I started going to Brio a while back for happy hours with some girlfriends, but that quickly turned into, Oh my god, I need to have dinner here!
They have this amazing shrimp and eggplant appetizer that turned my dislike of eggplant on its head. It comes in a delicious pepper cream sauce that you can’t help but sop up every last bit with some bread. This is hands down the dish that got me hooked.
If you join their Brio Club online, you get special discounts like 1/2 off specific appetizers and free entrees for your birthday. We were there last to use my boyfriend’s birthday coupon, and it was memorably delicious as always.
I got the Artichoke Crusted Beef Medallions. WOW am I glad I did! I’m always interested in new ways to use artichoke, and this was fantastic. The crust was a mix of artichoke, breadcrumbs, and cheese, and it was served with a mushroom marsala sauce. Soooo good. My medium-well cook preference came out a little more on the well side, but I still enjoyed every last morsel. The vegetables were good, although the carrots looked a little wrinkly like they’d been kept warm in an oven for a long, long time.The potatoes were also good, but not amazing. They were a little dry, and could have used a bit more butter or mascarpone. The steak was definitely the star of the show, and went nicely with the Belgian White wheat beer I ordered when I arrived.
My boyfriend got the Salmon Griglia with lemon and capers from the gluten-free menu. It was perfectly cooked but a little fatty. The fish dishes at Brio are consistently excellent. We’ve also had the Grilled Mahi Mahi with farro and the Grilled Salmon Fresca with sweet potatoes, spinach, and feta – we’d recommend any of them.
The waitstaff is always very nice, and the atmosphere is clean, open, and inviting. On warm days I prefer the outdoor seating area with plush lounge couches and intimate bistro tables. Even with the traffic of Town Center driving by, Brio’s patio feels quaint and romantic. I will definitely be returning :)