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Midtown Cafe

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102 19th AVE South, Off West-End, Between Vanderbilt And Downtown, Nashville, TN 37203
615-320-7176
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4:30 pm - 12:00 am
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Hours:
Mon - Fri 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Sat - Sun 4:30 pm - 12:00 am
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Reservations
Description: For 26 years, a top ranked locally and nationally casual fine dining...
For 26 years, a top ranked locally and nationally casual fine dining destination just off West End, offers iconic lunch and dinner signature dishes, Contemporary American cuisine and the finest local and seafood / beef / veal ingredients. Superlative service is by a veteran hospitality staff of professionals. Midtown Cafe offers free shuttle service from downtown hotels and to local performance venues including Bridgestone, Ryman, Schemerhorn, TPAC after dinner with reservations. A fantastic wine list includes 40+ glass selections and 150 bottles, and a multi-course "Tasting Menu" that changes nightly and is available a la carte.
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  • 131
    Excellent
  • 46
    Very good
  • 26
    Average
  • 11
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Doesn't get better than this

It doesn't get better than Midtown. Famed Nashville restaurateur Randy Rayburn is at the peak of his form in this fabulous restaurant. The food is exquisite and everyone here aims to please. Please don't try to live in or visit Nashville without going to Midtown. Terrific for romance, business, or... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 20, 2015
mn615cat
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Nashville, Tennessee
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
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Nashville, Tennessee
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18 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

It doesn't get better than Midtown. Famed Nashville restaurateur Randy Rayburn is at the peak of his form in this fabulous restaurant. The food is exquisite and everyone here aims to please. Please don't try to live in or visit Nashville without going to Midtown. Terrific for romance, business, or dinner with friends or family. Fine dining in a place... More 

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Nashville, Tennessee
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7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

Being a native of Nashville we thought we would give this a try. Read the reviews and were very excited about the meal but it was a disappointment. We started with the french onion soup, which was good, and also the beef carpaccio, which was also good, but very portion controlled. Next we moved on to the entrees, I had... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

One of the best restaurants in town. Lemon artichoke soup is the best. Service is great. Atmosphere is southern cozy.

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Plainfield, Indiana, United States
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

Looks like a hole-in-the-wall, but it's definitely not. Food is amazing, servers are first class and you never know who you may run into while dining. We sat next to The Band Perry during one of our visits.

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Wallingford, Connecticut, United States
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8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

We walked by Midtown on our way to Vanderbilt and decided to check it out for dinner. The food was excellent. We sat outside and had some of the specialty drinks which were refreshing. The food was delicious and the wait staff were very friendly. It was fun to watch the street traffics while we enjoyed our dinner. Highly recommend.

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Bellingham, Washington
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60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

This was such a pleasant surprise. From the outside, it has the look of maybe a hole-in-the-wall breakfast joint, but as soon as you walk in, you're in for a treat. It has a romantic, well-designed atmosphere with tasteful decor. The service was phenomenal and prompt. And the FOOD! Delicious. This restaurant completely won me over. I'll be back.

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Brentwood, Tennessee
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34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

The Good: The best good I could mention; the food! The food was exceptional. As you may see from my reviews, I dine out a lot. I had the Ahi Tuna and it was literally the best I ever had. The texture and freshness and seasoning were exceptional. I also had a perfectly made martini. Appetizers were great also and... More 

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Ohio
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34 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

Don't judge the book by its cover. Not a great external appearance. The chicken piccata is awesome. Best I have ever had. A little dated on the interior but a solid food choice.

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Seneca Falls, New York
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25 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

We were told about this "Julia Child's" inspired Restaurant by friends and we were not disappointed! The wine selection, outstanding menu and wonderful service made our experience so fun! There were 5 of us and they new we had a time crunch and they were very accommodating. The Chicken Piccata was so delicious and the mushroom Risotto excellent!! We wish... More 

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nashville
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28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2015

This was the first time eating at this establishment. The staff are knowledgeable and very friendly. The food was fit for a king.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 102 19th AVE South, Off West-End, Between Vanderbilt And Downtown, Nashville, TN 37203
  • Location: United States  >  Tennessee (TN)  >  Nashville
  • Phone Number: 615-320-7176

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 20 - 80
  • Cuisine: American, Contemporary

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Romantic, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions

Description

For 26 years, a top ranked locally and nationally casual fine dining destination just off West End, offers iconic lunch and dinner signature dishes, Contemporary American cuisine and the finest local and seafood / beef / veal ingredients. Superlative service is by a veteran hospitality staff of professionals. Midtown Cafe offers free shuttle service from downtown hotels and to local performance venues including Bridgestone, Ryman, Schemerhorn, TPAC after dinner with reservations. A fantastic wine list includes 40+ glass selections and 150 bottles, and a multi-course "Tasting Menu" that changes nightly and is available a la carte.
Open Hours
Sunday
4:30 pm - 12:00 am
Monday
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Tuesday
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Wednesday
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Thursday
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Friday
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Saturday
4:30 pm - 12:00 am

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?