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Cafe 4

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4 Market Sq, Knoxville, TN 37902-1430 (Union Avenue)
18655444144
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7:00 am - 9:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun 9:00 am - 8:30 pm
Mon - Thu 7:00 am - 9:30 pm
Fri 7:00 am - 10:30 pm
Sat 9:00 am - 10:30 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Good for: Families with children, Romantic, Special occasions, Business meetings, Local cuisine
Description: Cafe 4 entered the downtown scene almost a decade ago, truly becoming a...
Cafe 4 entered the downtown scene almost a decade ago, truly becoming a pioneer in Knoxville's substantial urban revitalization. Unbelievable to those who have only seen Market Square in its enlivened state, downtown Knoxville was anything but desirable at the time of Cafe 4's founding. The restaurant was birthed from a desire to bring light to a dark place, and the transformation that has taken place since has been truly remarkable. Cafe 4 is part of the larger establishment that is 4 Market Square, entitled by the building's address. The front doors open up to the restaurant and a cozy mezzanine that is frequented by coffee drinkers, conversationalists, and passers by. The back of the building is home of The Square Room, an elegant space used for concerts and events. Go upstairs and you'll find among other things a conference room and lofts where 14 recent graduates live in community as part of the Knoxville Fellows program. Swing buy for a cupcake, a cup of locally roasted coffee, or have a seat at the cafe. You're sure to be greeted with southern hospitality and urban taste.
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  • 245
    Excellent
  • 181
    Very good
  • 49
    Average
  • 12
    Poor
  • 7
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Great Eats

On Market Square heart of downtown Knoxville this cafe has some great Mac and cheese. Good selection of menu items. Recommend.

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
Roxanne B
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14 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

On Market Square heart of downtown Knoxville this cafe has some great Mac and cheese. Good selection of menu items. Recommend.

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Thank Roxanne B
Knoxville, Tennessee
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We were going to a concert and needed to get in quickly and they made accommodations for us. The food is really good and they have many options.

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Thank johnkerr8888
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

When you want comfort food, this is your place. Wonderful varieties of mac & cheese (even the "individual" portion size is big) and many other tasty, southern favorites. We've been here at least half a dozen times (most recently New Years Eve with friends), and we find the service quite good and the ambiance pleasant. Great outdoor patio when weather... More 

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Thank Susipsych
Knoxville, Tennessee
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18 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I have been to Cafe 4 several times and always have enjoyed the food. Most recently, I went on Monday night and enjoyed a $5 burger (sides, cheese, etc are extra). The Mac and cheese is always good. My typical go to dish is the grilled cheese and tomato bisque. The service is usually good but this most recent visit... More 

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Thank Mary E
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18 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Had a great lunch at Cafe 4 yesterday. We enjoyed the salmon and beet salad, chicken and waffles and short rib grilled cheese. Very cute restaurant with an excellent menu.

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Thank denisekolker
Knoxville, Tennessee
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The menu is varied enough for everyone to find something. In warm weather there is a really nice outdoor eating area facing Market Square. The night we visited was not as crowded as usual so the noise level was much less than during our last visit. The server staff was very attentive and professional. The manager thanked us for coming... More 

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Thank Emily B
Knoxville, Tennessee
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Every visit has surpassed my expectations. The food, service, and modern atmosphere make this a great choice. Weather permitting, the outside seating is a nice option. The waiters and waitresses I've had have all been attentive, friendly, and knowledgable about the menu. The food has always been delicious, regardless of what I've ordered. My personal favorite are the shrimp tacos.... More 

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Thank Shannon W
Knoxville, Tennessee
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Perhaps the best and worst thing one can say of another is that they are well-meaning -- meaning that they both tried and failed. Situated very near what is arguably the best corner in the city, Cafe 4 offer mediocre fare at mid-level prices. Their wine selection is poor and they do not have a fully-functioning bar. The place is... More 

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Thank GD58
Knoxville, Tennessee
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15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I love Cafe 4!!! I can only rate this on one lunch, because it's my fave! Get the tomato bisque and grilled cheese sandwich.....it's not your typical grilled cheese, nor is the tomato bisque. Everyone orders something different. I am not interested....I just want my grilled cheese and soup! A wonderful place with upscale dining and prices to match, but... More 

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Thank happyhotelhunter546
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Take reservations which is nice because parking can be a hassle so nice to know you will get in the place. The food is good and reasonably priced. My only complaint is the menu is somewhat limited and hasn't seemed to change but hey, seems to work for them. Always a crowd here. Sitting on the patio and watching the... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 4 Market Sq, Knoxville, TN 37902-1430
    (Union Avenue)
  • Location: United States  >  Tennessee (TN)  >  Knoxville
  • Phone Number: 18655444144

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 10 - 30
  • Cuisine: American, Cafe

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Good for: Families with children, Romantic, Special occasions, Business meetings, Local cuisine

Description

Cafe 4 entered the downtown scene almost a decade ago, truly becoming a pioneer in Knoxville's substantial urban revitalization. Unbelievable to those who have only seen Market Square in its enlivened state, downtown Knoxville was anything but desirable at the time of Cafe 4's founding. The restaurant was birthed from a desire to bring light to a dark place, and the transformation that has taken place since has been truly remarkable. Cafe 4 is part of the larger establishment that is 4 Market Square, entitled by the building's address. The front doors open up to the restaurant and a cozy mezzanine that is frequented by coffee drinkers, conversationalists, and passers by. The back of the building is home of The Square Room, an elegant space used for concerts and events. Go upstairs and you'll find among other things a conference room and lofts where 14 recent graduates live in community as part of the Knoxville Fellows program. Swing buy for a cupcake, a cup of locally roasted coffee, or have a seat at the cafe. You're sure to be greeted with southern hospitality and urban taste.
Open Hours
Sunday
9:00 am - 8:30 pm
Monday
7:00 am - 9:30 pm
Tuesday
7:00 am - 9:30 pm
Wednesday
7:00 am - 9:30 pm
Thursday
7:00 am - 9:30 pm
Friday
7:00 am - 10:30 pm
Saturday
9:00 am - 10:30 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?