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203 East 9th Street, Cookeville, TN 38501
(931) 526-3344
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Today
11:00 am - 3:00 am
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Hours:
Sun 12:00 pm - 3:00 am
Mon - Sat 11:00 am - 3:00 am
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Outdoor Seating

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  • 18
    Excellent
  • 23
    Very good
  • 9
    Average
  • 2
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Good food and nice atmosphere

Went with a group for birthday dinner and wasn't disappointed. The atmosphere was great, the food was good and the service was great - will definitely go back. Only downside was parking - really a weird setup, so if you have a bigger car be careful.

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 5, 2015
Michael M
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Harrisonburg, Virginia
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Cookeville, Tennessee
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239 reviews 239 reviews
113 restaurant reviews
239 helpful votes 239 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Had dinner last night at Spankies. We have eaten here somewhat infrequently, but have always had an excellent meal. This is a local favorite so you never know who you might see here. The service was prompt and excellent and the food was especially well prepared.

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Harrisonburg, Virginia
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78 reviews 78 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Went with a group for birthday dinner and wasn't disappointed. The atmosphere was great, the food was good and the service was great - will definitely go back. Only downside was parking - really a weird setup, so if you have a bigger car be careful.

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Seymour, Tennessee
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19 reviews 19 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

Stopped in for lunch today. Odd lunch set up. Go to back, order food, get paged when ready, pick it up and enjoy. Had the Pastrami on Pretzel Roll. YUM! Cole slaw side was vinegar based and it was really refreshing, lots of celery seed (and I love celery seed.) had homemade peanut butter pie for dessert. Not the best... More 

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Chattanooga, Tennessee
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45 reviews 45 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

We came to Cookeville for a lacrosse game and this place was recommended. Not much on the outside but the food was GREAT! The food is not at all what you would think. Fish tacos were out of this world. We had a big group all at once and they were short handed. The staff was amazing. They kept apologizing... More 

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Cookeville, Tennessee
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25 reviews 25 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

My family used to like this place, but the bread that Spankies is famous for in Cookeville had it's topping sliding off-YUK! It's a mayo/cheese mixture, but that's never happened before. The taco dishes and cajun chicken/pasta dish can only be described as bland. I added lemon to the cajun chicken/pasta dish to get some taste. The sauce looked cajun,... More 

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Cookeville, Tennessee
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

My initial impression of the place was a bit negative. The decor was a bit odd (had Christmas lights) and there were two pictures hanging just past the bar that were slightly uneven. Small I know and I'm not OCD but it bothered me in a humerus way. Then we sat down and immediately our waitress was there to take... More 

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Tennessee
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25 reviews 25 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

You probably won't find Spankies unless a local tells you about it. It's basically on the college campus, so of course there are a lot of college students there. At lunch time, it's a little bit of everybody. Business people on lunch break, students and college staff. Walk up to the counter to order, and they call your name over... More 

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Cookeville, TN
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9 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

Has been a Cookeville staple for as long as I can remember. The menu has changed over the years but the quality and service have always been excellent. A college favorite that can be loud at times, just go early.

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Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

Love the food from Spankies- a Cookeville classic! It may be where all the college kids go on Thursday night but during lunch and early dinner it is frequented by business people who have loved Spankies for years. My favorite is the chicken stix and of course the cheese bread is a MUST try!

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Washington, DC
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12 reviews 12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

Friendly, eclectic crowd of patrons comprised of professors, students and local business folks. Good food consisting of mostly traditional pub fare plus some unusual selections. The Cheesy Bread offered as a side is rich & filling enough to make a meal. Very good service. It's a bit off the beaten path and not readily accessible for an Interstate traveler. Worth... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 203 East 9th Street, Cookeville, TN 38501
  • Location: United States  >  Tennessee (TN)  >  Cookeville
  • Phone Number: (931) 526-3344

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Italian, American, Cajun & Creole, Eclectic
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 pm - 3:00 am
Monday
11:00 am - 3:00 am
Tuesday
11:00 am - 3:00 am
Wednesday
11:00 am - 3:00 am
Thursday
11:00 am - 3:00 am
Friday
11:00 am - 3:00 am
Saturday
11:00 am - 3:00 am

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