Midtown Cafe

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$30 and under
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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, duck, 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 7am - 2:30pm. Self-parking 7am - 11am. Lunch / Brunch 11am-2:30pm M - F. Dinner starting at 4:30pm Monday-Saturday.
Free Valet starting at 11am weekdays and 5pm for dinner.

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Mon - Wed 4:30PM - 9:00PM
Thu 4:30PM - 5:15PM 7:30PM - 9:00PM
Fri - Sat 4:30PM - 5:15PM 7:30PM - 10:00PM

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C
Nashville
26 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

This won't surprise anyone who knows the restaurant, but Midtown Cafe has to be the most reliable restaurant in Nashville these days. Excellent food, and the specials are well-constructed. The wine list is diverse and reasonably priced. Service is consistently exemplary. It's not flashy but it's also consistently well-executed.

OT
Nashville
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As usual, our food and service were top-notch.

OT
Nashville
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always LOVE Midtown!

B
Nashville
12 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Midtown Cafe can always be relied upon. Randy Rayburn owns and operates the restaurant in the best possible way. Great for any meal!

c
Sacramento
6 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were celebrating two birthdays while vacationing in Nashville and chose Midtown Cafe for their birthday dinner. It was easy to get there and well worth it!

They were out of veal and most of the desserts but it didn’t matter to us. The food was amazing and their mini biscuits are so delicious! Everyone ordered different things...chicken, shrimp & grits, meatloaf, sea bass... and everyone was happy with their choices. Desserts were just as good, too. I attempted to share the key lime pie but ate most of it myself - perfect balance of tart and sweet.

Highly recommend if you’re looking for a restaurant that won’t disappoint!

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were visiting Nashville, and we researched where to eat. Midtown Cafe was on list of one of the best restaurants in Nashville. We really enjoyed our meal. The presentation of the food was elegant and the food was delicious. They had a great specialty cocktail list as well as a nice selection of beer and wine. The staff was very attentive and knowledgeable. The service was exceptional. Make sure you try the lemon artichoke soup. I highly recommend Midtown cafe!

OT
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful meal. Food was piping hot. Great service.

EE
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 3

The noise level was awful. Couldn't even have a conversation at our table. Food was good but not outstanding. May be our last visit.

TT
Nashville
79 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

MidTown Cafe followed by the OJays and the Love Train. What a night and a wonderful ride to the Symphony. This is a “Best“ resturant in Nashville. Love this delicious food.

DB
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Nice atmosphere, good wine and after dinner coffees, good service

SA
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a fabulous find. As a Chef who is glutenfree, dairyfree, its difficult finding this level of overall quality. Very fresh and satisfying, surprisingly so.

A
Austin
32 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent dinner! Wonderful food and attentive service.

MC
Nashville
46 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

I have eaten at Midtown Café twice, once for lunch and once for dinner. As a breakfast/brunch/lunch place it's great...the menu is varied and quite delicious. I highly recommend it for those meals. As a dinner restaurant it is just OK... there are many Nashville restaurants in the same price range that are significantly better for dinner. For lunch we had the Fish & Chips as well as Chicken Marsala...both excellent. Additionally our desserts were both A+, the coconut cake and the chocolate pecan pie.

For dinner we each had the duck...and it wasn't bad, but I've had much better. Our dessert, the chocolate lava cake, was typical of that dessert, nothing outstanding but still perfectly fine.

It's a big GO for breakfast, lunch and brunch, but it's a NO for dinner.

KC
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service, old town feel which was very nice. Amazing food and wine list

EJ
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

Service was great and personable. Food was average based on the relatively higher prices.

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thanks wonderful experience

DN
Nashville
14 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Midtown Café is the go-to spot for business meals or for pleasure. It is always a superb choice. The food is excellent, hard to make choices sometimes because everything I have ever had is great. The service is impeccable - I have never been disappointed. The atmosphere is quiet - and pleasant and you can actually hear your table companions (a nice change from many of the restaurants around town).

I highly recommend them for business meal or for just hanging out with friends or that special person!

SC
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Midtown Cafe is one of my favorite places to go for lunch in Nashville. It's easy to get to, and valet parking makes for no-stress parking. Reservations are taken and the 3 of us were seated immediately after arriving. Waitress was prompt, courteous, and efficient. Food included a brunch and lunch menu along with daily specials. Each of us enjoyed our food choices. Prices are reasonable. All in all we had an enjoyable afternoon.

p
Nashville
14 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Midtown has long been a favorite of ours especially when attending events in the downtown area after dinner. The food is always great and there are those specials to entice you to venture beyond the menu. We have never had a bad meal at Midtown and the service is great. These guys know how to time your meal for a leisurely dinner or to get you in and out when you are hustling to get to an event. An added perk is the shuttle service which allows you to avoid the problems of parking downtown.

JB
New Orleans
40 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We were in town for LSU-Vandy football game and wanted a quieter more intimate dinner on Saturday night and Midtown Cafe totally what we were looking for. Would definitely return and recommend to friends!!!

OT
New Orleans
6 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Very good service. waiter attentive and responsive.

LK
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Accommodated us for dinner for 12! Excellent service, food, and drinks!

OT
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

First time here. Friday night, very busy. Leftover water glass on table. Waitress overworked and rushed. Brussels sprout appetizer delicious. Veal piccata average and not worth the price. Probably would not return as so many incredible restaurants in Nashville.

OT
Nashville
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service ! Never disappointed me so far

OT
Nashville
27 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Anniversary - pleasantly surprised as it had been a while since we were there

B
Nashville
96 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It is one of my favorites. Great food and ambiance. It is a solid restaurant that doesn’t cater to the wannabes but to the people who are comfortable with who they are and don’t need to be seen.

BA
Milwaukee
6 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

This was a bummer experience- I have loved midtown cafe for years. Haven’t been in about 3 as I’d heard it had gone downhill. It really has! The restaurant seemed a little bit dingy but I know how long it has been there.
Our service was terrible, no hello, no thank yous. No niceties whatsoever. We had to ask for cocktail list- she explained nothing. The lemon artichoke soup was great as always. That’s about it. It would take quite a bit to get me back.

j
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Got there at 7, got served at 7:50 PM, filet was overcooked so had it sent back. New steak was brought out at 8:10. Was given a free dessert to make up for it plus 10% off of the check. My prime meatloaf was excellent.

S
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Good food and service

J
Nashville
21 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A perfect night --- great flexibility in ordering menu items.. Marvelous wine list and the food - fantastic! A wonderful neighborhood gem and a place where conversation is a treat and not a yelling match!

OT
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was great as always the staff was very attentive and nice. Even to the point the server proactively offered to fix an over cooked piece of salmon on our salad. We will definitely be back

JC
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a fabulous place. We had lunch here and it was so good that we booked in for dinner the same day before we left town. Food and service excellent with very good wine list.

SS
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best breakfast experience ever! Food was excellent as was the service!!

F
Philadelphia
35 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 4

The beef rib was sent back by my husband because it was so tough, this by a man who never sends food back. The three way veal was tasty but tough, for $39, to have tough veal, is not acceptable, especially when there is so heavy on the carbs and sauce on all three styles of veal that you can barely see the that the size of each piece of veal is tiny! Over-rated for such a high reviewed restaurant.

BA
Miami
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and excellent service. Highly recommended.

OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was absolutely amazing! The staff was so kind and attentive to all of our needs. Great staff and great atmosphere.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. Very quaint setting.

RA
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, small place but did a great job getting food out to us and very good service.

JP
Savannah
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice, quiet local restaurant with excellent service and cuisine. The artichoke lemon soup is amazing. Chicken Saltimbucco was delicious, and the creme brule a tasty finish to our meal. Highly recommend for quiet dining in downtown Nashville.

JM
Cincinnati
22 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorite spots in Nashville!