Eastland Cafe

★★★★☆
  • 97 Chapel Ave

    Nashville, TN 37206

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  • 615-627-1088

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Mon-Thu 4:30pm-10pm, Fri-Sat 4:30pm-11pm
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I have friends in the neighborhood and we go to Eastland at least once a week.They have fabulous happy hour specials and the ambience is laid back and stress free.Hal is a talented chef and Cara always seems to have everything under control.I always recommend Eastland to friends and family from out of town and have never heard anything but raves.The Mac and Cheese is to die for and I'm sure it is low cal.!!!!!!

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★★★★★

I have friends in the neighborhood and we go to Eastland at least once a week.They have fabulous happy hour specials and the ambience is laid back and stress free.Hal is a talented chef and Cara always seems to have everything under control.I always recommend Eastland to friends and family from out of town and have never heard anything but raves.The Mac and Cheese is to die for and I'm sure it is low cal.!!!!!!

Pros: Great food,great service,great vibes

Cons: Honestly have never had a bad experience here.

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The food was way too salty, the service was really horrible, the manager seemed pre-occupied with the wine she was drinking at the end of the night, and to top it off, we spotted a roach scurrying across the bar. Needless to say, we wont be back.

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★☆☆☆☆

The food was way too salty, the service was really horrible, the manager seemed pre-occupied with the wine she was drinking at the end of the night, and to top it off, we spotted a roach scurrying across the bar. Needless to say, we wont be back.

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Eastland Cafe has had a good reputation in Nashville for years, but unfortunately with what has seemed to be recent changes in staffing, the environment there has gone sour. The servers all have an attitude, however it seems they have much too many tables to themselves and I think I heard something about our server having to wash dishes which is why he took so long to get us water. Water! The food there is good, I must say, but these last few times I've been going in the food did NOT taste how it used to, presentation was sloppy and when I asked for it to be redone, it came out worse. There was no management anywhere to be found. Who's running this nuthouse?! Whoever they need to do their job or they're going to lose their reputation real quick.

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★☆☆☆☆

Eastland Cafe has had a good reputation in Nashville for years, but unfortunately with what has seemed to be recent changes in staffing, the environment there has gone sour. The servers all have an attitude, however it seems they have much too many tables to themselves and I think I heard something about our server having to wash dishes which is why he took so long to get us water. Water! The food there is good, I must say, but these last few times I've been going in the food did NOT taste how it used to, presentation was sloppy and when I asked for it to be redone, it came out worse. There was no management anywhere to be found. Who's running this nuthouse?! Whoever they need to do their job or they're going to lose their reputation real quick.

Pros: cool neighborhood, good mneu

Cons: food was bad, unprofessional environment w/out manager

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Took out of town guest after hearing this was a great restaurant. I was so disappointed and actually embarressed. Waiter was awful - very inattentive. Food was tasty, but portions were very small. They did have a great selection so there was something for everyone. Will not be returning.

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★★☆☆☆

Took out of town guest after hearing this was a great restaurant. I was so disappointed and actually embarressed. Waiter was awful - very inattentive. Food was tasty, but portions were very small. They did have a great selection so there was something for everyone. Will not be returning.

Pros: Good variety in menu

Cons: Service was awful

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I was out with a group of women to celebrate a birthday. We had trouble finding the restaurant and called again to make sure we were headed in the right direction. When we arrived the hostess was lovely and brought us to our table. Our server was named Jon. He came over to take our drink order and made a comment about our group being directionally challenged. We didn't think anything of it other than this was his attempt at humor. Our drinks arrived and Jon went over the specials for the evening. He did not recite them from memory, kept turning to his notes, which was fine. He came back to take our order and I asked if he would advise me on the two entrees I had in mind. He was very non committal about offering any recommendations. This is the first time I have had a server do this. It was odd and from that point on he became increasingly rude and condescending to each of us until it was time for the tab. I would describe him as passive-aggressive. I ordered the mahi-mahi special with the potato gnocchi and the house salad with goat cheese. The salad was wonderful and I was looking forward to the entree. I asked for the wine list and Jon presented it to me, this time he suddenly wanted to offer suggestions. My entree arrived and it was mahi-mahi with diced potatoes, not the potato gnocchi Jon had recited twice from his notes. By this point I wasn't even interested in asking him about the error, our strategy was to ignore him because he was so caustic. We asked for to go containers, he said he would package them. We didn't feel we could trust him handling our food and asked for the containers. That is how bad our experience was.

Our group dines out once a month together. I was in the food service industry and feel a kinship to servers. Jon received 15% gratuity, which to me is for poor service. In all honesty he should have been given zero for his horrible attitude. We've been all over Nashville, everywhere from Watermark to Flyte to Cabana to Miro to tayst, etc. . We have had an excellent service and dining experience in each of these establishments. I understand there is a stereotype of women diners. I think Jon presumed this before making an effort to know us. We were in no way difficult, it was the other way around. When I dine out, the last thing I want to experience when I take time out of my hectic schedule, is to deal with a surly server. Eastland came highly recommended. We liked the vibe and thought the menu looked promising. Unfortunately Jon was intent on spoiling our experience. My advice to him, with job security being very unpredictable in the current economy, is he should find an occupation which suits his skill set. Whatever that may be. Eastland would have gotten a higher rating, Jon brought it down.

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★★★☆☆

I was out with a group of women to celebrate a birthday. We had trouble finding the restaurant and called again to make sure we were headed in the right direction. When we arrived the hostess was lovely and brought us to our table. Our server was named Jon. He came over to take our drink order and made a comment about our group being directionally challenged. We didn't think anything of it other than this was his attempt at humor. Our drinks arrived and Jon went over the specials for the evening. He did not recite them from memory, kept turning to his notes, which was fine. He came back to take our order and I asked if he would advise me on the two entrees I had in mind. He was very non committal about offering any recommendations. This is the first time I have had a server do this. It was odd and from that point on he became increasingly rude and condescending to each of us until it was time for the tab. I would describe him as passive-aggressive. I ordered the mahi-mahi special with the potato gnocchi and the house salad with goat cheese. The salad was wonderful and I was looking forward to the entree. I asked for the wine list and Jon presented it to me, this time he suddenly wanted to offer suggestions. My entree arrived and it was mahi-mahi with diced potatoes, not the potato gnocchi Jon had recited twice from his notes. By this point I wasn't even interested in asking him about the error, our strategy was to ignore him because he was so caustic. We asked for to go containers, he said he would package them. We didn't feel we could trust him handling our food and asked for the containers. That is how bad our experience was.

Our group dines out once a month together. I was in the food service industry and feel a kinship to servers. Jon received 15% gratuity, which to me is for poor service. In all honesty he should have been given zero for his horrible attitude. We've been all over Nashville, everywhere from Watermark to Flyte to Cabana to Miro to tayst, etc. . We have had an excellent service and dining experience in each of these establishments. I understand there is a stereotype of women diners. I think Jon presumed this before making an effort to know us. We were in no way difficult, it was the other way around. When I dine out, the last thing I want to experience when I take time out of my hectic schedule, is to deal with a surly server. Eastland came highly recommended. We liked the vibe and thought the menu looked promising. Unfortunately Jon was intent on spoiling our experience. My advice to him, with job security being very unpredictable in the current economy, is he should find an occupation which suits his skill set. Whatever that may be. Eastland would have gotten a higher rating, Jon brought it down.

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So, this was actually the second time I've eaten at the Eastland Cafe and thanks to the hostess at the front door, It will definitely be my last.

We happened to be the last two to arrive for birthday party in which a reservation had been made for 8 people. When we walked in and informed this pathetic excuse for a hostess who we were with, she proceeded to put her hand on her hip and lecture for at least 3 or 4 minutes about how in the "restaurant business" it reflected poorly on her if everyone didn't arrive on time. and blah blah blah blah blah. (As if anything could've reflected more poorly than her own behavior.) One of the other guests finally told her to shut her mouth and not to utter another word. Which thankfully, she did.

We ate, drank and enjoyed that birthday party until almost 10:00 and believe it or not, at no time was I worried that the world would come to an abrupt end because a few folks were late for a reservation.

It is a shame that an establishment such as this which does have good food, good servers, would employ a hostess with such an attitude. I know of 8 people who will never step through that door again.

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★☆☆☆☆

So, this was actually the second time I've eaten at the Eastland Cafe and thanks to the hostess at the front door, It will definitely be my last.

We happened to be the last two to arrive for birthday party in which a reservation had been made for 8 people. When we walked in and informed this pathetic excuse for a hostess who we were with, she proceeded to put her hand on her hip and lecture for at least 3 or 4 minutes about how in the "restaurant business" it reflected poorly on her if everyone didn't arrive on time. and blah blah blah blah blah. (As if anything could've reflected more poorly than her own behavior.) One of the other guests finally told her to shut her mouth and not to utter another word. Which thankfully, she did.

We ate, drank and enjoyed that birthday party until almost 10:00 and believe it or not, at no time was I worried that the world would come to an abrupt end because a few folks were late for a reservation.

It is a shame that an establishment such as this which does have good food, good servers, would employ a hostess with such an attitude. I know of 8 people who will never step through that door again.

Pros: good food

Cons: HOSTESS WAS HORRIBLE.

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My boyfriend and I pick this spot for dates, anniversaries, or just because we crave it! I have been with parties and it was great for that too! Goat cheese brulee is a must have appetizer. All the food is large portions and great combinations of flavors... I cannot rave about this place enough! John is funny and knows the menu well! Linsey is a great bartender, and cute! YOU MUST TRY this place!

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★★★★★

My boyfriend and I pick this spot for dates, anniversaries, or just because we crave it! I have been with parties and it was great for that too! Goat cheese brulee is a must have appetizer. All the food is large portions and great combinations of flavors... I cannot rave about this place enough! John is funny and knows the menu well! Linsey is a great bartender, and cute! YOU MUST TRY this place!

Pros: fabulous food, big portions, John our server,Linsey bartende

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Happy Hour - Good Value, Consistent, Good Bar Atmosphere, noise level acceptable, Cocktails mostly strong - 2 will sort you out nicely after a hard day's work, $5 appetisers that will fill you up. A great 1.5 hr unwind after work and cheaper than cooking at home. Qualities that are the norm but sadly lacking at most Nashville bars.

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★★★★☆

Happy Hour - Good Value, Consistent, Good Bar Atmosphere, noise level acceptable, Cocktails mostly strong - 2 will sort you out nicely after a hard day's work, $5 appetisers that will fill you up. A great 1.5 hr unwind after work and cheaper than cooking at home. Qualities that are the norm but sadly lacking at most Nashville bars.

Pros: Food/Parking/Staff

Cons: Happy Hour too Short

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My girlfriends & I go to Eastland Cafe once a week for happy hour. You can't beat $5 specialty martinis & appetizers. The pizzas are always really good & big enough to share. The crust is nice & thin and they make the buffalo mozzarella in house. Other menu items include quesadillas (always good & always something new), potstickers, spring rolls & their newest edition: pork sliders served on yeast rolls with homemade pickles & cole slaw. Delicious!!

The staff is really nice. We usually stay for a while, sometimes a few hours. They never encourage us to leave, even though we don't spend as much money as other people that are there for dinner.

The restaurant is beautiful & has a great atmosphere. I think it was opened fairly recently, but isn't ultra modern & sterile. It feels like it's been there forever.

Go ahead & give it a try. The happy hour appetizers are so good that I don't doubt the dinner offerings are amazing as well!

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★★★★★

My girlfriends & I go to Eastland Cafe once a week for happy hour. You can't beat $5 specialty martinis & appetizers. The pizzas are always really good & big enough to share. The crust is nice & thin and they make the buffalo mozzarella in house. Other menu items include quesadillas (always good & always something new), potstickers, spring rolls & their newest edition: pork sliders served on yeast rolls with homemade pickles & cole slaw. Delicious!!

The staff is really nice. We usually stay for a while, sometimes a few hours. They never encourage us to leave, even though we don't spend as much money as other people that are there for dinner.

The restaurant is beautiful & has a great atmosphere. I think it was opened fairly recently, but isn't ultra modern & sterile. It feels like it's been there forever.

Go ahead & give it a try. The happy hour appetizers are so good that I don't doubt the dinner offerings are amazing as well!

Pros: cheap eats, nice atmosphere, & our regular waiter Daniel

Cons: happy hour is only 1 hour

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This was officially the worst meal I have had in Nashville, and the first time and I have ever sent an entree back to the kitchen. The calamari was so overcooked the breading looked and tasted burnt, and the ribeye was the worst cut of meat I have ever had. It tasted like burnt garlic, appeared to be trimmed by a first grader, and had definitely been frozen. I couldn't even cut into the steak from the outside due to all the connective tissue that was left, and the massive amount of fat that was still on the meat made a chore to find an edible bite. My meal was cold except for the spinach souffle which was so hot that I couldn't eat it until 10 minutes into the meal. The meal was doomed from the beginning because of their use of inferior items and worsened by the lack of any talent in the kitchen. I wouldn't recommend Eastland Cafe to my worst enemy.

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★☆☆☆☆

This was officially the worst meal I have had in Nashville, and the first time and I have ever sent an entree back to the kitchen. The calamari was so overcooked the breading looked and tasted burnt, and the ribeye was the worst cut of meat I have ever had. It tasted like burnt garlic, appeared to be trimmed by a first grader, and had definitely been frozen. I couldn't even cut into the steak from the outside due to all the connective tissue that was left, and the massive amount of fat that was still on the meat made a chore to find an edible bite. My meal was cold except for the spinach souffle which was so hot that I couldn't eat it until 10 minutes into the meal. The meal was doomed from the beginning because of their use of inferior items and worsened by the lack of any talent in the kitchen. I wouldn't recommend Eastland Cafe to my worst enemy.

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I love to try new restaurants and am an easy customer to please, but I must admit I was extremely disappointed by my experience at Eastland. Though we did have a large party (9), the service was incredibly slow ... we were at the restaurant for four hours, which in my estimation far exceeds even the most leisurely dining experience. It took an hour to get an appetizer and another 40 minutes after that before they even took our dinner order. The sound levels inside were incredible to say the least-I've honestly been to rock concerts that were quieter-which made it very hard to hear the people right next to me, let alone across the table. To top it all off, the food was not anywhere near as good as you would expect at $18-$30 a plate. The presentation was nice and the food was cooked to order, but everything was so over-salted and over-seasoned that it was truly overwhelming. It's the only time I've had a rib-eye that I didn't like, just because it was so over-salted. Over all very disappointing. I felt as though I paid nearly two hundred dollars for two mediocre bottles of wine, and greatly resented the 20% gratuity that was automatically included on the check.

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★★☆☆☆

I love to try new restaurants and am an easy customer to please, but I must admit I was extremely disappointed by my experience at Eastland. Though we did have a large party (9), the service was incredibly slow ... we were at the restaurant for four hours, which in my estimation far exceeds even the most leisurely dining experience. It took an hour to get an appetizer and another 40 minutes after that before they even took our dinner order. The sound levels inside were incredible to say the least-I've honestly been to rock concerts that were quieter-which made it very hard to hear the people right next to me, let alone across the table. To top it all off, the food was not anywhere near as good as you would expect at $18-$30 a plate. The presentation was nice and the food was cooked to order, but everything was so over-salted and over-seasoned that it was truly overwhelming. It's the only time I've had a rib-eye that I didn't like, just because it was so over-salted. Over all very disappointing. I felt as though I paid nearly two hundred dollars for two mediocre bottles of wine, and greatly resented the 20% gratuity that was automatically included on the check.

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I had dinner here for my birthday with friends and family, and it was excellent. Our server Ashley had great recommendations on the food and wine and knew much about both. When prompted with questions and suggestions, she gave honest answers and feedback based on what we told her we liked. The short ribs with stone ground yellow grits were good, but a little lukewarm when they arrived to the table. The goat cheese brulee was very good too. The beet and crusted goat cheese salad was very good and I has to fight everyone off of it. someone else had the beer and cheese soup with homemade potato chips which was delicious. I ordered the rib eye with bleu cheese butter which internally was cooked perfectly. The blueberry beignets were also very good, but were more of a fritter than a beignet to me. I will definitely be back. I hear they have a great happy hour.

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★★★★★

I had dinner here for my birthday with friends and family, and it was excellent. Our server Ashley had great recommendations on the food and wine and knew much about both. When prompted with questions and suggestions, she gave honest answers and feedback based on what we told her we liked. The short ribs with stone ground yellow grits were good, but a little lukewarm when they arrived to the table. The goat cheese brulee was very good too. The beet and crusted goat cheese salad was very good and I has to fight everyone off of it. someone else had the beer and cheese soup with homemade potato chips which was delicious. I ordered the rib eye with bleu cheese butter which internally was cooked perfectly. The blueberry beignets were also very good, but were more of a fritter than a beignet to me. I will definitely be back. I hear they have a great happy hour.

Pros: Food, service, wine selection

Cons: Parking, some food could have been hotter for my taste

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This is one of Nashville's best! Consistantly good food, and good service. The only item on the menu that I have had recently that I probably wouldn't order again is the vegetarian burrito. My husband loves the lettuce wedge with the fried green tomato.

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★★★★★

This is one of Nashville's best! Consistantly good food, and good service. The only item on the menu that I have had recently that I probably wouldn't order again is the vegetarian burrito. My husband loves the lettuce wedge with the fried green tomato.

Pros: Great neighborhood restaurant!

Cons: None!

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I love a restaurant that can accommodate it's neighborhood crowd (like me, plus friends) as well as those from across the river and make both feel equally welcome. Eastland Cafe achieves that and much more. The service is great, I prefer sitting at the bar- where bartenders Ariel and Amy are professional, personable, knowledgeable, know when you like to chat and know when you want to be left alone. The food is consistently delicious (try the goat cheese brulee for an appetizer! You won;t be sorry) And the Eastland Cafe's best kept secret? Is the happy hour menu=cheap eats and drinks. But get there early!

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★★★★★

I love a restaurant that can accommodate it's neighborhood crowd (like me, plus friends) as well as those from across the river and make both feel equally welcome. Eastland Cafe achieves that and much more. The service is great, I prefer sitting at the bar- where bartenders Ariel and Amy are professional, personable, knowledgeable, know when you like to chat and know when you want to be left alone. The food is consistently delicious (try the goat cheese brulee for an appetizer! You won;t be sorry) And the Eastland Cafe's best kept secret? Is the happy hour menu=cheap eats and drinks. But get there early!

Pros: Great service

Cons: No cons

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I just went back for the second time and was not disappointed. I had the trout, which was great. My husband had the roast chicken which was delicious as well. I have not had a bad meal here, in fact, I think the consistency makes this one of the best restaurants in Nashville. The menu is great, the side dishes are some of the best around. Upscale food with a Southern undertone makes this an unforgettable experience. The wine list is also good. I will definitely be back.

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★★★★★

I just went back for the second time and was not disappointed. I had the trout, which was great. My husband had the roast chicken which was delicious as well. I have not had a bad meal here, in fact, I think the consistency makes this one of the best restaurants in Nashville. The menu is great, the side dishes are some of the best around. Upscale food with a Southern undertone makes this an unforgettable experience. The wine list is also good. I will definitely be back.

Pros: Food, Service and Wine List

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I'm usually extremely easy to please, and rarely have any complaints to offer. However, after 1 making reservations and showing up on time, we weren't seated until 45 minutes later. As we were seated, I noticed how loud it was inside the restaurant. I couldn't hear the waiter describe the specials over the acoustics of the building. The service left alot to be desired, and someone in our group actually had to send their steak back to the kitchen because it was cold. I was really looking forward to having a good experience, but was pretty disappointed. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news........

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★★☆☆☆

I'm usually extremely easy to please, and rarely have any complaints to offer. However, after 1 making reservations and showing up on time, we weren't seated until 45 minutes later. As we were seated, I noticed how loud it was inside the restaurant. I couldn't hear the waiter describe the specials over the acoustics of the building. The service left alot to be desired, and someone in our group actually had to send their steak back to the kitchen because it was cold. I was really looking forward to having a good experience, but was pretty disappointed. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news........

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The food at Eastland Cafe is great...but I feel that I should warn potential patrons of some recent experiences. We took my mother to Eastland last week when she was visiting, and in the middle of the meal, a particularly unwanted pest (for some reason, this site won't allow you to use the actual name of the pest in your review of a restaurant--look up "Periplaneta americana" if you need to know) wandered up onto our table. We caught it in a napkin and showed it to the waiter, and he apologized profusely, and that was that. I happened to relay the incident to a friend of mine, and he said that he and his wife had been enjoying a drink in the Eastland Cafe bar just a few weeks earlier when they noticed the same type of pest crawling up the wall. They, too, let the bartender know about the pest.

So, apparently, they have a bit of a pest problem (as many commercial food service places do), and are aware of it, but I am not sure what they are doing to address it. But for me, when I am dropping $100 on dinner, I don't want to have to worry about sharing it with pests. Just a caveat!

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★★★☆☆

The food at Eastland Cafe is great...but I feel that I should warn potential patrons of some recent experiences. We took my mother to Eastland last week when she was visiting, and in the middle of the meal, a particularly unwanted pest (for some reason, this site won't allow you to use the actual name of the pest in your review of a restaurant--look up "Periplaneta americana" if you need to know) wandered up onto our table. We caught it in a napkin and showed it to the waiter, and he apologized profusely, and that was that. I happened to relay the incident to a friend of mine, and he said that he and his wife had been enjoying a drink in the Eastland Cafe bar just a few weeks earlier when they noticed the same type of pest crawling up the wall. They, too, let the bartender know about the pest.

So, apparently, they have a bit of a pest problem (as many commercial food service places do), and are aware of it, but I am not sure what they are doing to address it. But for me, when I am dropping $100 on dinner, I don't want to have to worry about sharing it with pests. Just a caveat!

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Not sure what I did to deserve it, but I was ignored completely at the bar on a Monday night, as I waited patiently for a drink. Yes, it was busy, but a simple nod and a little eye contact would have let me known I had been noticed, and I would have continued to wait patiently. I was brushed aside by a server in a hurry to pick up drinks, and he seemed quite annoyed that I was in his way.

All in all, a very snooty vibe, from people who aren't nearly as sophisticated as they think they are. Save your money. Go somewhere else.

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★★☆☆☆

Not sure what I did to deserve it, but I was ignored completely at the bar on a Monday night, as I waited patiently for a drink. Yes, it was busy, but a simple nod and a little eye contact would have let me known I had been noticed, and I would have continued to wait patiently. I was brushed aside by a server in a hurry to pick up drinks, and he seemed quite annoyed that I was in his way.

All in all, a very snooty vibe, from people who aren't nearly as sophisticated as they think they are. Save your money. Go somewhere else.

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Eastland has become both me and my wifes favorite dining stop. Chef Hals soups are a must when you go. We both had the Wild Mushroom Soup on our last visit, and it was excellent. The fish entrees change daily and should not be overlooked. All in all this is a must stop for a casual dining experience. Do try and leave room for the beignets, a great finish to the meal. Plan on spending around $100.00 for dinner for two with a bottle of wine.

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★★★★☆

Eastland has become both me and my wifes favorite dining stop. Chef Hals soups are a must when you go. We both had the Wild Mushroom Soup on our last visit, and it was excellent. The fish entrees change daily and should not be overlooked. All in all this is a must stop for a casual dining experience. Do try and leave room for the beignets, a great finish to the meal. Plan on spending around $100.00 for dinner for two with a bottle of wine.

Pros: Good food, great service

Cons: not open for lunch

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I took my lovely date -- in her pretty dress -- to Eastland and we both loved it. Excellent food and great atmosphere. We had the goat cheese and honey appetizer and really enjoyed it. My date had the pork porterhouse chop and it was awesome (and huge -- she ate less than half). I had the duck breast with coconut rice. Also very excellent - I would definately highly recommend. Prices were very reasonable about $100 for two with a bottle of wine.

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★★★★☆

I took my lovely date -- in her pretty dress -- to Eastland and we both loved it. Excellent food and great atmosphere. We had the goat cheese and honey appetizer and really enjoyed it. My date had the pork porterhouse chop and it was awesome (and huge -- she ate less than half). I had the duck breast with coconut rice. Also very excellent - I would definately highly recommend. Prices were very reasonable about $100 for two with a bottle of wine.

Pros: Good food, good prices, good times

Cons: wait staff is a bit snooty

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I use to live in San Francisco where the food and wine was always amazing almost anywhere you chose to go. My boyfriend and I still travel back and forth frequently and we are always disappointed to come home to Nashville's food scene until we tried Eastland Cafe. The atmosphere was calming and romantic and the food was excellent even for the price. We will be back for a date as soon as possible.

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★★★★★

I use to live in San Francisco where the food and wine was always amazing almost anywhere you chose to go. My boyfriend and I still travel back and forth frequently and we are always disappointed to come home to Nashville's food scene until we tried Eastland Cafe. The atmosphere was calming and romantic and the food was excellent even for the price. We will be back for a date as soon as possible.

Pros: ambience, food, good service + they are open on Mondays!

Cons: I really didn't find any.

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We have been to Eastland Cafe several times. We live in Brentwood, and are from Chicago, so we are constantly looking for great restaurants (not a chain).

We tend to sit at the bar to eat and have a few drinks. Amy makes terrific cosmos (I know, so passe, but I love them) and my hubby likes the beer selections. The service is spot on, not overly fussy, but there when you need them.

The food is fabulous! The goat cheese brulee is so delicious, I would be happy just to eat that! But, don't miss the salmon (Perfectly cooked, wonderful flavor) or the duck breast.

The prices are great, especially compared to Franklin markups at places like Saffire and The Red Pony.

We love it! Our only complaint, they allow smoking. It is a real drag when in a small restaurant. Go smoke free!!!!

2
★★★★☆

We have been to Eastland Cafe several times. We live in Brentwood, and are from Chicago, so we are constantly looking for great restaurants (not a chain).

We tend to sit at the bar to eat and have a few drinks. Amy makes terrific cosmos (I know, so passe, but I love them) and my hubby likes the beer selections. The service is spot on, not overly fussy, but there when you need them.

The food is fabulous! The goat cheese brulee is so delicious, I would be happy just to eat that! But, don't miss the salmon (Perfectly cooked, wonderful flavor) or the duck breast.

The prices are great, especially compared to Franklin markups at places like Saffire and The Red Pony.

We love it! Our only complaint, they allow smoking. It is a real drag when in a small restaurant. Go smoke free!!!!

Pros: great food, great drinks, terrific bar and friendly service

Cons: smoking is allowed

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I great stop after work to wind down. Amy (bartender) is excellent at assisting with wine or drink selections - just tell her what you usually drink: full-bodied red zin? rich chardonnay with a crisp finish? If you can't describe your preference, just tell her what you' ve enjoyed in the past and ask her to let you try something similar. Taste, sweetheart. Don't order a glass or bottle of something that you know nothing about.
The food. It has always been wonderful. I had an overcooked appetizer once (out of many visits). I calmly sent it back to the kitchen, because that's what grownups do.
I've taken 6 different friends to this restaurant and they all loved it.

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★★★★★

I great stop after work to wind down. Amy (bartender) is excellent at assisting with wine or drink selections - just tell her what you usually drink: full-bodied red zin? rich chardonnay with a crisp finish? If you can't describe your preference, just tell her what you' ve enjoyed in the past and ask her to let you try something similar. Taste, sweetheart. Don't order a glass or bottle of something that you know nothing about.
The food. It has always been wonderful. I had an overcooked appetizer once (out of many visits). I calmly sent it back to the kitchen, because that's what grownups do.
I've taken 6 different friends to this restaurant and they all loved it.

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The service was great, we had a party of 12 and had reservations, the seating was immediate. The menue had some interesting offerings, and good wine selection. The martini selection was not very unique. The food was not really what I expected, my biyfriend had the pork chop (salty) and I had the Mahi Mahi and it was dry, with little sauce.... the restaurant was loud, but the overall experience was good, just the food could have been alittle better. Our tab was $165.00 for 2 people with a bottle of wine and the tip included.

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★★★☆☆

The service was great, we had a party of 12 and had reservations, the seating was immediate. The menue had some interesting offerings, and good wine selection. The martini selection was not very unique. The food was not really what I expected, my biyfriend had the pork chop (salty) and I had the Mahi Mahi and it was dry, with little sauce.... the restaurant was loud, but the overall experience was good, just the food could have been alittle better. Our tab was $165.00 for 2 people with a bottle of wine and the tip included.

Pros: Wait Staff

Cons: Food Quality, small dinning room

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I was very excited to try to the new Eastland Cafe with all the hype that I have heard. Overall I thoroughly enjoyed my evening. Suggestions that I would give, is that I agree with the last review, the wine list is one of the worst that I have seen, overpriced and not much to offer. The food was excellent, nothing to complain on here. The service was excellent, the waiter, Daniel is just such a delight! And last the evening that I went the building was quite hot and the tables we so small that we had to adjust after the different courses. All in all everything was good and I will return, just hope there is major work on the wine line and minor work on the comfort level.

2
★★★★★

I was very excited to try to the new Eastland Cafe with all the hype that I have heard. Overall I thoroughly enjoyed my evening. Suggestions that I would give, is that I agree with the last review, the wine list is one of the worst that I have seen, overpriced and not much to offer. The food was excellent, nothing to complain on here. The service was excellent, the waiter, Daniel is just such a delight! And last the evening that I went the building was quite hot and the tables we so small that we had to adjust after the different courses. All in all everything was good and I will return, just hope there is major work on the wine line and minor work on the comfort level.

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My wife and I have been fans of Park cafe since they opened. Their food and service has always been wonderful.
I travel a lot for business and I have the opportunity to go to many nice nice restaurants. I have seen a lot of independent restaurants open second venues and try to ride their successes in different parts of the city. Some work. Some fail.
I feel Eastland Cafe has beautiful charm and well on their way to being as successful as Park Cafe.
If I could make a suggestion. Your wine list in both restaurants, is below par.
Your lists have no description. It is hard to read, no suggestive pairing, and no classics to choose from. I love wine!!! I love learning about wine but your list in both venues is not what it should be. I'm not sure who is making the decisions. Hopefully that person is not choosing wine that just appeals to their palette.
2 buck chuck is what some of the offerings are. Plus, the pricing seems weird compared to Tayst, Margo, and other Indies in town.
Hopefully you will get a handle on your decisions so you can be the restaurant you should be.

2
★★★★☆

My wife and I have been fans of Park cafe since they opened. Their food and service has always been wonderful.
I travel a lot for business and I have the opportunity to go to many nice nice restaurants. I have seen a lot of independent restaurants open second venues and try to ride their successes in different parts of the city. Some work. Some fail.
I feel Eastland Cafe has beautiful charm and well on their way to being as successful as Park Cafe.
If I could make a suggestion. Your wine list in both restaurants, is below par.
Your lists have no description. It is hard to read, no suggestive pairing, and no classics to choose from. I love wine!!! I love learning about wine but your list in both venues is not what it should be. I'm not sure who is making the decisions. Hopefully that person is not choosing wine that just appeals to their palette.
2 buck chuck is what some of the offerings are. Plus, the pricing seems weird compared to Tayst, Margo, and other Indies in town.
Hopefully you will get a handle on your decisions so you can be the restaurant you should be.

Pros: Ambience, local stop, great food

Cons: Poor wine List

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Happy to see exciting updates to the ambiance, decor & menu. But the same comfort as an old friend... Particuarly, since Daniel is still there from Chapel Bistro (ask for him)! Who can ask for more?#* Service & food great.

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★★★★★

Happy to see exciting updates to the ambiance, decor & menu. But the same comfort as an old friend... Particuarly, since Daniel is still there from Chapel Bistro (ask for him)! Who can ask for more?#* Service & food great.

Pros: Service & food

Cons: 0

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We were excited to find out this great little restaurant was taken over and reopened with a Park Cafe affiliation. We love Park Cafe! I would definitely recommend reservations on the weekend. I call on a Saturday afternoon and got a great 6:30 spot and when we arrived people were being turned away if they didn't have a reservation. The drink menu is great, the food was awesome! The service was even better!

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★★★★★

We were excited to find out this great little restaurant was taken over and reopened with a Park Cafe affiliation. We love Park Cafe! I would definitely recommend reservations on the weekend. I call on a Saturday afternoon and got a great 6:30 spot and when we arrived people were being turned away if they didn't have a reservation. The drink menu is great, the food was awesome! The service was even better!

Pros: Ambience, service, food

Cons: I didn't find any.

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Another addition to Nashville's bland low-risk cuisine scene... East Nashville didn't quite get what it needed here. The big fat hole where affordable, casual, yet inventive and palate-challenging dining should be is sadly still empty. I will certainly hazard a return visit to see if kinks have been ironed out (overly eager servers, inflexible approaches to the menu, etc). The wine list was decent and the green chili mac & cheese was a bright moment, but the dinner menu was uninspired. I heard tell of a more affordable bar menu, which might be refreshing, but can't speak to that.
Disappointing for an amazing location and chefs that are clearly above par...

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★★★☆☆

Another addition to Nashville's bland low-risk cuisine scene... East Nashville didn't quite get what it needed here. The big fat hole where affordable, casual, yet inventive and palate-challenging dining should be is sadly still empty. I will certainly hazard a return visit to see if kinks have been ironed out (overly eager servers, inflexible approaches to the menu, etc). The wine list was decent and the green chili mac & cheese was a bright moment, but the dinner menu was uninspired. I heard tell of a more affordable bar menu, which might be refreshing, but can't speak to that.
Disappointing for an amazing location and chefs that are clearly above par...

Pros: wines, ambience, location

Cons: a little overpriced, a lot unoriginal

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My wife and I had a wonderful dinner at Eastland Cafe. Wine list is nice, and most importantly the food was excellent. Waitstaff was great, our waiter made excellent recommendations. Atmosphere was pleasant. Would highly recommend, and will eat there again!

2
★★★★★

My wife and I had a wonderful dinner at Eastland Cafe. Wine list is nice, and most importantly the food was excellent. Waitstaff was great, our waiter made excellent recommendations. Atmosphere was pleasant. Would highly recommend, and will eat there again!

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A welcome addition to fine dining in East N-ville. Well structured plates, a great selection of entrees. The room is very attractive, not as noisy as the predecessor, Chapel Bistro. Even better than Willie Thomas's other venue, Park Cafe.

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★★★★★

A welcome addition to fine dining in East N-ville. Well structured plates, a great selection of entrees. The room is very attractive, not as noisy as the predecessor, Chapel Bistro. Even better than Willie Thomas's other venue, Park Cafe.

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i just returned from eastland cafe and, like my wallet, i am stuffed. I had been in napa valley for the last two weeks on business and returned home today finding myself thirsty and hungry. i remember a friend telling of a great happy hour in East nashville. I directed my cab from the airport to the hip little eatery and nestled myself into a cozy bar stool and warmed up with a dirty goose martini extra dirty and a $5 pizza, both made to perfection. an hour later, i called (drunk dialed?) an old friend and we sat down for a comfortable and affordable dinner. After all the great food and wine in napa, this was just as tasty and a lot closer to my 3 dogs at home. the service was great and the wine list was not intimidating, just right. i ordered ribeye and she had the pork. AWESOME!!!! i always order ribeye because of its "fat is flavor" attribute. for not being a steakhouse, the kitchen nailed it. med rare and full of love. i saw her pork only once due to my carnivorous behavior toward my entree and due to the fact that she may have swallowed it whole. It looked very good. too full for dessert, but the check at the end was sweet enough. thanks eastland.

2
★★★★★

i just returned from eastland cafe and, like my wallet, i am stuffed. I had been in napa valley for the last two weeks on business and returned home today finding myself thirsty and hungry. i remember a friend telling of a great happy hour in East nashville. I directed my cab from the airport to the hip little eatery and nestled myself into a cozy bar stool and warmed up with a dirty goose martini extra dirty and a $5 pizza, both made to perfection. an hour later, i called (drunk dialed?) an old friend and we sat down for a comfortable and affordable dinner. After all the great food and wine in napa, this was just as tasty and a lot closer to my 3 dogs at home. the service was great and the wine list was not intimidating, just right. i ordered ribeye and she had the pork. AWESOME!!!! i always order ribeye because of its "fat is flavor" attribute. for not being a steakhouse, the kitchen nailed it. med rare and full of love. i saw her pork only once due to my carnivorous behavior toward my entree and due to the fact that she may have swallowed it whole. It looked very good. too full for dessert, but the check at the end was sweet enough. thanks eastland.

Pros: Attractive staff, kitchen, dining room

Cons: none so far

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Rustic French cooking is a springboard to delightful global forays in this East Nashville restaurant run by Willy and Yvette Thomas, who also operate Park cafe on the other side of the river. Start with a local cheese plate, drawing from…

 

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