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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSouthern
Mack and Kates reviews from OpenTable diners
84 reviews since July 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.4
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (52)fit for foodies (50)special occasion (35)romantic (31)great for brunch (24)great for lunch (18)notable wine list (10)good for groups (8)hot spot (5)kid-friendly (3)late-night find (2)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • Mack & Kates
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Food was terrific! Music noise level was way too high! Stevie Ray Vaughn is one of my favorite artists, however, I do not want to hear his music blasting while I am trying to have a leisurely and wonderful meal. Waiter was not well trained or seemed to have little common sense. Salad was brought before the appetizer, appetizer was brought a few minutes after the salad creating a very crowded table and felt like being pressured to eat and get out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Mdt816
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Great food an service! Always one of our favorites!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice evening out
    Jmorr
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Lovely environment and delicious food! Very accomodating staff and I recommend the Alpine cocktail.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wanted it to be Better
    MomaV
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    I picked this place based on reviews. They have complimentary valet which is a nice plus. We were a few minutes early and our table was ready! Our waiter - Jay - was attentive but I felt sorry for him because all night long the waiters were having to juggle for positions in between tables. Wine we chose was a bit pricey. Appetizer was bacon wrapped shrimp - which was very good - but it was 3 shrimp for $13. I chose the chef special which to me is always the way to go. It was encrusted snapper which was rather flavorless. I would try this again but I do get the feeling this a place frequented by the locals in the area.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Worth the drive
    Thankful
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Excellent service, great ambiance and food. Visiting from out of town, worth the short drive from Nashville.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious!
    WaccamawAtl
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Sat at the bar, great service, great food! I'll definitely be back the next time I'm in the Nashville area!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our go to local spot
    foodandwine
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    We enjoy the option of going to a local spot and know that the menu options are what we are looking for.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Winthrop
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    Food and Service was exceptional and the atmosphere and surroundings were perfect for a dinner out to catch up with friends!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Mixed feelings
    JACR
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    I wanted to like it more than I did. The biscuits, muffins, deviled eggs and steak were amazing. The shrimp and grits I did not like. The Derby Pie was SO good. The service was excellent. The ambiance made me want to only be there for a minute and the chairs are so uncomfortable. I might go back and try something else.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner with friends
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    It was the perfect venue for a small group of friends to catch up. The service was attentive and the food divine. We really enjoyed ourselves!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Best brunch dish on the planet
    Traveller
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Southern Crab Stack - is worth the drive to Franklin. Gracious, welcoming atmosphere. Prompt service. And 'to die for' brunch menu. Loved every aspect of our Sunday brunch at Mack & Kate's - Franklin.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Delish
    SweetVirginia21
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    The food, service, consistency of Mack and Kates is why we love to dine there. The décor is very welcoming. The staff is very friendly, the remember regulars, what we like to order, it is what a restaurant should be. The food is fresh, hot, and has excellent flavor. They know what they are doing!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic Food!
    anonymous
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    I had the southern crab stack (shrimp and grits with a crab cake on top) and it was phenomenal! The smoked bacon deviled eggs are a perfect appetizer. The restaurant decor is super cute and a great spot to get brunch with the girls or go on a date!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 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
    • Service
    • 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.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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
    • Service
    • 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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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 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.
    • Food
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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.
    • Food
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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
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 47 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 2, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 323 reviews are from the Mack and Kates reviews archive.
  • 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