About Midtown Grille
Tucked away in Raleigh’s Lassiter District in North Hills, Midtown Grille is an upscale, comfortable neighborhood restaurant featuring Contemporary American cuisine. Locally owned since 2006, Midtown offers sophisticated, yet approachable dishes, emphasizing locally sourced ingredients. The menu is driven by new Executive Chef John Childers coming from the Forbes Five Star, AAA Five Diamond Herons at the Umstead Hotel and Spa.
A favorite local spot, Midtown is open for brunch, lunch and dinner both indoors and on its large patio. A separate, enclosed dining room may be reserved for private events. The restaurant’s active late-night scene hints at Midtown’s exceptional bar; General Manager and Sommelier, Max Trujillo, oversees the extensive wine and beer lists and the outstanding handcrafted cocktails.
Contemporary American, American
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 3:00pm; Brunch: Saturday & Sunday 11:00am - 3:00pm
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
Bar 4pm - Midnight Weekdays and 4pm - 2:00am Weekends
Lassiter Mill Road
$31 to $50
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Live classical guitar from 12pm-2pm for Sunday Brunch.
Free North Hills public parking
Bus stop is 40 yards from front of restaurant.
Private Party Facilities:
Private party room seats up to 35 guests for dining.
Please contact Susan Alibrandi for any special requests.
Private Party Contact:
Susan Alibrandi: 919-782-2492x
Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
Please contact us with any special event requests.
Midtown Grille Ratings and Reviews
MG was great! We enjoyed it very much! V ...
MG was great! We enjoyed it very much! Very fancy Restuarant and the food we got was phenomenal! The calamari was the best we had, shrimp and grits and the salmon were on point too! Staff was great and helpful. Good spot. Highly recommend. Thank you!
Food and service here are excellent. Th ...
Food and service here are excellent. The wine by the glass menu features some excellent wines including some higher priced wines that normally are only sold by the bottle. Service is low key friendly and inobtrusive but still staying quite professional . A great place to have a nice lingering dining experience without having to shout at your table guests.
I went for lunch on a Saturday. I had ...
I went for lunch on a Saturday. I had looked up the lunch menu online and had decided I wanted to have the grilled ham and cheese sandwich, not realizing that the restaurant serves the brunch menu on both Saturday and Sunday. I had already had breakfast that morning and wasn't interested in breakfast-like items on the brunch menu so asked the server if I could order the grilled ham and cheese sandwich. She checked with the kitchen and they accommodated my request. I also ordered a biscuit and she confused the order and brought me a small muffin instead, but it looked and smelled good so I was happy to eat the muffin. I had a 3-oz. pour of a Leitz Riesling and a white Sangria, both of which I enjoyed. I have had lunch or dinner at this restaurant several times and the food has always been quite good.
We ate there last Saturday night for tri ...
We ate there last Saturday night for triangle restaurant week and were very disappointed. We ordered the salmon and had to send it back for being not done enough. But what really disappointed us was the serving size. I doubt the salmon was more than 3 oz. The same salmon is on the regular menu for $27, so no way our portion was what was regularly served. You expect to get normal portions at restaurant week. Also, the peach cobbler was made with canned peaches - a fine dining restaurant serving canned peaches? Peaches do come fresh frozen or the chef could have used any number of other fresh fruits instead. I highly doubt we'll ever go back.
We tried this place out for restaurant week and wasn't impressed at all. The food was mediocre and failed to peak any interest from our tastebuds. The pork cheek tasted very similar to bland pot roast and the peach cobbler would have been better eaten straight from the can. Not sure why a cobbler from a restaurant such as this would be made from canned peaches. Just disappointment from the start with the calamari that lacked any kind of crisp. Our food took an incredibly long time to cook which was surprising given we were ordering off the restaurant week menu. My recommendation would be for the owner and chef to stop what they are doing, read the Yelp reviews (which are eerily accurate), regroup and try again. The menu is in terrible need of an overhaul. And for goodness sake, put some smiles on those servers faces. They must be upset from the tipping which is no doubt due to the horrible food quality.
Great Food and Atmosphere
Great food and a nice quiet atmosphere. My husband and I went for our anniversary and it just happened to be during restaurant week, so we got to sample a few different things. We both had the salmon, which was divine...melted in your mouth like butter. It's quite expensive, but the food is great and so creatively put together. I also had their strawberry mojito that was very refreshing and delicious. They had a couple of very young staff members, including the hostess and the food runner, and my husband noted that the older staff members were actively teaching them and showing them how to do things, which was nice. We wondered if they have some kind of fine-dining apprenticeship program.
Disappointing Dining Experience & Expensive
I was my wife's birthday were looking forward to a special dining experience. We were both greatly disappointed in all aspects of the meal.
We felt the menu was far too limited and didn't offer much variety. You were kind of "stuck" with a few choices; none of which seemed very appealing. Should have left at that point. Service was very slow, only one waitress was handling all of the outside seating area.
We ordered drinks. Mine, called a Boulevardier, was not something I would ever want again. I drank half of it and then ordered a Canadian Club & 7 (which was changed to Crown Royal without asking me) and my wife ordered a margarita. We were stunned to see on the bill later that they charged $8 for the margarita and an additional $3 for the tequila - always thought you had to have tequila to have a margarita!)
As for the food... the bread was dry, hard, and without much taste. However, both of our salads were fresh and quite good (Romaine Hearts and Iceberg).
I ordered from a fixed menu (starter, salad, main, and dessert). They did not have one of the starters (Crispy Calamari) but did not offer an alternative, so I was "stuck" with something I didn't really want. As for Mains - My wife went with Chicken (not seeing anything else she might like on the menu) and I went with Pork Cheeks (which the waitress said were very popular and fall apart with your fork). The chicken was okay, but nothing special. The pork cheeks were extremely tough (had to use a knife to cut them - not my fork) and not very flavorful.
The Peach Cobbler was very good. We shared it. This was a highlight of the meal.
Not sure how this mess ended up costing us $50 each... but this was clearly the most disappointing dining experience we've had in a long, long time... perhaps ever.
We obviously aren't the clientele Midtown Grill is targeting.
Thank goodness there are so many better dining experiences available in Raleigh.
Very disappointing as of late.
This used to be one of our favorite special occassion restaurants. Food, service and atmosphere was always enjoyable. Serivce is still very good, however, we were so very dissappointed with our last meal. Two of our three fish entrees were undercooked. The thirds person had already finished their meal by the time our entrees came back. The kitchen had reheated the same piece of fish that they had miscooked the first time and replated it, but not bothered to reheat our side dishes. Absolutely unacceptable at those prices. We were very disappointed. We will not be back any time soon.
Meals for the entire day!
Midtown Grille is one of my favorite Raleigh restaurants. I have been an avid dinner attendee due to the restaurant's duck entrees all the way down to the butter for the bread. For some reason it took me until this past Easter Sunday to visit for brunch. I realized I was really missing out, as should be expected. The brunch menu is all of your classics with subtle southern twists. The prices are competitive (I would have expected higher prices based on my typical dinner bill). One of my favorite parts of the meal at Midtown is the bread and butter, and of course brunch is no exception. You start your meal with a great raisin, cinnamon and brown sugar muffin (which I could eat as my meal). The waffles paired well with the old fashioned and was split perfectly between two guests. Will definitely be back again for brunch!
Overall Good Night
Midtowne Grille has a nice ambiance, and pleasant staff greeted us at the door. We sat at the bar for cocktails before dinner, and had a great time.
Our appetizers were very good, but Dinner was just okay. Our party of four had a variety of choices (burger, chicken entree, pork cheeks, beef entree) that were good, the chicken being the best among them. The burger could have been from anywhere; the pork cheeks were tender but the grits under them were the best part of the dish.
As a former wait staff/server, I'm a stickler for service; it was great here. Everyone from the moment we walked in the door was friendly and fun. The staff at Midtowne made an average experience a good one!
Great Food/bumpy ride
Great food and atmosphere and polite staff. The only drawback was that our table was squeezed into a very frequent walkway zone for the staff, and in spite of my chair being pushed in as far as possible, the back of my chair was bumped at least 30 times without any apologies by the staff. We asked about being placed in another table, but all were taken. If you make reservations here, please request to not get this table!!
Always great food and service!
We often go to Midtown Grille for business lunches and dinners. The food is always excellent and the service is spot on. They are always around at the right time when you need something without ever being bothersome. The staple things on the menu are very good and have never gone wrong with one of the chef's specials. Highly recommend for any occasion.
Great environment, food a little inconsistent
We are generally fans of this restaurant - we love the ambiance (a nice restaurant but cozy), and the service is excellent. However, we went this time on Valentine's Day, and I have to say we weren't blown away by the food. The menu was unusually challenging for us as pescaterians with few options not including meat, more of an issue than we remember, and our shrimp and grits was underwhelming. The flavor was fairly bland, and the quantity did not remotely justify what I think was a very overinflated price. We very much enjoyed the ricotta gnocchi with mustard that we had for an appetizer, but we left talking more about the disappointment with our entrees.
Because we really like the restaurant based on past experiences, I'm certainly hoping it was a blip of mediocrity that we won't run into when we return or we might have to take it off our list.
Service good, cold, food not good.
We went with another couple on Saturday evening...sat in the middle so every time the door opened there was a cold breeze...both of the men ordered the oysters and they were not good...very breaded and couldn't tell they were oysters...might have been old chicken...wives said their salads were very ordinary...overall, not worth the money.
Better than I had remembered!
My only complaints were 1)calamari has been removed from the menu & 2)the menu is VERY limited. Our table ordered everything from duck to filet to chicken & all were very good. Desserts were also better than expected! Delicious cheesecake & apple crisp.
We have dined at MTG several times and i ...
We have dined at MTG several times and it is slipping. The menu has shifted from fine dining to a very limited and unimpressive menu. The execution was even poorer. The food was striving to be creative but was in-cohesive and not well executed. The service matched the food with not being knowledgable and inattentive. The new chef is not an improvement and until we see changes we won't be back.
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