Midtown Cafe

4.8
2633 Reviews
$31 to $50
Southern
Open Table TOP 50 Best Southern Restaurant in USA offering a casual, affordable, fine dining atmosphere with breakfast / brunch / lunch and dinner with cage free eggs, biscuits, pancakes, seafood, prime steak, veal, pastas & featuring 40 wines by the glass and 150 selections. Located just off West End at 102 -19th Ave S in the West End / Vanderbilt / Music Row / Midtown / Medical Center neighborhoods. Since 1987, casual fine dining with quality ingredients prepared and served by caring professionals.
Open weekdays for Breakfast 8am-2pm. Lunch 11am-2pm M - F. Dinner starting at 5:00pm Monday-Saturday.
Self parking around the building.

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Mon - Thu 5:00PM - 6:15PM 7:45PM - 8:00PM
Fri - Sat 5:00PM - 6:15PM

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
52 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the grits

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vipJaniceM
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and service!

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Excellent but not incredible. Broad menu.

JB
JennieB
Nashville
24 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect place for lunch before going to the Frist. Easy parking. Distanced seating. Quiet. Great food. Excellent service! Some places don’t change because they don’t need to. You can always count on a wonderful dining experience at Midtown!

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Debbye
Nashville
14 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time to have Sunday brunch at Midtown. Have been there many times for lunch and dinner. Same excellent experience and a thumbs up from an eleven year old about the “seriously delicious chocolate chip pancakes!”. We will definitely be going back. So glad they are back open!

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OpenTable Diner
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Helped accommodate us with covid restrictions despite having a large party, excellent food and service, close location to fun nightlife post meal.

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Chad
Nashville
2 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We went to Midtown for our 17 year anniversary. I had never been (my wife had) but I remembered it being around for so many years--it felt like a slice of the old Nashville I miss. Everything now is super trendy and pretentious, and most times I feel the food isn't that great. Midtown Cafe must be doing something right surviving this long. It has a great inside feel, and everything on their menu looks great. For such a nice restaurant, it is affordable too. We kind of blew it out being our anniversary, but a regular date night will not break the bank. I will definitely be going back.

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OpenTable Diner
Columbus
3 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Everyone loved the food and the service from the bar and the kitchen was timely and seamless. Would definitely recommend

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ScottV
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent all around service and quality of food. Would definitely return.

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DonH
Nashville
6 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Good food. Well prepared. The green beans were a little hard for my taste but overall the food and service was very good.

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SW8174
Nashville
5 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great to be back at this wonderful restaurant. The Pacific Rim salad was delicious and the cranberry biscuits were a treat.

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DollyC
Nashville
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Midtown Cafe has been a mainstay in the Nashville restaurant scene for years, and yet still delivers a top of the line dining experience. How do you do it, Randy?

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NashvilleNosh
Nashville
4 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Midtown Cafe is one of the few consistently outstanding restaurants that has sustained long term excellence. If you have not been lately - GO- the food continues to be amazing, the service is excellent and it is more than socially distanced. Randy has and continues to run a truly remarkable dining experience that is truly a piece of Nashville that should not be missed, but should also be revisited. Cannot recommend enough!

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OpenTable Diner
Indiana
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome good and great service!

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ErinE
Nashville
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter was amazing and gave great input on the food we had questions about. Everything was delicious!

MJ
MaryJoB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Out of the fray spot, valet parking, unprepossessing exterior, darkened, quiet interior. Excellent food, wine/spirts and service. Great spot for a quiet, adult, getaway evening.

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OpenTable Diner
Key West
2 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic! We went for brunch and would highly recommend going. Located in a cute house, good atmosphere and the food was tremendous!

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Amandact
Atlanta
12 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful breakfast/brunch site. Service was excellent.

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vipKellyH
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We unexpectedly found ourselves with one evening free during a short Nashville stay. We searched for a good restaurant that had available reservations, and Midtown was third in line after the first two we tried were unavailable. I can't imagine our first two choices being as good as Midtown. The atmosphere was warm and welcoming, our server was efficient and made good conversation, and the food was beyond excellent. I had the shrimp and grits, which was hands-down the best I've ever eaten. Spouse had the short rib, which was cooked perfectly and served with creamy and delicious mushroom risotto. Both portions were right-sized, and we had room for the yummy butterscotch habanero bread pudding. A total 5-star experience at a surprisingly reasonable price.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A nice birthday celebration

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was fantastic

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NancyT
Nashville
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Whether you’re a Nashville resident or a visitor to our town, make sure you experience this wonderful restaurant. Known as one of the Top 50 Restaurants in the South. I give it ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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vipTomS
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gaylelynn was wonderful!! She made us welcome and provided great service.

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LynnB
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Midtown Cafe never lets us down. The food is consistently excellent. The service is gracious. And it is a comfortable place for conversation with friends. I highly recommend!

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AngelaK
Grand Rapids
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The shrimp & grits are the BEST! Just had to say that first. The waiter was great! We took his recommendations on the entrees and we were not disappointed . The trout & the pork were excellent. The place is close to the music area, about a 5-10 minute drive. Definitely worth the drive. We’ll be coming back next time we’re in Nashville,

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ShawnG
E. Tennessee
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Would highly recommend! We took our friends from Texas to dinner here and they loved it! The side dishes such as Brussel Sprouts & lobster Mac N Cheese is amazing!

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HomerC
Nashville
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

This is a restaurant where you will not be disappointed.

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vipLindaG
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience1

Food was delicious!

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Foodieworcester2012
New England
3 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food was delicious and that includes the biscuits. The server was very friendly. The cocktails were very sweet, would stick to beer or wine.

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vipCharlesS
Nashville
30 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Midtown Cafe is simply the best. No one could ask for a better culinary experience. Randy Rayburn has consistently provided exemplary leadership for Nashville’s restaurant industry.

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ALmom
Nashville
12 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently good food and service. Never disappointed.

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AshleyT
Nashville
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was perfect for our easter brunch. We were seated on time for our reservation, waitress was friendly and knowledgable and the food was delicious.

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vipschoef
Nashville
21 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience4

We love Midtown Cafe The food and service is always excellent. However, this time we ordered Crabmeat omelets for breakfast. There was no crabmeat in the omelet. If there was it was minuscule. For $13 extra (a $25 omelet) there should have been at least some lump crabmeat. Very disappointed!

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AnthonyS
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a gem in the West End. Predictably good with excellent service. The lemon artichoke soup is phenomenal. One of the best brunch/lunch spots downtown.

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Fooodeee
Nashville
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food! Love the artichoke soup, cheese grits, and the meatloaf!

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Scout35
Nashville
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a favorite location for business lunches or special occasions.

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OpenTable Diner
Nashville
2 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had amazing food, a great waiter, and a really good time.

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GarryF
Indiana
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The restaurant is looking old, dark and tired. Everyone was friendly an accommodating but unfortunately, the food was average. I would love to see a revamp of the restaurant and menu to put Midtown cafe back on the map!!

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vipLisaC
Memphis/West TN
54 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ryan, our server, made a good night great! Very personable and eager to suggest options for appetizers and entrees. We had the lemon soup...so yummy! Crab cake appetizer that was chock full of crab meat and two sauces with it. Delicious. The salmon was perfection, as well. We loved eating here and will be back soon!

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Foodie561
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

I discovered Midtown through OpenTable. First they lie to you about the HORRIBLE parking situation! Midtown didn't have the Trout Almondine I was expecting so I ordered the 'Tennessee' Trout. The trout was good and in a tasty cream sauce. I substituted the red potatoes for Smoked Gouda Grits which looked like they were put on my plate with an ice cream scooper. The grits were stiff and a disappointment. The Sautéed Spinach that came with my trout was excellent being flavorful and rich. The restaurant was understaffed...our server was also a host and bartender.

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Midtown Cafe is rated 4.8 stars by 2633 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.