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Cafe 4

4.7
872 reviews
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$30 and under
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Comfort Food
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  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Good for a Date
  • Casual
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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Comfort Food, Southern
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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
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Phone number
(865) 544-4144
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Lori Klonaris
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Private party contact
Kaley Smith: (865) 544-4199
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Union Avenue
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Parking details
Free Parking in the Market Square Garage all evenings and weekends.
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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
What 872 People Are Saying
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4.7  based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.6
service
4.4
ambience
4.5
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98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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UncleSonnyBubba 
5.0  Dined 6 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.

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JeffD 
5.0  Dined 7 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.

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MichaelG 
5.0  Dined on February 16, 2018

Seated right away at 5:30 on Friday. Small plate scallops special with collards was divine! Large portion of salmon with veggies also wonderful. Macarons were light and airy (gluten free too) and hubby loved his rich-looking chocolate peanut butter thing! Sangria tasty but tiny glass filled with ice was disappointing. Overall great evening!

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OpenTable Diner (E. Tennessee)
5.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

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

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OpenTable Diner (E. Tennessee)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Good food, better company.

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LetsGoAgain (New Orleans)
4.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

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.

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DarrellM (E. Tennessee)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

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

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LauraK (E. Tennessee)
5.0  Dined on February 11, 2018

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

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OpenTable Diner (Nashville)
5.0  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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Laura (Nashville)
5.0  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!

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vipLekker (E. Tennessee)
4.0  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.

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OpenTable Diner (Columbus)
5.0  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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Mike (E. Tennessee)
5.0  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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KellyJ (Atlanta)
5.0  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!

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Pleased (Memphis)
5.0  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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OpenTable Diner (E. Tennessee)
3.0  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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BenB (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 2, 2018

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

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vipOpenTable Diner (Greensboro)
4.0  Dined on January 28, 2018

Great brunch. Inventive menu. Really liked the toasts.

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
4.0  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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OpenTable Diner (E. Tennessee)
5.0  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!

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Allman11 (E. Tennessee)
5.0  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

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OpenTable Diner (E. Tennessee)
5.0  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.

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OpenTable Diner (Columbus)
5.0  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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JoanH (Louisville)
5.0  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!!!

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OpenTable Diner (E. Tennessee)
5.0  Dined on December 30, 2017

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

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vipOpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  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.

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OpenTable Diner (E. Tennessee)
5.0  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.

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OpenTable Diner (E. Tennessee)
5.0  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!

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Wonderful (Nashville)
5.0  Dined on December 19, 2017

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

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vipWhinetodine (E. Tennessee)
4.0  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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