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About Cafe Society

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.

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

Cuisines:
International, Belgian, French

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

Cross Street:
Poplar Avenue

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

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, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Indoor Smoking Area, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, 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 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!

Cafe Society Ratings and Reviews

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4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.4

ambience

4.2

value

4.1

Noise

Quiet

92% would recommend it to a friend

Good for Anniversaries (16)
Quiet Conversation (16)
Romantic (15)
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Cozy (13)
Good for a Date (13)
Neighborhood Gem (12)
Good for Birthdays (11)
Business Meals (10)
Special Occasion (10)
Pre/post Theatre (8)
Fit for Foodies (7)
Authentic (6)
Bar Seating (5)
Casual (4)
Creative Cuisine (4)
Disabled Access (4)
Good for Groups (4)
Great for Lunch (4)
Handcrafted Cocktails (3)
Local Ingredients (3)
Notable Wine List (3)
Great for Outdoor Dining (3)
Seasonal (3)
Worth the Drive (3)
Comfort Food (2)
Healthy (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Fun (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
Great Beer (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
Live Sports (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
Tapas (1)
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 (Memphis)·Dined on January 30, 2018

Food is good, ambience not.

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vip
 (Memphis)·Dined on January 22, 2018

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

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Great for Lunch, Romantic, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Happy Hour
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 (Memphis)·Dined 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. :-)

Tags: Tasting Menu, Sunday Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Romantic, Quiet Conversation
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food5
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 (Memphis)·Dined 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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 (Memphis)·Dined 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..

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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 (Memphis)·Dined 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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 (Mississippi)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Wonderful dining experience. You owe it to yourself to spend and evening here. Food and wine were excellent.

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 (Jackson Hole)·Dined on December 24, 2017

We were there on Christmas Eve after a church service and visit to The Peabofy Hotel so we were late diners. The service was fine, with no effort to rush our party, and taking every effort to provide us with menu information and to check to see that we were pleased. The owner and his wife both circulated among guests, thanking us for our patronage. It was a lovely dinner out and a very homey, warm and comfortable ambiance. This compares very favorably with French restaurants in D.C. where we live. A joy to find in Memphis!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Romantic, Great for Lunch, Business Meals
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Food was excellent. Had the roasted oysters and duck for apps and the steak and salmon were great. We all shared. The smoke from the bar was noticeable and may keep us from going back. The atmosphere (old house) was OK, but could use some updating. Our table was right by check in and not ideal. Overall really good. Service was friendly and helpful.

Tags: Cozy, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on December 15, 2017

We went with friends and had a wonderful meal. Food and service was great.
Everything looked so festive with the tree decorations on the table. We enjoyed our experience and would definitely recommend this neighbor restaurant.

Tags: Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Seasonal, Fun
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 (Memphis)·Dined on December 15, 2017

Very nice place for great cuisine. Staff was very friendly and helpful. The menu was top notch with a variety of options. Highly recommend.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Disabled Access, Business Meals, Authentic, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Romantic
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vip
 (Memphis)·Dined on December 13, 2017

We enjoyed a leisurely lunch and everything was great. Great service, food was excellent, and a good selection for lunch. One of my favorite restaurants.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Memphis)·Dined on December 7, 2017

Food was amazing as always

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 (Memphis)·Dined on December 7, 2017

We stopped there before going to the Orpheum. When we arrived there was no one at the front and we walked around and said “is there anyone here?” Finally someone came and we went to our table. Service was slow and the food was average. We were disappointed as we have been there many times and thought the food was very good. People kept coming in and there was no one to great them. When our waitress came we told her people were standing and waiting for someone to help them. Disappointed.

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 (Memphis)·Dined on November 17, 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 17, 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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 (Atlanta)·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 October 31, 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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 (Memphis)·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 22, 2017

40 year anniversary

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vip
 (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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vip
 (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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 (Memphis)·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 7, 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 29, 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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vip
 (Memphis)·Dined on September 22, 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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 (Memphis)·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 16, 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 16, 2017

Wonderful experience! Great food wine and service. Highly recommend

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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 15, 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 12, 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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 (Memphis)·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 19, 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 17, 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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