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Donna's Old Town Cafe

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American, Sandwiches
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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, Lunch, 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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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
Discovered Donna's by accident

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 17, 2015
Sherri W
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Cokercreek, Tennessee
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Hamler, Oh
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

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 NEW

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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
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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Knoxville, Tennessee
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 197 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015

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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 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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Additional Information about Donna's Old Town Cafe

Address: 100 College St S, On the Corner From Historic County Courthouse, Madisonville, TN 37354-1472
Phone Number: +1 423-442-3304
Location: United States  >  Tennessee (TN)  >  Madisonville
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
Average Prices: USD $8 to $13
Cuisine: American, Sandwiches

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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

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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