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Cool Cafe

1110 Hillsboro Rd, Ste B200, Franklin, TN 37064-2053
+1 615-599-0338
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  • Excellent69%
  • Very good23%
  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“banana pudding” (26 reviews)
“fried chicken” (36 reviews)
“cornbread” (15 reviews)
10:30 am - 2:00 pm Hours
Bar, Seafood, Soups, American, Cafe, Pub
$$ - $$$
1110 Hillsboro Rd, Ste B200, Franklin, TN 37064-2053
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Reviewed 20 March 2017

Not a traveler on this one, I live in Franklin. Cool Cafe is a locally owned, everything from scratch, bona fide meat & three during the week, then it transforms itself into an outstanding steakhouse on Friday and Saturday evenings. I have been numerous times...More

Thank Harrison W
Reviewed 8 March 2017

This is my favorite meat and three. The food is tasty, the portions are large, and the staff is friendly. My husband and I were there the other day and my husband actually got brussel sprouts (something he doesn't like when I cook them!) so...More

Thank bnorrid
Reviewed 6 February 2017

I did not expect a cafeteria line and Styrofoam dinnerware. I did not expect to see foods in serving containers that looked dry, overcooked and fried. I walked through the line several times and nothing looked appetizing. The reviews took us there and perhaps I...More

4  Thank Joan M
Tim N, Owner at Cool Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 14 February 2017

Once you have tried our food, you won't mind the paper plates or plastic utensils. Each menu item is prepared fresh several times a day, from old, tried and true, southern recipes. We cook in large quantities to feed lots of patrons in a timely...More

Reviewed 2 January 2017

You get a huge plate of awesome food here for a reasonable price!! I prefer the Mon & Wed veg options, but if I'm in the area, I'm there any other day too! Most of the time I'm too full to have any of the...More

Thank ChessMc
Tim N, Owner at Cool Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 5 January 2017

Thanks so much ChessMc!!!

Reviewed 19 December 2016

I know that may be hard to believe but it's true. This place really stands out as the best meat and three I have ever dined at. They take pride in everything they do. Go here and see what I mean.

Thank autojob1111
Tim N, Owner at Cool Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 21 December 2016

If you liked Cool Cafe you need to try our Steak Night on Friday and Saturday Nights from 4-9. Look us up on the web or just come by and try us out. We do not disappoint. Thank you for your business, Tim

Reviewed 7 December 2016

Cool Cafe is the best home cooking meat-and-three I have ever visited. The folks work hard to deliver hearty meals at a reasonable price. If you are in the area I would highly suggest a meal at Cool Cafe. EnjoyMore

Thank Chad M
Tim N, Owner at Cool Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 8 December 2016

Hi Chad M! It's Sherrie, Marketing Manager for The Cool Cafe. Thank you so much for the great review of the food and staff. The "Cool Crew" works hard to make sure our food is the best in town and all of Middle Tennessee! We...More

Reviewed 13 November 2016 via mobile

Friday & Saturday night the cool cafe turns into a great steakhouse. Iron skillet steaks cooked perfect. What a find ! Steak - salad -side all included. Good atmosphere nice music playing in background. Full bar available and to finish , perhaps a chocolate-Tini or...More

Thank Nick T
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 reviewResponded 4 November 2016

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 reviewResponded 24 October 2016

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

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Questions & Answers
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
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
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 8 - USD 25
Bar, Seafood, Soups, American, Cafe, Pub
Lunch, Drinks, 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, Television, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
10:30 am - 2:00 pm
10:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
10:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
10:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
10:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
10:30 am - 2:00 pm
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
  • E-mail
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!
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