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 - 6:15PM 7:45PM - 9:00PM

Thu 4:30PM - 5:15PM 8:00PM - 9:00PM

Fri - Sat 4:30PM - 5:15PM 8:00PM - 10:00PM

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Midtown Cafe Ratings and Reviews

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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.7

ambience

4.3

value

4.4

Noise

Quiet

93% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (39)
Good for a Date (36)
Business Meals (33)
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Neighborhood Gem (30)
Quiet Conversation (29)
Good for Anniversaries (28)
Pre/post Theatre (28)
Cozy (27)
Good for Birthdays (24)
Worth the Drive (20)
Casual (18)
Fit for Foodies (18)
Great for Lunch (18)
Creative Cuisine (18)
Romantic (16)
Authentic (13)
Great for Brunch (13)
Comfort Food (13)
Sunday Lunch (11)
Notable Wine List (10)
Good for Groups (9)
Healthy (8)
Bar Seating (6)
Late-night Find (5)
Fun (4)
Gluten Free Options (4)
Local Ingredients (4)
Tasting Menu (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Handcrafted Cocktails (3)
Hot Spot (3)
Kid-friendly (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Happy Hour (2)
People Watching (2)
Seasonal (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Quick Bite (1)
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 (Nashville)·Dined 2 days ago

Service was excellent but food left much to be desired considering price point. My wife's veal was drenched in sauce, and fried cutlets were VERY soggy. My meal was ok, but considering the plethora of excellent restaurants in Nashville, I'd recommend a different restaurant for a special occasion. While this restaurant has a great rating on open table, I would not recommend and do not plan on returning.

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 (Nashville)·Dined 4 days ago

This place never disappoints in taste or service, always fabulous!

Tags: Romantic, Late-night Find, Good for a Date, Great for Brunch, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals
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 (Louisville)·Dined 6 days ago

I was extremely pleased with Midtown. I had grouper that was so delicious I almost cried. Each of us had excellent dishes. Had to try the artichoke lemon soup and it was epic. Can’t wait to go again!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Columbus)·Dined on November 12, 2017

We went there to celebrate a friend’s birthday and told them ahead of time. Our waiter, Scott seemed to discourage ordering dessert and never offered any coffee. Since 20% gratuity was already included he didn’t appear to make any extra effort . At one point he told us he was only taking appetizer orders. He was unapologetic when any food or drink needed additional cooking or the wrong item was delivered. Overall, The risotto and chicken scallopini were delicious as were the Brussels sprouts and lemon artichoke soup. Unfortunately, the service was slow and did not live up to the delicious food .

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 (Miami)·Dined on November 12, 2017

We love the Midtown; it was a bit noisy the other night, but that was the fault of one rather obnoxious table of 8.

Other than that, an excellent time as always.

Tags: Casual, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Our waitress was very good and made some great recommendations.
The food was outstanding!!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 10, 2017

This is my 4th visit and it’s consistently delicious, with wait staff who know what they are doing. I think it’s now my favorite place to eat.

Tags: Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Bar Seating, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive
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 (Nashville)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Great food with great service. That’s always been my experience at MidTown. We were celebrating birthdays and was surprised with free desserts.

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 (Nashville)·Dined on November 7, 2017

Outstanding gathering point for business or personal conversation. Food is superb (quality, variety, abundance) ... staff even more so (kindly, attentive, skilled) ... and price point is certainly reasonable. Would highly recommend this spot ... my FAVORITE go to place for conversation for breakfast or lunch. An added feature is the hospitality of owner/manager Randy Rayburn ... few are more amiable and few make you feel more appreciated. And yet another important feature ... they serve breakfast for lunch, my favorite!!!!!! ... Avi Poster

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 (Naples)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Excellent service and very good food. Had dinner and breakfast and both were better than more expensive places.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Healthy, Fit for Foodies
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 (Nashville)·Dined on October 26, 2017

We were celebrating a citizenship ceremony and had reservations but we were late. They were wonderful to hold our table. Great food and service.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Quiet Conversation
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 (Nashville)·Dined on October 25, 2017

We sat at table 31 and we had outstanding service! Thank you for a wonderful meal and your staff was incredible. Thank you!

Tags: Happy Hour, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New England)·Dined on October 23, 2017

Absolutely perfect for our group of 7. Quiet enough for conversation and with a sufficiently diverse menu for everyone. Well priced wine and 30th anniversary dinner menu too. Impeccable service as well.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for Groups, Business Meals
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 (E. Tennessee)·Dined on October 23, 2017

Excellent food and service. In a town with so many new restaurants, it is important to remember the classic gems like this one. Perfect when you want to actually have a conversation with your dining companions!

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·Dined on October 22, 2017

We needed a relaxing restaurant with good food/pleasant atmosphere..Our server was excellent & very pleasant evening.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Miami)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Food and service were both excellent. Loved the atmosphere. Wait staff excellent. Lots of gluten free options.

Tags: Special Occasion, Seasonal, Romantic, Cozy, Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive
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 (New England)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Everyone had a great meal here in our group of 8 and price was very reasonable with the 39th anniversary

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients, Business Meals, Good for Groups
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·Dined on October 21, 2017

A very pleasant venue; attentive service and particularly nice salads. Cooking more Californian than southern.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Gluten Free Options
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 (Nashville)·Dined on October 19, 2017

We had a fabulous time at our favorite spot! It is a quiet, tucked away gem! Service is always impeccable not to mention the food on the menu. We always check the specials, but end ordering our favorite as seen below, the Lobster Mac and Cheese. It is to die for!!!

Tags: Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 17, 2017

The service cannot be beat...literally the best attitude, care, kindness, and smile. Felt like she'd known me forever being so wonderful to me! The food was delicious and very right portion and time for preparing, and the wine paired nicely. What a fantastic experience with nice food and great service!

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 (Austin)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Have never had a bad meal at Mid Town Cafe!
You won't ever go wrong going there.

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 (Birmingham)·Dined on October 15, 2017

We felt rushed the whole time. We went in thinking we'd be there for at least an hour or two enjoying wine, dinner, and dessert, but ended up in and out in 30-40 min. The wine and crab cake appetizer were good. My husband's veal was rubbery and the spinach side for my grouper tasted very odd, almost burnt. Once finished, the waitress did not ask if we wanted to look at a dessert menu nor if we wanted another glass of wine, and instead just dropped off the check. Needless to say, we will not be returning.

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 (Louisville)·Dined on October 14, 2017

The food was good, but was lacking the extra pizazz to really create value for the price point. Service was very good. The restaurant had almost no character.

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 (Nashville)·Dined on October 12, 2017

Consistently great food and service~!!! Have been going to this restaurant for over 20+ years and have never had a bad meal or service. Best restaurant in Nashville!

Tags: Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Brunch, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Nashville)·Dined on October 11, 2017

I have been going for decades love it but was a little disappointed, the potatoes were over whipped and the julienne veggies were bland, still love going there

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 (Nashville)·Dined on October 10, 2017

Always great to have an omlet with the lemon artichoke soup for lunch. Fantastic combo and ALWAYS spectacular

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·Dined on October 9, 2017

The food was awesome as usual. I love this restaurant. 😋

Tags: Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Late-night Find, Healthy, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Kid-friendly, Good for Groups, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch
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 (Charleston)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Visiting Nashville for UGa vs. Vandy game and to have dinner with our great niece who is in school there. After checking out several restaurant menus, we chose the Midtown Cafe from Open Table’s list. Of interest were a wide selection, location near to us, and recommendations from reviews. It was an excellent choice. Pleasant bar tucked off to one side offered a comfortable spot to await others in our party as we were a bit early for our reservation. Dinner selections included a tenderloin filet (cooked a perfect rare), prime meatloaf (house speciality comfort food), and seared tuna steak with stir-fried veggies (rare and tender). This was a really nice spot. Efficient, attentive staff; moderate noise level even on a busy Sat. Nite; and wide selection of entrees sure to please everyone. Would definitely return when in town.

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·Dined on October 5, 2017

Delicious as always. A wonderful place to dine before the opera. The shuttle service is an added bonus.

Tags: Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays
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 (Nashville)·Dined on October 1, 2017

A great evening. Dining at Midtown Cafe is an event. An enjoyable event. More than just a meal. And the meal was superb. Mike, our waiter, attended to our every need. His wine recommendation was perfect. A great evening out with my friend. I have dined here several times. Will return.

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 (Memphis)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Excellent service and ambiance. Lemony soup was fantastic, and outshone the short rib main course. Hummus app nothing special. Top notch cocktails.

Tags: Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Cozy
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 (Jacksonville)·Dined on September 29, 2017

Lovely as always. Seafood is fresh and a well appointed wine list.

Tags: Fun
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on September 29, 2017

We had a wonderful anniversary dinner. Everything was great.

Tags: Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (Savannah)·Dined on September 28, 2017

Dinner with friends before going to concert. Been awhile since we have eaten here. Was not disappointed. Everything was excellent. Two had mountain trout and two had crab cakes. Both entrees were superb. Coconut cake was perfect. Ending to a great meal. Waiter very attentive and knowledgeable of the menu. Free shuttle to our concert was an added bonus. Great experience!! Will definitely be back.

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 (Nashville)·Dined on September 28, 2017

Don't remember Waiter's name - but he was exceptional. Love quality of food. Great for riding shuttle to symphony.

Tags: Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive
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 (Nashville)·Dined on September 27, 2017

I am a part of a group that eats out every Wednesday night at various restaurants throughout Nashville. We like to try new restaurants, but have a few mainstays we return to frequently. Midtown is one of them. This restaurant never fails, the staff is outstanding, and my group always enjoys our experiences here.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Cozy
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 (Nashville)·Dined on September 27, 2017

Always good food, efficient service. Best business lunch in midtown.

Tags: Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Romantic, People Watching, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch
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·Dined on September 23, 2017

I live out of town and came to the Midtown Cafe two years ago. I had the lobster Mac and Cheese but I think it was with a different fish. I loved it 2 years ago and was not disappointed again when I had it last week! Yummy:)

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Cozy
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Food was great, service was great....just a wonderful dinner with friends.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
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·Dined on September 23, 2017

Great food. Excellent service! We will diffently be back. Highly recommend

Tags: Comfort Food
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