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Cafe 4
Cafe 4

Cafe 4 Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.cafe4ms.com/
  • Email: lklonaris@nxs.net
  • 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 (865) 544-4199

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. Continued
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Diner Reviews
  • "A thoroughly fun dining experience. What is not to like - jazz next door, wine is half price on Tuesdays, neat industrial space and oh yes the food is good. We shared a modern take on fried green tomatoes which was tasty and included goat cheese. My husband had shrimp and grits for the first time and really liked it. I finally tried chicken and waffles which was darned good. Next time we are in Knoxville TN, Cafe 4 with its great location on Market Square will be on our return to list."
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "Cafe 4 is a great spot on Market Square, whether it's a girls night out or Sunday brunch with the family. Don't miss the lobster Mac and cheese or the weekly stuffed French toast special."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "We had dinner at Cafe 4 on a Saturday night. The on-line reservation system worked well and we were seated within minutes but there was a huge crowd and it was hard to even get to the restaurant entrance. I had a strawberry salad which was ok but not outstanding. It was made with iceberg lettuce cut with the core in it so it was a touch bitter. Why not use a spring mix? It would have made a better salad. The waiter forgot instructions to the cook about a food allergy and seemed to not understand that it could have been serious. The noise level was such that it was hard to converse. I think that a younger crowd would have enjoyed the noise and crowd but we probably will look for something a little less energetic in the future."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Not sure what restaurant everyone else was talking about in these reviews. Food was mediocre and place was loud."
    Dined on 3/24/2014
  • "Everything was excellent, including seating us At our reservation time. A full bar would be nice. Champagne and perseco served everyday not just one day a week. Some people don't drink anything but Champagne. Also nice for a romantic evening. Don't understand why it can't be served since you have it there for Sunday."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "The restaurant was great! We had an 8:15 reservation, but they were able to seat us as soon as we arrived (7:45). I had heard about it from a family member. I had a pimento cheese hamburger. It was excellent. I had heard the mac and cheese was great, so I had to try it as well. It was great. The restaurant offers some outdoor seating, which would be perfect for people watching. It was a little cool to enjoy that, but the whole Market Square area had a lot going on. In all, I would recommend Cafe 4 for any occasion."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Shrimp and grits were good; service was indifferent. The server left cups and glasses empty for too long. He was a little condescending as well. Entrees seemed to be one item short of a full meal. For example, maybe toast or a muffin, or a fruit cup could be included for the entree price. I have eaten here many times and will return."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Cafe 4 can be relied on to have good servers, great food, and a lively atmosphere. And, once again Cafe 4 came through."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "We celebrated my 34th birthday here and it was fantastic. The food was absolutely delicious! It was our first time to this restaurant and we will definitely be back! Oh, and I HIGHLY recommend the ranch dressing. Best I've ever tasted!"
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "This is probably the 8th time I have eaten here. I have ALWAYS had excellent service and the food is wonderful! I highly recommend this place"
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "Made a reservation for 3 adults and 2 twin toddlers; Excellent preparation--knew our name when we arrived; crayons and menu ready for twins; fast service; excellent fast service and delicious food; would definitely go again. Made to feel welcome and twins treated with grace and made to feel very welcome (twins are 23 months---boy and girl). Delightful lunch for all!!!; when we were putting twins in car seats after the lunch, our Lauren Grace said, " I Happy!"."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "I am always excited to get a chance to have brunch at Cafe 4. Once again they did not disappoint. All of our meals were prepared perfectly and were delicious as always. I love that they have unique choices like lobster and bacon flat breads and chicken and waffles (shared both with my wife and both were awesome). The only negative to our experience was our waiter. He was prompt and got our orders correct, but basically he was a waiting robot with zero personality and desire to engage with us almost making us feel like we were bothering him by being there. That being said he is the only bad server I have ever at Cafe 4 and I will definitely be back."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "The three of us have not had a special evening out for a very long time so having a good experience was a little more important than usual. I chose Cafe 4 for us. I knew the food to be excellent and well priced. We arrived to find our table by the window waiting for us! As we were seated the service was prompt while not being rushed. I always enjoy a place where I love my food and am tempted by what my companions ordered. It was an excellent time all around."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Our food was great and their rolls so good! Desserts knock your socks off - yummy"
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "We were looking for a a special dinner spot near Market Square. We were disappointed to get stuck by a noisy waiters' station with no view. The wine list and meal were okay, but not outstanding. Service was great, but we're not likely to be coming back."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "We had a great dinner at Cafe 4, made reservations online and had no problem being seated. The food was great, and my friend said it was the best pork sandwich she's ever had. Love the ambience!"
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "I love southern food, but the twists that Cafe 4 puts on it makes it even yummier!"
    Dined on 2/19/2014
  • "Love their appetizers, wine selection, and most definitely their mac and cheese bar! Great waiting staff and good food."
    Dined on 2/18/2014
  • "I loved the overall ambiance of the restaurant. It had a cool vibe, but the best part was the food. My Maple Pecan Salmon was wonderful and the brussel sprouts and sweet potatoes were perfect accompaniments. In addition had the calamari as a appetizer which was delicious and the snack size of the lobster mac and cheese, which was devine! The service was great also. Our waiter was patient with us wanting to wait to order our main meal while we talked and had appetizers and was right there when we were ready! Very attentive."
    Dined on 2/17/2014
  • "Never disappoints. The lobster flatbread is to die for.....and so are the Blue Cheese chips. Great food at very affordable pricing."
    Dined on 2/17/2014
  • "Café 4 is a 'no-fail' choice! Excellent menu, great ambiance, delicious food!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "My husband and I dine here several times a year and it's always good. We almost always get reservations and have always been seated as soon as we walk in the door. Even on Valentines day. The food is always fresh. I'm always torn between getting the fish tacos, which are the best I've ever had, and a big plate of mac and cheese. The bakery items are wonderful and the atmosphere is very pleasing. Wait staff is always helpful and courteous."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "First time at Cafe4 and was impressed. atmosphere and lighting was good although lights were a little to dim for easy menu reading. Good selection on the menu. Calamari was cooked perfectly and paired with spicy sauce that balanced nicely but would have chosen not to serve on a bowl of lettuce it made the pieces on the bottom a bit soggy. Lobster Mac & Cheese was to die for but being from New England would have liked to see some chunks so you could tell it was lobster for that price (but would order it again). Loved the deconstructed Cesar Salad/ Salmon. Fish was cooked to perfection and the dressing you could tell was homemade. Portions were good and after dinner had no room for dessert. Service and live music wer great and well timed."
    Dined on 2/4/2014
  • "Excellent Value, Salmon special was prepared terrifically. Parmesan French fry appetizer is a must. Very surprised to find this gem in Knoxville. The only negative for me that there was not a full bar . The wine list is short but certainly adequate."
    Dined on 2/5/2014
  • "Visiting Knoxville and looking forward to a southern experience. The food was not comforting and the service poor. My mistake for not checking reviews beforehand in case there was a warning."
    Dined on 1/30/2014
  • "My husband and I wanted to enjoy a downtown spot where we could take a walk and enjoy some good food. Cafe 4 provided both with it's location on Market Square and menu. We tried the fried green tomatoes and found them crispy and tasty. My husband devoured a philly cheese steak sandwich and I enjoyed the fish tacos. The tacos had just the right amount of heat with crunchy cole slaw, yum. The service was good if a little rushed. Ambience was date night worthy and we would definitely visit again."
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "Had dinner with friends at Cafe 4 before going to a show at the Tennessee Theater. The table was ready at the time we had it reserved and we were seated immediately, even with a large crowd in the dining room and waiting to be seated. The food was delicious and our server was excellent. Prices were very reasonable for the quality of food and service. Will go back more often."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "The atmosphere is that of a lively pub. The food was excellent. Everything we had was not only well prepared but nicely plated and the portions were generous as well. The service was attentive. But there is one one big BUT. The noise level was awful and got worse as the evening wore on. The restaurant, which obviously wants to give the appearance of a jumping place, would be just as lively if the noise was tamped down a bit. However, I cannot fault the food."
    Dined on 1/26/2014
  • "We will definitely come back and bring our kids ( all in their 30s and 40s). The food was very good, presentation very good, friendly and accomodating server and it felt like we were in a "big" city restaurant, not just a run of the mill Knoxville dining hall. The fried green tomatoes were excellent."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "Wonderful experience. We had reservations and were seated promptly. Service was excellent and food was even better! Plan on returning soon. Would definitely recommend."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "This was the first time I had eaten to Cafe 4. My sister and I had a reservation and got there right on time, but still had to wait 15 minutes for a table even though this was liking after the typical dinner rush hours. Our waitress was nice and professional but not very attentive. I had a glass of wine that once finished sat empty for more than 30 minutes without the offer for a refill. Food was delicious and came at a reasonable time. We were there on a weekend night, so the restaurant was packed and somewhat noisy. The ambiance is great and it was a place I would go back to again. They also have a bakery connected to the restaurant so you can grab a dessert and eat out in the square outside. Overall very good experience."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "We were seated within two minutes of our reservation time -- perfect since we had tickets to a show. Food was delicious - the knife-and-fork caesar was very fresh and I enjoy the extras like the cheddar crackers and breadsticks. My partner ordered the special, catfish which he said was perfect. I had the shrimp and grits which was delicious. We split the dessert special German chocolate cake and good thing because the slice was huge. Always an enjoyable evening at Cafe 4."
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "place was cold. lobster mac and cheese overpriced because of the paucity of lobster. barperson was stingy with the $8.50 wine serving. waiter was burdened by his "script""
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "We live near Café 4 and went here before a show since it was quick. The food quality was "OK" in our view, having dined here before. Wait staff was a bit slow, but they seemed really busy. Overall, you might want to pick a time that's not too busy, but we might have just had an off night."
    Dined on 1/10/2014
  • "We had a few mistakes such as getting the wrong sandwich, cold fries, not having the first beer I ordered, but our server was nice and fixed the problems. I'm sure it was just an off day."
    Dined on 12/26/2013
  • "the lobster mac n cheese is the bomb! and shrimp and grits are awesome!"
    Dined on 12/27/2013
  • "The service was excellent and the food was fantastic - we got the fixed price meal - salad, entree and dessert and they were all good and we left nothing on the plates! Although we were in a table in the center of the restaurant (which we normally would not choose), we felt comfortable throughout the entire time."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "We had a nice time and the service was good. But this was the second time we've eaten at Cafe 4 and the food simply was not as good as it was last time. It appeared the kitchen could not keep a consistent quality with dealing with such a large new years eve crowd. Our table was a party of five my sister & had the same dish and our dishes were not cooked the same. My husbands steak was not very favorable. This was very surprising to us because in the past the food was excellent. But due to the cost the food quality did not meet our expectations."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "My husband and I love Cafe 4. No matter what we order it's always top notch and so delicious. A small wait for a table is worth it but this time we made a reservation and were escorted directly to our table. Brunch is always sooo good, too!"
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "Excellent food, popular as noted by crowd on Saturday between christmas and New Years. Reservations usually needed. However, noise level is high so persons with hearing issues have issues. Black bean burger was tasty as was Reuben."
    Dined on 12/28/2013