About Midtown Cafe
Nashville, TN 37203
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
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
Between West End & Broadway
$31 to $50
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
No live entertainment.
No offsite catering.
Self parking for breakfast weekdays 7am -110:30am. Valet only lunch & dinner. Paid parking in adjacent lots.
At 19th & West End 50 yards from building.
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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Midtown Cafe Ratings and Reviews
Dark and subdued decor. Lobster bisque was light on the lobster. Hummus and pita bread was bland and uninteresting. Salmon was adequate but essentially Cheddars quality. Black bean soup was very good. Service was attentive but not oppressive. Overpriced but most of Nashville eateries are that way. A decent alternative choice but down the list unless you are a multi- year regular and have an "in" with the establishment.
Midtown Cafe has been one of our favorites since moving to Nashville in 2003. We have never been disappointed. They offer shuttle service to the theater and symphony. Special occasions are "special" because the food is soooo good. We recommend the scallops!
Another fabulous meal at Midtown. When I saw they opened for breakfast I was excited to try it. The service was outstanding and she was very knowledgeable. I ordered the Nashville pig in the blanket which is two pork tenderloin biscuits, two fried eggs and my side was the Smoked Gouda grits, which I have been craving since I left. The entree also had two sauces, a sausage gravy (traditional) and an Alabama sauce, (vinegar based) I put one on one pork tenderloin biscuit and one on the other.... great variety. My friend had the eggs Benedict. It was equally as good. We will be returning soon.
We have been going to Midtown for years and have always had an excellent meal . Some of the entrees have gotten a little pricy, but it is still worth the visit. My wife loves the scallops which is served with lobster Mac and cheese and asparagus. I love the veal 3 ways. I have tried many of the entrees and cannot think of any that weren't delicious.
Food was okay, but too spicy for normal dining. (Pork tenderloin, not sure if it was sauce or risotto.). Service was great but table behind was so close, we could hear every word of their conversation and they never stopped. Also the tables are so close together it is hard to get in or out. Too much money to spend on food when it was just okay.
I had lunch with my two roommates from college, one I had not seen since 1973. Everything sounded good on the menu but the server helped me decide on the Southwestern Salad. It was perfect!. The lettuce was crisp and cold, the fried chicken on top was abundant and had a slight lemon flavor; there were black beans and bacon and cheese and a yummy spicy ranch. Midtown is a hidden jewel.
Randy Rayburn lives to please...and I am always welcomed personally and truly satisfied with the consistent service and cuisine. Traditional American fare with a flare. No surprises! Very convenient to West End and I 40, downtown. Quiet atmosphere where you can converse and not compete with the music or noise. A gem so appreciated!
My second time to Midtown Cafe. This time, my husband and I came to the restaurant for a Friday lunch date. We ordered the meatloaf and chef's special - an angel hair pasta dish with Alfredo sauce, fresh and salmon. The pasta dish was simply the best I've ever tasted - light and flavorful. My husband loved the meatloaf, which was served with mashed potatoes and roasted green beans - all cooked to perfection. And, the coffee and biscuits were delicious also. We were stunned the bill was below $40 for two sizable meals. The service was exceptional. Our waiter was attentive and friendly. Highly recommend Midtown Cafe for business meetings and for special occasions like our date.
I was entertaining a job candidate for breakfast and decided to give the Midtown a try. I have been here many times for lunch and dinner, but hadn't tried the new breakfast offering. I was just as impressed with breakfast as I have been with my lunch/dinner experiences. The food was amazing, with traditional, and not so traditional offerings. I had their version of pigs in a blanket: grilled pork tenderloin on the best biscuits I've ever had! They came with 2 eggs and a side. I chose the steel cut oats. Everything was fabulous. My candidate had the smoked salmon, capers, and cream cheese on a bagel, again with 2 eggs and a side. He chose the potatoes. I was amazed at the pile of salmon that was served on that bagel. We were both very pleased with our choices. The service was perfect, always around when needed, but no hovering to interrupt our conversation. There were several other occupied tables, but the noise level was low enough that we could carry on our conversation at a comfortable level. In fact we enjoyed our time so much that the time just flew by. We lost track of time and I was late getting him to his next appointment. Parking was a breeze as there were plenty of spaces in the lot behind the restaurant. I couldn't have asked for a better experience. Thank you Randy Rayburn for raising the bar on breakfast in Nashville!
This was my first trip to Midtown Cafe and I would definitely go back. We had dinner before seeing A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center. They offer a complementary shuttle if you eat there, which was a nice service. I arrived and our waiter was prompt and courteous. Unfortunately, there were issues in the kitchen and our meal was delayed. I honestly didn't notice though and credit our server for this. Never once did he seem overly stressed. He ensured that we ate prior to leaving for the performance and actually comped our meals. Not every restaurant would be gracious enough to give us our meal for free. I will definitely be back.
Went to Midtown Cafe for Restaurant Week. The Midtown Cafe produces great sampling of what they do at a fabulous price and we have been repeat visitors for this event. Their shrimp and grits was terrific. The short ribs were tender and nicely flavored. Topped off with the Jack Daniels pecan pie, the whole meal was outstanding Service is always great here. Nice wine list and they have house wines that are not only inexpensive, but good. Noise level borders on being a problem, but we managed to keep up a conversation at a table for 4 without having to speak louder than normal. Can highly recommend this restaurant.
Chose the Midtown Cafe for a Nashville Restaurant Week meal, and it was delicious! We went early because our friend can't tolerate a lot of noise, and the restaurant is essentially one large room. The price fixe menu was delicious - shrimp and grits, Osso Bucco, tiramisu - and bottles of house wine were priced at $20.17 as well. Our server was very attentive. It was a wonderful way to start the weekend!
We visited during Nashville Restaurant Week and were very pleased. The shrimp and grits we had as the appetizer had amazing flavor! The meal itself was excellent and the service was perfect (very attentive but not at all intrusive). The small negative for us was the ambiance. The space is not very large and tables are quite close together - in some cases literally inches apart. When the restaurant is busy as it was the night we visited, it can become a bit noisy and with an adjoining table of guests practically on top of you it can be difficult to have a private conversation. For us however, the quality of the meal and the service outweighed the noise and tight space and we will definitely go back.
I grew up in the same small town as Randy, and his admiration and respect for local, traditional ingredients shines brightly. The Midtown Café is a very special place. The food has always been outstanding. I was there for Restaurant Week dinner (~$55 for one drink and three-course prix-fixe, including tax and gratuity) and really enjoyed the shrimp and grits as well as the mahi-mahi. The Kahlua tiramisu was good, but nothing special. Overall, Midtown is an incredible spot to enjoy a nice lunch or a cozy dinner. Highly recommended in all respects.
Midtown has been the gold standard for great food and great service for years. The staff is attentive, knowledgeable and friendly. It is the go-to spot for breakfast, lunch and dinner. A special feature is free transportation to events downtown following dinner. It has been my special place for as long as I can remember.
I went to midtown cafe for an anniversary. I had the scallops w/ lobster mac n' cheese and asparagus. My boyfriend had the trout w/ spinach and potatoes. They were both great and the scallops were definitely worth the money. It was small and quaint and quiet enough to have conversation. Our waiter also provided us great service. I would recommend this restaurant to everyone and I will be going back. My only con is parking. They do have valet, but for people who do not want to use it, then it can be difficult to find parking without paying (not unusual for midtown though).
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