Dunwoody >Food & Dining > Brio Tuscan Grille
“starting with the ambiance from the exterior of the building, the lighting, the people outside playing bocce it was a wonderful experience.”
“The main courses were good and we were full so no dessert.”
“need another drink, but I we would like our appetizer.”
“Leave the authentic cuisine to those who care enough to do it right.”
“Also, the staff is very friendly and knowledgeable about the menu.”
“Brio is definitely the best Italian restaurant in the Atlanta area”
“love their wine list and our service was outstanding.”
“There is plenty of great food to chose from and all the food is very affordable.”
Horrible for groups - overpriced - poor service - average food ... but nice atmosphere.
Group dining ... NEVER!
It's hard to imagine a worse scenario for group dining than Brio Tuscan Grille. Operationally, they set your group up for failure unless one person is clearly going to pay the minimum $500 room expenditure fee. Their P.O.S. (point of sales/register) system is archaic - there is no way to determine who owes what. Don't Ever go there in groups larger than 5.
Food Quality ... Very average!
I tried four dishes and only the $14 butternut squash plate is worth it. The creamy pastas are bland. The cheapo pasta plate for veggies was fair and lacked flair. The lamb was so, so. I would say Brio attempts to be sophisticated in presentation, but its food is not very "Tuscan". You can know you are about to have a good Italian/Tuscian/ Roma-bistro moment when they give you a plate of Basalmic vineagar mixed with olive oil to dip your bread in with rather than a slab of BUTTER.
Wine ... Yikes - they need quality.
You know a place does not care when you get a wine that has turned. They actually attempted to pass off a glass of the special red vinegar style wine on us. It's sad. Brio may have been a decent place at one time, but they have fallen. 2 Buck Chuck is way better than anything I experienced there. Wine suggestion for whites, if you want a good affordable Chardonnay or Sirah to compliment Italian, make sure it is from the Yakima Valley in WA.
Service - I'm not really sure they ever cared.
They forgot the food for one of the people. They messed up the order on another plate. They forgot a salad for another. AS they went back to correct the issue, I imagined them going to a large bowl in the back where they could dump some "ceasar salad" greens hastily onto plate and quickly return to present you with your expensive and carefully prepared item. And just as I thought, it came in a flash on a plate different than the others.
If I was your friend, I would steer you away from Brio Tuscan Grille.
Did not honor reservations, good appetizers.
A friend of mine was right, it is a step above the Olive Garden although I thought barely a step. We started off with the spinach and artichoke dip with flat bread, which was excellent. We cleaned the bowl. The salads were ok; mine had way too much dressing, and I left half of the salad on the plate. I had the Chicken Milanese Pomodoro aka a pressed, formed, and chopped breaded chicken patty over pasta with marinara sauce. For a $15 entree, I expect fresh chicken, not a chicken patty. It was not to my liking, and I left most of it on the plate. The pasta and marinara sauce were decent. My dining companion had a garlic cream and chicken dish, which he described as too heavy. For dessert, he had the bread pudding, which he said was really good. I had the apple crisp with vanilla ice cream. Except for the walnuts (I hate walnuts and picked most of the off), it was good, especially the ice cream melting into the caramel sauce.
Service was adequate but rushed. Our drinks were refilled very frequently, which I appreciate. I hate sitting with an empty glass. One thing that I thought was a bit rude was bringing the check immediately after we got our dessert. The server hovered over us until we paid. We tossed some money in the folder, so that we could eat our dessert in peace.
Fine dining it's not, but it would be fine as a lunch place or to take those that are not foodies but that want something slightly better than the Olive Garden.
...seems like nobody cares about service.... For those who doesnt care about a good service it would be the best place to go for dinner or lunch. If you do want to receive an excellent service don't ruin your special day in Brio. Gratuity is gonna be added to your bill automatically, table will be dirty and uncleaned all night.As for myself, i dont like to eat my dessert next to the dirty plates from the main course.And i want my coffee and water to be refilled.
Romantic, Exqusite and Unique. The food is absolutley delicious! I love their wine list and our service was outstanding. My husband and I have been going there for 2 years ....along with the Buckhead location. We always entertain guests there and have also been there with large parties for the holidays. Our favorite is the patio that overlooks a lake and fountian. Definetly the best patio in Atlanta day or night!
I tried some of my companion's shrimp risotto (sans the shrimp...what genius chef paired shrimp with loads of parmesan saturated rice to begin with?). The risotto was overly cheesy with nothing but the roasted red peppers shining through when all was done. A definite cheesy cover-up for many culnary shortcomings.
Since all of the "Italian" dishes I had already tried were very Fauxtalian to finish I decided to try the creme brulee. Who could ruin creme brulee you ask? Brio can. It tasted like vanilla pudding without the delicate eggy custardness that follows that crack of sugar shell on the top. Huh, at least they did that part right.
My word to the chain restaurants is: Stick to the burgers, bloomin' onions, neverending pasta and breadsticks and of that other garbage that you do so well. Leave the authentic cuisine to those who care enough to do it right.
You must try the Cheesecake! The BEST!!!. Ok, to be completely honest, the food is average. The lasagna is probably one of the best entrees on the menu. But you will be very surprised at how affordable this restaurant is! But what's absolutely to die for, the Cheesecake!!! Any time I'm visiting Atlanta, I always stop by and just order the cheesecake. It's is so creamy, made fresh in the restaurant. They place the cheesecake on it's side and place on the plate and somehow form a very very thin top layer of caramelized sugar on top of the cake and top it with a strawberry. Then they have this absolutely delicious raspberry sauce drizzled on the cake and plate to make it taste even better. I'm telling you, there is no cheesecake better than Brio's, I guarantee it!!! As a matter of fact, I'm leaving now to go get a piece.
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