Where to Eat in Jefferson City: The Best Restaurants and Bars

April 14, 2018 Ying Subia

Jefferson City is a city in Jefferson County, Tennessee, United States. It is part of the Morristown, Tennessee, Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 8,504 at the 2015 census estimate. The city was originally named Mossy Creek but was changed in 1901 to honor Thomas Jefferson. Carson-Newman University, a Baptist college founded in 1851, is located in Jefferson City.
Things to do in Jefferson City

1. The Creek Cafe

110 E Old Andrew Johnson Hwy, Jefferson City, TN 37760-1747 Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible American, Cafe, Soups, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Brunch, Dinner SGD 7 - SGD 12 +1 865-308-9084
Excellent
73%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
0%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 93 reviews

The Creek Cafe

We are located in the Historic Mossy Creek District of downtown Jefferson City, Tennessee, two blocks from Carson-Newman College. Come enjoy our relaxing atmosphere and great food, including specialty coffee drinks, tea, grilled sandwiches, wraps, soups, and handmade ice cream.

Reviewed By gschloesser1 - Jefferson City, Tennessee

The Creek was originally a class project at Carson-Newman University, and the idea blossomed into a real-life venture that has become the best café in Jefferson City. The sandwiches and ice cream are fantastic, and the place has a comfortable atmosphere that is perfect for relaxing and chatting. A true gem.

2. Coffeez

112 E Old Andrew Johnson Hwy, Jefferson City, TN 37760-1735 +1 865-325-9324
Excellent
0%
Good
0%
Satisfactory
100%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

3 based on 1 reviews

Reviewed By Stacy79H - Michigan

The staff was ok and the service was ok, but nothing really exciting. Not bad but not over the top, just ok

3. Lisa's Country Kitchen

1712 N Highway 92, Jefferson City, TN 37760-5218 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible American, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch +1 865-471-6535
Excellent
56%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
4%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 123 reviews

Lisa's Country Kitchen

Reviewed By Jeff S - Richmond, Virginia

Huge helpings if delicious food at a small price. This is worth the trip when you are near Jefferson City or Dandridge TN or even Pigeon Forge. Breakfast all day. The skillet potatoes are fresh as can be. Steak and eggs are $9.99 and more food than you can eat. People are super nice too. A must stop in East TN known by locals. Oh and try the fried green tomatoes

4. El Sazon Mexican Restaurant

221 E Broadway Blvd, Jefferson City, TN 37760-2810 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol Mexican, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner +1 865-475-1100
Excellent
59%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
2%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 108 reviews

El Sazon Mexican Restaurant

Reviewed By 71douglasm - Knoxville, Tennessee

We took our daughter and grandsons to El Sazon's for dinner. As we arrived we were greeted with chips and salsa for the table. The chips were still warm and the salsa was seasoned just right. I ordered a Chicken Burrito and a Chicken Enchilada. Both were excellent. The service was outstanding and our drinks were refilled in a timely manner. We will return.

5. Gondolier

544 E Broadway Blvd, Jefferson City, TN 37760-2905 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Highchairs Available Italian Lunch, Dinner +1 865-475-9840
Excellent
50%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
16%
Poor
2%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 72 reviews

Gondolier

Reviewed By 71douglasm - Knoxville, Tennessee

This was the best experience we've had yet at this Gondolier. Soon after we were seated we were greeted with fresh, soft, warm bread sticks with tomato dipping sauce. Excellent. I ordered the Cordon Bleu Sub Sandwich. It consisted of ham, Turkey, two different cheeses, lettuce and tomato on a toasted roll with mayo and mustard on the side. It was served with rather thin, crispy fries and a pickle wedge. Very good. For desert, I ordered a Chocolate Covered Cannoli. Outstanding. The service was great and we will return.

6. Hoagie Shop The

303 E Broadway Blvd, Jefferson City, TN 37760-2902 Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible American, Fast Food Lunch, Dinner +1 865-475-9612
Excellent
64%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
8%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 48 reviews

Hoagie Shop The

Reviewed By GTZW - Jefferson City, Tennessee

Don't get me wrong....The Hoagie Shop has great sandwiches, but they are going downhill. They need quality afternoon/evening help. Employees talk-discuss things that is not appropriate thinking no one hears them in kitchen prep area.

Best food is their hot Hoagie sandwiches. You pick, they are great. My favorite is pastrami on dark (grilled on flat top grill). If they get better help, score would move to very good. Been eating at Hoagie Shop for nearly 15 years.

7. El Paraiso Restaurant

266 E Broadway Blvd, Jefferson City, TN 37760-2809 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible Mexican, Southwestern Lunch, Dinner +1 865-471-0511
Excellent
51%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
16%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 24 reviews

Reviewed By Hobyj

If you are visiting Jefferson City, TN and find yourself craving Mexican food, stop at El Paraiso. We love the owners and all the staff. The food is always great and served very quickly. We're regulars and my husband and son don't even have to order, just about everyone in the building knows what they are having when we walk through the door. I try to mix it up, so far I haven't been disappointed. If you are looking for a margarita, they can't make them because Jefferson County doesn't have liquor by the glass, but they have a pretty nice selection of cerveza.

8. Asian House

652 E Broadway Blvd, Jefferson City, TN 37760-4900 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol Chinese, Japanese, Sushi, Asian, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner +1 865-475-3336
Excellent
52%
Good
36%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
4%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 46 reviews

Asian House

Reviewed By 71douglasm - Knoxville, Tennessee

This is one of our favorite places for Asian food. The various dishes available feature Chinese, Japanese or Thai cuisine. As our starter we shared an order of edamame. It was excellent. For my meal I ordered the Happy Box consisting of Honey Chicken, Sushi, Egg Roll, Crab Rangoon and Fried Rice. The combination was outstanding. The service was great and our drinks were refilled even before they were completely emptied. We will return.

9. Ruby Tuesday

523 Patriot Dr, Jefferson City, TN 37725-3217 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar American Lunch, Dinner +1 865-397-1393
Excellent
35%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
24%
Poor
12%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 66 reviews

Ruby Tuesday

Reviewed By libertyva9 - Alexandria, Virginia

Needed a quick dinner with a friend. We were both traveling in different directions on I-40. This location met our needs. Don't remember server's name. However, he was quick and efficient on a busy Friday night.

We both ordered Salmon -- though two different kinds. Fish was not fresh, but still adequate. Didn't like the skin still being on the bottom. Caesar salad was awful. Used iceberg lettuce on 50% of the salad and 50% spring lettuce on the other. Didn't complain because we were in a hurry.

Probably will not return. Wouldn't have been my first chose of restaurants and now I remember why I haven't been to a Ruby's in 20 years or longer.

10. Twin Dragon Hibachi Express Restaurant

157 E Broadway Blvd, Jefferson City, TN 37760-2517 Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible Chinese, Asian, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner +1 865-471-2889
Excellent
56%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
7%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 26 reviews

Twin Dragon Hibachi Express Restaurant

Reviewed By GTZW - Jefferson City, Tennessee

Twin Dragon offers the best Chinese/Japanese food in Jefferson City (Yes we have more than one choice haha). One of the cleanest restaurants I've ever eaten at anywhere. Huge portions, great prices, quick friendly service, and they have a customer reward program for loyal customers. My favorites are: Coconut Chicken, Black Peppered Chicken, and General Taos Chicken. The rice is perfectly cooked every time. Great job!

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