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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, 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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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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Cokercreek, Tennessee
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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
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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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18 reviews 18 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 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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103 reviews 103 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 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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411 reviews 411 reviews
319 restaurant reviews
198 helpful votes 198 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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536 reviews 536 reviews
150 restaurant reviews
711 helpful votes 711 helpful votes
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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144 reviews 144 reviews
106 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 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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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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Top Contributor
62 reviews 62 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
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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39 reviews 39 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 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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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, Dessert, Hamburgers

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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, 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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