You just lost a customer!. Me and my wife have not been to your restaurant in years after our favorite location closed so we thought we would try here. The redhead with the chest tattoo was rude once we walked in the door. She was complaining about us seating ourselfs as it was busy. We apologized for our forgetting that we had to wait to be seated and she was still belligerent and rude.
Very Rude Staff Trumps Good Food.
I normally wouldn't take the time to write bad review , but I have to say that the staff at the Elliston Place location are totally rude. I went in the other day and was greeted (well not really) by some young guy in a baseball hat who after I said "Hello" said nothing. Literally, nothing--not a "Hi, how are you?" or "Welcome to Calypso, what can I get ya?". Nothing.
Being pregnant and a little picky, I took a few seconds and changed my mind once on what I ordered, but placed my order and said, "no red onions". I paid, a woman made my salad, and was simply handed the to-go bag. I asked, is there plasticware?" She said, "At the end of the counter". Again, no "Have a nice day", "Here you go, thank you!". Nothing.
Food smelled great as usual but when I got to my car and opened the container, there were red onions all over the top. So, I got out of my car, went back in and handed it to the guy and said, "There's red onions on here". He said nothing (yet again) didn't apologize, just took it from me and handed it to the woman who made it. She says, "Oh, I didn't know you didn't want red onions", then muttered to him, "Did she say no red onions?" He said nothing. Well of course not, because the young, rude mute didn't tell you and wasn't listening when I placed my very simple order.
He, clearly frustrated, remade my salad, handed it to me and sent me on my way again w/o so much as a "sorry about that"...more of a, "Get the hell out of here ok? You just wasted an entire salad."
In my opinoin, this genteleman should at LEAST be reprimanded. He has NO customer service skills and is just plain rude. I will never visit that location again.
Awful vegetarian food. We are vegetarians and were looking for a good place to eat while visiting Nashville and this was very disappointing. There were not that many options to begin with, we ended up ordering the Boca burger with sweet potatoes and rice and the black bean salad. The burger was disgusting, it tasted like it was just boiled in water or microwaved to heat it up, the sweet potatoes were fine, but the rice was crusty and out of a box. The salad consisted of canned beans, boxed rice, tomatoes, lettuce, and stale chips. Nothing was homemade or original. If you are into good food, I would suggest you steer clear of the Calypso Cafe.
Great place to go. I have loved this place for years. I always get the Lucayan Salad. It is awesome. It also come with two cornbread muffins that are incredibly good. I also recommend the Black Bean Dip for an appetizer. The one on Elliston is always packed at lunch, but there are several locations throughout the city that you can try. Great restaurant.
Top cheap eats in Nashville. VERY quick service (less than 5 minutes for nearly everything). Rotisserie chicken and the salads are must-haves. Less than 10 bucks per person and you walk out full and satisfied. It's not fancy, the parking is limited, and they cram in as many people as possible during lunchtime. But they keep people coming in.
Amazing Veggie Dishes!. I left Nashville about a year ago after spending 4 years there -- and having had many lunches/dinners/snacks at Calypso Cafe. I still miss the black bean dip (so so delicious, and a meal in itself), the Martinique Callaloo, the bean and corn salad, and the sweet potaotes. A delicious, flavorful, healthy, cheap, friendly dining option! Nashville is lucky to have this place!
Food Posioning. A couple of friends of mine had raved about this place. I ate here last Sat. w/them, and started to feel ill about an hour or two after eating there. I had the Lucayan Salad....which tasted okay. I have barely eaten in the past few days and I am still feeling the effects of this. Obviously, I would not go back.
The Aruban Sauce is all I want in life. Quite possibly gods gift to Nashville. This restaurant is perfection. The food is orignal, the service is great and the prices are so cheap its criminal. The have a line of sauces that you can take home in mass, my favorite is the Aruban sauce, but also try the J erk Sauce. Black Bean Dip is my favorite appitizer. 2 people could eat there for under $15. Even though its a local chain, this location seems to have something special in the staff. If you are going for lunch during the week days, get there early or dont go there hungry, seating is limited and there is always line by 11:30am.
Casual Caribbean hangout serves signature rotisserie chicken to business types and families..
At lunchtime, a mostly female working crowd congregates for lunch, but in the evening, young families dominate the scene. The menu builds on the signature rotisserie chicken with a choice of two sauces, black beans, sides and salads. Sweet and spicy flavors permeate everything; even the corn bread and turnip greens are sweet. Healthier options are also available, including skinless chicken, fat-free barbecue sauces and low-fat salad dressings.
Absolutely the best food for the money..
My husband and I have been going to Calypso about once a week for years. We love the black bean salads, the chicken sandwich, the muffins- just about everything! The service is quick and friendly, the ambience is comfortable, and the price is great.
Don't come for a romantic night out, but for any other night, this is the place to go.
When I think about my favorite places in Nashville, Calypso is one of them.
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