Nashville: Pre-Symphony Dinner
I am organizing a pre-symphony dinner for 6. We want good food, quiet atmosphere, preferably not too far from the Music Hall, but West End - Vandy area might work too. Any ideas? Is Merchant's still good?
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Merchant's should do you fine as long as it's not too hot. Their AC isn't the best, but the food is fine.
Haven't been to Merchants other than the bar in about 10 years and that wasn't great, but following are a few favorites in the area that if you haven't yet tried I would recommend: Flyte -- great wine list, lots of organic and very fresh food http://www.flytenashville.com/ Germantown Cafe -- consistently good food with a great view of downtown http://www.germantowncafe.com/, Radius10 -- great food with lots of fish/seafood dishes and as an added bonus, the menu is 25% off from 5pm -- 7pm http://www.radius10.com/ Midtown Cafe has also recently renovated and upgraded their menu and also provide compliementary shuttles to/from the Schermerhorn. http://www.midtowncafe.com/ Of these, Midtown may be the quietest but none of the others are crazy loud places. Minus the 25% off at Radius 10, Germantown Cafe is probably the most "bang for your buck" with entrees all averaging around $20 that include a salad if price matters. Hope this helps!
I usually go to Sole Mio before symphony. The food is good, there are quiet corners you can request, and it's a nice walk (if the weather is pleasant) to the symphony center so you can have that extra glass of wine without worrying. Flyte is another extraordinary choice -- I ate one of the best restaurant meals there that I've ever had. (Get the flight of soups and the lamb.)
You might try Midtown Cafe. They run a shuttle back and forth to the symphony. It very easy and you won't have to worry about parking.