If you want to impress
Bistro By The Tracks offers excellent presentation of very well prepared and extremely tasty food with proper service (attentive without being intrusive). While not inexpensive, it offers a meal that would cost many times as much in the big city and it is every bit as good as big city fancy restaurants. A good place to take a date or out of town guest you want to impress with a dining experience.
3/15/2013 5:00:00 PM
Every time we visit or pass through Bistro by the Tracks is a must have dinner. The food is always exceptional. I had the Salmon over lentils and brussel sprouts. It was had a nutty flavor and was divine. My friend had the mkt fish special it was a lite flounder with a roasted pepper relish. Also very good. We had some wine left in our bottle and there is nothing better then red wine and chocolate. That was a bit disappointing. It was a desert with three chocolates, but some powders, so the texture and taste was different. It wasn't bad, but I would not get again.
3/23/2013 5:00:00 PM
By far, the very best meal
By far, the very best meal I have ever enjoyed in Knoxville. Outstanding food with incredible, charming service. We are in Knoxville 3X per year, and definetly will be back.
3/29/2013 5:00:00 PM
Food was wonderful and very
Food was wonderful and very pretty presentation. Server was very nice. Desert was very good (not so sweet but sweet enough)
Wine variety was great. Price was little high but great place for date.
3/29/2013 5:00:00 PM
The caesar salad and roasted
The caesar salad and roasted chicken entree were fantastic. I was a bit disappointed in the lemon merengue "pie", the deconstruction was fine, even adding some blueberries was not terrible, but whoever thought about adding earl grey tea to the merengue needs to think again.
But overall, I was very impressed and would definitely go again.
4/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
Friends from out-of-town
Our friends were held up by a big traffic jam on I-40 west of Asheville, and had to quickly change and rush to meet us at Bistro by the Tracks. It made a big difference that we had already been seated in very comfortable and relaxing chairs. Our server could not have been more knowledgeable and charming. She did not rush us at all but somehow seemed always available when we were ready for her. The food and drinks were really excellent. Our friends enjoyed the evening very much, and so did we. Again we were able to show Knoxville off.
5/2/2013 4:00:00 PM
The new menu is fantastic.
The new menu is fantastic. The quail is a must try!
5/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
Excellent lunch and service
My wife and I both have to eat gluten free, so the server was very helpful in navigating the menu. She was very responsive and available. We'll definitely go back to Bistro by the Tracks.
5/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
Terrific Mother's Day Meal
Surprised my Mom by taking her to Bistro this past Sunday. The door was held for us, the service was excellent and the food arrived promptly. Bistro also has a very decent wine selection, and a solid crowd hung out by the bar. I can't recommend this place enough; it's good for many different types of occasions. Also, they just changed their menu, and it's full of goodies. People passionate about a little "experience" with their food won't be disappointed.
5/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
My husband and I are hard working professionals who have tired of working all day and then coming home to cook . We have discovered the Bistro by the Tracks. The food is very good and is prepared in an elegant manner . We like that the servings are not so huge, just right. You leave satisfied instead of stuffed. Every waiter/ waitress we have had has been very personable as well as efficient. This is our favorite!
5/17/2013 4:00:00 PM
With a new chef, the menu has changed, but we were game to try out the new offerings. We weren't disappointed. Beautiful presentation, unique flavor pairings, and food that was prepared with exceptional care. The seasonal menu also uses local produce, so everything is fresh. We had a wonderful dinner and will be returning. Our wait staff was also exceptional.
5/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food--great ambience.
My wife and I had the Grouper dinner--the grouper was fresh and the preparation was exceptional. The chef was flexible--he prepared my Grouper blackened. The couple that dined with us had Halibut--they both thought their dishes were outstanding. The pace of our dinner was perfect--not hurried and not slow. We enjoyed everything about the experience. While it's a bit pricey, I would recommend this establishment to all our friends.
5/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fine Dining in Knoxville
We live in Chattanooga, and we've never found a really great Knoxville restaurant... until now. Our first meal at Bistro By The Tracks met or exceeded all our expectations. My wife and I started with duck sausage and asparagus salad, then had seared scallops and stuffed quail. All were well-conceived, expertly prepared and very nicely presented. Desserts were wonderful. Service was flawless throughout. Prices were very reasonable for the quality delivered. The restaurant, though in a mall with TGI Fridays next door, is intimate within, with cozy booth seating ideal for couples. It will be hard to talk ourselves into eating anywhere else if we're visiting Knoxville and want a fine meal.
6/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
It had been a long time since my spouse and I had visited Bistro by the Tracks. We had heard the the restaurant had changed hands since we had been there and hoped that it would still be as good as the last time. Over all, it was.
The service was impeccable. The food was excellent and beautifully presented. I found the quail delicious but the accompaniments bland. The pea soup and the pork loin, however, were flavorful and balanced. The dessert menu is quite limited but the peanut butter and jelly goat cheesecake I ordered for our Father's Day dinner was beautiful and creative. I'm glad we can look forward to going back.
6/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
Food was great, wine list was good, atmosphere was just right blend of up-scale and homey feeling. Drinks at the bar before dinner were excellent and bar tender was friendly. Service was good. We will definitely go back when in town.
6/20/2013 4:00:00 PM
Perhaps the best Knoxville has...
service is always top notch. food is really good. wine selection is superb and keeps getting better and better.
6/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
2 cold starters , beet salad & smokes duck both excellent! Our group had the pork tenderloin , quail and seafood feature catfish special.All were unique and flavorful. Excellent Aussie wine. P B J for dessert, yum!
7/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Have known about Bistrio for several. First visit and had a very pleasant experience. Will return with friends for special evening.
7/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
This is a great place to celebrate any special occasion. The food and service can't be better. Two of our party were served the best vegetarian dishes we have had in any restaurant.
7/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good food, but I miss some
Good food, but I miss some favorites from the previous chef (who left about 6 months ago) and they need to work on the desserts. I miss the previous menu items, like beet salad and sweet potato soup. The grouper that I had a couple of days ago was excellent. It was nicely presented, on a bed of polenta and was delicious. I had a steak about a month ago that was also excellent. The appetizers are good, but the range of selections is limited. The desserts are disappointing. I had Black Forest cake, which was 2 layers of bare (slightly dry) cake, separated by a layer of cream. It didn't look appealing and it didn't taste special either. The Bourbon & Coke is much too sweet and none of the other desserts sounded attractive.
7/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
They let you set back and
They let you set back and relax enjoy the wine and food. Not pushy. Always checking to make sure everything is good. Food was exceptional. The scallop appetizer was incredible. For entrees the grouper and salmon preparation was unique and flavorful with kale crisps and fresh veggies. Definitely a restaurant to enjoy with family and friends. We will return.
8/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
While my wife and I enjoyed
While my wife and I enjoyed our dinner, we still prefer the old menu & some of the items that were on it. Bisto should have a "throw back" menu night, a couple of times per month, which would get rave positive reviews. Why not try it?? There were too many items on the old menu that were staples of the choices, which is why we used to dine there 3 times a month. Now we only dine there 1 every 6-8 weeks as we have opted for other good local restaurants with similar dining options.
8/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Every time we dine here the food is great as well as the service. Top notch all the way! Thank you for a wonderful dinner!!
8/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food was subtle and delicious, the presentation was artistic. We went for the green gazpacho and found ourselves amazed and delighted by the desserts. Best food in a long long time!
8/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
It is a great restaurant.
It is a great restaurant. Waiter is excellent. We love the place.
8/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Another wonderful dinner
This was my third time eating here this summer and I had another wonderful meal. The scallop appetizer is wonderul (three large scallops) as are the sweetbreads. For dinner we each shared the filet, chicken and the salmon...all dishes were seasoned perfectly and very creative. For dessert we had the PB&J and a new dessert to the menu that I forget the name of but it had something to do with popcorn and it was my favorite of the five desserts I have tried so far. The service was perfect.
8/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
We selected this restaurant because of the Open Table reviews and were not disappointed. We are from Lexington and were visiting friends from Austin. We had a late reservation so we did not feel bad camping there til closing time. Our server Shaundra could not have been more accommodating. 5 Stars was not enough for her service. The scallops and the chicken were outstanding. The deconstructed lemon marangue pie was a bit confusing but good. The only disappointment really was the cheese plate for $15. It was very poorly presented and a bit overpriced. But for that 5 stars for food as well. Hope to return.
8/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
My daughter had seen my photos of a previous meal at Bistro By the Tracks and wanted to go for dinner when she came in from Atlanta. The green gazpacho was superb, the salads were lovely. Heather's snapper was too salty--the manager took the item off of our bill without being asked.
I got my Bell 7 which I can't find elsewhere and Heather had a Spanish white patio wine.
The lemon pie is miraculous. So all and all, fantastic!
9/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Bistro is a solid place. I've
Bistro is a solid place. I've been a few times, and while it's never totally blown me away, it still delivers consistently. The service is outstanding, too.
9/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
We took a party of nine for a bday celebration and it was a fantastic evening. Our server was most accommodating and knowledgeable. The food and service were excellent. The only drawback was a large group (20-25) were in a glass enclosed room behind us and it was quite noisy. Great evening and we will go back.
9/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
My wife and I ate here Friday night. We got there at 6pm and didn't leave until about 8pm. It was empty for the first 30 minutes and then quickly became a packed house. I recommend sitting at a booth if you're looking to do this as a date night. The bar makes great drinks and they have a tremendous wine list. The food will not let you down. Great find!
9/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
I made my ressie online, so we were greeted with "Happy Anniversary" when we arrived.....so much easier to book this way! They had picked out a nice table already.....it helps that Bistro only has 4 tops; no worries about getting a table that's too small. We shared with our server that we preferred gluten free foods; they immediately brought over a separate menu that had vegetarian on one side and gluten free on the other. It was awesome.....they brought out gluten free bread (rare) with our appetizer and we finished with a gf desert. Service was personal and attentive....I'm in the hospitality business and will share that this was one of the best dining experiences we've had in a couple years, and we just moved back from Hawaii. Great job!
9/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
A fabulous find
We walked out of 3 restaurants upon arriving in town on a Sunday night as we were told there was a anywhere from a 1-30 minute wait because they just don't staff for walk-ins! Frustrated we opened our Open Table App to find a restaurant. We made a reservation for 15 minutes in advance.
We were greeted happily, and as we were being seated mentioned we had a reservation. She looked back to her computer and said, "oh yes, it just popped up there!" These folks were happy to have guests, happy to seat us, serve us, and created a wonderful dining experience. The food was outstanding, and the wine selection varied enough to find some great Russian River Valley Chardonnay options!
9/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Grouper was excellent, could
Grouper was excellent, could have done without the foam.
Deconstructed dessert was ok but not worth the hype
9/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wonderful Brunch Buffet
I brought my Mother for her birthday to the brunch. The variety of food was amazing! We all enjoyed every dish that we tried and its a great value for the money.
9/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Very Nice Evening at Bistro
My wife and I had our 12th anniversary dinner at Bistro. Everything was amazing, as always.
10/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
We were celebrating with a group. Food was great, but small portions so if you have a big eater in the group be aware.
10/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good food, great service!
We chose this restaurant as a first date meetup. The atmosphere was posh but comfortable. They have an entire wall of wine to choose from and it serves as an impressive display. I ordered a wedge salad and my date ordered a house w vinagriette on the side. The vinagriette came out on my salad instead, I didn't want to send it back because we were short on time. The lightly fried chicken entree was delicious as was the medium rare filet my date ordered. Overall, we were pleasantly satisfied.
10/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
We are almost always pleased
We are almost always pleased with the food. This time I went with the burger, a rather pedestrian choice, however it was amazing, above and beyond and is common for this restaurant. The service was good, although felt somewhat impersonal compared to previous experiences. Overall, it was a great special night out!
10/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
We were warmly greeted and
We were warmly greeted and seated promptly.
Food was very well presented and was very good. Portions were average in size.
Prices were moderately high.
Wine list was very large with nice variety, especially for a town of this size and restaurant of this size.
Server was very knowledgeable.
We will certainly recommend this place to our friends, esp for special occasions.
10/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
We can always rely on Bistro by the Tracks to perform well. Extensive breadth and depth of the cellar is matched by well perpared and big tasting food. I woould say the menu is designed to be accompanied by the big red wines featured on the list. Portion size is perhaps the best in K-town as Chef does not try to match the all you can eat buffets prominent in the regional arena.
11/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
Took group to this location for lunch. Very enjoyable.
11/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
Best in Knoxville
This may be the best restaurant in Knoxville. The creativity in every aspect of its menu, the quality of service and the quality of the food is superior to anything in the area with the possible excpetion of the Foothills Milling Company in Maryville.
11/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
amazing neighborhood restaurant
if this restaurant was in our town, it would be our go to restaurant. I can't believe it is in Knoxville. The food is delicious. Everything looks good on the menu. Pleasant staff and inviting, comfortable atmosphere.
11/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
The service was impeccable and the food was outstanding!
11/24/2013 4:00:00 PM
Outstanding food and atmosphere
We come here regularly to celebrate special occasions - This time it was our anniversary. Our high expectations were not disappointed - The atmosphere was very nice, the waiter very helpful and knowledgeable, and the food simply outstanding. Definitely one of our favorite places to eat in Knoxville!
11/28/2013 4:00:00 PM
Best "Fine Dining" in Knoxville
I've been to the Bistro many times and had always thought that the food and service were unmatched in Knoxville. Unfortunately, I was prepared to never return after the last visit (tiny portions, higher prices). I'm glad I was talked into going one last time because the food was delicious (grilled swordfish over cauliflower puree, caesar salad, with carrot cake for dessert). Our waiter, whose name escapes me, was courteous, pleasant and very efficient. A pleasant meal was had by all.
11/29/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great place, but an odd occurrence
Overall Bistro continues to please. New winter menu is great and the wine list continues to impress. Strangely this trip though the staff was a bit odd. We had a slight issue with one of the wines ordered and were given a rather standoffish response from management. I'll not discourage dining at Bistro from one event as it remains one of our favorite places and we've always experienced friendly and energetic staff. Our server was fantastic as well. Perhaps someone was simply not having the best of days.
12/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great food and service
Liked the small plate starters with complex flavors and ingredients. Food was top notch. Wine list was extensive but few moderate priced offerings at the high end plenty of wines to spend on. Seasonal menu was a hit. whether our group had lamb shank, rib eye or swordfish.
Again all flavorful, seasonal veggies either shredded or pureed.
Servers worked in teams and were very sensitive to when to insert for questions. Sort of out of the way place but work finding - thanks to open table.
12/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
Three ole friends Annual Christmas
It was a mid-December day and The Bistro appeared to be full. If so, after we were seated, we never felt slighted in the least. Their timing is exceptional. Three new dishes and we tried them all.
Of course we tasted each of those three. It was unanamous! We had each ordered the best.
12/12/2013 4:00:00 PM