Great Food. I have to say that I love not only eating, but dining. Nashville has some great restaurants and chefs, which surprises me because I'm from a much larger city. I have eaten at Rumba numerous times and love the food. I always get the Conch Fritters and Tres Leches cake. As for the prices, well what do you expect from a trendy spot on the posh side of town. I don't think it's terribly expensive, but eaten at places like Asia de Cuba in LA, which make Rumba look like a steal. I think Rumba is rightly priced for the location and fare. Comparing it to restaurants like Boscos makes no since. Boscos is a great brewery with average American food. It's like an upscale Fridays with homemade beer. Don't get me wrong, I like Boscos food, but it's not impressionable. Ok, wait, the beer is impressionable the food is good bar food. So if you visit Nashville and want to try something unique visit Rumba and have some Conch Fritters and a Mojito.
Eat here.. This restaurant was suggested to me by a friend, and I have to say I had an extremely great evening. The food was fantastic, I had the Duck+Tamale and I have never had better grits. My wife had a couple of the small plates and could not stop smiling. The Moroccan Lamb Chops were cooked perfectly, and the Spanish Shrimp and Grits were awesome. Little chunks of bacon that were mouthwatering. The service was excellent thanks to a very sincere waiter whose knowledge of food and wine was quite impressive. We did not have any problems with valet, so for those of you cheap guys out there, buck up. It is a wonderful night when you can go out to eat and experience food. Hats off to the chef!!!
Not much for your money.
My husband and I love trying new restaurants and sampling the best of what Nashville has to offer. I have to agree with the other postings that Rumba has some excellent drinks and it can be fun later in the evening. However everything is so outrageously priced that I would recommend going somewhere else, anywhere will be just as fun, still with a great patio and drinks that are just as good, if not better.
Our favorite brunch place in Nashville is Margot Cafe, but unfortunately the wait was 45 min when we got there, so we left. Next time we'll remember to make a reservation in order to get the brunch we crave! We had not tried dinner or lunch at Rumba, but most of what we had heard were mentions of small portions. We went to the brunch at Rumba this past Sunday and that was definitely the case. Don't go to brunch here thinking you'll get a hearty, delicious breakfast meal - more than likely it will be much smaller and more expensive than you expect. My latte was almost $5 and was only lukewarm. I ordered the Impena dish (egg whites scrambled, fresh fruit and turkey bacon) and for $10 you only get about a half cup of eggs. Luckily, I was on a diet so I didn't complain. However, my hungry husband was starving - he ordered the Arepas and was bitterly disappointed. It came out cold and was about the size of an appetizer at any other restuarant - and the dish is $12!! He sent it back and decided not to eat anything else. Instead we went to Bosco's where he got as much food as he could ever eat for less than a dish at Rumba would cost!!
Nashville Needs More Places Like THIS!.
LOVE Rumba! Those who cant live with a dress code, are the clientelle that this place doesnt need, so open your mind or bugg off already!
The food is fantastic, the brunch is a MUST TRY. the best in Nashville BY FAR. We frequent Rumba several times a month and everyone there is nothing but nice to us. Chris, our server last time was fantastic! great attitude, helpful suggestions, and knew practically everything about the wine list.
I only wish rumba was open later!
not so much really.
Oh ... the cap issue. I have to agree this place really wants to be hip but its just ...I dont know.
I was tipped off that I would be asked to take my baseball cap off by a sympathetic waiter. I was caught off guard but he was nice about it. The I got the official request that I cant wear this hat. Which was just silly because there were others with "billed caps" in the place but instead of a ball team on their cap they had rhinestones or factory placed rips, tears, and worn spots. So basically I just wasnt wearing a trendy enough billed cap. Then the waiter was too busy thinking he was a sexaul magnet and gave really careless service. The price does in no way match the quality. Ive been one other time and the place was just ok though the waitress was very knowlegable about the wine and patient and helpful and to be honest I didnt think place measured up to her service, so I gave it another chance and it got worse. The focus is on many things before the customer or what they are eating and I just dont care to spend my time or money for that....thanks anyway.
Everything we ate was delicious. Three of us went to Rumba for dinner last night and we had an enjoyable time. We sat outside on the patio with Stephen as our waiter. He gave us excellent service, knew the menu inside & out and was able to offer suggestions when asked. Everything we ate was delicious. The combo satay with its 3 dipping sauces were a nice appetizer and the Carribbean Nachos were a good size portion. The very rich chocolate mousse was a great ending to the evening. It was large enough and rich enough to be shared. We also had the chivitos, pinchos and cupcake. They have an extensive drink list and seem to be able to make anything you?d like. I recommend this restaurant and I would go back.
I went there in February for my girlfriend's birthday, the first issue was they would not let her Husband wear his baseball hat, okay if we were at Ruth Chris I can see that but not at Rumba's! The restaurant was chilly needed some heat... so did the food, the quality could have been better in my personal opinion.
The soup was excellent but the entree's were just okay, the drinks were priced about $1.00 more than you would pay at other restaurants but you have at also add up the fact there is zero parking so you also have to valet your car.
This is a cool place to have Indian / Caribbean food, it was just okay nothing really memorable.
Not "All That.".
I liked the food, but was very let down by the ambience and decor. I was told it would be more ethnic with bamboo surroundings, etc. There were some metal stakes sticking up in the middle of the floor which were sharp on the top; maybe they consider that art deco bamboo?
The tables were various colors on the top, but all the seats were wooden, with NO cushions. Very "not all that." For the price and the experience, you'd think they would put a little more effort into making their customers comfortable.
The waiter was obviously new. I was told the best seat in the house was the back bar. We were not even told there was a back bar. It's a very small restaurant with no personality.
The only good thing I can say from my experience is that the food was very good. Hot, but good and they do have different cuisines to suit different palates.
So, go, enjoy the food; it's an adventure in itself, but take a cushion and make your own ambience.
Great Service and Great Food!.
I am a regular at Rumba and have discovered that there are certain servers that are above and beyond. Arturo is one of a kind, he will serve up whitty humor along with the best recommendations on the menu. Dave is another one of the best servers you could have at Rumba, he's to the point and can carry on a conversation.
Beside the great service, the food is amazing. I recommend going on a Monday to enjoy their "Mucho Monday," where you can pick from an appitizer, main dish and a dessert for only $22/person. You can get the Spring Roll Quesadilla to start (my favorite), then the Stir Fry and end with their signiture Tres Leches desert (another I highly recommend). Order a bottle of wine and enjoy the evening.
Rumba is a place to go and enjoy the atmosphere and the food leisurely.
good food, good service, good atmosphere.. If you're looking for soul food or steak and potatoes, don't waste your time. I've been to Rumba 4-5 times in the last three years and each time was better than the time before. The waiting staff create the layed back yet detailed service while giving recommendations on food pairings. Just keep in mind that this is not Bricktops. If you want fish and chips, go across the street. And please, take your ballcap off.
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