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Donna's Old Town Cafe

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$$ - $$$
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100 College St S, On the Corner From Historic County Courthouse, Madisonville, TN 37354-1472
+1 423-442-3304
7:00 am - 8:00 pm
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Knoxville, Tennessee
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175 reviews
167 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It was time for dinner and we didn’t feel like cooking. But this time of the year, it gets dark early so we didn’t want to have to drive to far for our evening meal… There were a couple of local restaurants that we hadn’t eaten at in a long time or ever, so I picked one and off we... More 

Thank BigDaddyDave55138
Melissa G, Owner at Donna's Old Town Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you so much for the review! We are currently recovering from a fire at our business. We hope to see you soon in our newly revived restaurant. I like the label ideas because we have cornbread salad and no one ever knows what they are eating! We will take your recommendations into account. Thank you again. Catch us live... More 

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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 18, 2016 via mobile

Cone here often and am never disappointed. Most everything is home made including most of the desserts. Bar usually always has something for everyone.

Thank AbbFox
Melissa G, Owner at Donna's Old Town Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you! We hope to make you love us more when we reopen from a devastating fire. Keep an eye on our Facebook and watch us live on WBIR noon news the first and third tuesdays. More 

Madisonville, Tennessee
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14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 29, 2016

Quaint and small. Simple homemade cooking. Breakfast and dinners are basic home style. There is also a regular menu.

Thank angelone471
Melissa G, Owner at Donna's Old Town Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. Keep an eye on W BIR noon news the first and third Tuesdays of the month where we present a recipe live. I will also be posting updates on our Facebook page and on the news for our grand reopening on. More 

Clinton, Tennessee
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53 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2016

If you like good home cooking, this is the place to visit. All food prepared and cooked on the same day it is served. There is no prepackaged gravy, frozen food thawed, cooked and served. At least, nothing I tasted (and I sampled almost everything) I ate tasted as if it came out of a can or from the freezer.... More 

Thank Felicia F
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 2, 2016 via mobile

Great food. They use their own garden veggies. Spaghetti sauce is homemade, thick and zesty. Very good. My husband had the buffet and loved it especially the home grown squash and okra. Said their pinto beans were some of the best he'd had in some time. Then came the Buttermilk pie. OMG! Awesome. On the down side-the staff could be... More 

Thank Lois W
Maryville, Tennessee
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54 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 27, 2016 via mobile

Really worth checking out. If we could we would visit here every Friday for the fish. Awesome place and awesome employees. Melissa is the greatest!! Make sure you try the yummo strawberry cake. My only complaint if it is one, they stay busy. Busy prepping for upcoming catering which sometimes means your server is slightly slow with the refills. But,... More 

Thank David B
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69 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 26, 2016 via mobile

This is such a cute quaint little store front restaurant. The food is AMAZING! !! There isn't enough adjectives to describe how delicious, homemade everything! Dressing for the salads, I mean everything is homemade. We had the buffet, but you can order off the menu if you like. They kept the items replenished, clean and wiped down. Nice group of... More 

Chattanooga, Tennessee
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119 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 2, 2016

Ate here once for breakfast. Decent options and food. Would like to go back to try out their lunch options. Seems like a quaint little place. Service was great.

Thank Ale C
Madisonville, Tennessee
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 25, 2016

As a rule we eat the breakfast buffet. Eggs, great gravy and biscuits. Bacon, sausage and country ham. Chocolate gravy, pancakes, grits and oatmeal. They also include their fruit and salad bar. They serve a great lunch buffet but I haven't eaten it in several years (change of work schedule). They also have a regular menu to order from.

Thank Mary H
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50 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 24, 2016

This was our third visit to Donna's for my wife and me. The list would be lengthy if I itemized each of our disappointments. Fish and meatload were the main dishes, but all of the sides and desserts seemed rather bland and dry. The rolls weren't fresh as they have been on past visits. Our waitress wasn't attentive to our... More 

Thank taffytrixie

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$8 - $13
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Buffet, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Families with children, Dining on a budget, Large groups
Open Hours
7:00 am - 3:00 pm
7:00 am - 3:00 pm
7:00 am - 3:00 pm
7:00 am - 3:00 pm
7:00 am - 8:00 pm
7:00 am - 8:00 pm
7:00 am - 8:00 pm
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
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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