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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Overall Rating

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food

4.6

service

4.7

ambience

4.4

value

4.4

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93% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (40)
Good for a Date (36)
Business Meals (34)
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Quiet Conversation (31)
Cozy (30)
Good for Anniversaries (29)
Pre/post Theatre (27)
Neighborhood Gem (26)
Fit for Foodies (25)
Great for Lunch (23)
Worth the Drive (23)
Creative Cuisine (22)
Good for Birthdays (21)
Casual (14)
Great for Brunch (12)
Notable Wine List (12)
Romantic (12)
Authentic (11)
Comfort Food (11)
Good for Groups (11)
Sunday Lunch (10)
Bar Seating (7)
Healthy (6)
Fun (5)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Hot Spot (4)
Late-night Find (4)
Local Ingredients (4)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Happy Hour (3)
People Watching (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Kid-friendly (2)
Seasonal (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
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vip
 (Nashville)·Dined 2 days ago

Had a business meeting at Midtown because it is the perfect spot to enjoy the food and talk seriously. Breakfast/brunch was delightful! Eggs and bacon were perfect, the omelette was devoured quickly and the oatmeal was superb. Food and service is ALWAYS great!!

Tags: Good for Groups, Quiet Conversation, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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 (Nashville)·Dined 4 days ago

Outstanding service and food always!!! Wonderful menu and reasonable prices for the quality of food and service. Ideal for business meetings or small gatherings with friends. One of my favorite restaurants to frequent!

Tags: Great for Brunch, Cozy, Great for Lunch
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 (Nashville)·Dined 4 days ago

An upscale atmosphere without feeling pretentious. The food was good and the presentation was pretty. A step up from the chain diners. The service was great.

Tags: Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Afternoon Tea, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 7, 2017

We had our annual Christmas Lunch this year with our friend. We all enjoyed the food we ordered and the presentations were nicely done. The server was attentive and helpful. Our main disappointment was that there were no holiday decorations either on the tables or on the walls. We concluded that the management did not want to offend anyone so chose no holiday decor.

Tags: Happy Hour, Great for Brunch, Fun, Afternoon Coffee, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Worth the Drive
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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 7, 2017

Every time I am in Nashville, I have dinner at the Midtown Cafe. The food and service are always outstanding. I especially recommend the Roasted Pork Tenderloin. The Mushroom Risotto is superb.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (Nashville)·Dined on December 6, 2017

As is their norm - an outstanding experience. The lemon artichoke soup is timeless. Enjoyed it over over 2 decades. Keep up the great work.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation
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 (Nashville)·Dined on December 5, 2017

There is a reason a restaurant lasts for close to 30 years. Midtown never disappoints -- the great menu makes it difficult to decide what you want, but whatever you choose will be excellent for sure. The atmosphere is perfect for conversation -- and the service top-notch.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on December 2, 2017

The food was great. The service attentive and friendly. The shuttle service was amazing! Had a fun night!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Good for a Date
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 (Greensboro)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Discovered this restaurant through Open Table. We were very glad to see they could accommodate our large party of nine on short notice. The food was great and the service was even better. The waitstaff was attentive to our needs and kept our drinks filled (always a plus in my book)! If I had to complain about something, I would say the portions could have been a little larger given the price paid, but other than that, I would definitely recommend to a friend!

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vip
 (Nashville)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Midtown Cafe is always my first choice for Nashville dining. Today's dinning experience was a business meeting and I am happy to say that it was a perfect atmosphere to conduct business. The food and service were great, as usual. The low key, intimate atmosphere allowed for conversation. Definitely a place to try out for business or pleasure.

Tags: Special Occasion, People Watching, Hot Spot, Paleo Friendly, Cozy, Late-night Find, Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch, Business Meals
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 (Dallas)·Dined on November 29, 2017

I occasionally am in Nashville and have found Midtown Cafe to be a perfect place for dinner or lunch. Service is excellent and the food is superb.

Tags: Business Meals, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Nashville)·Dined on November 28, 2017

Great native Nashville restaurant. Good food, good price.

Tags: Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Cozy
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 (Nashville)·Dined on November 28, 2017

This is one of the most reliably good restaurants in Nashville - always professional and accommodating and the food is always prepared beautifully!

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vip
 (Atlanta)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Great food and excellent service

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 (Nashville)·Dined on November 18, 2017

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 on November 15, 2017

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 on November 14, 2017

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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vip
 (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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vip
 (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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vip
 (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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vip
 (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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vip
 (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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vip
 (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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vip
 (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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vip
 (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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vip
 (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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vip
 (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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vip
 (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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