Celebrating 20 plus years in business, Michel Leny first opened Cafe Society in 1987, inspired by his father Maurice Leny, a Chef at Maxim's in Paris. ... More
Celebrating 20 plus years in business, Michel Leny first opened Cafe Society in 1987, inspired by his father Maurice Leny, a Chef at Maxim's in Paris. October 2007 welcomed new owner, Chef Cullen Kent, graduate of Le Cordon Bleu in Paris. Cullen and Michel continue the tradition of International cuisine emphasizing Belgian influences and classic French food. Located in the heart of the beautiful Evergreen Historic District in Midtown Memphis, Cafe Society features innovative preparations of fresh seafood, veal, lamb and beef along with an extensive wine list for your dining pleasure. With its casual dining and bistro atmosphere, Cafe Society is affectionately known to many Memphians as simply "Cafe" and continues to be a favorite of many of its midtown neighbors.
Recently my daughter took me here for Father s Day, and while her company is beyond compare, the food and service were equally impeccable. Our courses came in perfect time, the tone of the dishes was in concordance with our wine selections, and strictly as a human experience, I was likely unworthy. Six stars.
A wonderful dining experience... should be had by all visiting or living in Memphis. The menu is short and sweet and everything that we tasted was delicious. There is an excellent wine and liquor selection as well. The portions were absolutely perfect, not too much, not too little. The ambience and location of the restaurant also leads to a pleasant overall experience. However, the prices listed above are misleading, but it was worth the treat.
The last time we went here, the food was not all that great, the waiter snobby, and people who went to dinner there really sloppily dressed. If I am going to pay the kind of prices, I don't want to be around a bunch of sloppily dressed people. Ugh! We have never gone back.
My formerly favorite entrees are no longer on the menu. The portions are too small. The prices have gone through the roof. The food is okay, not great.
Still a good value at lunch, but no way, in any way, for dinner.
I live in the neighborhood and eat here often. The food is always great and the service exellent. The Oysters maurice is my favorite appetizer, and the soft shell crab my favorite entree. My husband prefers the filet. The daily specials are always very good also. A salad is included with your main course. My favorite dressing is the sun-dried tomato vinaigrette, my husband prefers the basil vinaigrette. If you're not terribly hungry, an appetizer and salad are just the ticket. They offer a large selection of wines by the bottle or glass & for dessert have one of the best creme brulee in Memhis.
The resturant was very cozy. The hostess sat us promptly. The waiter approched our table and asked if anyone wanted tea instead of asking each one indiviually. The menu was very limited and pricey. I ordered a bowl of french onion soup and it was a few onions, broth, and some shreded cheese sprinkled over the top. Not worth 7 dollars. Then a house salad with blue cheese. The salad arrived and it was a small plate of greens with 2 slices of tomato and the wrong dressing. I had to ask for the blue cheese. Then a one of the members of our party ordered desert and it took about 15min to get it and it was not even good.
I ordered the chicken picatta. The sauce was very oily. The chicken would have been very good without the oil.
We also had the poached pear for dessert. We had to wait forever for the dessert and it was real small, like four slices and a tablespoon of ice cream. The ice cream had a freezer burn taste to it. It was definitely not worth the money or the time!!!
The portions are way too small, the poached pear we asked for was not really a poached pear. it was a frozen pear w/ a little bit of ice cream on the side. The server was excellent. The prices too high for what it is served-
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