Cafe 4

3.5 stars 3.5 out of 5 15 ratings
$$Gluten Free Menu, Bakery, Late Night, Restaurant
66% of 12 votes say it's Celiac friendly

4 Market Square Southwest, Knoxville, TN 37902 Directions

(865) 544-4144
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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    1 month ago

    Ok. I ordered the fries with gorgonzola cheese that was marked gf on the menu. I quizzed our server as to what exactly is fried in the deep fryer. He went and asked the chef and came back to tell me that the taters are fried in a cleaned fryer in fresh oil first thing in the morning before anything else. I tried them and have not had any reaction. I had the Tennessee cheesesteak and the gf bread was delicious. It's days later and I'm not sick :) unless I'm darn good and lucky, this place is good to eat at for celiac people. Also, yum.

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    Celiac
    4 rating Celiac friendly
    1 month ago

    Food generally tastes good. Main complaint is that not all the items marked GF are. This is because of the shared fryer. Of course, the waitress informed us of this and asked if I was celiac or not. So they did seem to understand but it was just kind of sad to see you can eat fries and then find out you can't. Would be better if they updated the menu.

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    Celiac
    1 rating Not celiac friendly
    11 months ago

    I called ahead to ask about celiac friendly options and was told more than there actually are. The menu is deceptive marking items as gluten free, but that would have lots of cross contamination. The server was knowledgeable about what is fried but otherwise unaware of gluten.

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    Celiac
    4 rating
    1 year ago

    There is glutenfree bread available. For brunch, the scramble is a rather small, but that is just an observation, and not a glutenfree note. 😊 Overall, the server seemed rather aware of what glutenfree meant. I would recommend the spot, for brunch especially.

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    4 rating
    2 years ago

    gf tilipia very good. dining partner had salad with salmon also very good

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    2 rating Not celiac friendly
    2 years ago

    Tonight I went to cafe 4 and found the waitress pretty clueless about gluten. Many of the items labeled GF are in a shared fryer and the waitress claimed the oil heat was killing off "the stuff in gluten". She also told me the whipped potatoes are made with cream, so I should use my own discretion there. Clearly, she doesn't know what gluten is and where it's found. My steamed green beans came with 2 foreign pieces of food. Although their food is delicious, food safety seems to be dwindling along with serving sizes.

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    Celiac
    1 rating Not celiac friendly
    3 years ago

    WARNING... As of this week Cafe 4 has dropped their GF menu and offer no GF options. The waiter told us that they will not gaurantee anything to be GF. This is sad as this had been our go to restaurant in Knoxville

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    Celiac
    1 rating Not celiac friendly
    3 years ago

    One of my worst GF restaurant experiences ever!! First, I have Celiac so my allergy is real and my sensitivity is high. I tried to order an appetizer from their GF menu, but the server told me it might be made in a shared fryer with gluten items. I asked him to check with the kitchen and I couldn't believe the response. They said something like "It should be fine because the oil gets so hot it destroys the gluten." Clearly they don't understand cross-contamination or maybe even what gluten is. I did not stay after that point and will never return.

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    5 rating Celiac friendly
    4 years ago

    Great for GF but some of the servers don't seem as knowledgable as others. If you don't feel confident in your server's ability to understand what you need you can always ask a manager and they are happy to help. Eat here all the time with no issues

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    Celiac
    5 rating
    4 years ago

    I got the Low Country Shrimp and Grits and was super happy with my meal.

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    5 rating
    5 years ago

    The best gf meal I've had for dinner out...chicken and dumplings!!

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    5 rating Celiac friendly
    5 years ago

    Awesome GF menu and knowledgeable staff. Menu changes with the seasons, but Fall 2013 has the best GF Chicken & Dumplings you could ever imagine! I am celiac and very sensitive to cross contamination, I have eaten here dozens of times and never had an issue. Great atmosphere and location in downtown Knoxville/ Market Square.

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    Celiac
    5 rating
    5 years ago

    Cafe 4 has a large selection of GF options with a staff that is knowledgeable gluten-sensitivity. I was able to enjoy a lunch here with no complications. They also have a few GF beers and ciders on tap!

Gluten-Free Features

  • Gluten Free Menu

Categories

  • Bakery
  • Late Night
  • Restaurant
Monday
7 am - 9:30 pm
Tuesday
7 am - 9:30 pm
Wednesday
7 am - 9:30 pm
Thursday
7 am - 9:30 pm
Friday
7 am - 10:30 pm
Saturday
9 am - 10:30 pm
Sunday
9 am - 8:30 pm
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