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..
Southern, Contemporary American, Continental
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 2.30pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday 4:30pm-9pm & Friday / Saturday 4:30pm - 10pm
Between West End & Broadway
$31 to $50
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
No live entertainment.
No offsite catering.
Self parking available in adjacent pay & on the street.
At 19th & West End 50 yards from building.
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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email owner / proprietor Randy Rayburn at Randy@sunsetgrill.com
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Midtown Cafe Ratings and Reviews
We went for an anniversary which happene ...
We went for an anniversary which happened to be during Restaurant Week (Three cheers for Nashville Originals, love those locally owned venues.) Lucky us. We picked from the three course special menu and were very pleased. We also did the special wine pairing. The shrimp and grits were wonderful. Doug provided great service. I have never been disappointed here.
We celebrated our 49th wedding anniversa ...
We celebrated our 49th wedding anniversary at our favorite Midtown Cafe. This was Restaurant Week and we had their special three course dinner. The food as always was excellent and our server was most attentive. This is a go to restaurant for a quiet, romantic meal where conversation and great food can be enjoyed. We have been going to this local food spot since it opened.
We came for restaurant week and we we ve ...
We came for restaurant week and we we very impressed with the food and portions for the price. What lacked was the service. We had a 7:45 reservation but did not get sat until around 8:15. There was another 3 top that arrived around 8 and were sat within 5 minutes. Even if they had an earlier reservation they arrived late and we should have been sat first. In the end that was irritating but we got drinks at the bar and were able to have good conversation with an excellent bartender. The big issue was that our server made us feel like a nuisance everytime we asked a question or asked for a recommendation. We brought a friend who was in town visiting who is a restaurant manager in SC and we were embarrassed by the end of the meal. We waited close to 18 minutes for our check and ran out of wine mid entrée. Our server never checked on us after the appetizer. A food runner brought our entrée as well as dessert which was supposed to be an option but they just brought out the tiramasu and we couldn't find our waiter to send it back. It's a shame because the food was good but we will never recommend it because the horrible service we received left a bad taste in our mouth.
I tried it during restaurant week with a ...
I tried it during restaurant week with a friend and at the end of the meal, we both wished that we had chosen another place. The service was great, parking was not a hassle, and it was a great style if place for a dnner with a friend of a date. The food was not amazing though. At best, it was mediocre. The appetizer was pretty good and it went steadily downhill from there. Its not a place that Id choose to return to.
We went there for Restaurant Week and ha ...
We went there for Restaurant Week and had the $30 fixed price menu, so this comes with a disclaimer that maybe the regular menu is better. Both our entrees were especially bland, the desserts were overly sweet, and all tasted like canned food. Even at this price point, I expect my food to taste better than a frozen dish I could get from the supermarket. The shrimp and grits starter was the exception, as the flavors blended nicely together, even though the grits were so hot I can only imagine they were microwaved (not that we really cared about that). The wine was also decent for the price. All in all, though, I can't imagine paying their regular menu prices for such disappointing food. We won't be coming back.
The food was very tasty. The short ribs ...
The food was very tasty. The short ribs were delicious as were the shrimp and grits! The spicy hummus was a tasty and unique starter and much better than the foie gras. The Lava cake was a sweet way to end our meal. The service was fabulous. A gem of a restaurant.
This is definitely a neighborhood gem. ...
This is definitely a neighborhood gem. The restaurant's tables are spaced enough so we felt privacy and noise level moderate which lends to good conversation. The menu is not extensive, but had good variety and excellent quality...loved the Shrimp N Grits and my husband has beef tenderloin. To top it off, their free shuttle service took us to our DT destination...nice perk.
Overall, it was a decent place to eat. S ...
Overall, it was a decent place to eat. Service and food were good but nothing special. The creme brûlée was by far my favorite! We had made a reservation the week before but they were backed up so didn't get seated until almost 45min after our scheduled time. They did give us free appetizers for our wait which was nice.
We've eaten at the Midtown Café a number ...
We've eaten at the Midtown Café a number of times -- it's always pretty much the same. OK food -- sometimes really good (but not often). This time I had the Mahi and grits -- good grits and exceptional haricot vert (perfectly cooked) but the Mahi was WAY overcooked. My wife had the chicken which she said was good but the portion size was typically southern -- TOO MUCH food. We're from Chattanooga and the Midtown Café is convenient to where we stay when in Nashville so we'll probably return.
We like this restaurant. Especially like ...
We like this restaurant. Especially like the gluten free and vegetarian choices. Unfortunately there was a large group of what appeared to be business people and they were very loud. We finally ate at the bar to distance ourselves from them.
This was a birthday celebration and ther ...
This was a birthday celebration and there were 8 of us - the separate dining area was unavailable. Our 2 and 4 year old grandchildren were visiting from Texas. Since we have no sitter, we called you and were assured that they would be welcome and could be served 'kid' food. Our waiter was superb and served chicken and pasta for them. They were pretty well behaved since we allowed them to watch a movie. Your making them welcome made the birthday celebration for the adults truly enjoyable.
Randy, the owner, has provided the Nashv ...
Randy, the owner, has provided the Nashville Music Industry Executives and artists an incredible "old school" intimate, germ free environment , fabulous Food & Drink, with exceptional for decades.
Has been my almost weekly haunt for decades!
Not for "the general public" looking for today's hot spot, please!!!!
Our Server was great! Caramel Habanero ...
Our Server was great!
Caramel Habanero Bread Pudding....WOW!
Don't be fooled by the modest look of the building....
Scallops were cooked to perfection! Lobster mac & cheese too.
Filet could have been a bit warmer, but still good.
Do yourself a favor and go!
It was a very nice experience with very ...
It was a very nice experience with very good food. It is kind of a quiet and sedate place. It has a long history so you know it has loyal customers. I love that it has the large bottles of san Pellegrino.I would definitely go back because there were a couple things on the menu that look terrific to me.
Midtown is consistently good, both the s ...
Midtown is consistently good, both the service and the food. The wait staff at Midtown knows the menu, and they deliver exceptionally great food with a "welcoming flair"--we always feel welcomed here. We don't go as often as we should--a function of age and location (there are many other, closer options), but it's definitely a favorite, and the Julia Child menu, set to end this week, is worth a look.
The food was fabulous. Service was good ...
The food was fabulous. Service was good but a little harried. Creme brûlée was very good. The special chocolate pot de creme, not so much. The biggest issue is the noise level. Surely there is some way to cut it down? Sound baffles?
We went with friends for a special occas ...
We went with friends for a special occasion and of course we were not disappointed. Everything was exceptional. The wait staff are always attentive without being pushy, just the right amount of notice to make you appreciate them. The Lemon Artichoke soup was had by all - one of them the first time; a big hit as always.
We couldn't have chosen a nice place to celebrate!
Service and food were outstanding. There ...
Service and food were outstanding. There was a special Salute to Julia Child's menu at the time - the Trout Almondine was exceptional. Everyone in our party enjoyed their meals!
Ambiance: We were a party of 9, and there were two other large parties of women ( bachelorettes, no doubt). With these three groups, there were only 6-7 tables left in the restaurant for other couples wishing to dine - the space is small. The restaurant was quiet, and when the parties of women toasted their glasses or laughed at a joke, all guests in the restaurant could hear. Maybe some louder music or white noise would help?
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