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Donna's Old Town Cafe

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American, Sandwiches, Delicatessen
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100 College St S, On the Corner From Historic County Courthouse, Madisonville, TN 37354-1472
+1 423-442-3304
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7:00 am - 3:00 pm
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Sun - Wed 7:00 am - 3:00 pm
Thu - Sat 7:00 am - 8:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Buffet
Description: Join us for southern homestyle cooking and hospitality! We are a...
Join us for southern homestyle cooking and hospitality! We are a full-service restaurant with with an extensive menu as well as breakfast, lunch and dinner buffets. Located downtown across from the historic courthouse in downtown Madisonville. We're a regular for locals and for those passing thru who've been tipped to dine here. Courtesy car from Monroe County airport and motorcycle clubs welcome. Call in advance so we can be prepared.
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    Very good
  • 3
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  • 1
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Good home cooking!!

We have seen Donna's daughter on WBIR-TV making some of their desserts. Decided to drive the hour and a half from our home to Madisonville just to eat. It was worth the drive. We arrived mid-afternoon on a Saturday. There were only a few other patrons in the restaurant; however, the food was hot... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 19, 2015
Gary H
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Rocky Top, United States
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Rocky Top, United States
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11 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

We have seen Donna's daughter on WBIR-TV making some of their desserts. Decided to drive the hour and a half from our home to Madisonville just to eat. It was worth the drive. We arrived mid-afternoon on a Saturday. There were only a few other patrons in the restaurant; however, the food was hot, fresh, and several items were refilled... More 

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Madisonville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

Down home country cooking. wonderful atmosphere, very casual comfort. easy access. friendly people. Make you feel right at home!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

Small buffet and good food. Cozy and cute homey place and in down town Madisonville. Would go again for sure.

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Hamler, Oh
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

Buffet was great - and imagine your surprise to find a breakfast buffet in the evening - it was so nice. I would go bacl/

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

At Donna's, I have always had a great experience. Wonderful food and Southern hospitality. The buttermilk pie is the best ever!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015

Donna is outdoing herself! Want some home cooking? Come hungry and you won't be disappointed!! Excellent home cooking with a nice variety of choices on the lunch buffet! Looking for lean lunch choices? This is not your place! Looking to fill up on gooooood food? Stop here!

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Madisonville, Tennessee
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015

Breakfast buffet is the best. Food similar to Shoney's. Locally owned and operated. Food is pretty good.

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Cokercreek, Tennessee
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

We discovered Donna's solely because we were in Madisonville and were early to pay our car registrations. Boy, were we surprised. Ordered the buffet and it was extremely good. I am not a breakfast eater, but I was surprised at how tasty, hot and delicious it was. We have been back many times since. Additionally, the service was excellent, helpful... More 

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Madisonville, TN
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2015

We enjoy Donna's Old Town Cafe for the home-style cooking and good service. The buffet always has a variety of quality food. Perhaps the best part about Donna's is that the servers and owners will do anything they can to accommodate you! It's truly a small, southern town cafe!

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Sparta, Tennessee
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015

I was not expecting this establishment to be much better than the typical buffet. I was pleasantly surprised to find their food was great. The service was even better. Need to work on the buffet desserts because they taste like yesterday's. Other than that, this was one of the best restaurants I have eaten at in a while in a... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 100 College St S, On the Corner From Historic County Courthouse, Madisonville, TN 37354-1472
  • Location: United States  >  Tennessee (TN)  >  Madisonville
  • Phone Number: +1 423-442-3304

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 8 to 13
  • Cuisine: American, Sandwiches, Delicatessen

Description

Join us for southern homestyle cooking and hospitality! We are a full-service restaurant with with an extensive menu as well as breakfast, lunch and dinner buffets. Located downtown across from the historic courthouse in downtown Madisonville. We're a regular for locals and for those passing thru who've been tipped to dine here. Courtesy car from Monroe County airport and motorcycle clubs welcome. Call in advance so we can be prepared.
Open Hours
Sunday
7:00 am - 3:00 pm
Monday
7:00 am - 3:00 pm
Tuesday
7:00 am - 3:00 pm
Wednesday
7:00 am - 3:00 pm
Thursday
7:00 am - 8:00 pm
Friday
7:00 am - 8:00 pm
Saturday
7:00 am - 8:00 pm

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