From BrickTop’s restaurant group comes their sister restaurant, the River House – an upgraded and elevated dining concept that is an elegant escape reminiscent of a place that one might only find in the depths of New York City. With a room full of white-tablecloth-covered tables and a white marbled bar top surrounded by windows, looking onto the Schermerhorn Symphony Center, there leaves no bad seat in the house. And the food? It is as incredible as one might expect coming from such an already established restaurant group. In fact, we were all planning our next meal here before we even walked out, it was just that good. So may we suggest that you hurry and book your reservations now- you won’t be disappointed.
The Neighborhood: Tucked right behind the Schermerhorn Symphony Center and Bridgestone Arena, with valet parking to greet you, this is sure to be the perfect spot to grab dinner before or after any event in downtown Nashville.
The Menu: The menu contains something for every palate. BrickTop’s fans will still be able to find some cult favorites on the menu, while also being tempted to branch out and upgrade their usual pairings. To start, a delectable Tuna Tartare and Filet Mignon Carpaccio will be sure to catch your eye and for mains, a mouth-watering Chilean Sea Bass or 20 oz Prime Bone-In Ribeye will be sure to satisfy.
The Crowd: A well-balanced mix of locals who are looking to try an upscale version of their favorite BrickTop’s and newcomers searching for a new downtown staple.
The Cocktail: With an attractive wine list, both by the bottle and the glass, as well as a top-notch bourbon list, it’s hard to be disappointed. For a lighter start to the evening, we recommend their Charred Grapefruit – a refreshing citrus cocktail best enjoyed on a summer evening.
The Playlist: For those who are used to hearing the soothing sounds of Elvis echoing through the bathrooms of BrickTop’s, you’ll be surprised to hear that they’ve mixed it up for this new location. Here you’ll be serenaded by Nashville legends, Patsy Cline, in the ladies’, and Johnny Cash, in the men’s. As for the dining room, you’ll hear a mix of classics from every decade with a splash of contemporary music -country included, of course.
The Dress Code: This is certainly a destination worth dressing up for. With the River House being an elevated downtown Nashville escape, you’ll want to have the outfit to match.
Edit Favorites: We’ll have to admit, there wasn’t much talking at the dinner table that night between all the oohing and aahing after each bite. The Shanghai Shrimp and Yum Yum sushi roll ( yes, they have incredible sushi) were devoured within seconds. Moving on to entrées, there were many declarations of delight exchanged over the Dover Sole, cooked in brown butter and topped with capers, and the “melt in your mouth” Filet Au Poivre, served with a brandy cream sauce.