About Bistro By The Tracks

"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."

215 Brookview Centre Way, Suite 109
Knoxville, TN 37919
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Contemporary American

Hours of Operation:
Lunch Monday through Friday: 11:30pm - 2:30pm
Dinner Nightly Monday through Saturday: 5:00pm - Close
Brunch Sunday: 10 - 2pm

Cross Street:
S. Northshore Drive

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(865) 558-9500

Website:
http://www.bistrobythetracks.com/

Executive Chef:
Danny Wilhoit

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

Bistro By The Tracks Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.6

ambience

4.6

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (14)
Romantic (14)
Special Occasion (14)
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Quiet Conversation (13)
Notable Wine List (12)
Creative Cuisine (11)
Good for Anniversaries (10)
Business Meals (9)
Cozy (8)
Fit for Foodies (6)
Good for Birthdays (6)
Worth the Drive (6)
Handcrafted Cocktails (6)
Bar Seating (5)
Good for Groups (5)
Local Ingredients (5)
Neighborhood Gem (5)
Authentic (3)
Casual (3)
Healthy (3)
Hot Spot (3)
Seasonal (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Comfort Food (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
People Watching (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Fun (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
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vip
 (E. Tennessee)·Dined 6 days ago

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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·Dined 6 days ago

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.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Gluten Free Options
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·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.

Tags: Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Disabled Access, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Bar Seating, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Healthy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Sunday Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 31, 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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vip
 (Phoenix)·Dined on December 31, 2017

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

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic
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·Dined on December 28, 2017

Absolutely incredible experience! Will recommend to everyone for their next special occasion.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Second time around for this place for me. This experience was really good. Great server and excellent food this time. When I first chose this place, I was hoping for more of a small-scale, "homey" type of atmosphere but thats not what they offer. However, they do an excellent job. Ask for a booth on the wall facing the bar area.

Tags: Good for a Date, Business Meals
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·Dined on December 11, 2017

A fun atmosphere for a staff party

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·Dined on December 2, 2017

I was never at this restaurant
I fear my identify may have been breached. Please, beware of using online reservation companies or website restaurant rservation services. Think twice before putting any information out there.

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 (E. Tennessee)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Love this place! Any meal at Bistro by the Tracks is a special occasion. Beautiful setting, friendly and informed service, inventive menu. This is the real deal and always a pleasure.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Cozy, Quiet Conversation
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 (E. Tennessee)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Brunch for four and excellent service food wa outstanding will definitely re-visit soon!!!!

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vip
 (Tampa)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Bistro by the Tracks looks upscale & inviting upon arrival. The server was knowledgeable and helpful. The menu was inventive & interesting... then things fell apart. It took 40+ min for the entrees to arrive and all six of our plates were room temp to cold. The food was not appetizing enough to send it back for reheating. This was a terrible evening & I don’t think the servers had any idea that anything was amiss. Just a message from us, do yourself a favor & pass on this place.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Excellent meal - 4th time to Bistro by Tracks. One of the best restaurants in Knoxville area

Tags: Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, People Watching
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 (Louisville)·Dined on November 14, 2017

Have friend who just moved to Knoxville. Will go back again for sure.

Tags: Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Late-night Find
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·Dined on November 12, 2017

This place is a hidden gem. The service was attentive without being overbearing,

Tags: Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine, Sunday Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Cozy
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vip
 (Nashville)·Dined on November 12, 2017

We ate here for my daughter's 21st birthday. The setting was lovely, our service was EXCELLENT, and the food was fantastic. We all shared the stuffed acorn squash and the shrimp toast. Both were unique and delicious. The champagne ordered ahead by my husband as a surprise was iced and waiting on the table when we arrived. Our entrees were all delicious, and we took advantage of one of the specials - halibut - perfectly prepared! We will definitely be back.

Tags: Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Western NC)·Dined on November 11, 2017

This is a "go-to" restaurant for special occasions. It is quiet enough to talk but certainly not dead! The service by Amanda (and Sheila) was attentive and spot on. The food choices were delicious. I especially liked the gourd Bisque and the warm beet salad. The only minor complaint was that the dessert menu had only 4 items (ice cream was not available because of a freezer problem) and 3 of them contained nuts. With a nut allergy, the selection was limited to only cheesecake. Oh well, not a major issue!

Tags: Cozy, Seasonal, Quiet Conversation
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 8, 2017

We had a very pleasant evening of food, wine and conversation. The service was attentive without being overbearing. No rush to finish and get out. Nice ambiance. A bit dark - I had to use my cell phone light to read the menu.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List
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·Dined on November 1, 2017

Meh. It was all right. $$$, and slowish. Not my cup of tea so I tried to weight it with what someone who does like fancier restaurants might think.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Charleston)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Food and service was awesome!!

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 (E. Tennessee)·Dined on October 27, 2017

We had a party of 8, celebrating my wife’s birthday. Everything was excellent; service, food, and ambiance. She was thrilled with her evening, and Bistro helped make her smile special day more special.

Tags: Casual, Authentic, Good for Groups
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vip
 (E. Tennessee)·Dined on October 25, 2017

As always, food was terrific and the service outstanding beyond all comparison. Scallops were cooked to perfection and the wine selection covers a wide variety of price points and tastes. Number 1 recommended restaurant in all of East Tennessee.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Bar Seating, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Bistro by the Tracks is entirely predictable in a good way. You always know you will get a first rate meal. it is one of the best places in town. And the meals did not disappoint this time either. The main courses were excellent. Normally I would give it five stars, but the dessert was very disappointing so it dropped a bit. But I would recommend the restaurant with no reservations (no pun intended).

Tags: Business Meals, Romantic, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (E. Tennessee)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Very good food, excellent service. Great selection of wines. Definitely one of the better restaurants in Knoxville for fine dining.

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 (Western NC)·Dined on October 18, 2017

Outstanding meal and service!

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 (New England)·Dined on October 10, 2017

An excellent wine bistro with a creative delicious menu. Service is always fantastic! Definitely recommend.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for a Date, People Watching, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Romantic, Cozy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Very slow service and seats are hard to sit on. Would help if they had cushions.

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 (Miami)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Our first visit was a success - lovely space, friendly service, and delicious food. We shared an appetizer/salad of a medley of beets with some goat cheese - delicious. We also shared the entree - a half chicken in broth with mixed fresh veggies. Finally, we shared a lovely pumpkin cheesecake for dessert. It was a wonderful meal.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Business Meals
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 (E. Tennessee)·Dined on September 25, 2017

Food was excellent, choices varied and good. Nice ambience, comfortable for conversation, but still feels festive and special. Service attentive but not invasive. Lovely evening!

Tags: Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on September 20, 2017

Great spot, good food! The yelp reviews are a little misleading on the pricing. But overall a good place to eat!

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 (Nashville)·Dined on September 17, 2017

Excellent brunch menu probably a little too heavy on the egg offerings but nevertheless a great brunch option. Perfect Bloody Mary and fantastic service.

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·Dined on September 11, 2017

Food and service were fine, lighting and decor is too dark for our tastes.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on September 3, 2017

It's good food, good looking restaurant, nice staff.

Tags: Business Meals, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot
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 (Nashville)·Dined on September 2, 2017

It's the 3rd time we've eaten at this restaurant . Each time the service and food have been great. Highly recommend .

Tags: Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 27, 2017

Found his gen on Yelp as we were passing through town from Chicago and wanted to eat somewhere good. We thought this Bistro was more than good... it was outstanding. Staff was polite, professional and knowledgeable. Wine selection was outstanding and the traditional tequila margarita was perfect. The food was delicious, fresh, innovative and beautifully presented. Can not rave enough about this restaurant.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 25, 2017

Service is always exceptional. Food was delicious and excellent beverage options. They even have unique and fun virgin cocktails for non-drinkers and pregnant women.

Tags: Seasonal, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Romantic, Good for Birthdays
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on August 25, 2017

We were told about a special and then immediately told it was sold out. Hmmm.. Duck ramen was cold when served. Questions about menu were met with waiter reading menu to us.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 25, 2017

The scallop appetizers were superb. Wonder fresh taste. Food quality was excellent. Was hoping for a bit more of a older "local joint" (I mean "by the tracks"!) but it was a new upscale suburbia type of place. Wait staff was excellent and they went out of their way to please.
Overall, this one gets biggest points for quality of the cuisine. Hats off to the chef!

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on August 24, 2017

The dinner was amazing, the service was as well. Will definitely return.

Tags: Business Meals, Authentic, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Comfort Food
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vip
 (Las Vegas)·Dined on August 21, 2017

This has and will always be one of Knoxville's great restaurants!!! Highly recommended for any occasion. Updated menu will be sure to please. I would always secure reservations as this place could fill up quickly. Won't be disappointed!!!!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene, Special Occasion, Tasting Menu, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine
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