Hungry stomachs are forced to contemplate cooking their own food while our brains are busy plotting ways to make Hollywood starlets fall in love with our ungainly cousins. Quell an insurgent appetite with today's Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of creative Mediterranean fare and drinks at Criallo's Restaurant & Bar, located in Franklin at 1935 Mallory Lane.
Criallo's menu starts things off with a smattering of bold appetizers. Baked brie drizzled with raspberry lava sauce ($11), indulgent lobster fondue ($12), oysters Rockefeller ($14), and haystack crab cakes served in a shredded potato crust ($12) all serve to whet appetites and open conversational floodgates. Dip a toe or fork in the generously proportioned entrees of sea flavors such as tilapia (with an almond crust and tropical salsa) ($28) and paella (chock-full of chorizo, mussels, scallops, shrimp, and bits of lobster tail, $36). Other options include grilled lamb chops ($38), chicken Francaise ($26), and a pastry-wrapped fillet of beef wellington ($38).
After feasting and sailing Criallo's wine-dark sea of a wine library, cap off the experience by thoughtfully forking through a creamy sliver of peanut butter pie ($6) or comforting bread pudding ($6), or by sipping a post-prandial potion from the musically minded selection of specialty libations and martinis ($5+). "Message in a Bottle" tosses together sake infused with passion fruit tea, St. Germain, Three Olives berry vodka, fresh orange peels, and fresh strawberries before topping it with a sugared rim. For something a little more rough-and-tumble, test taste buds against the house-infused pepper vodka, dry vermouth, and fresh jalapeno slices in a "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band."
The musical motif of the restaurant's beverages goes well with its casually upscale ambience of dark, rust-colored walls, sealed concrete floors, and track lighting—not to mention the soothing piano tunes from the live jazz band in the corner. Parties of five or more can combine two of today's Groupon, so invite your Party of Five fan club to meet at Criallo's Restaurant & Bar for tapas, tipples, and theorizing.
Nashville Scene salivates over the upscale delicacies at Criallo's Restaurant & Bar:
- It was a very F. Scott's experience, in food, wine, atmosphere and music. – Nicki Wood
- If you're looking for an interesting menu (both larger and small plates) and a great wine list, I highly recommend this incredible establishment. It has the perfect blend of new trend, an old-school approach, and staff friendliness that you would expect from a top-notch restaurant. Never a dull evening at Criallos! – AESB, Citysearch
- As for the food, I'd say it is a cut above the chain fare and is truly unique in this area. I have not been to another upscale or mid-range place in Franklin/Brentwood that I have enjoyed as much…Each sauce had its own herbs, flavor, and tastes. Quite unique! – Justin, Urbanspoon