Midtown Grille

4.4
1427 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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, American
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 3:00pm; Brunch: Sunday 11:00am - 3:00pm
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
Bar 4pm - Midnight Weekdays and 4pm - 2:00am Weekends
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Phone number
(919) 782-9463
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Private party facilities
Private party room seats up to 35 guests for dining.
Please contact Susan Alibrandi for any special requests.
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Private party contact
Susan Alibrandi: (919) 782-9463
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Lassiter Mill Road
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Parking details
Free North Hills public parking
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Public transit
Bus stop is 40 yards from front of restaurant.
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Entertainment
Live classical guitar from 12pm-2pm for Sunday Brunch.
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Special events & promotions
Please contact us with any special event requests.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 1427 People Are Saying
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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
1 review
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
1 review
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
31 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
37 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
1 review
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
8 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
44 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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OT
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful!

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OT
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

The food was pretty good but the service by our waiter was terrible. We got more attention from the guy that brought our food to us than our actual waiter. At the end of the meal the manager brought over dessert menus but no one ever came back to take our order. We had to chase someone down for the bill because our waiter was going back and forth to one table only- at least 6 times- while ignoring us. Will not return to this place.

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

1st time we tried the Midtown Grille. Love the service. Food was good.

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SG
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our server was excellent: very attentive (but not too much) and creative

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JO
Raleigh
9 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Midtown Grill is my favorite restaurant in Raleigh, NC for business luncheons. The Grill is quiet, the servers are professional and respect your conversations, the BLTs are the best in the triangle and the atmosphere is "Tucked In."
The Grill is the only place I go for a business lunch.

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PC
Raleigh
24 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

The food was good - not great. The service was fantastic!!

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F
Kansas City
6 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We had Sunday brunch here and would return. We arrived at 11:30 and wasn't crowed. That fact began to change about 12:15 so get here early if you can. Both our choices were great, the southern Benedict and the smoked salmon omelet. Mimosas and Bloody Mary's were $5 a great bargain for a very good pour.

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LB
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 5

Nice place, with a good atmosphere! Enjoyed the food, everything was delicious

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BL
Raleigh
7 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As usual our experience was excellent. Our waitress gave good suggestions and her service was very good without being overbearing. While there was above average noise, table conversation was easy. Overall, a quality evening.

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SG
Raleigh
5 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The gespacho was great! Quick and friendly service and an overall fun experience.

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SS
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb! Great chef, creative specials. Knowledgeable wait sraff.

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MC
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great service, lovely atmosphere for a nice lunch. 3 out of 4 of us really enjoyed our food. My husband said the oysters in his poorboy sandwich didn't have much flavor. But we would go again.

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GP
Raleigh
21 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

My sandwich was great, but my wifes salad lacked veggies but had lots if lettuce, ie skimpy on cukes, tomatoes etc..

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GP
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

Waitress had an attitude. My 92 year old father has difficulty hearing, and she had little patience an rolled her eyes. Took 10 mins to get a glass of water.

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Austin
6 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Went for Brunch. Excellent food choices and delicious! The lamb hash is da bom!

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VB
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

Midtown Grille was great, but they need to work on their vegetarian options. They allow you to select entrees without the protein, but you still have to pay full price. They need to get with the times and the changing diets around them. But the food was excellent, and service was good as well.

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Milwaukee
13 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Our waiter was knowledgeable on the wine and the menu. However, we waited an hour between our appetizers and entree. We requested drinks that were not brought out until we had to ask again when our entrees were brought to the table. One of the guests meal was cold as the cheese didn’t even melt on top while others were hot.

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L
Raleigh
6 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

The restaurant was ok- a little pricey for what you get- I would not go back for dinner but would try it for lunch

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a
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience! Food was wonderful and our waiter (Aaron) was the best!! We will be back for sure!

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B
Raleigh
55 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We asked for a quiet table and were seated near the window. That made all the difference as the dinning room was too noisy for us. Service was excellent as was the food.

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GM
Charleston
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Consistently great food and great service. Always reliable

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CC
Tampa
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 1

We went to Midtown for Sunday brunch. The food was ok. The omelette appear to be made with liquid egg mixture and not fresh eggs. One to many flies buzzing around. We had to guard the plates! Yuck!!

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WG
Raleigh
14 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant for consistently great food! The wine list is priced incredibly reasonable, so order a good bottle to enjoy with lunch or dinner! You won’t be disappointed.

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OT
Raleigh
24 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Midtown has gone so downhill in food quality that it is impossible to think of it as the same gem of a couple years ago. The service is still so good and we enjoy the upgraded outdoor seating, but noe it os a place we go to for drinks and mediocre apps, no longer dinner worthy. :(

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RB
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Great food and service. They were able to add 1 to our reservation which was nice. Found noise level to be good as we had table of 8 and we we're able to converse

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