Midtown Cafe
Midtown Cafe

Midtown Cafe

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.midtowncafe.com/
  • Phone: (615) 320-7176
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Daily: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Fusion / Eclectic, Southern
  • Executive Chef: Jimmy Phillips
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Smoking Area, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Special Events: Please send all special event inquiries to Falon M. Veit, Director of Events, at falon@musiccitydining.com or call her at 615.414.0850. You can also reach the Midtown Cafe Event Sales Manager, Liz Conn, at liz@musiccitydining.com or 615.516.1915.

Getting there

  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Self parking available in adjacent lost & on the street.
A word from Midtown Cafe
Midtown Cafe offers a casual, affordable, fine dining atmosphere with fresh seafood, prime steak, lamb & lobster featuring an excellent wine list.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSouthern
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked 1000-Point Tables
Midtown Cafe reviews from OpenTable diners
167 reviews since July 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.7
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (93)neighborhood gem (80)special occasion (78)romantic (58)great for lunch (44)notable wine list (41)good for groups (37)hot spot (14)late-night find (11)great for brunch (8)vibrant bar scene (4)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Midtown Is Excellent
    LarryVIP
    Dined on 11/20/2014
    We just don't get to Midtown Café often enough for lunch. The menu selections on the lunch special menu are creative, attractively plated and attentively served.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tweedy
    Dined on 11/19/2014
    They should of told us to come earlier to take the bus to TPAC. We were definitely rushed!! Service was good but we only had salads and a appetizer. Not acceptable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pre-theater gem
    jnkjl
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    We met friends for a pre-concert dinner at this wonderful restaurant. We noticed on the menu that the restaurant could provide shuttle service to the concert venue downtown. We asked the waitress and she was able to arrange this for out table of five on short notice. (Next time we will call ahead and make reservations). The food was wonderful, perfectly seasoned and prepared. Our group tried the duck, crab cakes, and lamb and everyone was happy with their plates. The service was perfect and our waitress kept us on course for the shuttle service. We will definitely be back
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome once again
    Italiangirl
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    We have dined at Midtown Cafe many times over the years. It was once again wonderful. Dale is the best server ever. The wine was great as was the food. We took the shuttle to the symphony. It is such great service. Thank you for doing such a great job.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • rons
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    As usual the food and overall experience was exceptional. The soups are special and they have added an omlett that is outstanding.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Old standby still delivers
    Aloman
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    Midtown Cafe has been around forever but it hasn't lost its touch. I came here with an out of town guest because I was looking for some place that would be good but not trendy, ie no confit, no quinoa, no garlic scapes, etc. The food was excellent--I had the filet with roasted potatoes and mushroom risotto, my friend had the pork loin. Everything was tasty and perfectly prepared. My only gripe was I couldn't get a plain baked potato (they only had twice-baked and I didn't want the cheese). We finished with a slice of coconut cake, which was also delicious. The waiter was knowledgeable about the dishes, helpful without being intrusive. I hadn't seen my friend in years and the restaurant was quiet enough for us to have a real conversation and catch up. A great meal. A great evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good but not great
    HumbleO
    Dined on 11/10/2014
    The spacing was a little cramped and we were there on a Monday night. Service was great-friendly and knowledgeable. Food was good but not great either AND PRICEY. I chose this spot because urban spoon recommended it as a romantic restaurant but tight spacing doesn't always equal romance. I've certainly been to worse but have been to better here in Nasville too. I'm a transplanted New Yorker and it sort of reminded me of a spot in the Village with its setup and customers. I'd rate it a 3.8 out of 5.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • GoodfoodDT
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    3 of us dined prior to the James Taylor concert Sunday night, The restaurant was very busy but the food was delicious and the service efficient without being irritating. I would highly recommend Midtown Cafe. There is a reason it has been there for years.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A fortunate mistake
    BirdwellVIP
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Went here thinking we were going to traditional Southern restaurant. It wasn't that, but the Shrimp & Grits & steak were to droolable. Really good for upscale out-of-towners.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just okay...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    We had just arrived in Nashville and wanted to go to dinner on short notice. Great service but ambiance was dated and food was marginal.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Splendid evening
    Greatevening
    Dined on 11/3/2014
    Our long delayed return was a success, with excellent food, nicely presented and with attentive but not too assertive service.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice addition
    RhodesScholar
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    Food was very good. Wine excellent. Transportation to Pearlman concert a nice addition. Made the evening less stressful. Thank you.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious!
    cd11
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Loved this spot. Would eat the Organic Greens Salad with Grilled Salmon everyday. Great service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • nashvillenewcomers
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    Great food, service and atmosphere. Our party of 2 grew to 6. No trouble accommodating us. Dinners were great. Husband complained his was not hot, so we received 2 complementary desserts. Unexpected, but great PR. We will sure be back. Great place to dine before attending downtown shows.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Food & Wonderful Service
    RMesserliVIP
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    We really like the dishes here at Midtown. I had Shrimp and Grits and my husband had the chicken piccata. The food is great and the chefs and servers seem to really care about their work. Another thing that's great is the shuttle to the events downtown. It was great! Shea was friendly and there to pick us up right after the concert was over.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    Always an excellent choice in Nashville. It's nice to have a restaurant that's been around for many years that still pays close attention to quality in all areas.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food. Not good service
    GourmetMama
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Excellent food. Party of 6 dining then used their shuttle to go to symphony. They understand the timing of all of this and delivered our food with ample time to eat. Everyone's meal was excellent. Gratuity was included due to our party of six, so was this why our waitress was less than interested in serving us??? Never introduced herself, had to flag her down to even take our drink order, never returned to refill drinks. Tried to order another bottle of wine but was out of our choice twice!! Appreciate the shuttle but will go somewhere else next time. There are lots of other great restaurants in Nashville that offer better service !
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Midtown is Marvelous
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Fantastic food and service. I highly recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Return again and again!
    CorkSanAntonioVIP
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    We love the Lemon Artichoke Soup!!!! It's a must have when we find ourselves in Nashville, and we return again and again!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Consistently excellent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    Midtown is consistently good; can always be counted on to be fresh, delicious and healthy. This is a neighborhood gem that offers a wide range of menu choices; there is something for everybody. Soups, salads, entrees, and desserts are all well prepared. It is one of a few restaurants in this town that no matter what you order, the food is good quality, perfectly prepared and served by a serious, focused and kind staff. It is great to see a staff that has been there for a long time. Lots of hard work and care goes into giving the diner a pleasing and satisfying dining experience and it is obvious to the customer. The ambiance is quiet enough to talk but not so quiet that it feels stuffy. It is lively and upbeat.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Tera
    Tera
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    Excellent food and terrific service. Wonderful creative menu. Would highly recommend. A bit loud however but certainly didn't spoil the evening
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect for a group dinner
    Johanna
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    We had a party of 10 and had our own private space. It was a little tight but conversation was easy and the noise level was better than expected. Food was perfectly prepared and beautifully presented. All my guests were impressed with Midtown Cafe.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyed it very much!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    In a city where everything is loud and crowded, it was a wonderful break to enjoy dinner at the Midtown Cafe. We had wonderful service, terrific food, and it was so nice to be able to hear each other talk! Very relaxed, not hurried. We will be back when we are in Nashville again!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Food OK but pricey
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    I had the duck breast which had a fatty taste and had some gristle. I have had duck breast in Paris which was excellent so my expectations were high. The meal was pricey and the food didn't match the price. My wife ordered the shrimp and grits. The grits and sauce were tasty. The shrimp was overdone/chewy.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not very impressed, disappointed:-(
    StoneyRiverRocksVIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    We ordered the two course, with addition of two soups to start along with two wine flights. Don't get me wrong, the food was not bad, yet we truly felt as if it was turn and burn to get us out for next guest(s) there was no time to enjoy the paired wine unless you wanted to chug it. The ambiance needed some improvement. I mean close to 200 dollars between two people you expect a little more..
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Rangerjohn
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Four different dishes, fish, pork, steak and chicken four our party and each of us were delighted with preparation and taste One of our favorite restaurants for pre show dining and convenient with the shuttle service to TPAC and down town Nashville
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Service great at bar. Food ok
    BigdaddypounderVIP
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    Fish was well done. Wine list limited to one distributor. By the glass wines average at best. Good service kitchen short handed and it show
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Midtown Cafe
    Tommy
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Greeted and seated immediately. Server was prompt, knowledgeable and friendly. Great service and great food!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Was Not Impressed
    karter
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    I reviewed multiple resturants in the Nashville area - and had dined at Mid-Town Cafe in the past - I inivted 8 professional colleagues - they were very happy with their meal - I was, on the other hand very unhappy. I ordered mussels and over half of them were not opened, dry and old - it destroyed my pallette for the remandar of the evening - the server made up for it - by comping my bill - it was my birthday and I was rather disappointed. Dont plan to go to this resturant if you would like to have conversation within a table more then 2 - very noisey
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Absolutely delicious
    Mamster
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Best shrimp and grits I've ever head. My only complaint--if you can call it that-- is that the restaurant was rather quiet when we were there and didn't have much of a "vibe" going on. Service was a little too prompt--would have liked to enjoy my cocktail a bit before the entree was served.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Zappa
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Midtown Café - The food outstanding; the service impeccable and classy; the ambiance needs work. What was once a romantic, kinda "hideaway" venue has become somewhat loud. I will return because the food was delicious. But When dining out, one does want the "total" feel of the social occasion.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Oldnslo
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Excellent service and food. I had a special request due to an allergy and it was handled efficiently and without confusion. We were able to park right in front since we got there early before the valet set. When we came out the valet seemed very annoyed with us as we were parked in a couple of prime spots but there was no sign when we arrived that said not to park there. The valet attitude really knocked the experience down a star.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great dinner
    JRodgers
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    Scallops were unbelievable. Heard the veal was awesome too as well as the crabcakes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Midtown Cafe was marvelous!
    Floridians
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    Such an enjoyable lunch. The service was professional with just the right amount of Tennessee friendliness. All four of us loved our food. The trout entree was the best I had ever had. We even spotted a couple music celebs which added to the fun. Would definitely return and will recommend to others.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The food was exellent
    Dana
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    We always enjoy the scallop dish, it doesn't overfill a couple of 80+year olds. It leaves just enough room for some dessert. We also enjoy the lemon artichoke soup. The ride to downtown entertainment events and back is wonderful as we don't have to deal with parking. So we enjoy the dinner greatly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Old reliable
    GreenHillsBoyVIP
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Midtown is getting lost with all of the many new restaurants but our last visit was positive with good food in a great classy atmosphere. I did find prices had gone up more than I remembered. The four scallops on lobster Mac and cheese was $37 and no longer accompanied by a small salad. Everything else was good But the prices were a little high.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Perfect for a classmate reunion with a friend of many years
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Loved the food and quiet ambiance
    SuzeB
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    Lemon Artichoke soup was amazing. Salmon was terrific as were the shrimp and grits. Wait staff was very professional. Highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was outstanding.
    Oldie
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    Don't let the outside appearance fool you...It's what's inside that counts. Went with some work associates based on the rating on Urbanspoon and couldn't have been happier. Food and service were excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another Great Experience at Midtown
    TopDog
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Whenever we are in Nashville visiting our son who goes to Vandy we dine at Midtown Cafe. The food is fabulous and I find myself waiting to come back to Nashville from Chicago where there is no shortage of wonderful dining. The shrp and grits, salmon, crab cakes, veal and chicken piccata a are our favorites. Cannot forget the petite biscuits. Do not missidteon Cafe. Cannot wait to return. Service is also wonderful and the surroundings are relaxing and not too noisy as in some other restaurants of this caliber we have dined in.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.