About Cafe 4
Café 4 is Knoxville's Hotest Downtown dining and entertainment experience. Come enjoy our true urban retreat, featuring Traditional Southern Comfort Foods with a Twist. Create memories in our comfortable dining room or relax on our heated and cooled outdoor patio overlooking the bustling Historic Market Square. Savor an entrée from our always-changing "seasonal menu", featuring Chef inspired Southern House made favorites. Chill out in the "Mezzanine Loft" for a great cup of coffee or latté’, a glass of Wine or one of 47 unique Beers. The "Mezzanine Loft" features a "Living Room" setting including free Wi-fi, making it the perfect place to just hang out with friends or family. Book the Square Room for your next special event or catch one of our many live concerts. Cafe' 4; a third place, neither home nor work, a place for nurturing community life and creative interaction, a place where strangers, neighbors, and friends gather to nourish the body and build relationships.
Comfort Food, Southern
Hours of Operation:
Monday-Thursday 7:00 AM- 9:30 PM
Friday 7:00 AM-10:30 PM
Saturday 9:00 AM-10:30 PM
Sunday 9:00 AM-8:30 PM
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Free Parking in the Market Square Garage all evenings and weekends.
Private Party Contact:
Kaley Smith: 8655444199x
Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Cafe 4 Ratings and Reviews
Highly mediocre food, drinks, and poor s ...
Highly mediocre food, drinks, and poor service. The quality of the food was typical of an average fare. The selections were fairly limited and the drinks were bitter as made with cheap mixers and liquors. Will not revisit this restaurant again unless desperate for food in downtown Knoxville.
We had an early dinner here as we needed ...
We had an early dinner here as we needed to get to a function later on. The food and service were exceptional! This was our first time dining here and if we're in the area again we'll definitely dine here again. Our server was very attentive and handled a special request very well. So nice to have servers that actually listen to you and make sure you're happy. Food was excellent and the variety on the menu was very good. Make sure you check out this restaurant if you're in the area, you won't be disappointed!
Fried green tomatoes were good, shrimp a ...
Fried green tomatoes were good, shrimp and grits were on point. My wife had half of chicken which was to much for her which worked out because the shrimp and grits was a little small. Great service, little loud because some kind of kid convention in town. That is what happens when you have reasonable prices definitely worthwhile.
This was my first time here. We met friends and sat outside on a beautiful night. The service was great and the food was delicious. We even got a cupcake for dessert which was to die for! Don't know if smoking was allowed or not but no one was smoking. I will be back.
Great rinks before the meal to the Mezz. ...
Great rinks before the meal to the Mezz. Quick service with friendly bar tender and wait staff. Truffle parmesean fries amazing. Salads and entrees were delivered to table in timely fashion.The high quality of the Service and the food made our anniversary dinner a memorable experience. From check in to leaving everyone and everything was top notch. Can't wait to come back.
It was delightful!!! We love going to Ma ...
It was delightful!!! We love going to Market Square!
We all enjoyed our drinks and dinner. I always enjoy our trips to Cafe4.
Enjoyable evening with good food, service, and atmosphere.
Saturday they only offer a brunch menu for lunch. I didn't want breakfast food so I got a hamburger . It was excellent. My husband got a southwestern chicken breakfast item with fried potatoes . It was very good. The restaurant was very noisy and our waiter couldn't hear us well. Next time I will request to sit outside if the weather is nice. Our waiter seem distracted or had too many tables . We had to ask for refills on our drinks. He brought our bill before we received our dessert. Seem to want to rush us out of there. I think I will go back only for weekday lunch or weekend dnner.
A wonderful experience
I dine here frequently, and always have a wonderful experience. This meal was no exception: the cocktails were great, the food was outstanding, and the service was wonderful. The beet and salmon salad was amazing and the baked half chicken was phenomenal ! The decor of the dining room is very uptown chic, but can be a bit loud- this is not a quiet, cozy corner kind of place, but the food and atmosphere is great!
Love Cafe 4
Café 4 is one of our favorites spots for dinner in Knoxville, and the salmon is delicious! Really do wish they would bring back the pimento cheese dip . . . bartender makes a wonderful Old Fashion.
The food is amazing, i had the fish tacos, it has a sriracha dressing in the cloeslaw, avocado and lime, i got 3 tacos in the serving and could only eat 2, i also had a side of the homemade potato chips which were also delicious, service is amazing, very clean, totally recommended!
Everything was wonderful. Highlights wer ...
Everything was wonderful. Highlights were the truffle oil fries and shrimp and grits.
Cafe 4 is a wonderful restaurant on Mark ...
Cafe 4 is a wonderful restaurant on Market Square; the darker atmosphere makes it cozy and comfortable, though it's quite noisy on any night. I went on a Saturday evening once and waited an hour and a half for a table for two, but it's worth the wait and you can walk around Market Square and wait for a text letting you know your table is ready. I made a reservation for a Thursday evening once and was seated immediately. The macaroni and cheese is to die for, and so rich. I haven't had a bad thing here yet!
Cafe 4 experience
We had reservations and when we checked in we were told our table was almost ready. 20 minutes later... The food was excellent, as always. I recommend adding at least another 30 minutes to your reservation if you need to be somewhere else. Never had an issue before. Could have been that particular evening. I will definitely return and give it another shot. The food is worth it!
Cafe 4 was excellent as usual!
We had dinner at Cafe 4 prior to a concert downtown. Made reservations on OpenTable which was a great move on our part as the restaurant was packed at 6:00 pm on a Wednesday. The food was excellent. Our party had calamari, pork chops, steak, lobster Mac and crab cakes. Every food item was excellent. We left with cupcakes to take home with us. The service was very good. Food was timely and we never waited for drinks. It was extremely loud in the restaurant with the crowd but nothing unbearable. Overall, it was an excellent experience. Cafe 4 is one of our favorite restaurants in Knoxville.
Loud, with great food
Took my wife here for date night before a play. I'd eaten lunch here once before and remembered the large portions and good food. We were not disappointed with the food. I had a vegetable pasta and she had a beef short rib sandwich--her item stole the show, though mine was no slouch. Music or a dance next door with heavy bass was a mood killer, but the restaurant was extremely noisy anyway. We were seated immediately, with the server keeping our drinks filled, but gradually forgetting about us at the end. Overall good experience.
Awesome food! Great service. Like the ...
Awesome food! Great service. Like the wine selection!
The food was great and the service was spot on. I will definitely be coming back.
The waiter was very friendly. While he d ...
The waiter was very friendly. While he did not know the special, when the wrong food came out he quickly replaced it with something I would like. Overall very good brunch.
Reliable restaurant on Market Square
I'm a fan of Cafe 4. Their fish tacos are excellent, and their turkey burger is superlative. When the weather is nice, the outdoor seating allows you to bask in the energy of Market Square. Simply put, I'm a fan.
Always a great experience and they deliv ...
Always a great experience and they delivered once again. Highly recommend
Great Downtown Restraurant
We made our reservations with the open table app. on a very busy night we ended up being about 10 minutes late and they still had out table ready as soon as we walked in. The food was great and so was the customer service.
Continues to be one of the best restaurants
Continues to be one of the best restaurants in Market Square. Service and food are excellent! Quality has been consistently great whether busy or not
Okay but not treat
Entrees (salmon and tilapia) were good but nothing special. I felt I could have done as well at home. Vegetables were very good except for the Brussel sprouts which were burned. Coffee is very good. They leave you a pitcher of water but server was slow in refilling coffee
Even better than expected!
Great food, great service, I would definitely recommend Cafe 4, and most definitely cannot wait to return in the future!
Waiter was great, but the food was just ...
Waiter was great, but the food was just so-so. Have had lunch here before and thought it was better.
Never disappoints. This is a favorite for me and my wife. We try something different each time.
Excellent service and food.
From the moment of being greeted to signing the final check, the experience was fabulous. Our waitress was helpful with the menu and wine choices. The food was superb. Enjoyed watching people in Market Square.
Food is always good and I struggle with ...
Food is always good and I struggle with which entrée to treat myself to. Short rib grilled cheese is always a favorite and the burger is every bit as good As Liton's!
Took my wife there for her birthday, we had a great time, the food was excellent, the waiter was very pleasant and personable. We need to go more often.
Dined here 11/27/15 with out of town guests. Service was excellent, the menu had great selections and everyone enjoyed their meal. The only downside was that the delicious looking deserts were not that tasty.
Reservation - Didn't Matter
We had an 8:30 pm reservation for a party of 5 (it was Homecoming weekend and I felt it best to make a reservation so we didn't have to wait too long). When we arrived the hostess informed us that "our" table was still occupied by the prior group but she would have us seated as soon as they left (we were about 10 minutes early so I wasn't concerned). at 8:45 we were told they were still finishing their drinks but the manager was going to buy us an appetizer when we got seated. At 8:50 they asked the other party to leave and we finally got seated ... I would expect that the restaurant would have more than just a few tables to accommodate a party of 5 but looking around there weren't any. A reviewer on their FB page had a similar experience this summer, so I would say if you have a party larger than 4 this probably isn't your place unless you don't mind a long wait.
Cool space. Very crowded on Fri night; ...
Cool space. Very crowded on Fri night; definitely need reservations. Great menu selection. Mac n cheese, flat bread pizza, fish taco and strawberry salad were all delicious!
Always a treat -- love their salmon and the service is excellent. Plus, they accept reservations.
The steak taco special was outstanding!!
The steak taco special was outstanding!!
Weekday Breakfast My bride and I enjoy ...
Weekday Breakfast My bride and I enjoyed a nice late (9:45am), Monday morning breakfast. We both had the market square breakfast but she had poached eggs, sausage and potatoes while I ordered over easy, bacon and grits. We both agreed they were the best breakfasts we have had lately. We will be back on next visit to Knoxville.
The food at Cafe 4 is okay, but nothing ...
The food at Cafe 4 is okay, but nothing special. Service was very good, though it was quite early so it wasn't busy yet. The restaurant needs better white wine options.
Brunch on Sunday
We arrived early for our reservation but were seated immediately, which was the first plus. I was so glad to see that, although we were seated at a table, the chairs were as comfortable as in a booth. Loved the menu because it had such a variety of things to choose from. I finally decided on the Short Rib Grilled Cheese sandwich with fries, and my friend got the Americana Scramble. I chose chai for my drink, and it was absolutely delicious, steaming hot and in a large cup. When our food arrived, it was still hot. The meat on my sandwich was so tender that it fell apart, which I loved, and the pickled onions on it were delicious. The bread was a cripsy golden brown. The Americana scramble was a perfect size for brunch, accompanied by chunky potatoes and toast. We thoroughly enjoyed our meal, and the bill was very reasonable for what we ate. Our waitress was very attentive and pleasant. We definitely plan on returning and sampling different items on the menu.
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