About Midtown Cafe

Midtown Cafe offers a casual, affordable, fine dining atmosphere with fresh seafood, prime steak, lamb, veal featuring 40 wines by the glass and 150 selections. Located just off West End at 102 -19th Ave S in the Vanderbilt / Music Row / Midtown / Medical Center neighborhood. 29+ years of quality products prepared and served by caring professionals.
Now open weekdays for Breakfast 7am - 2:30pm. Self-parking 7am-10:30am
Valet starting at 10:30am

102 19th Avenue South
Nashville, TN 37203
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Southern, Contemporary American, Continental

Hours of Operation:
Breakfast: Monday - Friday 7am -2:30pm
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 2.30pm;
Dinner: Monday - Thursday 4:30pm-9pm & Friday / Saturday 4:30pm - 10pm

Cross Street:
Between West End & Broadway

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(615) 320-7176

Website:
http://www.midtowncafe.com/

Entertainment:
No live entertainment.

Catering:
No offsite catering.

Parking Details:
Self parking for breakfast weekdays 7am -110:30am. Valet only lunch & dinner. Paid parking in adjacent lots.

Public Transit:
At 19th & West End 50 yards from building.

Executive Chef:
Max Pastor

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
email owner / proprietor Randy Rayburn at Randy@sunsetgrill.com

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Details
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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Midtown Cafe Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.7

service

4.8

ambience

4.4

value

4.5

Noise

Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (35)
Good for a Date (34)
Neighborhood Gem (29)
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Pre/post Theatre (28)
Fit for Foodies (27)
Good for Anniversaries (26)
Business Meals (26)
Great for Lunch (26)
Quiet Conversation (26)
Cozy (23)
Creative Cuisine (19)
Worth the Drive (17)
Good for Birthdays (16)
Comfort Food (12)
Good for Groups (12)
Notable Wine List (12)
Great for Brunch (11)
Casual (11)
Authentic (10)
Romantic (8)
Bar Seating (7)
Healthy (6)
Hot Spot (5)
Local Ingredients (5)
Fun (4)
Seasonal (4)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Afternoon Coffee (3)
Happy Hour (3)
People Watching (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
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 (Nashville)·Dined 4 days ago

We were there for our belated Valentine’s celebration and we’d heard great things about the place, but it was pretty miserable.

We started off with two Caesar salads, which were both dry and had wilted, discolored lettuce. My girlfriend ordered the filet, which came out deliciously. Potatoes were great.

I got the shrimp pasta, which was a Valentine’s special. The sauce was runny and the pasta seemed unseasoned, bland, and soupy. I had an Old Fashioned which was good.

The service was pretty slow and inattentive. No one came to check on us and see how the food was until it was time to clear the table.

All this to say, if I’m spending $130 on dinner, everything should be delicious. This seemed like a low scale dining experience I could expect more so from Applebee’s or some other lower-end chain. Will not be returning. Not a horrible experience, just not really good and a bit disappointing.

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 (New York Area)·Dined 5 days ago

Hadn't been back to the Midtown for awhile but was very pleased with the food, service and ambiance. Midtown delivers predictably every time we go. I had the duck and my wife the 3 Veal special. both were excellent. Of course, the lemon artichoke soup is standard fare. Yet both my wife and I enjoyed the lobster bisque even more than the LA soup.
More of an intimate chef owned vibe with "we've been here awhile" feel.
Enjoy. We will be going back more and sooner!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Good for a Date, Business Meals
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 5 days ago

Great local restaurant ... food was excellent ...

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 (Nashville)·Dined 7 days ago

Valentines night dinner. Food and service were exceptional.

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 (Chicago)·Dined 7 days ago

Went for Valentine’s Day dinner. Every table was full but the food was excellent and the service good given the crowd. The wine selection was great with reasonably priced recommended pairings for the specials.

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 (Nashville)·Dined 7 days ago

Lovely dinner with great food. Very popular. We were lucky to get a table

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 (Louisville)·Dined on February 14, 2018

Midtown never ceases to be excellent. We were late for our seating and only had 45 minutes until their shuttle was to take us downtown. Never felt rushed and had a great meal!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Nashville)·Dined on February 14, 2018

My experience at the Midtown Cafe was one of unexpected displeasure and disgust. I planned out a nice date for Valentines day and was presented very poorly-prepared food at appalling prices. I wound up spending $100+ for 2 and we did not even eat the food - which was lacking any flavor or appeasing quality whatsoever. It was irritatingly loud, the parking lot is incredibly small and crammed, and our server only came around rarely to care for our table causing much inconvenience and upsetting my date and I both. I am immensely upset, and honestly hoped for better. Not a good experience.

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 (Nashville)·Dined on February 12, 2018

Midtown Cafe is always consistent and makes me feel glad I went. And their breakfast is really a good one!

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Memphis)·Dined on February 10, 2018

We had a party of 9. We had reservations for 6:30 but we ran late. They were so accommodating. It’s a small restaurant but service and quality of food is grand! Service was fast. Drinks were fabulous and the food was AMAZING!! So, so, so glad we found this place! Went to The Row, a block over for live music and drinks after dinner. Drinks did not begin to compare to Midtown Cafe! This will be a regular when we visit Music City!

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 (Nashville)·Dined on February 10, 2018

We have been going to Midtown for years, and this night was not good at all. Problem started off when the hostess informed us that she just gave away the table we requested(my mother has difficulty hearing) even though we were 5 minutes early for the reservation.

Bartender apparently didn't know how to make a Manhattan as the version he made came out clear and carbonated, no vermouth or bitters. After sending it back and getting a worse version, I gave up and switched to wine.

Being a TPAC night, we understood the service was going to be little slower of them trying to get people out to the show and accommodating next wave, but this night was poorly handled as it took over 1.5 hours to get our entrees. In fact, the tables next to us got seated 15-30 minutes after us and got their entrees before us. Made hostess aware of this and her explanation was we ordered salads and that we lost in place in the queue for entrée serving which makes absolute no sense since we placed our order at same time. Actual meal was below average for times we have been before so something is definitely slipping.

Being special occasion that we pick to go here, the whole experience was disappointing and will be off the list for some time until I hear other people we know say things have improved.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Excellent menu options with local ingredients. Service was good although a bit slow at times. Waitress was very helpful with recommendations. My colleagues had the slow cooked ribs with Coca-cola BBQ sauce and the pork loin with mushroom risotto. Both excellent. I had the sea scallops with lobster mac-n-brie cheese (local special) which were excellent. The Jack Daniels Chocolate pecan pie was amazing.

Tags: Local Ingredients
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 (Nashville)·Dined on February 8, 2018

A venerable Nashville tradition of delicious food, professional service and welcoming environment. Not too stuck on itself like some of the newer restaurants, just a solid, local restaurant delivering consistency and freshness, meal in, meal out. Great place to enjoy a conversation with your meal in a relaxed, sophisticated setting. Black table cloths for a nice, dressed table. Can't beat it!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation
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 (Nashville)·Dined on February 8, 2018

I love dining at Midtown. It has Nashville Old School charm with friendly hosts and servers. The food is great too. All of that keeps me coming back.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Comfort Food
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 (Nashville)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Fantastic place ! Enjoyed it very much! The food was amazingly good! Our server was there when needed, but not overbearing!

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Seasonal
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·Dined on February 2, 2018

This is just one of my favorite restaurants in Nashville - has been for many years. The Lemon Artichoke soup is my all time favorite. Service was very attentive and above board. The small intimate “cafe” size of restaurant is very comfortable and inviting with just the right noise level. I highly recommend.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Great for Brunch, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals
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 (Nashville)·Dined on February 1, 2018

Whenever I'm scheduling a business meeting in the Downtown Nashville area I always look
to The Midtown Cafe. Locally owned and well managed. People ALWAYS compliment the food.
Perfect vibe...Perfect location...Perfect food...and always a 10 on service.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Afternoon Coffee, Seasonal, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Authentic, Casual, Organic, Comfort Food, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Paleo Friendly, Great for Lunch, Great for Brunch, Good for a Date
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on January 31, 2018

What a nice quaint restaurant with a very unique menu. The list of specials were really nice with a lot of different options that you don't see in a lot of places. The wines are not way over priced like you see in a lot of places as well. Service was excellent with a lot of good interaction and recommendations. I would highly recommend this restaurant to my friends.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Nashville)·Dined on January 31, 2018

Out with girlfriends for dinner and play. Loved the shuttle service.

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 (Nashville)·Dined on January 30, 2018

Midtown never disappoints. Food and service both great!

Tags: Business Meals, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 27, 2018

A friend told me they had dined at Midtown Cafe in December and that it was great. I went this past Saturday with my friends and we all had a wonderful meal! The shrimp and grits is amazing!
It’s not inexpensive, but I felt like we had a lot of food for our money and the wine was reasonably priced.
We will return!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (Nashville)·Dined on January 27, 2018

I'd really enjoyed Midtown Cafe the previous 2 times I'd been there, but this wasn't quite as good. Disappointing to have cold, hard butter on the steak and disappointed that $9.99 asparagus w/ hollandaise had about 6 pieces and no presentation appeal. Steak was good once the butter got close to melted. Excellent service, however! The food had just been better the previous 2 times I'd been there.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for Groups, Good for a Date
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 (Jacksonville)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Very quiet and nice for a date night to catch up with good food and conversation

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on January 25, 2018

Love the Lemon Artichoke Soup, always our favorite. Waiter was attentive and friendly. One of our old time favorite places to go while visiting here.

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 (Nashville)·Dined on January 24, 2018

Food was great, can't wait to go back and try other menu items

Tags: Comfort Food
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 (New England)·Dined on January 24, 2018

Marvelous lunch. Highly recommend.

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 (Nashville)·Dined on January 23, 2018

With all the restaurant competition in Nashville, I understand the desire to try out the hottest new venues. But for a fabulous experience - year after year - you can't beat Midtown Café! The wait staff is the best in town - the food is also great!

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Nashville)·Dined on January 23, 2018

Always perfect!

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 (Denver)·Dined on January 20, 2018

One of Nashville's long time eating places, Midtown Cafe serves a wide variety of well-prepared and creative dishes for all tastes. The wine list is better than most restaurants and reasonably priced.

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 (Nashville)·Dined on January 20, 2018

We had a wonderful meal for my son's birthday celebration! The service was outstanding. The only thing I would change is the noise level. It was very noisy

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Nashville)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Lemon Artichoke Soup ----- 'Nuff Said. Good service although busy for shuttle to Symphony or TPAC

Tags: Casual
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 (Nashville)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Wow, our meal was AWESOME!!! We had the grilled Brussel sprouts and shrimp and grits and they were both fabulous. Then we had the short ribs which were the best ever!!! And last but not least had the pecan chocolate pie and coconut cake and it couldn't have been better. Love, love, love Midtown Café.

Tags: Special Occasion, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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 (Denver)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Hands down the best shrimp and grits on the planet. We found this Midtown Cafe a year ago when we were staying at the Hutton (basically across the street). We ended up eating there twice during our 3 night stay. This time we stayed at the Omni and made sure we made it back to the Midtown Cafe. It's quaint, the service is amazing and the food is spectacular. They also offer a shuttle service to downtown as it's a popular stop prior to the shows.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Nashville)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Had dinner there for Restaurant Week and enjoyed everyhing I had. I will definitely revisit Midtown Cafe.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (Nashville)·Dined on January 19, 2018

We really enjoyed our meals and time at MidTown Café. We visited during Restaurant Week and choose from a preset, limited menu. Excellent food (shrimp and grits, Brussels sprouts, Mahi Mahi, pork osco bucco, BBQ short ribs, pecan pie, coconut cake), and excellent service. Also opted for matching wine pairings for each course. Very convenient.

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 (Nashville)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Everything was great. From the valet to reception and server Mike. Of course the food was fabulous. A very nice evening.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Nashville)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Always love coming here for restaurant week!

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 (Naples)·Dined on January 18, 2018

We thoroughly enjoyed our "dining experience" & look forward to returning. The atmosphere is charming with great ambience.

Our server was spot on. Most courteous, efficient, & great communication with the kitchen so our courses were relaxed & not rushed!

The four of us had different entrees & agreed each was equally delicious.

I was looking forward to my chocolate brandy, but their vendor did not show up that day, so we were given a nice prosecco.

I must admit that we were pleased with an all adult crowd, especially for such a lovely dinner!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List
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 (Nashville)·Dined on January 18, 2018

Love this restaurant and love the shuttle. Our waitress did a superb job.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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 (Nashville)·Dined on January 18, 2018

Friends lunch during Restaurant Week. Great menu offerings, and delicious food. Service was a bit slow and inattentive but the food was all good and there were no issues that needed attention. I would definitely go back

Tags: Afternoon Coffee, Good for Groups, Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch
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