Cafe Society

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$30 and under
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American
Celebrating 30 plus years in business, Michel Leny first opened Café Society in 1987! He was inspired by his father, Maurice Leny, a Chef at Maxim's in Paris. October 2007 welcomed new owner, Chef Cullen Kent, graduate of Le Cordon Bleu in Paris. In March of 2019 John Taylor stepped in as the new head chef and promises to bring many exciting new changes!
Located in the heart of the beautiful Evergreen Historic District in Midtown Memphis, Café Society is affectionately known to many Memphians as simply Cafe and continues to be a favorite of many of its midtown neighbors.

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4.2based on recent ratings
4.2
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4.3
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4.2
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3.9
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KathyK
Nashville
1 review
Dined on 12 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food served by an attentive staff in a warm, low-key space.

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MichaelG
Memphis
3 reviews
Dined on 2 March 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

I have been going to Cafe Society two to four times a month for 18 years. It has always been excellent in all aspects for a quiet business lunch or dinner.

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dewey
1 review
Dined on 25 February 2020
Overall2food1service4ambience2

the duck was tough and the sea bass with the jalapeno grits need something to pair down the spicy. the beet salad was very good

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OpenTable Diner
Memphis
4 reviews
Dined on 20 February 2020
Overall4food2service4ambience4

We came for our 10th wedding anniversary. We were immediately greeted by the host with a “happy anniversary”. The ambiance was nice, dimly lit and comfortable. I ordered seafood bisque and my husband got Cesar salad to start. They were both good. He ordered the 16 oz steak with garlic mashed potatoes and i ordered the duck with sweet potato gnocchi and a lobster tail on the side. I also ordered a few drinks. The appetizers came out quickly. My husband & i were talking to each other & didn’t realize how much time had gone by. After my second drink, the server asked if i wanted another. I said no, I’ll wait for my food. He says, “well at this point you’re only paying for drinks. Your meal has been compensated.” We didn’t understand why until he mentioned the food was taking too long to come out because some had been burned, forgotten, and had to be prepared again. I thought it was great that they went ahead and took care of this without us having to complain or covering up their mistake. When we did get our food, my husband very much enjoyed his steak but his mashed potatoes were cold. My duck was very nicely cooked but bland in taste. We shared the brandy Alexander for dessert.
Our server was great. We might return again but only because of the great customer service. Hopefully our food will be better the second time.

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OpenTable Diner
Western KY
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Good service and food

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OpenTable Diner
Memphis
14 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Valentine’s Day dinner with my wife Friday...the 4-course meal was amazing and the service was spot on!

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OpenTable Diner
Memphis
1 review
Dined on 13 February 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience1

It is interesting to sit down in a restaurant and hear the chef complaining about filling orders in a loud and vulgar manner. The waiter tried his best but it was his first week.

We had smoked gouda mac, steak and asparagus, and the bone-in chop and a baked sweet potato. We also had a bottle of Bordeaux. The best part of this meal was the sweet potato and the Bordeaux.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on 12 February 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I think they must be having financial troubles. The wine I ordered, they were out of. The appetizer I ordered, they were out of. The entre I ordered, they were out of. Comical if not true. Restaurant was virtually empty, I had to search for someone to seat us. I should have known better when there were so many available time slots. Only consolation was the Hailbut was very good.

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OpenTable Diner
Memphis
2 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Early Valentines dinner

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vipOpenTable Diner
Memphis
2 reviews
Dined on 20 January 2020
Overall1food1service2ambience1

We are new to Memphis and we like trying new restaurants. This restaurant has potential; great location and a well-rounded menu. However, the bar attached to the restaurant allows smoking and you can smell it inside the restaurant. Also, there's carpet in the restaurant which I'm sure is why there's a lingering smell. Also, the lighting is horrendous. Very bright light for dinner is so unappetizing. Sorry Cafe Society, we will not be back.

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gregd
Memphis
21 reviews
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time visit but will definitely be back. Great food and service.

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PeggyM
Memphis
4 reviews
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first visit, and we will definitely be back! The food was delicious and the service was wonderful! They have some music playing in the background but still quiet enough to hold a normal conversation.

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MichaelJ
Memphis
2 reviews
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

We have been many times to Cafe Society but this visit was not up to their usual standards. Nothing was seasoned well. Usually the shrimp with horseradish has a bit to it, but was bland. Even the main courses needed salt and I had orzo that should be salted when cooking. Forgot to bring out drawn butter with lobster. Bread that came with appetizer was stale. Bread with meal was good but cold. We had Italian coffee with Baileys and Kalua but was skimpy on liquor. Can't recommend again until they get their act back together.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a lovely time.

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Gary
Memphis
10 reviews
Dined on 3 January 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

If this was a meal at someones home it would have been very good. With the competition that exists in Memphis, the flavors were just not exceptional in any way. The cocktails were in tiny glasses and less than half full. The prices were top shelf. We hadn't been there in a while and it will be a while before we'll be back.

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PiperT
Memphis
6 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Everything was very good. The hostess was a bit surly and didn’t smile. The food was wonderful. My only suggestion is the Gouda Mac and cheese lacked flavor and was very dry, needed more cheese sauce

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OpenTable Diner
Indiana
1 review
Dined on 27 December 2019
Overall1food1service3ambience2

There was something off from the start. We entered and the hostess was not welcoming. We considered leaving at that point - follow your instincts. The appetizer was fine. The entrees were worse than what we would make at home. The server apologized for the food and took one of the meals off. I sent the part of the other meal back. My salmon was badly overcooked and the sauces were cold and poorly made. The veal piccata had no piccata and the pasta was a solid glob. This meal was no where near good or worth the $80 that was spent.

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vipEDGAR
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on 22 December 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience4

We were very disappointed. Steaks were cold, tough and gristly. Salmon was hot and delicious, however. This used to be a fine establishment, but I can’t see myself going back, unfortunately.

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JF71
1 review
Dined on 19 December 2019
Overall3food3service1ambience3

1st, let me start off by saying that I used to work as a server in the restaurant industry in Memphis at multiple fine dining restaurants. With that said, the service the other night, Thursday, was horrible. The restaurant was not busy so I am not sure what the issue was. Our server was not very knowledgeable about the menu. In addition, she was not very attentive to our table to the point where myself and another guest waited for several minutes for our EMPTY drink glasses to be refilled. When they were filled, they were filled by another server. Further, we ordered dessert and after waiting 15 minutes and never receiving it, we had to "find" our server to let her know that we needed to leave because we had Theatre tickets. We ended up getting the desserts "to go". As far as the food, it was good but nothing special. Overall, for a fine dining restaurant, this experience left a lot to be desired.

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AnnetteD
Memphis
2 reviews
Dined on 7 December 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

First time at this restaurant, dinner for 6 before a show at the Orpheum. We really enjoyed it! It was quaint, quiet, cozy, pretty grey striped napkins, pretty table, great tasting food! We all got something different and our favorites as a group were the scallops, the mac & cheese, and the brussels sprouts were simply outstanding! Great service too! It's a little bit pricey for the amount of food but worth it for the quality and atmosphere. Everything was flavorful and delicious. I would recommend it for sure!

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BrettL
Memphis
13 reviews
Dined on 7 December 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

My friends and I were eating here before an event downtown. We were seated next to the party room before a party came in. The noise level was not onerous but it would have been great to sit somewhere else due to traffic and noise throughout our meal.

Food and service were great.

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vipMike
Nashville
8 reviews
Dined on 4 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Go there all the time. Consistently good

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OpenTable Diner
Memphis
7 reviews
Dined on 3 December 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great food, but space was almost too quiet, making it lack some energy.

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PatriciaW
1 review
Dined on 28 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great, even though some items were not available. It was Thanksgiving and our time was 6:30, so this was not really a problem for me. The waitress was outstanding. I would go there again.

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JeffreyB
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

We didn’t complain about the charcuterie, but should have. We were served cold cuts and cheese as if they came from the supermarket. We truly couldn’t believe how bad it was. The pear salad was fine.

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vipMrss87762
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience1

Place is rather run down. Very small menu. Food very ordinary for the price.

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Bluzcity
Memphis
8 reviews
Dined on 15 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had Salmon over veggies in a broth. It was tender, delicious, fish cooked perfectly. Be sure to get a basket of fresh hot bread to sop up the goodness!

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Austin
Memphis
1 review
Dined on 14 November 2019
Overall2food3service3ambience1

Upon entering the restaurant, one is assailed by cigarette/cigar odors emanating from the attached bar. Even in the dining area, the smokey smell persists making it difficult to enjoy the dining experience. The bar should be non-smoking or detached entirely from the restaurant (ie. no door opening to common restrooms to allow smoke into the restaurant area).

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vipGalenH
Memphis
7 reviews
Dined on 7 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Best corn chowder ever.

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mikep
Memphis
1 review
Dined on 3 November 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience4

It must have been an off night (Sunday). We were the only ones there. The service was courteous but slow and incomplete. The food was excellent, but it took a long time to arrive. Bread was not offered at all and when we asked for it we were brought cold bread right out of the refrigerator. Historically, this has been an excellent restaurant, and our family has celebrated many events there, so I hope our experience will be better next time.

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LoriG
Memphis
2 reviews
Dined on 25 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Waitress very pleasant. Quiet and food was excellent!

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JudeeS
New Orleans
6 reviews
Dined on 6 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Rebecca was so gracious and delightful. She offered suggestions and recommendations for our meal and even gave us suggestions on other places to try while we were in Memphis. The food was fabulous and the wine selections were great. Will definitely go back if we’re ever in Memphis again.

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ClarenceD
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience4

When I pay $250 for three people at dinner I expect better than we received. We have eaten there 30 plus times over the years and never had a bad experience. The charcuterie appetizer plate was amazing. The salads were good. When our meals finally arrived our food was barely warm. My wife and I had "salt encrusted" baked potatoes with our entrees that had no salt on them whatever and they were cold as was my steak. I sat, having to wait as my wife and son ate while my meal was stuck in the micro wave. My son had the Veal Piccata and it had been sitting so long that the sauce had "broken." I think our meals sat for a while before we were served. This was our birthday dinner. I still love the place but we were very unhappy with our experience. Memphis has better choices.

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toddb
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

the caesar salad seemed to be soaked in dressing. To much for my taste.

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OpenTable Diner
Memphis
3 reviews
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall3food4service5ambience1

I was at this restaurant 15-16 years ago. It had a wonderful, classy atmosphere with a grand piano and someone playing during dinner. This time a walked into a different door and the place smelled overwhelmingly of smoke do to their bar area and the place was dead. I was so disappointed.
The food was pretty good and the wait staff was excellent. They did everything they could to make our dinner enjoyable but the lack of ambience made it disappointing. It made me sad because I used to love how elegant this place was

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vipkaren
Nashville
41 reviews
Dined on 13 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place has passed the test of time well, but I was disappointed, after not having been there in years, to find a hardly French AT ALL menu😳
No escargot, no paté, no confit de canard, etc.....
our meal was excellent, but still.....

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vipbarbarac
Memphis
2 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

I had not been to Cafe Society for dinner in awhile but after having a really nice lunch there decided to go for dinner. It's under new ownership with a new chef and the service and food were excellent. The crabmeat croquettes and watermelon salad were superb!

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JudyG
Nashville
5 reviews
Dined on 5 September 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Service was excellent - very friendly and accommodating for our needs. The room is kind of drab and could use some spiffing up to be more inviting. The food was excellent! Thanks!

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RubyB
Memphis
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cafe Society restaurant is a great place to meet for a meeting . It is centrally located and has awesome food. The service is on point and the value is accommodating.

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Picky12
Mississippi
4 reviews
Dined on 4 September 2019
Overall2food1service3ambience2

We have been to Cafe Society a couple of years ago. The food was good then. Unfortunately, that’s no longer the case.
My fish was just so-so & the baked potato was old. My husband’s food (crab croquettes) was over cooked.
However, our server did a good job.
I doubt that we will return.

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Cafe Society offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (901) 722-2177.

Cafe Society is rated 4.2 stars by 632 OpenTable diners.

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