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About Cafe 4

Café 4 is Knoxville's Hottest 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 our craft beers. The "Mezzanine" is a hip lounge with free Wi-fi, making it the perfect place to enjoy a cocktail with friends or family. Book the Square Room for your next special event or catch one of our many live concerts.

4 Market Square
Knoxville, TN 37902
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Comfort Food, Southern

Hours of Operation:
Mon–Thu 7:00 am–9:30 pm
Fri 7:00 am–10:30 pm
Sat 9:00 am–10:30 pm
Sun 9:00 am–8:30 pm

Cross Street:
Union Avenue

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(865) 544-4144

Website:
http://www.4marketsquare.com/cafe4

Parking Details:
Free Parking in the Market Square Garage all evenings and weekends.

Executive Chef:
Lori Klonaris

Private Party Contact:
Kaley Smith: (865) 544-4199

Additional:
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Cafe 4 Ratings and Reviews

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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.6

ambience

4.4

value

4.5

Noise

Moderate

98% would recommend it to a friend

Pre/post Theatre (31)
Good for a Date (28)
Special Occasion (26)
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Casual (26)
Comfort Food (21)
Good for Birthdays (20)
Fun (20)
Neighborhood Gem (19)
Great for Outdoor Dining (19)
Good for Anniversaries (17)
Cozy (16)
Worth the Drive (15)
Authentic (14)
Great for Lunch (13)
Business Meals (12)
Good for Groups (11)
Local Ingredients (11)
Sunday Lunch (11)
People Watching (10)
Romantic (10)
Great for Brunch (9)
Creative Cuisine (9)
Hot Spot (9)
Seasonal (9)
Healthy (8)
Fit for Foodies (7)
Quick Bite (7)
Scenic View (7)
Handcrafted Cocktails (7)
Happy Hour (5)
Quiet Conversation (5)
Good Vegetarian Options (5)
Gluten Free Options (4)
Kid-friendly (3)
Organic (3)
Spicy (3)
Vegan (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Notable Wine List (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Tapas (2)
Bar Seating (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Great Beer (1)
Live Music (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
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·Dined 2 days ago

Had a great experience. Service was great. Lilly (trainee) was wonderful. We never had an empty glass. Buffalo blue cheese chips appetizer was excellent. Spicy and not short or overdone on the toppings. We had huevos rancheros and lobster crab eggs benedict. Poached eggs done correctly on both entrees. The lobster and crab were a little more blended than I preferred. Not bad at all, I just prefer a little more texture from the lobster. We won't hesitate to recommend Cafe 4 to friends and colleagues. Looking forward to another visit and trying other menu items. First visit was definitely positive.

Tags: Seasonal, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Spicy, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
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·Dined 2 days ago

My wife and I have dined here several times alone, with friends and family. The menu is easy to read and the food is awesome. I would like to see outdoor dining reservations if possible.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, People Watching, Fun, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (E. Tennessee)·Dined 4 days ago

Always a pleasant experience with great food and service. Food portion is great for price listed.

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 (E. Tennessee)·Dined 5 days ago

Good food, better company.

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 (New Orleans)·Dined 5 days ago

Food and service were great. Disappointed that we were sat in the overflow area - lost quite a bit of the atmosphere. Something to consider is to provide something special for folks in that area - since there was a piano on the stage you could have offered live background music to improve the ambience. Special night was made a little less special.

Tags: Good for a Date, Authentic, Business Meals, Happy Hour, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries
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food5
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 (E. Tennessee)·Dined 5 days ago

Great place for a night out with my wife, she loves the chicken and waffles!

Tags: Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Sunday Lunch, Casual
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 (E. Tennessee)·Dined on February 11, 2018

There were 6 of us in our party and we all loved our food choices!

Tags: Casual, Gluten Free Options, Kid-friendly, Healthy, Special Occasion, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Hot Spot
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 (Nashville)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Thoroughly enjoyed Sunday brunch at Cafe 4. There were numerous options from which to choose and all looked delicious. The fried green tomatoes were among the best I've eaten. Our server was extremely friendly and attentive without being invasive. We sat at a window so had a great view of those enjoying a warm Sunday afternoon in Market Square. We will definitely be back.

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 (Nashville)·Dined on February 10, 2018

This was my first visit to Cafe 4 and I was not disappointed. The food was delicious, delivered in a reasonable time period, and piping hot. I recommend the Herb Seasoned Half Chicken-superb! Nice wine list, great cocktails, and delicious Bread Pudding and coffee for dessert!

Tags: Seasonal, Authentic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Casual, Comfort Food, Local Ingredients
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food5
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vip
 (E. Tennessee)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Enjoyed the food but our party was disappointed that the lobster mac and cheese was not offered for brunch - we had out of town guests who were specifically looking forward to this signature dish.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Kid-friendly
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 (Columbus)·Dined on February 10, 2018

We love Cafe 4 but have never had great service. Todays service was an exception and was great!

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 (E. Tennessee)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Arrived early for our reservations...Excellent bar upstairs while waiting!! Food was amazing. The Lobster Flatbread was to die for!

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on February 7, 2018

My friends and I were celebrating a birthday dinner out! We had a great time however it IS A LITTLE hard to hear the conversation between people at your table!!! Our waiter, Bryson, was great! He was knowledgeable about everything we asked about. Great evening!

Tags: Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Memphis)·Dined on February 2, 2018

I always enjoy Cafe 4. My wife and I love Market Square in Knoxville and always make Cafe 4 part of our visit. We were in town visiting our sons who are students at UTK. Food is excellent and a Great value

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 (E. Tennessee)·Dined on February 2, 2018

We have been to cafe 4 many times in previous years......it had been about 1.5 years since we had been in.......we had been looking forward to a night out with friends....service was good-Will was our server....food was honestly very sub par for price point and menu selection was average at best....we won’t return....

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Food was great, service was phenomenal! I would highly recommend this location!

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vip
 (Greensboro)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Great brunch. Inventive menu. Really liked the toasts.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 27, 2018

The food was delicious and our waitress was very attentive. The noise level was pretty high.

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 (E. Tennessee)·Dined on January 27, 2018

As usual the food & service were superb! Have been to this wonderful restaurant many times and it never fails to please!

Tags: Comfort Food, Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Handcrafted Cocktails, Seasonal
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 (E. Tennessee)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Cafe 4 is my favorite place to eat, the food is the very best! I absolutely love that it’s by reservation only which gives it a more welcoming dinner atmosphere! I love everything about cafe 4, from the interior decorations to the southern comfort style food! No matter where i go or the occasion, cafe 4 has and forever will be my number one place to eat as well as take my gf! Thanks again cafe 4 for another amazing meal! Cannot wait to go again

Tags: Organic, Fun, Great for Outdoor Dining, Authentic, Local Ingredients, Romantic, Hot Spot, Scenic View, Seasonal, Cozy, Comfort Food, Worth the Drive, Casual, Good for a Date, Healthy
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 (E. Tennessee)·Dined on January 12, 2018

We had a very nice and enjoyable meal at Cafe 4. Our sever was a very nice young man and did a awesome job. This is one of the best restaurants on Market Square.

Tags: Casual, Comfort Food, Scenic View, Sunday Lunch, Seasonal, Special Occasion, Fun, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Tasting Menu, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Columbus)·Dined on December 31, 2017

New Year's Eve. First time in Knoxville's downtown Market Street area. Cafe 4 was delightful. Had their special filet Oscar. Outstanding! Service was excellent as well. We will be back.

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 (Louisville)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Lobster flatbread is all I ever have. I want to try other things but I love the flatbread and can't bring myself to try anything else. And the bloody mary bar!!!

Tags: Quick Bite, Fun, Sunday Lunch, Great for Brunch
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food5
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 (E. Tennessee)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Great food. Great service. Was an overall great experience.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation
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food5
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 20, 2017

I frequent this restaurant often when in town. The service is always excellent and the food quality is above average. The staff is very attentive. The room can be a bit loud at times. The outside seating is nice and has heat lamps for chilly nights.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Comfort Food
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 (E. Tennessee)·Dined on December 20, 2017

Service was really great. The food was hot and delicious. It was a nice place to stop in for dinner on a rainy night.

Tags: Cozy, Special Occasion, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Romantic
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 (E. Tennessee)·Dined on December 19, 2017

Another great experience at Cafe 4. Filet was perfect and a great value at $28! Carrots and mashed potatoes....plus dessert.....great dinner!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Sunday Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Pre/post Theatre, People Watching, Business Meals, Authentic, Comfort Food, Spicy, Gluten Free Options, Vegan, Good Vegetarian Options, Casual
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 (Nashville)·Dined on December 19, 2017

Stopped to eat before a show. Food was delicious and the service was excellent. Lovely.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (E. Tennessee)·Dined on December 19, 2017

Location, location, location. We dine at Cafe 4 several times a year but usually at lunch. This visit, however, was for dinner on a busy week night because of the many holiday events downtown. I'm so pleased that we had reservations because many wanna be diners were turned away. This evening we enjoyed fried green tomatoes (a fav for us) followed by chicken and waffles and salmon. Only negative is the salad was served with the entrees. My spouse had cocktails. No wine--the C4 wine list is not noteworthy. More about C4. Great outdoor dining on Market Square. A good place to see and be "scene" as many of K-ville's public servants, business elite, and University notables dine here for lunch. C4 has daily specials including a burger day that attracts faithful regulars. C4 also houses the Square Room a location for small-group or solo entertainers. We recently attended the Jazz Lunch which is a tremendous value because of the performer(s). The buffet food, however, is fair at best but gets a 100 or so people through the line and to their tables efficiently. Bottom line-- C4 is a Market Square staple with dependable service and food.

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 (Miami)·Dined on December 15, 2017

We were celebrating both graduation and a 21st birthday for lunch with a group of 10 family and friends. We love Cafe 4! The food is eclectic, always good, with something for everyone. Personal favorites... The grilled cheese braised short rib sandwich with the roasted brussel sprouts, and (my big kids love) the lobster Mac and Cheese. Our seating was by the back wall, which was perfect for a big group. And we ended with great coffee drinks and macarons! Our waitress, Janessa, was a delight and very good.

Tags: Fun, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Great for Outdoor Dining, Hot Spot, Comfort Food, Worth the Drive
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 (E. Tennessee)·Dined on December 8, 2017

We made a reservation online and were able to be seated almost immediately. Food was delicious and had a great atmosphere. Would recommend to anyone!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Happy Hour, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Seasonal, Scenic View, Great for Brunch, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Gluten Free Options, Comfort Food, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Hot Spot, Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Healthy, Fun, Cozy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Casual, Pre/post Theatre, Great Beer
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 (Dallas)·Dined on December 6, 2017

We go to Café 4 regularly. The food and service is always good. Their Salmon and Beet salad is my favorite of any restaurant in the area. My husband ordered the meat loaf. It is sliced and then grilled which gives it added flavor. They take reservations which makes it a great choice if you have a show at the Tenn Theatre.

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 (E. Tennessee)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Service was very slow but not a deal breaker for us... the problem we had was the attitudes of pretty much every employee there. Literally put down a drink, appetizer , dinner and walked away... no smile, need anything else, dies everything look ok.... NOTHING.... across the board. Management you need to deal with this. Too many other places to go eat in Knoxville that have excellent customer service

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 2, 2017

We have come here numerous times. I like that you can make a reservation so I never worry if we will get a table. The food has never disappointed us from the Flatbreads, Fish tacos, Meatloaf , and Fried Chicken with Waffles! They have a full bar for those who like Beer , Wine, or Cocktails with dinner. The service was impeccable. We always enjoy our time st Cafe 4.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food, Authentic
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 (E. Tennessee)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Always a great experience with great food. Love this place!

Tags: Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, People Watching, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Nashville)·Dined on November 27, 2017

Monday’s hamburger special is always delicious especially with a side salad.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Cozy
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 (E. Tennessee)·Dined on November 26, 2017

We waited 20 minutes past our reservation time to be seated. there is not a convenient place to wait inside. once seated our service was OK. Nothing spectacular. We were given the wrong order of deserts.

Tags: Business Meals, Romantic, Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date, Great for Brunch, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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 (Nashville)·Dined on November 25, 2017

I would definitely recommend cafe 4 to anyone that wants to get in-and-out quick and have a filling meal and reasonable service and price.

Tags: People Watching, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion, Romantic, Fun
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vip
 (Nashville)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Friday Fish & Chips weekly special is delicious and a large portion

Tags: Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Sunday Lunch, Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays
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 (Italy)·Dined on October 29, 2017

I spent 10 days in the US, going from Brooklyn to Orlando to Knoxville and I can say without hesitation that the food I had at Cafe 4 was the best I had during my entire trip! We came here for a family get-together while I was in town and it could not have been a lovelier experience - the ambiance, the service were wonderful. But the food! I had the lobster crab benedict with cheese grits and I have to say I'm still telling people how amazing the meal was! Couldn't recommend this place more highly!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Sunday Lunch, Afternoon Coffee, Hot Spot, Good for Groups, Cozy, Comfort Food
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