Bistro By The Tracks

4.6
809 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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"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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Neighborhood
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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
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5.0Dined 5 days ago

As always all was well aboveboard with excellent service even better food and it was Fathers Day so lots of activity and lots of fun for all of us!!!!

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3.0Dined on June 11, 2018

The pickled shrimp salad was so so, could not discern dressing, lettuce was not crisp. Trout was dry and bland, the risotto was mushy with no flavor. A very disappointing meal. The food is very inconsistent lately. The server informed me the pastry chef had left when I asked about the Opera Cake on the dessert menu and it was not very good. Not sure when I will be back.

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5.0Dined on May 26, 2018

Ambience: Understated elegance
Food: outstanding seafood— 3 different fishes, unique and equally well prepared
Service: impeccable, friendly, well informed. TJ was our server— she’s very special
Outstanding wine list to compliment fantastic menu.
Can’t rave enough about this gem

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5.0Dined on May 25, 2018

A perfect restaurant to celebrate our 33 anniversary - excellent food, service and atmosphere. Thank you!

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2.0Dined on May 25, 2018

We were patrons of this restaurant in prior years, but it had been quite a while. Were meeting old friends that had introduced us to this restaurant, for dinner after not seeing them for a year. Our server was awesome and the drinks were perfection, but sadly the food was mediocre. My friend and I both ordered the steak which was "room temperature" and the portions were smaller than any of us had remembered. In talking with our friends the next day, they initiated our thoughts on dinner and sadly they were also disappointed in our dining experience.

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5.0Dined on May 25, 2018

Always seem to provide great service, nice wine selection, ambiance is very comfortable, pricey but worth it on occasion, and we miss the table cloths; overall makes for a grand evening.

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5.0Dined on May 20, 2018

Brunch was excellent. Highly recommend. Best in Knoxville.

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4.0Dined on May 20, 2018

Excellent dinner. Our service was not nearly as good as usual though.

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5.0Dined on May 18, 2018

This restaurant has consistently great food and service and an excellently varied menu.

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3.0Dined on May 16, 2018

While the setting and service was outstanding, the food was decidedly underwhelming. Three of us had the grouper which was fantastic, but it was plated over black eyed peas and other regional beans that were raw. My husbands Kobe steak was cold. We don’t come often- we tend to come for special occasions- not sure we will be back any time soon.

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4.0Dined on May 11, 2018

Food was very good and they pour a good drink. Service is good as well. Highly recommend the pimento cheese and the cooked oysters. Dinner portions a little small, though.

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5.0Dined on May 10, 2018

Graduation

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3.0Dined on May 6, 2018

We hadn’t been to Bistro by the Tracks for several years. We decided to try it again.
We went for brunch and it was really a breakfast menu not a brunch menu. We had looked at the menu online for brunch and it seemed to be more of a brunch not just breakfast menu.
The highlight was the small biscuits to start off while we waited.
Overpriced and small portions.

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5.0Dined on May 6, 2018

Service & drinks were great!!!

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5.0Dined on May 5, 2018

Delicious as always! Every meal in our party of 4 was tasty, well-prepared and perfectly cooked and served. The staff is incredibly professional and attentive. Never had a bad experience. This is not a casual restaurant so you won't feel very comfortable in jeans or shorts.

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5.0Dined on May 4, 2018

We really enjoyed the drinks, food, and the service. Great place to have dinner!

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5.0Dined on April 28, 2018

It wasn’t fantastic as always. Never disappoints the food is always .

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5.0Dined on April 21, 2018

I wanted to share the wonderful dining experience we had at Bistro By The Tracks last night. The food was exquisite and the service was second to none. What made last night even more special was it was our anniversary dinner and the first visit to the restaurant. After we had concluded our meal, the waiter brought the check and said that our food had been taken care of. The owner of the restaurant was in with his family eating and out of the goodness of his heart, paid for our meal. Our waiter explained that he routinely does this while he is in the restaurant eating. I’ll have to say that they have made a lifelong customer out of my wife and I and not simply because he paid for our meal, it was the pay it forward attitude displayed. He not only made our dining experience special but also made are Anniversary special which means more than anything. If you ever want an amazing dining experience, go to this restaurant!

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5.0Dined on April 18, 2018

I lived in Knoxville for 12 years and I had the best dinner yet at Bistro this past weekend - great menu - great job!

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2.0Dined on April 13, 2018

We’ve eaten here a couple of times in the past. However our last visit left much to be desired. The food was marginal with an over cooked steak, risotto that had zero traits of risotto except for the rice, bruschetta that had an odd mix of vegetables without tomatoes, frogs legs served chilled and an artichoke and olive spring salad served straight from the jar. Unfortunately we have no desire to go back.

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3.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Sadly it was disappointing this time. We have come to BBT for over six years and have NEVER been disappointed in service or quality but this time the wait staff was inattentive and my burger was well done when I ordered it med rare... For a $162 dinner, we weren’t happy. We asked for bread plates that never came. Overall just disappointed in a place we had come to call our favorite in town. It left us wondering if management had changed...

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

We had a great meal!

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Excellent food! We started with Warm BBT Spring Pimento Cheese (outstanding) and
Spring Harvest Bruschetta (bread was great but the "pesto" was a miss for us). Followed by soups and salads; great Carrot & Beet Soup and 'unconstructed' Caesar salad.

Most of my party selected the daily chef specials... 2 had the fish of the day, which they LOVED; I had the pasta (primavera) of the day, very very good. One of our party had to take home his dinner (Bourbon Pork Ribs) as he felt full from eating the appetizers and starters. The solitary "miss" may have been the Kobe Hangar Steak, which was very wonderful... but it's relish or couscous was just too garlicky.

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Always a great place to meet up with friends. Food is amazing and staff is attentive and helpful.

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5.0Dined on April 2, 2018

Another lovely evening at Bistro By The Tracks! Even though we missed our regular server and longtime friend, Jerry.

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3.0Dined on April 1, 2018

A little disappointed. Been here several times and the food was excellent. Went this time for brunch and the food was just so so.

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

great service and selection. the salads and fish entrees were delicious and beautifully presented. great wine list and the service was very polished and professional.

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4.0Dined on March 31, 2018

The gumbo and ribs were excellent! Our server Megan was phenomenal. For some reason did not care for baked beans or slaw

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

We randomly selected this restaurant, so we did not really know what to expect. It far exceeded our expectations. It is a beautiful restaurant. It has a very cozy, yet elegant, feel. The wine selection was fabulous and the food was delicious. We were also very impressed with the service. We will definitely be back!

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3.0Dined on March 19, 2018

We had booked the reservation for a private celebration based on our dining experience on a previous visit.

I was initially struck by the fact that the menu was on a single sheet of paper, nice paper, but one printed sheet. As we were surveying the menu, we kept remarking that there must have been a car just outside with a very loud boom box. When the booming continued, my wife determined that the booming was actually coming from inside the restaurant. Other patrons may have been able to discern music, but all that we could hear was the "thud". In the noise level rating above, obnoxious is not a choice.

In anticipation of our visit, I had perused the menu, excited to re-order a dish that I had previously enjoyed: Salmon with white beans and brussel sprouts. When the plate arrived, it had a nice piece of salmon adorned with shredded greens on an unidentifiable square pad, which I initially thought was bread. When I questioned the horrified server about the whereabouts of my white beans and brussel sprouts, she returned to explain that the greens were actually shredded brussel sprouts and that salmon was actually resting on the solid square of white beans. It was not visually appealing. So instead of a lovely piece of salmon with a compliment of beans and brussel sprouts, I got a small portion of shredded greens on a pad of bean paste. I scraped the green away and didn't touch the bean pad. It should be noted that this reduced portion was the same price as it had been on the earlier visit.

On the other side of the table, my wife had a very nice dish that was thoroughly enjoyed.

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Strikes a nice balance between fancy and cosy, making it perfect for any date or similar celebration or occasion, as it feels like a special treat without being uncomfortably posh/stuffy. The food is delicious and comes in small, but sufficient portions (heavy on the main part, rather than the sides). Great cocktails, friendly yet unintrusive waiters, and a nice style between elegant and industrial.

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

The ambiance, food & service were all top notch. A bit expensive but well worth the price. The staff was fantastic and went above & beyond. I highly recommend this restaurant.

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

Four of us were celebrating two birthdays and it was a terrific evening! We shared the cheese plate and pimento cheese appetizers, which were delicious. I had the braised short rib over pasta and it was superb. Our server, Madison, was wonderful!!

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5.0Dined on February 27, 2018

BBTT has become a go-to restaurant for special occasions for our family. We like everything about this restaurant. There are NO TVs, it is quieter and classier - but not stuffy - than so many other restaurants in Knoxville. The staff is friendly and knowledgeable. The food is always first-rate.

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5.0Dined on February 26, 2018

Fantastic!

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4.0Dined on February 24, 2018

I’m happy to give very good reviews for Lana (management) and Megan (bar/main dining service). Bistro by the Tracks is such a unique place, with a gorgeous patio during agreeable weather, to hold a large party, business gathering, or elegant dinner date. The music service and genre played through the restaurant’s audio system could be more sophisticated and elegant to increase the ambiance experience. The popular consumed plates are expertly prepared, such as scallops, salads, tenderloin, chicken, fish, duck, and rabbit. The food prep for more unique plates, such as venison loin, must have greater care and skill, during cooking, making sure the dish is served as ordered. For instance, in my opinion and on my palate, venison loin, if cooked longer, begins to resemble a gamier iron taste compared to rare cooking, where venison loin resembles medium rare heifer tenderloin with less ironlike aftertaste. If the venison loin is sous-vide, and finished on the grill, great skill and oversight must be given to make sure not to overcook the meat. My heartfelt gratitude goes to Lana and Megan, for helping communicate to the kitchen, comping my plates, and using this example as a teaching opportunity, to perhaps, instruct some of the kitchen staff that are adding to their culinary skills.

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3.0Dined on February 21, 2018

I would rate the experience as only marginal. Our drinks were never checked or water refilled, we asked for bread, but did not get it. The the table next to us had four servers at one time attending four patrons needs, we barely had one. It was not at all worth the price, based on service, quality of food, or ambiance.
Not everything was bad, the service was prompt and the reservation process was easy. However, I do not think I would consider Bistro By The Tracks for any further special occasions for me or my family.

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

Great meal and ambiance

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5.0Dined on February 15, 2018

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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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

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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