Cafe Society

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708 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 708 people are saying
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vipmemdiner
Memphis/West TN
11 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience3

I meant to call the manager when I returned from this business lunch. I took a client who had not been there. He works nearby. I was telling him what a great local restaurant it is with a great chef. Great food. Great service. And easy for conversation. Everything was off. The server was not attentive, although attempted to be. He asked our client 3 times what he wanted on his sandwich and the client told him 3 times. Everyone ordered soup and neither soups were good. Which is very unusual. Our client asked for rolls or bread with the soup and we were told that they didn't have any. Another guest asked for crackers and the server offered a crostini but never brought them. The service continued to be poor throughout the meal (although he was great with refilling waters and very pleasant.) The food was not good. And there was only one other table (of 2) in the restaurant while we were there. Perhaps they were busy getting to go Thanksgiving food prepared. and in that case might have been better served not opening to guests if they were not able to provide the normal great food and service. I was saddened by the experience for the restaurant because I was trying to bring in a new source of diners (this man works with 3500 others so a good experience would have spread through the organization.)

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LGoon
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Went with my boyfriend (30s) for dinner before attending a play at Playhouse on a Friday night. There were about 4 other couples/groups there - all in their 60s and 70s. Does not appear to be a place frequented by those less than 50 years old. Food was OK, but certainly not great and especially not great considering the rather high cost. The Germain martini was very sweet, which we weren't expecting based upon the description. The atmosphere was rather lacking. The one plus was that it was quiet since there weren't too many people. Much better options in Memphis for this price point.

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OpenTable Diner
Memphis/West TN
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall2food1service5ambience5

Everything was good except the food was not seasoned. Probably will not return.

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RobertS
Memphis/West TN
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall1food4service1ambience2

They were terribly short staffed. It took too long to get the food. The server forgot our requests. We went to the bar and got our drinks by ourselves. After having to stay that long, the men's room was not in service.

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Hoolie
Memphis/West TN
2 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience4

Service very slow
The lettuce in the Cesar salad was brown
Prices were too high especially for the half a glass of wine

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vipccharrison
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Cafe Society has really declined in food quality and service.

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience1

While we were early we were the only table. The atmosphere has no ambiance whatsoever, mall food court is nicer.Out of French onion soup, how is that possible? Prime rib was a ribeye soaked in Au jus, not roasted. Wine was excellent and service was good. Would not return!

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MichaelG
Memphis/West TN
4 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have been going to this restaurant for nearly 20 years and have never had a bad meal. The people are outstanding and I look forward to every trip to Cafe Society.

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Birhday
Memphis/West TN
12 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience5

Service was slow ( more staff than patrons in the restaurant) and food was average at best. Seafood bisque was cream based w/no seafood in it. My filet was good, I ordered garlic mashed potatoes. They had no taste and large hard hunks in them. We ordered beer and it was not served w/a cold glass. We ordered coffee had to ask twice for spoons. For a 200.00 bill we were disappointed.

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OpenTable Diner
Memphis/West TN
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

celebration of my birthday month

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vipTravelerNotTourist
Houston
49 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Patio faces a noisy street. Pork chop overcooked although veggies were good. Very traditional menu. Overpriced. Server was cheerful.

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OpenTable Diner
Memphis/West TN
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good service, wonderful Caesar Salad with perfectly cooked shrimp.

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vipBubba
Memphis/West TN
38 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had not dined there in a while. Dined outside. Service was friendly and efficient. Food was delicious. Had the pork chop with pomme frittes, crispy brussels sprouts. Watermelon and tomato salad. Cabbage and chicken soup. All good. I'll be back.

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LisaM
Memphis/West TN
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Food and service was excellent. It was not very crowded. We need to support this excellent Memphis establishment.

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vipLoriTW
Memphis/West TN
6 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite spots in Memphis!

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Doctorburks
Memphis/West TN
3 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great overall experience! Great food, drinks and service!

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BLYC
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We enjoyed a delicious dinner for our anniversary. The setting is nice and was not loud or distracting. Our server was attentive and the meal was very enjoyable. The bacon wrapped shrimp was exceptional!

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Schubert
Nashville
21 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience5

It had been several years since we'd eaten here so we were all excited about the possibilities. I thought the wine menu was a bit limited but that wasn't an issue. I ordered the rose which was pretty good. Then the appetizers arrived. The bacon wrapped shrimp were good as were the caesar salads. But the vegetables were too charred for our taste. Not only the brussel sprouts but even the mixed veggies. The veal piccata was heavily breaded, served on a huge pile of homemade noodles that were swimming in a lemony broth. Tasted fine, but not what we expected. I'd have preferred a bit of salt, too. Otherwise, no complaints. I wish I'd ordered the Grouper. It sounded good.

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JayP
Pittsburgh
30 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall4food2service3ambience4

This was my first time dining at this restaurant and I must say it was a bit disappointing. The lobster bisque soup was very watery and had little taste. My prime rib was tough and dry. No au jus accompanied the meal. My husband had the grouper and brussel sprouts and thought it was good but for the value we paid for the entire meal plus tip, we could have had a better meal at a fine dining restaurant. Mark, our server was friendly and attentive. The hostess was so sweet!

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vipProfJoe
Jacksonville
134 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Seen Better times. Highlight is their art on the wall. No Memphis regional specials. Limited menu, poorly executed. Salmon not fresh & over spiced. Grouper not cooked through.
Wine list weak but not there anyhow. Sour milk for coffee. Hells Kitchen Needed!
This is another restaurant calamity of Covid19 pandemic. Unfortunately they didn't strive to satisfy their only customers for that night. Alas. Skip it.

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vipWilliamS
Memphis/West TN
6 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience2

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

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OpenTable Diner
Nashville
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Great staff, food was just ok and over priced.

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Emily
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2021
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
19 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
5 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
13 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
22 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
12 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
5 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
8 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall2food1service5ambience4

Amazing service, food wasn’t good.

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vipHogms2
Memphis/West TN
21 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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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 stars by 708 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.