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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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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.5

ambience

4.4

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

97% would recommend it to a friend

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Casual (20)
Good for Groups (16)
Pre/post Theatre (16)
Sunday Lunch (16)
Comfort Food (16)
Cozy (14)
Great for Lunch (14)
Neighborhood Gem (14)
Great for Outdoor Dining (13)
Great for Brunch (13)
Good for Anniversaries (12)
Business Meals (11)
Fun (11)
Handcrafted Cocktails (11)
Local Ingredients (11)
People Watching (11)
Romantic (11)
Authentic (10)
Creative Cuisine (10)
Worth the Drive (10)
Fit for Foodies (9)
Hot Spot (9)
Healthy (7)
Happy Hour (5)
Quick Bite (5)
Afternoon Coffee (5)
Bar Seating (4)
Quiet Conversation (4)
Kid-friendly (3)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Great Beer (3)
Notable Wine List (3)
Scenic View (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Seasonal (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Live Music (1)
Organic (1)
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·Dined on December 9, 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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food5
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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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·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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 (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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food5
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·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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 (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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·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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food5
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 (E. Tennessee)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Our favorite spot for dinner in Knoxville. Food and service is always great. Lobster mac and cheese is awesome!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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food4
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 (E. Tennessee)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Four of us gathered before heading to the Tennessee Theatre for Lyle Lovett and John H. Service was excellent--so were the drinks!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (E. Tennessee)·Dined on October 26, 2017

We really miss the Farmhouse Salad. Please bring it back! Love the pimento and cheese dip. Best Old Fashioned drink in town.

Tags: Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Quick Bite, People Watching
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·Dined on October 26, 2017

Food was awesome as always. Server was fun and competent.

Tags: Spicy, Healthy, Paleo Friendly, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining, Seasonal, Happy Hour, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Great for Lunch, People Watching, Casual, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Brunch, Afternoon Coffee, Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch, Good for Groups
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 (E. Tennessee)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Cafe 4 is always a winner. Great food at a great price. Our family of 4 ate with appetizers and 2 adults drinking 2 alcoholic beverages each and it was under $85. The bartender was great. He made my kids a special drink just for them. Food is always fresh and cooked perfectly we has cup cakes too! I almost forgot. Super fresh, moist, delicious! Love Cafe 4!!

Tags: Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Casual, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Sunday Lunch, Local Ingredients, Kid-friendly
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 (E. Tennessee)·Dined on October 19, 2017

Food and ambiance are generally quite good, especially the patio on warmer days.

Tags: Romantic, Business Meals, Special Occasion
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 (E. Tennessee)·Dined on October 19, 2017

Asked for as tea never got it. Asked for table to be decorated, didn't happen. But everything else was good.

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 (Nashville)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Cafe 4 never disappoints! Love this place!!! Fabulous food and atmosphere. Service was excellent as always.

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·Dined on October 8, 2017

Cafe 4 is a great restaurant with great food. Love the location in on Market Square downtown. The only complaint is the noise level in the restaurant. It is very loud and a little hard to hear from across the table. They need to install some sounds panels to help with the noise level. But, all in all, the food is great. I go here often myself. You can go for a walk around town afterwards and talk.

Tags: Good for Groups, Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Casual, Neighborhood Gem
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food5
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vip
 (Raleigh)·Dined on October 1, 2017

We had everything from breakfast omelets to salmon salad...and a few mimosas 👍. Food was great, service was fast and friendly...sat next to a UT basketball recruitment meal. All in all, perfect.

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·Dined on October 1, 2017

Wait staff is superb!! Lobby/waiting area is a bit small and congested. That is due to people putting their name on the list and hanging around.

Tags: Business Meals, Authentic, Good for Groups, Sunday Lunch, Good Vegetarian Options, Healthy
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Came on a UT football Friday night. Very crowed and a little loud. Food was excellent. Enjoyed the Fried Green Tomatoes and Buffalo Blue Chip apps. Looking forward to our next visit.

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·Dined on September 25, 2017

We 5 in our party and everyone enjoyed the atmosphere and the food!!! Our server, Dillon was awesome! He was very attentive and friendly. We will be dinning at Cafe 4 again soon!!!!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Richmond)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Best shrimp and grits I have ever had!! Nice outdoor seating.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date
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·Dined on September 23, 2017

The bar area was fun with a bartender who mixed in a very entertaining way. The fish taco appetizer was delicious. Fun atmosphere with a friendly staff.

Tags: Authentic, Tapas, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Great for Lunch, Happy Hour, Handcrafted Cocktails, Hot Spot
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food4
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Excellent food, service, location. Unfortunately it was extremely difficult to carry on a conversation in our group of five. The acoustics for noise containment seemed non-existent. For that reason, if you're going here, I recommend eating outside. Unfortunately the weather was not conducive for outdoor dining the night we were there.

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 (Nashville)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Love this place! Everything about it.

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 (Indiana)·Dined on September 22, 2017

Very tasty food. I had shrimp and grits. We shared a flatbread and a fish taco small plate with our group.
The fish tacos I think I liked best.
My Chardonnay was a small pour and should have been nicer for the cost. That was disappointing. Waiter was good.
I would definitely return. Thank you.

Tags: Romantic, Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Great for Outdoor Dining, People Watching, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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·Dined on September 21, 2017

Avery took very good care of us, and the beers were fine, albeit could be a wider spectrum of types -- I.e., dark beers even in summer!!!!!

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (E. Tennessee)·Dined on September 15, 2017

Very good.We enjoyed the great food on the patio. Weather was great! Quiet. Easy to talk & hear.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Scenic View, Great for Brunch
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vip
 (E. Tennessee)·Dined on September 12, 2017

Cafe 4 is a downtown market square staple for Knoxvillians during lunch. Great variety of food fare and friendly service, but be prepared to have to wait for food, or between courses if busy, or a sudden influx of hungry customers. Overall, a tasty place to relax and eat in an urban setting.

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·Dined on September 8, 2017

Food was good, had the chicken sandwich with goat cheese, only negative, it's very noisy

Tags: Good for a Date
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vip
 (Tampa)·Dined on September 6, 2017

Cafe4 is wonderful every time we go - for lunch or dinner. Our friend went for the first time and said it was now her favorite place on Market Square! Keep up the good work!

Tags: Quick Bite, Good for Groups, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Casual, Comfort Food, Great for Brunch, Fit for Foodies, Sunday Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Healthy
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·Dined on September 3, 2017

Cafe 4 location on market square is a real plus for people watching and convenience. We met another couple who were staying at the Oliver, plus parking Sunday is always free. All four meals were quite good and reasonably priced.

Tags: Casual, Special Occasion, People Watching
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 (Louisville)·Dined on September 3, 2017

Was ok. Went for anniversary brunch with friends. Had a table of 5, but they sat us at a four-top despite confirming reservation for 5. Food was ok, not great. Server told me I couldn't have something "on the side" - which I only asked for after she said she didnt know what was in it (strong aversion to raw onion).

Probably not high on our list to return to.

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·Dined on August 25, 2017

Fabulous evening. Wonderful staff and the food was great!!!!!

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·Dined on August 25, 2017

This was a great place to meet up. Our server was great and attentive. There were 7 of us and we all got a different dish. All the food looked and tasted great. Will definitely be back.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Bar Seating, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, People Watching, Fun, Romantic, Casual, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on August 24, 2017

I love the atmosphere there--you can sit outside and people watch or enjoy the warm decor inside. Our server was polite and attentive. The fried green tomatoes were excellent and I got my favorite comfort food, the grilled cheese dipper (comes with tomato bisque). It was a birthday brunch so we both received free cupcakes! Their cupcake choices are amazing, by the way.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Comfort Food, People Watching, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Brunch
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 (E. Tennessee)·Dined on August 19, 2017

As always, good service and good food at a reasonable price.

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·Dined on August 15, 2017

Food was good. Service was great. Be sure to make a reservation, or you might have a long waite. Our table was ready when we arrived.

Tags: Business Meals, Comfort Food, Great Beer, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Special Occasion, Romantic, Casual, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Hot Spot
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