Mack and Kates
Mack and Kates

Mack and Kates

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.mackandkatescafe.com/
  • Phone: 6155914104
  • Hours of Operation:
    Brunch: Saturday: 11:00am - 2:30pm, Sunday: 10:00am - 2:00pm; Lunch: Tuesday - Friday: 11:00am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm, Sunday: 5:30pm - 8:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Southern, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Caleb Philips
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Delivery, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: The Mack & Kate"s Event Team is planning beautiful events daily from Corporate Breakfast meetings and lunches, to board dinners in our private dining rooms. We have expert event planners for rehearsal dinners, weddings, bridal luncheons, showers and many more of life's celebrations. Allow us to plan and cater your event and you will be guaranteed a 'one stop shop' experience. We do everything from bridal bouquets to baking the cake. With over 10 years of catering experience MacK and Kates can plan a celebration not soon forgotten.
  • Private Party Facilities: Mack & Kate's has two Private Dining Rooms, one that seats 8-10 and the other seats 12-27. Both rooms are great for entertaining for business or pleasure and are sure to impress your guests.
  • Private Party Contact: Jill Brothers 6152923838

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Franklin Road & Moores Lane
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Mack & Kate"s has plenty of parking available, as well as Valet Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights.
A word from Mack and Kates
Sophisticated Southern and Gourmet Country are great ways to describe the cuisine at the charming Mack & Kate"s Cafe. Named after two sisters, MacKenzie and Kathleen, our family owned and operated establishment will make you feel right at home. Started in a small, sleepy town, Mack & Kate's humbled beginnings took place in a small service station. This charming little destination dining spot grew over eight years, resulting in the Strawn Family relocating Mack & Kates to Franklin, TN. We enjoy seeing our friends from our early days and our new friends here in Franklin. We use the freshest and finest when it comes to our ingredients and always support local farmers and growers. We pride our self in our accommodating and knowledgeable service team and the ability to consistently feed our customers what they are looking for; the freshest from the best.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerSouthern
Mack and Kates reviews from OpenTable diners
91 reviews since May 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.3
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (59)fit for foodies (48)special occasion (42)romantic (34)great for brunch (21)great for lunch (20)notable wine list (11)good for groups (10)hot spot (6)kid-friendly (3)great for outdoor dining (2)late-night find (1)Show More
  • great service. great food
    ALmom
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    We had theater tickets and told our waiter. She was very good at keeping us in schedule...even with dessert. Food was delicious. Not sure how to msrk noise level....it was quiet.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We won't be back...
    FirstNYCVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Our server Matt was a nice guy, but was SO buried with tables that our service & food suffered greatly. The fish special (ordered 2) were dried out from sitting under the heat lamp. The chutney had no sauce, it was a dried clump. Both pork chops dishes were dry & tough. After being assured that the "chops are so tender & juicy". The wait staff never changed out the utensils between courses. I took fresh utensils from a nearby table. Another oddity, our server made a big deal about the desserts within 5 minutes of delivering our dried out dinners. We hadn't even taken 2 bites of our meal!? We requested our placemats be removed at the end of the meal but the server said "we need to save the tablecloth". so did would not remove them. Really?!
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Awesome
    Cheri
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    First dining experience at Mack & Katies and it ws awesome. Definitely will return Love how we could make reservations on line and walk in to be seated
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Outstanding food. Had the pork chop and it was one of the better ones I've had in my life. Chef has done some private events I've attended and it's safe to say that the restaurant experience lived up to and even exceeded the stellar private dining experience. Service was some of the best we'v had in the Nashville area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Always great!
    HungrymomVIP
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Love the modern southern food- always great in every way. Big fan ESP after church w my 17 yr old son. He orders fried chicken & I get the quiche of the day. Best fruit tea in town!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • bahamamamma
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    My daughter and her husband had the dinner after their wedding at your restaurant in your private dining room. The food was delicious, the service impeccable and the ambiance could not have been more perfect. I would encourage anyone that is having a small wedding and dinner to check out your facility. We had dinner there Saturday night and I still give you an A+ on everything.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Walter
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Very good service, good food, pleasant atmosphere. Very enjoyable lunch!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Favorite place in Franklin
    BillNyethePieGuy
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Anytime we are in the area Mack and Kate's is always our restaurant of choice! My wife and I are always blown away and highly recommend it to everyone.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Date Night
    DinerinTN
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    On a spur of the moment date night, my wife and I booked a table here after driving past it weekly for a year! I can't believe we waited so long! Service was great and the food was excellent. Southern inspired cooking with an elegant charm! Shrimp and grits was perfect with large shrimp and andouille, while the lobster Mac and cheese did not disappoint! The decor was kind of shabby chic with an inventive and elegant homey feel. We will definitely be back! Oh, and on a rainy Saturday night there was a valet available so that was nice for a small parking lot.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • YUM!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We really enjoyed this place! Biscuits, deviled eggs, and crab cakes were a hit, as well as the steak and biscuits. We will definitely go again!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mack & Kate's Celebrates!
    MsKakki
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We treated our daughter & son in law to Mack & Kate's for dinner in celebration of their anniversary. Our table was by the front window, very comfortable & quiet. We couldn't have asked for a better server, very attentive & friendly, informative and mindful of our wanting to have conversation without much interruption. We all ordered something different so we could taste everything and each entree was delicious! We had salmon, shrimp & grits, meatloaf, & the pork chop. The entree was sizable, the sides were small. We had deviled eggs as an appetizer, and the server brought scrumptious biscuits as well. Desserts were creme brûlée & also Key Lime Pie, both were sampled by all and declared the perfect ending to a memorable meal. Bravo!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Hidden Brunch Spot
    Anna
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We're always looking for new brunch places to try, and finally made it to Mack and Kate's. Herman was great, as other reviewers have stated. The only two things that weren't awesome were the too-sweet fruit tea and the fact that three different versions of "La Mer" played in 20 minutes. The last part was funny, rather than bothersome. I kept waiting for the Frank Sinatra version to be the fourth.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved our dinner!
    Foodie
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Simply delicious! My husband and I went to Mack & Kates for my birthday dinner and everything was perfect.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sunday brunch delight
    BobkatsVIP
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Our party of six enjoyed brunch last Sunday. The soup of the day was Pineapple Gazpacho, which was delish. Entrees enjoyed were the Veggie Omelet, Crab Cake Benedict and Crab Stack. All were prepared perfectly. The Bloody Mary's were also exceptional. Our service from Herman was outstanding. Make reservations as the restaurant filled up by 11:30.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not bad...
    Tony
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Mack and Kates is not a bad place to eat. The 1st time we ate here was a great experience, this time not as great. With as many little places like this popping up all over Middle Tennessee, you have to be great.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dependable
    CgreetingsVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    I have been here several times and never had a bad meal. The staff is always very friendly and talkative! Live it and will go back often!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice dinner find
    jenn
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    I had eaten here for lunch previously and had a good experience, so decided to go again for dinner on my birthday, and it was great. The food was delicious-- avocado and crab salad was amazing. They brought a slice of cake with a candle for my birthday, which my kids loved. Although this is not a "kid place", it was kid-friendly, as the staff was very nice to my children (ages 3, 6).
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Love this place!!!
    becsfavs
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Food is always amazing and the special sauces makes the dishes over the top delicious!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food is mediocre
    Nawlinsgal
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    I am a food critic and when we arrived, the ambiance and setting was so quaint. Reminds me of a farm house look you find in Europe. The waiter was absolutely charming. Being from New Orleans, I ordered the shrimp and grits and my husband, the meatloaf. The shrimp and grits were pre parted in this heavy, heavy cream sauce with tons of butter, which isn't a true shrimp and grits. I only ate half and didn't like the taste. My husband ordered the meatloaf and mashed potatoes. It was very bland and the mashed potatoes had a sour taste to them. These are the only two items we tried so I can't speak of the other items on the menu.
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  • Ehh.
    NashvegasVIP
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    We went for brunch on Sunday. There were 10 flies that wouldn't leave us alone. The portions were small. The food was average and a bit overpriced. We probably won't go back.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great service and food!
    Lift615VIP
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    Went for Sunday supper, they had an abbreviated menu, but it was still hard to decide! My scallops with peach sauce were perfect. Great service and friendly staff.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Brunch Offering
    DK123
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    Mack and Kates is a nice place to enjoy a good brunch. They have a nice menu offering and the atmosphere is good as well. We have been a few times and the experience has been positive on each occasion.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Better lunch spot then dinner
    Kristin
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    The food is overpriced for the quality at dinner. Lunch menu is better and more affordable. Also, it doesn't offer the good ambiance that other restaurants in the area have. Noise is an issues when they are busy.
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Nice Experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    I was very impressed by the menu and the ambiance of Mike and Kate's. Nice little place that I'd like to try again. Our server was very friendly as well.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food...
    Talex30
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    We had a good evening and the food was very good. We went on a Sunday which was probably a mistake. There were only two people working the floor...they were very nice and professional, but you could tell the details were lacking. The lights were on full power which seemed almost like it was closing time rather than warm and inviting. There was a noticeable lack of music as well. Once sat, they finally started music which is surprising Lu helpful when you have only three to four tables sat. The food and service were very good. We imagine a Friday or Saturday evening would have been a much better expeiriance....we will try it again!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great time...
    Mikey
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Went to Mack & Kate's for a Saturday night dinner with another couple. We arrived a little early and were given the option to be seated or go have a drink at the bar. We chose the bar. After our cocktails, we were seated at our table. If there was a negative, it did take our waiter, Wayne, a little more time than I would have expected to show up to our table. He apologized and all was well. After that he did a great job and had a lot of fun with us. We had the Shrimp Boom (large prawns wrapped in bacon) for an appetizer which were outstanding! I had the Caesar which I had heard was a letdown, but I loved it. For entrees we had Pasta YaYa, Salmon and Lobster Mac & Cheese. Everyone was happy. Check out Mack & Kate's. I think you'll like it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not all it was cracked up to be
    Dis5now
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    The server knew nothing about the menu. He didn't even know what was on the menu
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Already wanting to go back!
    Tcoz
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Went on a Saturday night on a same day reservation and was very pleased. We were somewhat early for a Saturday night. We say down at 6pm and the restaurant was basically empty. It filled up by 7. We ordered drinks,salads,the house salad was tasty, but pricy for a salad. My husband got the Caesar salad which I would not recommend. It didn't have much flavor. For dinner we got the scallops, which were AMAZING! And I got the beef sandwiches. They were ok. A little dry, but still tasty. The truffle fries were delish! For dessert we got the key lime pie and a cappuccino. My husband loved the pie. Overall the experience was great and we want to go back just for the scallops. Note all of the menus found online are all old.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great!
    KelchandVIP
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Awesome! We hAd brunch on Father's Day. The people were friendly and the food was great!!! The atmosphere was so cute
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Won't Be Disappointed
    live2dine
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    We go to Mack and Kate's on a regular basis. It's always our go to restaurant when we have out of town guests. The salads, appetizers, entrees and desserts have been enjoyed by everyone we've taken there. It's a small place, so it gets a little noisy at times and the tables are very close together, but the overall dining experience is well worth it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent choice
    CowboyVIP
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Great place to dine, 5 of us from out of town dined here and everyone loved it! Great southern twist on excellent menu. Everything was great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Server was snooty
    MinnieMJ
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    My party enjoyed the food immensely; however our server (a tall, olive complexion, dark haired body-builder type) who's name was never offered, was terribly snooty. To not give your name is off-putting, and when two of us split an entrée and appetizer each, and after asking that the bills be individual, he brought the whole bill and confused everything by taking my money, giving me back wrong change, and not offering to split the bill, and it was very awkward and uncomfortable. He then asked (with an attitude) if we needed a calculator!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • An excellent evening
    Jgalli
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    I chose this spot based on previous reviews for an anniversary dinner as we were looking for something new and fresh that was local and unique. And Mack and Kates fit that bill precisely. Herman, our waiter, was excellent from beginning to end. Was attentive and helpful without being overbearing. Was always smiling and eager to meet our wishes. The restaurant was decorated with antique looking knickknaks and the tables and chairs were very unique. The menu was a handful of daily selections that were all made in house from appetizer to dessert. All was excellent from beginning to end. Couldn't recommend you check this place out any more!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • wonderful dining
    Volman
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Mack & Kate's is a wonderful dining experience with great ambience, stellar service and fabulous food. The best shrimp and grits ever! A great place for a romantic dinner or special occasion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service
    tallwoman
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    The food is always great here. That is why we keep coming back, but the service continues to be very slow. It takes two hours to have dinner. It is hard to plan dinner and anything afterwards because the service is so slow.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 56 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 24, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 312 reviews are from the Mack and Kates reviews archive.
  • Great Experience for my Anniversary
    Mdanderson
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    My wife and I tried this place for our anniversary dinner. Loved the southern inspired menu. Our dishes (meatloaf and shrimp & grits) were delicious. It did not take long for our order to arrive and our server (Alex) was fantastic. We also tried a drink from their cocktail menu, which was awesome!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    We had a wonderful family dinner at Mack and Kates last Friday night. The food was excellent, superb, and delicious. The atmosphere was very comfortable and relaxed. We will definitely be there again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Don't Go on Sunday Night
    eatouttoomuch
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    The reduced menu basically gives it away, but my waiter confirmed with, "We basically serve what we have left. We get new shipments on Monday." Otherwise, the food was just ok. I really enjoyed the Cauliflower Tots. The Southern Caesar was bland. The Kate's Bouillabaisse that my wife had was good. VERY uncomfortable seats. The reviews from my friends are excellent, so maybe I need to give it another try... but DEFINITELY not on a Sunday night.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delish!
    Nancy
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    We celebrated my husband's birthday with another couple. Three of us had the shrimp and grits - exquisite! Grouper was excellent too. Our waiter gave us a good wine recommendation and it was right on. Service was excellent - but a bit slow - the place was busy - but not a huge negative. Will definitely go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Yummy
    Amelia
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    I was surprised by how good the food was. My wife and I dinned with some friends and everyone was very happy with the quality off the food. I had the meat loft only because I seen it being served ay another table and it looked so good I had to try it, glad I did. My wife had the Scallops and she is still talking about how good they were. I will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.