lou

4.6
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Californian
lou is part all day cafe, part bar a vin; set in a humorous juxtaposition between old world European style & contemporary California fare. Located in a historic 1930's craftsman house located in Riverside Village in East Nashville with a large botanical, covered outdoor patio (COMING SOON!).

lou’s menu is best described as abundant, feminine, bright and very visually stimulating. Chef/Owner, Mailea Weger, specializes in CalifornianCuisine offering a vegetable forward approach and a focused selection of proteins. The menu will be largely driven by local and sustainable ingredients, with an attention to seasonality and an emphasis on the regional bounty. Chef/ Owner, Mailea Weger has trained in some of the best kitchens in New Orleans, New York, Los Angeles and Paris. She was the opening Sous Chef at the cult favorite Gjusta in Venice Beach and moved to Paris to open Echo in 2017 with feverish success.
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RB
Charleston
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Staff, food, vibe was absolutely incredible. We wish we lived in Nashville so we could make lou a regular spot of ours.

DB
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

This restaurant was super cute! The wine was delicious and the service was outstanding. Because it's a smaller spot, the noise level was a bit high, but it kind of added to the vibe. My only wish, was that the charcuterie was a bigger portion.

J
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

The waitress we had for dinner at Lou wasn't very friendly. She seemed annoyed about answering questions about the menu. I had to ask for the candle to be lit at our table (all the other tables had the candle).

The food was really great, but there just wasn't much of it. The price is extremely high for the amount that you get.

The little house was very cute, but not sure if I would return based on the total value of the dinner experience/menu.

K
Nashville
2 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Solid food and exceptional service! Great for wine lovers who like to experiment with unique wines. Our server was very knowledgeable and listened to our likes and dislikes. She made really great recommendations!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lou is officially my favorite restaurant in Nashville. It was so charming and the food was unbelievable.

OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very excited for Lou to join the neighborhood restaurants.

Positives:
Food
Team
Location

Recommendations:
Add fans to provide air circulation
Add sound dampening

lou
Responded on September 30, 2019

Thank you so much and we appreciate the feedback!

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MT
Nashville
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Parking is tricky. Food is fabulous. It is LOUD.

OT
Nashville
5 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

The food is inventive and the wine selection is good. The location and ambience is very quaint. However, they haven’t quite figured out the operations of a restaurant quite yet. The food came out at different times. Apps, plates, side dishes, etc. The staff seemed disheveled at times, if not frustrated that they were busy. The plates and servings were very small, indicative of a French style menu, but they were very tasty. The flank steak was tough and over cooked. I was hoping for at least a 4 star experience based on our $225 tab, but I’ve had much better food and experience for much less. This could be a great place, hopefully they will get the operations figured out and make the experience more “special” considering the prices they are charging.

SG
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

A true neighborhood bistro that is a wonderful combination of Venice CA and Paris (where the owner and Chef is from). Our dinner was delicious. The salads, vegetables, the lamb ribs, all fantastic. We took the owners recommendation on a bottle of natural white wine and we were not disappointed. Dont sleep on this place.

BF
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had friends coming from out of town and I wanted to try a new and unique restaurant. We enjoyed our attentive and knowledgeable server. Our dishes were delicious. It’s a small house so it was loud. Our server was kind enough to turn down the music which helped the noise level.

OT
Nashville
4 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience at Lou. Husband & I popped in for a late night dinner and loved it. Shared various small plates, which were all delicious. Absolutely loved the house red wine - 1/2 carafe $20.
Would love to visit again

j
Nashville
13 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a gem has come to East Nashville!! Everything about our experience at Lou was fabulous. The food is inventive, bright, fresh and delicious. Wine pairings were interesting and reasonabley pricedThe house is charming and the staff are efficient and friendly. Can't wait until the get the patio open for the nice fall weather coming.

m
Charleston
9 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

lou is one of the best new restaurants to open in Nashville in the last five years.
Passionate food and beverages served by a passionate and well-informed staff with prices targeted to their neighborhood. I hope we'll be able to get in next time!

C
Nashville
3 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent new restaurant! We went for brunch and the food was delicious. Unique menu, great service and ambiance. Will definitely be back!

BT
Nashville
15 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Noise level was VERY hight and our meal was VERY delayed. We saw two parties seated after us receive their meals (one even paid and left while we waited). But while our food didn't arrive until 40 minutes after we ordered, server Mary was wonderful, and even brought a complementary starter. Her attitude and the tasty meal were both the biggest reasons I'll be back, and will recommend lou to my friends...even with the decibel level. ;-)

lou
Responded on September 30, 2019

Thank you so much for the feedback! We love Mary too ;)! We are a small kitchen and therefore it is a challenge to move a quickly as our dining room demands while ensuring the quality remains up to our high standards. We are very happy you enjoyed your meal, even if it took a little longer! We are hoping to make some improvements and ensure all food arrives in a timely manner, and would love to have you back again soon!

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AC
Nashville
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful brunch experience at Lou. Friendly waitstaff made this place standout against other trendy Nashville spots that leave much hospitality to be desired. Delicious coffee and warm breakfast cake to share. Poached eggs and broccolini were a standout dish. A must-try!

lou
Responded on September 30, 2019

Thank you so much for the review!

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b
Denver
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was very interesting and our server was super nice! The only thing is that the service was noticeably slow. They might still be working that out. We went for brunch and didn't order anything to share as an appetizer. We got our drinks after about 15 minutes and didn't get any food for about 35 min after ordering.

lou
Responded on September 30, 2019

Thank you very much for the review! We are working to ensure everyone receives timely service! Unfortunately, with a small kitchen it is a challenge to do so because it is extremely important that the food is up to our high standards. We hope you will join us again soon and will find that things are moving a little bit quicker!

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EB
Nashville
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was phenomenal (so hard to find in Nashville these days) and made our experience extra special. The food was divine! Perfectly timed. The young bartender was extremely talented and took great pride in his craft. What a well-run establishment! The hostess was wearing a vintage Harley Davidson T-shirt which threw me for a loop. I guess that just means I'm old:) We will be back for sure!

lou
Responded on September 30, 2019

Thank you so much for your review! Our staff and kitchen appreciate the feedback- it's what makes it all worth it!

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OT
Austin
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great to see a new neighborhood spot pop up. The lamb ribs and crispy rice are a great combo. If the chocolate semifreddo is on the menu definitely get it; it’s decadent but delicious.

lou
Responded on September 30, 2019

Some of our very favorite dishes as well! Thank you very much for joining us and cannot wait to have you back again soon!

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a
Nashville
43 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A welcome addition to the Nashville dining scene. Well composed dishes that are innovative without being contrived. The natural wine focus is a much needed addition as well.

EY
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful dining experience. Wine list is somewhat limited

lou
Responded on September 30, 2019

Thank you for the feedback Elaine! We do try to select only high quality wines that adhere to our ethos and therefore our wine list is intentionally curated. However, it is also our goal that among those selections we have a wine for everyone! We hope that you will join us again and we can find a wine for you that is exactly to your taste!

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S
Nashville
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I am a very critical eater but I have only one word to describe my experience at Lou, Excellent! Delicious food - every plate was fantastic, wonderful atmosphere and top notch service. I plan to visit again soon!

lou
Responded on September 22, 2019

Thank you very much for the response! We hope to have you join us again soon!

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OT
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 2

The food was very good. The restaurant was EXTREMELY LOUD with no curtains or rugs to dampen the noise. We were happy to wait at the bar for our table, but the bartender was not at all knowledgeable about their wine list and the red wine was far too warm. I did have higher expectations from a “natural wine bar”. Our server was fair. The chicken was our least favorite dish, and the muscles our favorite. We would return again for the food and forgive the service mishaps as the restaurant is brand new.

lou
Responded on September 30, 2019

Thank you for the feedback, in an old space we have definitely received feedback about the noise levels are are considering the best approach moving forward. As for the service, we are working to get our team all on the same page and appreciate your thoughts! Finally, we in the process of bringing in an additional wine fridge so we can rotate the reds and ensure they are all served at the appropriate temperature. We look forward to having you back soon!

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AP
Nashville
3 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

Coffee au lait was meh. Egg cazuela had little/no chorizo in it and was bland in general....black tea was ordered and we got green instead. VERY loud (just a few sound attenuating panels would help). There is some work to be done there on all fronts.

lou
Responded on September 22, 2019

Thank you for your feedback Angela! So sorry to hear you didn't love your experience at lou. We are a new restaurant and as such are eager for feedback on all fronts, from service to food and everything in between, so thank you. We will do our best to look into these issues for you and see what we can do to make your next experience better. We do hope you'll join us again sometime soon.

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AY
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Wine, service and ambiance were great. Started off great with the food. Excellent apps, but then the flank steak and chicken were both blah. Chicken was dry, steak was chewy.

lou
Responded on September 22, 2019

Thank you for the feedback Alexandra! Happy to hear your enjoyed the service, our team is so happy to have you here! We are actually currently in the process of looking for a new purveyor for our steak because we agree, it is not up to our standards. We are also testing new techniques for the chicken and hoping that new layers to the cooking process will make the chicken absolutely fantastic. As a new restaurant we truly appreciate the feedback and hope you will come and join us again soon!

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JH
Nashville
2 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing new brunch spot! Will definitely be back.

CM
Nashville
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely fantastic brunch experience - charming atmosphere, yummy drinks, delicious food. Several gluten free options. The service was top-notch too; everyone we interacted with was friendly in a very genuine, authentic way.

lou
Responded on September 22, 2019

So appreciate having you in and looking forward to having you join us many more times in the future!

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