I happened on Majestic Grille one night after walking around Downtown with some friends. I had never been before, but my friends Amber and Alex swear by this place. Amber loves it. I had always heard awesome reviews about Majestic, so I was excited to finally get to try it.
As soon as I walked into the door, I was amazed. I felt like I just walked into a completely different world. The atmosphere in this place was mesmerizing. They have a main level, with tables, an extended bar, and a lobby area. They also have a balcony area up top with more seating. The lights were dim, and they had Christmas lights hanging everywhere. On the far wall is a huge projector screen that plays classic, black and white movies all of the time. I got to enjoy The Three Stooges. This place is classy, yet extremely welcoming at the same time. I adore it.
We got seated very quickly, considering there were five of us and it was 7:30pm on a Saturday night. Impressive. Our server comes over immediately and introduces himself. He is knowledgable, patient, and accomodating.
We all order drinks and look at the menu. As Alex puts it, they have a cheaper side of the menu and a not-as-cheaper side of the menu. The cheaper side includes a few sandwiches, salads, and pizzas. The no-as-cheaper side is a full-on entree menu. My budget allows me the cheaper-side, so I choose Plum Tomato Flatbread, which comes with tomatoes, basil, and mozzarella. It’s a classic, but it’s a solid one. Amber also orders a flatbread, the Roasted Chicken Flatbread, which has “Shaved red onion, bacon, parmesan cream sauce, and mozzarella”. Alex orders a cup of the Soup of the Day, which is White Bean and Ham, and a Majestic Burger. (Erin and Branden aren’t hungry.)
Before our food comes, we have homemade, hot focaccia bread placed in front of us on the table. If this bread is a sign to come, I have hit the motherload. This foccacia bread was perfect. Soft, flavorful, and piping hot, I would not change one thing about it. I am pretty sure I ate four slices, before my pizza came. I had carb-overloaded before my carb-heavy dinner arrived.
Alex got his soup first, and he was very happy about it. We both agreed that we are picky with White Bean and Ham soups, because they have a tendency to be over-salty. However, he said Majestic’s was not.
Our food arrived soon after, and everything looked great. My pizza was good, but nothing incredibly special. It was a little greasy for my taste, but I like my pizza as non-greasy as possible. I wish there would have been more basil on it, instead of a few shreds here and there. I really like basil. I did eat half of it, and then the other half the next day.
Amber let me try her pizza, and it was rich and full of flavor. You could really taste the creaminess of the parmesan and mozzarella.
Alex said his burger was a solid burger.
Overall, I had a good experience at Majestic. I think I shorted myself by ordering such a simple dish. I would love to go back and try something more adventurous next time. Also, I can only stay away from that focaccia bread for so long.
For more information on Majestic Grill, visit their website, Facebook page, or Twitter. You can also find more reviews on Yelp, Urbanspoon, and Trip Advisor. Read the Memphis Daily News article about them, or book your reservations at Open Table.