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Screen Door Cafe

North Dayton, Tennessee


Screen Door Cafe

North Dayton, Tennessee


Reviews (45)

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Sheryl B.

8 September 2019

We had a table for four and we tried different items. The breakfast burrito was awesome! My husband and friend got omelet and said it was really good. Other friend got hamburger and thoroughly enjoyed. Everything had taste and was prepared perfectly. Highly recommend! More...


June M.

6 August 2019

Great Food, we were in town for The College Bassmaster Fishing Tournament and I was hoping to get back before we left, but didn't. My husband and I split the Black n Blue Burger and the Asian dumpling appetizer. We had a hard time deciding what to choose, it all looked so good! More...


Karen M.

1 August 2019

We found Screen Door Cafe on Yelp and decided to try it based on the reviews.  It was a truly enchanting place with great food and staff.  We enjoyed learning the history of the Screen Door Cafe and had a wonderful time.  Great place to visit! More...


Amanda W.

30 June 2019

We really enjoyed the French press coffee and brunch was delicious! The chicken and waffles is a huge portion. Plenty to share!


Steph L.

18 June 2019

This is my all time favorite restaurant. Every item we order is perfection. Eva is hands down the best chef this side of the Mississippi. If I had another child, they would be named after her. More...


Bob T.

8 June 2019

Outstanding again, like the last 20 visits. Apple chicken salad is amazing. New strawberry lemonade cheesecake was fantastic.


Musette S.

16 May 2019

Me and my husband tried the Soul Rolls and Fried Green Tomatoes as appetizers and he had the Blue Burger and I had the Chicken Sandwich. The food was so fresh, from the homemade pickles to the ground beef and fresh cut fries. My husband raved about the pinto beans. The service was prompt and the restaurant is cozy, clean, and it feels like you're having a meal with family/or at a friend's house. More...


Andrea H.

11 May 2019

Amazing food!! Great atmosphere!! AMAZING FOOD!!!! Charming place with a great wait staff that seemed to truly love their job.  And did I mention the food was AMAZING!!! My family and I were in town for 4 days, ate at the Screen Door Cafe 3 of those days!! Wishing they opened earlier so we could eat there once more before heading out of town!! Definitely worth trying!!! More...


Jessica T.

12 April 2019

I love everyone here. I wish I could eat here for every single meal. The price is a little high but you do get a super generous amount. I would rather come here and pay a little more, be treated like family, be in a welcoming environment and even have enough leftovers for the next meal! The waitresses are make it the whole experience. I love every single one! More...


Carol S.

30 March 2019

So good!  I love that it is in an old school house.  Such good homemade food and the menu is very diverse.  Pasta, seafood, burgers,  sandwiches, salads, something for everyone.  And even though i have not had it myself, the brunch on Sundays is apparently phenomenal.  BYOB though if you would like an adult beverage. More...


Karen D.

27 January 2019

Wonderful lunch, great service and prices, Delicious foodMy husband and I had an errand to do in Dayton, so we looked up restaurants in the area and decided upon the Screen Door Kitchen (Cafe.)  We were not disappointed.  The service was the best we have experienced, from the warm welcome as we entered, to the constant attention and very quick food delivery, we were made to feel very special.   We were there for a Saturday lunch, and opted for two "Snacks" (appetizers)  Fried Green Tomatoes with Pimento Cheese and Herb Aioli and Soul Rolls (Egg rolls stuffed with BBQ, Collard Greens and Hoppin'Jon, served with BBQ Duck Sauce.  Both were FANTASTIC!!  Since we ordered two appetizers, we decided to split a Chicken Livers plate.  For $8 we got hot, fresh chicken livers cooked perfectly.  This came with two sides.  Both of us wanted the collard greens, so we got a double serving of them, and they were a great Southern menu treat.  The table beside of us got burgers and sandwiches, and they were piled high and looked great.   I will post photos from our very positive experience at this restaurant. More...


Jessica D.

11 January 2019

I recently ate at the Screen Door Cafe for brunch and I was blown away by the crab cake eggs Benedict and home fries. It wasn't like anything I've had before. I was expecting some mediocre portion of eggs Benedict with an average tasting, previously frozen crab cake on top...I was wrong. It was SO delicious that I ate every bit of it. And the home fries...let me tell you home girl...SO GOOD! I would order that as my main meal! My daughter got a side order of waffles and bacon and this was anything but average. I'm not sure how they make their amazing Belgian waffles, but this was by far the best one I've ever had. And their bacon is thick cut and smoked to perfection. I highly recommend brunch at the Screen Door Cafe. The only thing that would make it better would be mimosas! More...


Matthew W.

18 November 2018

Stopped in for brunch on Sunday after a long hiking and camping trip. Was wanting a full meal. This was certainly a big meal and a good one at that. Service was perfect. French press coffee.  No wait. We had an omelet, big earl and pb&j stuffed French toast. All were very good and cooked perfectly. I'd eat there again for sure. More...


Karena M.

15 November 2018

This is on the Top of my list of places to eat while visiting Dayton.  Each year I go on a girls trip to Tennessee, and we always stop to shop and eat the weekend they kick off their Holiday shopping in historic downtown Dayton. We love to support small businesses. The Screen Door Kitchen is a few blocks away from Market st. Not in walking distance, but an easy drive.  The outside has a nice curb appeal being a charming 1900's farm house with a pretty front porch. Inside has a nice clean, comfy atmosphere with 2 rooms set up to dine in.  The food is delicious!  Recently, I had the crab cakes (2) per order...nice sized portions and full of tasty crab meat! My friends loved their meals too.  One had the the pork tenderloin. It was cooked on a smoker making it super tender and moist.  The Service is friendly, Prices are good and the food quality is excellent!Wish we had a Screen Door Kitchen in Marietta, Ga.  We'll be back to dine same time next year!!! More...


Kate K.

11 November 2018

The food. The atmosphere. The staff. Just the entire experience. Wow!!! Highly recommended!!


Josh B.

10 November 2018

Okay.... by far the best meatloaf I've had in years!! Not dried out or bathing in catsup. The crab cakes are delicious and the remoularde is homemade! Worth the trip!!!!


Karla M.

25 October 2018

The food was excellent. I had the fried catfish and my husband had the ribeye steak. Both were terrific and cooked to perfection. The mashed potatoes were yummy, not traditional...(think, thick mashed red potatoes) very good! The collard greens are to-die-for. No additional pepper sauce or seasoning needed. Service was excellent. Server was nice, informative and answered all of our questions enthusiastically. The reason for 4 stars is this: When we left, one of the kitchen staff employees was on the front porch smoking! It's the only was for customers to leave and we had to walk right by him. Sorry, but that's just disgusting. Not a deal breaker. We will go back. But definitely a turn off! More...


Vickie R.

23 October 2018

This is truly an unexpected gem in Dayton. Make sure you are really hungry because portions are bountiful. The is exqusit.


Patricia G.

24 August 2018

I brought my 85 year old Mom here for lunch today not knowing if the menu you be to her liking or not. She absolutely loved the soup of the day, potato and ham. I had the fried green tomato BLT and potato salad. Oh my goodness this sandwich was so delicious and massive in size. We ordered the Butter pecan cake with caramel cream cheese frosting to share in celebration of my late Father's birthday. We will be coming back. More...


Christina C.

21 August 2018

What a gem in Dayton, TN. Screen Door catered for a wedding and the food was impeccable. From hors d'ouevres (curried cauliflower, charcuterie meats and cheeses, pickled vegetables, seasonal fruit) to drinks (sparkling water infused with blueberry and mint, hibiscus tea (unsweetened!)) to the main course (roasted and pulled pork - insanely juicy and flavorful, fried fish, crab linguini, salad, and ceviche), we were never disappointed. A plus job for the catering.Brunch on Sunday was equally charming and delicious. Cheese (light, though) grits, the softest biscuits with sausage and an oh-so-yum gravy, scrambled eggs, and banana bread with pecan butter. Amazing.Their food here is one of a kind and they really take care in their flavors, presentation, and diversity and uniqueness of the menu items. You don't feel drowned by any "heavy" feeling in their food (grease, salt, oils, etc.). Love. Staff are all friendly and family-oriented.Will be back soon when I get the chance! More...


Accidental T.

17 August 2018

Best Meatloaf ever. Everybody in our party had an awesome meal but not much ambiance. Restaurant could be taken to new level if tweaked a bit. But great meal


Eric M.

18 July 2018

First time here and waiter recommended the meat loaf. It was very good. Huge portions. Came on mashed potatoes and gravy topped with onion rings. It made me smile just seeing him bring it!! I was by myself, but just checking out the food on other tables it all looked fantastic.  I will definitely be back More...


Meghan H.

1 July 2018

We were on a road trip to nowhere and super hungry.  Found this place on Yelp.....wow, if I lived in the area, I'd be here at least once or twice a week.  Cute restaurant in an old farmhouse.  We started with the crab puppies, which are a crab cake/hush puppy mashup.  I've never had a hush puppy before, but this was awesome.  Tons of crab.  I had the fried catfish.  Could have been seasoned a bit better, but it was so fresh and the coating was NOT greasy at all!  I had the fries, which were amazing, and don't remember my other side.Husband had the BBQ, which was a little different, not your traditional sugar based BBQ sauce, but more of a mustard based sauce.  It was good.  His Mac and cheese and cajun veggies were good sides.Wish I had this restaurant down the street! More...


Rusty B.

23 June 2018

We were in Dayton today for a baseball tournament. I wanted to get in to the city early so we could eat lunch but that didn't happen. After the rain shut the ball game down we decided to get a late lunch. I was looking on yelp to see what was close and the Screen Door Cafe popped up with 4.5 stars so I thought we'd give it a try. We pulled in and were greeted warmly by one of the employees. We were seated immediately and then asked to move and were accommodated easily. We wanted to move because the main dinning area was really quiet and echoed a bit and we didn't want to disturb the other patrons when our seven month old started to scream. I ordered the burger and made it a double with no bun and added an egg. It was amazing and so were the Cajun veggies. They were spicy and delicious. If you're in town, I highly recommend giving them a try. You won't regret it. More...


Marqueta L.

25 May 2018

Nice evening for a drive so headed up highway 60 to Dayton. Decided to try a local favorite. First of all the building (house) has so much history. It makes you feel like you are pulling up to grandma's house on the farm. And then the smell of cows and farm animals along with the drifting smell of BBQ and grilled meat as you get out of the car. Takes me back to when I was a kid on my grandparents farm.  The food was amazing and we listened to the tables around us, everyone had high praises for the food. There are a few things that are a little spicy, make sure to check with your server.  The cheesecake is made in house and seems to be a favorite as they were sold out by 6 pm but there were lots of other sweetness on the menu. The menu had a variety of choices and most everything is made in house which makes for a fresh and flavorful meal. My only negative with our experience was the wait for our meal...a good 45 minutes from the time we ordered. We were sure they were chasing the cow and chicken down outside.  The way the rooms are separated it is hard to tell how many people were there but no line out the door and we had to wait that long for our meal. Service was good, kept our drinks filled and was pleasant.  We will make the drive again to try a few more entrees along with dessert.  Hopefully next time we won't have to wait quite as long...but I have to say it was delish! More...


Tracey S.

17 May 2018

Great food.  Definitely try the waffles and chicken, the best!  Also, fabulous homemade Caesar salad dressing.  In a beautiful Victorian House with original fixtures.  Great place for a special dinner or a quick lunch.  Highly recommended! More...


Tom C.

17 February 2018

The meatloaf was absolutely incredible. And huge! Split it with my wife and we still had some left over. The food was wonderful. The service was awesome. The restaurant was beautiful. An old Victorian two-story house. I would recommend this place to anyone. First time in Dayton and read the reviews and glad we ate there. More...


Wendy C.

14 January 2018

Finally got to eat here! The shrimp and grits were highly recommended, so I went for it. The grits were formed into two "cakes", battered and fried-which was awesome. The sauce was tasty and mixed well with the grits. The shrimp looked great, but tasted a bit "too fishy". Although, it is January in a landlocked state...still, it was off-putting. Service was super friendly and fast. I'm looking forward to going back for a new dish! More...


Mark P.

12 December 2017

What a great place! Beautiful Victorian house, great service and excellent food.  Others have mentioned the meat loaf but I want to put a plug in for it too.  I don't normally order meatloaf out but I strongly encourage you to try it- a mountain of food and very tasty. They also have excellent salads and some great looking desserts.Recommend you give the screen door a try. More...


Allan J.

29 November 2017

Shrimp and grits was great! Good balance of savory and spice without overwhelming you with either. Good hearty serving size too. My wife loved the BBQ Chicken Sandwich; she said it's the best she's ever had. Great friendly service from Massey. We will DEFINITELY be coming back!!! More...


Fred W.

27 October 2017

Came here after a volleyball tournament in the area... the burgers and meatloaf were Rollin! The atmosphere of the 1800s house was awesome and the staff did a fantastic job serving us. We will be back next year when we return for sure! More...


Christopher H.

17 October 2017

Pretty cool little place! Nice variety of food options and great service! Depending on your preference of food, prices are relatively affordable for what you're getting.


Susan C.

13 October 2017

This was our time trying this place out. One of my friends had mentioned it and I liked the sound of it. My husband had the meatloaf, which is one of their specialties. My fork just had to take a little bite, yum yum delicious!! Mashed potatoes and gravy were "the bomb!" I ordered the shrimp and grits. It was delish also! My boys got a cheeseburger and chicken and waffles. The cheeseburger plate was empty so I guess he liked it and the chicken and waffles order was so big he had leftovers. Both of them said they would like to return. So, go on try it... you'll love it!!! Oh and service was awesome!! So sweet and really helpful!! Thank you and see you again!!! More...


April T.

3 October 2017

Do NOT come here unless you're hungry! The food is awesome, creative, and freshly prepared. You won't be sorry you came to this quaint location.


Rob B.

17 August 2017

This was my first time to the Screen Door Cafe. My burger was delicious. They have the best pimento cheese I have ever eaten. The black beans and rice as a side were also very good. I am looking forward to eating here many times in the near future! More...


Steve M.

28 July 2017

We went for the first time tonight. We tried the pimento cheese appetizer and I had meatloaf and my wife had the shrimp and grits. We can't wait to go back. It was fantastic. More...


Luke S.

21 June 2017

We went to Dayton to visit family and found this great place in an old Victorian just outside of town in a beautiful location. Food is maybe best described as classy country fare made with care. Very interesting and tasty. Great selection of homemade desserts that taste so good you don't feel all that guilty. Waitstaff helpful and friendly. Interior just a bit bare. It wouldn't hurt to have some objects from the past a la Cracker Barrel or local sourced paintings or art .Chairs also not padded and a mite uncomfortable but that was after tarrying 1 1/2 hours due to good company.   So in summary this 60+ year old reviewer has seen and dined at many a good restaurant and this place evidently cares about the quality of their fare with interior decor being only a minor issue. Step outside and say hello to cows and nature. The Happy Old Man. More...


Evan V.

17 June 2017

Food was great and the atmosphere was very unique. Little strange having no music or anything playing in the background


Suzanne B.

16 June 2017

We were driving through on our way home and find this restaurant on yelp. It was outstanding! The house was beautiful, the service was excellent, the food was amazing! We loved everything about this place. We live 3 hours away or we would visit more offend. More...


Maxwell M.

15 May 2017

Finally another great restaurant in Dayton besides Jacob Meyers! Food was homemade and fantastic, felt like eating in Atlanta . Cozy inviting atmosphere. Friendly staff! More...


Julie T.

29 April 2017

I love out of the way, quaint places to eat. We drove up from Chattanooga specifically to eat here after driving by a few weeks ago. I like that I can get a good salad here and that sets it apart from the usual country cooking cafes in the smaller towns. I would come back for the salad. Husband had a burger and fries; I snitched a few fries, and they were awesome!I had the chocolate chip pecan pie and it was disappointing. The crust was more like a shortbread cookie texture than pie crust.  It just didn't taste quite right...it was served cold (I asked them to heat it up) and what appears to be chocolate chips in the photo is actually burnt pecans (which probably affected the taste).I love the quaint house and enjoyed the beautiful drive up. I would come here again and hope for a better dessert experience next time. Oh, and we enjoyed the view of the pasture too! More...


Jackalyn M.

17 March 2017

Great food, reasonably priced and friendly staff. Enjoyed ourselves very much. Beautiful old home and unique setting.


Doug S.

16 February 2017

They have moved to Dayton TN in the old Finn house. Don't think they have missed a lick....meatloaf is to die for. Rest of group said theirs was great as well. I can't say anything bad about this business. Service was spot on. Oh.......get the banana pudding.....no...the carrot cake...no wait....the peanut butter pie...or.....just anything....And remember, this is a "scratch" kitchen. More...


Marshall H.

1 February 2017

Different location-same quality food.  Nice atmosphere in old house-previously Fehn's restaurant. Prompt and friendly service. BLT and burger were excellent. Will return. More...


David M.

28 January 2017

Excellent food and service at a great price. Ordered Reuben sandwich- it was wonderful.  The thick slices of house cured corned beef with sauerkraut on rye bread was excellent.   My favorite dessert is the peanut butter pie.  Love the atmosphere at their new Dayton TN location. More...