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For 2
Date
Mon, 2/19
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10:00 PM
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Bistro By The Tracks

4.5
771 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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  • Romantic (22)
  • Special Occasion (20)
  • Good for a Date (18)
"At Bistro by the Tracks Executive Chef Danny Wilhoit masterfully blends culinary traditions from
across the globe with the familiar tastes of East Tennesee. Reviewers say " consistently spectacular"
with friendly "non-stuffy" service. Bistro by the Tracks is Knoxville's answer to great metropolitan dining."
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
Lunch Monday through Friday: 11:30pm - 2:30pm
Dinner Nightly Monday through Saturday: 5:00pm - Close
Brunch Sunday: 10 - 2pm
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Phone number
(865) 558-9500
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Danny Wilhoit
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Cross street
S. Northshore Drive
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 771 People Are Saying
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4.5  based on recent ratings
4.5
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4.6
service
4.6
ambience
4.1
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85% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (Houston)
5.0  Dined 2 days ago

Great meal and ambiance

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WarEl (Chicago)
5.0  Dined 4 days ago

The atmosphere of the restaurant is great. Contemporary but not overly trendy. Soft, even, thoughtful lighting that gives the interior a relaxing glow at night. Our appetizer and entrees were great... I ordered venison, which I normally do not even like very much, and it was a very pleasant surprise. We'll be back.

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vipUSCHokie (E. Tennessee)
5.0  Dined 5 days ago

As usual, this mainstay of our best-of-the-best dining choices in east Tennessee was a great experience on Valentine's Day. Both the halibut and the lobster tails were delicious and carefully paired with a great NAPA Valley white wine. The service was terrific, again as usual with no detail left to chance. This is a "must-go" for fine food, fine wine, and excellent service.

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vipGoodeats (E. Tennessee)
1.0  Dined 5 days ago

We live an hour away, have dined here 6+ times
It was Valentine’s Day , they craned in extra tables so I got to look straight at the bar while my wife had headlights in her eyes . Her salad was awful , rest of food ok

Greed to cram more tables in led to a bad experience for us..,
We don’t plan to return
Too bad it had been a favorite

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AllysonH (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined 6 days ago

Sadly disappointed. Everything was great EXCEPT the food. I've understood that they're reputation isn't as great as it used to be. Now I know why. We had friends go during the same week. They said the same thing. I won't be back.

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OpenTable Diner (Western NC)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

Excellent food, excellent wine, excellent service. I always have a great meal at Bistro by the Tracks. Always good for a date night. A little pricey, but you get what you pay for.

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OpenTable Diner (Tampa)
1.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

I have never left a bad review of a restaurant in my life. This was the absolute worst meal I have ever been a part of. There were 6 in our party. Our food took 45 minutes, but that is to be expected occasionally. While we waited, we had the best bread you could imagine. Bread was soft with a crunchy edge and butter that was room temperature and soft. Perfect start. We started with the pimento cheese appetizer and it was just okay. The rest of the meal would be the worst tasting food I have ever had especially at an upscale restaurant. My mom had the Chicken. It looked amazing, but was so over cooked and no flavor at all except for the grease it had beed dipped in. The chicken was dry and stringy. My son and sister got the lamb shank. This was a piece of meat that tasted like it had been in a crock pot for three days. The meat was incredibly overdone and was drowned in some kind of black sauce that was inedible. My son's girl friend ordered the chef's pasta with shrimp. The shrimp was so undercooked, that it was still slimy. Needless to say she couldn't eat it. I got the ribs, which was by far the best of the orders, but it was only because they had a very good mustard bbq sauce on it, which is hard to find. My wife ordered the halibut, and it was the worst at the table. They brought out a piece of fish that was so over cooked and dry she could only eat half of it, but the amazing thing was the vegetables were so undercooked, they were crunchy. She left most of hers on the table. Like I said I would never leave a negative review for one incident or maybe even two, but we spent over $200 dollars for this dinner, and every order was horrible except for mine. I hope that this saves someone from going through this horrible experience. We typically eat out almost every night because we work late, so I have experienced bad meals before, but nothing has ever come close to this. I honestly think maybe the chef was trying to sabotage the owner it was so bad.

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OpenTable Diner (Atlanta)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

Good as always. Very creative menu.

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LifeIsGood (E. Tennessee)
4.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

Our evening was great and our meal was fabulous! Cocktails at the bar were fabulous! Our service at the table was awesome and the wine list is great! The Halibut special was really great!

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Classylady (E. Tennessee)
5.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

Great food; accompaniments to entree r different from what one would expect. Need to review prior to ordering food. Disappointed in beet salad as didn’t expect the beets to be pickled. They do nothing special for birthdays except placing a candle on an ordered dessert. Dessert offerings r very limited. Excellent coffee.

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vipNitandCas (Greensboro)
5.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

My wife and I just moved to Knoxville and were eager to check out the food scene. Bistro by the Tracks is a superb spot for truly good food. It is on the expensive side, but the meal preparations are certainly worth the price. The wine list could have a few more bottles at more approachable price points, but so far we have found that to be the case in a lot of Knoxville restaurants. Service was reasonable, but it could have been a bit more attentive. The dining room itself is extremely comfortable. I can say with confidence that this restaurant will become part of our regular rotation.

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OpenTable Diner (E. Tennessee)
5.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

One of our very favorite places to dine. We enjoy to celebrate special occasions here. The sorroundings are delightful and the food is delicious. We highly recommend Bistro by the Tracks.

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Segemite (Atlanta)
3.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

I remember the old Bistro by The Tracks. It was great, authentic food. After many years of being gone from Knoxville, we decided to go back. Could not be more disappointed. The food was cold, the drinks were amateur and the ambience is that of any typical chain. The only thing that saved the night was Jerry the server. He was awesome.

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OpenTable Diner (E. Tennessee)
5.0  Dined on January 26, 2018

Our waiter was amazing can’t remember his name which is a shame bc he totally deserves the recommendation...- he knew exactly when to come to the table and gave us a great date night therefore. Cannot wait to go back. Don’t want to describe him as a bald guy but will bc he deserves the recognition...sorry!

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Richard (Miami)
3.0  Dined on January 20, 2018

Food presentation is excellent but our appetizers were Luke warm and even when they tried to correct it came back the same. Salad was average and entry was also Luke warm. Great atmosphere but food was not up to look of the restaurant or the prices.

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vipWhinetodine (E. Tennessee)
5.0  Dined on January 13, 2018

My spouse and I returned to Bistro By The Tracks for another fine dining experience. BBTT is conveniently located between I-40 and Kingston Pike (or Hwy 70 and 11) and has plenty of parking close to the restaurant. We were greeted at the door and seated immediately in one of the cozy c-shaped booths along the wall. The menu changes seasonally, I think. We started by ordering the corn breads which was served in a small iron skillet with 2 nice house-made accompaniments -- butter and jam. I was disappointed when there was none left to take home. I enjoyed the cauliflower soup and my spouse the wedge salad. Note that the salad was large and can be shared. The soup serving, however, was not so generous but was very tasty. I had the salmon and my spouse the filet. Both were perfectly prepared. The accompanying sides were equally excellent. Yes, I sometimes select an entree because of the sides but BBTT is accommodating if you wish to substitute which I did to get roasted cauliflower. We enjoyed a bottle of Rodney Strong Estate Pinot Noir 2014 (but the menu listed 2013). The BBTT wine list is not as extensive as some but offers good quality and variety. As we have come to expect at BBTT, the service is excellent and professional. Our server executed the fine points of quality service including placement of the entrees. My spouse ordered a dessert of chocolate cake with vanilla ice cream. The cake was rich and the ice cream so good I expected that it was house made or from a local dairy. But instead it was the same brand that I can buy at the local supermarket. No problem except that I may need to consider this brand more often. BBTT offers a predictably fine and relaxing dining experience with comfortable seating in a quiet setting.

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OpenTable Diner (E. Tennessee)
4.0  Dined on January 12, 2018

Great meal, above average service. A little expensive for everyday dining out, but totally worth the cost for a great experience. Extensive wine list with many well known labels. The lamb shank was so tender it fell off the bone and the sweet potatoes were the best I’ve ever had. Will definitely be returning to the Bistro.

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OpenTable Diner (E. Tennessee)
4.0  Dined on January 6, 2018

The menu options are creative and beautifully prepared. The ambiance is very nice - dim lighting, carpeted floors, and linen tablecloths. I ordered a cornbread appetizer for the table. It came with homemade spreads which were delicious, but the cornbread was not done in the middle (still wet). I had the duck ramen for my meal, and while it was very tasty, there were only 4 or 5 paper-thin, very small slices of duck on the plate. I don't eat much, and it was a small portion even for me. It would be better placed in their "small plate" section and priced lower. My companions' meals were all fantastic, per their reports. They had the chicken, hamburger, and scallops. I would love to try this restaurant again and order something different next time.

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on December 30, 2017

I don't usually review, but this was exceptional. Food was outstanding, the wine and cocktails were superb, service was attentive, and the ambiance was a pleasure. Bistro earned its place at the top of the Knoxville food scene, and keeps earning it in 2017. You don't have to put up with downtown to get a first-rate meal.

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vipAZkim (Phoenix)
5.0  Dined on December 30, 2017

Awesome food and atmosphere! Creative and nice environment, looks like you were in a wine cellar.

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