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Cool Cafe

1110 Hillsboro Rd, Ste B200, Franklin, TN 37064-2053
+1 615-599-0338
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  • Excellent64%
  • Very good25%
  • Average7%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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Bar, Seafood, Soups, American, Cafe, Pub
1110 Hillsboro Rd, Ste B200, Franklin, TN 37064-2053
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Reviewed 10 November 2016

The quality and flavor of the food here is consistently high. I won't eat at any other meat & 3 in Nashville because this is real home style cooking. Portions are generous. Aside from my mother's fried chicken (you understand), their's is the best.

Thank sandratennessee
Reviewed 2 November 2016

We were looking for a restaurant with home-style cooking and found one in the Cool Café in Franklin, TN. The night we were there we got the roast beef and the meat was stacked up and covered half the plate! The "meat and three" was...More

Thank Philco43
Tim N, Owner at Cool Cafe, responded to this review

Thanks so much Philco43! Hope to see you again on your next trip!

Reviewed 22 October 2016 via mobile

We just happened upon this little gem, went in expecting cafe type sandwiches and woooh and behold the best catfish and banana pudding EVER! This is a definite stop when ever in Franklin TNMore

Thank Shelia B
Tim N, Owner at Cool Cafe, responded to this review

So glad you found us @ The Cool Cafe! Sunday through Friday, we serve Lunch and Monday through Thursday we serve dinner with our Meat and Three menu. On Friday and Saturday Nights, you will find another surprise here and we hope you will come...More

Reviewed 21 October 2016 via mobile

This little gem tucked away in a strip mall off Hillsborough Road has the best food I've found in Middle Tennessee! Everything is exceptionally good and Tim's banana pudding is just like your Grandmother's (if you're from the south and your grandmother was so inclined...More

Thank Dennis P
Reviewed 27 September 2016

I have dined at the Cool Cafe on two separate Friday nights and one Saturday night. I am a huge Ruth Chris fan and these steaks rivals Ruth Chris and a lot less expensive. The sides, baked potato and the Iceberg Lettuce Wedge were terrific....More

Thank tlburnside1
Tim N, Owner at Cool Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you so much Tom!!! It is very important to us that our customers keep coming back and having a marvelous dinning experience. Here, it is all about the food and your enjoyment. We appreciate you taking the time to let others know about your...More

Reviewed 27 September 2016

I had heard good things about the steaks, so It was time to see for myself. We arrived at 6PM on a Monday night and was given a warm welcome by the staff. Our Server knew the menu through and threw answering all my questions....More

Thank goast01
Tim N, Owner at Cool Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you for your comments and sharing your experience! At Cool Cafe and STEAK Night @the Cool Cafe, we work hard to provide the best food and service for your enjoyment. We hope to see you again soon!

Reviewed 24 September 2016

My wife and I had lunch couple months ago and very much enjoyed it. We invited two of our friends to go to CC for dinner on a Friday night (Steak Night). The service was marginal. Two ordered steaks, a strip and a filet. Both...More

Thank terrymcg
Reviewed 7 September 2016

Our party of three decided to give this local place a try and glad we did. We were heading for the Downtown Franklin spots but decided to take a detour to a less known to tourist site. On this day they had Nashville Hot Chicken...More

Thank SOster
Reviewed 26 August 2016

Friday night service was great...food was exceptional. I highly recommend this as your Friday/Saturday dining out experience. Or check out their lunch and dinner take home on other nights of the week.

1  Thank Cathy H
Tim N, Owner at Cool Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you for your comment! We love serving our STEAK Night menu and our Cool Cafe menu. Come in whenever you are hungry, I am sure you will be delighted!!

Reviewed 10 August 2016

Hey folks - check out this seriously good place. The hot chicken was superb - cooked perfectly. It's a meat and three - they had a chicken casserole, fired chicken and pork chops as other meats. Great sides too. The service was good and the...More

2  Thank Dale J
Tim N, Public Relations Manager at Cool Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you so much Dale J. I am the Marketing Director for Cool Cafe. Are you from this area? We are celebrating 11 years in business and love new customers. I was wondering if this was your first visit to Cool Cafe? You may not...More

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Questions & AnswersAsk a question
I host an after church lunch group of about 30 people. Will we be able to get seating together ? (We'd show up about 12:15)
24 February 2017|
Response from Tim N | Property representative |
Sorry its very unlikely you will be able to sit together on a Sunday. We have a first come first serve kind of policy and we are not a very big place with Sundays being the busiest day of the week.
TonyandGayle B
I have a group of 30 to 35 friends and we meet for an afternoon late lunch on Sunday...do you take reservation ? What about parking ?
1 April 2016|
Response from Tim N |
Our meat and three closes at 2:00 on Sundays, and we are not currently open on Sunday night. However, we are now serving Steak Night on Friday & Saturday nights which includes steaks, chicken, fish & burgers. If we decide... More
Fred R
Do you serve turnip greens every day? Do you allow dogs on the outside patio?
12 September 2015|
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Response from Sherrie P | Property representative |
Hello Fred R. We serve Turnip Greens several times a week, but not everyday. Please check out our website/menu to see when they are served. We do not have an outdoor patio.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 8 - USD 12
Bar, Seafood, Soups, American, Cafe, Pub
Drinks, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Delivery, Television, Full Bar
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
10:30 - 14:00
10:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 20:00
10:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 20:00
10:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 20:00
10:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 20:00
10:30 - 14:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1110 Hillsboro Rd, Ste B200, Franklin, TN 37064-2053
  • Location: United States  >  Tennessee (TN)  >  Franklin
  • Phone Number: +1 615-599-0338
Cool Cafe blends "Fine Southern Food" and scratch cookin' for a scrumptious and hearty meal for lunch and dinner. We serve lunch Sunday through Friday and dinner Monday through Thursday. Entrees, like Fried Chicken, Meatloaf, Pot Roast, and Chef's Specials such as Lemon Baked Chicken, Baked Tilapia and Chicken Mexico, team up with a variety of freshly cooked vegetables such as, Mashed Potatoes, Green Beans, Fried Corn, Turnip Greens, White Beans, Creamed Spinach, Fried Okra and Mac and Cheese. All are served with your choice of yeast rolls or cornbread. One of our special items, served Sunday through Thursday, is HOT CHICKEN on white bread and served with homemade pickles. What a treat!
If you would like something "Cool", try our Cool Salads: Broccoli Salad (Tim's special recipe), Cole Slaw, Cranberry Salad, 3 Bean Salad, Pea Salad, Potato Salad, and delectable Chicken Salad made with green grapes and a special creamy sauce. And don't miss the old fashioned, just like Grandma
used to make, Deviled Eggs!

A must have is dessert, and oh, what choices there are! The house special served everyday is the World Famous Banana Pudding, made from scratch pudding, fresh bananas, vanilla wafers and a 5 inch cloud of real meringue! Then there are the fruit cobblers, two choices daily, apple, cherry, peach, and blackberry. The daily specials rotate and there are choices like made from scratch Brownies with house-made caramel sauce, and Chocolate Chip Cookies. There are a variety
of cupcakes, Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Icing, and Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Icing! Be on the lookout for new and/or seasonal desserts, such as Pumpkin or Pecan Pie!