Cafe Society

4.1
697 Reviews
$30 and under
American
Celebrating 30 plus years in business, Michel Leny first opened Café Society in 1987! He was inspired by his father, Maurice Leny, a Chef at Maxims in Paris. October 2007 welcomed new owner, Chef Cullen Kent, graduate of Le Cordon Bleu in Paris.
Located in the heart of the beautiful Evergreen Historic District in Midtown Memphis, Café Society is affectionately known to many Memphians as simply Cafe and continues to be a favorite of many of its midtown neighbors.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 697 people are saying
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4.1based on recent ratings
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food
4.4
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4.0
ambience
3.9
value
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipWilliamS
Memphis/West TN
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall1food1service3ambience2

Do not go to this restaurant! They are way over priced for bland, unappetizing food.

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Emily
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We enjoyed a delicious meal for a special occasion. We arrived early for our reservation and were the first people in the dining room. Other tables filled as we enjoyed our appetizers and drinks. We highly recommend the bacon wrapped shrimp and the filet with the peppercorn dressing.

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vipNameeeeee
Memphis/West TN
18 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always wonderful cuisine and perfect service!!

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JimH
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Surly bartender, inexperienced waitress, decent food. There is a reason that every weekend Cafe Society is one of the only places with available reservations.

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JerryT
Memphis/West TN
3 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waitress was outstanding and her recommendations were yummy. Will definitely come here again.

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful restaurant

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markz
Naples
4 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

from our server {sarah} to the food {excellent} to the overall ambience {inside] it was a great evening!

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LynnK
Memphis/West TN
11 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Menu is still limited,only. Four entree choices,three salads,two soups.
There were only two dessert choices very overpriced nine dollars for very small pieces of chocolate mouse,only two pieces .
Friend’s birthday and brought dessert with candle and charged nine dollars,a rip off.
Server was nice and said they were changing and expanding the menu.

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vipCatin98
Memphis/West TN
15 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

The Kichen closed at 8pm and we were rushed to order. I felt really uncomfortable because of being African American will never go back.

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PattiL
Memphis/West TN
3 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a team member leaving our group, we wanted to have a going away party. I can’t sing our server’s praises enough. She was attentive, kind, positive, and all around one of the best servers I’ve had in a long time. You always have great ones at Café society, but this one was exceptional!

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ChristieT
Des Moines
8 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The Grouper was very good. The appetizers were just ordinary.

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BudR
Memphis/West TN
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Cafe Society is one of our favorite restaurants! Quality food, attentive service, and pleasant ambiance all contribute to an enjoyable dining experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Memphis/West TN
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Nice and elegant restaurant. The ribeye was delicious and the services was excellent. I will definitely be back.

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Fozziescrew
Memphis/West TN
4 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It had been years since we were at Cafe Society. We were very pleased with the menu offerings and each tried something different. We started with the bacon wrapped shrimp and Brussels sprouts appetizer. Yum. The filet with peppercorn sauce was amazing! Cooked to perfection. The ribeye was huge and the sage brown butter sauce added the perfect finish! The grouper was served over rice with a crawfish sauce and was perfectly prepared. The chicken Alfredo was great also but hard to stand up against the other heartier entrees. Our server Sydney was very attentive and made our night very enjoyable. We won’t wait so long to be back!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Memphis/West TN
7 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience3

We sat outside because the weather was nice but we had a huge poster hanging in front of our view so they could advertise that they’re open. Bar drinks came out very slow but waitress was pleasant. All food was over cooked! Ordered rare steak and it was brown all the way through, mushrooms were so burnt they were like chips, and Brussel sprouts were just plain burnt and we could taste them all night long after eating only few. We tried to venture out to a new restaurant but definitely won’t be back.

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MichaelH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cafe Society has been my favorite restaurant in Memphis since it opened in the 1980s. The ambience is relaxed and inviting, the food and service are excellent.

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience at a classic restaurant.

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vipSarahE
Fayetteville
7 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall2food1service5ambience4

Amazing service, food wasn’t good.

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vipHogms2
Miami
14 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience3

I was not impressed. The food was mediocre. My Sea bass was small and flavorless and I got 3 small smashed potatoes as my main course. My date had the 16 oz rib-eye and it was under seasoned. The garlic mashed potatoes that came with it was lacking garlic. The sauce for the bacon wrapped shrimp was cream cheese heavy. The best thing I ate was the wedge salad.

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OpenTable Diner
Memphis/West TN
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall1food1service5ambience1

When I walked into this restaurant

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vipA0488
New York Area
40 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall2food1service4ambience1

A very mediocre dinner. They were out of a few menu items due to renovations which I can understand but everything we ordered was just meh..!! If I’m paying for a meal to be cooked by a professional I expect it to at least be flavorful.

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JanetB
Memphis/West TN
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a room for 6 people and it was great. We could hear each talk. And food was great, as usual!

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vipMatthewW
Memphis/West TN
10 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Easter Brunch...Service was slow

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OpenTable Diner
Shreveport
4 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Food was ok.

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OpenTable Diner
Memphis/West TN
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Easter brunch was a delightful experience— outdoor dining at one of our favorite restaurants in Memphis. We enjoyed the social distancing protocol and felt very safe. Food was wonderful and we loved the desserts! Creme brûlée and fruit tart — yum!

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OpenTable Diner
Memphis/West TN
2 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very enjoyable and relaxing

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vipEatingreat
Memphis/West TN
7 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food & service. We will return!!!!

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Russell
Memphis/West TN
3 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Good food, good service and a place where our table could talk without having to shout or worry about the next table. Very pleasant evening. Totally satisfied with the entire evening.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambience. Fast and friendly service. Great tasting food.

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AmyC
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great Food and great service. The bacon wrapped shrimp appetizers were very small for the price point.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New Orleans
7 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very nice and the service was extremely attentive. We did a special fixed menu for our valentines dinner and everything was prepared perfectly! We also enjoy this place for lunch!

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GaryD
Memphis/West TN
7 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It has always been pleasant to dine at Cafe Society. This time we had the Valentine Day special menu. The menu choices were excellent and the food was delicious. The service was quite good and made for a special evening. The restaurant is very attentive to current safety precautions so we were able to relax and enjoy our evening out.

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MikeC
Memphis/West TN
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place, family owned and run, excellent food!

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Chris
Memphis/West TN
6 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food and service was great! A little expensive but worth it for a special occasion.

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vipFeedthatgirl
Memphis/West TN
30 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

I know the restaurant business is hurting, but there really is no excuse for being out of lettuce when you offer a”wedge” salad. And no real excuse for not having bread available to eat with the meal. These are the reasons I rated it the way I did.

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richardr
Memphis/West TN
2 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food and service were good. Only problem is that we went there to dine and it turned out that we were in and out within 45 minutes. This should not try to be a fast food restaurant. We received our cocktails and appetizers at about the same time and followed rapidly by the other items ordered. They need to slow it down so that you can enjoy the dining out experience.

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Bkscott
Memphis/West TN
7 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2021
Overall3food1service4ambience4

I have heard great things about this restaurant, but I guess on this day they had and off day.

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OpenTable Diner
Memphis/West TN
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a perfect New Years Eve dinner. The set menu selections were perfect as I had the best chocolate torte I have ever had. It was wonderful!!

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kdine
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The food was ok. Was expecting a much more elegant meal for the price. It seemed more in line with a meal from a nationwide brand in taste and quality.

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ThomasG
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A great place to spend a quite Christmas eve dinner. My family and I are very grateful for Cafe Society being opening for us during all this craziness of 2020. A wonderful place to dine and we recommend it highly.

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Cafe Society using the Order Online button. Cafe Society also offers delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Cafe Society also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (901) 722-2177.

Cafe Society is rated 4.1 stars by 697 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.