1313 Woodland St, Nashville, TN | Directions 3720636.177378 -86.745937
Neighborhoods: Lockeland Springs
Great local restaurant – I enjoy Mad Donna's hamburgers. Great for take out and usually visit a couple times a week.
snuck charges onto our check – We went with a group of 6 and really enjoyed ourselves. The food, service, and atmosphere were good.
However when the check arrived we paid with a combination of groupon and credit card. Apparently their policy is maximum price on everything in order to use the groupon. Ridiculous that they would not honor their printed & advertised menu prices (daily specials) but what really did it was this was never mentioned!
While they had my credit card that I assumed was paying for the original check amount I just had been handed, they just went ahead & rerang the check at all the higher prices, ran my credit card for the increased amount & dropped it on the table without a word and walked away. I guess they were hoping I would just sign it & never notice the increase??? When I did question it, all I got was there was nothing they could do.
Sad...they did everything right til the very end. But it was enough to ruin our impression of the place and change our minds about going back.
very disapointing – the only good thing about our experience was that our server was nice. other than that, everything was poor to mediocre. we got there right at 11 on a sunday, which is when they open. i assumed they opened earlier. usually i don't like to be the first in, but since they were about to open, i figured oh well. they unlocked the door and didn't look at us. when we went in, they were not polite. not rude, but not polite. just took us to our tables with no friendliness. our server was nice, but we only saw her twice. we saw about 5 other people though. the rude cook brought our food out. i wish we had taken a picture of the breakfast potatoes. apparently they were not made that day. we were lucky of they'd been made the day before. my gf ate a bite and they were stone cold. we had to ask for new ones, but they left the old ones so we could still have the (mediocre crab cake eggs benedict) entree. they shouldn't have done that for their own good. the fresh breakfast potatoes were SO incredibly different than the old ones, it only magnified how gross the first ones were. my gf described it as a place in which everyone was hungover and proud of themselves for it. i've worked in restaurants for almost 15 years and, while i am forgiving of certain things because i can relate, i am not sympathetic to rude employees and unedible, disgusting food. also, when we walked into the ladies room there was a giant turd on the inside of the toilet immediately visible upon walking in. this was there at 11am (as soon as they opened, i used the bathroom) and at noon, when we left (my gf used it then). no one gave a crap about the customers and that pissed me off. every few minutes, we'd hear the cooks in the back yelling at the top of their lungs, "I NEED A RUNNER!!" overall, just gross. the potatoes and the crap smear on the toilet were enough to keep us from going back.
Great atmosphere and service, please improve the food – Arrived around 6 pm on a very rainy Wed evening. We were greeted immediately by the host and our waiter once seated - both were very friendly and “authentic” (i.e., were not “chain restaurant robots”, had personality, and provided honest feedback on the food). The atmosphere is artsy but not pretentious. I love that hey have local artists work on the walls and they appear to host fun events (drag bingo, bands, benefits, etc.).
We ordered warm spinach dip + chips for app. The dip appeared to have fresh spinach and was much creamier than typical spinach dips (cream cheese?). Chips were homemade from flour tortillas. The homemade touches were nice, but didn't push the dip into the "great" category.
For entrees, we had the sweet potato enchiladas and tex-mex pizza - both were mediocre. The deep fried sweet potatoes were way overcooked – I would have preferred some texture in them, however they were the "highlight" of the enchilada. The black beans that accompanied the enchilada were bland. The tex-mex pizza (chicken, corn, cheese, sauce) was mushy in the middle and bland, although the crust seemed homemade. We ordered the chocolate caramel lava cake and received the other chocolate cake in error. The waiter came over a minute later and confessed the error and brought us the correct dessert - this exemplifies great service in my book. The desserts were "not worth the calories" on my dessert meter.
I love the atmosphere and service at Mad Donnas. If the food was better this establishment would be on my weekly visit list. We will give it another try and I’m “keeping fingers crossed” that the food will be better.
Very casual neighborhood feel – Went there for brunch and there were many open tables but we had to wait, which was no big deal, but we though it was odd to wait with so many tables open. The staff was friendly but very SLOW! We were there for brunch for nearly two hours and we didnt order anything special. The drinks were great!!! Great drink specials and a cute atmosphere. Very simple inside and plain. A bit artsy. Again, friendly people but very casual and slow paced. If you want a relaxing time, a great place to go...if you have an agenda...not the place. Food was VERY average, nothing spectacular, but the drinks were excellent.
um... no. – The spinach dip came out but only had a small amount of chips with it.. I told my wife I guess we're supposed to reuse the chips a few times each. The burgers we ordered were cooked well but entirely too plain. Blue Cheese burger had NO sauce, don't know if you have tried to eat blue cheese crumbles without a sauce but it sucks the moisture out of your mouth, lol. Anything worth eating as a side dish is $2.00 extra and for two dollars each I got 5 onion rings and my wife got a handfull of sweet potato fries. It was OK but my expectations were much higher and not met.
Friendly Fun, East Nashville Style! – Went for drinks after dinner on a recent Saturday night to enjoy the 80s night music upstairs. We were early & the crowd was light this night but Brandon, the bartender, was friendly & made it fun before the music even started. He gave us lots of choices for drink ideas & we tried the house Reisling wine which was excellent & then switched to Blue Moon draft beer with orange slices. So yummy! The atmosphere is down to earth & unpretentious. Very fun & the dj's take requests for 70s & 80s tunes. A few of us livened up the dance floor with another group & enjoyed the night before closing time & headed over across the street to the Lipstick. Great service, fun atmosphere. We did not order any food, so can't speak to that aspect of it. Will be back!
Great Burgers – Have been to Mad Donna's several times and have great experience and excellent food every time. The kids' also enjoyed the food which is rare.
Check your bill !! – Both times I have been to Mad Donna's, the service was unfriendly and had somewhat of an attitude if you don't order alot. The food was sent quickly and the order was right but the food was not nearly as exotic as the given names. When I received my bill, I saw that extra beers, a dish I didn't order and an "extra charge", literally on the bill, it said "extra charge" was on the ticket with what I had ordered. When I gave a glance toward my waitress' direction, she didn't acknowledge me but went into the backroom and returned with my correct ticket. She said they realized that it wasn't "transferred over"?? And this is without me saying anything to them. So obviously , if you don't order alot, beware of attitude and possibly a scam to get more money out of you. Is this what I get for trying to support local diners?
Do not eat here !!! – We eat at Mad Donna's last night. The Service was horrible . It took us over an hour to get our food, and when we finally got our food half the order was wrong. The music was so loud that we were unable to talk. We asked for our check and that took another 30 minutes . It was one of the wrost dining experiences I have ever had ! You would be Mad to go there!
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