2317 S 12th Ave, Nashville, TN | Directions 3720436.127401 -86.789300
Where Everybody Knows Your Name – You should consider becoming a regular at Mirror Restaurant.
Why should you be treated with contempt by random bartenders around town who don't appreciate your value, when you could sit across the bar from hottie Stephanie at Mirror and be welcomed like an old friend? Are there any more soothing words in this world, than, "The usual tonight, (Your Name Here)?" Or maybe you'll be the first to sample one of the delicious infused-alcohol drinks Stephanie and owner Colleen DeGregory concoct, such as the pineapple-tequilla margarita...but only if you're a regular.
As a regular, you don't just go to dinner, you go home--your second home, that is, where somebody who cooks better than you makes a fabulous meal just for you, the bartender asks you how the home renovations are going, and the other regulars yell, "Hey, (Your Name Here)!" as you walk in.
You must choose your second home carefully. The restaurant or bar must be just so, a mix of comfort and cool, a place you would have designed yourself if you had the creativity and wherewithal. It must make you feel that special something when you walk in--just a little more sophisticated or laid-back or hip than you really are, maybe.
Your potential second home should be filled with excellent people, who cook or serve drinks exceedingly well, the way you like best, and who make you feel special when you walk in.
Mirror Restaurant is that place for me. At the end of a triumphant or wretched day, the thing I want most is to wrap myself in the building's cool-chic ambiance, order a perfectly muddled Mojito from Steph, watch Colleen work the room in some fabulous outfit, and order from chef-owner Michael DeGregory's newest feats of brilliance. I can't get enough of his Russian salad tapa, fish specials, and flawless gnocchi.
I really do try to go other places. But I don't just want dinner, I want the total experience--good food, good friends, and a chorus of "Hey, (My Name Here)!" when I arrive.
A secret gem! – Shhhh...this is a great place. A hidden gem.
The food is innovative ( chorizo corn dog), decadant ( truffle gnocchi) and delicious (key lime creme brulee). We met at the bar and I had a lychee martini-yummy! My friends had a beer and a magarita and gave those drinks the thumbs up. Onto the patio for food, conversation and people watching.
The service was professional but not stiff, comfortable without being overly familiar. We were not rushed through our apps and cocktails. The Mirror doesn't have a long tapas menu, but what they do have is well crafted and generous for a small portion. Perfect for sharing a "taste" and still wanting dinner.
All three of us really liked our food - pork chops, filet, and fish of the day. The accompaniments were perfect acccents to the main dishes, and again raves were given all the way around.
We watched the people drifitng in and out from the place across the street. It made for endless amusement, and added to the fun.
Desserts were a weakness, but one the staff quickly rectifed. I ordered pots du creme - chocolate and caramel served on a plate drizzled with chocolate. The pots du creme just tasted old or perhaps a bit stale. My friend had the key lime creme brulee - fresh, lush and not cloying in it's sweetness. When the server came to inquire about the desserts, I mentioned the unpleasent taste of the chocolate du creme ( though, I must say, I nearly picked up the plate and licked off all the drizzled chocolate. Now, that was good chocolate!). The server took it right off the bill, apologized and even let us keep the little chocolate bits left over.
One more thing - people smoke on the patio - like chimminies. It really does detract from a good time to have second hand smoke wafting between bites of red snapper and sips of a very good wine.
Despite the smoke,I cannot wait to go back and will do so very soon.
And remember, don't tell anyone else about this place. It's our secret.
Tapas? – After hearing all of the hype, my now-husband (then-boyfriend) and I went to Mirror to try out the tapas (my favorite way to dine). Having had tapas at various placed in the country, I feel confident in saying that Mirror definitely does NOT serve tapas. 14 "small plates" does not a tapas menu make -- especially if only 1 or 2 of the dishes have any sort of Spanish influence whatsoever. The food was not that good, overpriced, and not that innovative. We never went back.
Good food, great drinks - recommended – Mirror is my favorite place to hang out with friends and relax with drinks and good food. I go a couple of nights a month, at least. It's a chill atmosphere with eclectic decor and dim lights. My favorite tapas plates are the trout spread (salty goodness) and mini grilled cheese with tomato soup sauce (cute and yummy). Favorite drink is the Jewel of the Tsars but the kefir vodka tonic is great, too. The wait staff is always cool, though sometimes a bit spacey. Prices are reasonable.
The "insider tip" on this site says it becomes a "see and be seen madhouse" on weekends - this is inaccurate. That kind of description would keep me away from a place. Reservations are necessary, but I can usually get them the same day with no problem. It's still chill on weekends, just with more tables filled up.
Pretty good – I've been putting off going to this place for years but I finally broke down and went. Although I really enjoy tapas restaurants, I was mostly turned off by the lameness of the eat, drink, reflect logo and the close proximity of the tables. All in all the food was pretty good but not incredible. For two people I spent $40 on 7 tapas plates and dessert. Alchohol was very reasonably priced as well which is a plus since most smaller and fancier restaurants seriously jack up the alchohol prices. Ironically the dessert (key lime creme brulee - excellent) was bigger than any of the tapas plates. The tapas plates themsevelse from what I ordered seemed to be meant for two people as each plate typically only had two items on there. The service was great and it was pretty slow for a Saturday night. Its a great place if you want some variety as the tapas allows you to try some several items but if you're looking for a 3 course meal with bread this isn't the place.
Full package – One of my favorite places to dine. I love the flavor filled food and beautiful decor. It is definately a wonderful first date place.
I'm not much on the "restaurant scene", so I spent a few hours looking at reviews on this site. It was my son's 24th birthday, and my wife and I wanted to take him and his fiancee and our daughter out for a nice meal. I intended to spend $150 or so, which in my book is quite a bit to spend for five meals. My son chose Mafioza's, but when we got there we realized it wasn't open (Monday). Since we drove quite a way, and were hungry, we decided to go to The Mirror. I remembered seeing a high rating for this restaurant on this site, so I figured that it was closer to what I was looking for in a restaurant, anyway, for the evening. I knew it was a limited menu, and a little pricey, but figured we'd find something we liked. I just don't understand the "chef" restaurants that are pricey and focus on the "presentation" of the meal. I don't mind spending a lot on a meal when it's a special occasion, and I don't mind spending $20+ on an entree, but it should include a salad, shouldn't it? How about bread? No, these are all things that are extra!!! OK, well that just tells me how great the entree is going to be. It's going to be HUGE, right? Great, because I'm starved by now. After all, I knew I was going to a nice restauant all day, so I haven't eaten much. Well, if it's true that America's restaurants are contributing to the obesity of Americans, it isn't because of restaurants like this one. I don't know why they use such big plates, because they don't even use over half of them. Oh, yeah, the "presentation" was nice, and the check was substantial ($150 like I'd figured earlier), but we all considered grabbing a hamburger on the way home, because there just wasn't much there. We aren't big people (my daughter is 100 lbs. soaking wet) and $150 can't fill us up??? Why can't restaurants like this have style AND substance? I call this "unbelievable" because I can't believe people actually come to this restaurant more than once. Once was too much for me.
Great Staff! – I really enjoyed this restaurant. The food is great, and so is the service. It looks like the service gets some bad reviews here, but I felt that the staff was awesome when challenged by a task that is clearly not part of their usual routine. My boyfriend and I went on a Friday night, and had kind of an interesting request. On our way to the restaurant, we passed some kids who were throwing rocks at cars as they drove by. One got our car, and left a HUGE dent. We decided to call the police, since they were throwing them hard enough to really do some damage. Of course, we didn't know the non-emergency police number, so when we arrived at mirror, we asked for a table and the non-emergency police number. Yeah, we got funny looks but the hostess didn't miss a beat. She suggested some numbers that she thought it was and found a phone book and looked it up to be sure. The staff really went above and beyond to accomodate our unusual request and didn't quit until the police were called and I was impressed. The food is also great, especially the pita appetizer with the three dips, and they have some very unique specialty mixed drinks.
Great Tapas, Bad Attitudes – The Tapas are really good and the drinks are always something different, they have a variety of summer and winter drinks and martini's. What is going on with the bartender and wait staff is beyond me! Everyone especially the owner has a sense of entitlement and comes off as rude and indifferent. I have been going there for 4 years, and I love the location and the drinks and the food but the people working there need to understand unless the tip is included alittle kindness goes a long way.
Will Never Go Back. – I took my husband and friends there for his 50th birthday party. Food was good. Some of our friends ordered "Mojitos". Those drinks were unacceptable and so they wanted to send back the drink and order a different type. Server refused!!! Requested to speak to manager, who ALSO REFUSED!!! What jerks! If you want to make your customers happy, exchange the friggin drink.
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