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Hi, I am hoping to find a great spot to give a gift certificate as a wedding present to friends who recently moved back to Nashville from Boston. They seem to have great taste in wine and food and are adventurous regarding cuisine. Any suggestions? A brief google search turned up Tayst, which sounds up their alley, but I was not sure if there are better spots for a romantic night out? Thanks!

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Tayst Restaurant
2100 21st Ave S, Nashville, TN 37212

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  1. Tayst gets a lot of good press, it's OK, but it's far from my favorite. I would say my top choice would be Capitol Grille -- Nashville's only five-star (Mobil guide) restaurant. Beautiful space, excellent food (much of which they grow themselves at Glen Levin farm), terrific service.

    City House is also excellent, inventive, some consider it the best in town from a pure food perspective. It isn't what I'd do for *romance* however the vibe is more casual and it can be quite loud and bustling.

    Also to consider: Flyte, Margot, Bound'ry, Midtown Cafe, Sunset Grill, Cabana (if they reserve a cabana), 1808 Grille.

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    1. re: TLF

      Agreed. Capitol Grille. Tayst is fun, but quirky, and not what I'd call romantic.

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      Tayst Restaurant
      2100 21st Ave S, Nashville, TN 37212

      1. re: TLF

        Margot is romantic only if you are upstairs. If you're downstairs, the noise from the bar is too loud.

        1. re: TLF

          It's actually been a couple of years since I've dined at Capitol Grille. After looking at their website, I'm surprised to see them describe themselves as "relaxed and low-key". And indeed, the menu design is very folksy (think Hatch Show Print). I remember CG as being much more formal and upscale than this. Have they changed direction?

          1. re: jamiecarroll

            Well Sean Brock left a couple of years ago, and they've let go of the molecular gastronomy thing. The web site design IS a little odd, but that's the way the whole Hermitage Hotel web site looks -- Hatch Show Print actually did the design, I think. How that compares to the formality of the service, I don't know, but the food is still upscale and by all reports the service is excellent. I'm waiting for them to switch to a summer menu to visit this latest incarnation.

        2. Thanks so much for the tips. I just bought a gift certificate to Capitol Grille.