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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 - 3:00 pm
Closed now
All hours
Sun - Wed 7:00 am - 3:00 pm
Thu - Sat 7:00 am - 8:00 pm
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Clinton, Tennessee
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51 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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 3 weeks ago 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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46 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 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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68 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 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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111 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 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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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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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52 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 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
Talking Rock, Georgia
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22 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 25, 2016 via mobile

We stopped here in a group of 20 so the buffet was perfect to get a bite to eat and onward towards our destination . Good selection on buffet with plenty of home cooked vegetables. Meat selection that day was meatloaf and fish. I'm not overly fond of meatloaf but found this to be tasty and not loaded with fillers.... More 

Madisonville, Tennessee
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 16, 2016

This is home cooked buffet style serve yourself. It is the standard fried and common foods on the buffet. It's ok but not a place I would go back to. It does have a large separate meeting room for functions. Staff is friendly.

Thank trijutsu
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 3, 2016

Breakfast is the best buffet, great food and friendly people the buffet is the best I've ever had great food !!

Thank Gary W

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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
Seating, Waitstaff, Takeout, Buffet, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Large groups, Kids, Dining on a budget, Families with children
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?