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Cafe 1912

4.6
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127 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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French American
Café 1912 is in Memphis, TN and has been a favorite with the locals since its opening in 2002. The bar side of the restaurant was added in 2007. The eatery is in a building erected in 1912, hence the name. You can find some excellent items on the menu including appetizers, such as the marinated olives, white wine and garlic mussels, or the crispy fried calamari. Popular main dishes include the pan seared salmon, pork tenderloin, and salad Nicoise. Don't skip the house-made desserts; goat cheese cheese cake and the extremely popular bread pudding! The menu is French-inspired and offers approachable items for all types of eaters. Skirting the line of fine dining and casual eating is our zone. We thrive on team service, great food, and an easy-going atmosphere. Come dine with us!

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Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 127 people are saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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sjones
Memphis/West TN
14 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, the food and service were excellent. The value you receive for your money is fantastic.

TJ
vipTammyJ
Memphis/West TN
9 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was spectacular and we will definitely return soon. Sarah took great care of us!

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vipOutofTowner
Memphis/West TN
64 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always reliable menu and helpful service. Bistro atmosphere.

LB
LouBelle
Memphis/West TN
4 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Enjoyed our evening in this local gem. The menu is varied and the dishes well prepared. Our server was excellent-knowledgeable about the menu, friendly and attentive. A return visit soon, I hope...

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vipFoodiefamily
Memphis/West TN
11 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, friendly staff, wonderful ambiance and very well priced. My only wish is for more Cabernet wine selections. Love this place.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Memphis/West TN
17 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Day after Valentine’s Day. Uncomfortable seating. Great waitress. Food good. Atmosphere need work.

KS
vipKS0327
Memphis/West TN
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time to Cafe 1912 and we are so glad we checked it out. Service and food were great.

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OpenTable Diner
Memphis/West TN
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I and another couple went to Cafe 1912 for Valentine’s Day, and it was fantastic! Their scallops are probably the best in town. We will definitely be back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Memphis/West TN
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Valentines Day

JB
JBB919
Memphis/West TN
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible neighborhood gem! Kicking myself that this was my first time here but I assure you, it won't be my last!

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ZachryW
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

My wife and I had an amazing experience at Cafe 1912. The restaurant is a little on the smaller side and does not necessarily have the high end eye appeal of some other places. However the quiet and relaxed dining experience more than made up for it. The food by far better than most places I’ve eaten in Memphis. The Filet was cooked perfectly and ultra tender. Highly recommend this restaurant to everyone!

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PaulE
Memphis/West TN
2 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a delightful evening! Power went out and the staff handled it beautifully!! Staff were very attentative throughout our meal. Highly recommend!

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Pauld
New Orleans
6 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Later reservation. Initially seated at a table at the kitchen pick up window. Interesting to watch the kitchen in action, but too noisy. It was a temporary place while we waited for our reservation table to turn. Moved to table when it cleared. The food never disappoints. The service just so so this time. He was friendly but was also visiting with customers at the bar. Waiter was also the bartender? Enjoyed our dinner and the ambiance of the place. Like being in a lively bistro in provincial France. One of my favorite places in Memphis. You can spend a lot of money but you don’t have to to have an interesting meal. The salad nicoise was excellent as was the crab cake appetizer. They have a very good wine list as well.

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tomh
Memphis/West TN
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience3

I use to go here for the Chicken Breast stuffed with Ham and cheese. Even though the waiter admitted it was there most popular dish the management refuses to put it back on the menu. My wife usually got the fish of the day. Saturdays fish of the day was 4 scallops for $40 - it wasn't shellfish of the day. The staff did not seem to like what they were doing, they seemed unhappy about something. I finally ended up with the Seafood crepe, there was too much of the overly thickened sauce which completely drowned out the crepe. I write this review not because I am angry with the restaurant but because I loved the 1912 I use to go to and something, I don't know what, has changed (typically with this kind of fall it is the new management, but I don't know if the management has changed). I'm not sure how I will know it is worth it to go back.

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RogerR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Mundane food and service.
Good values on wine list.
Overall, a bit disappointing.

J
vipJohn
Western NC
38 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food, well served.

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dinnerout
Tallahassee
2 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was excellent Nice menu with good variety and a nice wine list. Service was very attentive

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vipOutofTowner
Memphis/West TN
64 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great meal at Cafe 1912. Lovely small bistro.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was outstanding! Reminiscent of dining in a Paris bistro!

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Totalfoodie
New Orleans
13 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great as usual! Haven’t been in a couple of years. Better than I remember actually!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Memphis/West TN
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sarah was very attentive and a pleasure. The food was outstanding. First time but certainly not the last!

JB
vipJackB
Nashville
22 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Onion soup very good. Service very slow. Salmon is better at Amerigo’s. Veal loin too tough and overcooked.

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OpenTable Diner
Memphis/West TN
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This is one of our favorite places to eat. Great food, great bar, friendly staff in a nice quiet and friendly environment. High quality food at middle price pint. Would recommend to everyone

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Memphis/West TN
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Memphis/West TN
3 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We dine early as a family and it feels like dining at home with a personal chef. If done later it’s perfect for a romantic dinner and if catch a show it’s perfect for drinks and dessert. We recently discussed and now that we’ve tried almost every restaurant in area for three years we’ve decided Cafe 1912 will be our main go to.

JS
JodyS
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every bit of food was delicious...soup, steak, fish, veggies! And the wine was great too.

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gregd
Memphis/West TN
21 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service

OT
OpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a celebration for my birthday and as for previous visits the food and service was exemplary. For a cold evening the ambience was perfectly warm and inviting.

LC
vipLucyC
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

The ravioli was much too sweet. The mussels and chicken were great!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Memphis/West TN
6 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great meal.

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Bluzcity
Memphis/West TN
8 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service2ambience5

Food amazing, service lacking substantially; felt waiter had too many customers rendering him unavailable for our small table of two. Had to ask three times for bread. It’s all

PB
PaulaB
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always our favorite go to for a fun evening out or a quiet dinner for two. Great menu, wine list, and bar- never fails to make us happy

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Native
Nashville
24 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our service was great thank you Sara without an H.

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alaing
Nashville
26 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall2food3service3ambience3

The kitchen is within the restaurant, which can be nice when the aeration is good. Here, the restaurant room smelled fried oil. What we saw from the kitchen, the walls, curtains, and floor were not very clean. The food was ok, but not great for the price. Vegetarian pasta and veal were very greasy, and the pasta were too cooked. The pork and its sauce were good. The desserts are ok for the price. Service was so so. I was done with my entree and the server brought me the dessert menu although all other people at my table were still eating. Nobody asked us if the food was good: I will have say no.

DW
DaveW
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience3

The hostess was excellent. The wait staff was not attentive, despite the slow night. Be warned, the main room had a bad draft from the front door and a lot of noise from the kitchen. The food was excellent. Ambient music would help elevate the atmosphere.

CG
CGCG
Hawaii
13 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a table in the bar. We like that. The service can be a little slower because the bar tender is doing double duty, be we are ok with that. Food is always good.

CS
CatherineS
Memphis/West TN
6 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience3

Open kitchen revealed less than sanitary methods being used by cook staff. Eating their meal while cooking. Picking up food with involved hands. (To plate).

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OpenTable Diner
Nashville
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Wonderful food and lovely ambiance

PF
PamF
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food,great service. We spent a lovely evening celebrating our friend’s birthday. Thank you Cafe 1912 for a memorable evening.

HQ
vipHarrisQ
Memphis/West TN
2 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

The restaurant was not busy at all, yet our server was slow. We sat next to the kitchen and other staff persons were sitting/standing just 2 tables away and talking loudly with each other and with the kitchen staff without regard for us.

FAQs

Cafe 1912 offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (901) 722-2700.

Cafe 1912 is rated 4.6 stars by 127 OpenTable diners.

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