Disappointed in service.
We had dinner last night, for the first time, @ Flyte with good friends. We loved the ambience and thought the food was good. Our waiter, Scott, was not very friendly nor attentive. He did not tell us about the appetizer special that was not on the menu.....we overheard him telling the couple at the adjoining table (he seemed to know them) about the special. Our friends ordered iced tea and specifically asked for artificial sweeter....he had to be asked four different times for the sweetener. Their ice in the tea totally melted and they had to ask for more ice. Their iced tea was served in a French press and their tea tasted like coffee. In a nutshell, he was very attentive to the couple that he knew while ignoring us. We were left waiting for long periods of time. We were only offered coffee after the dessert course was completed.
Sadly, this ruined the experience and we won't be going back. Nashville has a plethora of great restaurants to choose from.....we don't have to "settle" for substandard service.
Not worth the hype.
When I say they are trying to hard to be creative, it's easiest to describe by the difference between Flyte and Watermark. At Watermark, the menu has a graceful logic. It consists of simple ingredients that just make sense, once plated they need no explanation because they are what they seem and are exquisite. At Flyte, the ingredients are exotic, foraged, and rare. they tasted fine, but needed some explanation as to why they were there - why they were paired together.
We were treated to an amuse bouche of chilled broccoli cream soup and complementary champagne for our anniversary. The soup was fine, sweet and creamy, bit left a strange aftertaste that was not quite so pleasant.
We started our meal with an appetizer -- pork belly with a fried green tomato. Both were good, not great, and the tomato lacked the delicateness of many "lesser" restaurants. The fact that for $12 we received a single slice of tomato and a 1 inch cube of bacon fat (ooops pork belly) left me wondering if our meal would be a full serving. One usually expects an appetizer to be sharable without splitting a serving.
Our entree's were also good but not great. I had the filet, served with a vegetable medley of fingerling potatoes, broccoli, mushrooms a onions. The beef lacked any beefiness, especially considering that it was supposed to be locally grown pasture raised beef - usually marked by a robust flavor. This beef, while cooked perfectly and quite tender, lacked flavor of any sort. Even after brushing the sauce on the plate, there was very little to taste. The vegetables were better, although a tin serving with 3-4 of each - broccoli spears, fingerling potatoes, onions, and mushrooms.
My wife's plate of salmon was better. The fish was cooked nicely, although the salmon she made earlier int eh week had more flavor and better. The fried polenta was delicious and I got in trouble for sampling more of it than I was offered. The collards were good as well. Not overcooked like so many meat and three's. The other vegetables, including fern-heads, were good but the fern-heads didn't belong and seemed as if the chef had been waiting for an opportunity to serve them and finally settled on this plate.
I won't say we were disappointed, but we weren't blown away either - especially for the money. Compared to Watermark, Saffire, and Red Pony it doesn't really earn the right to charge the prices it does.
Excellent food, great wine, perfect atmosphere.
Went to Flyte for Nashville Originals Restaurant Week with a couple friends. I had only been there for drinks and have to say was very impressed with the food. I had the filet mignon which was superb and cooked to perfection. It was like butter. And the vegetables on the side had a lot of flavor. Roasted potatoes, asparagus and mushrooms. I had the squash soup which had a nice rich flavor and was very satisfying. And the shining finish was the desert. It was an orange sorbet with a caramel creme and cocoa nibs and pears and it was amazing! I never would have thought to combine all those flavors, but it was so light decadent, and not too rich. Heavenly.
Not only was the food great, but the service was excellent, very prompt, friendly and informative. The atmosphere at Flyte is great too. Whether for dinner or drinks with friends, it's very warm and inviting. They have a great wine selection and I've never been disappointed.
Will definitely have to go back for another dinner and try some of their other dishes. They all sounded delicious!
Wonderful Food. Unique atmosphere..
I decided to take my mother and sister, visiting from out of town, to a place that would offer a great experience and Flyte did not disappoint.
Let me start with the atmosphere. Flyte is located in an industrial part of town. So I really like the mild neo-industrial feel of the pipes inside the restraint. What could have been an over powering look was superbly tempered with excellent artwork and interior design.
As would be expected, we were immediately greeted warming and our table was ready at the time reserved.
We decided that we would go for the full dining experience and order the Flyte three course experience.
Appetizer's, I do not recall what my sister ordered but my mother and I both ordered their Eggplant (the name escapes me) and I was completely taken off guard by the taste. The presentation was wonder, as I would have expected, but the almost delicate mix of flavors had a sweetness and pep unique among anything I have had the pleasure to taste.
Salads and soups. While I was not wowed with the salads or soups to the level that I was with the Eggplant, I was not disappointed. The parsnip soup that my wife ordered was not like any parsnip soup I have had. I was a delightful and savory experience.
I was surprised to see Cod on the menu in a restaurant of such class and as such decided I would give it a try. It was prepared with a very Asian score of flavors with a mix of the Fish, a broth, and an unusual leafy like vegetable I am unfamiliar with. My first bite was not anything breath taking but as soon as I added the complete mix of ingredients (broth and all) I was delighted with the experience.
As mentioned earlier I was impressed with the treatment. They were courteous, very friendly, even jovial at times. Our waiter was prompt and always available. And we never had our water glasses less than half full. I even had the opportunity to visit briefly with one of the owners.
Most importantly, my mother and sister both loved the experience. They commented on it many times and will be taking this away as one of their best memories of Nashville.
Save your money (and time!). Attended Nashville originals with a fair sized group. We arrived just before 7. It took about 20 minutes before our order was taken. Our appetizers arrived at 8:30!!! The Parsnip soup was so rich I could barely eat it. The filet arrived after 9:00. Cooked perfectly and presented nicely, but certainly not worth 2 hours. Finally, desert came around 09:30. By the time we left I was livid. Nashville originals should be their chance to make an impression on new clients and they certainly did. Under no circumstances will I be going back. Though the food was slightly better than average, considering my time investment, I should have probably given them a check at the end of the night.
Totally underwhelmed by the experience. We were genuinely excited about the opportunity to eat at Flyte. We had heard great things about it, but left incredibly disappointed and about $200 lighter... The service was terrible. We waited nearly 15 minutes to be acknowledged by the server. He cleared drinks that were not yet empty, didn't ask us if we'd like to start with a cocktail, would disappear for long stretches of time, and was generally rude. The food was pretty blah, especially for the price. The white bean hummus had no flavor, and the entire antipasti concept was under-executed. We had the pork belly appetizer, which was delicious, but only for the first couple of bites. The salads were under-seasoned (I tried the flyte and they were all basically the same in flavor). The main courses were okay. The lamb was excellent, but the presentation was too precious. The scallops were almost underdone and the accompaniments were not very complementary. We have eaten at many fine dining establishments, and would rate this at the very bottom of those experiences. I wish we had gone to Park Cafe or Margot instead. As parents of small children, our opportunities are few and far between to have a leisurely dinner out. What a wasted evening. Not to mention the price. Way too expensive!
Don't eat here. Some friends and I planned to meet in the bar to enjoy happy hour and a casual bite to eat. We have eaten in the bar a couple times before and it's usually fine. Upon arrival, the bar room was completely empty except for a couple seated at the counter. They would not let our party of five sit in the bar and instead made us sit in the dining room. We were seated in an empty dining room and we even asked if we could take advantage of one happy hour drink. The waiter said no, took our drink order and did not return for one hour and ten minutes. He never even brought one of my friends her glass of wine in ALL this time. He never asked if we wanted something to eat, no offer of an appetizer. We considered asking for our check at this point, but stuck it out, only to receive a very small dinner at a very high price. I left having salad, a very ugly crunch eggplant tater tot with dried up sauce on the plate, and one drink for $60, and came home and had to eat as I was starving.The waiter never visited the table after the initial drink order as kitchen staff brought our food and no one asked if we needed anything else. Apparently, in this economy, we were lured to the dining room to spend more money, rather than the quick drink we wanted to have in the completely empty bar. If the food had been good and the waiter been waiting, it would have been fine. He only had one other table, so I can't understand what the problem was. Save your money.
Great atmosphere & Food. Flyte is definitely one of Nashville's best restaurants. Our office has become such fans we hosted our Christmas Party there recently and it was fantastic. The food is phenomenal (the menu is seasonal but their Seared Scallops are divine) and they also have an impressive wine list so it's a great place to hang and have a drink. Flyte has a great atmosphere and a really friendly and courteous wait staff that is just stellar in every way. Whether it's a special occasion or just a romantic date night, Flyte can't be beat!
Food was inedible. We were looking forward to trying Flyte based upon all of the great reviews here. It was incredibly disappointing. Although the atmosphere was lovely, and the service was decent- the food was absolutely awful. We tried their buffalo chicken spring rolls (which the waiter informed us was their signature dish)- and they were inedible- way way way too salty and greasy. Also, the tapas offerings were sub par. In their defense, they did remove the items that we couldn't eat from our bill, but we won't be going back.
Our dinner at Flyte was a particularly remarkable experience. It was our first time there, and we were impressed by the space. We started with a couple of flights of wine and selections from the antipasti menus. In a word - awesome. The wine list is broad and imaginative, and the chorizo, hummus, capicola and lavash were delicious. We both ordered a halibut entre and found it delightful. As marvelous as the food and was, the service actually outshone the fare. The staff are exceptionally friendly, professional and knowledgeable, but they really went above and beyond the call of duty in handling a wine order mix-up that was mostly my fault in a very gracious and professional manner.
This was a splendid example of the type of superb service that will ensure that customers return to Flyte. It was a delightfulful evening, and we recommend Flyte to anyone who appreciates world-class food, wine and splendid service.
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