Midtown Grille

4.5
1452 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
Tucked away in Raleigh’s Lassiter District in North Hills, Midtown Grille is an upscale, comfortable neighborhood restaurant featuring Contemporary American cuisine. Locally owned since 2006, Midtown offers sophisticated, yet approachable dishes, emphasizing locally sourced ingredients.

Midtown Grille’s Chef, Marshall Smith, attended school at the New England Culinary Institute in Essex Junction, Vermont. Upon graduating, Marshall interned at the Michelin Star restaurant, L'Essentiel à Chambéry , under chef Jean-Michel Bouvier in France. When he returned to the Triangle, he opened Savoy in North Raleigh with his brother and worked as executive chef of Glass Half Full in Carrboro for the last five years. Ready to return to Raleigh and share his culinary experiences, Marshall has joined the team here at Midtown Grille.
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Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We had a great brunch! The food was very good. The children in our group weren't asked what they wanted to drink but other than that the service was fine.

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OT
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I had the shrimp and grits, and it was the best shrimp and grits I've ever had. The service was fast and courteous. It was also an excellent value. Great restaurant!

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1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 1

Honestly the food is mediocre and the service was awkward. The restaurant is over all pretty and has potential, but lacks personality, flavor, and soul.

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SS
New York Area
38 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous as always. The NY strip steak is beyond wonderful.

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GZ
Raleigh
5 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Make sure to get the brussel sprouts for appetizers...really good. 1st time there... Will be back.

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CC
Raleigh
12 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent meal and service. We oredered the Market Catch (swordfish on this occasion) & the special which was a filet. Both were prepared great. Thank you!

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M
Raleigh
25 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great food, great service!

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L
Raleigh
11 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Good is always excellent. Though when restaurant is full it is quite noisy.

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l
Raleigh
66 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

We had a very nice dinner recently. The scallops were perfectly cooked and the plate looked lovely. Would recommend for a fine meal if you’re in the neighborhood.

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LS
Raleigh
16 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great spot to meet with friends to celebrate birthdays or to meet business associates!

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OT
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

They have great food and the wait staff is excellent!

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SD
Raleigh
7 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding

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OT
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent special of grilled shrimp in a tomato cream sauce served with asparagus and crab risotto. Delicious!!

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GM
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Midtown Grille always delivers a perfect meal and service.

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ST
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This was my first visit for dinner. Arrived for reservation on time and was seated promptly. The service was great and the meal was enjoyable for both.

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JL
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

My steak came out overdone but when redone it was delicious. The waitress only told us about one special and had to ask her to tell us the fish special. She was not very attentive.

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MB
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely delicious and they were easily able to modify my dish for a food restriction. Loved it and will be back!

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OT
Raleigh
5 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was a very pleasant brunch experience. The bloody Mary was good and spicy, the shrimp and grits were delicious and the service was superb.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 4

Great service, good food, expensive.

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f
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Susan Alibrandi always makes us feel so at home at Midtown :)

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M
Raleigh
11 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful server and our food was amazing! The steak and the short ribs were delicious. We had an early dinner so it was fairly quiet, but it would be a nice place to be even when crowded.

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T
Greensboro
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 2

Food was good but service was terrible. It wasn't even busy and our waitress didn't check up on us at all. The hostess ended up helping us with our needs when I had to walk to the bar for some assistance

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D
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Have been here many times, but never on Thanksgiving. Have always have been extremely pleased. This time, not quite so much. Service good but we felt a bit hurried. The appetizer we ordered was, as always, great. Thanksgiving meal: Pumpkin soup wonderful. Turkey well prepared, gravy weak. Brussel sprouts great, as were sweet potatoes. Mashed potatoes not bad. Corn whatever it was, ok, as was green bean casserole. Cranberry sauce horrid. How can you mess that up?
Pumpkin pie awesome. 3 small rolls (there were 3 of us). No offer of coffee. As soon as we put our forks down, it was like, "ok, time for you to leave". Will go back anytime again, EXCEPT for Thanksgiving. Disappointed.

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PR
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thanksgiving dinner was superb. start with glass of bubbly, then wine with meal. all main courses and sides are exceptional, huge flavors, various textures for fun, all delivered as a balanced eye catching whole. we savor each time we come here! nice music, good conversation,nice crowd, made the time lively, not staid.

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c
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

Thanksgiving menu was good, but not exciting....had anticipated more innovation rather than home cooking

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SA
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Came in for a business lunch. We liked what we saw on the menu, and ended up each ordering a salad, however, our food took about 30 minutes to prepare. It seemed to be a bit of a drag for our selections. Parking was also a challenge.

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f
Raleigh
7 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

I've eaten at and enjoyed MidTown in the past, but this time the food was inconsistent (my soup was much higher seasoned than another bowl at the table - to the point of being much darker), the main dish was over salted, and the waitress was just average. I will return and hope this was just a one time disappointment.

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KH
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Overall great dining experience with excellent service. Just a few notes or suggestions: The charcuterie board needs a sweet ingredient to balance out the savory ones. We felt a bit rushed as our dinners were brought out while we were not even halfway thru the charcuterie. Wine selection was not huge but contained excellent quality choices. The front of the restaurant was a bit too noisy for my liking but appreciate that we were seated in the back behind the glass partition where the noise level was minimized. Would return and bring friends to enjoy.

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t
Greensboro
26 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Disappointed with hostess - no warm welcome or smile, and she refused to allow us to take a different table from the one she was determined to seat us at. Had requested a 'quiet table' on the reservation but as it was our first time we were not familiar with the seating plan which obviously doesn't really have quiet tables! We would have liked a booth which are perhaps the least noisy area.
Our waitress gave good service and was very pleasant. Food was good but noted portions are rather small for the price. Also wine by the glass is expensive and the pour seemed small for $12, the least expensive offering.

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LA
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Great food, nice atmosphere but I do wish restaurants would think about their music choices in relation to their guests. Playing 80s pop music, loudly, such as Like a Virgin, in a restaurant of this caliber was just strange and distracting.

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OT
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 1

The restaurant was very loud. My short rib was more like crockpot pot roast. My food was barely warm.

We have been here before and had good results but this night was not the night.

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MS
Charlotte
32 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was w wonderful find. Probably the best meal that I've had in the past several years. Each course was delectable, particularly the scallops entree. Only negative was too much noise to allow an across the table conversation. Service was also outstanding.

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w
Raleigh
39 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

The service was fine and the restaurant is attractive. Unfortunately, the dining experience was less than satisfactory. The bread was not much better than store bought white bread. The Caesar salad was more than disappointing...not worth ordering. Two of our party enjoyed their meals; my wife and I were underwhelmed. She ordered the shrimp and grits which was not up to expectations. Overall, a disappointing experience.

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TW
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Midtown Grille is a lovely place for lunch or dinner. Food is consistently thoughtfully prepared and presented, and the service is always great. Great place for clients or a date night! You won't be disappointed.

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OT
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our Sunday brunch with bloody Maria was very tasty. Service was great as well.

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TM
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our friends had never been to Midtown Grille, and they were not disappointed. We found the food to be a wonderful mix of flavors, and the service was impeccable. Tripp, our server, was very knowledgeable and friendly, as well as being very professional. Phillip behind the bar is always a pleasure to see, and his drinks are outstanding.
We will be back for certain.

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B
Raleigh
9 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for lunch with friends and we were greeted as soon as we arrived. We were seated quickly. Our lunch was delicious. The atmosphere was so calming and perfect for conversation. We loved it!

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent shrimp and grits! The pumpkin soup is amazing.

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CD
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday brunch was amazing. They accommodated my food allergies with ease! Their menu is always impressive.

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JG
Raleigh
46 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

MG has a beautiful setting and the service is good. The food was good as well although we would warn that the calamari and brussel sprouts were very spicy. My husband had the special, which was duck, and it was perfectly cooked and the flavors were on point. I had the apple and pomegranate salad with salmon which was fantastic!!
Also a side note: appetizers are HUGE and the dinner plates are on the smaller size. Which was to our liking but it is worth notating.

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