Recently discovered this neighborhood gem. Had brunch there and was served the perfect omelet. All the breads and pastries are made on site. So decided to try for dinner. Every dish was presented hot and pefectly cooked. The stacked salad is amazing as was the pasta, trout, mussels and fish special. Each item is personally cooked by the chef who works the hot line himself. The service was relaxed because of the attention to detail. We felt like each dish was specially prepared for each of us. The bread and desserts were also amazing. Can;t wait to eat there again!
6/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Not so French
I was a little disappointed as I was expecting this to be more of a French Bistro, but IMO it is really a southern restaurant that uses some French techniques. That said everything was still very good it was just not what I was craving.
6/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
This was our first trip to Cafe Fundamental but not the last! The food and service were outstanding with great attention to detail paid to both. We had the scallop sausage, arrugula salad, pate, and halibut and they were prepared perferctly. A real bistro feel and subdued lighting added to the atmosphere. Recommend that you make the trip as it is well worth it.
6/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
A quiet new find
Actually our son who lives nearby found it first and immediately bought us a gift certificate. We gathered another couple and ventured to an unasuming structure and farily simple build out but then it got really good, Great engaging staff, french inspired food and wine choices lead to a choice evening out without breaking the bank.
6/28/2013 4:00:00 PM
A killer brunch
This was one of the best brunch meals I have ever had and the service is incredible .
6/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Consistently great food
This is the third time we have eaten here. Twice for dinner and once for brunch. Great food! Good selection of menu items, creative dishes and good sized portions. Service is excellent and the servers are always ready to assist when you just can't decide. Welcome to East Nashville, Cafe Fundamental.
7/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great neighborhood brunch spot
Excellent quiche and pastries. Prompt service and good coffee.
7/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great food excellent service
We became close friends with the staff. There had been some rough weather in town and the crowd was very small so the staff could treat us like kings. The FOOD, oh the FOOD was spectacular! Run make a reservation now, don't wait!!!!
7/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great East Nashville Restaurant
I visited the Cafe Fundamental on the recommendation of a friend. I am always interested to find new quaint East Nashville restaurants, and this one did not disappoint. The restaurant was small and cozy, and possessed an urban neighborhood feel. My halibut dish was very good and the remainder of the menu creative. I will return to try it again for dinner.
7/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
East Nashville Secret
Cafe Fundamental is a gem. I hate to brag to much as I am afraid the secret will get out and the crowds will follow. The food is excellent and the wait staff is one of the best in all of Nashville. Chef Jamie Watson has put together a great dining experience. I highly recommend Cafe Fundamental.
7/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
They make my taste buds dance!
Cafe Fundamental makes my taste buds dance! Both the breakfast and dinner. Great home made croissants and pastries, out of this world omelets. Top that with a mimosa, what a way to start the day! Then for evening, so many great choices but don't miss out on the house cured meats.
7/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
YUM ! We all enjoyed our food
YUM ! We all enjoyed our food very much. Thanks for the veggie options !
7/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Sat Night in East Nashville
Had a reservation at 7:15 and we were promptly seated at a cute table for 2 at the window. The staff was very attentive and made sure that we had what we needed even though our waiter was held up at another table. We started with a scallop appetizer and had Halibut Frite and Steak Frite entrees. It was excellent----hardy and tasty and an overall great experience. AND, I left my sunglasses at the table and got a prompt call from the staff before I got too far away. That was most impressive and appreciated!
7/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great brunch spot
We have been to Cafe Fundamental for dinner and were not that impressed. Brunch, however, is a different story. My Manhattanite sister even approved of the excellent coffee, omelettes, and menu selection. Make a reservation and go on a Sunday for the crepes and expanded menu brunch options.
8/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wonderful food and a very
Wonderful food and a very attentive wait staff, certainly will be back
8/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
Cafe food awesome
Great little place with loads of potential. The food was excellent! This place came very highly recommended and it fit the bill. Don't miss out on this hidden gem in the East Nashville area.
8/9/2013 5:00:00 PM
Great brunch spot for a Saturday or Sunday. Meals are absolutely fabulous ... try the Duck Confit Hash or the Omelet. Small location ... would suggest a reservation. Go -- you'll love it!
8/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
I love the quiet, bright and
I love the quiet, bright and professional atmosphere of this cafe. East Nashville - with its flair for foodie gems tucked away into neighborhood settings - is a perfect place for Cafe Fundamental. The setting is beautiful, crisp and clean and the air smells like their perfectly roasted coffee. I adore all things French, so tasting their pastries is a treat for me. Biting into a pain au chocolat and then taking a sip of their coffee makes a weekend morning start off with a happy sigh.
8/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Brunch was great ! Many tasty
Brunch was great ! Many tasty food options and a yummy bloody mary. As always, service was top notch.
8/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Delicious, Thoughtful Food
My daughter and I enjoyed brunch at Cafe Fundamental on Sunday. She had the mushroom and goat cheese quiche. I had the peach and goat cheese crepes. These dishes were fabulous. The sides were equally delicious: bacon and frites. This might sound a bit mundane, but not at Cafe Fundamental. The ketchup is homemade--what a wonderful improvement over commercial, sugary ones. In addition, the bacon is thick, cured on site, and absolutely delicious. Everything is thought out so carefully. A wonderful place for Sunday brunch: it is easy to converse, the restaurant is bright and cheery, the staff is welcoming, and the food is wonderful.
8/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Red Snapper was excellent.
Red Snapper was excellent. The mussels were pretty good, but not as plump as I've had at other places.
8/29/2013 5:00:00 PM
A great bistro dining experience
Cafe Fundamental offers a flavorful French dining experience. When we dine, we cannot do four courses (appetizer, salad, entree and desert) so we decide at the outside which we will sacrifice. We opted for the appetizer, entree and desert: The mussels were bathed in a garlic/tomato broth that was fresh and flavorful; unfortunately the mussels themselves were not as robust as available elsewhere. Our entrees (steak frite and baked chicken) were outstanding: well seasoned; perfectly cooked; with appropriate accompaniment. Desert (flourless chocolate cake with strawberry) was dark and rich. Best of all was the coffee - Cafe Fundamental blend from "Roast" - among the best coffee had in a Nashville restaurant.
8/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
WE had a very nice dinner
WE had a very nice dinner -- everyone was pleased with the food, both quality and inventiveness. Special dietary issues were taken care of with no problem -- many thanks. Several wines we asked for were unavailable, but replacements were found that were good. Server was very good also.
8/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Worth the Drive from Bellevue
Terrific food, attentive service. Sole drawback was an unimpressive wine list.
9/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
The moistest, fluffiest eggs I've ever had - hands down! And the chocolate croissant and coffee were as great as everyone described.
9/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wonderful Sunday brunch, East Nash
CF was a great choice for out of town guests. They oohed and ahhed over their food choices, and we had the luxury of catching up on each others' lives as an attentive waiter took care of us. I'd heard good things about the brunch menu, with which I now heartily concur. Go here!
9/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food and Service- 'nuff said
If you like French cuisine, this is the place for you! Simple one-page menu, simple wine list, but tatsty food well prepared. Also had the opporunity to dicuss food with the owner/Chef. Visiting Nashville for the week and will go back this week.
9/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great French Meal
This gem of a brasserie is a bit off the beaten path, but it is well worth the extra mileage. Duck, pork, and creme brûlée were awesome. We will return.
9/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Night at Cafe Fundamental
My husband and I took a much needed date night down the street at Cafe Fundamental. The meal was unbelievable! I had the veggies and mushroom ravioli which was divine and my husband was ready to give the chef a standing ovation for the best prepared steak he had had in years! Really a wonderful restaurant :) It's a gem and not too crowded yet. You will not be disappointed by the food, that's for sure.
9/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Absolutely delightful. Service was flawless. Food was delectable and this little place truly a gem of Nashville.
9/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
loved the prix fix bonne nuit menu
The choices were fabulous and the staff was very accommodating to make minor (meat-less) alterations.
10/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fundamental French. No parking
Fundamental French. No parking issue on Friday 8 pm reservation. Intimate small place. Noise carries a bit. Fairly casual atmosphere. Service not rushed. Food was well presented and tasty. Neat little place. Away from the more crowded parts of east Nashville. Would surely return
10/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
My daughter was in town recently and her one request as to a place to eat was Cafe Fundamentals, we had eaten there during her last visit and she want to return. The Pâté is always delicious and on this visit we both enjoyed the Beef Wellington. Nice quiet neighbor location, that deserves a try on your next visit to the Eastside.
10/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Superb French cuisine. It's
Superb French cuisine. It's a higher priced, but worth it completely, special restaurant. It's not an every day eatey.
10/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
gem in the middle of nowhere
This restaurant was excellent. They didn' t have the wine I wanted but the waiter said he had one that would comparable. He let me sample it and he was right. The menu is unique and excellent. The only thing I would have wanted for the price would have been salads that would have been included in the cost of the meal. This would be more of a romanic or special occasion place in my opinion. I will definately go back as we heard they change the menu quite often. I had mushroom ravioli and it was amazing. Great job to cafe fundamental.
10/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Pommes Frites with EVERYTHING
While I like pommes frites fairly well, I had no idea that they would accompany almost every brunch dish on the menu. I ordered the English muffin egg & bacon sandwich and received a mountain of fries along with it. Definitely not to my taste, and I didn't notice the fries mentioned on the menu. I had actually avoided other brunch dishes for that very reason. The egg & bacon were perfectly cooked but the homemade muffin was rather heavy and greasy. The coffee was pretty good but not refilled without request. Overall, I'm not sure I would return.
10/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Loved it and will be back
We really enjoyed our visit to Cafe Fundamental. The food was very good as was the service. We look forward to returning.
10/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Cafe Fundamental does it again!
My best memories of having a great meal mostly center on one dish that "stole the show."
This is not the case for Cafe Fundamental. While I have only been in twice, I can truly say that from start to finish everything was incredibly delicious. My first instinct was to reorder the same meal from my first visit but I am so glad I didn't. I would have missed out on so much more. This small and friendly East Nashville restaurant will be a place where I must return to try it all. In addition to the food, our waiter was enthusiastic and knowledgeable. I'm already looking forward to my next visit!
10/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great if you can find it.
Tucked in East Nashville, this neighborhood gem offers top shelf service and incredible food. There are only about fifteen tables, so the setting is rather intimate. We were probably the loudest table in the restaurant, which is RARE. We are new to Nashville and have been intimidated by the, "see and be seen," establishments that seem to be hype but bad bite. Not true here. Clearly upscale, but not pretentious. Waiter did not seem phased to define, "amuse bouche," to someone in our party, and that was refreshing as good food shouldn't frighten. There is a definitive French flair. Food is rich, but fresh, and there are choices for vegetarians. Portions are small, but since this type of food can be heavy, it was appropriate.
10/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Phenomenal Meal & Service!
This little gem is located in East Nashville on a corner in the middle of a neighborhood (The Familiy Wash is across the street as a landmark to locals). We tried the Cafe for brunch a few months ago and LOVED it! So it was on my "hit list" for dinner. We finally dined there again this past Saturday - It was amazing!
It wasn't very busy for a Saturday night and I have a feeling that is due to the location. We are not from East Nashville - We drove in about 25 miles and it is so worth it. Don't be shy people. If you love GREAT food - Give them a try, I promise you won't be disappointed.
PS: My husband and I are not only foodies - We are alum of the CIA, so we know food. Run, don't walk.................Make your reservation NOW!
10/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fabulous brunch and french pastries
I'm always looking for a new brunch spot and when I heard Cafe Fundamental had a brunch, I jumped at the chance. They have great egg dishes, as well as amazing specialty pastries. Who knew that I can't live without Croissant Beignets? Portions are reasonable so that you can actually walk after the meal and the service is great.
10/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fabulous Cafe Fundamental
All the dishes ordered by our group were outstanding! Best duck confit and best spicy bloody mary ever! Go with a group so you can sample everything!
11/1/2013 5:00:00 PM
Wonderful service and delicious food at a reasonable price. This is a fabulous restaurant right in the heart of the Eastwood neighborhood -- definitely a gem. Everything from their coffee to homemade pastries, to dinner entrees and cocktails is just wonderful. Haven't had a bad thing yet, and don't think I will. Duck fat biscuits? Homemade jams? I think yes. The servers and staff are always very pleasant and attentive. This is a great place for a low-key breakfast, cocktails at the bar, or a nice date night dinner. Highly recommend.
11/2/2013 5:00:00 PM
We had a very nice evening.
We had a very nice evening. It did however take a very longtime to get our drinks that we ordered but we were in no hurry but feel some might not be happy with that. The food also took quite awhile but again we were in no hurry. The scallop appetizer was very good and the special of Beef Wellington may have been one of the best meals that I have ever had and we eat out often. The flavor and tenderness was out of this world.
11/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
Very hard to find...
Beef Wellington was great. Trout was simple. Coffee great. Only restaurant in Nasville you cannot order iced tea. Owners take note...disappointing.
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
Cozy Family Brunch
The service and food was warm and very good. It had a nice cozy atmosphere.
11/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
When we arrived at Cafe Fundamantal there were only two other people in the restaurant so I had my doubts. Once we sat down and looked at the menu I was encouraged.. I ordered the Pumpkin Ravioli with seared scallops and we shared a side order of sauteed Brussels Sprouts. My entree was delicious. The ravioli were served in a tasty creamy sauce and went well with the scallops which were as sweet and tender as I had hoped! The Brussels sprouts were amazing, and my Chocolat au Caramel was decadent.
I'm not sure why this place wasn't crowded, as they offer wonderful food!
11/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
Continually, a total disconnect
Continually, a total disconnect between the fabulous quality of the food and the service.
11/20/2013 4:00:00 PM
Dinner was fastastic. From the pate to the french onion soup to the cassoulette and creme brulee. All very well done and delicious. Great ambiance and great service. I cannot wait to go back and try brunch.
11/25/2013 4:00:00 PM
One of my favorite places
Always take out of town company here - the food is amazing no matter what you get. The beef tenderloin with Brussels sprouts and a teaspoon of foie gras was simply divine - tender, expertly seasoned. My friend had the onion soup - she's still praising that - and the pork chop which she pronounced excellent too and perfectly cooked. She was not wild about the collard greens though - still tasted them the next day. But the nice thing is that you can substitute other veggies without offending the chef. Service was good but we had a new waiter who wasn't quite in sync but he was attentive and very pleasant. Still one of my favorite places - small, intimate and not too noisy
11/28/2013 4:00:00 PM