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Donna's Old Town Cafe

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American, Sandwiches, Dessert, Hamburgers
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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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Hours:
Sun - Wed 7:00 am - 3:00 pm
Thu - Sat 7:00 am - 8:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, 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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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
Nice "southern" buffet lunch

If you want a nice buffet, with good vegetables at a reasonable price, then this is a good place to try. The decor is not too great...kind of a southern women's "cute" place, but a little tattered around the edges. We were seated at a table for eight...I don't know if they share tables here... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 24, 2015
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Knoxville, Tennessee
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Knoxville, Tennessee
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394 reviews 394 reviews
308 restaurant reviews
189 helpful votes 189 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

If you want a nice buffet, with good vegetables at a reasonable price, then this is a good place to try. The decor is not too great...kind of a southern women's "cute" place, but a little tattered around the edges. We were seated at a table for eight...I don't know if they share tables here, but it was late, and... More 

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Vonore, Tennessee
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136 restaurant reviews
564 helpful votes 564 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

This is not a fine dining establishment, but I enjoyed my lunch there very much. I have lived in the area for several years but never stopped in before. I intended to order off of the menu as I am not big on buffets, but when I ordered the chicken fried steak, I was told it was on the buffet... More 

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Tellico Plains, Tennessee
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137 reviews 137 reviews
102 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

I guess we didn't know this place was more of a buffet than a cafe, at least it was a couple nights ago when we visited. Neither of us are much for buffets, so we ordered off the menu. Menu is pretty standard American cafe, but pretty limited too. I think we were expecting something a little more unique, being... More 

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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23 reviews 23 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

Stopped for lunch while working in the area. Had been recommended by my boss and she was right! The food is homemade, seasoned well, and delicious. The day I went there were so many choices. The buffett included many fresh vegetables including fried green tomatoes, fresh corn on the cob and fried corn, greens, pinto beans, chicken tenders, wieners and... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 via mobile

Just had lunch here, really enjoyed it. Lots of choices on the buffet line. Potato salad and home made pickles were especially good. Would go again if I were in the area .

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Loudon, Tennessee
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37 reviews 37 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

The place is cozy...some would say cute (I don't talk like that...I'm here to eat). There is a menu which is lengthy and looks tempting but not nearly as tempting as the buffet table. It's not long by chain buffet standards. But it looks and tastes yummy. My wife and I live about a 20 minute drive away in another... More 

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Greenville, South Carolina
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18 reviews 18 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014 via mobile

My Mom and I were in town doing research at the courthouse. We decided to give this place a try. Do not let the merchandise in the front deter you. Go on back and have a seat near the buffet. I don't usually like buffets but this one is excellent. Fresh green beans, real mashed potatoes, grilled zucchini, I even... More 

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Madisonville, Tennessee, United States
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12 reviews 12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014 via mobile

Love the food here! Breakfast bar rivals Shoneys bar. Service has always been spectacular. Definate 2 thumbs up!

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Greenback, Tennessee
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34 reviews 34 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2014 via mobile

I live in nearby city and been going to Donna's for years. The buffet usually offers 2 or 3 meats and several vegetables along with soup,salad and dessert. I love the chicken pot pie. The buffet changes daily , and there is always ample fresh offerings. The staff is always great, the restaurant is clean and nicely decorated. Prices are... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2013

I come here every time I visit Madisonville. I look forward to the wonderful breakfast buffet, especially the chocolate gravy. Staff is so friendly and helpful. What a local cafe should be

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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 - 13
  • Cuisine: American, Sandwiches, Dessert, Hamburgers

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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