Mediterranean delicacies such as veal scallop or grilled lamb chops, but for the more limited schedule (or budget), reasonably priced appetizers like hummus with warm pita are delicious and authentic and just enough while you pass a few pleasant hours, as are the Mediterranean pastries on the dessert menu. As Knoxville’s premiere hookah bar, Cairo Café offers 20 varieties of shisha—sweet flavored tobaccos for hookah pipes—after 9:30 p.m. (when it becomes 21 and up only).

From the YUMMM! Restaurant Guide:

It’s a scene right out of Arabian Nights: rich tapestries, ornate chandeliers, veiled bellydancers, richly scented smoke wafting exotic spice through the air. But you can believe this Mirage at Cairo Cafe on downtown’s Gay Street.

Within its exotic interior, you’ll find Knoxville’s most wide-ranging menu of Middle Eastern cuisine, with adventurous selections like Ramsis Prime Rib (a prime cut of beef cooked in a traditional Egyptian style), Shish-Tawook (two skewers of savory marinated chicken breast served with a delectable garlic sauce), or for vegetarian diners Stuffed Grape Leaves (steamed rice, spices, and vegetables wrapped in grape leaves with lemon juice and olive oil).

Cairo Café now also offers lunch service with an affordable “pick two for $7” deal, allowing you to create your own combo. (Suggestion: You can’t go wrong with the falafel pita and Greek salad). And don’t forget the Mediterranean pastries on the dessert menu.

Dining at Cairo Café is also an experience in itself, with live belly dancing on the weekends and the option to sit at a floor table, lolling on pillow cushions, sultan-style, drinking in Middle Eastern instrumentals—or maybe tasty cocktails, wine or beer from the full bar. And as Knoxville’s premiere hookah bar, Cairo Café offers 20 varieties of shisha—sweet flavored tobaccos for hookah pipes—after 9:30 p.m. (when it becomes 21 and up only). Just as if you were at a wine tasting, the server will let you sniff and discuss and quibble before committing to, say, a rose or coffee leaf. Then you can share a hookah with a whole table of friends for around $10, coal included, for a one-of-kind night on the town.


Restaurant Details

Locally Owned Wifi Patio Live Music Accepts Reservations Party Room (20+)
Kids Menu Delivers Buffet Waterfront Vegetarian Dishes Vegan Dishes

Bar Details

Happy Hour Hard Liquor Dance Floor Live Music Karaoke Glow Sticks
Darts Foosball Pool Tables Shuffleboard Trivia Night Outdoor Seating

Hours

Day Opens Closes
Sunday 5 p.m. midnight
Tuesday 4 p.m. midnight
Wednesday 4 p.m. midnight
Thursday 4 p.m. midnight
Friday 11 a.m. 2 p.m.
Friday 5 p.m. midnight
Saturday 5 p.m. 2:30 a.m.
Day Business Hours
Sunday 5 p.m.
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midnight
Tuesday 4 p.m.
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midnight
Wednesday 4 p.m.
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midnight
Thursday 4 p.m.
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midnight
Friday 11 a.m.
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2 p.m.
Friday 5 p.m.
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midnight
Saturday 5 p.m.
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2:30 a.m.

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Comments » 2

CKKnoxville writes:

This is a GREAT Restaurant! The food was very tasty and the service was excellent. The spice was just right. The staff was very friendly and took the time to expain all of the items on the menu. I will be back!

NatashaB writes:

In my opinion, even 1 star is too much for this place (unless we give stars based on the number of cushions they have; although customers seem to be attached to them). It really puzzles me what is so fascinating about their tasteless decor?

It is a Mirage indeed, though, - a reversed one.

The best food of my life happened in Egypt - needless to say, it did not have anything in common with Mirage's food-resembling stuff. All the kabob varieties were dry and burnt (I guess, my herd was alive when King Tut ruled Egypt). I had to work hard to find a piece of meat in the pile of "Kingsford charcoals".
The potato salad tasted like a play dough.

Naive me, I thought after a disappointment like this their coffee would cheer me up. Well, with the same success I could have gone to the nearest mud puddle and scooped up some water. And my friend's "juice" was least 50% was tap water (at best).

You might be invited to their kitchen before the meal (probably they feel extremely proud about their cooking?). Or maybe they secretly take pictures of their customers with a dropped jaw?

After visiting Mirage even McDonald's looked appealing!!!
And PLEASE, visit a bathroom somewhere else before you have fun in Mirage.

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