Wonderful experience....again.....and again!. I consider myself lucky - my job involves travel and I get to eat in great restaurants in many different cities. Whenever I get to entertain in Nashville, the Mad Platter is my hands down first choice. It offers a wonderful atmosphere, cozy and low key, yet sophisticated. The menu is superb - always offering creative dining choices and has a range that appeals to everyone. They offer an incredible value in their five course dinner, providing soup, salad, appetizer, entree, and dessert for a reasonable up-charge from the cost of just an entree. Portions are perfect and the timing of service allows you to savor each course without rushing on to the next one. Last night I chose the gumbo for my soup. It could have been straight from the bayou - filled with andouille and bits of seafood, with a rich smoky taste. It was followed by the shrimp appetizer - very fresh. The caesar salad was perfect. If you are a fan of duck, theirs is delicious and served with gnocci. I ended my meal with the best dessert in the house - bananas Foster. Don't plan to finish in an hour - this restaurant understands that a great meal is meant to be savored and allows you to enjoy it at a wonderful pace. And if you get the pleasure of having Brenda as your server, just sit back and enjoy - she makes sure your meal is everything you want it to be!
A special (fine dining) place to go with a special friend or loved one. We went for our 25th wedding anniversary tonight. Daniel our waiter was friendly, but not too invasive. The crab cakes were amazing. The fillet was off the charts. The banana fosters was THE BEST. The ambiance was 'just right' for our special night. Each dish was unique in taste and presentation. We eat at a different fine dining restaurant every year (for 25 years) and the Mad Platter ranks up there with the best. A steak is usually a steak (Ruth Chris, Morton?s, etc.), but cooked over mash potatoes with veggies on top made it unique in taste and it looked great as well. The crab cakes were different from any other we've had (and we've eaten them is Seattle, Washington and throughout Maryland and Florida). I could go on and on but I think you get my drift ... The portions, the prices, the taste -- all was GREAT! I highly recommend and we hope your experience will be as good as ours.
Craig and Marcia catered my husband's 40th Birthday party and the food was excellent. The party guests loved the menu. The food was presented in a beautiful layout. I couldn't have asked for anything more.
They arrived on time and had everything ready and waiting for our guests to arrive. They worked with us on the menu and made suggestions and we came up with the best overall menu for our guests. I would reccommend the Catering for any event.
The perfect romantic dinner in Nashville. My husband and I have been to the Mad Platter for dinner many times, usually to celebrate special occasions. Never have I had a bad experience, but I feel compelled to write a review after the most excellent Valentine's Day Dinner we've ever had. First, the dining room was softly lit, with beautiful artwork on the walls. On the table were fresh roses and white linen tablecloths. We both opted for the five courses, a must if you dine for dinner. For less than fifty dollars each, we had soup, salad, appetizers, our entrees, and dessert. We both had the filet, cooked to perfection. Our evening was finished with tiramasu and bananas fosters, the best I've ever had. Our waiter Dan was one of the best I've seen in Nashville in a long time. He was friendly, knowledgable, and helped make this a night we'll never forget. We will be back soon. Cheers!
MY FAVORITE NASHVILLE RESTAURANT!!!.
My wife and I have been coming to the Mad Platter for six years and have always had a wonderful experience. With its warm Victorian atmosphere, if their was one word to desribe it, it would be cozy. We like it much better than the new wave of trendy, stark, and cold restaurants that are popping up all over the city. Its also located in one of Nashville's coolest neighborhoods, Germantown, perfect for a romantic stroll after a fantastic meal.
The food is top notch, and with their ever changing menu, its always a unique experience. I usually order their Rackof Lamb, which is their house specialty, but my wife always orders something different. We also always get the 5 course chef's tasting dinner which is only $38-$48 i think, depending on which
entree you order, and is certainly enough food to split if you were looking for a lighter meal. For dessert, get the bananas foster which is to die for, or the Chocolate elvis, which is heavenly rich.
The service is also great, and particularly friendly compared to other fine dining establishments. Liz and Brenda have always taken great care of us, and we've always appreciated Todd's wine selections. The wine list is well put together with interesting selections you don't find everywhere else and great tasting descriptions if you are intimidated by wines you've never heard of. We discovered our new favorite wine there, the Lily Pinot Noir, which we can't seem to find in the wine shops, so I can't sure that they will still have this wine the next time we go to the Mad Platter.
All in all, the Mad Platter is the perfect dining experience!!
Sorely Over-rated. Food is good by Nashville standards, not by Houston standards. Atmosphere is cross between coffee-house and Romper Room, decoration is uninspired and uninteresting. Try to figure out which restroom is the Ladies' and then hold the handle. Witness a grizzled, stained, homeless-looking guy wandering in and out of the kitchen. Service is untrained and incongruent to the prices on the menu. Reservations are recommended everywhere but the staff was not able to find our reservation after two phone calls to the restaurant.
Amazing Catering for my Wedding. Mad Platter did such a wonderful job for my wedding. I am SO pleased that I called them from other friends of mine that rcomended them. Every dish I ordered was perfect and plenty. Everything was so beautiful presented and perfectly delivered on time. I highly recommend The Mad Platter for your wedding.
Great Atmosphere, Great Service, Great Food, Great Price. My husband and I decided to head to Nashville on a whim and read about this restaurant and made a reservation. We had never been to Nashville and were a little nervous as we drove toward the restaurant but once you get past 6th street the neighborhood turns quite cute. The facade of the building isn't much but the interior is wonderful. Only about twenty tables were set up. The walls are exposed brick and covered with wonderful artwork. The lighting is dim and the dark wood and bookshelves add to the warmth. The place was very romantic although we were only one of two couples there. It appears that the Mad Platter is great for good friends and even mid-sized groups. My husband and I went with wine by the glass and both the reisling and the cabernet served by the glass were wonderful. We weren't super hungry so we decided not to go with the very tempting five course meal. We even skipped appetizers even though they looked quite tastey. I had a bowl of the chilled strawberry cream soup. Although the server did warn me that it was dessert-y I still enjoyed it as a starter but I do have a sweet tooth. My husband got the bacon-wrapped pork tenderloin topped with brie and served with cauliflower and horseradish mashed potatoes. He thoroughly enjoyed it. I got the pork tenderloin with rosemary sauce served with polenta, asparagus, and topped with a dollop of lemon almond butter. It was unbelievable. The pork was juicy and the polenta was an unexpected but perfect accompaniment. We were perfectly satiated so didn't get dessert. What was almost the best part of the evening was the price. The atmosphere, service, and quality and presentation of the food really could have warrented a higher price, especially when compared with the other restaurants in town. Both of our entrees were right around twenty dollars. All in all I highly recommend this restaurant. It was an altogether delightful experience.
Expectation Met. Having never been here before, but always wanting to go, I made reservation for this past Saturday. It was my boyfriend's birthday and every bit of the expectations made were kept. We had our menus specially printed with birthday wishes for him, our table was private as much as could be in the open seating area, the server wished birthday greetings and his dessert was topped innocently enough with one simple candle. We each had the 5 course meal making sure that we each made different choices to allow for our own table taste tests. The chicken and lemon artichoke soup was wonderful and paired nicely with the baby arugula salad. He loved the crab cakes as I did the veal and sage ravioli. For dinner I had the juicy and wonderfully matched pork tenderloin while my boyfriend chose the house specaility of Roast Leg of Lamb. For dessert, I the non chocolate fan, must give my compliments on the Elvis dessert and of course I loved the Bananas Foster. We had a fantastic time and we look forward to our next visit.
Very Disappointed. This used to be my favorite restaurant in Nashville. I have celebrated several birthdays and special events here and it was always very nice. This year I made a reservation for dinner on my birthday. Imagine my unpleasant surprise when I got a phone message 5 days before my dinner informing me that "they" had decided to close the restaurant on the night I already made a reservation for! I called to confirm this and the hostess acted as though spontaneously closing a restaurant on a Tuesday night is normal. I don't know if I will ever go back. Too bad.
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