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The Mad Platter
The Mad Platter

The Mad Platter Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://madplatternashville.com
  • Phone: (615) 242-2563
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 2:00pm; Dinner: Wednesday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Sunday Brunch: 10:00am-2:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Fusion / Eclectic, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Jason Gooch
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Cafe, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine
  • Catering: We are Nashville's elite caterer with the capability of providing full service catering for 1-1000+ people. We will customize the perfect menu for your event from a selection of hundreds of food items. The Mad Platter has recently been named citysearch.com's editor's choice award for Nashville's Best Caterers 2006.
  • Private Party Facilities: The Mad Platter offers use of its dining room for on-site catering events. We have seating for up to 80 people. We will also come to your location to provide full service catering.
  • Private Party Contact: Jamie Protich (615) 242-2563

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Monroe Street
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: The Mad Platter is located in a residential neighborhood with plenty of street parking.
A word from The Mad Platter
The Mad Platter Restaurant, located minutes from downtown in Historic Germantown, offers daily changing menus and an award-winning wine list. An example of our dishes include: filet of beef tenderloin cracked black pepper crusted and topped with stilton and red wine gastrique, sautéed shrimp and grits, and the mad platter rack of lamb marinated, seared, and slow-roasted to order.
Owners Craig and Marcia Jervis met in 1984 while catering the Jackson Victory Tour, fell in love and have been cooking together, literally, ever since. In 1989, after five years of catering, they opened The Mad Platter Restaurant.
Voted Nashville's Best Special Occasion Dining and Most Romantic Dining, by Citysearch in 2006, Mad Platter also received 2007 Citysearch's award for Best Caterer and The Nashville Scene's award for Best Date Spot.
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Diner Reviews
  • "Walking into Mad Platter, I felt like it was going to be a good experience. The place was nice, the staff was friendly, the menu and the wine list had good options. But then the food was late and undercooked (steak and risotto). Again, the staff was quick to respond and genuinely apologetic about it. The chef even came out from the kitchen to offer a free desert. As much as I want to like to this restaurant and recommend it, I just couldn't do so in good faith after my experience."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Food was outstanding. They even made Mac and Cheese stand out. The duck, rack of lamb were particularly delicious."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "An unusually cool, less humid, late July evening in Nashville afforded the perfect opportunity to dine al fresco. I cannot say enough good things about their hospitality; our server Brittany was particularly pleasant and attentive. The manager stopped by twice to ask if all was satisfactory. I was particularly fond of their Heirloom Tomato Salad; most of the vegetables used in their food preparation are procured from the Nashville Farmer's Market daily, in season. I ordered the Duck as my entree and was pleased that it was not overcooked as duck tends to be in many places where it is found on the menu. I love the Germantown area of Nashville where street parking is ample and streets well-lit. Overall, a lovely evening, well-spent!"
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "We took out-of-town friends here due to our memory of delightful experiences in years past. Unfortunately, it did not live up to expectations. We ordered several appetizers, soup, salad and four different entrees. The Thai mussels were great but other appetizers did not exceed an average rating in my opinion. Two of the entrees were very good, the rack of lamb was just ok (I've had much better in Nashville) and my Shrimp & Grits were extremely disappointing. As a Southerner and a "foodie", they were so off the mark, they should really reconsider their execution of this recipe. Our waiter was nice but neglected to refill water glasses. This restaurant has become lost in the plethora of Farm to Table establishments in Nashville."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Wonderful service, great food - cantelope soup was a delightful surprise. Crab cakes satisfied a former Maryland resident - says a lot!"
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "I found the Mad Platter on Urban Spoon and booked my reservation with Open Table! The restaurant is located in the historic Germantown area if Nashville and easy to find. The food was delicious starting with our appetizers! Menu options included daily choices from seasonal foods found at the local farmers market. Our only dislike was that the steak choices were over cooked. Service was no slow, but it would have taken too long to have asked for them entree to be prepared again."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "My wife and I never deliberate when it comes to celebrating our wedding anniversary. It's always the Mad Platter. The ambience is unique and laid back for an eatery that offers such haute cuisine. The eclectic menu always blends ingredients that we never would have paired together into dishes that never fail to surprise and delight us gustatorily-speaking. We ate outside for the first time this past Wednesday and it was great. No breathtaking views but very European and virtually private as we were the only couple outside while the inside was jumping. The pork tenderloin was a bit dry but tasty and the cantaloupe rum soup was decadent! The five course option should be mandatory. Such a deal! As Arnold often says, "We'll be back"."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "If you cone to Nashville and don't here, you have missed the best part of Nashville."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "Have been going to this place occasionally for years, and it always delivers. Food was interestingly conceived (if not edgy) and excellently executed, and service was very good as well. Even after 25 years (according to their menu this is their anniversary year) it's still not a "tired" concept and is a great place for a nice but relaxed evening out. Recommended!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "I've heard about Mad Platter, and meant to go for a few years (it's one of the older establishments in Germantown). It was surprisingly empty for a friday eve (730). The menu was smaller than what was advertised online (and laminated, never a good sign). The beer and wine selection was OK, but not noteworthy. We decided to just get appetizers and go elsewhere for entrees. My portabello ravioli was just ok (a bit bland actually), and her crab cakes had shells in it. Felt like I had made a mistake in making a reservation here (our anniversary). Perhaps they had an off night...I have no complaints about our service, or the cleanliness of the restaurant, but am unlikely to return with such great restaurants nearby."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "The four of us really enjoyed the food. Great Menu - good choices."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "We went for Father's Day Brunch. My first visit and what a great use of an old building. Service and wait staff are extremely efficient and friendly. Don't avoid the Rosemary Gravy and Biscuits, awesome flavor. Excellent original cocktail list. Shrimp and Grits was superb as was the Peach French Toast. Great meal at a great price."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "I have heard great things about this restaurant and overall it was pretty good. I was a little disappointed with the food. Maybe my expectations were too high, but I was now wowed. I thought it was very good but there was not one thing that I ate that I would necessarily go back for. The ambiance is great and service was very good though. I gave it a 4 out of 5 but it is realistically a 3.5 out of 5 for me."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "I travel to Nashville on occasion for work or a conference. And I am never disappointed by the restaurants in Germantown. Besides a great ambiance in the neighborhood, you have many great foodie-centric restaurants to choose from. Mad Platter is one of them- a fresh and locally inspired ingredient list brings fresh flavors to your plate with unique combinations of flavors or modern spins on classics. The grilled flatbread with grapes, chevre, and carmelized onions drizzled with basalmic reduction is still a taste I have lingering in my memory! I doubt this will go away soon! Loved it! "
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Everything was perfect! The shrimp and grits was the best I've ever had. The 5 course dinner was a nice experience. Also highly recommend the strawberry vineyard from the bar."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Excellent experience. Food and drinks were great. Service was outstanding. Quiet little hidden gem of Nashville!"
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "Craig Jervis was the first chef-owner in Nashville and he is at the top of his game. The Chocolate Elvis is the most decadent dessert. WE had a delicious crab cake and the mac and cheese - ricotta gnocchi with bacon and horseradish gouda sauce was succulent - oh, and it came with filet tips. The flatbread was less appealing to me - just not enthusiastic about roasted grapes. The duck was perfectly cooked and the porcini ravioli to die for. The Morrocan lamb was very tender, delicately spiced - perfect."
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "My wife and I had brunch after church at the Mad Platter on 5/25. Very pleased with the service and the food. Will be back!"
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "This was our 4th or 5th time dining here, but first time in several years. We love the Germantown location, and the atmosphere at MP is very quaint (we sat inside at a corner table). Our server, Daniel, was polite and very attentive. We ordered the mac & cheese appetizer and it was excellent. We split a spinach salad that was also very good (amazing dressing!). For our entrees, my wife ordered the vegetarian risotto, and it was outstanding - great flavor. I had the pork loin and was pleased; the pork was a little dry, however the sweet potatoes and snap peas made up for it. Overall, it was a very nice birthday dinner for my wife and we would return to Mad Platter."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "The short version-arrived to a 3/4 empty restaurant on Friday night, were seated promptly, and then ignored for 25 minutes eventhough the table next to us received numerous visits from the wait staff. We were never acknowledged, decided it was time to leave. Host who sat us was very apologetic when we explained why we were leaving. That was sadly the highlight of the experience. "
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "The dining room II s very appealing but so is their outside patio where we enjoyed the weather and peaceful setting. I loved the Oscar Benedict (perfectly poached eggs on English muffin accompanied bc two delectable crab cakes, asparagus, potatoes and fruit. My companions enjoyed their quiche Lorraine, spinach quiche and smoked salmon. We shared the bananas foster and a three layer chocolate cake. They put a nice spin on mitosis, bloody Mary's and screw drivers. A real gem. "
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "I had a $50 Open Table reward certificate. I had been here once before. enjoyed it immensely and it lived up to expectations on my second experience, from Sam our wait person to the fine food. The Vegatable Risotto was the best I have ever eaten! It was piping hot and delicious! The Pork Loin dish was also very tasty, but not as warm as it needed to be. Sweet potatoes bordered on cold. Love the quiet ambiance and the neighborhood, as well."
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "A wonderful place for a yummy meal before a TPAC show."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "The Mad Platter was a neat place for special occasions as the prices were a bit too high for the entrees. The shrimp and grits was fabulous while the lamb moutarde was very fatty and underdone. The melon salad was great as was the chocolate elvis. Our waiter was awesome. Thanks Tennessee Crossroads for featuring this restaurant. We may try it again for lunch for the lower prices."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "We thoroughly enjoyed our Mother's Day brunch at the Mad Platter. The service was attentive, yet unobtrusive. Everyone in our party loved the food. Will definitely be back."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "I took my Mom on Mother's Day and we had a great time. I had the quiche and she had the petite filet and eggs. Both dishes were scrumptious!"
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Was very please with the food that we had for brunch. Our server was very accommodating to our two year old. My only complaint is that we obviously went there for a mother's day brunch, but at no point did any of the staff wish her a happy mother's day. Surprised. Other than that good food and nice ambiance. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "First time we'd had brunch at the Mad Platter, but we'd definitely return. Nice balance of breakfast and lunch items on the menu. (I'm a breakfast person and hate it when a restaurant advertises a "brunch" and you get there and everything is sandwiches, salads and entrees they would offer any other time.) The French toast filled with strawberry cream cheese was yummy. The courtyard was a little bit on the scruffy side, but still pleasant and they'd done their best to dress it up. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "A welcoming restaurant with amazing food. The staff made you feel as if they have always known you even though it was our first time. My shrimp and grits were delicious and my husband loved his linguine with beef tips. We were disappointed only that we did not have enough room for dessert. We will definitely be back."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Waitstaff not to be found. Never asked if we wanted more drinks. Main waiter (owner?) was grumpy. Very disappointed because we were celebrating a family event"
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "We have enjoyed the Mad Platter each time we go. Their Shrimp and Grits is to die for! Menu is not extensive and include most meat dishes you'd expect, but the food is well done and presented. Veggie Risotto was excellent and were the mussels."
    Dined on 5/4/2014
  • "Everyone in our party had an outstanding meal. They made the two birthday celebrations special and the service was exceptional. The chef even came to the table to greet us. This is a Nashville institution. I have been coming here for over 23 years and never had anything but a delicious meal."
    Dined on 5/4/2014
  • "As a frequent visito to Nashville I'm always on the hunt for quirky out of the way places to eat. I'm not a big fan of chains or the BBQ and meat and 3 places so prevalent in the south. The Mad Platter offers a cozy, airy place for lunch in a beautifully restored area adjacent to downtown. The food is wonderful, highlighting the current farm to table trend. The menu provided wonderful homemade soups, salads, and sandwiches. There is even a serviceable wine and cocktail list. "
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "This always an excellent dining experience. One of Nashville's little known gems. The food is always just a bit special. We had a group of 10 on a Wednesday and it was perfect to be able to talk and hear and linger. "
    Dined on 4/30/2014
  • "The place had horrible service. For the price that it cost you may want to invest in some staff that appreciates working in the service industry. She was insulting, SLOW,non-attentive, and didnt seem like shee wanted to be there. Oh did I mention Iit took forever. We had to ask for more drinks. Its a grwat location and the food was ok, unfortunately I think our waitress must be family to the owners or they owed her a favor. She also took our menus away because we all werent ready and they didnt have enough for other patrons. That should of been a sign to get out before spending about $50.00 a person."
    Dined on 4/22/2014
  • "The servers were very knowledgeable about the food and drinks. The food was exquisite and the atmosphere was serene. Overall this place made a huge impression on us and will be returning many times!"
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "Our waitress was fantastic! She was friendly, fun, and conscious of our time crunch. The food was really good, and the one mistake was fixed quickly. We will definitely go back!"
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "A short drive from downtown, on a quiet street corner is this lovely restaurant. The food was delicious, and our waitress was very charming. It is not a restaurant for rushing in and out, but rather a place to relax, enjoy the atmosphere, food, and company."
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "This was our second visit to the Mad Platter and both times we have been more than pleased. Service was outstanding; the menu was creative and unique. Everything was served properly cooked and was delicious. Also, when we arrived we learned that on Thursdays all appetizers were available at half price. This is a great place for a quiet, intimate dinner for a couple on a date night or with a group of friends. "
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "Had a great dinner before a show and liked the menu, food was delicious, and sat outside on a beautiful evening. A great neighborhood restaurant with an eclectic feel that would be great for an out-of-towner to experience or a restaurant to put on your staples list if you are a local."
    Dined on 4/12/2014