the food and the service was wonderful that night. Steaks are definitely excellent and we had an overall great experience. It was a bit pricey but if you want to treat yourself to something good, I would definitely recommend it.
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