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.


Mon-Wed: 8am – 3pm
Thurs-Sat: 7am – 8pm
Sunday 7am – 3pm

Our Breakfast Buffet is served from opening til 10:45am (til 12:45 pm on Saturdays) . Lunch Buffet is 11:00am til close ( begins 1:00 pm on Saturdays). On Thursdays, Lunch Buffet is 11:00am-3:00pm and the Breakfast Buffet returns at 3:00pm.

Holiday Hours

Open Valentine’s Day (til 8 pm)
Open Easter Sunday
Open Mother’s Day
Closed Memorial Day
Closed July 4, 5, 6
Open Thanksgiving (8 am- 3 pm)
Open Black Friday
Closed December 24-27
Closed Christmas Eve
Closed Christmas Day
Closed Labor Day
Open New Year’s Eve
Open New Year’s Day


We cater for all occasions!
We make box lunches for your office, party, gathering, or picnic. Check out our Banquet Menu for parties with fifteen and more guests.

Award Winner

Certificate of Excellence


Donna’s Old Town Cafe, LLC is a local, family-owned and operated restaurant located in historic downtown Madisonville. Open since October 24, 1994, the owners renovated the old Bank of Madisonville, which was built in the 1800’s, into a restaurant unusual in design and decoration. The ceiling has original metal impressed with a beautiful floral design in each square.

Madisonville TN College St 1940s
The Bank of Madisonville is on the right (circa 1946)

Historic pictures of downtown Madisonville hang about the walls as well as a drawing of the historic Monroe County Court house, which is located directly across the street, and sketches of local churches adorn the walls as well. The decorations change with the holidays and are magnificent.

The restaurant is known for its excellent iced tea, fresh baked rolls, and homemade desserts, especially the peanut butter pie and blackberry cobbler. The restaurant has built its reputation on its hospitality, service and cleanliness. You can order from an extensive menu and the buffet is always filled to the brim — never an empty bowl! Hot soup is a lunch and dinner staple.

The upstairs banquet room seats more than 100 guests. The Madisonville Kiwanis Club makes its headquarters in the banquet room each Tuesday and lunch is catered by Donna and her staff. The restaurant also caters parties and receptions in the banquet room and in your home, church or business — for all your special occasions.

Come visit Donna’s Old Town Cafe in Madisonville and just relax, enjoy the great food, service and good ‘ole Southern Hospitality.

 –Excerpts edited from the local paper, The Advocate & Democrat