Herb Crusted Salmon from Wild Iris. PHOTO COURTESY Rachel Traczewski

Herb Crusted Salmon from Wild Iris. PHOTO COURTESY Rachel Traczewski

Wild Iris is a cozy, petite restaurant tucked away in a strip mall just on the southern side of Nashville. At first look the restaurant is small with about 25 tables inside, but don’t let the first impression fool you. Wild Iris is a hidden treasure equipped with a full bar, an outdoor patio, and eclectic dishes.

Wild Iris is a popular spot for business lunches and meetings. The lighter lunch menu offers soups, salads, sandwiches and pasta. Their soup of the day is made in house while the sandwiches come with unique options of Terra chips, tabouleh, or sesame sweet potato salad.

While a great lunch spot, Wild Iris also has a great dinner menu and ambiance. We arrived to the restaurant while it was still light out but dim inside. The candlelit tables created a comforting environment for dinner after a long work week. The waitress was very pleasant and attentive first taking our drink order then bringing out bread with a savory blend of oil and vinegar.

This was enough to fill us up so we forwent an appetizer though the Spaghetti Squash Fritters (with quinoa and gruyere and lemon sage ver jus) were tempting. The appetizer selection encompasses a vast variety of options from Pork Belly (pickled vegetables and Asian BBQ sauce) to Prince Edward Island Mussels (shallots, garlic, white wine, and parsley).

Wild Iris House Salad with Blackened Shrimp. PHOTO COURTESY Rachel Traczewski

Wild Iris House Salad with Blackened Shrimp. PHOTO COURTESY Rachel Traczewski

I have previously indulged in the Wild Mushroom Ravioli (seasonal vegetables, kale, broccolini, pomodora, parmesan) that truly made my eyes roll back. However this visit I opted for a lighter option and ordered the Wild Iris House Salad with Blackened Shrimp (baby greens, dried cherries, walnuts, blue cheese and balsamic vinaigrette). The shrimp were cooked to perfection and had just the right amount of tang. The other I dined with enjoyed the Herb Crusted Salmon (fennel and artichoke, watercress, wild rice, lemon zest). If you like lemon, this dish is for you. The Rack of Lamb, Low Country Bouillabasse, Cider Brined Bone In Pork Chop, and Beef Tenderloin are among other entrée options.

Wild Iris’ has two sister restaurants – The Yellow Porch and Cross Corner Bar & Grill, which are both also uniquely Nashville.

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127 Franklin Road

Brentwood, TN 37027

(615) 370-0871