Sapphire: A Modern Restaurant & Bar
Sapphire: A Modern Restaurant & Bar

Sapphire: A Modern Restaurant & Bar

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.sapphire-knoxville.com/
  • Phone: 865-329-9947
  • Hours of Operation:
    Brunch: Sunday: 11:00am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 4:00pm - 12:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Comfort Food, Southern
  • Executive Chef: Johnathan Wolfe
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: We offer affordable catering options for parties of all sizes.
  • Entertainment: Live Jazz - Monday / Tuesday / Wednesday 7pm - 9pm
    Live Acoustic Rock - Thursday
    Live DJ"s - Friday / Saturday

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Union Avenue
  • Public Transit: Trolley stops throughout Gay Street
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: FREE parking is available in three city parking lots. One is located directly behind our building, the other is on State Street and the third is adjacent to Market Square. Parking is also available on Gay Street.
A word from Sapphire: A Modern Restaurant & Bar
A modern bar and restaurant, located in the heart of downtown Knoxville, TN. Opened April 2005.
Sophisticated Southern Comfort. Full-service restaurant featuring upscale comfort food from the region. Over 40 unique wines to choose from everyday, with one of Knoxville’s largest liquor selections. All name brand domestic and import beer are available. Unbeatable happy hour specials. Unparalleled ambience and decor are created by the building itself, which is over 100 years old, and from the fact that Sapphire is built into the shell of an old jewelry store.
Enjoy an exciting nightlife in Knoxville and mingle with who's who. Find it all at Sapphire. Located at 428 S. Gay St. next to Downtown Grill and Brewery. A block away from Regal Riveria Cinemas and Tennessee Theatre.
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Sapphire: A Modern Restaurant & Bar reviews from OpenTable diners
2 reviews since June 24, 2014
Overall Rating3.5
  • Food4
    Service3
  • Ambiance3
    Noise LevelEnergetic
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
late-night find (2)vibrant bar scene (2)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • Exceptional food/drinks
    NicknameVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    A limited menu, but what they had was excellent. Mostly small plates with a few special entrees and a couple of entrée salads. Their drink menu is outstanding and well-organized by the primary ingredient - 4 different rye whisky based drinks had us hooked. Although quiet when we first arrived at about 9:15, by 10:00 it was very loud with some of the worst "party music" I've ever heard. We'd go back, but only earlier in the evening.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 1 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 24, 2014
    • Overall Rating3
    • Food3
    • Ambiance3
    • Service3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 18 reviews are from the Sapphire: A Modern Restaurant & Bar reviews archive.
  • It was a Monday Night
    JFWNCVIP
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    Upon arriving at 715 most patrons drinking not eating. Service was very slow due to the server doing double duty. Food was OK but not what I'd expected based on the reviews. A artisan cheese board made up of pepper jack cheese, Manchego and per the server some stinky but good white cheese. The burger was good and made to order. Wine pours good. Noisy based on the number at the bar and number of beers per each. It is summer and a college town.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Menu limited vs. Webpage
    Rainshow
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    I chose Sapphire because it was close to the Tennessee theater and based on the extensive menu and grass fed beef selection. We get there and we were seated promptly and given menus. I looked at it and asked the server to the "other" menu. She said they didn't have a head chef right now and had to downsize. It was very disappointing. However, the choices we made were very good and the kitchen crew did a good job preparing the menu that they did have. Service was a little slow but the overall experience was good. I just had a higher expectation regarding the menu items.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for Late night and brunch!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/23/2014
    My friends and I met for drinks on Saturday night, stayed for hours and listened to music. We managed to get up the next morning for Sunday brunch and it was SO worth it!! Sapphire sat us on their back patio and it was quiet and very comfortable. The food was fantastic, great portion sizes, and the drinks hit the spot. And our server, Courtney, did a great job taking care of us. Thank you Courtney, we will be back to see you next week!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, notable wine list, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was only ok. They did
    BobbyVIP
    Dined on 4/19/2013
    Food was only ok. They did have a nice selection of cocktails. Good place for a drink or two, but if you are a foodie not that great a choice.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • My wife absolutely loved the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/15/2013
    My wife absolutely loved the place! We went early, so it was quite quiet with a good atmosphere. Might have to go back sometime when it is later in the evening to catch some live music!
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Poor Customer service & Management
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 12/25/2012
    I made a reservation through portable for Sapphire from Christmas dinner. The reservation was for 430pm. We my family arrived to the restaurant, there was a sign out front stating they would not open until 5pm. I called the number listed on open table and it just rang. The telephone number on sapphires web site did have an answering machine, so I left a message. ( never received a call back ) When the two lovely ladies opened the doors at 5pm they explained to us that the kitchen was not opened and the cooks would not be in until 6pm, since they were spending time with there families. Thank you open table and sapphire for the great Christmas !
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • If you are under 30 and love
    SR30143
    Dined on 4/14/2012
    If you are under 30 and love to be assaulted by loud voices and poor service then this is a place for you. My husband & I were in town for a conference and decided to try out the area, we were so disappointed. I ordered a shrimp/pasta dish and I counted 4 shrimp and the dish was not hot, mildly warm. The only highlight of the meal was the black eye pea hummus, that was good.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always a pleasure to dine
    TheTennesseeBlondie
    Dined on 3/9/2012
    Always a pleasure to dine here. The food is fresh, appealing served, and very tasty. While I like bringing clients in, the waitresses' skirts are getting shorter and shorter and the blouses are getting lower and lower. Some of my clients need blood pressure medication and heart attack meds after being served their dinners! Can't beat the food and the price for drinks....
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Six people met for appetizers
    TheTennesseeBlondie
    Dined on 2/20/2012
    Six people met for appetizers and drinks prior to a performance at the Tennessee Theatre. Drinks came fast (bottle of wine) and water. Food orders were placed and it took a very long time to get them. Not many people in the restaurant at the time, so couldn't quite figure out why. When they finally arrived, they were absolutely delicious. Placed in the center of the table with small plates and silverware all around, enabled us to sample each dish. Everything was superb. Made the curtain but were a wee bit worried about it.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The food was decent. The
    logoleptVIP
    Dined on 1/12/2012
    The food was decent. The drinks and service were phenomenal! Great bar.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The restaurant was out of
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 12/10/2011
    The restaurant was out of three items that we ordered. The waitress was very unconcerned. We were a table for 8. Sapphire is suited more for drinks than food. The desserts were awful.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We really enjoyed the atmosphere
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/8/2011
    We really enjoyed the atmosphere at Sapphire. Our service was fantastic. I highly recommend this place.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, late-night find, notable wine list, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We went for an early dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 5/22/2011
    We went for an early dinner and while the food was OK, it was not great. Appears to be more of a bar and night club than dinner place.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • the appetizzer came at same
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 3/9/2011
    the appetizzer came at same time as the entrees. the service was very slow. it took forever to serve the meal (the restaurant was almost empty). it took forever to get the bill.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Enjoyed the night! Good food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 2/14/2011
    Enjoyed the night! Good food and wide drink selection
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Favorite Restaurant and Bar.
    BobErvin
    Dined on 1/30/2011
    My favorite restaurant! The staff is the absolute best. The appetizers, entrees, desserts, cocktails, and wine selection is the best in the area.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Service was prompt and the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/23/2010
    Service was prompt and the food was excellent. Portions are moderate as opposed to the platter full you receive at many restaurants. This was just enough and presented nicely. There is a very nice bar. Wine selection is quite nice. Ambiance is relaxed and comfortable. There is entertainment but we were there and out before it began. The restaurant was not crowded when we dined The ceilings are very high so sounds reverberates and it might be a bit noisy when the crowds arrive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food was acceptable but nothing
    Galapagos
    Dined on 6/14/2010
    Food was acceptable but nothing more. Service was erratic--friendly but unprofessional. We were in Knoxville for 5 days and found Sapphire to be the least interesting of the handful of places where we dined, even less than the slow dining room at the Holiday Inn across from the convention center whose soup at lunch was terrific. We were the only ones in the restaurant not at the bar when we arrived for our 7 p.m. reservation, but by 8:30 it was full and had gotten fairly noisy. .
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic