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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Cafe 4 reviews from OpenTable diners
66 reviews since July 30, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.2
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (31)great for outdoor dining (28)fit for foodies (27)romantic (23)good for groups (23)special occasion (20)great for lunch (20)hot spot (20)great for brunch (15)scenic view (7)late-night find (7)kid-friendly (6)notable wine list (4)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    Good place to come on a chilly night before an evening downtown. We sampled sandwiches (pimento cheese with fried green tomatoes and the Reuben). Everything was good and served hot. The server was attentive and gave me a free cup of coffee when he forgot the order. Ask to sit by the windows so you can people watch on the mall.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not suitable for business dinners
    notagain
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    Terrible seating for our party of 5....a chair shoved into a booth and refused to move us.. very ordinary menu ...bar food. I was embarrassed to bring business colleagues in. I won't be back for dinner...It's strictly a lunch spot
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food, good value
    Swinny
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    We enjoyed our dinner at Cafe 4. It's a great location and a lot of variety on the menu. The dessert list is amazing too!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • In the heart of market square
    lynnew
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Last minute decided to eat there. Service was good. Beer was cold. Ordered 3 appetizers - Artichoke flatbread (the best of the 3), Pimento Cheese Fritters (ok) and the Truffle Parmesan Fries (teenagers favorite).
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A great spot
    NicknameVIP
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    It was our first time here and we relied on Open Table reviews to pick our spot. The reviews were spot-on! We absolutely loved the location, the restaurant, the food and especially the service! We had a glass of wine in the upstairs area while waiting for our table to be ready and even enjoyed the wait! We're from out of town and visit Knoxville quarterly and will be SURE to always include Cafe 4 for our dinner plans. Wonderful!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • LOVED IT
    Belle18
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    My boyfriend and I went and absolutely loved everything about the experience. The lighting inside is perfect for that romantic feel. The food was so good we couldn't eat it all. We are definitely returning to this wonderful spot in Market Square.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • GREAT NIGHT!!!
    BakeryBabe
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    I was only going to be in Knoxville for the evening and was looking for a place to dine close to the Bijou Theater. I feel like I struck gold with Café 4. The atmosphere was wonderful, even though the restaurant was close to capacity, my dinner companion and I had no trouble having a conversation. Our server was very friendly and efficient. The food was delicious, started with the pimento cheese fritters, tomato soup, Caesar salad, Baja fish tacos and chicken and waffles. All of which were prepared perfectly. I only wish I had left some room to try one of their fabulous looking desserts but that will have to wait for the next visit, which I can assure you there will be one.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best restaurant in Knoxville
    Rallen
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    I visit Knoxville 6-7 times per year and always go to Cafe 4. Knoxville has a lot of great restaurants but Cafe 4 is my favorite. Great shrimp and grits , fried green tomatoes , Mac and cheese and decadent desserts. Friendly service and on a nice night eat outdoors and people watch on market square. I wish we had a cafe 4 in New York City ? If you haven't been you must go!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    My wife and I picked Cafe 4 for dinner on our evening out. I had the maple pecan salmon, and she had the grilled chicken sandwich. Both were fantastic. For dessert, she selected the apple crisp, and I had the Jack & Coke cupcake -- easily the best cupcake I have ever had. The apple crisp was probably the least amazing thing we had. Our server was very knowledgeable and able to answer questions about the particular beer I asked about (the Lazy Magnolia pecan brown ale). We live about 3 hours from Knoxville, but I guarantee we will be back to Cafe 4 often.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great spot - slow it down a little
    dinedevineVIP
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Visited here on a trip to see UT. Great ambiance, food was great - the truffle fries fantastic, though could have fed an army. My one complaint - it felt like they were trying for a fast food restaurant. Unless I'm in a hurry (when I might tell the waiter), I go out to enjoy myself. The pressure to order and then the appearance of food just minutes later wasn't conducive for a relaxed evening, and no, the place wasn't packed on a Sunday evening. I'd recommend the restaurant though.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Sunday family brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Make an Open Table res before going here or you'll face a long wait certain times of the week. My 5-person family enjoyed the Southern Scramble and Lobster flatbread at brunch. Fun people watching, too.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mblaxmom
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    We are from Baltimore and our son is a student at UT. We have enjoyed dinner at Cafe 4 every time we are in town. The lobster Mac and cheese is an all time favorite and we have always had a great experience!
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very nice
    PerlVIP
    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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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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
    • Food
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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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    • Ambiance
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 40 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 30, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The following 551 reviews are from the Cafe 4 reviews archive.
  • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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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    • Ambiance
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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
    • Food
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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
    • Food
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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
    • Food
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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
    julieVIP
    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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    • Ambiance
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.