Cafe Society

4.4
489 reviews
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$30 and under
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International
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  • Good for a Date
  • Business Meals
  • Special Occasion
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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Delivery or takeout
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 489 People Are Saying
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4.4based on recent ratings
4.4
food
4.7
service
4.5
ambience
4.3
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined 2 days ago

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

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

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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5.0Dined on July 9, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on July 8, 2018

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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5.0Dined on July 7, 2018

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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5.0Dined on June 29, 2018

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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5.0Dined on June 23, 2018

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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4.0Dined on June 21, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on June 10, 2018

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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4.0Dined on June 8, 2018

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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5.0Dined on June 5, 2018

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

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4.0Dined on May 22, 2018

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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5.0Dined on May 18, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on May 17, 2018

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

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3.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Food not to delicious the customer service was good

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

I love Cafe Society. Cullen Kent, the Chef/Owner, creates some of the finest French food in Memphis. Not surprising because he studied at Le Cordon Bleu Paris. There are also items that appeal to those who want food that's a little less fancy. Everything I've ever had there has been delicious. The menu and wine list are not large, so every dish is cooked with care and precision. I highly recommend this restaurant for anyone looking for a delicious meal in a quiet, intimate setting. There's also seating outside, if you like dining al fresco.

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3.0Dined on April 28, 2018

Service was good. Sat outside. Seating is very close to parking area. Only about 4 ft from someone sitting there with their engine running while we paid $120 for dinner. Street is super loud. No way to carry on a conversation. My wife had the Stuffed chicken and it was was excellent but veal piccata I had was dry and a little tough. Not sure how veal can be tough. Pasta under the veal was cold and dry as well. We won’t be back.

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4.0Dined on April 27, 2018

We had 7 at our family table and we all enjoyed our food and service!

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4.0Dined on April 25, 2018

Always consistent. Very nice venue for lunch and really good daily specials.

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5.0Dined on April 20, 2018

Old friends having a special dinner together. Food was delicious, service was impeccable, quiet atmosphere that made for easy conversation. We’ll be back.

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Wonderful! One of my go-to places!

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5.0Dined on March 15, 2018

Great service and delicious food. First time visit, will come back again.

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5.0Dined on March 14, 2018

As always, we had a great dining experience and excellent service!!!

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1.0Dined on March 13, 2018

Qualified review not based on dining experience. Upon arrival at 5:30 pm, was promptly seated and due to the poor condition of the dining room chair, deeply cut my index finger, which necessitated a prompt exit and subsequent visit to the emergency room for stitches. The chef and owner, along with the staff, expressed remorse and concern and promptly removed the chair from the main dining room. The restaurant was empty and based on my scanning the spartanly decorated dining room, was not disappointed my family couldn't experience the food.

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

Great overall service and experience. A great place to stop and eat on the way to or from the theater.

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5.0Dined on March 6, 2018

We always have a great experience at Cafe Society!! The food and drinks are wonderful, and the service is exceptional!!!

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5.0Dined on March 5, 2018

I always look forward to having dinner here. Food is excellent as well as service. The ambience is very relaxing, not rushed. The acoustics make it possible to have a conversation during the meal which is lacking in several high end restaurants now. I recently mentioned to someone that I was surprised it was not listed on Memphis top romantic restaurants. Would definitely list it as a great date night or any night "go to" restaurant.

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3.0Dined on March 3, 2018

Good food ,but very small menu. Would like to see more choices on the menu and a small salad included with an entree.

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5.0Dined on March 1, 2018

Excellent restaurant with great food and service. I had the Bouillabaisse and it was excellent with very fresh ingredients. The steaks are always perfectly prepared. Gluten-free/dairy-free homemade sorbet is great.

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3.0Dined on February 26, 2018

Food and service were good, very casual. The dining room is elegant, but the paper table cloths ruined it for me. Plus our table was wobbly and squeaky.

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5.0Dined on February 19, 2018

One of my favorites for 16 years. I have had lunch at this restaurant at least two or three or more times each month. This is where I go for important business meals.

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

Always great food and great service. Excellent menu.

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3.0Dined on February 17, 2018

Veal piccata tasted good but was almost too tough to cut with a steak knife.

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5.0Dined on January 31, 2018

Dinner was prepared well and the service was perfect.

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3.0Dined on January 30, 2018

Food is good, ambience not.

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5.0Dined on January 22, 2018

Great food, great service - my go to place for lunch!!

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5.0Dined on January 20, 2018

This quoet little restaurant is a fan favorite for my wife and I. Its a quiet, clean romantic atmosphere. If there were one thing I would change...its the chairs. They don't seem to fit the decor of the restaurant, but...in the grand scheme of things the chairs get a pass. :-)

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5.0Dined on January 20, 2018

Its always a great experience dining at Cafe Society. The service is absolutely phenomenal and the food is exceptional

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3.0Dined on December 31, 2017

My seafood had a really bad odor to it, and my date’s veal meal was tough. I could not eat more than a bite of mine.. It looked nicely arranged but I couldn’t get over the smell..

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1.0Dined on December 31, 2017

Restaurant is plain with little ambiance. Service was slow and scarce. Our order was forgotten in the kitchen, yet there were only three or four other tables in the restaurant. Drink refills were forgotten. Our server offered to comp us a round of drinks, then brought us a check for full price. The food was very overpriced for the quality and flavor. There are better restaurants in Memphis.

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