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Diners' Choice: Best Overall restaurants in East Tennessee

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Updated July 05, 2024

Looking for the best overall restaurants in East Tennessee? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favorite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!


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4.9
4.9 (681)
$31 to $50
American
Johnson City
About the restaurant
A Johnson City tradition since 1989, Gourmet and Company offers a dining experience that is unique to the region. Dinner menu selections run the gamut from traditional fine dinning classics to exciting specials including exotic meats and exceedingly fresh seafood. Lunches are casual and perfect for socializing or business. We also have an indoor lounge and outdoor patio bar that are fully stocked with a wide selection of wines, fine spirits, and craft beers.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jul 12, 2024
I love the food at Gourmet. Always consistent! The best quality and prepared as ordered!
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4.9
4.9 (1012)
$31 to $50
French
Knoxville
About the restaurant
Northshore Brasserie is a family owned, full-service restaurant and bar serving French Belgian cuisine in a relaxed and sophisticated atmosphere. Over the last decade, we have become a Knoxville favorite known for hearty delicious food, and outstanding service. For dinner, we specialize in Brasserie classics, such as: steak frites, mussels, roast chicken, fresh seafood, and handmade pastas. We also take advantage of local produce and meats to create in season specials. Our bar has a vibrant, unpretentious atmosphere where locals and out-of-towners gather to enjoy craft cocktails, Belgian beers, and a selection of wines from around the world.


Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 6 days ago
Great every time we go. Service and staff are great.
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4.8
4.8 (69)
$31 to $50
Cocktail Bar
Chattanooga
About the restaurant
Come see us for our new seasonal shareable menu, featuring wagyu sliders, hummus stuffed endives, and warm pimento cheese dip just to name a few.

Join us in Chattanooga's only true Speakeasy for Classic & Modern Craft Cocktails, accented by an exceptional Food Menu. Come discover us behind our hidden entrance in the Kinley Hotel.

Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 3 days ago
My wife and I have visited the front bar for the last 3 years and always enjoyed the quiet setting and view. The bartenders are always incredibly friendly and helpful in provided recommendation that meet your preferences. We have known about the speakeasy but never made reservations. We greatly appreciate that it's now available on OpenTable. The speakeasy is quiet but has a wonderful vibe and setting. We loved that additional drink selections and food. We definitely look forward to returning.
A photo of Dancing Bear Appalachian Bistro restaurant
4.9
4.9 (3364)
$50 and over
American
Knoxville
About the restaurant
At Dancing Bear Appalachian Bistro, we know that great food begins with fresh, quality sourced local ingredients. On our Modern Appalachian menu, Chef Jeff Carter and culinary team present seasonal and delicious dishes that are familiar and steeped in tradition yet enhanced with bold new dashes of flavor and component combinations that may surprise and delight you.

Dancing Bear provides a premium lodging experience. We bring the same commitment to excellence to our award-winning restaurant and full bar. Whether enjoying a romantic dinner for two or bringing the extended family together for a celebratory meal, we want your night out in Townsend to be a special experience. We offer a refined assortment of modern Appalachian cuisine — all served among elegant surroundings and calming wooded vistas.

Top review
Travelmom112vip
Dined 1 day ago
We celebrated our anniversary at Dancing Bear and it was a perfect evening! Food, service, and atmosphere were wonderful. Highly recommend the watermelon and tomato salad, absolutely delightful!
A photo of The Restaurant at RT Lodge restaurant
4.9
4.9 (991)
$31 to $50
Southern
Maryville
About the restaurant
Expect something you won’t see many other places—even at the most sophisticated hospitality destinations in the world. Your meals at The Restaurant at RT Lodge are uniquely your own. Every aspect of your meal is important to us. We shape our menus on the changing bounty of each season, with the freshest ingredients sourced from local farms and the best providers. Experience favorites such as our Buttermilk Fried Chicken and Housemade Charcuterie. After dinner, enjoy coffee and complimentary s'mores around the fire pit while being surrounded by gorgeous landscape and all the quiet sounds of Maryville College Woods.
Top review
TimothyM
Dined on Jul 16, 2024
Absolutely marvelous atmosphere inside and out. Nestled in the woods with ponds, waterfalls, fire pit and plenty of outdoor places to sit and enjoy the area. Inside was beautiful. We had not been there for almost 20 years. Outstanding food (presentation and taste). We were celebrating a wedding anniversary and they brought out some wonderful champagne. Service was excellent . This is a hidden gem tucked behind Maryville College (a beautiful campus).
A photo of Connors Steak & Seafood - Knoxville restaurant
4.8
4.8 (3823)
$31 to $50
Steakhouse
Knoxville
About the restaurant
We specialize in fresh seafood and premium aged steaks, as well as gourmet salads, pastas and more! Enjoy a memorable evening with friends and family in our well-appointed dining rooms, or stop by for the lunch you and your associates deserve. Our friendly service and flavorful fare will keep you coming back for more.

Connors Steak & Seafood first opened their doors to the diners at the new Turkey Creek shopping center in Knoxville, TN. Combining a high quality menu with a comfortable atmosphere, Connors quickly became a favorite with fellow Knoxvillians. The rich, wood interiors, warm fireplaces, and "guest-obsessed" service continues to this day, and in 2011 Connors was recognized in the "Best Steak" category of the 2011 Metro Pulse Best of Knoxville publication. Connors Steak & Seafood is Knoxville, TN is AAA 3 Diamond Rated.

Top review
PhilMvip
Dined 2 days ago
Got seated exactly at time of reservation. I brought a bottle of wine with me and paid expected corkage fee of fifteen dollars. Everything was tasting excellent. I ordered large filet that hit the spot. Service was excellent and manager made sure we were happy with the meal.
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4.8
4.8 (1264)
$30 and under
Italian
Chattanooga
About the restaurant
Eclectic, neighborhood Italian restaurant in the heart of Ooltewah. we take reservations for a portion of our tables, leaving much of the restaurant for guests to simply walk-in without a reservation. We take reservations by phone daily from the hours of 2:00 to 5:00 or anytime through the Ooltewah location page of www.primochattanooga.com.

Come and enjoy an authentic American-Italian inspired cuisine, complimented by a diverse selection of Italian and American wines and signature craft cocktails.

We look forward to serving you!

Top review
Barb4080vip
Dined 2 days ago
Amy, our waitress, was absolutely amazing! She answered our questions, serviced our party, and made our amazing dinner even better with her attention to detail. Carolyn, the manager, popped by our table to answer questions the guys had about wine. We will definitely be back because of these two ladies and the delicious food. Thanks for the experience!
A photo of Public House - Chattanooga restaurant
4.8
4.8 (2694)
$30 and under
American
Chattanooga
About the restaurant
Several years ago, I decided that my future in the restaurant business would most likely not remain in the realm of fine dining and gourmands, but would rather lean towards the style of restaurant that I found myself frequenting most often - places that provided consistency and quality at a price that was fair for the quality of the food and experience. Public House plays to the comforts of good, solid food, while applying the principles of premium food products to a more casual setting. You will find all the fish is delivered from Foley’s in Boston, high quality steaks and a rotating selection of vegetable sides that are true to the region and season. You’ll also find a really good hamburger and fish sandwich, along with fun snacks and small plates that pair well with cocktails, beer and wine.
Welcome,
Nathan Lindley

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 6 days ago
Service was great, food was delicious & restaurant layout makes for comfortable seating. A great dinner experience.
A photo of Amada Tapas restaurant
4.8
4.8 (281)
$31 to $50
Tapas / Small Plates
Chattanooga
About the restaurant
Amada is a tapas and wine bar on the southside of downtown Chattanooga. "Amada" is a female name of Spanish origin meaning beloved/loveable woman. We serve traditional Spanish plates that honor the seasonal, local ingredients of the area while celebrating southern simplicity and hospitality.
Our Mission: Do right and exceed expectations.
At Amada, we lead by putting people first. We strive to provide the best possible dining experience for our patrons while showcasing Spanish dishes, wines, and techniques. Amada's beverage menu displays signature sangrias and cocktails, a Spanish forward wine list, and local beers on tap!

Amada hosts a perfect dining experience for celebrations, date night, or just a fun night out of the house! We look forward to serving you. Cheers!


Top review
Sebastianolvip
Dined 4 days ago
The food was really good. Great portion size and taste. The service was attentive.
A photo of The Marlowe restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1428)
$31 to $50
Continental
Knoxville
About the restaurant
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.
Top review
CynthiaMvip
Dined 2 days ago
We had a great time. From drinks at the bar to dinner in the dining room at my favorite table. Just a fun, fun night! Adore the potato croquettes - and so glad they are still on menu. Liked the crab cakes over jalapeño grits very much. Creative.
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