Midtown Cafe
Midtown Cafe

Midtown Cafe

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.midtowncafe.com/
  • Phone: 6153207176
  • 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 Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSouthern
Midtown Cafe reviews from OpenTable diners
175 reviews since May 20, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.6
    Service4.7
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
98% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (94)fit for foodies (82)neighborhood gem (79)romantic (67)great for lunch (56)notable wine list (46)good for groups (29)hot spot (15)great for brunch (11)late-night find (7)vibrant bar scene (4)kid-friendly (2)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Simply first-rate
    BDRockvilleVIP
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    The server was friendly and knowledgeable, the food was delicious and attractively presented. Expensive, but in-line with the quality.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Third time here
    BruceVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We have enjoyed Midtown three times. Always check the evening specials for seasonal items. The regular menu is great. Don't miss the Shrimp & Grits!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Returned to Midtown Cafe recently for lunch and -- as always -- had very good food and attentive service.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Service: excellent. Food: good
    Jewel
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    However, there is no self parking and when we arrived at 6:15 for our 6:30 reservation, there was no valet. Only after moving traffic cones and self parking did the valet appear and insist on a valet parking ticket.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Barrymundi
    Barrymundi
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    The Midtown Cafe is consistently excellent. Food and service are always great. Always happy to take folks from out of town there, it never fails to impress, from the valet parking to the welcoming person to the waiters.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • rons
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    The food is outstanding and always consistent. Service is exceptional! Great attitudes! A wonderful overall experience! Very relaxed feel and quite enough to have a confidential conversation. Love this local restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A hidden gem
    SDFoodieVIP
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Tucked away on the edge of downtown, delicious inventive takes on classic Southern food and wonderful service. A Nashville Institition.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ZeketheFlavorFreak
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Was recommended by a friend and thought it was great. I had the shrimp and grits app - outstanding, veal three ways (best I've ever had) and coconut cream cake - shockingly outstanding (and I don't really like coconut). In all this will be one of my "go-to" places in Nashville. Outstanding! Service was great as well. Attentive, professional, very familiar with the menu. Also worth mentioning, since everything is essentially made to order - no concerns about leaving out an ingredient you may not like.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always EXCELLENT!!
    LexiVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Excellent, Excellent, Excellent!! In all the years I have gone to this restaurant, I have NEVER had a bad meal. Always great food, fabulous service and they make you feel welcome! Still my most favorite restaurant in Nashville. The beef filet, grouper, pork tenderloin and the Vol Au Vent were delicious and no one left a bite on their plate!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • quaint but good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    food was fabulous. would never have gone if not for the hotel recommendation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Lunch!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Great food, excellent service and a good place to talk!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best by Far!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Impeccable Service!!! We were a group of 6 and went here our last night in town, it was the best service by far and the food was outstanding! Would definitely go back and recommend!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • JayB3
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Midtown has been a favorite spot for 25 years. The food is consistently good and the staff is professional and friendly.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Highly recommend
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Excellent food and service. The only negative was an extraordinarily high noise level, primarily due to two bachelorette parties nearby. We almost had to shout across the table to be heard. When those ladies left, the atmosphere was much more enjoyable. I would highly recommend the Midtown Café.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Blah.
    jessicamaejVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We booked Midtown for a party of 12 to celebrate a few birthdays.It is hard to get a large group reservation so we were thrilled they could accomodate our group. The night started out well - we had a semi-private room right off the bar area. We had a good server who knew a lot about the menu.Restaurant week meant quite a few specials from which to choose. The lemon artichoke soup did not disappoint. This staple on the Midtown menu has not changed. The rest of the food, on the other hand, was merely blah.The mahi mahi was remniscent of a mass produced reception dinner fish entree slathered with an unnecessary sauce and served with shiny haricot vert.The lamb, ordered rare, was barely seared. Disappointing meals all around.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful service
    Foodie
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Love the shrimp and Grits. The Tortilla soup was out of this world. Excellent!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding
    Biggator1
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    The food was great,especially the shrimp and grits. The service was prompt and efficient.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Midtown Cafe Review
    acjohnson
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    I thoroughly enjoyed dining at Midtown Cafe for my husband's birthday. The exclusive complimentary valet was very convenient. The food was absolutely amazing! I enjoyed my meal and some of his. The absolute best mushroom risotto and smoked gouda grits I have ever had. The wine list was exceptional with some of my favorite pours. The dining room is a little small, so it definitely is more intimate but I received absolutely amazing service from Dale and will dine again and tell our friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful food
    Foodie
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Love their soups and shrimp and grits. Great lunch spot
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Better and Better ........
    Graceheart
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Each time we go back to this establishment, it just gets better and better. From the special attention paid to you personally as you enter the door to the diligence in which you recognize your food is prepared, this place ranks. Unassuming from the outside but once you enter, expect the best.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing food. Perfect service.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    and the atmosphere was cozy and quaint. We cannot wait to be back in Nashville to go and try more of the menu! Really, the Midtown Cafe is a heck of a find!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • First-Class Dining
    Hoffman
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    As always, Midtown Café is one of the most reliable lunch and dinner locations in Nashville. The quality of the food, combined with the great service offered by their staff, makes Midtown a premier destination for dining in Nashville.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • PSuiter1VIP
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    I had a business dinner there with two other associates and the food was superb. I had the seared sea scallops served over lobster macaroni and asparagus.....it was super! The other two meals looked very good to me. Paired with a 2009 Italian red and it was outstanding. Randy's team always does a great job of handling the food, ambience and drink.
    • Food
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for pre-symphony/tpac!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Love their shuttle service downtown! Enjoy a relaxing delicious dinner with wine or cocktails, then no worry about the drive and parking downtown. So simple and always a wonderful experience. I hesitate to share this and risk not getting a seat on the bus next time!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious & Seamless
    Jenflynn
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    I really enjoyed my dining experience at Midtown. The hostess was very delightful and friendly and the staff is very attentive and accommodating. They offer a wide variety and selections in their menu, including chef specials. The shuttle service to local concert venues and complimentary valet parking are additional perks. If you are looking for a gourmet dining experience and a relaxed dinner before a show, this is the place to go. Everything from making reservations to arranging the shuttle transportation was seamless. I'm very pleased with my dining experience and especially the outstanding service, and I will be back again soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Midtown Cafe
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013VIP
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    I have lunch and dinner at Midtown fairly regularly and always have great food and great service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Small and terrific
    Westlakeed
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    We went for our 43rd anniversary and the Julia Childs tribute. The service and food were outstanding. Although the restaurant was full, we never felt rushed. This was our first time here but certainly not our last. Bravo to Midtown Cafe!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience
    Luv2dine
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    In town for a wedding and went out for a late dinner. Had a wonderful evening and thoroughly enjoyed the food. We tried many different items from the menu and would give all great reviews.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    Sray0814
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Friend gave me a gift card for the restaurant and my wife and I were finally in town on business so we stopped in for lunch. We tried the Julia Child's specials and were thrilled with our choices. This was our first time at Midtown Cafe and can now see why it's so highly rated.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great little spot
    KatieG
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Six of us were looking for a place for dinner; we had a free night from a conference. They greeted us pleasantly; well thought out menu with enough variety that everyone was happy; meal well prepared and presented and our server was terrific.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Overpriced
    TravelingmanVIP
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    The reviews I read before going here were raving about the cuisine. I tried the shrimp and grits, which is a claim-to-fame, for this restaurant. The order came out wrong and had to be redone. For my entree, I had the Sea Diver Scallops, which is another dish that got rave reviews. It was the reason why I even went to the restaurant. The scallops were poor quality and one was undercooked! The lobster mac n cheese sounded great, but came out around room temperature and was coagulated. I didn't make a fuss at the restaurant, but felt the $36 price tag for the entree warranted a better cooked meal. All-in-all, I felt the restaurant charged upscale prices with average food.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Alway great
    Dinewf
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Midtown Cafe has both great food and great service. We came this time for the special Julia Child birthday celebration menu. The vichyssoise soup is a treat. But this restaurant is always a treat.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Food excellent. It was very nice to see an older restaurant stay current with the times. Great staple in the area. Gouda Grits were amazing
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great dinner
    krizzle
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    We went to midtown friday night and kayne prime saturday night. I would definitely recommend midtown over kayne. Service was great and so was the food. Reasonably priced and drinks were good!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Reliable midtown
    Strythm
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Always a great evening of fine dining and great service
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and wine.
    sweettee
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Midtown never disappoints us. Always good. Love having the shuttle ride
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Barbara
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    My only complaint was that our wine service was rushed. The server poured the entire bottle in 2 pours resulting in the glass being too full. Not a great experience on the wine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • CoyoteOne
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    Midtown Cafe is a treasure tucked between Broadway and West End on 19th Ave. Valet parking is available but we found a space quickly. The food was outstanding; we had some friends with us and one comment was, "This is the best salad and pesto linguini I have EVER had." This was so true of all the food. A real treat was the water with lemon at the table before we arrived. We had made reservations and they were prepared for us. MY husband loved that touch.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Scallops with lobster mac were superb; what brought me back. Spouse had veal piccata and loved it. Dale is a pro.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Reliable Choice
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    The Midtown is a tiny restaurant with excellent service and a good, reliable menu. This month they are celebrating the recipes of Julia Child, so we had Sole Meuniere along with Midtown's signature lemon artichoke soup. They prepared it perfectly, and we enjoyed it thoroughly. I will say that I think Julia's dish seems somewhat bland (kind of like comfort food) compared to our more adventurous menus today - it might benefit from a little cayenne. I like the adult ambience of Midtown - it's usually a good place to go if you want to talk. The night we went, there were some children nearby, which was unusual, but Midtown seemed to accommodate them without a problem. The owner is one of Nashville's most respected restaurateurs.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.