The Old Spaghetti Factory
160 2nd Ave N, Nashville, TN 37201
Fax: (615) 254-3081
Spaghetti Factory The Old
Bike Parking: Yes
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Takes Reservations: Yes
Outdoor Seating: No
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Children seem to love this place. The food seems a little pre-made boxed not made to order. I could be wrong but I do love the wheat pasta options.
Oh my...cannot say enough just how great is the food is here! The service is wonderful too! This is such a fun place to come as well. The building is beautiful!
Decided to visit for the first time on a whim and very happy we did. First off , the building is absolutely beautiful! The stained glass, wooden beams and the decor. Just beautiful. I decided to try their garlic bread appetizer and it's so simple yet so delicious. For my entree I chose the Pot Pourii. It's a plate of pasta with 4 different sauces. Brown butter and certain cheeses. The clan sauce, meat, and regular marinara. My favorite was the brown butter and the yummy clam sauce. So delicious. I recommend a visit. It's a bit pricey but you are downtown. Otherwise, that's the only con I can say.
11/14/2011Provided by Citysearch -
They took 45 minutes to seat us. Then, it took 10 more minutes for a waitress to take our drink order, then 10 minutes to come back and give us our soft drinks and take our lunch order. Thirty minutes later our lunch arrived. Two hours was too long for a lunch! My daughter's spaghetti had a hair in it! We never mentioned the hair because I didn't want to wait another hour for a manager. That happened 7 years ago on a week day and we never returned!
10/01/2011Provided by Citysearch -
Nice place and nice environment but the quality and taste of the food was very poor. When I went in, it was really crowded and it seems that waitresses could not handle the volume of customers so it took them forever to come back and refill our drinks.
11/16/2010Provided by Citysearch -
The service was good, the atmosphere was nice, but my food was very salty. The bread was just plain bread, the salad was okay (bad lettuce, but GREAT dressing, I had the creamy pesto), but my entree was very salty (I had the chicken marsala which came with spaghetti with mizithra cheese and browned butter). I got vanilla ice cream and it was VERY freezer burnt (it was crunchy). My finacee really liked the food and the ice cream (they ordered the baked chicken and spumoni ice cream). For the price I had a nice evening out and some left overs, but if you are looking for authentic Italian, rich and well-balanced flavors, and great home-cooked food, I would go elsewhere.
the fun part of the night for me is to close my eyes and try to figure out how the dish I am eating was made. What went into the sauce, when it was added and how the process most likely went. The rest of the night is filled with the company of whomever I am with and unobtrusive staff that fill my glass, clear away food plates and smile straight from the heart. A joyful dining experience for any occasion.
02/10/2010Provided by Citysearch -
I have been there twice and both times was disappointed. Once I went during lunch and thought maybe it was just th ecook so tried it for dinner one night and ordered chicken parmesan and it was rubbery not good at all. I am an italian food lover and have had chicken parmesan at many different restaurants and I hate to say this was the worst.
The Old Spaghetti Factory is a step back in time. When we entered the restaurant my daughter remarked, “it feels like we are getting ready to ride the Tower of Terror at Disney World.” The antique décor is beautiful and makes me think that I should be wearing a finely tailored pin stripe suit and a daper fedora. OSF meals come with a choice of soup or salad, entrée, and a small dish of spumoni. The blue cheese dressing on their salad is nothing fancy, but I still prefer it to their minestrone. The day’s entrée for me was called “The Premier.” It contained generous helpings of chicken marsala and lasagna. Perhaps I am too southern to figure out exactly what a marsala is. To me it tasted like chicken with a nice mushroom gravy. My chicken was a little overdone, but the quality sauce made up for it. Let’s just forget the chicken, though. This is Italian and that means lasagna! The noodles were perfectly tender. The ricotta cheese blended rather than overpowered the rest of the ingredients. There was enough tomatoy goodness that I had sauce with the last bite that I took. The meat provided texture and weight without teasing me into thinking I was eating meatloaf. It was a symphony of Italian food perfection with each element wondrously playing its part. My wife is in love with their brown butter spaghetti with mizithri cheese. For me, spaghetti has to involve some form of tomato. I just ate more lasagna. They asked my kids at the start, “Salad or applesauce?” They declined both. This is the “Old” spaghetti factory after all. I can only imagine a grandparent coming up with that combo. The spumoni is a nice touch for the big folks, but thankfully they had vanilla for the little ones. The prices are middle of the road for what you get. You are, of course, paying for quality service and ambience. I couldn’t help but wonder how much of the $40 check justified the antiques, the low level lighting and the trolley car. Then I remembered how much it cost to ride the Tower of Tower, and recognized that you pay a little more for a quality experience. Go to the Old Spaghetti Factory. There is no reason to be afraid.
12/22/2008Provided by Citysearch -
I ate here this past Saturday. The atmosphere is great but the food is DISGUSTING! You would be much better off eating the pasta from a Ryan's/Shoney's buffet or making it yourself with ground beef, a jar of spaghetti sauce, and a box of pasta.
Our meal started with a spinach and artichoke ""dip"". No lie, we were served a bowl of watery spinach ""soup""- zero taste and completely inedible.
We then got the salad- no problems whatsoever (how can you mess up salad anyway?) The ice cream and bread were fine as well.
The pasta entrees arrive- cheap meats (meat sauce was full of fat, meatballs were tough, sausage was chewy), and watery and tasteless spaghetti sauce. Heck, even the iced tea was watered down. Think of the cheapest buffet food you have ever eaten and then bump that down a notch. Seriously...
I know people are going to say ""you get what you pay for"", and in this case, it is absolutely true. If you want to bring the kids for a ""night out"" this is a cheap and suitable dining choice, but parents may want to eat beforehand because once you get to the Old Spaghetti Factory, you will leave feeling less than satisfied (and maybe disgusted if you are a picky eater).
06/15/2008Provided by Citysearch -
I took my husband here for Father's Day. He wanted to go to Macaroni Grill, but I suggested trying the Spaghetti Factory since we had never been there. The atmosphere was great but the food was about the same as one would expect to get at Fazoli's. I felt bad afterward. I know he didn't enjoy the meal as much as he would have enjoyed Macaroni Grill. For sides, the only option is broccoli; no other veggies are offered. My meatballs were still raw in the middle. I doubt we'll be back!
05/24/2008Provided by Citysearch -
Ate here with friends on a Friday night and really enjoyed the experience. It wasn't too crowded, surprisingly, so we were seated immediately in a large, charmingly decorated room. Our server was not the greatest but he got the job done. I ordered the spaghetti with browned butter for the main course and, despite its simplicity, it tasted great. It's also nice that the price on the menu not only includes your entree but also a sizeable salad (very tasty), delicious bread & butter appetizer, a drink, as well as a cup of ice cream for dessert. My entire bill came to about $11-12 including tax and tip. I definitely recommend - good Italian food, nothing too fancy, at a good price.
05/07/2008Provided by Citysearch -
My boyfriend and I went here for his birthday a few weeks ago. I have always heard good things about the Spaghetti factory, but never lived close enough to one until we visited Nashville. The food was excellent and the portions were generous without being overwhelming. I liked that ice cream was included in the meal price. Aside from the food, our server was something to be desired. We waited 5-10 min before he even came to take our order. After we placed out order he came back with drinks and 5 min later came back to ask me what I ordered because he forgot. When we tried to order desert he kept insisting we try one thing when we asked for the chocolate cake. When we finished eating and he drop off the check, one bowl of ice cream, and no chocolate cake...Needless to say his tip was docked accordingly.
02/25/2007Provided by Citysearch -
Was looking forward to eating at Old Spaghetti Factory, had heard good things from co-workers.
First time we went we weren't able to get a seat....the wait was over 1-1/2hrs (got there on a Saturday around 5pm before a Preds game).
Second time we tried a little earlier, and only waited about 5 minutes for a table.
Service was just OK, but the place was pretty busy, so we let it slide. Their garlic cheese bread was not much better than some I've bought in the freezer section at the grocery store....it just didn't taste very fresh. I had a combo plate of pasta with the mizithra/browned butter sauce and also the meat sauce. The mizithra/browned butter pasta was way too dry. I ended up mixing it together with the meat sauce to see if that helped any, but it didn't. I don't think I even finished half of it. My husband ordered the chicken parmigiana, he said it was just ""OK"".
Best part of the meal was the Mississippi Mud Pie my husband ordered....very good but really really rich!!
10/09/2006Provided by Citysearch -
I am through with this place. Every time I treat to eat there, it seems that the waitstaff is slow and trying to make excuses that so-and-so didn't show up and they've been working non-stop for 24 hours. This is definitely not a place to go for good service.
09/30/2006Provided by Citysearch -
first of all, this place has an amazing atmosphere. and the prices are also amazing. you can get a drink, soup or salad, an entree, and dessert for what? under eight bucks a person? you do get what you pay for, you get more than what you pay for. as far as the food goes, it is fairly decent italian food. its always very quick and the service is professional.
07/23/2006Provided by Citysearch -
This has been my favorite restaurant since forever. I have celebrated many special occasions there without any complaints, however, my most recent visit this past weekend was a little below par. My group of 7 was ""forgotten"" and wasn't added to the waiting list, our Server Assistant did more walking around than assisting, and they had run out of ice and meatballs. BUT, I strongly feel this was probably (hopefully) a one time thing. We were seated quickly as soon as the hostess realized her mistake. Our server, James, had my group of 7; a rowdy, druken bachelorette party; and another large group (10+) of teenagers all in his section, and he was a wonderful server. Personally, I felt it was bad planning seating three large groups in this guy's section, especially when his assistant was MIA for most the night, but he did a great job. I've eaten at OSF literally dozens of times, and this was the first time anything like this happened. Again, I feel that this was a one time thing, and I would still recommend this restaurant to anyone in a heartbeat. When all was said in done, the wine was perfectly chilled, the garlic cheese bread was fresh from the oven, and the pasta was delectable (as ususal!!) Be prepared for a longer wait in the weekends especially during the summer and during the holidays, and be forewarned-they don't take reservations on Friday or Saturday nights, and they don't take call-aheads, no matter how large the group is (although I think it would be beneficial to them to do so). Overall, I would still rate it an easy 8.5/9!