Sperry's has a very old reputation in Nashville, but I think it may be time to hang up the spurs. I very much liked the idea of going to a classic 70's style steak house, with copious amounts of great meat and rich sauces and whatever else, but I'm afraid the food is terrible. I felt like I was eating at a restaurant featured on an episode of ""Kitchen Nightmares"". The salad bar is right in front of the cooking area, but instead of seeing a busy kitchen, all you see is a guy throwing stuff in the microwave and another guy slapping steaks on a grill. They microwave everything: soup, sides, anything that needs to be heated. For an appetizer I got the Calimari. 13.95 and the bits of calamari were not even fried correctly. They were soggy, and it was what I would call a half portion. Carraba's has better calimari that is properly fried to a crisp for cheaper.
The salad bar was OK, but hardly worth the 10.95 it costs on the menu. I should also mention that while this is a high end establishment, there were several little children running roughshod over the salad bar. They took an extremely long time, and one of the mothers forced one of her children to spit up something IN HER HAND, which she wiped on her plate, and then used that SAME HAND to get more stuff from the salad bar. Disgusting.
The steaks are aged and cooked properly, but my NY Strip was very gristly and lacked seasoning. Certainly not worth 27 dollars. I very much doubt that it was a prime cut of beef. I ended up asking for A1, which I never do with a quality steak.
The desserts were lackluster and severely overpriced. Avoid the sticky toffee pudding at ALL COSTS. It tasted like an overdone pancake soaked in very cheap maple syrup. I've had better desserts out of the frozen aisle, which is where I imagine this pudding came from.
Also, be mindful of who you're going to be eating around. The place was PACKED with the geriatric white crowd. They probably like the ambiance and can't taste the food so well. I did not see a single non-white face in the establishment.
Pros: Attentive service, old fashioned salad bar
Cons: Ridiculous pricing, steaks are lousy, they have 4 microwaves