Midtown Cafe

4.7
2214 reviews
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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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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful!!

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a
Dallas
14 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Food was disappointing overall, compared to the reviews. However the artichoke soup and Brussels sprouts were fantastic

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J
Atlanta
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We had a wonderful meal. Our server was EXCELLENT,she went over and above! Great dinner..great food and fabulous friends made for a great evening!

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M
Atlanta
60 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

This meal was just good.

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KC
Denver
10 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious dinner - always a winner! We always have a wonderful meal with excellent service at Midtown Cafe. We highly recommend this little gem in Nashville!

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JC
Nashville
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Midtown Cafe is one of the best local restaurants in Nashville. With traditional southern cuisine, great service, and a warm atmosphere, I enjoy dining here.

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Z
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Epic. Just fantastic.

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

Wonderful as always.

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DN
Nashville
13 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a top choice for business or pleasure. Great food and great atmosphere. I love that you can actually have a conversation over lunch without being drowned out by music. Service is always great and the food has never disappointed.

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BP
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had an excellent meal and they were very friendly. The Brussel Sprouts were very good!

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JW
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 5ambience 5

As a vegan, I can typically order sides and salad or pasta and be thrilled in an award-winning restaurant. But, my overdone Brussel sprouts dish was a disappointment: a few raw pieces of Granny Smith apple, 3 walnuts sprinkled on top didn't make it either tastier or beautiful. Our bottle of wine was fantastic and the server was exemplary, very seasoned, gracious and not meddlesome at all!

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G
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Good food and service. Was a bit loud for table conversation. They joined tables for out party and the bench seat was not level. I sat there so as not to bother our guests. Overall, a good experience; I’ll likely return. This was our second visit; it was better the first time.

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DS
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Unbelievable lemon artichoke cream based soup. I had the chicken saltimboca

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RN
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and great service - I would definitely recommend this to anyone looking for a nice place.

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s
Nashville
8 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful service!!

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OT
Oklahoma City
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great service and food

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SA
Nashville
3 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Midtown is always a delight! Servers are wonderful. We love the convenience of having the shuttle available.

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TM
Tallahassee
2 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Best shrimp and grits I ever had!

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CG
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was awesome! I highly recommend this place!

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s
Nashville
2 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always wonderful! Great service, good recommendations and excellent food.

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IG
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

Slow service and quite simply some of the pest food we have eaten in the Nashville area. We were fooled by the declarations that they are in the top 50 restaurants. Poor food and a restaurant to avoid

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St. Louis
5 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing. The fried Brussel sprouts was delicious. Mussels were plentiful and great. Across the street from the courtyard Vanderbilt. Walk to the original Gigi,s cupcakes for dessert. Highly recommend midtown cafe.

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DM
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We have gone to Midtown Cafe for years. Live in southern CA so hadn’t been for over six years, but it was still excellent. The shrimp and grits were yummy as were the scallops!

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OT
Nashville
4 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Our server, Dale, was very good. In the past we have been served by Lynn and she, too, did an awesome job taking care of us.

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CH
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing. I got the special which was sea bass and it was so good. I also got the shrimp and grits and they were good. Definitely worth going to. The ambiance could use a little pick me up but maybe that’s why it’s so good because it’s more focused on the food. The chocolate lava cake was also really good and I usually don’t love lava cake.

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

Food was excellent. Service was better. It is always a great go to for quality and value!

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n
Nashville
6 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

Service was top notch! My friend had the salmon which she loved. I was a bit disappointed in my sea bass. It was cooked fine, but seemed greasy and definitely fishy tasting. The mashed potatoes and julienned vegetables were good, but the fresh coconut layer cake was the star of the show.

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JB
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Meal was delicious, as always. Service friendly and responsive. Long time customer.

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Nice, quiet atmosphere with excellent service and fantastic food! Would return here again and highly recommend!

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BB
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite restaurant in Nashville!! Great food, great service!

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B
Atlanta
31 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We can’t to Nashville for a few days . Ran across this neighborhood gem . Great service and good food .
A little high prices but you do get a lot of food.

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SA
Columbus
26 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We live in Columbus Ohio and visit Nashville every couple of years. We always have dinner at Midtown Cafe - the food and service is excellent. This time we spent quite a bit of time talking to James, our waiter and, as usual, felt right at home. The trout and pork dinners were delicious and, as James described, a “southern portion” (more than enough!). We’ll definitely be back during our next visit

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FD
Nashville
8 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We all enjoyed!

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f
Nashville
17 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We come here so often and always LOVE it, but we thought we would try one of the new restaurants in the Nashville area. After looking at other restaurant menus, parking issues, and so-so reviews, we landed right back at Midtown Cafe. It never disappoints and it truly one of THE TOP restaurants in Nashville. Excellent menu, and always numerous daily specials. Randy Rayburn and his staff are the best of the best.

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ST
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

We have always enjoyed Midtown Cafe. This visit wasn't as perfect as usual. First, the dish I ordered was delicious, however, the grilled salmon atop it was barely cooked, and had to be sent back to complete. Thankfully, I was able to enjoy the pasta and vegetables while waiting. As a dish, I would definitely recommend the Meditteranean Pasta. The shrimp and grits my husband ordered were perfect. We ordered coffee afterward, and it was served with cream, but no spoons. We requested them twice, which were never brought. We eventually went to the bar and retrieved them. Our valet was very friendly and personable.
Overall, it was a good visit, and we will return.

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V
Nashville
2 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Had an excellent salmon omelette with fresh fruit. Service was great. My only issue was the noise level as it was difficult to hear my dining companions at times. But, I’ll definitely be back!

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T
Nashville
15 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

I was expecting much better based on the number of reviews. We were there for lunch and it was busy. Parking is a challenge (valet only) and it was backed up. Tables are tight. Food is so-so...not equal to the price. Not horrible...but not great.

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Raleigh
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food.

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious food with an outstanding presentation on all dishes. Quiet, comfortable and classy. Soft jazz music in the background. Waitstaff was friendly, courteous and very knowledgeable about the menu. The shuttle driver to and from the restaurant back to our hotel was very engaging. He also provided us with some history and pointed out landmarks during the drive.

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MW
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful anniversary dinner with my wife. Parking and valeting was a little confusing because the attendant wasn't outside. Seated before our time and food came a perfect intervals. Brussel sprouts and soup was fabulous to begin the night.

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