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Cafe Society
Cafe Society

Cafe Society Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.cafesocietymemphis.com
  • Phone: (901) 722-2177
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:;00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: French
  • Executive Chef: Cullen Kent
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (bar only), Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Café Society hosts many rehearsal dinners, wedding receptions and business functions.
  • Private Party Contact: Leslie Gattuso (901) 722-2177
  • Special Events & Promotions: Cafe Society hosts monthly wine tastings the last Tuesday of every month. Sample 6 wines with cheese pairings for $25 per person plus tax and gratuity. For your dining pleasure we offer $5 small plates as well as the regular dinner menu. Space is limited so call 722.2177 for reservations. Online reservations not accepted.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Poplar Avenue
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Street parking in front of and behind restaurant
A word from Cafe Society
Celebrating 20 plus years in business, Michel Leny first opened Café Society in 1987, 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. Cullen and Michel continue the tradition of International cuisine emphasizing Belgian influences and classic French food. Located in the heart of the beautiful Evergreen Historic District in Midtown Memphis, Café Society features innovative preparations of fresh seafood, veal, lamb and beef along with an extensive wine list for your dining pleasure. With its casual dining and bistro atmosphere, Café Society is affectionately known to many Memphians as simply "Café" and continues to be a favorite of many of its midtown neighbors.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeighborhood Gem
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
Diner Reviews
  • "This is always a nice place and good quiet meal. Food is consistently good. Service is just right. It is not a coincidence it has been around and popular for a long time"
    Dined on 8/22/2014
  • "I thought of Cafe Society as a 'special' lunch spot but I was so disappointed with my last visit that I no longer think that. I ordered the seafood bisque. It was very salty and the only recognizable seafood were small bits of fish. My guest, who is vegetarian, asked the server what her suggestions were. First she recommended the salmon (for a vegetarian!) and then simply said a salad and vegetable plate were available. The server made no attempt whatsoever to accommodate my guest's requests. When our check arrived, the amount charged for the bisque was (just $1) more than the price on the menu. I pointed that out to the server who made no apology --- just took the check & returned it with the lower price. It was not a pleasant experience."
    Dined on 8/22/2014
  • "Food was excellent as was the service. Outgoing waitress who was very helpful. Friendly atmosphere and nice neighborhood facility. Excellent experience."
    Dined on 8/19/2014
  • "Best steak in town. 4 star service without the stuffy atmosphere"
    Dined on 8/19/2014
  • "Cafe Society is a special occasion place for my wife and I. But that's because it really makes it special. We had a wonderful dinner, dessert was fantastic, and the waiter recommended a perfect wine for the evening. Cafe Society is a great, intimate restaurant."
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "The food, service, and ambiance were all outstanding. Already planning a return visit."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "As one of our favorite restaurants in the city, Café Society never fails to please. You can come here with groups, (large or small), and you can dine alone and feel special. It was a quiet evening this night, and I enjoyed the food, service and my book! Try the St. Pear Sizzle martini!! All the menu items are great. Just depends on what you feel like."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "I love this restaurant. It is still a great choice after all these years. The menu changes enough to keep it fresh, but still has some (a few) of the standbys from 20 years ago. I love that about it!"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "The food here is great, the owner and employees were wondering. I will and have recommended eating here to many people already. I'm looking forward to making reservations again. Cafe Society really is a hidden gem in Memphis"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "We had a great lunch here. All of the food is excellent, and the specials are really a treat. The service was just as good at lunch as it is at dinner."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "Café Society is a very special restaurant with excellent food and service."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "Food was excellant as it normally is here. the service was a bit slow this particular night although it was not especially crowded. service was friendly though"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "I regularly schedule business lunches because it's a great atmosphere to have conversation and food is great. Midtown gem."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "Another great meal. And while I ate alone, I didn't feel lonely as the staff was very friendly and attentive. If you like the flavor of pear, order the St Pear Sizzle Martini - you won't be disappointed. The Crème Brulee was outstanding as always. And the filet was perfect."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "No one greeted us. We waited for more than five minutes standing at the entrance but no took notice of our arrival. We needed to find an employee just to be seated. Salad arrived before appetizer. Bread promised was not delivered until we asked for it. Salad was excellent. After that food was nicely presented but just average. Portions were generous. This used to be one of our favorite restaurants -- it did not meet our expectations on this occasion. Service was haphazard at best. Atmosphere was impersonal, cool. All-in-all we were disappointed."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "Everything was as we remembered it (favorably). The Wagyu strip steak, however, had gristle in it."
    Dined on 5/27/2014
  • "Everything we ordered was amazing. My husband and I will definitely be back, but next with friends!"
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "We were pleased with everything! I look forward to a trip back soon!"
    Dined on 5/20/2014
  • "I made a reservation thru Open Table for my Anniversary Dinner Friday 5/9. Although we've lived in Memphis for almost 28yrs, this was our 1st time (not our last) to dine at Cafe Society. When we arrived we were greeted expectantly and promptly seated to a perfect table for 2 with a view as requested. Servers and Chef Cullen were very friendly and attentive with smiles on their faces. The food was fabulous and timely served. My wife had the Filet which was tender and prepared perfectly to medium, served with blue cheese au gratin potatoes which were delicious. I had the pan-seared grouper, over a bed of risoto which was excellent. Highly Recommend."
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "This place is a very good lunch place. We went with my handicapped mother-in-law and they were very accommodating. The service was excellent, the ambiance was elegant but relaxing and comfortable. The history is intriguing and there are cookbooks on shelves in several places for you to peruse through if you so desire. I though that was a neat touch. Most importantly, the food was outstanding and the prices were very fair for the amount and quality of food we received."
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "Had a lovely meal for an early mother's day. It's been a while since I've been to Cafe, so it was nice to try my old favorite, the bisque. It's better than I remembered. My mussels (dish du jour) were good, but I'm not a fan of carrots and the bowl was full of them. My mother's oysters Maurice were nice, too. "
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "Open Table made it so easy to get a reservation within 15 minutes of when I was looking. It's a small restaurant & a nice yet casual feel. The bacon wrapped shrimp is AMAZING, as is just about anything on the menu. I had the Seafood Bisque & it was truly mouth watering. My date had the Grouper & it too was delicious. We almost ordered a 2nd round of bacon wrapped shrimp but opted for the Creme Brulee dessert. Again, creamy & delicious with a thick sugary top. There is a very good wine list as well. Highly recommend for lunch or dinner!"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Our server was friendly and helpful. We had a very nice white wine at a terrific price. The goat cheese beignets were delicious and unexpected. The Dover sole was fried in the lightest batter and I ate every bite. This restaurant is new to me as I am from out of town but I would certainly go back."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Cafe Society is beautifully decorated in lovely colors and relaxing atmosphere. The service was very good and Chef Cullen came out to visit. I had the Bistro menu which was delicious and reasonably priced. My husband had the scallops and we both have left overs. The soup was slightly salty but other than that, all the food was wonderful. No problem recommending this resturant to others who enjoy good food."
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "I had forgotten about haw great an overall expierence this restaurant was. We have eaten here twice in 2 months and we will definitely be back. Service was outstanding. Food was spectacular. The setting was memorable."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "This is our favorite neighborhood (but citywide) restaurant. Last Saturday while talking with Chef Cullen while he was on his walk-about, we mentioned my wife's birthday last Wednesday. One thing led to another and we ended up giving him carte blanche for a birthday dinner for two. It was fabulous, five courses of delight and for a very reasonable price. From now on, we may just tell him to serve us as he wishes."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "This is the second time we have dined at Cafe Society in the past few weeks. Both times have exceeded our expectations. This most recent visit was particularly great - the fish special and the Dover meunière were outstanding - perhaps the best fish we have had in Memphis in a long time. I want to give a special shout out to our server - Brenna. She was exactly what you want - not too intrusive but attentive, very helpful with explanations, and nice but not overly chatty. When the wine we ordered was out of stock, the chef brought us a great option from his private reserve which was great. We will be back very soon!"
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "We had another great lunch at Café Society. The salmon was to die for, and the daily pizza was great. Beware - it is a good size pizza - good for leftovers."
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "Made the reservation 15 minutes before we arrived (early in the evening) and found the waitress preparing a lovely table for us as we walked in. Bistro menu was excellent."
    Dined on 3/17/2014
  • "I had been looking forward to eating here for some time, and was excited about our dinner reservation despite the negative experience (also regarding the food) relayed to me by a co-worker. The restaurant is adorable and had the feel of a quaint French restaurant. I ordered a seafood stew and my husband ordered a steak (don't recall the cut). Both of our entrees were almost inedible. The stew tasted like dish water and his steak looked and tasted like boiled meat. Completely unappetizing. The service was excellent, however, so it is such a shame that the food was so terrible. We will not return. "
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "We go here often, and this time we went for lunch. The lunch menu is substantial and they always have a fish of the day and pizza of the day. We had the Kobe hotdog and bacon wrapped shrimp. Awesome! And don't miss the pomme frittes (French fries) - they are yummy!"
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "Nice weekday dinner with the wife. Three-course menu had good selections which came beautifully prepared and were delicious. Good variety of options on the menu, reasonably priced for the quality. Service was attentive and prompt. Come here to reward yourself or impress your date, you won't be disappointed. We both had the faux filet with Gorgonzola. Thought my taste buds had died and gone to heaven."
    Dined on 3/10/2014
  • "We had never been to Cafe Society. I took my husband there for his birthday, and it was an excellent choice. Service was good, food was amazing. The chef and the owner both stopped by our table. The owner was very friendly, and treated us to complimentary coffee to go with our dessert. I'm so glad we found this restaurant. I recommend it for special occasions, but also for a nice evening out on the town."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Good was superb and the service was exceptional. Treat ourself and go experience it for yourself."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "It's a great fine dining restaurant with a neighborhood feel of come as you are. There is a warm friendly feel where the chef stops by to say hello to everyone. Just fantastic food & great service."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Went for pre-symphony dinner so arrived early. Wait staff very accommodating. We brought our own wines and staff handeled with perfection. Cullen Kent's culinary talents are excellent with originality, quality and presence. A great evening."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "We have dined at Cafe twice and both times had an awesome experience. The food and wait staff were excellent, and the owner makes you feel like family. Thank you."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "This visit was for a special valentines dinner. The food was excellent and plentiful. The appetizer of bacon wrapped shrimp with horseradish sauce was delicious. The scallop bowl with mussels was so plentiful I had to take home some which is unusual for me. This was my second time dining here and will definitely return. Our server was excellent in attentiveness, and the tables were placed with plenty of space between them so as not to crowded. The owner visited all customers to personally thank them for coming. This is a gem I hope will be around for a long time."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Such a quiet and calming night. The food was superb and the attention to detail was a great throwback to when owners cared about what went on in their restaurant. I have already made another reservation."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Had my mothers 73rd birthday with family at the restaurant and enjoyed the entire experience. Have been a big fan for many-many years now and will continue to support Cafe Society for many more. The seafood bisque is wonderful and Cullen's specials are always a favorite. The table shared desserts: Creme Brulee, Bread pudding and the cheesecake were the best! Thanks for making it a wonderful night!"
    Dined on 2/12/2014