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Cafe Society, Memphis, TN
Cafe Society, Memphis, TN

Cafe Society

3.6
3.6
786 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.

Permanently Closed

This restaurant is permanently closed.

Order delivery or takeout

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    American, Belgian, French
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch Tue–Fri 11:30 am–2:00 pm Dinner Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (901) 722-2177
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Executive chef
    Cullen Kent
  • Private party facilities
    Café Society hosts many rehearsal dinners, wedding receptions and business functions.
  • Private party contact
    Leslie Gattuso: (901) 722-2177
  • Neighborhood
    Midtown / Cooper
  • Cross street
    Poplar Avenue
  • Parking details
    Street parking in front of and behind restaurant
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Smoking Area, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 786 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

3.6
3.6 based on recent ratings
  • 3.6Food
  • 4Service
  • 4.1Ambience
  • 3.7Value

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764 Reviews
  1. NyshaN

    New York City

    9 reviews

    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Memory and expectations are challenging to overcome. This was the case dining at Café Society. One of my favorite restaurants in the nineties where we went frequently there are many memories of scrumptious meals and a bustling, social atmosphere. Not having been for several years we returned to find the atmosphere plain, the crowd gone and the waiter overworked. The food was adequate. Clearly fresh as it took quite a while to come out despite the lack of diners. Overall it was a decent experience but not enough to return.

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  2. Membloom

    Memphis/West TN

    16 reviews

    1.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on June 22, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    It was actually comedic. We kept thinking we were being punked. Two of us have been going to Cafe Society for many years. It is a great spot. Nice restaurant, great service and great food. We also love that it is easy to get to and park. We were the only people in the restaurant. We got their at 5:00 and left about 7:30. First, the server told us that the only white wine they had was chardonnay. Two of the party said okay and ordered that. She comes back a few minutes later to let us know that someone dropped the only bottle of chardonnay they had. There is a liquor store about 3 minutes away. She comes back later to take our order and tells us the specials of the day. For which it was only one - a cold soup. One of our party ordered it. The server comes back about 5 minutes later to tell us that they are our of soup. How can you be out of the soup that you just told us about 5 minutes ago when we are the only people in the restaurant. The food came and it was just okay. Not the Cafe Society norm. There was definitely a reason that the restaurant was empty on a Thursday night. It makes me sad because Cafe Soceity has been a great restaurant since it opened in 1987. I am hopeful that this was just an off night.

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Puerto Vallarta

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 3, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food and service is always great! Love this place!

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  4. OTUser

    Memphis/West TN

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great place for lunch. Attentive service, good food, quiet for conversation.

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  5. DocFoodie

    Memphis/West TN

    63 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    63 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    We decided to go to Cafe Society last minute as our previous reservation at another restaurant had been cancelled. I have not been here in a few years. There appeared to be only one server working, who was doubling as host. There were people in the bar and in a private dining room, but otherwise only one other table seated. The menu appears shorter than I remember but with some remaining classic dishes. Our server promptly took our drink order, returned to discuss the fish special, and left us to decide. I ordered the wedge salad and the sea bass. DH ordered some pomme frites and the veal picatta. My salad was fresh, but drowned in blue cheese dressing (most of which was thankfully on the side). The pomme frites were nothing special, could have sued more seasoning, and maybe an accompaniment besides ketchup. My sea bass was well seasoned, with mashed potatoes and apples (a unique combination that provided texture and sweetness that balanced the dish. The veal picatta was a little tough and definitely under seasoned, the only clear flavor coming from the capers. The crème brûlée we split for dessert was excellent. Our server was excellent throughout the night. Overall though, I came away disappointed. Cafe Society has always been a quiet neighborhood gem. I hope this was an off night. The menu and the decor could both be refreshed and bring this charming bistro back to what it once was.

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Memphis/West TN

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 22, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    The food was awful. The chicken Alfredo had no sauce and was very bland. Steak was tough.

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  7. GeorgeD

    Memphis/West TN

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 15, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    I don't know if they were short of help or the restaurant is failing. We arrived at 6:30 reservation and at 7:45 had to leave for the theatre with no food. Many other people had the same experience.

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Memphis/West TN

    17 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on April 15, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Our last visit was disappointing but we loved it in the past so we tried it again. Service was very very slow. He ordered the chicken Alfredo which they served with no sauce. He had it before and knew the sauce was missing. After about 15 min they finally brought him a bowl of sauce. Saying they hoped he had enough now. There was none before. I was finished eating snd the rest of his fish was cold. Our bill will 100 for two entrees and one app, no drinks, no dessert. The servers were apologizing to each table for something the entire night. Out of this or that. They have a small menu. Stock up before service. It’s a shame but they probably don’t last much longer at this rate.

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Memphis/West TN

    5 reviews

    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 1, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    We ordered from the signature cocktail selection, but they were awful. I don’t think it was the bartender, but a bad creation combination. People that arrived after us had drinks and appetizers Long before we did. The meal was tasty but not great. Ribeye was not good and salmon was really good but the blue cheese crème sauce was very overwhelming. It distracted from the flavor of the fish. The crème brûlée, however was amazing! Not the experience I remember from many years back. I will not be returning.

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  10. SandraC

    Memphis/West TN

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 16, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was spectacular. Service great. Atmosphere, lovely paintings by local artists on the walls.

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  11. MissCQ

    Memphis/West TN

    50 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    50 reviews

    Dined on March 11, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The three of us enjoyed our dinner and drinks very much. Great service too. Thank you!

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  12. GeorgeO

    Memphis/West TN

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 5, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was remarkable. Drinks were tasty and we enjoyed trying something new. Entree size was just right for our needs.

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  13. CynthiaJ

    Memphis/West TN

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service, excellent food!! Highly recommend.

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  14. LinT

    New Orleans

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 16, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Open Table let me make a reservation in a restaurant that was closed that night. I gave Cafe Society a bad review because of this. I will never use Open Table again nor recommend it to anyone.

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    Memphis/West TN

    17 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    We have dined here many times and found this experience to be below our expectations overall. Our server was new to the restaurant but not to service. She kept us waiting way too long too many times and forgot both one of our drinks and our app. When we asked about the app it’s apparent they placed our main courses under a heat lamp. The gnocchi was dried out and crispy on the outside and hallow on the inside. The salmon sauce was way too salty. The chicken was also dry. I’m addition the Brussels sprouts were swimming in balsamic. Too much so. We had four diners. Three meals as one shared. Three cocktails and one app and the bill was $150. Way too much for the quality of food and service we received last night. I do hope this was a one off experience as we have good experiences in the past. Nit sure we will be back anytime soon though. I am hopeful things will improve soon. Oh and one of the restrooms was out of order last time we were there and still is. I personally don’t like to sure a restroom with a urinal. I doubt many woman do.

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  16. ShawnH

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 4, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Arrived for lunch reservation and had to look for someone to seat us. Finally found someone in the kitchen. Food was fantastic and will definitely go back.

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  17. BrunchKing

    Memphis/West TN

    51 reviews

    4.0

    51 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    This is one of our special occasion go-to spots. This New Year's Eve we got reservations here. Our meal was excellent! There was an option of a special four course menu which we chose. Now, the service was where there were issues. We were told that they were very short staffed. The bartender was pitching in with the dining room tables. We became aware of other tables having service challenges as well as our issues. Fortunately, our food helped overcome the frustrations of the service.

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  18. Condorandino

    Memphis/West TN

    13 reviews

    3.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    We had dinner on New Year's Eve for 3 hours. Service was very slow due to lack of personnel. The food was outstanding but the wait for each meal was unnerving. It's a pity because this has always been a great restaurant.

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  19. caryberryb

    Memphis/West TN

    11 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    New years eve

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  20. BrendaF

    Memphis/West TN

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was excellent! It appeared that they only had 2 waitresses. We had to wait for drinks, dinner and dessert. The bartender was helping out bussing tables. A member of our party had to help our waitress split the bill. Will still go back because this is the only bad experience I have ever had there.

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    Memphis/West TN

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 1
    The dining space was near empty for a Friday evening. We were 1 of 3 sets of guests at 8p and shortly thereafter the only guest.

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  22. MulberryMarie

    Memphis/West TN

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 18, 2022

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The service and atmosphere was perfect but the food was a bit lackluster. We started with the roasted brussel sprouts which were good but had too much sauce. The seafood bisque was very salty. The chicken Alfredo was under seasoned with almost no sauce at all Our salads were good. Our waitress was excellent

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    Tallahassee

    8 reviews

    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 3, 2022

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    The manager was great and apologized for being understaffed. We didn’t notice a long wait at all! I appreciate the care in that way. The food was not terrible, but it wasn’t good. Things were either lukewarm (onion soup), over salted, or uneven temps (steak was medium to rare in one cut). There’s a ton of delicious food in Memphis and this didn’t meet our expectations.

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  24. JackB

    Nashville

    31 reviews

    4.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on November 30, 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Went for a pre-game dinner. Ford was excellent and service was prompt. Pricing reasonable. Highly recommend.

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  25. SuziinTN

    Memphis/West TN

    207 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    207 reviews

    Dined on November 23, 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was as good as it has ever been. The salmon and the veal picatta were great along with the bacon wrapped shrimp. Our only disappointment was the crème brûlée - not up to their standard. Only one server had him scrambling to serve 5 tables.

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  26. ofraA

    New York City

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    They haven't found our order. Didn't allowed us to enter the place. We were embarrassed with our guest from Berlin. Shame on you!!!

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  27. Tamelonia

    Las Vegas

    14 reviews

    1.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Poor quality food, and inattentive/indifferent service made this one of the worst meal experiences ever. Will never go back. Only chose this because the photos of food made it look like it would be great (and they took reservations through Open Table), but nothing measured up to expectations that were set from reading the reviews and seeing the photos.

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Bar didnt have ingredients for the drink I wanted, ( nothing fancy just a hot toddy), we felt rushed to order, then order was slightly wrong, server training the new server was a bit abrupt and not very patient.

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  29. JimmyW

    Memphis/West TN

    28 reviews

    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on November 2, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was my wife’s birthday and our first time there. We’ve been trying to get there since before Covid. The service was great and the food was excellent.

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  30. HarryO

    Western NC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful dinner as always. We have been enjoying CS probably since the ‘90s when I’m Memphis. It has never disappointed!

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  31. PICKYEATER

    Memphis/West TN

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 24, 2022

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    THE RESTAURANT WAS VIRTUALLY EMPTY. FOOD WAS OVERCOOKED.

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  32. AudreyJ

    Memphis/West TN

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great dinner venue for date night. Food was on point!

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    Jacksonville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food and service were excellent! We had a great time! We were sad that there were few others there. Hoping business picks up because we would hate to lose this restaurant!

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  34. Pacer1

    Nashville

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Seared us quickly. Cocktails and wine selection good. Salmon and Italian soup both too salty.

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  35. MeetMeInMemphis

    Memphis/West TN

    28 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on October 4, 2022

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    First time back in several years Lovely restaurant, not yet back to pre-COVID levels. Lower rating for the meal was due to the tiny shrimp and wilted salad drenched in Caesar dressing. The salmon entree however was nicely done and my lunch companion enjoyed it.

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  36. mrsoul

    Houston

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very nice quaint local restaurant. Service was excellent. Potions were large! Really enjoyed and will return.

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  37. StevenN

    Little Rock

    16 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Very disappointing. Seabass was way over cooked. Expensive for the quality of food and service.

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  38. DianaK

    Memphis/West TN

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 13, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Lovely restaurant with nice setting. The cocktail (French 77) was the best ever. We both had the filet steak and it was cooked to perfection. Our server was wonderful, too! Very attentive. A great experience to celebrate a special event....as we did!

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    Memphis/West TN

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    What a great hidden gem. The food is always amazing. The portion sizes are oversized and I hate to waste food. I hate to share in a restaurant but that might be a thing next time. Definitely go hungry.

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  40. RubyB

    Memphis/West TN

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Great location and great community and great service!

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
  • 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

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 3.6 stars by 786 OpenTable diners.

Permanently Closed

This restaurant is permanently closed.

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Cafe Society

212 North Evergreen, Memphis, TN 38112

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Poplar Avenue
  • Neighborhood
    Midtown / Cooper
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch Tue–Fri 11:30 am–2:00 pm Dinner Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    American, Belgian, French
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking details
    Street parking in front of and behind restaurant
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Cullen Kent
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Smoking Area, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (901) 722-2177
  • Private party facilities
    Café Society hosts many rehearsal dinners, wedding receptions and business functions.
  • Private party contact
    Leslie Gattuso: (901) 722-2177
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