One word: Overrated
I liked this place last year, but after the last several visits for lunch, it seems to be sliding steadily downhill. The service has grown increasingly rude and apathetic. The draught beers are now much smaller (gone are the pints, apparently), yet still the same price. Good luck trying to get a slice of pizza (especially margherita) after 12:00, and what's left in the case looks like it was scraped off the floor. The fresh produce mini-market section has been squeezed to make more room for tables, and the produce displayed is anything but fresh.
Very disappointing trend. I had such high hopes for this place.
too salty.bad salsa,not to friendly either......once IS enough
Overpriced, overdone, rude waiters are not funny, service is iffy and all in all not impressed. We have been several times when family members come to town, but we never darken their doors when we want bbq by ourselves. Like others have said, they may be famous, but they "ain't that great!"
Way overpriced and I found the menu a bit chintzy. My husband loves Monte Cristos and is the only reason we go there. Red Lobster is a better deal than this place as everything is ala carte.
This place was stinky and the service was horrible. The smoked salmon tasted like charcoal and the crawfish macaroni was HORRIBLE. Will never be going back. Not to mention this what seemed to be a couple that were behind the bar were very rude to me.
It was all right. Service was a bit slow, which normally I don't mind as I much prefer to be left alone as opposed to being harassed, we were all but forgotten by our waiter and it wasn't busy.
The food was average, not great/not bad, just average. Maybe it was an off night, but it will be a while before I return. I'd give it a solid 2.5 stars since it is solidly in the middle of the road.
Looks like the owners reviewed their own restaurant, see "John Doe" above. I have eaten there. The music is annoying, the meat was tough. Not much in the way of decor. People were nice!
We went to Mary's German Restaurant, recently for dinner. Have to say that it was nothing remarkable, but it was expensive. $110 including tip, for 2 kids and 2 adults, no appetizers, no alcohol. 3 soft drinks 1 water and 1 desert. Too much money for ok food and poor atmosphere.
Not generous portions either. The mashed potatoes had that unforgettable taste of "instant mashed" in them.
I've been to Germany many times and Mary's didn't remind me of any of the great dinners I had while I was there.
In the recent Memphis Flyer review of Mary's, the co owner, Klaus says: "No one makes sauerkraut or red cabbage in Germany in a restaurant. Or spätzle. That's only for home cooking. It's all special stuff."
Sorry but this is not true. Every German restaurant I ever ate at in the Bonn and Cologne Germany area, had this on the menu. That's what Germans love and eat.
Unfortunately' Mary's still has that big ugly take out counter that Petra Cafe had when they occupied this space, in Collierville. Looks like Mary just moved in and started cooking. I'm not trying to be critical, but really, Mary should have remodeled the place, at least a bit.
The clear plastic table cloth and the jumbo containers of mustard (Heinz, not German)on the tables was a turn off. Paper napkins too. For the price, I would expect a tad more upscale accouterments.
We were really looking for a restaurant to come back to. There was "something about" Mary's, that was missing for us.
Filet Mignon was excellent, but sides and salad were far below expectations. Service was fair not great. Total experience was not commensurate with the price.
The place went down FAST when Wanda Wilson left. Without Wanda, the place is pretty poopie. Sorry
Went there when they had first opened and was looking forward to having a Vietnamese restaurant close to where I live. Unfortunately, this was not a great dining experience. One of the main disappointments was the fish sauce, which is served in its natural state, which has very little taste and no sweetness. I much prefer the fish sauce that is sweeter and has a slight kick to it. Because of the bitterness of the fish sauce, which I normally use quite a bit of in my food and as a dip, I was not enjoying my meal. When asked if they could make the fish sauce slightly sweeter, they said they could not. So, as a result, I have not been back, because a Vietnamese meal without fish sauce is really not enjoyable to me. Sorry.
I can't agree with the previous writer's assessment of this eatery. I found the food to be very mediocre. Tasted like fast food, or food out-of-the-box you buy at the grocery store. Yeck. NOTHING to write home about. The only thing that saves this reviewer's opinion is that I love Asian food, but on a scale of 1 - 5, this is the lowest score possible. Sorry Mr. Genghis.
Sandwitches & soups pretty good. Pastries cardboard. No comparison to Atlanta Bread Co. that it replaced.
Very much over-rated. A nice place overall, but the service received during a business dinner was sub standard, to say the least. I've had much better steaks in this city, and was a bit discouraged with my, and my client's experience as a whole.
I love the new space at "The Villa", the reincarnated version of Le Chardonnay, Memphis' venerable wine bar/bistro. More light, new bar - just great. But was the change a good idea?
Le Chardonnay, Memphis' first wine bar, opened on the "back side" of Overton Square in the early to-mid '80's to an enthusiastic welcome. An appetizing bistro-style menu, enhanced by an extensive selection of well-chosen wines (many by-the-glass) made the cozy, cellar-like hideaway a hot spot for the next 15-plus years. Alas, a never-changing food selection and complacent (though friendly) management contributed to a slow dulling of Le Chardonnay's original shine. A little over a year ago, it moved a block to the north to Madison Avenue, taking the popular Bayou Bar and Grill with it. The larger quarters seemed to make an ideal new home for "The Bayou" - maybe not so much for its sister restaurant. Le Chardonnay had too many empty seats.
Well, ya gotta do something. The eighties-vintage menu was replaced, as was the chef, to (I guess) mixed reviews. In any case, the revised menu and its chef are no more. Now what?
Enter "The Villa". This is apparently Le Chardonnay's fix-it idea du jour. The name's lack of sparkle and originality (there are at least two or three other popular restaurants in Memphis with "Villa" in their names, and one "Villa" long-closed) is, unfortunately, shared by the food.
As one might deduce from the new moniker, the menu is "casual Italian". I gave it three tries. Small-portion pasta dishes were reasonably priced, but inauthentic if not out-and-out incorrect. The "italian salad" was passable, but the only time I was served bread (remember, this is an Italian restaurant) with my meal was when I asked for it. Puttanesca was tossed with the usual olive, tomato, caper combo - then ladled with warm marinara. Huh? One or the other, please. The pasta primavera was just plain tasteless, no garlic, basil or parmesan presence. The flavor forgot to show up.
A Rose By Any Other Name
The Villa is a lovely spot. The owner/managers are terrific, friendly people. They still have a great wine list, a pleasant staff and one of the best martinis in town. The location's great. I enjoy the place, as I have for years. If there's a problem, it's not in the name, it's in the kitchen. And that can be fixed. 'Til they fix it, and they will I'm sure, go anyway. It's still a great spot.
My rating is based on The Food. Everything else is great!
Gave it a try a few nights ago. Perhaps they're still settling in, but the food & presentation seemed amateurish. The wife had the Saviori pizza and I had the brisket. I've made better pizza crust in my bread machine. It lacked elasticity & had a floury flavor indicative of underdevelopment. Disappointing considering the venue & price. The brisket was fairly well put together, the tomatillo sauce actually fit with the dish, but whoever chopped the brisket didn't bother trimming the fat. Both orders were plated on a perfectly flat dish, which is fine for a pizza, but totally inappropriate for the brisket hash - I spent more time sliding it around the plate than eating it. If they're not going to change the plate, perhaps they could include some bread to help the diner get the food onto the fork. I'll give it another try, but I'm leery.
Not too bad. Lots of better BBQ places in Memphis. Try Neely's.
I don't think their food is superior, especially as Italian fare. But I do like the white pizza. I don't think it's on the menu, but it's good. Not the best...but it's chewy and yummy when hot. Unfortunately, there isn't a pizza in Memphis that I would consider to be good. All are mediocre at best.
This club is ok on the most part. What I didn't like was the waitress hitting on my boyfriend the whole night. We weren't even at a table, WE WERE AT THE BAR. Very unprofessional, but what do you expect, right? How about a little descent RESPECT!!!!!
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