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About Cafe Society

Celebrating 20 plus years in business, Michel Leny first opened Café Society in 1987, 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.

212 North Evergreen
Memphis, TN 38112
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
French

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:;00pm - 10:00pm, Brunch: Sunday 11:30-2:00

Cross Street:
Poplar Avenue

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(901) 722-2177

Website:
http://www.cafesocietymemphis.com/

Parking Details:
Street parking in front of and behind restaurant

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

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Indoor Smoking Area, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wine

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 for reservations. Online reservations not accepted.

Cafe Society Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.3

ambience

4.2

value

4.0

Noise

Quiet

97% would recommend it to a friend

Quiet Conversation (15)
Romantic (15)
Special Occasion (14)
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Good for a Date (14)
Good for Anniversaries (13)
Cozy (12)
Neighborhood Gem (9)
Business Meals (8)
Worth the Drive (8)
Good for Birthdays (7)
Fit for Foodies (7)
Great for Lunch (7)
Creative Cuisine (7)
Authentic (6)
Handcrafted Cocktails (6)
Notable Wine List (6)
Pre/post Theatre (6)
Bar Seating (5)
Casual (5)
Great for Outdoor Dining (5)
Good for Groups (4)
Local Ingredients (3)
Healthy (3)
Comfort Food (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Fun (2)
Great Beer (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Scenic View (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
Live Sports (1)
Organic (1)
Seasonal (1)
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 (Memphis)·Dined 5 days ago

Food was amazing as always

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·Dined on November 18, 2017

Our food was good, service not quite what we were used to but sufficient. This is our third time. There was a table of 6 next to us that was UNBELIEVABLY loud! It was like sitting in a McDonald’s. We were very disappointed as it was a special occasion for us, we cldnt even have a conversation. It made the overall experience very unsavory. Hope this helps in the future. Thanks.

Tags: Romantic
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 (Memphis)·Dined on November 18, 2017

The food was delicious! My steak was cooked perfectly. The service was perfect, our server was always on the spot when we needed him

Tags: Good for Groups, Casual
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 (Memphis)·Dined on November 13, 2017

So appreciate that the food is consistently good and I so love that folks can have a quiet conversation while enjoying the ambience, good service and good food.

Tags: Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients
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·Dined on November 4, 2017

Good food, nice presentation, very flavorful... I restuarant is in a quiet location, off the beaten path and away from the activity in Midtown and Downtown...

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for a Date
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 (Memphis)·Dined on November 1, 2017

Love this spot, glad its in the neighborhood. Look forward to our next visit. They decorated the table for our anniversary and we really enjoyed the bar before and after our meal for custom drinks.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Disabled Access, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Bar Seating, Live Sports, Healthy, Fun, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Authentic, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Great Beer, Handcrafted Cocktails, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Seasonal
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·Dined on October 28, 2017

This was my first time dining at Cafe Society. It was a great experience and the waitress was awesome. The cocktails were amazing as well as the ambiance. I will definitely be dining here again!

Tags: Cozy, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients
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 (Portland)·Dined on October 23, 2017

40 year anniversary

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 (Memphis)·Dined on October 18, 2017

Service was not as usual. Very surprised. Not the usual. Served another bourbon when Makers was ordered and were not told. Shame. This was not the Cafe Society that I was used too. Food was rich as usual and 4 of the 6 entree’s were fabulous as expected. The other 2 were ok. Fish special is always my go to and tonight not so much.

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 (Memphis)·Dined on October 14, 2017

We enjoy dining at Cafe Society, but have noticed over the past few years, the menu has become quite limited. Also, my husband ordered a Whiskey Sour, and it was so full of ice there was barely anything to drink.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Romantic
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·Dined on October 14, 2017

Great place for a dinner for two. Service is excellent. Food was outstanding.

Tags: Notable Wine List
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 (Memphis)·Dined on October 8, 2017

The food is always good. The specials are always excellent. The staff is always attentive. Quite atmosphere that is good for conversation. Nice neighborhood to dine outside on a pleasant evening.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Romantic, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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 (Memphis)·Dined on October 7, 2017

We went for a delayed anniversary dinner and found the food to be wonderful and a nice quiet atmosphere for conversation. We had the steak and salmon, and both were done to perfection.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies
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 (Memphis)·Dined on September 30, 2017

First time to visit Cafe Society, nice midtown French restaurant. We started with bacon wrapped shrimp, and a cesar salad. Both items were very good. Bread good but not French. I had the Filet, and my wife had the Salmon. Both items were pretty and delicious. Service was excellent.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Romantic
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 (Memphis)·Dined on September 29, 2017

Food is always good. Not bad for a pre-theater dinner. Service was excellent.

Tags: Romantic, Business Meals, Great for Lunch
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 (Memphis)·Dined on September 28, 2017

Everything was fantastic. Cullen had several new dishes and they were great!

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 (Nashville)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Most of the food was quite good. We were quite shocked that the served burnt dinner rolls. Not sure what kind of chef would allow that. Wine list was adequate. Bery snmnall beer list. The server was pleasnt and efficient

Tags: Cozy
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·Dined on September 17, 2017

I've been going to Cafe Society since the first week they opened. It has never disappointed! It is always one of my first choices for an excellent meal in a lovely setting where you can easily enjoy the company of family and good friends. As a fan of alfresco dining, when the weather is nice, having dinner out on their patio adds yet another dimension of sheer pleasure. What more needs to be said?

Tags: Good for a Date, Great Beer, Disabled Access, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Scenic View, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Great for Outdoor Dining, Bar Seating, Great for Lunch
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 (Memphis)·Dined on September 17, 2017

We love that Cafe Society is in our own neighborhood. We love the French cuisine, and have always enjoyed our meals there. The staff are always friendly and attentive, their special drinks are creative and tasteful, and their food is delicious.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Healthy, Romantic, Notable Wine List
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 (Nashville)·Dined on September 17, 2017

Wonderful experience! Great food wine and service. Highly recommend

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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Cafe Society is in a lovely space with great ambiance. However, our evening came with pros and cons. We waited for more than 10 minutes at the host stand wondering if we were actually even at the host stand before stepping into the bar side to make sure we were in the right place. There were only a couple tables of people but we didn't see staff on the dining side until inquiring at the bar. We were promptly seated and our server was nice, polite, but seemed a little off. As a couple more tables filled, it seemed as though they were understaffed.
The charcuterie plate was less than ideal with the meats and cheeses being nearly unbearably salty--perhaps a different selection would be more palatable. Though I needed to ask for a cocktail menu, our drinks were fantastic. We sort of wished we'd sat at the bar, to be honest.
The meat and vegetables were all delicious and cooked as desired.
The bread pudding could use improvement.
All in all, though, it was a nice little neighborhood spot for dinner.
I'm certain we'll be visiting again.

Tags: Authentic, Happy Hour, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Cozy, Good for a Date, Bar Seating
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 (Memphis)·Dined on September 13, 2017

Cafe Society was beyond amazing. It was our 2 year anniversary and we just wanted a quiet and intimate dinner (hard to get with kids at home!). The wait staff was attentive, the wine list extensive, the food amazing, and we got many recommendations from our waitress that really paid off. The charcuterie platter was so good and she was able to tell me the name of everything on it (You would be surprised at how many cannot). I recommend the risotto which was perfectly cooked, and the duck which was the best I have ever had. As someone who lived in France I cannot recommend this restaurant enough. We will be back again very soon!

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 (Memphis)·Dined on September 10, 2017

We enjoyed our dinner at Café Society. Our wine was quite good and everyone's entrées were very good too. I wish there had been a little more food for the price, but overall the evening was quite nice. I will definitely go again sometime.

Tags: Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Special Occasion
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·Dined on September 9, 2017

Cafe Society has been a special place in midtown for many years.
It is tucked just off Poplar on Evergreen, and has a neighborhood feel.
I loved the salmon with roasted potatoes and sweet peas, and my husband really enjoyed the chicken with potatoes.
It is a quiet restaurant, which is great for a business lunch, or dinner.
There are also tables outside on Evergreen which is great when the weather is nice.
It is a restaurant that we go to frequently because of the atmosphere and the consistent quality of our meal.

Tags: Good for a Date, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch
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 (Memphis)·Dined on August 20, 2017

One of our favorite haunts. Class act, food and service!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Outdoor Dining, Quiet Conversation, Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 18, 2017

Its a nice place , friendly, clean cozy, great staff. The prices are ok, but most of the food lacked the kind of of flavor and flare you would expect of FRENCH. It was good food , just I expected more. The dessert was killer. I don't say don't go I just say its not the greatest French find.

Tags: Romantic
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 (Memphis)·Dined on August 16, 2017

Service and food delicious atmosphere very nice quiet

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine
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 (Memphis)·Dined on August 11, 2017

This is the 2nd time we have dined at this restaurant. It is one of my favorite restaurants in Memphis. The atmosphere is sophisticated yet warm & welcoming. Every menu item ordered had excellent flavor . All employees were pleasant, friendly & professional. This would be a good restaurant for any occasion. We plan to return again.

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·Dined on August 9, 2017

All around a great place for lunch and meetings. Quality.

Tags: Business Meals, Comfort Food, Local Ingredients, Seasonal, Great for Lunch
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·Dined on July 26, 2017

Service with a smile and a very nice all around wholesome staff with tasty food. I will definitely be returning!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Orange County)·Dined on July 25, 2017

Worst food in Recent memory

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 (New Orleans)·Dined on July 19, 2017

Every dining experience at Cafe Society has been exceptional. The quality of the food, the ambiance, the service, everything is top notch. There's no question that Cafe Society is consistently one of the best restaurants in Memphis, if not THE best. It bears repeating, we have had this kind of experience at every single time -- what a terrific place!!!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on July 13, 2017

We found Cafe Society while looking for a nice place to eat after a matinee movie. It advertises as a French restaurant and has an appropriately simple decor. We found the wait staff to be attentive and knowledgeable and the food quite good. We were especially impressed with the onion soup and the bacon-wrapped shrimp. The creme brulee was very light. We will be going back.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Good for a Date
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 (Memphis)·Dined on July 9, 2017

We highly recommend the seafood bisque! Spring mix salad and crabcakes were perfect and will definitely order them again. Check out the duck and andouille sausage, as you won't be disappointed. Service was over the top!

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 (Memphis)·Dined on July 6, 2017

Been coming here since the restaurant opened. I have never had a bad experience. Michel Leny is such a jewel.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation
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 (Memphis)·Dined on June 26, 2017

I have eaten at Café Society in the past, albeit it has been a few years (maybe 3 or 4) since I have last eaten there. I was never disappointed before. However, this time was nothing but a disappointment. I could have prepared a better meal at home and I am not a cook. There were 7 of us and all were disappointed in our meal except the one who ordered the crab cakes. Dessert was no different, we were all disappointed again. The waiter was pleasant enough, but you could tell he was new. We had to ask for everything. He did not anticipate any of our needs, not even refilling our water glasses. The best thing I could say about my experience was we had a party of 7 and they did not automatically add an 18% gratuity to my bill.

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 (Memphis)·Dined on June 22, 2017

It was fantastic. I put a special request in the open table comments when I made the reservation and the Chef had my special meals ready to go when we got there!!! Absolutely amazing!

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 (Memphis)·Dined on June 17, 2017

Cafe Society continues to deliver excellent service and a creative menu. The best French Onion soup in the city.

Tags: Cozy, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Quiet Conversation, Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Lunch
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 (Nashville)·Dined on June 17, 2017

We usually love their food and this time it was very flat in appearance and taste! The dining area was very warm

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 (Tallahassee)·Dined on June 10, 2017

The veal is world class. So tender and served beautifully.

Tags: Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Authentic, Quiet Conversation
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