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Bistro By The Tracks

4.8
4.8
1187 Reviews
$31 to $50
Continental
You don’t have to go far for an exceptional culinary experience. Reviewers say “consistently spectacular” with friendly “non-stuffy” service. Bistro by the Tracks simply is Knoxville’s answer to great metropolitan dining. We proudly offer an extensive and diverse wine list featuring carefully selected whites and reds from the finest wineries around the world. Bistro by the Tracks is a recipient of Wine Spectator’s Award of Excellence, 2010. Join us for an evening of dining that is at once casual and elegant. Reservations most appreciated.

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2 people

10:30 PM


Booked 8 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Continental, Southern

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–9:30 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (865) 558-9500

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Robert McDonald III

  • Catering

    Contact Nancy Kendricks with Bistro by the Tracks Catering <br />nancy@bythetrackscatering.com

  • Private party contact

    Doug Anderson: (865) 558-9500

  • Neighborhood

    Knoxville

  • Cross street

    SW corner of Anderson &amp; Central

  • Parking details

    Private Lot

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 1,187 people are saying

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4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

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    Best Overall

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    Best Service

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    Best Ambiance

  • East Tennessee

    Fit for Foodies

  • East Tennessee

    Neighborhood Gem

  • East Tennessee

    Notable Wine List

  • Knoxville

    Best Overall

  • Knoxville

    Best Food

  • Knoxville

    Best Service

  • Knoxville

    Best Ambiance

  • Knoxville

    Best Value

  • Knoxville

    Fit for Foodies

  • Knoxville

    Healthy

  • Knoxville

    Neighborhood Gem

  • Knoxville

    Notable Wine List

  • Knoxville

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  1. S

    Sbatey4828

    Orlando

    34 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and drinks were outstanding. Team members have been there for years and are fabulous! The best spot in Knoxville for dining and drinks.
  2. CM

    CynthiaM

    Cleveland

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent experience. Food fantastic. Great service. Warm, cozy ambience.
  3. LT

    LaurensT

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Actually prefer this temporary location to any previous location of this extremely good restaurant. The window wall for the kitchen is beautiful brick walls and archways create a wonderful environment. Food is outstanding as always.
  4. ST

    SarahT

    Milwaukee

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Such a great experience! Great food, atmosphere and service! Will definitely be back to this gem!
  5. B

    Bistrofan

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Always a favorite and and the fall menu was very good. While I may not be the most adventurous eater, having the seasonal dishes offers variety and new tastes. The creamed corn dip was good. The filet was very tender and done perfectly. And another in our party has the chicken ratatouille which she enjoyed. Great night.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience2
    Food was overcooked and served Luke warm. Horrible compared to what they use to be able to serve
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service. Best experience that I have had in Knoxville
  8. JT

    JTZW

    Charleston

    12 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall4food3service3ambience4
    Husband had lamb chops. They were very tender and fairly juicy. I had the shrimp and drunken noodles. The grilled shrimp was tasty while the noodles, broth and mushrooms had absolutely no flavor. Server was nice, but very slow. It seemed that they were short-staffed. Cute building. BTW, do not follow google map directions; use Apple or Open Table.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Tour of UT trip.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time here and loved it!
  11. c

    carw

    Atlanta

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was excellent!
  12. B

    Bonna

    E. Tennessee

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Such fabulous food, service and cocktails! With some new items on the menu, I had to try the amazing Lettuce Wraps...a nice kick with interesting flavors, and did I mention tenderloin bites?! So good! The Puree' of Cauliflower Soup is always velvety and delicious. We shared some Parmesan/Truffle Fries, and the Beef Tenderloin entree', cooked to perfection! It was also so nice to see, right on the menu, a round of icy cold beverages for the cooks...of course, we added that! I love this little pop-up location and truly hope it stays as is, even with the new larger one on its way!
  13. EC

    ECOverstreet

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were visiting from Richmond, Virginia and the restaurant had been a suggestion from our local acquaintances. We were a bit worried when I called to confirm the reservation and was told they had moved to a pop -up location. We had to drive a bit father as the old location was very close to our hotel. The area might be called transitional, but some of our best restaurants in Richmond are in the old warehouse districts or odd locations, so that did not seem abnormal to us. The pop-up location was charming; we felt it had great ambience. We felt the maitre d'/host and our server both acted with a reserved, professional, friendly and unobtrusive dignity that you don't often find these days. The food was very good and there was a nice by the glass wine selection. We had the salmon and duck for main course, the parmesan truffles fries, the scallop special and smoked fish spread for appetizers and ordered cheesecake--which we do not normally do--since we enjoyed our food so much. Oh and it was fairly quiet in the restaurant despite a lot of hard surfaces. All around an excellent dining experience.
  14. FS

    FredS

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Nice new place for this restaurant; Extremely comfortable, warm, quiet, easy parking. I Excellent service. Easy reservations system. We were seated immediately upon arrival. I started with a martini with cucumber flavoring. Incredibly delicious. For dinner I was served lamb chop and Cauliflower soup. I also tasted some Sichuan scallops and Asparagus. All were amazingly tasty. I had Malbec wine with my lamb. We will return.
  15. EK

    ElaineK

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Bistro By The Tracks should be on everyone’s list if they are looking for a restaurant with great food, relaxed atmosphere and attentive service. Beginning with a warm greeting at the front door, everyone in our party thoroughly enjoyed their dinner. Whether you are in the mood for a classic hamburger or a sophisticated entree, the Bistro is a perfect choice.
  16. S

    Smitty

    E. Tennessee

    54 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    54 reviews

    Dined on August 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    They have done a great job fixing up their new temporary location
  17. KM

    KyleM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The new Central Ave spot has the perfect balance of classy local feel with exposed brick walls and a window wall opening up the kitchen (without the noise). Our food was perfectly cooked and presented. the tomato salad was fresh summer eating at its best. the salmon was oh so right! Finally, our waiter, Anthony was professional in every respect! All in all, a wonderful evening.
  18. D

    Dgiberish

    Washington DC

    21 reviews

    3.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience2
    After writing I in OPEN TABLE that this was a celebration of an engagement for our daughter, telling the manager as we arrived of said celebration, and then telling the waiter before ordering dessert that this was a celebratory dinner, we received nothing. Perhaps this is their policy, and if so, why ask up front? If it isn’t their policy it was just lousy treatment.
  19. JS

    JimSandy

    Nashville

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall2food1service4ambience3
    Salmon was very plain, flounder was over cooked. Dessert portions were skimpy. Overall very disappointed since we’ve eaten at Bistro’s before and were very pleased. New Location is too noisy. Could have gotten what we had for much less at other Knoxville locations for half the price.
  20. LB

    LarryB

    E. Tennessee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and service were fantastic. It is located in North Knoxville in a remodeled space which looks really nice. A little pricey.
  21. L

    Luke

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The new Happy Holler location is excellent. The ambience was modern and upscale, service was timely and friendly, and the food was exceptional. I would highly recommend the tomato salad and the tenderloin with the pickled peppercorns.
  22. D

    David

    E. Tennessee

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    LOVE this pop-up version of Bistro by the Tracks! Same beautiful cuisine, stylishly presented by personable staff but a more relaxed, edgy urban ambience. Don't change a thing!
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Nashville

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent gods as always! We celebrated a birthday and had a great time.
  24. R

    Redd

    E. Tennessee

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Once again, food and service was great. So glad to have this restaurant in the Hollar!
  25. AS

    AmyS

    Louisville

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service and great food. Enjoyed dinner with our college-aged daughter. She loved it. Something for everyone on the menu.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Indiana

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We made a Open Table reservation but did not look at the exact address. When we UBER it, it took us to their old location which is obviously closed. I had the Halibut special with farm carrots - excellent Great cocktails however the place was packed, tables are close together and noise level is high.
  27. MN

    ManganNY

    New York Area

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Glad to have another refined dining in the downtown/ greater downtown area. A little off the beaten path location but we loved it. Hoping they stay on this location. Clean, sustainable menu, refined service, wonderful wine list. We will be back!!
  28. CA

    ChristopherA

    Charlotte

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and atmosphere. The drinks are excellent.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baton Rouge

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was fantastic!
  30. MB

    MBKfood

    New York Area

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience4
    Food was overpriced for the quality. Seafood dip appetizer was almost inedible due to the shrimp in it being overly salty and saturated with vinegar. Our risotto came out ice cold and the bison burger was fair, not worth the price tag. Truffle fries and the halibut were fantastic though. Incredible service, food was just overall subpar and the price tag didn’t help.
  31. DB

    DonB

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Everything was excellent. Better than the last few times we went to the Bearden location. The specials were very good, but I would suggest adding one or two items to the menu for a little more selection.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    E. Tennessee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing! That's the best description for this place!! You won't be disappointed
  33. EC

    ErinC

    Orlando

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great girls night!
  34. CM

    CynthiaM

    Cleveland

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on August 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service by Ivan was excellent, as usual. His recommendations were thoughtful and he patiently answered all our questions. Food was fantastic - 3 in our party had the evening’s special, which was halibut.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous dinner. Great atmosphere.
  36. O

    Owen

    New York Area

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on August 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I've been visiting Knoxville for about 15 years and have dined in each iteration of this restaurant and this one is by far the best. Great cocktails, service, and a wonderful meal. Love the new location and we'll see you again soon.
  37. SF

    SharonF

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 10, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    We have eaten at Bistro by the Tracks in three previous locations, so we wanted to check this one out. It is excellent, just like the others were. Smaller, a bit less formal (but that is appropriate for Happy Holler). Our service was good and the food was outstanding. You should try it.
  38. L

    Ladylovesjazz

    E. Tennessee

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    The new location was nice, but still needs some touches to beautify the space a bit more. The service was on the slower side this time, but everything was exceptionally good.
  39. CM

    CynthiaM

    Cleveland

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My husband and I have been to every location and iteration of Bistro by the Tracks and have loved them all. But this one is the very best. Food, service and drinks are top notch. That’s why we felt comfortable bringing an important business contact and her husband there last night. Guess what! They loved it as much as we did! Thanks to all involved.
  40. LI

    LifeIsGood

    E. Tennessee

    35 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loving the new/temporary location! The ambiance is gray and Ivan was wonderful! Can’t wait to return!!!

FAQs

Bistro By The Tracks is rated 4.8 stars by 1187 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

10:30 PM


Booked 8 times today
Google Map for Bistro By The Tracks

1123 N Central Street, Knoxville, TN 37917

Additional information

  • Cross street

    SW corner of Anderson &amp; Central

  • Neighborhood

    Knoxville

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–9:30 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    Continental, Southern

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Private Lot

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Robert McDonald III

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (865) 558-9500

  • Catering

    Contact Nancy Kendricks with Bistro by the Tracks Catering <br />nancy@bythetrackscatering.com

  • Private party contact

    Doug Anderson: (865) 558-9500

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