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Past Perfect Restaurant - 27 Reviews - 122 Third Ave S, Nashville, TN - Late Night Dining Reviews - Phone (615) 736-7727

Past Perfect Restaurant

122 Third Ave S
Nashville, TN 37201
(615) 736-7727
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Amazing place. One of the few places in the land that infuses their own vodka and rum. The drink prices of these liquors is 3 dollars a shot and 5 dollars a cocktail. Not a bad de...


Do NOT eat here. There is a very limited menu and several of the menu items are no longer available. Save your money and your time finding a parking place. Get a salad at Wendy...

Amazing food and liquor 5/5/2008

Amazing place. One of the few places in the land that infuses their own vodka and rum. The drink prices of these liquors is 3 dollars a shot and 5 dollars a cocktail. Not a bad deal! Food is very good as well, service was good, and never had to ask for anything. I recommend this to anyone. Pros: Homemade vodka and rum, Food, Service more

non-smoking?? 11/12/2007

with the non-smoking law in place they state they are non-smoking. however, on a recent visit three patrons sit at the bar with the owner while pufing away. i refrained from complaining because i had already ordered my meal. Pros: food and drink Cons: SMOKING! more

Best place in town 7/12/2007

I stumbled into Past Perfect while working close to it. My co-workers recommended it one night on Karaoke night (Sunday nights) and I went in to have a beer while waiting for my ride. I fell in love with the place...the people were friendly (true southern attitudes) and the bartender on shift (Paul) was great. I don't know exactly what made me return, although it may have been the small-town atmosphere in a big-town setting, but return I did. I end up there about 3 nights a week and always see some of the same people who always greet me with a smile and by name. I would recommend it to anyone. Hint: try the Tuscan Chicken Sandwich. My favorite. Pros: Great atmosphere, romantic setting with candles, personable people Cons: There aren't any (except parking on event nights) more

Good food, great hours 6/18/2007

My husband and I just ate at Past Perfect. It's a great little spot. It is more expensive than some places, but it's still not exorbitant and the food is wonderful. I had the lasagna and my husband had the tuna wrap an both were quite tasty. Pros: Space, ambience, menu Cons: Not sure if the tourist scene would pay the price or pick the food, and it's mostly unknown with the locals more

Don't go here 6/17/2007

After being unsuccessful in finding a late night food joint downtown, we finally stumbled upon Past Perfect (don't understand the name at all, Latin grammar anyone? but that's just the beginning). We were open minded and eager to see the offerings. Well, to put it bluntly, the food was so-so, you overpay, the drinks were overpriced as well ($5.00 for a tap beer when Cabana and other places are an average of $4?), and most apparent, the ambiance was off. Don't understand what it's ""selling point"" is, the decor, or what it is aiming for overall. Weird place, average food, and just not enough to make me go back. Prediction: this place won't last more than another year. They need a serious makeover in more ways than one. And after reading the very first review of this place AFTER we visited, a serious attitude and manner makeover as well. more

Absolutely wonderful 5/12/2007

Past Perfect is a fantastic bar and restaurant, tucked away on 3rd Ave. (half-block from Broadway). Their food is top-notch, and the kitchen is open 'til 2 am, making it a wonderful place to catch a bite after the bars. Though you could do just as well with your night by keeping it there. The bar is awesome, with a full compliment of boozes and a few draft beers to keep everyone happy. Prices are good, and the service is excellent. Great ambience, with dark woods and colors giving it a jazz-club type atmosphere. I highly recommend Past Perfect. Pros: Ambience, food quality, service, prices, location Cons: None! more

Solid, if unspectacular 3/25/2007

Past Perfect has been an anomily in Nashville for the past year. A Chicago-style, Victorian-era bar that does many things decent but few well. The menu needs some serious help, and while the food is by no means bad, it lacks any signature. Earlier this year I would have recomended ordering off their features menu, but since their Chef left, the food quality has suffered some. The staff is up and down. Some nights attentive and on the spot, other nights it seems to take forever for service of any sort. Monday nights, I recomend staying away. The bartenders are rude, and seem interested in only taking care of their friends. Rick, a manager of some sort (I never was able to find out definitively), has been rude or curt on many occasions. Also, the prices are a bit high for the quality. Don't get me wrong, it's a solid bar, with great ambience and a good (overall) staff. The food service is prompt, even though the menu needs help. It's a bar/restaurant that seems in need of a solid direction, but I'll keep coming back until they get it perfect. Pros: Ambience, specials/features/Matt (one of the owners) Cons: Parking, service, food quality/menu items more

Nice change. 3/22/2007

I like this place, the ambiance is totally different than most places downtown, with mostly jazz playing on the speakers, and live music that's not all country. Their food is pretty good, I've been there several times and the lobster pasta is the best I've had so far. Their chicken skewers (I'm not sure what they called them on the menu) were good as well. The menu is a little limited, but it's a nice change from all the honky-tonks surrounding the area. Pros: Unique ambiance, great service Cons: Parking more

Nice, cozy spot in the middle of down town 3/11/2007

A friend and I tried past perfect last night for our girls night out. After reading some of these reviews I had some trepidations, but my fears were groundless. We walked in at 7 on a Saturday night and were seated promptly. Our server was with us quickly and was very friendly. We split an appetizer and the chicken nathanzolla. The food was great, and we didn't have to ask for an extra plate. We both had the peach martini. It was extremely tasty. There were fresh flowers and candles on all the tables, and the atmosphere was quite romantic. I would have been pleased to have been taken there on a date. I would recommend it to anyone. Pros: ambience, location Cons: not a good place for kids more

Don't Waste Your Time 3/5/2007

Too bad. The food was cold and the seafood was spoiled, service was slow even though there were only two couples in the restaurant, and they charge $9 for a glass of house wine. Don't waste your time or money at Past Perfect. more

Great place, definitely Perfect 2/5/2007

I have been to Past Perfect several times for dinner and drinks. I've always been pleased with the food and the staff. They carry one of my favorite wines and offer different specials that have always been great. I would highly recommend this new spot to anyone! Pros: Menu, wine, location Cons: Parking more

Past but far from Perfect 1/17/2007

Monday night is a somewhat slow night in any city- but in Nashville... Dont go to Past Perfect. You will find a scant crowd of kids lined up along the bar watching two bartenders drink. Pros: Great Location! Cons: $10 parking, unattentive staff, no management more

Cool Vibe. Great Food, and no tourists or hee-haws 10/30/2006

I go here at least twice a week. The place is beautiful, the food is always great, and the service is fast and freindly. The owners are cool, and are always eager to please, and even listen to suggestions; I suggested smaller portions and prices for lunch, and within a week, they were there on the menu! This is truly downtown's neighborhood place. Keep it up! Pros: oasis from honkytonks and clubs on second Cons: Getting busier by the day more

Will Not Be Back 10/26/2006

We made our first visit tonight and unfortunately it will be our last. My husband & I had been talking about the funny menu and looking forward to visiting for two weeks but honestly, we were very disappointed. You don't get much for the money you pay - portions are very small compared to anywhere, food was so-so (I had the bison burger, my husband had spaghetti which he said was bland), there were no extra's whatsover ... nothing at all to justify the high prices. For a Friday night, the atmosphere was pretty lame. Our server was pleasant but we did have reason to ask to speak with the manager and he was very begrudging and ungracious. To be truthful, we would have had a better experience for considerably less money in any chain restaurant. On top of this, parking is expensive at $10 ... which would have been fine if our experience at Past Perfect had been ok, but it wasn't. My advice would be to save your money & eat elsewhere. Pros: Funny Menu (that seems to be all the restaurant has going for it) Cons: Price, Portion Size, Bland Food more

Great Resturant 10/3/2006

I had my bachelorette party back in early June and a group of 15 girls or so had a blast at Decades......I then needed to get food around midnight and we saw signs for ""Hot fresh food! Open til 2 AM!"" So we followed the sign and ended up at Past Perfect. Pros: Atmosphere, staff, food Cons: Parking but hey it's Downtown! more

See for yourself! 10/3/2006

I have been to Past Perfect many times since they have opened and have never been disappointed. They are in a perfect location and have a great atmosphere. You feel instantly at home as soon as you sit down. The servers are always very friendly and helpful and the food is different from anywhere else downtown. I would recommend the bison burger, mediterreanean wrap, and the Nathanzola, my personal favorites. I also recommend going on Friday and Saturday nights to hear some great music. Pros: Great music, great environment Cons: not a great place for kids... I guess that could be a Pro too ;) more

I Don't understand the Negative Reviews 10/2/2006

I am A regular at Past perfect and I love this place. The food and service are some of the best downtown. If you want Cheap food, go to chili's or Wendy's like one reviewer suggested. And complaining about now having enough menu items after seeing the menu outside and still sitting down is just plain silly. Good places don't need fifty things on the menu. It's sad that only people with an axe to grind write reviews on these sites. Go to Demo's if you want cheap crud. Pros: Beautiful Place, Food till 2, Live Music Cons: Parking more

Not worth it 9/29/2006

Do NOT eat here. There is a very limited menu and several of the menu items are no longer available. Save your money and your time finding a parking place. Get a salad at Wendy's and your spaghetti at Fazoli's. The chocolate lava cake at Chili's is much bigger, so much better and less than the $8 Past Perfect charges. Will not return or recommend to anyone. Cons: parking, limited menu more

Definitely Past and never Perfect 9/17/2006

When I first walked into this very cute restaurant just off Broadway I was very pleasantly surprised. Then the service started, and was absolutely horrendous. I would love to tell you how the food and drinks made up for the rude service, but I cannot because I was never able to receive either. If you want a nice ambience of a restored old building and good food go to Margot Cafe. If you want to be berated by the wait staff then by all means this is your place! Pros: Was not able to find any Cons: Service!! more

Will Never Return 9/14/2006

I will never return to this spot. Nor will my friends. Service was atrocious. Management was rude. AC was broken. We bought a ""free"" party through a charity silent auction for $150, and Past Perfect was supposed to provide us w/ free cocktails for an hour. They clearly weren't interested in following through with their committed donation b/c the server brought each of us 2 drinks and told us the ""free party"" was over -- even though we all had outstanding drink orders that had never been given to us and the party had only been going for 40 minutes. We shot silly string for our friend's birthday (we asked them in advance and they told us we could use it). They later told us they would bring us a broom so we could sweep up the area after the party was over! You've got to be kidding me! When we went to speak to the manager about the horrible service and lack of drinks, he was rude. He told us that his waitress said we had no outstanding drink orders -- which is completely untrue. When we argued that point and told him to consult with the rest of our guests so that he could get the truth, he told us that he was siding with his waitress and that we could ""consider the party over"" among other choice remarks. There were 25 people at this party. 25 people that were treated poorly and didn't get what was owed to them. 25 people that will never return. 25 people that will tell their friends never to return. 25 people that will post comments on City Search. Surely, providing us with a few drinks that were owed to us was not worth all of the bad publicity and lack of return visits that he will now receive. Hindsight is 20/20! Cons: Horribly rude staff and management more
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  • In Short
    Although less than a block from the heart of Lower Broadway, Past Perfect serves as a hideaway from the honky tonks popular among tourists. While the 19th-century tavern decor...

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  • Hours:

    Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 11 a.m.-midnight, Friday 11 a.m.-3 a.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-3 a.m., Sunday 10am.-midnight; hours vary during football season
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