Cafe 1912

4.7
66 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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LC
Memphis
35 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This is our go-to place for wonderful food, friendly attentive service, and nice atmosphere. It's quaint, not loud and a great place for a date!

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OT
Memphis
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Casual and comfortable. Sarah was our sever and she was excellent. Service and food were top notch. Will definitely put it on the top of our list for date nights!

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CC
Memphis
2 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This was our second trip to Café 1912 and we love it. The food is excellent and a very good value. Good quality for the money. From the appetizers all the way through desserts you can’t miss! We will be back for sure!

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BF
Memphis
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Our food was nice. Sarah, our server was amazing!

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V
Memphis
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Consistently delicious! Great bartender and always delicious meals

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AH
Memphis
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The lamb shank fell off the bone. I just picked up the bone and was left with a saucy pile of delicious meat. My mom loved the half chicken and said the accompanying asparagus was cooked perfectly.

The waitress was very prompt and kept the meal rolling. She was professional, in that she wasn't there when we didn't need her. The experience made for a very good Mother's Day.

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RI
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Delightful evening - tasty food, in a chic atmosphere. Proximity to Playhouse Square makes this an excellent dining venue.

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h
Nashville
7 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Very loud
Service inconsistent

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OT
Memphis
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

The male wAiter was kind of slow but food was great!!

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OT
Memphis
2 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This place is our favorite hidden gem in Memphis! Incredible food, drinks and service/staff!

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m
Memphis
9 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Excellent food and service. Noise level is a problem. It is very difficult to carry on a conversation.

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OT
Memphis
8 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great service, enjoyed the food! Will return!

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MN
Memphis
47 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good service, wonderful salads, and delicious ravioli! Truffle fries are a must.

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MM
Memphis
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Always enjoy the food and atmosphere. Will keep going back

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great! Tyler is wonderful at the bar!

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MW
Memphis
1 review
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this restaurant so much! Food always wonderful, and service from wait staff and bartenders is friendly and fun, every time!

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AH
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best filet in town. My favorite place to eat. Everything I’ve tried is great!

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CB
Nashville
10 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cafe 12 is a great place for dinner and drinks. The food and service are both excellent.

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OT
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love 1912. I haven’t been there in awhile but it is a favorite!

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SJ
Memphis
2 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

The food was very good but we found the staff to be a little unfriendly.

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OM
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Have not been here in years - but went Saturday night with friends - absolutely one of the best burgers I have had in this city - and my friends all got steak - and they said one of the best as well - excellent meal from start to finish!

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CC
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this place!
I ordered the salmon with root vegetables.
Salmon perfect
Vegetables slightly undercooked
Regardless, GREAT restaurant!

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CC
Memphis
18 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great service! While our orders were limited to salads and appetizers and a shared dessert, everything was excellent.

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D
Memphis
20 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Just a great go to place for a great dinner

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K
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food is outstanding! Will be going again soon.

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HS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The arugula salad was delicious and I will definitely get it again.

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b
Memphis
2 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

The food was outstanding, we had the Calamari, Lamb Shanks with potato and the pork medallion and goat cheese ravioli. The service was lacking wait staff not very friendly. We had brought a very nice bottle of wine and a different waiter open it as if he were opening a bottle of soda. Did not present or pour properly. There was no finesse at all with this wait staff. Only saving grace was the food.

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JM
Memphis
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

A wonderful experience for a great price! The reservation system was a bit peculiar but otherwise very enjoyable.

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WD
Memphis
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great. Halibut special was fantastic and risoto was to die for.

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TH
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a wonderful time and great food.

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a
Memphis
3 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Feels special, but do it anyway.

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OT
Memphis
7 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Birthday dinner, loads of fun, excellent food. Tyler, our server, was awesome!

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent....as usual. My wife and I wlways loved coming here. The best table for two is the last one along the wall in front of the kitchen because you get immediate service and you get too see all their menu items. Shhh! Dont tell anyone though.

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S
Nashville
2 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Excellent food, great service, good value. Good wine list. A long time favorite.

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DB
Memphis
2 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Nice to be open on a Monday evening.

Small and large portion plates were appreciated.

Generally wonderful.

Our table was pushed next to a open window area so close to the table on the other side that the four people there seemed a bit put off that we could hear everything they said and almost touched them as we squeezed next to the wall to get into our chairs.

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IF
Memphis
5 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cafe 1912 never fails to please and is one of our favorite restaurants. We only wish they had an East Memphis location, too!

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L
Memphis
2 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

The food was very good but not great. The braised lamb shank was smothered in the glaze and nearly lost all of the lamb taste. The calamari was good as was the seafood crepe. The bread pudding was the best thing I had there! Moist and flavorful with a delicious sauce! Really like a pudding instead of the heavy cake you normally see in restaurants. The ambiance might be better in one of the side rooms but in the room right off the front door it is drafty and cold! The front door shuts slowly and not very securely so everytime someone came in we got a blast of cold air. The curtain they have hanging there tries to help but it doesn't stay closed and there is so little room in the entryway that people end up pushing the curtain open while the rest of their party is still trying to get in the door. The kitchen area is also a large part of the front dining area.

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OT
Memphis
4 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Everything was great!! Best dirty martini around and all of the food was flavorful and great!

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ST
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 2

We had dinner there on Jan5th. First time patrons for my birthday. The food was excellent, however the waiter, Justin, and the gentleman behind the bar were very rude and had little personality.

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KE
Denver
18 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Good French ambience in decor but hardly any French items on the menu.

Food and particularly the service was great.

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