Bistro By The Tracks

Bistro By The Tracks

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.bistrobythetracks.com/
  • Phone: (865) 558-9500
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner Nightly: 5:00pm - Close
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Chester Miller
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from Bistro By The Tracks
At Bistro by the Tracks Executive Chef Chester Miller masterfully blends culinary traditions from across the globe with the familiar tastes of East Tennessee. Reviewers say “consistently spectacular” with friendly “non-stuffy” service. Bistro by the Tracks simply is Knoxville’s answer to great metropolitan dining.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Bistro By The Tracks reviews from OpenTable diners
62 reviews since July 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.7
  • Food4.7
    Service4.7
  • Ambiance4.7
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (47)fit for foodies (43)notable wine list (38)romantic (30)good for groups (22)neighborhood gem (19)hot spot (12)great for outdoor dining (10)vibrant bar scene (7)great for lunch (4)great for brunch (2)late-night find (2)Show More
  • Friday Night Dinner
    LuvTravel
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    We were in from out of town for a football game and made reservations at the restaurants based on the open table reviews. I can honestly say we were not disappointed. Our waiter was great and was really hands on without being interfering. The food was delicious and the ambiance was incredible. We will definitely be back!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place
    DaveV
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    We've been twice now. Great food in a nice neighborhood atmosphere. We'll definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • lunch with friends
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    We always enjoy lunch at BBT however, comments from the ladies that joined me indicated that while their food was delicious, they thought an additional half serving would have been better.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Top 5 in Knoxville
    radvet
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Consistently excellent food and service. Now serving fall items tailored to long standing favorites.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great atmosphere and service
    Out2Eat
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    This is a wonderful place to celebrate a special occasion, business dinner, or just an evening out. The food and service is great and it is nice and quiet for conversation. They have a very nice private room for special dinners or business meetings.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Bistro continues ot shine
    jmeadows11
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Fantastic meal once again at BBT. Fall menu this year is excellent. Old classics with a few new items. Service was impeccable tonight.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Price not worth it!
    artoffood
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    The ambiance and service were terrific, you would think the food would match. $150.00 for both of us, and we were dissatisfied with our food. I got the seared scallops, my husband got a rib eye. Both were created for their fall menu containing pumpkin puree. The rib eye was fatty even though the waiter described it as being a succulent cut of beef similar to a filet. The scallops lacked flavor and were just OK. We took half of our food home and I tried to eat it for lunch the next day. It was a little better (I don't know why). The wine was delicious!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • grrr
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    a relaxed, upscale restaurant. small and pleasantly quiet on a late saturday evening. the salads were wonderful: the beet with arugula, goat cheese, and pine nuts; and the poached pear with blue cheese, oak leaf, pistachios and cranberries. the fish was slightly disappointing. my wife had the trout, and felt the seasoning, a pecan farro, was a bit overpowering for such a mild fish. i had the grouper. apparently the last one, and while the seasoning was tasty, the fish was a slightly overcooked and on the dry side. the garnishes, however, of island red peas and ham hock sauce were very enjoyable.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • food seasoned and cooked perfectly!
    kingbbq
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    I brought a group of 11 for dinner and to a person every dish was wonderful! Tasty wines, great service and fabulous food! Our dinner went beyond good and became an experience... Well done!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, good atmosphere
    Matt
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    This was our Third visit and they'll be plenty more. Easy to get to !
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect date night
    ginnigurlVIP
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    We had the most enjoyable dinner there on Sunday evening. Would highly recommend!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Three of us code the fillet of beef it was cooked just as we ordered. We all agreed best piece of beef we had ever had it was so tender . It is the perfect place for a special occasion . Thanks !! Hope to be back soon
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great find in a hard-to-find place.
    tonys
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    It's not easy to find this restaurant. The address wasn't on our car's navigation system, and it wasn't available on our iPhone's GPS. But once we found it, it was well worth the hassle. The best thing about the menu was the amount of locally sourced food. Local NC mountain trout, Anson Mills corn meal, etc. They also serve excellent duck from Hudson Valley in New York State. I understand the chef came from Blackberry Farm outside Chattanooga. You couldn't ask for a better resume. The manager, John, is a gracious and very knowledgeable host. I heartily recommend this restaurant if you find yourself in the Knoxville Area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding as always.
    McMinnVolManiac
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    Dined there for my anniversary as this is one of our favorite places. As always, the food was excellent, the ambience inviting and the service attentive without being overbearing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 1st visit to new location
    blondij
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    We took a business client here for dinner and weave the new location. It was a Tuesday night and they were very busy. Waiter could have been much more attentive as we were asking for water and ntly. Food was great. Heirloom tomato app was amazing!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday at the Bistro
    RP912
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Excellent food from the appetizer to the dessert. You are never disappointed when you hit the Bistro by the Tracks.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice dining environment
    Nan44
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Bistro by the Tracks has tasteful decor, incredible wine selection, nice menu to please all tastes and great service! Best lettuce wedge in town!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fantastic Service and Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    When we arrived we were seated in a great booth on the back wall. The restaurant was pretty full for a Saturday night. Our server was amazing. He was prompt with service. We never had an empty glass. Made some good suggestions and recommendations on food. Each course was excellent and brought out without significant gaps or in a rushed manner. Overall it was a great experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A must try
    gingersnap1549
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Can't say enough about this place. Wonderful menu that did not disappoint from presentation to taste! Our server was knowledgeable but did not rush us and we felt well taken care of. Wine list extensive as well as designer drinks.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • All around good
    idratherbecyclin
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    We were celebrating being best friends after 41 short years. I had thought of going out of town, but schedules were not allowing that. So, I chose the Bistro. Turned out to be a great choice. Food and service were great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • luvgoodfood
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    We had an excellent meal at the Bistro by the Tracks and we had excellent service. I would definitely recommend this restaurant. We go there even though it is rather loud at times and we would prefer a little quieter setting. The food is good enough to get us in there in spite of the noise.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fantastic spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    Hosted a small business dinner here in the back room. Great atmosphere in the wine room. Our waiter was fantastic. His recommendations were spot on. My only wish was they had scallops. They ran out earlier. It happens. I will bring customers here again soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 40 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 25, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.7
    • Food4.8
    • Ambiance4.8
    • Service4.7
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 417 reviews are from the Bistro By The Tracks reviews archive.
  • allanw485
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Our server was great - professional, personable and attentive without being invasive. He made our visit better. The food was awesome, the server went out of his way to advise ands provided additional help in our choices. We will be visiting The Bistro again. Great experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great girls night out
    Alex
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    We came for a dinner out while my daughter was in town and couldn't have had a better experience. We enjoy doing several small plates and trying several things. Everything was excellent. Our waiter was very knowledgeable and had great recommendations for what to pair together as well as the timing of our meal. Loved the scallops. We will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Jen's Birthday
    StevieB52
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    What fantastic and pleasant surprise.! The property had a clean, neat urban look to it. We were greeted warmly at the door and promptly seated. Our server, TJ, was very personable and knowledgeable. She was very efficient with our orders. Her suggestions were spot on. The wedge salad and the scallop appetizer were wonderful. We had four different fish entrees(salmon, halibut, tuna and catfish). All four dishes were absolutely delicious and perfectly prepared and presented. They had a private dining room in their wine area, and the bar area looked like a pleasant place to meet friends. Dessert was an ice cream dish that was beautiful and delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special Birthday Dinner Celebration
    birthdaydiva
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    A dear friend asked that our little celebration group try Bistro By the Tracks for her birthday celebration. She certainly had a good idea. We agreed afterwards that we can't go there regularly because you do pay for quality; but we had a superlative time there for our dinner. The wine was delightful; the food was delicious and presented exquisitely; our server was superb. We can't wait until someone else has an occasion worth celebrating. Bistro By the Tracks is the best choice we could have made!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious dinner
    sjones
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    Great place for couples looking for an excellent dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • bistrofansfrommemphis
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    A very nice experience. The size of the restaurant is appealing-not too large. An urbane feel. A good wine selection-we shared a bottle of Bella Glos. A good choice of food. I had the wedge salad and tenderloin. We shared a dessert. Dan did a great job waiting our table. He gave us time to enjoy our visit. We live in Memphis and will be back when we are in the area.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Best dining experience in a very long time. The drinks at the bar before dinner were stellar. The service was amazing and the food was exceptional. Can't recommend this place enough!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful...as always
    Anne
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Fantastic service and food! The halibut was a wonderful entree. We also enjoyed the scallops and shrimp small plates to start. Their wedge salad is always delicious. We shared two desserts (the soft chocolate and the caramel corn)...both were great! Also, they have the best burger in town.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Graduation Dinner
    TNTCVIP
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    On a special niight of just spending time and talking about memories, we had a great meal. The food and wine were exceptional but we have come to expect that. We were not rushed or hurried; we were able to enjoy our evening at our own pace even though the Bistro was busy. Our waitstaff seemed to time their service and were never intrusive. Bistro has become our go to for special occasions.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Spectacular food
    Taster
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    Food was spectacular and presented like a painting. The service was disappointing. The place was hopping and there were not enough servers.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Service, but Average Food
    BirthdayDining
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    The server and host were wonderful. The food was good, but the average taste for the price.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    Superb service and outstanding food and wine list Nice atmosphere Quiet neighborhood Charming tables and warm looking bar Friendly staff Very clean restrooms Every detail attended to Cue rated my husbands Birthday and the had a candle in our excellent desert and even brew wad fresh pot of decaf We had reservations and were seated immediately
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Best Restaurant in Knoxville
    Funfoodie7VIP
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    We celebrated our anniversary and had a wonderful time, from the moment we arrived until we left. Thank you for helping make this time with family so special!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • me and my gal had a great night
    myersfans
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    We both thought it looked beautiful. The staff was wonderful and the food was outstanding. Should gave 5 stars all around but I doubt I will do that for any place of business.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Superb Wine and Great Food
    TNTCVIP
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    As local diners, we save Bistro by the Tracks for the special events because of the broad list of wines and the perfectly portioned plates. The food is seasonal, regional and well executed - on our most recent trip the catfish was outstanding. Service is always strong and the waitstaff very familiar with the food and drink to explain the menu and wines.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delightful dinner find
    JaneG
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    We dined here on Mother's Day while travelling through Tennessee. What a wonderful experience. Fabulous service and wine. Menu was relatively limited but there was an excellent variety of choices. My husband had swordfish and I had duck. Salads were delicious, although the Caesar salad could have been more generous. We noted that there were two sizable groups celebrating college graduation and one large group doing a wine-tasting dinner, which was held in a separate wine cellar room. Wait service was still excellent throughout the restaurant. And the noise level was still modest.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Experience
    Xcal1887
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    We were a little late arriving for what was already a late reservation. The Maitre'D was very personable and accommodating. Excellent wine list and very nice upscale atmosphere. A little far away from our downtown hotel, but the food was very good - elegant and very well prepared and presented. I am very fussy about two things - Manhattan's and the way my steak is prepared; it must be slightly charred outside and medium rare in the middle -not Pittsburgh which is often cool in the center. Both the drink and the steak were perfect. We were the last one's to leave, but the wait staff were very friendly and never made us feel like they were ready for us to leave. Excellent and highly recommended
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing
    Lindyhoplawyer
    Dined on 5/7/2014
    I had heard of BBT as a "fancy" restaurant in town, but that doesn't do it justice. The food was exquisite- best I've had in Knoxville, and it could stand up to some Asheville places as well. There was nothing I would have changed about my meal, which is a rare thing. My friend and I split the shrimp bisque, the chilled asparagus, the charcuterie plate, and the beet salad. Even with no main course, we were full and content. Our server was incredibly nice and didn't bat an eyelash at the fact that we probably weren't spending as much as other tables (refreshing for an upscale place, in my experience). He even split our soup into two bowls without us having to ask. I wish my budget were bigger so I could eat here often!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.