Bria Bistro Italiano

Bria Bistro Italiano

8128 Tennessee 100
Nashville TN 37221
615-490-3159

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Mon: Closed
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Wed-Sun: 4:30pm-9pm

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  • Oct 10, 2021 by Leah Huntsinger

    It was my first time at Bria Bistro and it did not disappoint. The restaurant is small and cozy with the kitchen in a corner where you can watch the flames jump. The staff is friendly and genuine. The server offered a menu explanation with just enough humor and true appreciation of the food. The food came out quickly and we were lost in the taste. I mean, I knew it was going to be amazing because the moment I walked in the place the smells had me drooling. I ordered the Picatta and it was divine. The tang of the capers against the flavor of the tomatoes was perfect wrapped around pasta and artichoke hearts. My husband ordered the chicken parmesan and the sauce was everything a marinara should be. We also enjoyed the bruschetta which, wait for it, was served with herbed goat cheese! This may have been my first time here, but it certainly won't be my last. Well done, Bria!

  • Aug 07, 2021 by Andrew Mayer

    Do not go here. We walked in, and the first thing the guys says is "just so you know, we don't have a liquor license right now" but you can walk across the street to the Kroger, buy your own wine or beer and they(the restaurant) will let you drink it there(for a $10 fee) the menu is just printed on copy paper and half of it was blacked out because they no longer have those dishes.
    The waiter didn't know what veal was (this is an Italian restaurant!)

  • Jul 28, 2021 by Jonathan C

    This place had a rough time through the pandemic, but has bounced back. The food is really good here. The lasagna was the only thing that wasn't crazy good...and it was good. Just not crazy good. A little pricey but really no more than the usual Italian restaurant. I'll be back!

  • Jul 01, 2021 by Hinal Patel

    Food was so delicious, service was great! Henry was amazing, will definitely be back! Thank you for saving our food!!

  • May 25, 2021 by Maverickgurl

    2021 - There has been an ownership change and the quality, service and atmosphere have not held up..

    This used to be one of my favorite places. The food was always wonderful. Nice, cozy atmosphere and great service.

  • May 12, 2021 by madison alexander

    They have great food but I’ve been here like 20 times and they have NEVER gotten my order correct on the first try and sometimes not even on the second try. They have terrible service, they never answer the phone, most of the time I’ve ordered from there I’ve had to drive there-place my order in person and wait for them to make it because they don’t answer the phone, usually have to wait twice as long because my orders so wrong. most of the time you can’t order through Postmates or Uber eats either. Right now if you call their number it says wrong number, new number unknown so there’s no way to contact them at all unless you order in person.

  • May 05, 2021 by Robert Masto

    New ownership and chef, but still great Italian food. Outdoor dining and take-out.

  • May 01, 2021 by secures2021

    Cook went to the bathroom and didn't wash hands or were gloves upon returning to cook. Yuck! Told owner and she did nothing.

  • Apr 23, 2021 by Sugie1943

    We got take out last week (still don't eat in) and were pleasantly surprised. We had lasagna and fettuccine alfredo. Both were very good. Bria was a favorite some years ago, but the quality of the food and service declined noticeably and we stopped going. Since it is close by, we thought we would give it another try. We found the food to be very good. We will definitely be back. If you haven't tried Bria recently you should give it another try. I think you will be pleased.

  • Mar 09, 2021 by William Brackett

    new to the area was happy to find this place. was not worth the trip. got fried mozz was ok. the chicken parm was bad. the pasta was in a soup not a sauce. the chicken was a frozen patty had no flavor. service was fine. you got a plate of bread and oil the oil had no seasoning in it at all. not worth the trip.

  • Feb 28, 2021 by Harlan Judd

    My party and I should have left as soon as we were advised Bria didn’t have a full liquor license. I ordered a pasta dish and the garnish was stale. The chicken on the dish was over cooked. Overall, the dish was flavorless. To boot, the service is lackluster. When I mentioned to the staff the dish was awful, the response was that of dismissal. I won’t be back.

  • Feb 22, 2021 by Gary Jones

    We were never asked what we wanted to drink after being seated, I had to tell the young lady that I wanted a drink. The sauce on both meals tasted like something out of a can and the chicken was over cooked. I've been to franchise restaurants that are better.

  • Feb 20, 2021 by Robin W.

    Our favorite Italian in Bellevue! I always  order the Chicken Piccata, its  Excellent! Of course the Caesar Salad is delicious. The staff is always friendly and helpful. Highly recommend!!

  • Feb 07, 2021 by Natalie Williams

    Food tasted great. But one star because service was so slow & awful. Although she was a very nice waitress but she was slow to take the orders. Then once she dropped off the food, she disappeared and never came back until we were ready to leave. We waited forever for refills and had to ask for them, we needed to go boxes and the check and had to wait forever to get them. I was really surprised at how bad the service was.

  • Jan 30, 2021 by Todd Ernest

    Enjoyed an evening with the family here. We were there shortly after the doors opened and got seated immediately. The server was friendly and pretty attentive. They had music playing somewhat loudly over in the bar and cook area. It wasn’t to loud at least not for us because we were at the other end of the room but it brought out a nice vibe and for me made it more enjoyable. At one point I think the chef started singing along, he must have been having a good time over there. Lol

    So we had an assortment of food. We started with the calamari. It was good but it is not the kind of calamari I prefer. This is a heavier breaded and more like French fry shaped. I personally prefer the lightly breaded with lots of tentacles style but hey, they didn’t build this restaurant for me! Lol. Either way, it was good to eat and we ate it all. 2 of my kids got the White Clam pasta and the third got the Alfredo with chicken. My wife got the Chicken Parmesan and I ordered the pork chop with polenta fries. Oh and my wife got the wedding soup and it was super tasty!

    The pastas were all good. Nothing that wasn’t tasty. I like a little more flavor and thickness to my pastas and these were mild flavor and the sauces were somewhat thin. My wife’s Chicken Parmesan was really good. The chicken was fantastic and the sauce was good. Just a bit more mild flavored and thinner than I like.

    Now for the pork chop. Holy cow this was the crown jewel!! This was one of the best pork chops I’ve ever had and I’ve never had one quite like this. It was a bone in pork chop smothered in a thick white sauce that was just bursting with flavor! I’ve never had polenta fries but I almost had to lick the plate! It was amazing and I will be going back to have this again.

    Lastly I would say we enjoyed our time there and the food was good but this was a very expensive meal, especially for pasta dishes and a pork chop. It was $215 for 5 people plus tip and that’s an expensive night. My pork chop was worth every penny but The other dishes are in my opinion over priced. Not what I expected going in there. Now given our current situation with COVID, I get it if restaurants are raising prices to make ends meet. They have to in order to survive I would imagine.

    Overall the place is a 4.4 star to me. I will go back for that pork chop and maybe try some other things as well.

  • Jan 24, 2021 by Miss Sillygoose

    Exceptional dining in the 37221. The chicken parm is my family's favorite. Support local businesses!

  • Jan 22, 2021 by Sarah R.

    We just ordered takeout from this place and the food was pretty good. We ordered a piece of cheesecake for $8 and it was ridiculous because of how small it if. I expected a piece of cheesecake for $8 it would be bigger than a inch wide. Y'all should fix the pricing or the serving size.

  • Jan 12, 2021 by Madeleine Daher

    We had a wonderful experience. The waiter was super fun and the food was great. We will be back!

  • Nov 18, 2020 by Terri of Nashville

    We just had a fantastic meal. Carbonara rivaled some of our Italian meals in Roma. The Caesar pizza was outstanding. Service and atmosphere was A+. A new owner makes a huge difference. Fresh bread made in house was also delish.

  • Oct 25, 2020 by Rob Tulloh

    We were 5 and the first table seated after they opened. Service was good and no service glitches. I enjoyed my spaghetti with meatballs. Table also enjoyed the bottle of Justin cabernet. Ample parking.

  • Oct 07, 2020 by Jill Hubbard

    Great food and service! Love sitting next to open window to kitchen watching the chef create the dishes. Have to come back on Thursday for ladies night and try the house made sangria!

  • Oct 03, 2020 by Lisa

    A couple of us had a bunch of small plates. Each one absolutely delicious! Casa Salad, Oysters (raw & baked!) Clam Chowder, Margarita Flatbread & Meatball Appetizer. We sat at the bar & had a great time, with great service. I love to watch them in the kitchen through the glass!

  • Sep 29, 2020 by Lisa

    A couple of us had a bunch of small plates. Each one absolutely delicious! Casa Salad, Oysters (raw & baked!) Clam Chowder, Margarita Flatbread & Meatball Appetizer. We sat at the bar & had a great time, with great service. I love to watch them in the kitchen through the glass!

  • Sep 13, 2020 by Kathy Baird

    It was my 1st time there!
    The service was good!
    The food was good!

  • Sep 09, 2020 by Sebastian Buisson

    Delicious food! Very welcoming atmosphere. Friendly staff. I will be eating here again.

  • Sep 04, 2020 by Scott Dever

    First time there getting takeout after moving close by. Food was outstanding including spaghetti and meatballs, fettuccine alfredo, bread, etc. Reasonably priced and was ready when promised. Definitely will be back.

  • Aug 14, 2020 by suebeans6900

    Had the olive appetizer and the trout!!!! Delicious! So glad we Came! Had a blue cheese stuffed olive martini... wow!

  • Jun 23, 2020 by Kim Smith

    This was our first time eating at Bria and it was amazing! I was smelling something wonderful from the kitchen and was pleasantly surprised that amazing meal was mine! I may have a hard time trying anything other than the Saltimbocca with chicken! My husband’s lasagna was delicious as well!

  • Apr 25, 2020 by Patricia Smith

    This was an absolutely incredible Italian food experience. Having been to Italy 5 times I have a pretty good feel for authentic Italian food. The sauces were off the charts, service impeccable and salmon done perfectly. Salad with homemade vinaigrette was yummy. If you want incredible Italian food, I’d give this place 6 stars!!!

  • Feb 16, 2020 by Durward Blanks

    When we arrived there were only a couple of other tables occupied.
    Our party of 4 was seated promptly but then had a long wait for a server.
    Our appetizer of fried olives arrived in 10 minutes. From there, we didn't see much of our server for some time. He did refill our drinks once and we expected our meal soon. We continued to wait for 30 minutes. I finally got the attention of our server, who appeared to be socializing with the other staff. He said that a kitchen worker had quit and they were short staffed.
    With only 3 tables and a bar patron, I don't think it takes that many cooks for a slow night. Finally, or meal arrived... 50 minutes after ordering.
    It was good, but nothing special. I honestly can't remember what we had other than the olives.
    We will not be returning to this restaurant, and noting the lack of customers, I doubt they will last long

  • Feb 15, 2020 by Lissa Shearer

    I sincerely hope this long time local establishment will turn things around. Unfortunately, our Valentine experiences was terrible. We made reservations several days ago for a party of 6 ( knowing it was going to be a busy evening). Our reservation was not on the list, but we were fortunately seated promptly. However, 30 minutes later had to ask for a waiter. Choosing from the limited menu was difficult. Our waiter, who was disgusted with the establishment and working his last day, told us that two of the four entrees on the LIMITED menu were sold out, as were one of the bottles of wine that we wanted to order. Take in mind that this was at 7pm, and not all tables were full. The waiter completely agreed with our frustration and embarrassed that his reputation was at stake due to the neglect of this establishment. Unfortunately, we left without placing an order. Two other couples were leaving for the same reasons. I can only hope that Bria can turn things around because this experience was very disappointing. Not even deserving of 1 star.

  • Feb 15, 2020 by cr nunn

    My wife and I reserved a table for Valentines Day dinner. We were seated promptly and informed that the menu was different for Valentines Day -with the limited selection of entrees (5 or 6) all priced higher then many items on the regular menu. There had been no notification given (at the time of the reservation or prior to seating) that the menu would be changed and more expensive. Perhaps it was on their website. Fair enough. Not a huge problem. We then sat down and waited nearly 45 minutes before being asked if we had been contacted by a server. The server (Brianna) apologized and said she hadn't realized we didn't have a server. Ok. Water glasses not filled. Whatever. We ordered an appetizer and our entrees. A lot more waiting. Had a nice conversation with our table neighbors about the apparent changes in the quality of the restaurant staff and management. Another apology from Brianna (server) about the long delay in getting our food. She finally brought us our entrees. I pointed out that we had ordered appetizers. She apologized and said she wouldn't charge us for the missing/forgotten appetizers. Hm - should we be grateful that we are not being charged for food we ordered but never received? The entrees were delicious. Didn't help. Worst service I've had in a restaurant in many years. Just horrendous. Valentines dinner ruined. Will never go back. I recommend avoiding this place until they figure out how to treat customers. Too bad since the food (what portion we actually received) was good.

  • Jan 28, 2020 by Jaie Tiefenbrunn

    Taylor at the bar took excellent care of me. The chef is AMAZING, stuffed portabella mushroom is a light meal in itself. Wonderful experience and worth the extra 5 minutes to get off the beaten path.

  • Jan 01, 2020 by golemjohnny

    Nashville, Nashville, wherefore art thou designated a “foodie” town. No way according to this global wonderer. Try a truck-stop anywhere in Italy or a pub in Melbourne or felafel stand in Tel Aviv. I guess people come to Nashville with low expectations. I’ve observed the slow decay and downfall of many local eating establishments that start out with ideals of quality only to discover that their customers really don’t care. Nashville is a Waffle House Cracker Barrel town. The latest disaster in my ‘hood is Bria Bistro. Yet another hopeful that’s hit the skids in what a restaurant is supposed to do...which is FOOD. What in the world were those strips of leather pretending to be veal swimming in a flavorless soup of floured gunk? Perhaps a set of chrome teeth could have bitten through this army boot, not mine. After sending it back, the substitute flatbread was equally disappointing. A bunch of low quality cheese-whiz drowning some evil smelling fungus and a profound lack of Italian sausage that was supposed to be there, but whatever remnants appeared on the plate had the quality of spam. They’ve also ‘modified’ their wine list removing the good stuff. Bria used to be good other than consistently serving their soup luke warm. Even then it always came back the same temperature after a requested zap in the microwave. At least back then they had a cook and mostly the food was edible and of reasonable quality. Now the place is hopeless. So sad. We won’t be back.

  • Dec 23, 2019 by 08162019

    First time to this Italian bistro and the food was wonderful. Chicken manicotti was very flavorful and my husband enjoyed the lasagna. Lisa gave us great service. We will be back as we saw other items we want to try.

  • Dec 17, 2019 by Deke Smith

    Our experience with Bria has been great previous to our last visit. We got the filet mignon. The fois gras butter was not a good flavor match for the filet. Despite the wood smoke smell spilling over the neighborhood from Bria, the steak had no wood smoke flavor. Not bad, but expected much more. The stock of the French onion soup was very dense with flavor and it tastes as if beef bones had been cooked a long time to give it that flavor. It seems to have a hint of rosemary, too. The French onion soup had a very different flavor. Good wine selection. Good service.

  • Nov 07, 2019 by Chelsea Gallagher

    Great restaurant! The pork chop is excellent with good wine! Very nice restaurant!

  • Oct 26, 2019 by Jaymie Regan

    My wife and I went last night and Bria falls into the exact category of mixed reviews. It looks like a nice place, staff was nice, the appetizer was really good, but both of our chicken dishes were rubbery. Typically, the chicken in Italian dishes like Chicken Saltimbocca and Chicken Piccata are beat to be thin. This was not done and resulted in chewy chicken. They probably have some great dishes but I don’t recommend the chicken.

  • Oct 20, 2019 by golemjohnny

    Nashville restaurants have a short lifespan. Food is a priority for a minute and then it’s not. Bria had a chef for a minute and now they don’t. Sorry to see it collapse into a sad Olive Garden clone. Oh well. The neighborhood deserves better. Next.

  • Oct 16, 2019 by Kurt W. Bartlett

    Best italian food in West Nashville! Highly recommend! The decor looks a little like The Boundr'y restaurant from the early 2000's, but the food is top notch!

  • Sep 26, 2019 by Ryan Arthur

    This quiet little gem of a restaurant is to die for!!! If you want high-end gourmet Italian food, this is the place. Friendly service, great drink selection, and a beautiful decor make this a great date night stop.

  • Sep 20, 2019 by Andrew P.

    Horrible experience... waiter rushed us thru dinner despite arriving 10 min after they opened. the egg plant parmigiana was fried and not baked. Our other dish was a salty mushroom ravoli Overpriced garbage. Can't understand so many good reviews. Apparently people have never had good Italian food before.

  • Sep 08, 2019 by Mark M.

    Been back twice. Service friendly.  Good portions. Nice menu variety . Had children's options. Kids loved the roast chicken, flatbreads and mozzarella stick appetizer.  Gnocchi was good- pretty rich.  Saltimbocca was nice. appetizer nice. spinach salad  was fresh. WIfe had watermelon salad that was quite tasty.  Eggplant entree a bit tough but good.  Baked ziti had a  great sauce.  What dampened evening was they don't have high chairs and we have a 1.5 year old.

  • Sep 03, 2019 by libbatodd

    My husband had Chicken Parmesan, it was really good and hot. Serving size was large. I had Chicken Manicotti and had to take some home. It was really good and hot. I really liked the bread because it was softer than most other Italian restaurants.

  • Aug 29, 2019 by Linda Patrick

    I had the pork chop and my friend had chicken it was really good. The place was nice and service was excellent!

  • Aug 29, 2019 by Linda Patrick

    I had the pork chop and my friend had chicken it was really good. The place was nice and service was excellent!

  • Aug 17, 2019 by Linda Y.

    This restaurant use to be our favorite neighborhood spot. We often ate there at least 2 times a week. It recently changed hands and has really gone down hill. The menu though much the same-the food is not! They once had a pretty good wine list both by the bottle and the glass but now it is really dreadful. We have talked to the wait staff about it and all we get is " I know, everyone complains about it". So we asked to chat with the manager about it and she just blew us off. We took a break and didn't go for awhile and decided to try again last week. First thing we noticed is all the regular wait staff are no longer there and the once full restaurant is really pretty empty. They only had one guy waiting the tables. Again, no changes to the dreadful wine list and when I commented he said " everyone hates it but what can I do about it?". Well, for starters talk to the owner and manager and let them know all the clients are complaining! The real kicker is when a girl from the kitchen brought our food out she spilled my husbands soup all over him and his phone. He jumped up and went to the bathroom to clean up as I tried to clean off his phone. When he came back his phone wouldn't work. He mentions it to the waiter and he snaps " I don't have time for this!" And walks off. We ask for the manager and they just send out a cook. We wrote out what happened and left our contact info and asked  to please have the manager or owner call us. Never heard a word from them. We are done. After years of eating here we will not be back.

  • Aug 06, 2019 by Jason S.

    It looks like a Fazzoli's from the outside, but don't let that -- or the fact that it's on the end of a small strip mall -- fool you. This is amazing gourmet Italian. The chicken saltimbocca was unbelievable -- and I've been to Italy four times. Such an amazing combination of flavors. This isn't your average Italian. The mixed berry cheesecake was in my belly in record time. My first trip to Nashville, but it might be worth the drive back out to visit Bria again.

  • Jul 31, 2019 by Tammie Tucker

    First Time eating there, First date.Food was cold.Waiter was young n dumb for sure.I am Deaf and it was acknowledged on reservations.Poor service, cold food, waited 40/minutes for the Cold Food. Not a fancy place at All..Just for ole folks to drink and wino..blah blah.

  • Jul 28, 2019 by Jessica Owens

    Food was good but not as good as in the past. We loved the chocolate chip cherry gelato and my husband loved the lasagna. My gnocchi was just okay. It needed more sauce and none of the crunchy things they placed on top.

  • Jul 28, 2019 by Jessica Owens

    Food was good but not as good as in the past. We loved the chocolate chip cherry gelato and my husband loved the lasagna. My gnocchi was just okay. It needed more sauce and none of the crunchy things they placed on top.

  • Jul 18, 2019 by rockydogz1

    This was an absolutely incredible Italian food experience. Having been to Italy 5 times I have a pretty good feel for authentic Italian food. The sauces were off the charts, service impeccable and salmon done perfectly. Salad with homemade vinaigrette was yummy. If you want incredible Italian food, I’d give this place 6 stars!!!

  • Jul 11, 2019 by Marisa Miller

    Amazing food and even better service. I will definitely be returning!

  • Jul 11, 2019 by Marisa Miller

    Amazing food and even better service. I will definitely be returning!

  • Jul 08, 2019 by Theresa B

    Every time we have been the food has been terrific - I recommend the steak. The service is great, it is a small, intimate atmosphere, and is really a wonderful treasure right in Bellevue. I would highly recommend.

  • Jun 25, 2019 by Karen Erickson

    Have to say food was great BUT if you have problems with eating nuts or seeds I wouldn’t come. Everything on the menu has one or the other.

  • Jun 22, 2019 by buckybrad1972

    The red sauce for the spaghetti and meatballs was soooooo good!

  • Jun 21, 2019 by Barry P.

    Went there for an anniversary celebration. We had Bruschetta as a starter, it was just so so. However our main courses were outstanding. My wife had the Fioccheti, wonderful pasta wrapped packets of meat in a rich beefy sauce. I love Eggplant Parmesan, and have been searching for a good one for a long time since my favorite place closed. Well this is the place, outstanding! The service was good also, we went early and our waiter was very attentive and friendly. Outstanding Italian Bistro casual and not too stuffy. Next time we will skip lunch to save room to try a dessert.

  • Jun 11, 2019 by TRAVIS Ayers

    The food was good, they need to work on their service.

  • May 14, 2019 by neilh28461

    This was recommended by my son in laws boss, and he was right on! A very nice, not overdone fairly small restaurant on the south side of Nashville. Excellent menu and very reasonably priced, and a good wine list. Big problem is it is not kid friendly or welcoming, apparently no high chairs, kids menu ( they will make up something for you) or changing facilities for younger children in the bathrooms (we had two grandkids with us). Service started off well but got decidedly slow an inattentive towards the end, and the bill was way off. We will go back as teh food is excellent, but no kids next time.

  • May 13, 2019 by Kerry Moore

    For the price the food should have been outstanding. The food was just ok. I can't afford to go back.

  • May 06, 2019 by Larry Pafford

    What a great atmosphere. Not at all what I was expecting. The food was exceptional. I will definitely return.

  • May 06, 2019 by Larry Pafford

    What a great atmosphere. Not at all what I was expecting. The food was exceptional. I will definitely return.

  • Apr 19, 2019 by Glenn Meadows

    New favorite Italian restaurant. Great food, great service.

  • Apr 17, 2019 by Miranda H.

    THE best Italian I've ever had!!! We were in town visiting for Hallmark event and saw this unassuming restaurant. I will forever be grateful we walked through those doors. Even if you walked in and ordered a soda and some of their bread, your life would already be complete. That bread is made is heaven I'm almost positive. I drool just thinking about it. My Chicken Piccata was easily the best I've ever had and my friend got the chicken Parmesan. The atmosphere is quiet and inclusive but without being stuffy. The wait staff were attentive and answered every question we had (they really know their menu)!  Honestly, for the quality of food and portion size, I'm surprised the prices aren't in the triple digits. I would drive back down from St. Louis just to eat here again and go back home. Phenomenal!

  • Mar 27, 2019 by Scrappytiny2

    Went there at 7:30, on a Thursday-not that busy, but the waitress was rude and obviously didn’t want to be there. Manager man at front desk wasn’t much better. I guess they don’t have enough staff. Food was served quickly, but eggplant was dry and more fried and thick as a chicken breast. They did bring us another entree, but they sure were not customer friendly at all.

  • Mar 24, 2019 by Jane H.

    Wonderful meal. Trout was done perfectly with a twist of crunch, fresh potato sticks between the two well portioned trout fillets. Friendly waiter that was attentive, though busy. Great smile and though new owners and chef getting their feet wet here they did not disappoint. Best of success you all. Thankyou for a pleasant evening.

  • Mar 22, 2019 by John N.

    Great service at the bar!  The regulars are super friendly.  The gnocchi was absolutely divine.  They have a full bar and solid wine list.  I'll definitely be back!

  • Mar 20, 2019 by JBYlad

    Love this quaint little Italian restaurant outside of Nashville. We’ve had Tyler twice as a server and he always does a great job. Wine is great, food is delicious, and it’s always a plus when it’s a local, small business.

  • Mar 19, 2019 by merkatwoman

    I really don't like writing negative reviews but there was just too much wrong to overlook. I've eaten at Bria several times over the past few years and all of a sudden the quality of the food has bottomed out. The Calamari appetizer can only be described as bizarre. I've eaten a good amount of calamari from a huge variety of places and never seen anything that looked like this. It was like long french fries with a chewy texture - not pleasant at all. My next huge disappointment was the trout dish I ordered. I've had it several times before but this time it was sub-par. The arugula salad with crab meat was about the only redeeming thing on the plate and even then the amount of crab meat was literally like a teaspoon. The trout itself had soggy skin that made it difficult to remove and the fish was almost mushy. I think I had two pieces but it was hard to tell because it all mushed together and the amount of fish I actually got to eat was very lacking. The shoestring fries with aoli were basically like a ball of aoli with some fries stuck to it. Very hard to eat. The couple we came with also had complaints - number one being the lipstick on a water glass for a man that doesn't wear lipstick. No one left satisfied with their meal. When my husband tried to tell the manager - just to let him know so he could work to improve or at least be aware - it was met with indifference and basically a brush off. All that being said I have to compliment our waiter. He was prompt, courteous and accommodating. We really hope this restaurant can get things straightened out because we used to really enjoy dining there. Before you go check to see if they are under new management or have a new chef - because one or both of those things are not working well.

  • Mar 18, 2019 by Peter N

    Good food and clean kitchen. Dated decor and expensive menu. For the price there's better options.

  • Mar 16, 2019 by Raymond D.

    We've been here quite a few times, and, it's always almost always been good, well, tonight was good, excellent even.  If my chicken hadn't been slightly tough I would have gone 5 stars.  Our last visit wasn't so hot, but they've had some personnel changes in the kitchen for the better. Great service, better than average food, though I still think the olive oil in the dish with herbs is rancid, just me?  We will definitely be back again.

  • Feb 28, 2019 by Marina R.

    Food and service was amazing! Wasn't really feeling like a full sit down dinner so we ordered to go. Brian was very sweet and amazing. Can't wait to  come back for the full experience.

  • Feb 10, 2019 by Jacob Richards

    This is one of the best restaurants I have ever been to. The service was quick. The food was a roller coaster of flavor. You can tell the work that is put into the food. I recommend this place highly and it is our new favorite spot.

  • Feb 09, 2019 by Jacob Richards

    This is one of the best restaurants I have ever been to. The service was quick. The food was a roller coaster of flavor. You can tell the work that is put into the food. I recommend this place highly and it is our new favorite spot.

  • Jan 25, 2019 by Art L.

    We've been to Bria numerous times and have never had a bad meal.  The pappardelle is out of this world, and I would be happy eating nothing but the bread and delicious seasoned olive oil they bring to the table.  Desserts are also outstanding!

  • Jan 18, 2019 by LizBethob

    Decided to try Bria and was happy we did. When we walked in, it’s horseshoe shaped bar was completely filled with people having cocktails and eating. We were seated immediately. Service was good. They have a small menu, but the entrees we ordered were very good. My husband ordered spaghetti and meatballs. He always says, “If the spaghetti and meatballs are good, it’s a good place for sure.” He gave it the thumbs up. I am lactose intolerant, so asked for the Primavera with the Pomodora sauce instead of the cream sauce. No problem there. It was delicious. We will be back.

  • Jan 13, 2019 by Lauren R.

    We ate here with out-of-town guests to celebrate a birthday. It was terrible. To start, the host barely said two words to us. The server was cold as well, which was a less than ideal atmosphere for a birthday celebration. One dish was completely inedible. It was obvious it was old and reheated. The server took the dish back, without saying one word! She never offered to bring a freshly made dish out or even offer an apology. The other food was mediocre & very overpriced. We will never dine here again.

  • Jan 13, 2019 by Lily F.

    My companions were very happy with their flatbread and the saltimbocca was apparently delicious.  My gnocchi were the heaviest I've ever eaten in half a century, though, and the sauce was more like a midwestern super-cheesy sludge than a nice, flavorful Italian sauce, and this made the fried onions and bacon and kale garnish just too heavy.  I was nauseated all the next day from the fattiness of the food, and I only ate a third of a serving.  One of the others at the table, a substantial former rugby player, took on the rest of the serving but also couldn't finish it and thought it was awful.  The warm bread basket was fine, but the herbed olive oil was nearly flavorless, just made with dried herbs that hadn't imparted much spice to the oil.  There are no longer cocktails on the menu, so ignore that part of the restaurant web page.  They'll mix you a drink from the bar, but the signature cocktails are no longer available, very confusing.  We ate early at 5:30, and by the time we left around 7 on a Friday, there was a long line waiting for tables.

  • Jan 10, 2019 by Dianne R.

    We ate here this evening with some out-of-town guests to celebrate a birthday. The host barely said two words to us as he lead us to our table. The server was not friendly either. We would have completely understood if the restaurant had been busy, but other than a few guests at the bar, the restaurant was almost empty, and we appeared to be our server's only table. One dish was completely inedible, and tasted old and reheated.  The server took the dish back without saying one word. She never apologized or even offered to bring a freshly made dish out. One of our guests wasn't able to eat her soup because it was so spicy, which was not mentioned in the description. The other food was mediocre and overpriced. We will definitely not be returning. Extremely cold atmosphere.

  • Dec 09, 2018 by Erin N.

    This one has been a hit or miss off and on for about 7 years now. But I must say lately that they are firing on all cylinders. The newest management has improved upon the atmosphere and dining experience here at Bria.  In fact, I don't know why we're not here more often... note to self. . Beautiful restaurant, interesting menu that so far delivers all the flavor profiles you could ask for. Great wine deals and atmosphere to boot. Gussy up and load up your best date and give them a try.

  • Nov 21, 2018 by Gregory W.

    I go to Bria about once every four to five weeks. The high quality of the food and service bring me back again and again. Favorite dishes include the Salmon and Trout .. both are creatively prepared and are excellent. The classic Veal Picatta is also a favorite and is always delicious. I suggest asking for Henry the server .. informative, professional and courteous. Great restaurant for a casual Italian dinner!

  • Nov 09, 2018 by Louie S.

    Was hungry for some pasta and was quite disappointed from the moment we walked in. First the greeter wanted to seat us (2) smashed in between two other couples when the other side of the seating area was completely empty.  I guess they have lazy servers.  It was quite empty for a Saturday night at 6pm.  Their website stated to make reservations so we did.  Trust me, No Need. Call me silly, but when I go for Italian, I look for Italian dishes. My selection was very limited which I found odd.  Started off with the Calamari which was nicely done.  My GF had the clams which were very tasty as well and I got the lasagna.  I don't think Garfield the cat would have even liked it.  It was a big bowl of cheese.  It was horrible.  I pealed the top layer of cheese off to only find a few noodles.  The sausage had no flavor. Zip, Zero Zilch!  I had to take some of the dipping sauce that came with the bread to add it since the sauce was lacking as well.   On a side note, if a place is going to have glass so you can see the chefs preparing your meals, one might think you would want your team to look a little more professional.  The baseball hat turned backwards and the Def Leppard T-Shirt they were wearing made me feel I was eating at a food truck. I guess now I know why it was so empty on a Saturday Night.

  • Nov 07, 2018 by Brittany V.

    This is a place thats perfect for a girls night out or a date. The happy hour wine prices are good and half priced bottles of wine on Wednesday are even better. The ambiance is classy and romantic. You can sit at the bar and have a cheese plate and bottle of wine and be perfectly content. The bartenders take care of you and are super friendly and entertaining. Would definitely recommend Bria to anyone who wants a chill yet classy fun night out.

  • Oct 31, 2018 by LJ J.

    Wow!!! Everything was perfect!!!   Half priced wine bottles on Wednesday is always a winner. The saltimbocca sauce was possibly the best ever. The Halloween movies and music were on point!! Love Young Frankenstein sound or no.

  • Oct 26, 2018 by tnxplant

    We had a nice experience here a couple of years ago and decided somewhat spur of the moment to go early on a Thursday evening for a nice meal to celebrate our anniversary. We did not have a reservation, but the restaurant was far from crowded. The manager seated us at a table right next to the restroom in spite of many other options being available. When our waiter arrived, we asked for a different table away from the restroom, so he seated us in extremely close proximity to another couple. Everything went downhill from there. The waiter (Micah? - he never told us his name, but the manager mentioned it later) hurriedly took our order and returned with our drinks and salads. I was not even half finished with my salad when he did a quick stop to inform us our entrees were ready, asked did we want them yet, did not wait for an answer and plopped them down on the tiny table already crowded with goblets and other dishes. Did I mention that we told him we were celebrating our 45th anniversary? The waiter never again returned to our table - no removal of dishes, no drink refills, nothing. Then he seated another couple next to us and proceeded to chat and recite the specials of the evening. At this point I lost my appetite, and my husband hunted down the manager and spoke with him about the extreme lack of service. To the manager's credit, he did not charge us for the meal and gave us a gift card which we gave away. We do not intend to return. The food was decent, but paying $32 for 4 scallops (not including the salads and drinks which would have boosted it to $75) should have ensured a pleasant dining experience.

  • Oct 24, 2018 by Julio P.

    The food could be good , but we will never know. Got seated, the place was empty except for one other table. Got our drinks, and delicious bread. Then the waiter disappeared. We tried to flag other waiters but nobody cared. After waiting 10 minutes we left. Don't recommend.

  • Sep 18, 2018 by RCSColumbus

    My wife, son and I had a delicious dinner here, starting with the appetizer. The calamari were delicious and the mussels truly outstanding. The small house salad is wonderful and the short rib ravioli an excellent twist on the usual ravioli offerings. My wife had the lasagna and my son the shrimp picatta and we were all pleased with our choices. The wine-by-the-glass choices were also good as was the service. The place was full and everyone seemed to be having a good time.

  • Aug 17, 2018 by James C

    This Italian themed restaurant is located well west of the city center in a residential suburb in a strip center. The decor is dark wood and warm colors but there is something unfinished about it. My server was a kid with a job and in a hurry. His menu knowledge was suspect and seemed designed to boost the check. I chose the salmon entre and it was properly cooked but nothing special. Wines were pricey for the quality. Overall if you lived nearby it would be a choice otherwise do not drive here for the food or experience.

  • Jul 22, 2018 by Alex .

    Visited Bria Bistro on a total whim, and was SO pleasantly surprised! The stuffed mushroom was divine, the primavera complex, and cheesecake sooo creamy. The waitstaff was small, but very nice and readily answered any questions I had about vegetarian items. I also LOVE that you can see into the kitchen and know it's clean and well-prepared. Would recommend this place to anyone!

  • Jul 08, 2018 by Jon C.

    This is a very good dining experience. The service can be uneven, and is always a bit on the slow side, but the food makes up for it. Pay attention to the specials, as they are usually better than the menu items, which are good themselves. Wine selection is good, though not extensive.

  • Jun 13, 2018 by Kab M.

    I come here often. Just tonight I got chicken piccatta and the linquini was just tasting like starch pasty. Not the normal. Maybe they were over cooked not Sure. But everything else was ever pleasant

  • Jun 02, 2018 by Renee R.

    A hidden gem! This is one of my favorite restaurants in Nashville. A good price point, wine reasonable (you can always order something more expensive) and a wide selection of Italian influenced dishes. I am a stickler for hot food - hate when it sits under the heat lamp and dies - and our food was hot and tasty. The service was excellent - not overbearing but attentive. The lasagna is some of the best in town and this evening I had the eggplant parmesan. Both were tasty! They also have a terrific happy hour. This is a place to try!

  • May 29, 2018 by jtw1495

    We decided to try out this place after years of driving past it on Hwy. 100. Got a reservation - wasn't crowded but steady business. Very cool little place. Seated right away. Food was WONDERFUL!!! Server was extremely lacking. I don't know if he was new or had just been cut and was trying to get out of there before 7 p.m. He didn't offer the specials (heard them from server behind us). I asked for a non-spicy Bloody Mary, but evidently he didn't tell them at the bar. I watched the cocktail sit for at least 5 minutes while the server talked to other employees at the bar. Never checked back after appetizers, dinner or dessert was served. Had to ask for more water which he poured reaching OVER the table instead of walking around. Brought the check BEFORE dessert was served (but had been ordered and took quite a while). Again - the food was AMAZING! The host was very cordial and other servers were even quite nice. Just not ours. Will go back. Will make sure we have another server.

  • May 28, 2018 by WilliamMandell

    My wife and I love this place. All the servers and bartenders are friendly. We love the bread w/ EVOO which has a fennel seasoning I believe. Calamari is my favorite. I try and and eat seafood often but my wife has had the filet as well as other pasta dishes. They are committed to making your experience a win. Henry, Mathew and Ryan are all great servers.

  • May 13, 2018 by Suzy B.

    Absolutely the worst appetizer and meals EVER!! Best waiter we've had in years...Josh. It was absolutely the worst experience we have ever had as far as the food goes. We had the antipasto for an appetizer and it truly disappointed, 7 pieces of salami and 2 pieces of capocolla (sp.). Dinner was risotto with shrimp, tasted like minute rice and shrimp...literally nothing else! Husband had fettuccine Alfredo with shrimp......Knorrs instant pack would have been better. Manager was not a manager but a host that simply sat people and that was it. So disappointed of what has become of this place.

  • May 03, 2018 by Susan S.

    This is my favorite Italian spot in Nashville.  The atmosphere is great, although a bit noisy if it's crowded.  I have tried many entrees, and my favorite is their Chicken Piccata.  Their fettuccine is also great!  Their service is always prompt as well!

  • May 02, 2018 by Dayana V.

    I had heard great things about this place, so naturally I wanted to check it out. We were a little skeptical about going, but made the drive. Upon arrival, we asked a couple that was leaving if it was any good. They said it was great and that they tried to come once a week. Sweet! That confirmed us actually going in. From the outside the space is cute and inside isn't bad either. We waited just a few minutes and were sat to the right in the smallest section. Our table was right next to the kitchen, which you could see right into. I think of all seats in the place, was probably the worst for me to sit in. I used to manage a restaurant so I see and look for different things. Naturally I looked into the kitchen for most of the time. No bueno. Most of the employees wore gloves. Hallelujah. BUT ONE DID NOT. Ge would eat random bites of food without washing his hands. Gathered trash without washing hands. Quite honestly, I'm surprised I even ate anything after watching that. Food came out. Looked and smelled great. Tastes okay, not what I expected I suppose. Not real sure if I would go back. I think I would rather go elsewhere. Sorry!

  • Apr 15, 2018 by Kirsten E.

    The food and service were fantastic. This is a great local spot and I would highly recommend it to anyone

  • Apr 08, 2018 by Cindy C.

    Love this place.  Food is delicious.  Atmosphere is warm and inviting.  Our server today, (Joshua) was by far one the most pleasant, funny, attentive servers we have ever encountered!  Thank you Joshua for making our Sunday afternoon relaxing and worry free! You're the best!

  • Apr 05, 2018 by Alexandra S.

    First time ordering, we called ahead to order it to-go. Packaged well. Quickly ready. Portion sizes were skimpy. To Go olive oil was not even half of a condiment container, for three pieces of bread(super salty). I ordered the fettuccine Alfredo with chicken and they did not include the chicken-small portion size and again little sauce, not much flavor. My partner ordered the eggplant Parmesan-wayyy overpriced. Not even a handful of noodles. Calamari was amazing, hands down the best part of the meal. Overall, eh. For $55 I feel as if it really could have been better. Portion size and taste wise.

  • Mar 12, 2018 by wit1nes

    Yes its true that servers have been trained in the rude act of removing one person's plate while the other is still eating. Don't like it, but that's the way they are trained. But at Bia the server took that beyond. I had cleared my plate not not yet even swallowed when she asked to clear my plate. My wife had maybe two three bites to go. I gave n and knodded yes. Then, while my wife still has food on her plate she starts removing all my silverware, bread dish. Just kept on going. Took the plate with olive oil next. Then she stood there waiting for my wife to take her last bite, quickly grabbing the plate and her fork as soon as she let go. Food was exceptional as always.

  • Feb 19, 2018 by Slam T.

    We went for Valentines' Day, which is always very busy for any restaurant. The service was not rushed or stressed and the food was very good.  The decor was nice and comfortable. We will definitely go back.

  • Feb 17, 2018 by Stephanie B.

    One of my favorite Italian restaurants in all of Nashville. The food is amazing and reasonably priced. This is a hidden gem in the middle of deep Bellevue on Highway 100. I recommend this place for a date night, gathering of friends or family, or even a business dinner. Try the house made mozzarella sticks. Most everyone I bring along with me orders the chicken parm. They will create any dish you want as long as they have the ingredients. This is not something they advertise on the menu but you can easily ask for it. Complimentary bread comes before the meal. Multiple nights each week they have half price wine bottles. Check Groupon before you arrive for great deals. The only negative is that many of their servers come and go so you often get used to one group and come in a month later to an entire new staff.

  • Feb 03, 2018 by Donna L.

    We are new to the Nashville area and this is close to our house. We have had a hard time finding good Italian food and so far this is the best we have had. It's cute place and dimly lit. The bread they brought to the table was delicious but the spice they mixed with the oil was a bit harsh. We requested new oil wilts Parmesan and that was great. The bruschetta was delicious but would have preferred the bread to be toasted a bit more. I had the shrimp risotto and it was very tasty. My husband ordered the chicken Parmesan and that was very good! This place is perfect for a date night and not overly pricey. They have groupons all the time and o. Sunday and Wednesday they have half priced bottles of wine. We will definitely go back.

  • Jan 22, 2018 by Antionette C.

    Absolutely over charging for bad service and bad food, i could cook better at home, manager is awful to deal with.

  • Dec 30, 2017 by Dixiecup2014

    This was our second visit to Bria Bistro - the first was in the Summer and we really enjoyed the patio seating. Everything, including our server was great. Enjoyed small talk with her along with some food suggestions. We went back on our next visit to Nashviile to see if we enjoy the inside dining area and it was as pleasing ... not overly noisy or congested and a nice seating arrangement. Once again, the service was pleasant with no waiting for food, but no one hurrying us even though it was a crowded evening. As we visit the area often, this will be a go-to restaurant.

  • Dec 08, 2017 by William H

    I love to eat Cappellini with Maranara. Simple but satisfying. Bria’s has a fine menu that is sure to appeal to those looking for a solid Italian experience. Honestly, my wife’s Lasagna was wonderful boasting the most favorable cheese I’ve had on such a dish. The now bake their own bread, a significant upgrade since our last experience. Truly enjoyable excep for the draft caused by the heating/cooling system. Could use some diverters.

  • Nov 10, 2017 by OBXluvr

    My son and I are only in Nashville, Bellevue, for the night and it is his birthday so we wanted to go somewhere nice and different. We found Bria during a google search and thought it would be perfect. Nope. Made a reservation online, along with several other people who I overheard complaining about being overbooked. We were finally seated and when our waitress finally came over she was rude and condescending. I asked questions and she was curt and short. Tried to make small talk, mentioned my sons birthday when she checked i.d and she looked at me like I had 3 heads. The place was packed and the food took forever to finally show up, we kind of understood except people around us were getting food and leaving before we even got appetizers. When it finally came it wasn’t good at all. I’ve never been more disappointed and I’m an over tipper but I didn’t even leave 20%. Beyond disappointed and definitely won’t go back next time we are in town. The 2 Stars is because the 2 hostesses were great and worked their butts off and I could see that they were taking a lot of flack from other customers.

  • Nov 09, 2017 by Elizabeth T

    The service was fantastic and the food is great. We have eaten there twice and both times, we were very pleased. It is a little pricy but is well worth it.

  • Nov 01, 2017 by merkatwoman

    My husband and I recently ate at Bria for my birthday. The atmosphere is nice and the wait staff was great. The wine menu is pretty good and I've heard on some nights they have half price bottles of wine. We had the calamari appetizer and it was tender and not over breaded. I ordered the trout and it was absolutely delicious with an arugula salad covered with fresh crab meat. I would recommend this for couples or small groups.

  • Oct 12, 2017 by Lee K.

    This is one of our favorites in Bellevue - definitely for Italian food. Y'all the chicken parm is out of this world. Hands down...it's awesome. And take it from me, I know good Italian food. I've been to the Olive Garden. It's really nice this is so close. It is a bit pricey, but you get what you pay for and that is near perfection. Note: I was kidding about the Olive Garden reference - I'm not bashing Olive Garden by any means but that is not my go-to standard for Italian food, Little Caesars is.

  • Sep 22, 2017 by Sarah B.

    I was very pleasantly surprised by this little place. A night out with the girls embarrassing ourselves singing along at Chaffin's Barn, and one had suggested dinner as opposed to the Barn buffet... and I'm so glad she did. Drinks were on point and some nice options, I enjoyed a white wine sangria that was tasty and beautiful.  For dinner, I hard their pork chop and I know... you're thinking she's at an Italian place and she orders a pork chop?  Sadly, I'm allergic to garlic... and I'm at an Italian place.  It ain't easy, and more than once I've had a salad and cannoli for dinner at other Italian establishments, but thankfully not here.  I had four or five options, and this one was awesome. The seasoned perfectly chop is served atop grits made from popped buttered popcorn.  It looks like grits, but tastes like you're at the movies, total yum.  The chop also has a chutney like jam on top of it... I don't recall exactly what they called it, just eat it and enjoy.  The grilled veggies were nice and not too firm, not too cooked. For dessert I had cheesecake that was very good, and a bite of a friend cookie dough ball served with their Cookies & Cream dessert that was phenomenal.  The Fruit Loops inspired gelato that accompanied it (cookies and... cream) didn't do anything for me or the rest of the table, so if you opt for such you might consider subbing the cream flavor.  But the cookie balls stopped my friend in her tracks after one bite, so do try it for sure. Dinner with dessert and one drink plus tip was $50, so even though it's in a non-descript strip center, it's not cheap, but it is tasty and 1000% superior to the Barn buffet if that's what you're doing.  You're welcome.

  • Aug 23, 2017 by NoCleverCreation

    I'd call this a 3 1/2 star if I could. I had the chicken parmesan wth a spinach salad with red sangria to drink. My companions had lasagna with the same salad and drink. This place goes for artistry in their food at the sacrifice of taste and price. The piece of chicken was rounded like a tube and cut diagonally down the middle. The tomato sauce was way too spicy and did nothing for the flavor. The salad was good. The restaurant was pretty far out from town. Considering that, I don't think they can support charging $107 for three people in suburbia even if it is an upper middle class area.

  • Aug 16, 2017 by Julie S.

    Mom  &.I  go to Bria for special! Just a plan evening, at Bria' s! With good wine/good with always great servic! Definitely  recommend !

  • Jul 26, 2017 by Scott D

    Pricey but enjoyable. Great atmosphere for a romantic dinner date. Artwork is displayed and available for sale.

  • Jun 18, 2017 by mccayk

    Typically, you wouldn't think about ordering steak in an Italian restaurant, but my niece and I were in Bria recently and had a taste for beef. We both had the filet mignonette, which was served with a burgundy butter and some seasonal vegetables and incredible mashed potatoes. OMG, such amazing flavors! The steaks were cooked perfectly and the accompanying sauce added so much. Service was amazing. Matt and Ryan were very attentive, and the manager came by the table to be sure we were enjoying our meal. I am from out of town and always plan a stop at Bria when I visit Nashville. I have never been disappointed.

  • Jun 05, 2017 by Brittany F.

    I bought a Groupon that was quickly approaching the expiration date so we decided to give Bria a shot on a Sunday night. We got there right as they opened so seating was easy and the hostess was very friendly. Our server was awesome, he was really attentive and friendly. Whenever I have a Groupon I feel like I can order a few more things and try out more of the menu since I'm saving a little money! We started with the fried ravioli, which was our favorite part of the meal! There were I think 5 on the plate and they were sitting on some pesto sauce. The inside of the ravioli is filled with sausage, cheese and some kind of green...maybe kale...I don't remember the description...all I know, is that they were delicious! The next thing we ordered was a caesar salad, for $7.50 it was pretty lackluster. I know, it's a caesar salad, what were we expecting? The lettuce was a little limp and the croutons looked homemade, which I typically like but these were cut really big and they were really hard so they were a little hazardous on the teeth to eat! For our main entree we just got the chicken parmesan to split. The presentation was nice, the chicken is actually stuffed with cheese and...kale?...and then fried and then split in half. It's a really good portion to split, each one of us took half of the already split chicken and then half of the spaghetti. Now here comes one of my pet peeves when it comes to spaghetti, if you are going to charge $21 for chicken parmesan that pasta should be prepared well. The noodles were so overcooked they were almost mush and the sauce lacked any flavor, we were really disappointed in the spaghetti. The chicken, while the presentation was pretty and the idea was definitely there, the chicken was so dry! The only parts that were good were the ones with the cheese, the rest were so dry and overcooked that we left most of it. Overall, the night was nice. Service was great. Some of the food was really good, some not so good. Had we spent full price on everything I think I would have had a hard time spending $21 for chicken parmesan! We don't live anywhere near Bellevue so we probably won't be venturing back over there to give this another shot.

  • May 11, 2017 by fcombs

    I have given Bria's a few tries, and I just don't like it. 1. Dining area is too close to the bar, and it's very loud. 2. The menu is limited. 3. It feels small and cramped. 4. I was not comfortable in the seating provided. Let's face it - it's a bistro for a young crowd that just happens to serve a few Italian dishes. This is a place young 30 somethings come to get drunk - not sloppy or obnoxious drunk, just a bit loud and boisterous. I might even raise the age to 45, but that would be getting over the hill for this place. It's a small neighborhood bar. It is not a place I would take my mother. She would be very not happy there. Suffice it to say, we will not be heading there for Mother's Day.

  • May 05, 2017 by mary d.

    We had a fabulous dinner at Bria Bistro last night. The olive oil with herbs and focaccia was delicious. The arugula salad with crab and lemon vinaigrette was fabulous. The Trout entree and the Saltimbocca were equally delicious. Nothing could have been any better. Our waiter was pleasant and attentive. He suggested a Prosecco/Gin/Lemoncello drink that was perfectly matched for the meal. We will dine at this restaurant again and again. !!

  • Apr 14, 2017 by Stacy F.

    Great local Italian. Great service, they really want to ensure you have a great meal. Must try the buffalo mozz sticks!!! I only wish they would open for lunch :-(

  • Apr 13, 2017 by keesr132017

    This is a special night restaurant has lots of great dishes service is good and food is great..we loved the bar area

  • Mar 26, 2017 by Chelsi G.

    First time at Bria Bistro and it was amazing! They brought our thick pieces of focaccia bread with herb oil to the table to start. We started off with fried ravioli which came on a plate with pesto and a balsamic glaze. Delicious! Our bread and waters were refilled through out the meal without us even having to ask. We then decided to split an entree of chicken manicotti. We should've gotten our own servings, not because the portion was small, because it was so good we didn't want to share! For dessert we had espresso and tiramisu. It was served in a type of pretty glass ice cream cup which was also amazing! The only reason why I am not giving this restaurant 5 stars is because when we left and took a good look at the check, we noticed we were charged for our bread refill which we did not request. I don't feel items should be brought to the table that have not been asked for and then charge the guest. If my boyfriend had caught that on the check before we left, we would have contested it. Other than that, the food was amazing as well as the service and ambiance. We will definitely be back!

  • Mar 04, 2017 by 690AnnC

    I have been here many times and it has never disappointed me, food and service always good. Atmosphere is very good service is very good and the food always good and fresh tasting. Bit pricey but not really overpriced for what you get. Bar is nice and you could even eat there...fun friendly neighborhood atmosphere.

  • Mar 02, 2017 by Al B

    My wife and I love to sit at the bar, have a few drinks and dinner. With several children, we don't get out by ourselves much but Bria is always at the top of our list due to proximity and reliable quality. They LISTENED to our incessant pleas to have a chocolate dessert permanently on the menu! I've read other reviews which have said the sound level is somewhat elevated. I find this to be generally true but we don't mind the lively crowd. Matt is our favorite person there. Please check them out.

  • Feb 18, 2017 by Jan T

    We were in Nashville with my husbands work on Valentine's Day. We really weren't thinking in advance, so the weekend before I started looking for restaurants. We like Italian, and of the top rated, Brai Bistro was the one that had a reservation that worked best for us time wise. We were staying in Franklin, so it was just a little drive - not bad but not "around the corner." We got there a little early, but were seated fairly quick. The service was good. Especially for such a busy night. It appeared they had a large staff working. We started off with mozzarella sticks. They had a nice coating on them. Very crispy and tasty. We each had a caesar salad. I really enjoyed the salad as it was not overloaded with dressing. The lettuce was fresh and the croutons were tasty. My husband had the chicken manicotti and I had the lasagna. He said the manicotti was good. The lasagna was really tasty. They use slices of meatballs as the meat. They were just the right about of spice and seasonings. I had tiramisu for dessert. It wasn't the traditional way I've had it - came in a sundae cup of sorts and was very light. It was tasty though. They also bring bread to your table and it was good. They have a nice wine list too. I enjoyed a Barbera with my meal. This is a small restaurant. They were packed and the bar area was too. It's not a quite, romantic place, but it is a cozy feeling place. If we are back in the area, I'd go again.

  • Feb 07, 2017 by Quentin T.

    Bria Bistro is a dim lit and somewhat romantic place to enjoy delicious Italian food with someone special or a small group friends. A family member of mine bought me a Groupon to Bria Bistro a few months ago and it was soon to expire, so my girlfriend and I decided to make the 25 minute drive to Bellevue on a Monday night and try the place out. I looked over the menu on my way to Bellevue and decided that I wanted to try the chicken manicotti since it is a childhood favorite of mine. Some of the reviews made me nervous on what to expect as they talked negatively about service, food quality, and price. Hopefully this review will clear any confusion for others who find themselves in the same position. I called ahead on the drive in to make sure we had a seat waiting for us, the hostess who answered the phone was very sweet and accommodating. When we arrived the bar was bustling (as it was during the entire visit) but the dining room had plenty of open seating. We were seated immediately in a cozy corner booth and our server Jon came right over to tell us the specials and get our drink orders. The bread served here is very filling and good, its fluffy and delicious with the seasoning and oil they provide at the table. We ordered a plate of the mozzarella sticks as an app and they were by far the best mozzarella sticks I have ever had. The breading was perfect and the cheese was extra gooey. Three was plenty enough for two people to share. I chose the chicken manicotti and my girlfriend went with the chicken piccata. The portions were large enough that the average eater (my girlfriend) would struggle to finish everything. I didn't leave any leftovers though, in case you were wondering. The chicken manicotti was piping hot, super cheesy, and the filling was so darn good. My mouth is watering just thinking about it! I also tried some of the chicken piccata and it was good and had a lot of flavor, but it wasn't what I would have chose though my girlfriend seemed to enjoyed it. Service was excellent. Our server was quick to accommodate us and very informative regarding the menu. It was only $50 for our meal not including tip, so the price is comparable to other Italian locations. I'd definitely go back, just wish it was not so far away!

  • Jan 21, 2017 by alg8882017

    Good romantic atmosphere and food was okay.$200 for party of 4 and we did not even have drinks.Waitress was annoyed when we asked for more bread,the olive oil to dip the bread in was delicious.

  • Jan 21, 2017 by Ai Ling G.

    The food was good but overpriced.$200 for a party of 4 and we did not even have drinks.Atmosphere was romantic,good place for a date.Our waitress was annoyed when we asked for more bread,the olive oil to dip the bread in was delicious.Lasagna was just OK.The trout was fishy,eggplant parmesan was good.

  • Jan 04, 2017 by TreadLightAdventurer

    Had an otherwise pleasant dinner. The food is very good, the service very attentive and friendly. The restaurant is one large open room with brick walls - making it a very noisy echo-chamber. We split bruschetta and a Caesar salad before our main courses of scallops and fettuccine alfredo with shrimp. Honestly, I enjoyed the food; but had a raging headache by the time we left.

  • Jan 04, 2017 by GSMNP_Hiker

    The staff were very good, especially the waitress. The dinner bread and cheese sticks were also very good. I had the saltimbocca and my date had chicken parmesan. Both dishes were ok. While the presentation was good, the mushroom marsala jus had a twang to it that kept me from really enjoying the dish. (I still ate it all.) The spice in the marinara sauce with the chicken parmesan overpowered the flavor of the tomatoes. While I like spicy foods, it was disappointing not to have more of the tomato flavor to go with the chicken. My dinner date stated that the amount of marinara sauce was lacking. The atmosphere was ok. The bar immediately greets the guests, giving the location more of a bar feel than an intimate Italian restaurant. The music was rather loud and played pop music. While I like the Eagles, they just don't add an Italian flavor to the ambiance.

  • Nov 18, 2016 by Laura H.

    I've eaten here several times and the food and service are always good. We have sat at tables/booths, but the bar area is also a fun place to sit for a quick bite as well. I recommend trying this - also they offer 1/2 price bottles of wine on Sunday and Wednesday nights.

  • Oct 21, 2016 by Jlfears

    Atmosphere and drinks were great!! We had a very attentive server. The food was good - an all around good experience! Will go back.

  • Oct 17, 2016 by golemjohnny

    Veal? Is it actually available? Real veal is not tough, undercooked, stringy and indigestible. Real veal does not drown in acidic caper infused broth. Real veal has a distinct texture and flavor Perhaps veal should be eliminated from the menu. Young tough undercooked strip steak is not what I hoped for. Bellevue is certainly not a gourmet paradise. Perhaps one day. One can only hope.

  • Oct 16, 2016 by jerrytm2014

    My wife and I wanted a light meal on Sunday night, so we tried Bria Bistro. Before you come, recognize that the wine list is longer than the menu. (With their half-price bottles of wine on Sunday night, they were doing a brisk business.) If you are into wine, put BB high on your list. I had the eggplant Parmesan and my wife had the pasta Primavera. The food was good & the presentation superb, both of which were reflected in the price. My wife and I were disappointed with the inattentive service, but that just may be part of the uber relaxed atmosphere they try to project. We may try it again provided we feel like consuming a bottle of wine.

  • Sep 30, 2016 by Dana R.

    Really yummy and good service .. Chicken cannelloni is the best!! A little $ for the location .

  • Sep 14, 2016 by angeliabyoung

    This is the best restaurant in Bellevue. Nice atmosphere, friendly service and good food. Highly recommend! Angelia

  • Sep 11, 2016 by Andrew N.

    Some of the best food we have had in Nashville. Service during our three visits has always been personable, fast, and excellent. Definitely on our list to bring out-of-town guests.

  • Aug 14, 2016 by Staci S.

    Bria Bistro is a great option for date night or ladies night out. So glad this restaurant is in Bellevue!

  • Aug 07, 2016 by Champ 7.

    Went in last night and had a fantastic meal. Started off w a comp'd bruschetta because of a delay in being seated, very nice. Ordered one of the pasta specials with a dry tuna (bottarga?) and it was delicious. Everyone at our table was very pleased with their meals. Reasonably priced and good service. I would recommend getting the special and or keeping it simple. Great alternative to driving into Nashville.

  • Jul 19, 2016 by Jennifer J.

    This restaurant was such a treat and quite a surprise tucked away behind my gym! First of all, it's a beautiful restaurant. Quaint without being to small and decorated lovely. Our server was knowlegable and very patient (I didn't know what parpadelle was and he explained it to me without making me feel gauche..lol) We shared the bruchetta and a bottle of the cigar box malbec both of which were fantastic. I ended up being sold on the parpadelle and my date had the eggplant parm and both of those entrees were wonderful and surprising. It's so easy to get bad Italian food but Bria does it right on all counts. Highly recommend. Treat yoself!!

  • Jul 17, 2016 by Jim B

    The service and the food is always consistantly great. I would recommend the Chicken Picatta with angel hair pasta. Nice selection of wines to go with the meals.

  • Jul 16, 2016 by Jessamine L.

    I really started off liking Bria.. but my last visit was disappointing at best. Cold Entree of trout. I almost sent my entree back but thought I would just deal with it.. I wish I had sent it back. Thought I could salvage the meal with friends by ordering dessert since it was my friends birthday. Nope. Out came an exceedingly overpriced and sad semifreddo ...followed by tepid coffee. It was good coffee in a press.. just not hot.. so.. meeeeeh. My friend had a chicken dish that she had ordered several times prior but it was so salty she couldn't eat it this time. To their credit, they did take it off the bill when my friend mentioned she couldn't eat it. I was so excited to find this place which is WHY we all met for a gal's night out/birthday celebration.  We could have gone to the Olive Garden or some other chain and had about the same sort of meal.. but I don't go to those places which is why I felt taken advantage of by Bria. I mean seriously.. 22 dollars for an entree and it's cold? Eight dollars for a dessert and it's dinky?   Trout, a glass of red, a cup of coffee and dessert and my bill was 45 bucks.  To add insult ... the  noise level was also annoying. Just. Say. No.

  • Jul 14, 2016 by Patty B

    I truly do not know why all the reviews of this place are so good. Perhaps people have had too many bottles of their half priced wine and cannot taste this mediorcre food. For starters the soup (2 servings) was served cold and had to be sent back to the kitchen for more heat. Never a good sign when a kitchen cannot discern if soup is the proper temperature to serve their customers. The rigatoni was so overcooked it was actually flat, like a parpadelle only it was tube pasta. The sauce was not good nor the almost white, hard meatballs. The sausage was thinly sliced and was the same color as the meatballs. They definitely were not cooked in sauce to be that pale and dry looking and tasting The only thing we liked about the meal was the bread and our server Jason. He should be working in a better restaurant. We skipped dessert, we had enough disappointment for one night. As I have written in the past Il Mulino is the best italian restaurant in Nashville. There is no comparison between these two places (prices were almost on par with Il Mulino for lesser quality). It is like comparing a Bentley to a bicycle, Bria is the bicycle.

  • Jul 14, 2016 by mccayk

    On a recent visit to Nashville, I had the opportunity to return to Bria for a second visit, which was as good if not better than the first one several months ago. First of all, I have to mention the server, Tony. I have been to many outstanding restaurants with exemplary service but have never had anyone be more pleasant, helpful and truly dedicated to everyone at the table having the best dining experience possible. Not only was Tony an amazing server but the food was also remarkable. My husband, who has salmon everywhere he goes, found Bria's to be among the best he's ever had, moist and flavorful and served with a delicious red pepper risotto cake. My niece and sister shared the spinach salad and proclaimed it wonderful! Their entrees were chicken Parmesan and chicken piccata. Both were very tasty. I had the house salad and the Caesar flatbread with carmelized onions. Oh, my! And finally, at Tony's suggestion, my niece ordered the tiramisu that was also remarkable. Bria is easy to miss at the end of a strip mall and next to Subway. Take the time to find it. You won't be disappointed. It is certainly my new favorite Italian restaurant in Nashville! I can't wait for my next visit to Nashville so that I can go back. I hope Tony is there!

  • Jul 13, 2016 by sallyntn

    Food was okay, service was fair (server may have been new?) but I wouldn't recommend to a friend as a good place to go for a special evening out. Nashville has so many great eateries! In my opinion, Bria Bistro doesn't make the list.

  • Apr 20, 2016 by 690AnnC

    Back again.....and it did not disappoint. Early enough to enjoy happy hour cocktails and paired with an appetizer what a great way to begin our dinner. The bruschetta is excellent....and was perfect with wine or possibly a martini. Caesar salad was very good along with bread served. For our entrees we ordered Salmon cooked with capers and risotto, and Chicken Manicotti....both were so good we would order again. Too full for dessert but I have eaten dessert at previous dinners and good also. We did top off dinner with a pot of French press coffee. When the bill came we were surprised and made sure correct, I guess going early paid off with the wine. The atmosphere is very casual but seems very upscale. Nice bar area to sit if you just want cocktails or you can have dinner if you choose.

  • Apr 14, 2016 by dianec624

    My husband and I love to dine here. The food always exceeds our expectations. It really doesn't matter what we have ordered in the past, it has consistently been great. They also make a superb martini. It's best to have a reservation since the word is out re: their high quality food. The service is also top notch!

  • Apr 12, 2016 by Fran W.

    Great Restaurant! Call ahead for reservations. The flatbread is great as well as a variety of entrees.

  • Apr 12, 2016 by Angie K.

    Have only had dinner here once with friends. Food was very good - even took home leftovers. Will definitely go back.

  • Apr 04, 2016 by Beachgirl37221

    My husband and I try to eat here at least twice a month. They have one of the best happy hour in the area. Sundays and Wednesdays 1/2 price bottles. Great foods and great service at a reasonable price.

  • Apr 01, 2016 by Diana H.

    I love it this restaurant. My husband and I go on date night once a month here. The food is very good and the prices are fair. The wine list is pretty nice as well. The service could use some improvements. They seem to hire inexperienced wait staff continuously. Great atmosphere. The lighting is relaxing and the aesthetics of the the restaurant is very nice.

  • Mar 23, 2016 by Steve P.

    Just go to Olive Garden or even Fazolis. They will be less expensive and the food quality will be pretty much the same. Fried Mozzarella was baked, not fried (so frozen). Noodles were very dry and even hard in some places. Spaghetti and fried mozzarella = $30 Never again.

  • Mar 15, 2016 by mccayk

    Recently, my niece and I enjoyed a good meal at Bria. She had a delicious veal picatta, maybe the best I've ever tasted. I had ordered veal saltimbica. It was tasty. We had shared an antipasto plate first that was good. I ordered a salad, which was extra. The wine list was interesting, and we shared a good bottle of wine after our wonderful server, Anise, provided us samples of three. The outside of the restaurant didn't indicate how pleasant the interior would be. We were there early on a Friday evening and the crowd built. Reservations would be a good idea.

  • Mar 03, 2016 by Mona B.

    Had dinner there the other night. All food ordered was freshly made. it was delicious. They have an extensive Wine list, too.

  • Mar 03, 2016 by L Q.

    I would have given this place a zero, if they didn't apologize and provide compensation for a disaster of a meal, that consisted of frozen in the middle lasagna, which was returned , and the second attempt was more frozen than the first. Eggplant Parmesan was ok, but non-traditional deconstructed recipe. The chicken piccata was good. They comped us for our wine. The portions were generous, so the three of us shared.  They were glad to see us leave.  I hate to give negative reviews, but if this was a contest, I would tell the chef to pack your knives and go home.

  • Jan 28, 2016 by Debbie L

    The food was ok at best. Slightly cold. Barely a sip of wine, not enough to enjoy the food presented with the wine. Our previous visits were wonderful, both service and the meal choice. Sat at the bar, horrible service the bartender paid zero attention to us and literally talked to another patron for 9 minutes with his back to us. Seemed to be far more interested in the locals with their glasses of wine than our $90 dinner. Too bad too, we are foodies and are always asked for restaurant recommendations. Been to Events like this all over the world too. It just makes me sad that 1 experience can really change the game.

  • Dec 28, 2015 by Nick R.

    The waitstaff was friendly and very knowledgable.   There is a good wine list and choice of craft beers available. Price is competitive with similar type restaurants and in no way overpriced.   The chicken manicotti is amazing! I would recommend!

  • Dec 10, 2015 by JAMIE W

    Food came out cold the veal was a little tuff and service was slow. Little over priced for what we had.

  • Nov 29, 2015 by newlifechapters

    I haven't been impressed with the pastas- one was greasy and the others just ok- do like the flatbreads there. It's small so can be crowded. I like to meet here with some friends to catch up- the wine is better than the food!

  • Nov 18, 2015 by CCSC2010

    We were disappointed as this restaurant did not live up to the ratings we saw online. The wine prices for bottles were far above average when compared with other establishments. The food choices were good but a bit pricey. Would not return but only because of the price to value equation.

  • Oct 18, 2015 by Lisa T.

    Enjoying an early Sunday Supper.  Always a relaxing vibe and consistently good food.  Saving room for dessert.

  • Oct 18, 2015 by Ashley S.

    We love coming to Bria, happy to have a truly great restaurant in Bellevue. The antipasto plate is divine - something about those poached figs and spiced pecans! I've had many of the main dishes and have just loved every one of them. Portions are bigger than expected so you will have an excellent leftover lunch at work the next day. Wine list is very good - and half price bottles on Sunday and Wednesday! Desserts are good, I did like the cheesecake much better than the tiramisu. They also have a bigger patio with heaters now so can sit outside on a fall evening for a lovely romantic meal.

  • Oct 13, 2015 by Sid N.

    Bria is a great Italian place off of Hwy 100. The mozzarella sticks and polenta fries are mouth wateringly delicious. My friends swear that the lasagna is the best thing there but I personally have yet to make it past the other entrees. The picatta with shrimp, pappardelle and chicken parmesan are fantastic. For dessert I recommend the cheesecake. The wine selection is decent and the service is pleasant. If it weren't across town I would be here every weekend.

  • Sep 30, 2015 by Mary L

    We've been here twice and it's been excellent both times. The food is delicious, the service attentive with an outdoor patio for the nice evenings.

  • Sep 30, 2015 by FoodieMD

    After the lead chef left this summer we were concerned that the quality of the food would be compromised. I'm glad to say Bria was just as good as it's been. This is a great little neighborhood place with a downtown vibe. The menu is mostly old fashioned Italian with a new age twist. The portions are generous and desserts outstanding. Keep up the good work Bria!

  • Sep 30, 2015 by MChris_TX-TN

    We were recently invited to dinner with friends and business clients to this cozy neighborhood restaurant in Bellevue. We were all impressed with the ambiance, food choices and service which was exceptional. Not your typical Italian restaurant but a diverse selection that includes Italian but many other taste tempting entrees. I would highly recommend this restaurant and want to visit again soon to try more dishes.

  • Sep 23, 2015 by Mandy M.

    Perfect for a neighborhood bistro.  great wine list.  salads are excellent.  great atmosphere

  • Sep 15, 2015 by Eileen M

    High end food and wines. Wonderful wines and first rate service. Better go hungry. Many Italian dishes

  • Aug 29, 2015 by lilymorky

    We have been frequenting Bria Bistro for years (>20 visits) and we have never had anything but an amazing culinary experience. Even my Italian brother-in-law from Chicago loved it. You will walk into a small Italian restaurant with a cozy bar nestled across from their wood burning oven. The service is excellent and very attentive. Though I have so many favorites on the menu, I have always enjoyed the light Capellini Pomodoro with wood fired roma tomatoes | garlic | crushed red pepper | fresh basil | EVOO | angel hair | pecorino romano. Other favorites include the Salmon, Eggplant parmigiana and the Saltimbocca with vine ripe tomatoes | prosciutto | spinach | mozzarella | mushroom marsala jus | rosemary new potatoes. Though I fear that Bria may become a difficult place to find a table, I am happy to share this gem with everyone. Enjoy!

  • Aug 12, 2015 by Gregory B.

    Best restaurant in Bellevue, TN. Before starting this review, however, a bit about Bellevue. We are, in many ways, the pit of mediocre food. So when I hear of a pricier restaurant in the area, I am a bit leery. Maybe that is why it took me 7 years to try Bria? This was a date night for my wife and I. We started out with Copolla Rosso and an antipasto plate. I was curious about other wines, but the mix of wine types in the Rosso sounded interesting. The antipasto is a mix of goat cheese, feta cheese, some meats and olives and figs. The appetizer is a bit pricier than some places, but as one who loves quality deli meats, it was a treat. And a variety of olives is always nice. We then went to salads and since Bria is Italian, I had to go with the caprese. Wonderful mozzarella and local heirloom tomatoes with fresh basil and a light vinaigrette. The main dish was the best part. I had a pork chop with brodcolini and fingerling potatoes. The pork was cooked to a nice medium, so it had a decent texture and a wonderful taste. The fingerling potatoes were cooked so they still had a bit of texture. A bit of heaven on a plate. My only suggestion, which I told the manager, is "go bold" and go a bit more rare to give it an even better texture. I would consider 5 stars, but I am not sure it is the best of the best. It is great, but not quite "The Catbird Seat". Then again, it is not as pricey. We will be back.

  • May 26, 2015 by Mistye A.

    The ginger pear martini is fantastic. The mussels are fresh & delish. I love the patio & for this fair skinned lady I appreciate the umbrellas. Dishes start at $10. They open at 4:30.

  • May 19, 2015 by Prudence S.

    This is our favorite place to eat in Bellevue! The first time we ate here was with our children (there were only 3 of them at the time). When we walked in and saw how fancy it was we felt underdressed and concerned that maybe our children would not be welcome. We were wrong! One plate of pasta, I can't remember what it was now, fed all three children with leftovers. We had the bruschetta,  everyone loved it. It is served on Crostini with goat cheese. Their Osso Bucco is out of this world! Homemade Caesar dressing makes for the best caesar salad I have ever eaten. The service is always outstanding. We are always seated and served quickly, yet not rushed. Ask for Josh...he is our favorite server...especially understanding and sweet with kids! They did not have kiddie cups so he improvised and made us some out of to go bowls with lids. Way to MacGyver it, Josh! You made our night! The only negative thing I can think of to say is that they do not offer a simple Chicken Parmesan entree. And who cares when everything else is so incredible?! If you are in Bellevue and you have a hankering for a classy Italian joint, check out Bria Bistro. You won't regret it.

  • May 12, 2015 by GMG1951

    When I walked in, I was not sure what to expect - an open wood stove kitchen next to the bar and a raucous local crowd. Two interesting draws: 1st 1/2 priced full bottles of wine on Sundays and Wednesdays, and coupons on other days of the week off everything and anything. Ordered the home made mozzarella sticks infused with Del Parma Prosciutto 3 huge appys for $7.50 and well worth the price, when I tasted the sauce with came with I was in heaven and knew I was in for a real treat, just fantastico Italian food by an award winning chef! My main was the lasagna, again price and portion were perfectly matched, and as I expected the dish was absolutely delicious - chuck full of meatballs and sausage - they way I would make my own at home, and with that same great red sauce!!! Simply wonderful. Prices on the wine were the only downside every bottle priced at 4x the glass price, so not break by buying a bottle over a glass or two. No room for desert...

  • May 04, 2015 by voljo

    Our party of four had reservations at 7 p.m. on a Friday night, and we were seated right away. I believe that everyone enjoyed their meal. I ordered cappelini pomodoro, which was delicious! My husband had chicken manicotti, which he said was good as well. The other couple with us ordered lasagna and the pasta de notte; the pasta of the night was too salty and sour because of capers and too much lemon juice. I was really impressed with the food and service overall. Our server was also assigned to a table of 18 teenagers on prom night; he did a good job of tending to us as well. My attitude about the restaurant shifted significantly, however, after our friend presented a coupon (maybe it was a groupon?) as part of the payment. The server returned with the comment, "Nice try, but this isn't for our restaurant. It's for our competition." "Nice try" is not an appropriate comment for guests. Maybe he thought he was being amusing, but I assure you we were not amused. I thought his remark embarrassed the other couple who had invited us out. The server could have more diplomatically indicated that the coupon couldn't be used. I think all of us were too stunned by his snide remark to offer any rejoinder. They simply paid, and we left a generous tip. I have mixed feelings about going back to this restaurant. I truly enjoyed my food; however, if you have a coupon/groupon, be sure it's for this restaurant or be prepared to be insulted.

  • Apr 01, 2015 by Joy M.

    We live close to Bria but don't go very often because of the price.  The meals we've had there have been good enough that we don't begrudge the cost, but that is the reason we don't go regularly. Every dessert we've ordered has been a disappointment so we don't even try those anymore. With the exception of one bartender (one time) our service has always been awesome.

  • Mar 31, 2015 by William K

    We have been to this restaurant three times and find it to be absolutely delightful each time. The veal dishes are delightful!! The Veal Rollitini was very good. The Veal Picatta was one of the best in Nashville. The Veal Saltimbocca is to die for!!!! The chef here really knows what he is doing. The atmosphere is intimate and romantic and everyone really feels at home so much so that the noise level sometimes hits the moderate level. The bar is always crowded as a compliment to the wine list and the barista's talents. This is a wonderful place for a foodie, a romanticist, or someone looking for special occasion. We highly recommend Bria Bistro!!!

  • Mar 22, 2015 by kg501

    Shame on us for not trying this gem sooner! I kept thinking to myself, "We're in Bellevue?!". Bellevue isn't really known for great restaurants. There are a few, but it's mostly chains. We told our waiter it was our first time and he joked, "Where have you been? We've been worried sick!". Menu makes it very hard to chose. My husband got the Pork Osso Bucco- and it was BEAUTIFUL. And delicious! I got the Shrimp Piccatta. Also delish, but his was more unique. It's a little pricey getting those meals, but there are also flatbreads and salads. The wine pours are generous, which is classy. Our waiter told us a little about the owner and it turns out he just bought a church downtown which will be a wedding event center AND he also purchased 12th and Porter (for non locals- that's an 'iconic' bar that just closed up shop that many an aspiring musical artist has performed at). Due to all these new ventures, I hope this place doesn't leave Bellevue because I plan to visit often!

  • Mar 14, 2015 by Pamela W.

    Just had dinner here using a groupon. I'm thankful that I purchased this because I probably would've just continued driving by this unassuming restaurant without giving it a try! This was a great experience and I encourage anyone to visit this Italian restaurant. I started with a pino noir and the chef's soup of the day: a tomato bisque with a small kick. The bread was very fresh and the herbs in the olive oil were perfect. I had the pappardelle with chicken as my main entree: Subtle yet very flavorful. I will get this again. I finished with the chocolate dessert and coffee. I highly recommend this restaurant!

  • Mar 07, 2015 by Russ M

    Stopped by on a whim and had our socks blown off. Started with the bruschetta. Awesome. The lady had Saltimbucco and I, the chicken manicotti. Too much to eat, and every bite was excellent. Fast service to boot. Had a simple wine that was a perfect match to top it all off.

  • Mar 07, 2015 by Ladonna M.

    Re: GLUTEN FREE_Not: Not really gluten-free though comes up under gluten-free in yelp. I really wanted to like this restaurant as it is so close to my house. However, even though they have a "gluten-free menu", as the waitress advised me when I asked for the gluten-free menu, they just leave off or out the stuff on their regular menu items that contain gluten/wheat. Still I was hopeful and tried a red wine by the glass, the veal saltimbocca and the gelato trio.  All of them were just okay...I tasted 3 red wines and they all were too warm and tasted as if they were going bad from being open too long so that they were oxidized; the saltimbocca was too salt, the veal a bit overdone and there was only a bite each of the mentioned spinach, tomato and proscuitto; and then to finish off the meal... the trio of gelato, of 3 of favorite flavors, were more icy than creamy and satisfying.  All of which cost a steep $50 with tip! Really disappointing.  It was a Friday night early and by the time I left there was a waiting line...maybe the non-gluten free items are better.  My waitress was good and attentive and I liked the overall decor with the salmon walls and the eclectic mix of painting for sale.

  • Feb 28, 2015 by Jenn S.

    This was my first visit to Bria and I will definitely be back. We bought a Groupon a year ago and have never made it in to use the deal.  We were finally able to join a couple of friends for dinner last night.  First let me say the reason I am not giving five stars is because of the poor reservation/hostess experience.  I want to get that out of the way and then I will move onto the positive stuff.  We had reservations for 7:00 p.m.  We did not get a table until 7:30 p.m.  In the 30  minutes that we were waiting, several people walked in after us and were given tables.  After this happened 5 or 6 times my friend approached the hostess and asked what was going on.  She explained that there was not a table for us yet and that the other people were being sat ahead of us because they had smaller or larger parties.  While I understand the smaller party excuse, the larger party excuse is crap in my opinion.  If you have a reservation for 4 people, they should be given a table for 6 BEFORE a table of 6 that walks in.  What is the point of making a reservation?   By 8:00 p.m. the place had all but cleared out so apparently we were trying to get a table at peak time. Also, as a side note.  We did see a highchair sitting by the front door.  I noticed other reviewers complaining about the lack of child seats.  However, just because they have a child seat, that is not necessarily a good reason to bring kids here.  This place definitely has an adult atmosphere.  I saw one child, probably age 10.  Otherwise, it was all adults.  I mean, the bar is the focal point of the restaurant.  And while we were in jeans, most everyone else was pretty dressed up.  And it is a little pricey. Now, on to the good stuff.  Once we got a table, the service was fantastic.  Our server was great.  He was very knowledgeable and gave great advice on food and drinks.  We had fried mozzarella (very good, but small portion) and the antipasto plate (great selection) to start.  The bread and olive oil were fine.  I have seen other yelpers complaining, but everyone in our group liked it.  Both guys in our party had lasagna.  I had a bite and it was great.  It was finished in an individual pan, topped with cheese and heated.  The portion was HUGE.  Neither were able to finish it.  The third person had chicken picatta.  I did not taste it, but she said it was really good.  She also was not able to finish hers and took home leftovers.  I had the pork osso bucco.  It came with roasted vegetables and mushroom risotto.  It was very good.  The meat was fall off the bone tender, seasoned perfectly.  The meat was a little fatty, but I think that should be attributed to the cut, not the restaurant.  I just cut the fat off and set it to the side.  No big deal.   We did not have dessert, but we did have several cocktails.  The liquor is reasonably priced.  $7.50 for Jack Daniels.  The wine was a little overpriced.  Sonoma Cutrer ($24.00/bottle at the store) was $61.00.  The Show Chardonnay ($15.00/bottle at the store) was $11.00/glass.   We split the bill down the middle and it was $85.00/couple, plus tip, which is very reasonable for what we ate/drank. All in all it was a great experience and I think we will go back.  In the future, we will probably try to avoid weekends or make a reservation a little later than 7:00 p.m.

  • Feb 27, 2015 by Chris K.

    Food was at best average Italian. But got to love the take out charge unreal especially since no mention when ordering.

  • Feb 16, 2015 by Mike J.

    I did not want to like this place. First, I loss the pre-game coin toss and had to foot the bill, second, it's a long drive from where I live in midtown, and third, I have been so disappointed with what passes for Italian cuisine since moving to Nashville, e.g. Demo's "hey, let git some EYE-Tall-yun!" When we arrived we were promptly seated at a tiny table right next to the Ladies restroom. Strike four. I requested a new table, and from there our experience went from one star to four. As many have commented, the bread was...puzzling. Certainly not Italian bread, meh at best. Now the good stuff. Our waiter was terrific. The antipasto was fabulous. Well balanced, great flavors - 5 stars. The bruschetta was very good as well, but not the best coupling with the antipasto (too much goat cheese between the two). I had the chicken  saltimbocca. Very good but a bit on the salty side for my taste.  Excellent presentation though. She had the spaghetti. It was a a home run. One of the few times I've had Nashville Italian pasta that was properly cooked, 5 stars. We skipped dessert. The space is nice, that atmosphere was cool as well - a very eclectic crowd, if weighted towards the Ye Olde Steakhouse set. I thought the pricing was fair - two apps, two entrees, about $50. As I mentioned, we skipped dessert, and didn't imbibe. Would I drive all the way out here again? Maybe. If someone insisted on Italian food. I'd get the spaghetti.

  • Feb 07, 2015 by BJ S.

    I really want to love Bria, but too many things drag down their score. The food is generally good, but it is very expensive and some dishes just miss the mark.  You can order something that sounds wonderful on the menu, but somehow just fall short on the plate -- and for what you are paying, it should be perfect on the plate. For example, the Pappardelle has wild mushrooms, goat cheese, cream, and butter.  It's a recipe for love!  But somehow it just misses the mark.   A while back, they had a Chicken Cacciatore that was awesome with a really rich, red wine tomato sauce that was wonderful.  But it is no longer on the menu.  Ordering can be very hit or miss. For an Italian restaurant, they commit a pretty big sin.  They serve terrible bread with no character.  Really, it is pretty close to Pepperidge Farm french bread.  Now, I lived in the New York area and I do not expect Nashville restaurants to have Arthur Avenue bread, but there are some decent options.  After complaining several times, I brought in a couple of loaves of Bella Nashville bread to have with our meal and to let the manager try it and see the difference.  FYI, I am not affiliated with Bella Nashville.  Frankly, the Krogers across the street carries a nice ciabatta that is significantly better than the bread Bria normally serves.  Anyway, we asked the waitress to have the loaves heated up and then have the manager come over to try it with us.  Well, they brought us the warmed bread, but the manager REFUSED to come by the table.  Really.   Their bread may be a sin, but this incident is a mortal sin!  I have never been to a restaurant where the manager did not come to the table when asked.  If he did not want to try the bread, he at least should have had the guts to come to the table and tell us. It is clear that my experience is very much in line with other reviews here.  The management of this restaurant is doing their own thing and that does not include listening to or valuing their customers.

  • Jan 07, 2015 by Rebecca M.

    We live in the neighborhood...no more than 5 mins down the road. Bria has been one of our very few neighborhood restaurants that we have frequented in the 4 years that we've lived here. Anyone who lives in this area knows that the choices are few and not so great. But, it's an adequate close to home option when we want to take the night off from cooking & don't want to drive in to Nashville. As far as ambiance goes, I'd give it 3 1/2 stars. It's cozy, reverberant (but not annoyingly so). I like seeing in to the kitchen and the wait staff has always been great. It's a quaint neighborhood spot. Food...well, we've had very good experiences and very bad experiences. I don't know if the fluctuation in quality has to do with who's cooking that night or who's managing, but it has a tendency to be a bit unreliable. Example 1 of several incidents; my husband sent his lasagna back because it was ice cold in the center (was it previously frozen? Certainly not made fresh). When it was returned to the table, it had been thoroughly heated through & a gob of cheese stuffed in to the empty hole where he had originally dished out. Was pretty lame & I was considering not returning. They were nice about it & credited our check. Alternately, after having not been in for a few months, the salmon entree that I ordered & the steak that my husband ordered were absolutely perfect. So, we added Bria back in to our main rotation again. Great, since it's literally around the corner from us. Well, our most recent visit has proven officially to be our last...and it really bums me out. We have kids...O Lord! We are one of those crazy couples who actually like to eat in public with our children. I know. Insane, right? Our very first visit to Bria, our daughter was just over a year old. We requested a high chair, but they informed us that they currently only had booster seats. It sounded as though maybe they might be getting a couple of high chairs at some point? The booster was definitely not ideal at the time & my (mommy) dining experience wasn't great since I had to keep a hand on her almost the entire time to keep her from falling out of the booster. Our first born girl is now about to turn 5 & she has a baby brother who's 6 months old & it's time to retire the infant carrier. During our last visit, I inquired about a high chair. Surprisingly, after all these years, still not a single high chair has been brought in. I commented to the manager that we wouldn't be able to come in anymore if we don't have somewhere for our little guy to sit. His response I quote almost verbatim: "The owner doesn't have a problem with families coming in, he just doesn't want to encourage it." Absolutely speechless. On this last visit, sitting there eating, still blown away at what had just been communicated to us, in walks a family with a "high chair" aged child. The manager explained the "only booster seat" policy, watched the family stand there dumb founded for a few moments trying to figure out a way they might be able to work the seating out on their own. Then, defeat, and they left. Does the owner realize where he is? This is not some hoity toity restaurant in downtown. This is in a strip mall next to Subway & a guitar shop. This is a small neighborhood restaurant. Is he aware of the demographic? With what we have spent in Bria over these 4 years...and to know that our business isn't valued because we decided to procreate is preposterous. By the way, we frequent many of the hoity toity restaurants that Nashville has to offer (Etch, Rolf & Daughters, City House, Husk) & they all have high chairs and welcome our family. Tonight, we found a new semi neighborhood restaurant that will scratch our Italian itch. It's a bit more expensive, but the food fantastic & the wine selection sublime. 360 Wine Bistro welcomed our family with open arms & we can't wait to go back.

  • Dec 17, 2014 by K L.

    A dozen visits and always more than satisfied. Saltimboca, Caprese, Spaghetti and meatballs ... All great. Wednesday is half price wine night!  We've had several servers, all have been very good.

  • Nov 19, 2014 by Mary L

    I travel to Nashville frequently and this will be a place I'll return to when I am there. The service was friendly and attentive without being intrusive. The food was delicious. For the money charged I would have hoped for a room with a little more sound absorption so we could have talked without volume. A real gem in a small strip mall.

  • Oct 21, 2014 by mommac50

    This is one of our favorite places to go for wine and dinner. My husband and I try to visit there at least once a week when he's not travelling. We were there last Friday night and the food was just better than I ever remember it. We love to sit at the bar and watch all the chefs in the open kitchen. They have half price bottles of wine on Sundays and Wednesdays and Happy Hour from 4 to 6 during the week. We usually go there on our once a week date night. We try to go on Wednesdays for the half price bottles. The staff there is outstanding and so friendly. You have to visit this place in Bellevue (Nashville). They also opened an outside dining area since the last time we visited. For those who like to sit under the stars, it's perfect.

  • Oct 11, 2014 by Susie

    The Steak is phenomenal!

  • Oct 10, 2014 by C P.

    We have been to Bria many times.  This visit did not measure up.  3 of 4 meals were either overcooked or over flavored (see the other reviews on veal and chicken saltimbocca.). No attention to detail in the kitchen.  Maybe a simplified menu and deliver quality as a new business model.  They did comp one of the chicken meals.  Service was excellent as usual.  We'll be sticking to the pizza going forward if we return.

  • Oct 09, 2014 by Betty Ann

    Pleasantly surprised to find this gem tucked away in Bellevue.

  • Oct 05, 2014 by Banchansky

    We arrived, a party of six at their 4:30 opening time on a Sunday afternoon. We planned on dining early as we had a one year old and a five year old with us. The restaurant was completely empty although there were a few patrons at the bar and one couple seated outside. The place did not smell of a warm glowing fire as stated but of burning paper. Even the 5 year old asked why was paper burning. You would think by their attitude that they believe children should only eat at McDonald's. When we asked for a high hair we were told they had none. None!!! Ok, bring in the car seat, and put the baby on the bench. When ordering drinks we asked for a lidded cup for the preschooler. The boys were very well behaved and quiet but we didn't want to have any accidents. The response to this was to offer a lidded soup bowl for his iced tea! This is a strip mall restaurant, not Mortons Steak house! Then we told our waiter that we would be using our City Saver Coupons for dinner and he stated that we could use only one coupon per table, no matter how many people were seated at our table. We decided at that point to pay for our drinks and find another place to eat, so I have no comment on the food fare. Our waiter was kind but this was not in his control at all. The manager came out to apologize about the lack of a high chair but then took on a snotty attitude about the coupon use, giving us the"if I did it for you I'd have to do it for everyone lecture". The place was empty and there was a table for four right next to us and a small table for two within a foot from that. We were allowed to use both coupons if we sat there. Is this not ridiculous? You could tell that the manager just wanted to throw our drinks on the table, and this would be enough to make us stay and eat there. Never again. Went elsewhere, and had a great evening.

  • Oct 03, 2014 by LaRae H.

    Excellent beet salad.  The pasta de notti was a ravioli with beef tips -- a rich and tasty dish.  The Caesar salad was good, with homemade croutons.  Rigatoni with chicken was delicious.  Not your plain Italian fare.  We'll be back, but a bit pricey to visit regularly.

  • Sep 27, 2014 by Ilisa W.

    I walked in not knowing how much I was going to spend. I LOVE Italian and enjoy cooking it. However my 2 person $120 meal was very disappointing. Salads were good. We both had Caesars and the dressing was perfect. The crouton was awful! It was so large you had to cut it, (have you ever tried to cut a crouton!?) and was seasoned with Cajun spices so it ruined the flavor of the dressing. Needless to say I only had one. Veal saltimbocca was no good, the balsamic had not been reduced and made my eyes water. Speaking of balsamic, since WHEN does it include balsamic!?? If you add a twist to a traditional, easy to follow recipe, do it well! The meat was also not very tender, at least for veal. My chicken piccata was more tender. I had the piccata and again a failure at a traditional and easy to make dish. Prior to ordering I asked if the artichokes were fresh because I hate the taste of canned artichokes and a lot of places will add it to add the tart flavor. The Server told me they were so either he was pushing the sale or uneducated because they were not fresh. The sauce was literally a broth/gravy packet mixed with lemon juice. I'm really not trying to be negative but there's no denying it, it was watered down McCormick mix and lemon juice poured over seared (clearly not dredged) chicken then topped with capers, pickled artichokes, and tomatoes (WHY TOMATOES). Overall it tasted ok, but I ordered PICATTA not some Italian Frankenstein chicken. It really bothers me going to a nice Italian place only to see the dishes butchered by someone ruining easy recipes. Don't call it PICATTA if that's not what you're going to make! The service was acceptable and most guests around us were getting good service, us not so much. However we were not dressed appropriately and we often get judged because we are younger. The patrons around were getting good service. Dessert was another fail. Tiramisu. My bf liked it because he's not crazy about coffee, and there was NONE in this! If you like rum and mascarpone cheese, this is for you!! It's funny because the mascarpone was high quality but not prepared properly and there was no custard at all. I had two bites, but ray devoured it. Overall this reminds me of a place that does things their way, but not well. Italian is so good, and easy that it's frustrating to order something that should be relatively the same everywhere. I give it two stars because the service is good, atmosphere is wonderful, and wine selection is great! I would come again for drinks and apps, not for Italian food. Which is funny to me haha

  • Sep 15, 2014 by barb1747

    We are Floridians visiting our friends from Nashville. Bria is a favorite and we were most anxious to eat the Italian fare they raved about. WE WE'RE NOT DISAPPOINTED!! Calamari appetizer was lucious...nicely cooked and very tender. Marinara accompaniment was very good. Pasta dishes were ordered by all six of us. The men had lasagna. ..a huge portion overflowing with mozzarella cheese and sauce. Neither could finish their dish. Two had rigatoni dishes...one with shrimp and one with chicken. We had a pomedora ala vodka dish with 6 large shrimp. Magnificant. Sauce was delicious and the shrimp cooked just right. Prices very reasonable...server was knowledgeable and attentive. Make a trip to Bria...you'll be happy you did.

  • Sep 08, 2014 by Tim O

    You'll smell that wood-burning oven when you walk in and you won't want to leave! Fantastic food, superb service and an excellent wine list makes this one of my favorite dining spots in Nashville. The menu changes often, but if you don't see what you want on the current menu, or one of your favorites from the past isn't on the menu, chances are they will fix it for you if they have what they need. I have asked several times and they have always fulfilled my request. The flatbreads are amazing as are their pasta dishes. They obviously take pride in their creative dishes here and thankfully you won't find any "typical" or traditional Nashville items on the menu. Like a bottle of wine with your dinner? Sundays and Wednesdays are always half-price bottled wine nights. That's when you'll find me here!

  • Aug 18, 2014 by Mike L.

    Been to Bria several times. I have had several dishes, usually its a great experience. Varied menu, usually very good service, food. This weekend I ordered the 1/2 roasted chicken. I cut immediately into the thickest part to make sure its cooked through to the bone. It is NEVER ok to serve chicken that has blood in it. Ever. Period. It should never be a discussion with your customer. Take it back immediately, if served by mistake. Do not say "Oh you just hit that vein" when I cut into the thigh, see not only blood in the vein, but can press the meat and have blood surface in the flesh. You could have caused a serious bacterial infection in me or any other customer. Stop this! Train your cooks! Train your servers. Don't serve undercooked chicken! Roasted chicken is NOT smoked chicken that is sometimes pink inside because of the cooking process of smoking. Even smoked chicken that has pink meat has solidly cooked veins and no blood. Blood means it is NOT cooked all the way. Roasted chicken should not have blood in it. This is so fundamental to cooking roasted chicken that I can't comprehend how a restaurant usually as up to par as Bria could not only serve it, but defend it to their customer. I ordered Eggplant Parm to replace it, which came out fairly quickly, though it messed up the pace of dinner with my guest since they had been served and I sat and waited for a replacement. The server who brought the replaced dish also tried to say "Oh you just hit that vein" as though the cooks had been making this excuse to them for a while. One server commented that this happened before, that is often happens when the roasted chicken is served. I'm not sure what was worse, the bloody chicken or the wait staff telling me this was common, it was OK to eat, but they'd get me something else if I really wanted to send it back, or acting as if this was standard at Bria. If you've never had food poisoning from undercooked chicken, perhaps you don't know just how frickin' miserable it is to get, but I have had it from being served undercooked chicken on the bone that was supposedly roasted at a restaurant, and I know bloody chicken when I see it. The kitchen should not send this out, period. The wait staff should not be told to tell customers that "Its ok, you just hit the vein, its OK to eat it." It is NOT ok to eat it. Chicken blood present mean undercooked chicken. That vein should be cooked solid with the rest of the chicken, and the meat coming away from the bone. That's when a chicken is cooked properly. If your chef or his line cooks don't know this, you have a bigger problem on your hands. I will be back to Bria because overall I like the place, the food is usually very good, but I won't order the roasted chicken again until I know that the owners and chef have addressed not only how to cook and serve chicken on the bone, but how to handle a customer when it is served undercooked. I was made to feel like I was complaining about something I should not be, that this was OK to eat, that this was OK and standard at Bria. If it is, it should not be. Two stars because I'm including previous visits that were good. It this were based on this one visit, it would be one star, because, well, BLOODY CHICKEN!

  • Aug 16, 2014 by Karen M.

    Delicious food And way too noisy and way too expensive for what you get. Pork tenderloin was delicious and totally spoiled by the atmosphere.

  • Aug 15, 2014 by dragonflytw65

    My husband and I were meeting a friend who we had not seen in years and this was the perfect place for this special occasion. The service was exceptional and we were made to feel very welcome. The inside dining area looked cozy yet spacious. The weather was great, so we ate outside. The staff was very attentive throughout our meal to make sure that the umbrellas were positioned so that the sun was not a problem. My husband and I got the Beet Salad and the Grilled Shrimp Flatbread to share. Both were excellent. The server cautioned that the salad was small and designed to be more of a side salad. Together, it was plenty of food and we took some of the flatbread home. I would have been happy with the size of the salad for a meal. Our friend got the Margherita flatbread and it was good as well. I wanted a special margarita that had been listed in the online menu, but the menu had since chatted and it was no longer available. I got a pear vodka drink that had ginger liquor along with a few other things. I don't like super sweet drinks and it was fantastic. This restaurant is categorized as fine dining and while it is upscale and one of the nicest if not the nicest restaurant in Bellevue, I would not consider it fine dining. This was good because fine dining was not what we were looking for that evening and we were very happy about the entire experience. I liked that I could make a reservation online.

  • Jul 21, 2014 by Carolyn S.

    This place was great, local food, you could see the chef cooking which was cool, they're food was SOOO good. I will without a doubt be back.

  • Jul 05, 2014 by michellec1182019

    The boyfriend and I decided to give this place a try since we were out in the area. Can I say, I am so glad we stopped in. We were greeted and seated promptly. Our server was very knowledgeable of the menu and suggested greats meals for us. I ordered extra shrimp in my pasta dish and it was more than enough. That's a compliment because most places skimp on protein in pasta dishes. The ambiance was really nice. I will definitely be back.

  • Jun 22, 2014 by fogbelt

    just got back from bria. the service was good. everyone enjoyed their meal. portions were generous. the desert menu lacked anything chocolate. the only negative was being served raw chicken.this error was compounded by the manager's poor response to this glaring mistake. I guess I would return only because it's close to my home and we try to support independent business. I would suggest giving them a try but beware of raw chicken and managers without the ability to solve problems.

  • Jun 03, 2014 by augustus70

    Bria is one of Nashville's better resturants. Downside is that it is Bellevue on the west side of town so a bit of a drive from downtown. The food is always fresh and the service is always solid. The food has a Italian theme but there is something here for everyone. The salmon is very fresh and cooked perfect. Pastas are great. If visiting Nashville, it is worth the effort to drive out and eat here.

  • May 22, 2014 by Debby

    Fantastic! We will be back!

  • Apr 13, 2014 by Susan S

    I have dined at Bria meant times, and the food is consistently excellent. The atmosphere is warm and unique, and the service is great. My favorite entree is the Chicken Piccata. Anything you order is made from high quality fresh ingredients. I highly recommend Bria Bistro!

  • Apr 09, 2014 by Chris H.

    We enjoyed dinner on a Tuesday with family at Bria, in Nashville with our family. The atmosphere was good and the food was good but should be about $2-3 less considering the typical Italian cuisine. I had angel hair pasta with tomatoes and peppers and added shrimp for an additional $6. Considering this was my first time, I will need to try more dishes to get get a better taste of their offerings. If you live local, good place to go without having to drive into Nashville.

  • Mar 24, 2014 by Shirleyj605

    Bria Bistro is a small, local restaurant serving delicious Italian cuisine. Our party of three shared an antipasto, which had a nice touch of sweetened pecans along with hummus, goat and feta cheeses plus the usual antipasto components. Excellent warm bread accompanied by herbed olive oil was also provided. Two of us had the Pasta del Noche, which was outstanding. It was a superb combination of pasta, mushrooms, grape tomatoes, snow peas and arugula in a tomato based sauce, topped with a piece of fork tender breaded pork and herbed ricotta cheese. Our companion had the Peparadelle with shrimp, which she pronounced delicious. We all had to leave some on our plates as the portions are generous. Our server Nathan was attentive and knowledgeable, as well as friendly. I highly recommend this restaurant in the outskirts of Nashville.

  • Mar 23, 2014 by erin a

    After about a year of not frequenting this establishment...thought we would give it another go...5:30 on a Sunday evening we sat ourselves at the bar....the laid back bartender never smiled or made us feel welcome, even though there was only two other people at the bar....we ordered drinks and sat with empty bread plates, until we finally asked for the bread...all of the other employees that we observed looked very unhappy and bored....a sleazy, obviously hungover employee sat down at the bar to eat his pasta and two glasses of milk, while the bartender spoke loudly how he was so hungover from bourbon drinking...turns out he was the Manager! Very unprofessional! A few other patrons came in who clearly were regulars and loudly spoke to each other across the bar making us feel even more uncomfortable and unwelcome....we used to enjoy this place when Jackie was the bartender, but now it feels cliquie and with NO class at all. The food is over priced and just o.k....we are not going back.

  • Mar 14, 2014 by Carrie H.

    When I think pasta, I instantly want Bria. Fab service, staff and food. Also I could drown myself in any cocktail I've ever gotten here. Great folks behind the bar!

  • Mar 04, 2014 by YnotNashville

    Nice ambiance, but I pay for the meal. The area is lacking in good restaurants; Bria has the opportunity but does not measure up to the task. I called asking for a return call to make a reservation which was not returned. Arrived anyway, not busy. The "natives" must know something. Food and beverages are overpriced for the quality that was served. Veal was disappointing as was the salmon. They need to work on the quality and creativity.

  • Feb 20, 2014 by Dean A.

    Different items are hit or miss but when dining you have to understand your vegetables are seasonal so order accordingly. The saltimbocca is my personal favorite. Pricey menu but that's Nashville.

  • Feb 16, 2014 by Kathryn E.

    This place could be great...except the overpriced food is oh so disappointing. Siiiiigh. I keep hoping this place will get better. Appetizer: Was it calamari or was it chicken, oysters, air?? There was so much breading on the tiny morsels that it could have been anything! Dinner: I had chicken manicotti. It was extremely cheesy, extremely dry and well done. I didn't see any chicken. I'm not so sure it wasn't the lasagna slipped to me by mistake. $20 or so. (Salads do not come with entrees, btw) My bf had the NY strip. He sliced off a bit for me and half of that was fat and gristle. What I placed in my mouth was very tough and still half gristle, unfortunately! It had a Gorgonzola sauce on top (I loved it, but you must REALLY LOVE Gorgonzola), so I couldn't tell if the meat had good flavor. BF said the entire steak was gristle and the Gorgonzola sauce was overpowering. $28 for a very poor cut of meat! Dessert: The tiramisu was odd. It was a glassful of flavored mascarpone with a couple of very hard cookies tossed at the bottom. And I think some swirls of cocoa. That's it. That's some lazy tiramisu! Service: Our server was helpful and friendly. The food runner was great fun! Bria has a nice wine selection and great atmosphere. I might give it another try sometime, but I won't ever, ever, ever be able to drag BF there again.

  • Jan 20, 2014 by Ashley

    Food is so good! Huge portions so you will have leftovers. Charcuterie tray is fantastic!!! Also half price wine bottles on Sunday and Wednesday, lots of Bellevue regulars at the bar.

  • Jan 11, 2014 by Jim R.

    I don't consider myself a foodie by any means, but tonight we decided to get out and treat ourselves to a gourmet meal.  I am so glad that I skipped lunch now that I'm here.  I'm usually one to stop eating before I'm full if only to avoid the food coma, but the food here is so delicious I think I may have to let my belt out a couple notches tonight.  In fact the reason I have time to write this review while dining is because I want to eat all of this delicious chicken manicotti and needed a short breather to let some of it digest.  The service here has raised the bar in my mind and I think this might just have to become part of my regular routine.  If you haven't eaten here before I highly recommend it.  Five stars for sure!

  • Dec 09, 2013 by ftrott10

    The food tastes really good. They have and glass window kitchen that allow you to watch as they freshly prepare and cook your dish. A little pricy but worth it. Not recommended for children.

  • Dec 01, 2013 by HemantD308

    We often go there for a quick night out. The food is very good. We like the flat bread pizzas. The beet salad is very good. The helpings are generous and the wine prices are mid range. The place has evolved from a somewhat snooty faux upscale joint to a warm neighborhood bistro. The wait staff is friendly and collaborative. Overall it gives the sense of being part of the Bellevue neighborhood. Saturday evenings can be a bit loud with a number of regulars watching college football - so if you are in for a quiet romantic meal show up either late or on Friday night.

  • Oct 19, 2013 by poetsspouse

    We were seated quickly, the service was informative and friendly, our food was wonderful. The restaurant, though not very large, was noisy to the extent that my spouse did not notice a couple at the next table having a fight ending in their storming out of the restaurant. There seemed to be no music and the tv showing a football game (of course) was not audible, the lighting was low enough that other diners used their mobile devices to read the menu. The menu was three pages plus wine list, included a page of specials. Our leftovers were boxed in the back, and returned to the table in aluminum containers, rather than the ubiquitous and hard-to-manage foam clams most places offer. Crusty bread, herbed oil, bravo!

  • Sep 17, 2013 by PamC54

    This establishment is in our neighborhood area and we were looking forward to eating nearby for our anniversary. We also had a Groupon which didn't have a lot of 'value' to it and knew that we would still be paying a 'premium' price for this meal. We made reservations and when we arrived the maitre' d was not at the front because she was so busy bussing tables. We found out later that they were short staffed. The place was nicely appointed and would be a great neighborhood place. The seating was not very private as lots of tables were lined up next to each other. The restaurant was VERY crowded for a 7 o'clock seating in this neighborhood area, but we thought that was a good sign. We decided on our entrees and were pondering our wine/drink when the waiter told us this was '1/2 price night' for bottles of wine which 'sealed the deal' on ordering a bottle of wine. Even though the place was busy, the service was acceptable. The food came quickly and was well prepared, but not outstanding. When we made reservations, we mentioned the Groupon but had not mentioned this specifically to the waiter. When we finished the meal and tried to 'pull up' the Groupon on the iPhone, the waiter informed us that we couldn't use the Groupon if we were using the 1/2 off wine offer. (The Groupon stated it was not valid for alcohol including the 1/2 off deals, but did NOT indicate that it was either/or. Since the entrees are kind of pricey, we had plenty of expense for the Groupon to have covered) Well, the 1/2 off wine was a better 'value' than the 'lame' Groupon value so we basically wasted the Groupon which expired the next day. I would have gotten a take out meal the next day, but the Groupon was restricted to 'dine-in only'. The patrons at the table next to us had the same Groupon/1/2 price wine conundrum that we did and tried to work it out to get two separate bills, but the waiter said their policy was applicable to the entire table. OK, rules are rules, but this left us with a 'bad taste'. Since the meal was not exceptional anyway, we decided we would not plan to return. Guess this falls in the category of 'not great customer relations'

  • Sep 03, 2013 by Diana H

    The ambiance is wonderful for a date or close friends. Excellent wine selection. Call ahead and see what nights are half price bottles of wine night. Food is very good.

  • Aug 18, 2013 by Heather

    Food was delicious! Carpaccio was a revelation.

  • Aug 15, 2013 by Ashley E.

    The food has never disappointed--always fresh and delicious. The service is always friendly--never a complaint from the servers, and I can be hard to please when spending good money. Ah, the money--the prices are a little rough. We have been 5 times, but only go on half price wine nights (haven't been in about 6+ months, so that special could have changed). The wine list is overpriced, but I bet it's because so many people go in on the nights they have drink specials (one glass for almost the retail price of the bottle in a wine store...). It's great for a romantic dinner on a Friday or Saturday night when the ambiance is just right. Or a Sunday dinner with a small group of friends. Have never been during the week.

  • Aug 13, 2013 by J. H.

    I've only had one experience with Bria, and it will be my last.  I ordered veal piccata, which looked gorgeous -- but ended up being so salty that I couldn't eat it.  For the same price or  less, there's Antonio's about a mile away.

  • Aug 05, 2013 by TNMarine

    While the area is more known for the Loveless Cafe and Chaffin's Barn Theatre this gem of a restaurant hidden in a small strip shopping center is a wonderful find. The menu offers creative italian dining without straying from the traditional style of dishes. Seating is somewhat limited so making advance reservations a good idea. Half price bottles of wine on Sunday a nice touch.

  • May 23, 2013 by Jason S.

    Well shucks. I've lived within walking distance of this joint since it opened.  I remember when it opened as "Wild Wood" and was good for the first week in 2007, and then began a rapid descent to crapitude and closed within 2 years. So, anyway, because of our bad experiences with the previous owners, and because we had some lukewarm reviews from some of our pals, we had been avoiding it.  For years.  A few weeks ago, we found ourselves in need of a place to eat on the fly, as we had our kids with a sitter and had left a birthday party rather hungry.   It was kind of empty for a Thursday night, but to be fair, we were on the later side of seating.  They quickly got us a booth and bread and Chianti were in front of us before we knew it. I had the beef carpaccio, which did not kill me and was quite tasty.  Can't remember what the wife got to start off, but next I went for the eggplant parmesan, which was pretty darn good, and forced the wife to eat dairy for the first time in a month! Nice environment, good service - not the greatest in the world, but pretty darn good.  A little bit on the pricey side...

  • May 17, 2013 by Terry M

    When Bria opened near our home a few years ago, it quickly became our favorite eatery in the Nashville area. The regular menu is expansive and excellent (I believe we have tried almost everything at least once), the wine list outstanding, the nightly pasta specials amazing, the presentation a picture to be shared. The service and friendly atmosphere are incomparable. You feel welcome and immediately comfortable on your first visit - a friend on your second. We never visit without seeing "regulars" - returning for the excellent food, ambiance, and service. By the way - did I mention half-price bottles of wine on Wednesday and Saturday nights - and the small plate tastings on Thursdays - also not to be missed. We cannot recommend Bria too highly.

  • May 07, 2013 by FavoritesorDisasters

    Bria was recommended by my neighbor. The food is Excellent but the too pricey! We had the PEI mussels-Awesome! The white minestrone soup-great with the additional gnocci-perfection! Our server was great with his recommendation of the veal rotelli-with the polenta- a ten off the charts! Advice: go at happy hour to get 1/2 price wine, get appetizers and soup and share a main course!

  • May 05, 2013 by Robin A

    Don't let the location of this little restaurant being in a strip mall fool you. Once you enter it's like a little neighborhood restaurant. If there's just two of you, and it's not busy, I'd opt to sit at the bar rather than the deuces (but then again, most of my review followers know how I feel about deuce tables). The bar is more spacious and brighter, and, not draped with "bar moths". The menu selections are interesting and all freshly prepared. Nothing sitting under hot lights waiting to be served. Their mussels are like being home (Connecticut) for me. They have a wonderful flatbread selection for lighter fare and nice pasta and main dishes to select from all for very reasonable prices. It's a bit of a jaunt outside of Nashville but a lovely drive none the less and well worth the trip.

  • Apr 28, 2013 by originalcurmudgeon

    I picked this restaurant because it is close to a relative's house and had pretty strong ratings on something that popped up in google. Made reservations online--which was a good idea because by the time we left the place was packed. Buzzing. But our experience left me curious as to why. Our server for the evening introduced himself as being the restaurant manager who was doing table service that night because he was short-staffed. He assured us that he was "cool" and that we were all there to have a good time. And we should "take our time." That was one of the oddest greetings to a restaurant I had ever had anywhere. And then he began to pester us about getting our order in. I concluded that he was eager to be sure he had a chance to turn the table at least once more that evening. He talked persuasively about the specials and their wine pairings, and so two of us decided to try the fish (flounder) and the other member of our party ordered the trout. We shared an order of the Fried Mozzarella. The best thing about everything else was the wine. The Mozzarella was OK; heavily breaded and very fried, with what looked like chunks of canned tomato. I did not detect any prosciutto. The mains were very disappointing. The flounder was dry. Everything was overwhelmed by the extravagant use of salt and pepper and herbs and spices. BAM!! I love salt. I almost always add salt to every dish I eat. These dishes left me guzzling water. AFTER the entrees had arrived, our server showed up with bread and with olive oil to dip the bread in. Without asking if we wanted it, he dumped a tablespoon of spices and herbs into the olive oil. The bread was disappointing and it was not possible to really taste the oilve oil after the dump. I really can't recommend this place for the food. Or, to be more precise, I would never order seafood in there again. Maybe they do better with beef or chicken. Definitely nice for socializing; The decor is pleasant, and we could easily converse until the throngs began to pack in later in the evening. Has a big bar and probably sells great drinks. .

  • Apr 27, 2013 by John B.

    We decided to try this restaurant for our anniversary and we were both pleasantly surprised. The hummus and flatbread appetizer was excellent and our entrees of trout and steak were delicious and had a great balance of flavors. Service was also first rate. The only negative was the fact I would have enjoyed a higher quality bread to go alongside the olive oil and fennel dipping sauce.

  • Apr 25, 2013 by Don S.

    Good experience, good service and food was excellent.  Would love to make this our neighborhood bistro but $15/glass for Meiomi when I can buy a bottle for $19 down the street is little ridiculous.

  • Apr 17, 2013 by Respiteseeker9

    Finally went to Bria Bistro with a Groupon, since the prices are relatively expensive for a neighborhood restaurant. I had Chicken manicotti which was served hot in a baking dish. The manicotti was very good with enough for lunch the next day. My wife had an angel hair pasta dish with fresh tomatoes and chicken. Her dish wasn't as good since the tomatoes were not ripe. It wasn't exceptional and she would not order it again. The environment is lacking since you're sitting on wooden benches, even though they have cushions on the seats. (These were left over from the previous restaurant.) The restaurant was loud. There is an open ceiling that goes up to the roof and there are tile floors. It was noisy and the restaurant was almost empty. The paintings on the walls were nice. We decided we would rather go to Maggiano's where the environment is much better and the food and service are always very good.

  • Mar 22, 2013 by Mené

    Try the Saltimbocca...you won't regret it!

  • Mar 01, 2013 by lthrel

    Bria bistro just started a new thing weekend specials and tapas wine pairing dinners. The tapas dinner was awesome and some of the best food that my husband and I have eaten fin a long time. Barry the chef creates outstanding flavors that match those of five star dining. Check out the photos and the menu . We used to drive downtown or even as far as Asheville NC to taste this type of food. We highly recommend. There everyday menu is food but nothing like the weekend specials or the Tapas pairing Try it out you will not be disappointed. The service was awesome , the food was awesome and the price was excellent

  • Feb 27, 2013 by City Saver

    Use your Nashville City Saver coupons here to receive 50% off one entree or a free appetizer with the purchase of two dinner entrees.

  • Feb 24, 2013 by Flower Child ..

    $3.66 for a glass of house white wine during Happy Hour. $25 for a veal rollatini dish with shoestring fried potato sticks (subbed out cornbread) and lots of friends... Awesome!   14 of us descended on this place last night for an early dinner, before a movie. I got the veal rollatini without flour, others got the flat bread pizzas, spaghetti and meatballs, tile fish...  we got a large variety of food off the menu and most everyone was very pleased with their dish and the prices.. Joe was a great waiter. He kept our glasses full of water, removed any empty dishes, bottles, empty glasses.. He kept our tables clean, he was efficient, jovial, sweet, and most accommodating.  He took care of all 14 of us with total confidence and ease. Food came out hot, well presented, delicious, fresh.. The only complaint I heard was about how one of the flatbread combinations didn't work, very well with the white and red sauce.... or something like that..  Something very small. And let's not forget that every table was taken, noise level was easy and we could all hear one another speaking... This is a great family friendly restaurant, and one that can handle large parties with ease. I would highly recommend this restaurant to the budget minded family that wants to go out and eat together. I also highly recommend this place for a nice gathering of friends and family with a large party. They handled us very well and no one complained. Great place! Thanks for being such a great waiter, Joe! You were the bomb! Give this place a chance.  They will bend over backwards to make you a happy camper.

  • Feb 23, 2013 by Dave

    Impressive dishes and top notch service.

  • Dec 26, 2012 by T8951PSanthonyc

    We are Italian citizens who have a home in Italy and live in Franklin. We also lived in the northeast for 40 plus years. We booked Bria bistro for Christmas eve night. It was the four of us on the evening and it started out well but...I ordered a blueberry lemonade type of cocktail which was excellent and my wife got a Pinot Noir which was very good also. From there it was kind of hit or miss on the rest of the meal. I got the soup special which was kind of bland. It was a white bean soup with a lot of celery and carrots very limited white beans and had about three gnocchi's. My wife got a salad which she enjoyed and my son got mozzarella sticks which were really good but they had large basil leaf in them. Which is appealing and tasty to most but mozzarella sticks to kids it is unexpected. My veal dish was good but the accompanying veggies and polenta was subpar. My two sons ordered pizza and they were under done and soft. It was considered flat bread and just soft and underdone...when pizza is under done it is mushy and takes away from pizza. My wives dish of trout was ok but unspectacular...also, I think the most underperforming dish was antipasto plate. The plate had very little prosciutto and it was more like salami deli meat than hard salami or supersatta. The types of cheeses were feta and another. They substituted for hard Italian cheeses which should be on an antipasto. The bread for an Italian restaurant was soft and almost like a French soft baquette. Should have hard Italian bread and better choice of olive oil when having Italian and antipasto..the server was very nice and accommodating, along with the chef/owner. My son ordered a mageritha pizza and it came with full sliced tomatos and not sauce and they were quick to turn around and make another one. Once again the pizza is mushy as we're the other two made. The wine list was a very good selection for wine by the glass BUT the wine list does not give years of the selection. We did not get dessert and the bill with tip game close to $200 for the four of us. We might try again because there is little to no Italian restaurants within 30 minutes Of us... I/we will need to be more selective and also ask for the flatbreads to be cooked longer.. (being from Providence,RI and eating at the restraint Al Forno's who created the flat bread pizza, I know what I speak).

  • Nov 28, 2012 by Jimmy

    Sat at the bar and service was very good. So was the food.

  • Nov 03, 2012 by Mary F.

    Disappointed. We heard good things so made a reservation for our anniversary dinner. The restaurant was nice and we had a good table. The fried mozzarella appetizer was good and the bread and oil and seasoning was good too. Everything fell apart at the entree. I ordered chicken piccata and it was really salty. I like capers but the chef REALLY liked capers. My husband ordered ling Alfredo. The sauce was grainy which is a sign that the sauce wasn't prepared properly. I had a Bellini (good) and a glass of Riesling (bad). My husband had a glass of cab (bad). We had a trio of gelato for dessert which was fabulous. Our server was wonderful and very attentive. So three stars for appetizer, bread, dessert and service. But it wasnt the anniversary dinner we were hoping for.

  • Sep 24, 2012 by lthrel

    The food was great. It is great to watch the chefs from the bar...great wine but will have to go back on wednesday or sunday for 1/2 price bottles. We will go back again.

  • Sep 22, 2012 by James_Atl

    Six of us went to dinner here on a business trip and found the manager and waiter friendly and accommodating- down to willing to change the music and doing so even when we said not to bother. You can tell the staff really cares about the patrons having a good experience. The wine, appetizer, salad and main course options were plentiful. I had the veal sambuca and it was well-prepared and tasty. I was happy to find many options that were not pasta-based (they have these as well if you wish). I tried the fried cheese and calamari appetizers and they were both good. The spinach salad was good as well. A lovely dinner location- would be a good date place even though we were on business. No complaints from anyone in our diverse group!

  • Sep 04, 2012 by VergerBill

    Bria Bistro is our local (2.5m away) restaurant. We go there a lot. Jackie and Matt are the bartenders you might meet. 1/2 Price bottles of wine are on Sunday and Monday [those are the night we usually go!!] The food and service and always excellent. Nathaniel, one of the owners [ on site the most] welcomes his guests and customers; is friendly and helpful, and watchful of the food, its presentation, its timeliness, and quality. [Recently when we went, and the dish seemed too salty to us, he immediately pulled it away, and had the chef and his staff to it again!!!] Bellevue is about 12-15m southwest of downtown Nashville; it is a great local up-scale restaurant that we want to continue to succeed.

  • Jun 30, 2012 by Vicky D

    Bria Bistro consistently delivers innovative menus, excellent service and quality dining. This is one of our favorite restaurants that we come back to frequently. I can highly recommend this restaurant for an excellent dining experience.

  • Jun 30, 2012 by GequitaR

    I first went to Bria's on a whim and absolutely loved it. I was treating my sister to dinner since she had just finished her chemotherapy and wanted to do something special for her. We both fell in "LOVE" with the place. The ambiance was perfect, the wait staff perfect and the food. . . "Delicious, . perfect." After that visit I told my other sisters about it (there are 5 of us) that this will be our night out spot (we get together once a month for "Girls night out") and splurge a little. This has been my most favorite place to go since I first ate there. It is about a 25 mile drive from my house, so this is where I go to treat myself and my family. I would eat there every weekend if it wasnt so far from my house, but it was truly a great place. One of my sisters is a caterer and she was even impressed. I tell every body about it.

  • Apr 07, 2012 by L F.

    We went here a year ago....outstanding meal!!!  Went this week.   YUCK!!  Our stomaches still hurt.  Salty, obviously not fresh, terrible...worst Italian ever.   Hope we feel better after a few more days.  SAVE YOURSELF   Do not eat here!!!!

  • Feb 26, 2012 by Dennis S.

    A must starter is the Bruschetta, vine ripe tomatoes and roasted red peppers with goat cheese, presentation is only exceeded by the taste!   Next up, I ordered the special of the night, a mixed grill, featuring streak, chicken, pork tenderloin, asparagus and couscous, delicious and perfectly prepared, finished with italian ice cream.  Bria is a great find and a must visit while in Nashville.

  • Feb 25, 2012 by Martin7032

    Excellent locally owned, independent restaurant serving well balanced Italian style food. . Recommend you book for Friday and Saturday nights as it gets very busy.......... Oh and they also have an awesome Wine List!!

  • Jan 18, 2012 by Carol S.

    Yum!  Sausage flatbread is awesome...  ambiance is good and casual.  Wine list is a little uninteresting.  But the specialty drinks are tasty!

  • Jan 17, 2012 by Zach G.

    Eh.  It's Italian that tastes like its made by Americans.  Middle of the road and expensive place.

  • Dec 14, 2011 by tigeress1

    We had to wait 30 minutes to be seated while we watch several tables remain open. It also took forever before the waitress ever came to the table. Very poor service. Do not go when the school across the street has an event because you will not be able to get a parking space. They allow parents going to the school to park in their lot which means you can not find anywhere to part.

  • Oct 21, 2011 by Lucy

    Amazing tomato soup!!

  • Oct 20, 2011 by I

    Great place to check out. Food is ALWAYS good. Sometimes the wait staff seems to be a little behind your needs but they seem to be working on it. Great food!

  • Oct 17, 2011 by Lauren S.

    Overall: Cute little italian place Food/Drink: The wine selection is pretty decent and there are several cheaper glasses as well. As far as food goes, if you like the taste of truffles - go for the pappardelle. The truffle flavor is VERY strong, but I liked it. Another good option is the italian sausage pizza. The roasted garlic tomato cream sauce, broccolini and mushrooms add good layers of flavor. Atmosphere/Service: The restaurant is small so it's best to call ahead for reservations. If you want to wing it instead, don't be afraid to sit at the bar. The bartenders are all attentive and you will get the same menu items/service as you would sitting at a table. Price: Pizzas around about $14, pastas about $15 and you can get a decent glass of wine for $8

  • Oct 15, 2011 by Exquisite C.

    What an amazing experience! we decided to head over towards Belle Meade to try Bria, and I was so happy we did! We ate our meal at the bar and met the most amazing and friendly people, including the staff. The food was fantastic! I had the Mussels, and the Mahi-Mahi special, it was "to die for". The wine list has some very nice. and very interesting tastings. We will be back for sure.

  • Sep 21, 2011 by Joseph

    It's actually spelled BriA, but sure...

  • Aug 14, 2011 by matt b.

    Best pizza I ever ate. The italian sausage pizza with mushrooms. You need a reservation to sit usually. But we love to sit @ end of bar to look into the kitchen, very entertaining. I've been several times and love it. Groupon and wine deals all the time for here. Best lobster tail I ever ate for their special one day. If you have a small party 4-6. There is just one table that looks into the kitchen, very cool if your a foodie.

  • Jul 13, 2011 by Chef X.

    Yeah, it's pretty bad. One of the folks in our party brought a bottle of white wine which we told the server twice that it needed to be put on ice pronto. We asked twice cuz we could see it sitting on the counter. Of course it was still warm when dinner arrived. The flatbread was good, the pasta was not (gooey). I've heard they hired a new chef but who the hell wants to truck all the way out to Egypt for spaghetti? Oh yeah. Why does an "Italian" restaurant call itself a bistro anyway? They're speaking French over there now?

  • May 31, 2011 by Kiran G.

    First of all, you cannot find it on your GPS. I called in and asked for landmarks around that area. Found it and have a decent dinner. Used my groupon but i feel that the items are kind of pricey. The food is good but as I said very very pricey. The waiter was very knowledgeable and was very friendly. The atmosphere was good but small place. I have not tried any drinks but they have half priced wines on Tuesdays and Mondays. Check their website for some coupons. Once in a while restaurant.

  • Feb 13, 2011 by Deepak B.

    Squash soup excellent. Bread with oil and spice excellent. Ordered lasagna, was small portion and all cheese. Feel like going to a cardiologist. Plus expensive...

  • Nov 11, 2010 by Brian S.

    Bria Bistro is one of those places that you'll either love, or you'll feel it just isn't quite your style.  If I were to try to summarize it in a sentence, I would say that folks who claim to have a refined palate and enjoy "upscale Italian" food would enjoy this place -- whereas those whose expectations for Italian food are more in line with what you'd find at, say, the Olive Garden (or to be more charitable, a place like Amerigo's), might find the flavors and prices at Bria to be not their cup of tea. Lured by a Groupon I'd bought a couple months back, my girlfriend and I went to Bria Bistro on Friday night.  We knew that they had half price bottles of wine on Sunday and Wednesday nights (which, for the record, is absolutely when you should go), but as we were celebrating an award she'd gotten, we picked a relatively inexpensive ($32-ish) bottle of the house Pinor Noir that wasn't half bad. As we sipped on the wine and had some of the complimentary bread (served alongside olive oil with a mixture of spices), we had a chance to look at the decor.  If I were to say Bria has a bit of an identity crisis, that would sound far more negative than I intend it to be -- but there is a lot going "on" with the scenery.  When you first enter the restaurant, the bar area catches your eye, and it was obvious there were a handful of regulars there.  Like many places, the kitchen is open and visible, including the fire oven, and that's an aesthetic I personally like.  The walls are painted a shade of maroon, and you'll find various oil paintings for sale on them.  The ceiling is of the modern industrial type, with the ductwork painted but visible.  All in all, there's a lot going on. We picked out a couple appetizers -- the carne foccacce (that's a flatbread that's similar to a pizza if you're Italian-challenged like me) and arancini (fried rice balls, with goat cheese and other things).  Pretty much anything fried wins in my book, and these were great. The entrees were pretty interesting.  I picked the veal saltimbocca.  The veal was very tender and excellently prepared, and the flavors in the mushroom marsala jus were extremely rich.  Of all the things we ordered, this was my far my favorite, and I'm glad to have paid the up-charge to get veal ($24) instead of chicken ($19). She ordered the pappardelle pasta with shrimp.  This dish probably gets my award for the most uniquely-flavored pasta I've ever had -- but with a catch.  Made with mushrooms, arugula, goat cheese, and leeks, it's got a good combination of flavors -- but the twist comes from the addition of white truffle oil.  Truffle oil is, I think, one of those things you like or you don't, and the same goes for its smell.  Personally, I find the smell to be a little nauseating.  If you like truffle oil, you'll love this dish; if you don't (or if you aren't sure), you might stick with a safer choice. Overall, would I go back again?  Yeah.  Is that just because my girlfriend bought a Groupon too?  No.  It's just one of those places for which you need to be in the right frame of mind.  The food was good and unique, and the portions weren't tiny.  I'll try some new things next time, and will be sure to go on half-price wine night!

  • Oct 06, 2010 by Jeff A.

    Be careful Groupon users. I purchased a ($20.for $40.) Groupon for Bria/Brio and when I wanted to use it on the last day of the offer with my daughter they were closed. I called the next day and the manager Morgan would not let me use it. She claimed it actually expired on midnight the day before the date on the Groupon. I felt because they were closed on the last day the offer was good for ( did not have the hours listed) they should reconsider. Morgan hung up on me when I was still talking. I e-mailed my concern to the address on their web site and never got a response.  Thank goodness Groupon was great. They agreed with me and refunded my purchase with a credit to use on another offer. Morgan was very rude and not caring !

  • Sep 22, 2010 by Vickie T.

    Wow!  This food was some of the best we have ever had!  Before our meal, we were served some delicious soft bread with a delicious crust dipped in oil with the perfect amount of freshly ground seasonings. We ordered the Margherita flatbread, then the seafood risotto (was not on the menu).  I had a chocolate Martini, of which was absolute perfection.  The flatbread had just the right amount of flavor, crisp, and not too salty.  LIke very gourmet pizza, only better.  The seafood risotto had shrimp, scallops, in a creamy wine-butter-lemon tasting saucy risotto.  WOW, not too fishy, and cooked to perfection!  My husband is funny about seafood sometimes if it is fishy and he LOVED it!  The ambiance was soothing, hip, and very clean.  Service couldn't have been better, which was immediate, professional, and very friendly.  I wish every restaurant was this stellar.  I will bring my area clients here in the future.  I am not kidding when I say that my husband and I gauked on the ride home (we drove 45 minutes to eat here) about how good that food was!  I HIGHLY recommend it.  My FAVORITE restaurant in Nashville!

  • Sep 19, 2010 by Angela K.

    What a nice surprise this place was! We were out for a Sunday late afternoon drive and stopped in on the way home. It's in a strip mall which kind of turned us off....but hey, this is the way of the new world! Once inside the vibe was very nice....not stuffy, not too casual. And, come to find out, it was "half-price bottle of wine night" (Wednesday night is too.) so we figured even if the food wasn't great, we had the wine going for us! Then the bread came....while it wasn't the amazing crusty bread you always hope for and never get in Nashville, the waitress mixed some interesting spices into the olive oil for dipping it in, and it was very good. The caesar salad was perfectly dressed, the pasta was truly al dente, the papardelle and the chicken saltimbocca were savory. We finished off with a delicious gelato and espresso.....and left with taste buds and tummies fully happy. We've been back again and again...have really liked everything we've had so far.  This place is a "Find". I don't really give anything 5 stars...at least nothing in Nashville....but this place is a winner.

  • Sep 06, 2010 by Vanessa G.

    The place has a good feel inside. It's not over the top fancy but is nice, yet comfortable.We have visited this place a couple of times before but, tonight was the best for sure. The grilled trout is delicious and the portion is HUGE. I brought half of it home. My husband had the trio of mushroom pasta topped with shrimp and it was delicious and the broth was amazing. The pear dessert arrived in a presentation we weren't expecting - the WHOLE pear, cold, served a top a fig reduction and maple walnut ice cream. One bite and we were hooked! The flavors are fantastic together! We loved it the way it came out but others might enjoy it sliced and slightly warm. We really enjoyed our meal and will definitely return. The best restaurant in Bellevue for a nice meal.

  • Aug 20, 2010 by Chef X

    ..unless you like it gummy and clumped together in which case it's PERFECT! Hey chef, go take a lesson from the guy that cooks spaghetti at Demo's or McCabe. Flatbread w decent. Server was a smarta** & pretty funny which at least was entertaining.

  • Aug 09, 2010 by Melissa B.

    The first noticeable element of this restaurant is that it apparently does not know its name. The sign on the building has said "Brio" for some time but then when you see the website, the logo says "Bria." So I really don't know what the right name is. The food is great, and the service is really good. Fettucini alfredo was great!

  • Jul 24, 2010 by Mark M.

    appetizer nice. spinach salad  was fresh. WIfe had watermelon salad that was quite tasty.  Eggplant entree a bit tough but good.  Baked ziti had a  great sauce.  What dampened evening was they don't have high chairs and we have a 1.5 year old.

  • Jun 07, 2010 by Scott B.

    The BAD.....the GOOD and the BLAH The BAD - Got there about 7:50 and was immediately seated. We counted about 18 tops to about 5 servers, 1 manager, 2 hostesses and 3 expediters, so were figured service would be great (plus what we read in the other reviews). Well we sat for about 10 minutes before anyone noticed us and brought us water. At that time the waiter stated that "the waitress that handles your table has been in the bathroom for a while". Gee thanks for that information. About 10 minutes later he came back and said he was going to help us even though this wasn't his section. We ordered drinks and heard about the specials. He came back to deliver the bread and drinks then disappeared for another 10 minutes. When he eventually came back he said "sorry but because were not in his section he forgot about us"...Gee thanks again. We placed our order and off he went. The house salad was decent and brought to our table pretty quick. We felt better until he came back as we were finishing our salad and asked what we would like to order...Huh? He said "he forgot what we ordered". We waited again - now it was becoming a joke. Since the kitchen/bar spills into the dining area we could see our food sitting....just sitting...still sitting...finally a different server asked the manager whose it was and our waiter ran over after looking at us with our bare table. He brought our food and apologized again. The GOOD - The flatbread was actually really good. If I lived in the area I would venture back to sit at the bar and try the flatbread again. The BLAH - On the first visit to any Italian restaurant I always go for the lasagna. I figure if they know how to make flavorful lasagna they know what they are doing. If not - not worth going back. While the portion was big, it was bland - almost frozen lasagna meal bland. A couple of interesting things....First in a review here they said that they bake the bread. When we mentioned that we thought the bread was a little stale from being freshly baked he said that they buy it from Provence and nothing is done in house. When we overheard the table next to us ask about the Tiramisu the waiter said they get it from a local pastry chef in Nashville. When we asked our waiter about it he said they get it from Whole Foods. Bottom line is service was terrible, food was blah at best and they need to get their facts straight about their food. The only reason for 2 stars was the flatbread.

  • Apr 07, 2010 by Andrew F.

    Very solid Italian fare with nice wine list and interesting menu.  The one thing that really stood out was the quality of the bread that they bring to the table. Outstanding.  They bake it themselves and it's authentic Italian, even if your from NYC :) My osso bucco was perfect and pastas are al dente.  Service was a little loose the first time but much more polished the last four visits.

  • Oct 10, 2009 by Shane J.

    Anyone that given this restaurant over a one star must either work there or be relatives of the owner.  This place sucks.  Im not sure why they call this Italian food, or any edible food for that matter.  I asked them about it and they said it was true "Northern Italian" food, but I know this isnt true.

  • Sep 11, 2009 by Tart L.

    Best Bellevue Italian restaurant is on the far west side of Nashville. Fine art and classy servers complement the good food. Classic art is gallery quality and blends nicely with the rest of the upscale place. The bar overlaps into the dining table area seamlessly. It's a good vantage to enjoy dinner appetizers and watch for your friends. Brio Bistro Italiano is especially good for Italian fine wine and basic Italian fare like their antipasto, seafood calamari and salmon foriana. Their oak fired oven flatbreads are also satisfying.