Where to Eat in Knoxville: The Best Restaurants and Bars

April 14, 2018 Vergie Nakamoto

During the Civil War, Knoxville's Mabry-Hazen House served as headquarters for both the Confederate and Union armies. Today you can visit the house and other historic homes in this eastern Tennessee city. Among Knoxville's other attractions are museums, a zoo and World's Fair Park, site of the 1982 World's Fair. University of Tennessee sports draw lots of fans, as does the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame. To see Knoxville from the water, take a leisurely riverboat ride down the Tennessee River.
Things to do in Knoxville

1. Connors Steak & Seafood

10915 Turkey Dr, Knoxville, TN 37934-1970 Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards American, Steakhouse, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks SGD 12 - SGD 46 +1 865-966-0933
Excellent
78%
Good
15%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 1 reviews

Connors Steak & Seafood

We are a steakhouse specializing in fresh seafood and premium aged steaks, as well as gourmet salads, pastas and more! Enjoy a memorable evening with friends and family in our well-appointed dining rooms, or stop by for the lunch you and your associates deserve. Our friendly service and flavorful fare will keep you coming back for more.

Reviewed By Meredith H

Place is more upscale and expensive than other restaurants in the area. Steaks are perfect, and their seafood is also great. I’ve visited twice in the last couple of months. I had the sirloin topped with Boursin both times. It’s so good I just couldn’t...MoreWe must admit that the sirloin with our house-made boursin cheese and crispy tobacco onions is quite the savvy combination. Many experts claim the sirloin is the most flavorful cut of all beef. Until next time, cheers!

2. The Brown Bag

10649 Hardin Valley Rd, Knoxville, TN 37932-1504 Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Delivery American, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options Lunch +1 865-474-0859
Excellent
82%
Good
16%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 141 reviews

The Brown Bag

Reviewed By momwho - Knoxville, Tennessee

Found this on trip advisor, looking for something we hadn't tried. It was far above expectations and a very simply delicious meal.

6 items are gluten free on today's board, many of them are veggies too.

They're only open 11 AM til 2 PM Monday through Friday, but they offer bulk items to go too!

We had grilled chicken and steak, grilled asparagus, sauteed zucchini and peppers, red skin mashed potatoes and baby spinach salad.

Hubby loved every bite and went back for a brownie and more salad to go...plus a pan of the chicken and more veggies! That's saying a LOT!

3. Nick & J's Cafe

1526 Lovell Rd, Knoxville, TN 37932-2023 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible American, Cafe, Diner, Vegetarian Friendly Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch +1 865-766-5453
Excellent
79%
Good
16%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 415 reviews

Nick & J's Cafe

Reviewed By Cleve W - Knoxville, Tennessee

Great owners, great atmosphere, great food. I would highly recommend. Definitely a nice little local mom-and-pop.We appreciate the review . Thank you for taking the time to dine with us and expressing your experience online. Hope you visit us again Thank you so much..

4. Yassin's Falafel House

706 Walnut St, Knoxville, TN 37902-2304 Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible Mediterranean, Greek, Middle Eastern, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Halal Lunch, Dinner +1 865-387-8275
Excellent
75%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 119 reviews

Yassin's Falafel House

Reviewed By centaur41 - Knoxville

Friendly and bustling cafe style: order at counter and your number will be called out. We tried samplers, and both found the falafel to be excellent and the salad underneath, very good. The accompanying baba ghanoush and hummus both had excellent flavor BUT were both covered with excessive oil into which they turned quickly into soupy puddles. Disappointing & I shared that thought with server who seemed genuinely concerned and insisted she’d share this concern with the boss. I hope so. Everything about this friendly place and its staff deserves support.

5. Lonesome Dove Knoxville

100 N Central St, Knoxville, TN 37902-1007 Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar American, Steakhouse, Gluten Free Options Dinner, Lunch SGD 39 - SGD 66 +1 865-999-5251
Excellent
78%
Good
16%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 144 reviews

Lonesome Dove Knoxville

Chef & Owner Tim Love has designed a menu influenced by all of the ingredients and cultures of the West-with an added level of modern sophistication. Items on the Lonesome Dove Bistro menu range from an inventive selection of steaks and seafood to dishes such as Wagyu Tomahawk, Kangaroo Carpaccio, Rocky Mountain Elk Ribeye, Wild Boar, and Rabbit & Rattlesnake!

Reviewed By robynne61 - florida

Our first visit to this establishment and absolutely will not be our last. Our waiter Justin was wonderful and knowledgeable. His description of the menu was on point every time. Lonesome Dove makes it easy to “split” various appetizers (which we did) and is a great way to sample the menu. This is not an inexpensive restaurant but we felt it was worth it. The ambiance is gorgeous with such history still visible. Highly recommend and we will be returning.

6. Stock and Barrel

35 Market Sq, Knoxville, TN 37902-1418 Highchairs Available, Free Wifi, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover American, Bar, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night SGD 10 - SGD 21 865-766-2075
Excellent
70%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 1 reviews

Stock and Barrel

We offer a relaxing and upbeat atmosphere for you to experience our version of "locally grown" gourmet, craft burgers. For the whiskey connoisseur, we have chosen a wide range of bourbon options to choose from. We offer them neat, on the rocks, or mixed with fresh ingredients to create our interpretation of traditional cocktails. For the beer drinker, we offer a wide selection of draft, craft beers to choose from along with multiple domestic beer options

Reviewed By SanDiego_MK - San Diego, California, USA

A small group of us was looking for a good place to eat and thought to give Stock and Barrel a try. We were delighted with the service, the food, and the value. At our table, we sampled four different burgers, each outstanding. For the member of our party interested in bourbon, we found that the bartender was extremely knowledgeable and the choices extensive.

7. Holy Land Market

3601 Sutherland Ave, Knoxville, TN 37919-4309 Takeout, Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible Mediterranean, Greek, Middle Eastern, Eastern European, Delicatessen, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner +1 865-525-4659
Excellent
76%
Good
18%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 342 reviews

Holy Land Market

Reviewed By centaur41 - Knoxville

Dinner with friend became a sort of culinary "coming home" experience. Chatting with the manager, reminiscing about shared friends from the now closed Falafel Hut . Dinner was– terrific! Then plates of old favorites (falafel with hummus, kafta burger stuffed grape leaves (best with lamb & rice);

I teased him about “New York Style” & he responded by putting a plate of samples (corned beef, pastrami, tongue) & he was right! Excellent stuff reminiscent of beloved NYC deli’s. Not fancy but very comfortable and QUIET enough to have real conversation (my biggest problem with local restaurants in recent years! I shouldn’t have to go to club LeConte just to chat with my companions.) Some significant overeating. We we all agreed silently to come back as soon as possible.

8. Five

430 S Gay St, Knoxville, TN 37902-1176 Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Television American, Bar, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast +1 865-219-1676
Excellent
73%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
0%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 165 reviews

Five

Reviewed By Sharon W - Lenoir City, Tennessee

This was our first visit to Five and certainly won't be our last. The food was excellent with great service. My husband and I both started with a Baked Avocado appetizer which was different and delicious. We also both ordered the Sunday special, Fried Chicken which was the best we have ever had. Loved the atmosphere and all the different chandeliers they have used in decorating.

9. The French Market Creperie

412 W Clinch Ave, Knoxville, TN 37902-2101 Outdoor Seating, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Takeout, Seating, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards French, Cafe, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch SGD 7 - SGD 20 +1 865-540-4372
Excellent
68%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 598 reviews

The French Market Creperie

Since 2008, we have been proudly serving authentic French-style crepes! We import all of our flour by the ton from France to replicate flavor & authenticity! Over 500,000 crepes served, both savory and sweet. Now serving beer and fine wines! Two area locations...Downtown Knoxville on Clinch Ave at Market Street, and in Farragut in the Kroger/Petco center at Campbell Station Rd and Kingston Pike.

Reviewed By Volboy13 - Sevierville, Tennessee

Must have hit them on a bad day. Walked in at 10 AM. I ordered a breakfast special and it was served at room temp. My wife ordered a breakfast Crepe and it was over cooked and the ingredients tasted old. we've eaten at Brennen's The Palace, Surrey's Katies, Joey K's, and several other New Orleans restaurants. This is not what we expected and their prices are waaaay out of line....

10. Corner16

1640 Bob Kirby Rd, Knoxville, TN 37931-4605 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi American, Bar, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks +1 865-801-9101
Excellent
71%
Good
16%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 174 reviews

Corner16

We are the newest member of the Copper Cellar Family of Restaurants. Come enjoy our great food and drinks!

Reviewed By Missi S

our waiter Jamey was pretty on top of things tonight...filled drinks pretty quickly...che ked on us several times...my family & I frequent Corner 16 pretty regularly..best service we've had so far...they even gave us a dessert on the house that wasnt even on the menu yet...met the managers, Mike & Randy...very NICE & VERY generous...and helpful stated several times if we need anything @ all to let them know...Jamey took extra great care.of us...all 3 are super nice & genuine guys!! I Had the fish & chips with onion rings...on point with their cooking...such a good portion...i needed a box...couldnt even finish my meal...such a great time this evening...Thanks Corner 16...recommend to everyone to check this place out...its my neighborhood hang out...right down the street from where i live

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