Cafe 4
Cafe 4

Cafe 4

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.cafe4ms.com/
  • Phone: (865)544-4144
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday-Thursday 7:00 AM- 9:30 PM

    Friday 7:00 AM-10:30 PM

    Saturday 9:00 AM-10:30 PM

    Sunday 9:00 AM-8:30 PM
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Comfort Food, Southern
  • Executive Chef: Lori Klonaris
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Liquor, Cafe, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Contact: Caitlin McCall 8655444199

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Union Avenue
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Free Parking in the Market Square Garage all evenings and weekends.
A word from Cafe 4
Café 4 is Knoxville's Hotest Downtown dining and entertainment experience. Come enjoy our true urban retreat, featuring Traditional Southern Comfort Foods with a Twist. Create memories in our comfortable dining room or relax on our heated and cooled outdoor patio overlooking the bustling Historic Market Square. Savor an entrée from our always-changing "seasonal menu", featuring Chef inspired Southern House made favorites. Chill out in the "Mezzanine Loft" for a great cup of coffee or latté’, a glass of Wine or one of 47 unique Beers. The "Mezzanine Loft" features a "Living Room" setting including free Wi-fi, making it the perfect place to just hang out with friends or family. Book the Square Room for your next special event or catch one of our many live concerts. Cafe' 4; a third place, neither home nor work, a place for nurturing community life and creative interaction, a place where strangers, neighbors, and friends gather to nourish the body and build relationships.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Cafe 4 reviews from OpenTable diners
74 reviews since June 3, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.4
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
97% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (38)special occasion (31)great for lunch (28)neighborhood gem (28)fit for foodies (25)romantic (25)hot spot (20)great for brunch (19)good for groups (19)kid-friendly (12)scenic view (12)notable wine list (5)late-night find (5)vibrant bar scene (4)Show More
  • Very nice
    Perl
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Everything was well cooked and executed. There is nothing here that is super creative or edgy but all was done well. I had the rib eye which was cooked exactly as ordered and nicely seasoned with a side of fairly bland broccoli and a great side of roasted brussel sprouts. My wife had the mac and cheese, which I tasted and was exceptional. She also had a side plate of vegetables which were good. Service was very good. Note - no license for hard liquor. Beer and wine only.
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  • Worth Repeating
    celiatn
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Tasty food; wide variety of offerings, from small plates to full dinners. Excellent wine (especially Tuesday with half-price bottles) list. Superb service. Very noisy
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Love the Mac-n-Cheese
    XXXXVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Best Mac-n-Cheese in the South. You really have to have it, diet or not.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great!
    Calr
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We loved our dinner salads and other items! They didn't have the s'mores cake, as they change the desserts, but it was ok.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Oh those cupcakes!
    reokoo
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    I loved my pecan crusted tilapia. Some of the food choices were a bit high in fat, but I found plenty to eat. My son love the grilled cheese dunkers for his tomato soup. We all had cupcakes for dessert - to die for! yummy.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Tasty
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Very good food and nice atmosphere. We enjoyed our dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Disappointing
    SeymourEatMore
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    My wife and I met our son and his girlfriend, who are students at UT, at Cafe 4 for brunch on Labor Day. It had been several weeks since we had seen the kids and we were really looking forward to catching up with them over a nice meal. I was very pleased when our table was ready right when we arrived at 1:30PM. We received our drink order and placed our order food order right away. It took a full 30 minutes for our food to be brought out to the table and during our long wait nobody came over to apologize for the delay or even acknowledge the delay. When the food finally came out it was cold and we had NO silverware to eat with for 5 more minutes. Manager gave us free dessert, apologized and blamed the poor service on being busy that day.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • FoodFantasy
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Very loud on Friday night. We could barley hear our own group talk.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great downtown gem!!
    TNMEN
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Great downtown restaurant. This is a must for good food and people watching. The patio is a lot of fun and food is even better. Clean and very inviting, very family friendly. Reservations highly recommended for special occasions and weekend dining.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fabulous lunch
    LucyMcBride
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    My team and I were attending a meeting at the Knoxville Convention Center and I went online looking for a nice place to take our group to lunch. I wanted something with fresh, excellent food, good ambiance and walking distance from our event. Plus two of our group are gluten free, so a gluten free menu would be a plus. Cafe 4 exceeded all of these requirements and left us full, happy and pleased. Our server, Taylor, was sweet and excellent at her job. The food was amazing, especially the gluten free options. We had the Parmesan truffle fries for an appetizer and they were to die for! We wanted to lick the bowl! And we had fabulous mimosas too! Thank you for a wonderful dining experience!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always the best
    Mxking
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    As usual it was great. The salads and flatbreads are outstanding. Sean our server was excellent. Overall, its still one of our favorite places on Market Square. We love it and have never had a bad meal. They could bring back the meatloaf! Maybe in the fall.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always excellent
    knoxnative
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Cafe 4 never let's us down. My boyfriend and I love the menu options and the atmosphere is fun but still allows you to feel like the only people in the room. The food is consistently high quality and the prices are reasonable. This is one of my favorite spots in knoxville.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Good upscale comfort food spot along Market Square. It also has a separate gluten-free menu for those who need it.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great find!
    Travelers
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Our table had an excellent view. Mac n cheese was delicious! Great location, too! Will come back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Great food and great service. The fried green tomato appetizer was superb, as well as our entrees. I highly recommend Cafe 4!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • knoxcanuck
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    The food is excellent. Never have had a bad meal or service. Love that it's on Market Square and can sit outside and people watch, or dine inside for a more intimate experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pete
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Good for pre-theatre dining. Pleasant but overworked staff
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Nothing spectacular and they need a better wine list but overall we had a really nice meal. Outdoor seating is great. Food was really good. Service was good but not great. Do have really good gluten free options.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fast service
    Thewineguy
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Good food quick service, would be improved by expanding the wine list. To few selections. We were there before a show.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love Cafe 4
    dininggal70
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    My husband and I have been to Cafe 4 several times. We have never been disappointed! Great food, friendly service and just the right ambiance for a couple's night out!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First Time, Great Find!
    steakmaster
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    This is just one of the many restaurants in downtown Knoxville on the the Square, but its menu is so unique from the others and that's what makes it one of my favorites that I will definitely return to in the future.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, good service
    knoxfoodie
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    They lost our order and didn't realize it for about 45 minutes--but were nice enough to comp the entire meal without us asking. The food was great as usual. The salmon is excellent as are most of the expensive entrees, but the burgers and sandwiches are just as good. We started with the blue cheese chips which are wonderful. Wish they had a larger selection of draft beers.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Good All Around
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Dined with 6 people and had a variety of burgers, cheese steak, shrimp and grits, calamari at the table. Everyone enjoyed their food, service was awesome, very friendly and just in time with everything. We sat outside around 6:00 pm on a Saturday so it was enjoyable watching the market square activities. Overall a very nice dinner.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love Cafe 4!
    blondieluwho
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    We've eaten at Cafe 4 several times. We love the entire dining experience at this restaurant...fabulous food, fabulous service. We definitely recommend Cafe 4!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 6-Star Food
    Shabot
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Service was a bit haphazard. Ordered bread, entrees, and mac and cheese. Entrees came first, bread came a distant second, and mac and cheese didn't come out until we asked for it. Was a bit envious watching server after server walk past with bread and/or mac and cheese and none of it was ours. Food made up for any lapse in service; server threw in some free desserts to make things right. Out-of-town visitor but I'd consider Café 4 for every meal during the visit. Or carry-out.
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  • this is my second time at Cafe 4
    julie
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    we are from Denver. The two times we had visited Knoxville we have eaten at Cafe 4. I would definitely make this a tradition.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great!
    annarome
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    The food was amazing at Cafe 4. I had the baja fish tacos, amazing. My husband had an egg scramble, he said it was good. Our server was a but abrupt though. He, I assume on accident, grabbed the menus forcefully from my husband and would slam things on the table. We suspect he was new. It was a great atmosphere! We will definitely go back!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    Great place to grab dinner. Staff and food was great.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • mass produced
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    Basically good, but too mass produced to earn high ratings. Some salad items were badly wilted and pork chop was excessively salted.
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  • Just as good second time
    CatMat
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    We enjoyed our second Cafe4 experience as well as the first. We were able to grab an outside table due to the threat of rain and enjoyed people watching on Market Square. We both ordered the Angus ribeye and it was very good ( mine at home are better but I say the same at Ruth's Chris and most places) We had reservations through OpenTable and were seated on arrival. The service was excellent even as the ice in our drinks melted quickly on the warm night.....someone always brought more. Two blocks from free State St parking and easy walk to the Tennessee Theater,Bijou,and in our case that night Regal Cinema. We'll go back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • everything was lovely!
    fungirlsnight
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    Staff was courteous and friendly. Outside dining was very calm and pleasing. Macaroni is worth every penny.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Twice as nice
    DoinTheSquare
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    Been here twice, both times for dinner. Made reservations online once, which was simple and straightforward. Not sure it was needed as there were plenty of open tables during our meal. Food was quite good as was the service. Menu is novel and interesting. Some in my party had the mac & cheese, which is a specialty. They weren't disappointed. Overall, very nice dining experience. Will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • fantastic food on the square
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/16/2014
    Loved our evening at cafe 4. Great food, service and ambience during outside on the square! Keep up the great, consistent service!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Southern food...done right
    Trac432
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    What a gem! I ordered a mac and cheese dish with bacon and french onions, and my husband ordered chicken and waffles. We both commented on how it was the best of both that we've ever had! Fabulous food!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fathers Day dinner - great!
    TapperMel
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Our family of 4 sat outside for dinner and had a great time sitting out on Market Square. The food was wonderful and we were seated right away.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 39 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 3, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 530 reviews are from the Cafe 4 reviews archive.
  • Tacos the size of a baseball glove!
    Parsley
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    We ordered fish tacos from the Small Plates menu. When they arrived each order was 3 huge tacos stuffed with crisp fried tilapia, shredded lettuce and other veggies, cheese and Mexican aioli. Not just big but delicious. Would definitely order again.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect day
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    Special day with my wife of 37 years and a Jersey Boys show. Had the best lunch at Cafe 4 before the show which made the whole day the best. Would highly recommend this cafe for any occasion.
    Special Features:
    Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion, Scenic View, Hot Spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • local customers
    georgeandjude07
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    great food, great service. extremely loud. not great acoustics. conversation was out of the question.
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great First Trip!
    CatMat
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    We dined there for the first time 5/3/14, a Saturday night before an 8PM show at the Tennessee Theater. We booked 5:45 reservations and were seated immediately on arrival despite it being a busy night . Would have loved outdoor seating on a beautiful night but alas it was full. The place was busy and loud but not annoying. We wanted to try everything on the menu which I would describe as sophisticated Southern with a French flair. The food was excellent as was the service. We had appetizer, 2 entrees and wine for a very reasonable $70 for the quality and went to the lounge upstairs to hang out with friends. Great location on Market Square within easy walking to the Tennessee Theater, Bijou, CLANCY's Tavern,Regal and free State St. parking.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, special occasion, Hot Spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Early dinner
    mak1
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    We ate after seeing Jersey Boys. Each member of our group had something different. I had the lobster bacon flatbread which was marvelous! I would get it again. My husband and I shared some mac and cheese that was absolutely the best.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic