Cafe Society

4.6
514 reviews
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$30 and under
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International
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 Maxim's in Paris. October 2007 welcomed new owner, Chef Cullen Kent, graduate of Le Cordon Bleu in Paris. Cullen and Michel continue the tradition of International cuisine emphasizing Belgian influences and classic French food.
Located in the heart of the beautiful Evergreen Historic District in Midtown Memphis, Café Society features innovative preparations of fresh seafood, veal, lamb and beef along with an extensive wine list for your dining pleasure. With its casual dining and bistro atmosphere, Café Society is affectionately known to many Memphians as simply "Café" and continues to be a favorite of many of its midtown neighbors.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
International, Belgian, French
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Hours of operation
Lunch
Mon–Fri 11:30 am–2:00 pm
Dinner
Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
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Phone number
(901) 722-2177
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Cullen Kent
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Private party facilities
Café Society hosts many rehearsal dinners, wedding receptions and business functions.
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Private party contact
Leslie Gattuso: (901) 722-2177
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Poplar Avenue
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Parking details
Street parking in front of and behind restaurant
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Special events & promotions
Cafe Society hosts monthly wine tastings the last Tuesday of every month. Sample 6 wines with cheese pairings for $25 per person plus tax and gratuity. For your dining pleasure we offer $5 small plates as well as the regular dinner menu. Space is limited so call 722.2177 to reserve as online reservations are not accepted.
Cafe Society has private rooms that may accommodate groups of 14 to 40+ guests. Our venue has been the site of several weddings and their receptions,. Cafe Society hosts many rehearsal dinners and business functions. So when you’re celebrating a special occasion, we promise to please your palate with freshly made menu items and an extensive wine list!
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Indoor Smoking Area, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wine
What 514 People Are Saying
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OT
Memphis
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Have always loved this place and today was just wonderful!

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s
Memphis
7 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We haven't been there in several years due to all the new great restaurants in Memphis. A group of good friends decided to go to dinner and I suggested going there. It was fantastic. The food and service were excellent. I assure you we will be back soon.

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ST
Memphis
145 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Another great meal at Cafe Society. This is a gem of a restaurant. Great beef, salmon, and veal and the best Creme Brûlée in Memphis.

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m
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

The blt salad had old brown lettuce on it. Food was average. Service was excellent

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MC
Memphis
11 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 2

We love it. We went on a Rainy Sunday night for anniversary. There was literally no other diners there while we ate. Not the normal business. It was a bit awkward. The food was still great.

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GG
Memphis
9 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cafe Society is one of my favorite restaurants. When we make reservations our table is always ready & set when we arrive. Good menu selections and delicious. A soothing and comfortable ambience. A restaurant we will visit often.

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JG
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I took my wife there for date night before we went to see a play at Playhouse on the Square. The food and service were outstanding. The menu can be viewed on their website.

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CA
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Overall, the experience was very good, with a great atmosphere and tasty food. However, the entrees were a bit overpriced. I would definitely come for the appetizers again.

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BB
Memphis
16 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Will always be a favorite of ours here in Memphis.

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s
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 2

We’ve dined all over Memphis during our 11 months living here and this was a meal that is forgettable. I’m not going to say it was bad, it just wasn’t great.

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KK
Memphis
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was exceptional. Great value.
We enjoyed the service, quiet atmosphere, and relaxed feeling.

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NA
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food and wonderful atmosphere. Seafood is fresh and tasty.

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OT
Mississippi
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great meal at Cafe Society. We've been coming here for years and Chef keeps the menu fresh. His steaks are the best in the city!

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KO
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were in town just for one night, and we were happy we found this place. The service and food were both wonderful.

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HM
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had dinner with co-worker and new friends. We had a dinner early Sunday night. Food was amazing! I thought it was more casual but it was pretty fancy inside. I should have dressed up little bit more.
This restaurant would be one of my favorite restaurant in Memphis area. I will definitely visit again.

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OT
Memphis
69 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, it was a perfect evening with wonderful food, drinks, and excellent service. A true neighborhood gem.

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LT
Memphis
5 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorite spots!

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S
New England
3 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Chose this restaurant from local reviews and was not disappointed.Friendly attentive staff,pleasant surroundings with local artists displayed on walls.Great cocktail list and superb food cooked to perfection.French influenced menu that exemplifies a typical Frech neighbourhood bistro.If we had the time we would have gone back the following night.Wish we had this in our neighbourhood ( Australia ).

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j
Baltimore
46 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Drinks, appetizers, Filet Minion for four amazing! Oberon wine superb. Will be back the next time we are in town.

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F
Memphis
29 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 2

The food was amazing! I had the scallop special and my husband had chicken from the menu, both were cooked perfectly and presented beautifully. The basket of bread was nothing to brag about, not homemade. The butter was in a glob on a large plate, not too appealing. The service was ok, our waitress was very sweet and knowledgeable about the menu, but she was overwhelmed with too many tables and not able to be attentive. I was surprised to see the young hostess in jeans, sneakers, and a V-neck T-shirt. She sat on a stool and looked at her phone when no customers were around. The Decor could be SO much nicer! The chairs were 1980s aluminum chairs, something you would see in a pizzeria. The carpet looks old and worn and the walls had some artwork, local I think, which is great to see, but not arranged well. The salt shaker on our table had dead bugs in it. If it weren’t for the amazing food we probably will never return.

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J
Memphis
18 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our second visit and we truly enjoyed our choices. Starting with cocktails that were over the top with a Charcuterie plate and Goat Cheese Croquette with balsamic macerated cherries...amazing! We split a Café Caesar and the Eye of Ribeye with the best Pommes champvallon that I believe I have ever tasted, we substituted roasted cauliflower for the shaved Brussels, roasted shallot, red wine sauce which was so fresh. Last but not least, we finished with the Lemon Almond Gateau
with blackberry compote & vanilla gelato that our server, Carla recommended. Everything from the time we walked in until we were the last to leave was spot on! Thank you Cafe Society & Carla for a wonderful evening!

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BM
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We started with a Seafood Bisque and a Charcuterie dish. The Bisque was the best I've ever had - real chunks of lobster! The Charcuterie dish had top quality meats and several unusual but tasty cheeses, etc.
For entrees, we each had a different Scallop dish, both were delicious.
The service was prompt, pleasant, and efficient.
We sat outside - the neighborhood was pleasant, though there is a lot of traffic. Not sure what the indoor ambience was like.
This is not fast food, nor cheap, but if you like great food, Cafe Society has it!

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AG
Memphis
16 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simply the best French onion soup and lobster bisque.

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J
Memphis
10 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Veal Piccata was dream about memorable, as were the Oysters Maurice!
Nice to be back!!

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JN
Birmingham
35 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 3

Very strange experience - some things great, others odd. Charcuterie was great, but salmon was overcooked and chicken was rubbery and undercooked. We could hear cooks yelling at each other from the dining room. Our server, Megan, was wonderful and the multiple drinks helped balance out some of the negatives.

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JH
Memphis
2 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Remains way too expensive for food quality. Needs more diverse menu

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OT
Memphis
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cafe Society is the best! Food is excellent and great value for the price. Service is always “over and above” ... my favorite place to eat in Memphis!

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JF
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food with a calming atmosphere made the whole meeting experience a pleasure. Yes, I would do it all again.

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OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I’m so bummed I forgot our waiter’s name! He was great. My salmon was a teeny bit over cooked, but I ate the entire dish. The other flavors on the plate married well with the salmon. The cocktails were spot on and the berries were a nice touch on the creme brûlée.

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BB
Memphis
16 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We are never disappointed here! Such a lovely evening!! Food, wine selection, quiet ambiance, excellent service all made for a wonderful evening. Many thanks for being a consistently wonderful dining experience.

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ST
Memphis
145 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our favorite restaurants in Memphis. We always have great meals here. Good specials, good portions, and every dish is excellent. Best Creme Brule in town!!

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TL
Memphis
55 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never disappointed...hard to resist..
One of our favorite places to dine.
Would like a few more small plates, as options so we can enjoy even more tastings on each visit..

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NA
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is absolutely delicious. What else is there to say?

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OT
Memphis
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a great place. Food was delicious and the staff was pleasant and an overall great experience. We celebrated my sister birthday and they even added a little confetti to brighten up our table for the occasion. I can’t wait to go again.

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JE
Memphis
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2018
Overall 4food 2service 5ambience 5

We had the Bass special. It was a mistake. Not to our liking. But every other aspect of our meal was excellent including our server Carla. The food is normally excellent and so we’ll be back.

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M
Memphis
7 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great comfort food, great service, incredible desserts! Always dependable!

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DS
Memphis
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Restaurant is spacious-tables not crowded, appropriate medium-low lighting, nice art. Very good service, menu limited, but creattive. Good wine list. Food was tasty.

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MD
Memphis
13 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great owners, great service! Great for special occasions, too.

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S
Memphis
10 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place for good food, nice wine, and perfect for celebrating a special occasion. Service is very attentive!

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BJ
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 3food 1service 5ambience 5

Food not to delicious the customer service was good

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