Cafe Society

4.4
552 reviews
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$30 and under
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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.
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D
Memphis
9 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always go because their Caesar Salad. We feel it is the best we've ever had!!! Our waiter recommended their Wagu steak and it was absolutely delicious and the flavor amazing.
Cafe Society is a great neighborhood restaurant.

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C
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 1

I have not been to Cafe Society in a few years. Decided to take a friend for her birthday. The layout of the restaurant has changed. The really nice bar is now separated from the rest of the place. The open space is now segmented, which I preferred the more open floor plan. There literally were two other tables when we arrived on a Saturday night at 8:00 pm. There was no music or ambiance. In fact it felt more like a holiday inn restaurant rather than a high end french restaurant. The service was OK and the food was good. I was just very disappointed that the entire experience was not warm but rather cold and detached. When you can hear the wait staff busing the tables and you feel its time to go, while you're waiting for dessert, it's not exactly what we signed up for. As we walked out past what used to be a sophisticated bar, we saw a table of folks in there watching March Madness. The impression was that it was a sports bar. Again, that's fine...but not a fine dining experience.

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ZM
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 1

We had to ask for everything. Service was awful. None of us in the 8 person party will be back.

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MG
Memphis
3 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

I have been going to this restaurant for more than 16 years. Most often for lunch and I have always enjoyed outstanding service and very good food. I believe that my guests would also say that they have been very happy with the people, service and good at Cafe Society.

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SG
Memphis
4 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

Putting 20% service charge for party of 3... RIDICULOUS!!!

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CF
Memphis
12 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

I really have nothing much to say. It was an uneventful dining experience. Nothing to brag about except maybe the appetizer (oysters) was good and dessert was just okay—said “...berries” and the creme brûlée had one strawberry. My husvand at least liked the ribeye and the fries. I had something salmon and the salmon was very bland. It didn’t have any flavor whatsoever. Presentation was good, but again, very bland. Service was blahhhh. The lady that waited on us did just that...nothing special. I’ll give a two stars⭐️⭐️ 😬😩

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C
Memphis
10 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great neighborhood treasure! Awesome service, incredible food and wonderful atmosphere.

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PM
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Getting ready to make another reservation when this survey popped up. Perfect place for business meetings. Elegant, quiet with few distractions and all the while you can anticipate scrumptious food! I am a fan!

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EJ
Memphis
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was really good and the wait staff was so nice. We will definitely be back!

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GT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We all Enjoyed our lunch at the Café Society. The food and the service were excellent. It is nice to go to a restaurant where the noise level is low. We definitely will return.

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OT
Memphis
4 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and food. Ideal valentine place.

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s
Memphis
18 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Never disappointing! Always delicious and interesting!

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DB
Memphis
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cafe Society never disappoints. The food, service and atmosphere are always first rate. The seafood bisque has been spectacular for many years.

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BK
Memphis
32 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent Valentine's Day dinner experience. Ordered from the edited regular menu rather than the special menu and enjoyed everything. First time there in probably 2 years and it was distinctly improved.

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T
Memphis
22 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Café Society is one of our favorite restaurants for date night. The ambiance is relaxing but upscale. The meal prices are fair and the staff extremely courteous and knowledgeable.

This evening The Chef’s special sea bass entrée was great. However, the service this time was slow and wait time between courses from the server was a little excessive from past dining experiences.

Overall- great meal and service Disappointing. Not our typical experience at Café Society.

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PC
Memphis
3 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

It was a great evening. We really enjoyed our dinner.

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JK
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tobacco smell is strong from bar. Otherwise everything was was great.

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ST
Memphis
153 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always - awesome food, great choices, and superb service. My go to place !

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JB
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

The artwork and the ambiance and the wait staff were impeccable. The food was not up to my expectation. I have had better french onion soup at OUTBACK, and I have had better Caesar salad at many places. I would eat there again next time I visit the city, but I would try something else on the menu.

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m
Memphis
9 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

I am a big fan of Café Society. The food came out quite slow but worth the wait. Our server was inexperienced as I did not get the service I have in the past which has been stellar. I will be back.

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TH
Charlotte
4 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect night out with friends! Elegant but not too stuffy. Very quiet and well suited for a large gathering of course friends or family. The food was fabulous!

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G
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were happily surprised with the quality and exceptional entrees. Cafe Society had been long forgotten but not anymore. We chose this restaurant because it was down the street from Evergreen theater. Next time we will choose this restaurant for the amazing food. Great job!

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SR
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great time at Café Society. The food was amazing, especially the dessert.

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TL
Memphis
73 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Eggplant appetizer big enough to share.
Rack of lamb perfectly executed.

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RD
Memphis
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Excellent food and service. Will definitely dine here again. The decor could use updating.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

This was a New Year’s Eve to remember! A storm had knocked out power earlier that day, but the chef & staff never missed a beat. We had the French onion soup, which one member of our party stated was the best he had ever eaten, and the BLT salad to start. The entrees were just as delicious - Chicken Paillard, Veal Piccata, & Scallops Raito. We finished our meal with the Creme Brûlée. We amplified the candlelight with the flashlight app on our phones to choose wine, entrees, admire the presentation, and help my husband enjoy the mussels in his dish. Dinner was executed flawlessly and was enjoyed by all. If we had not been dIning totally by candlelight, with the occasional electronic assist, we would never have known the kitchen was operating in a challenging environment.

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OT
Memphis
5 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

We went on NYE the power was out, but they’d called ahead to let us know so no surprise. Great decision to go without power, they had the whole place candle lit. The food was great. It felt like our server was a little overwhelmed working in the dark, but she was pleasant. Turned into a fun dinner experience, looking forward to getting back here with the lights on.

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L
Memphis
12 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was New years Eve and the restaurant had lost power due to a storm. We ate dinner by candlelight and the food was delicious. It was a unique experience !

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s
Western NC
6 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Great ambience and great service!

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SO
Memphis
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 1

I bought a groupon for $50, for a special event while my daughter was in town. The restaurant was empty, no atmosphere, and the foyer stank of smoke. The smoke smell drifted into the restaurant and turned me off of eating the food I’d ordered. I went outside to get fresh air, and once again it smelled of smoke outside the door.

When the check came, I was told that Groupon added an 18% service charge, even though there were only three of us, which wiped out all of the saving I made by buying the Groupon. Total cost was $75 for one cup of bisque, 2 glasses of wine, 1 Caesar salad, 1 chicken dish and 5 oysters.

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OT
Nashville
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The restaurant was lovely, and the service was excellent. My favorite dishes were the eggplant and goat cheese roulade and the scallops. Wonderful meal and experience!

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RR
Memphis
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

My son had his 14th birthday there and it was perfect. My kids have (real) severe allergies, and they went above and beyond to check our orders for ingredients (which we know is annoying). Super fun and good wine list, too. We've been there multiple times and consistetly excellent.

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KR
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Service slowwwwww,... but food and drinks were good . Don’t come in a hurry ,..

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JE
Memphis
2 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was awesome! Just Saturday night with friends made better by our meal.

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JB
Memphis
11 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

We have been coming to Cafe Society for many years and the food has been okay. My husband and I ordered the Veal Piccata and it was so tough we could not eat even one bite. I had been there in the summer and had ordered a Brandy Alexander and it was one of the best I had ever had. I decided that a good Brandy Alexander would offset the bad food. I was wrong, they brought out a scoop of ice cream with a little brandy to pour over it. This will be our last trip to Cafe Society.

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S
Memphis
3 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful as usual.

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D
Washington DC
69 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A must do little gem in midtown!

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NH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was fantastic and service was awesome. Can’t wait to go back for more seafood bisque and salmon

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OT
Memphis
4 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
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 2, 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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