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Chesapeake's Downtown, Knoxville, TN

Chesapeake's Downtown

4.7
4.7
605 Reviews
$31 to $50
Seafood

Chesapeake’s Downtown derives much of its authentic Eastern Shore qualities from décor that features genuine nautical antiques and artifacts. Pairing this cozy, seaside ambiance with welcoming service and fresh ingredients has made it the perfect spot for creating memorable moments.

As part of the Copper Cellar Family of Restaurants, Chesapeake’s Downtown offers fresh seafood that’s sourced daily, local, handcrafted microbrews, an extensive wine list and prime-graded beef. Chesapeake’s Downtown is known for live Maine lobster, Maryland Crab cakes, a variety of fresh fish, and assorted oyster selection.

Chesapeake’s Downtown features a Sunday brunch and happy hour in the bar/lounge. Full menus — including gluten free options are available and can be enjoyed on our patio. Free onsite parking.

Whether you come for the food, the drinks, or the atmosphere, you’re in for an unforgettable experience at Chesapeake’s Downtown.

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Booked 12 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, Grill, American

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sun 10:30 am–2:30 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 11:00 am–2:30 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 4:30 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:30 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (865) 673-3433

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Private party facilities

    Two private rooms available each seating 20-25 guests. Please contact restaurant for more information.

  • Neighborhood

    Knoxville

  • Parking details

    Private Lot

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 605 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • East Tennessee

    Great for Brunch

  • East Tennessee

    Great for Lunch

  • East Tennessee

    Neighborhood Gem

  • East Tennessee

    Special Occasion

  • Knoxville

    Best Service

  • Knoxville

    Best Value

  • Knoxville

    Good for Groups

  • Knoxville

    Great for Lunch

  • Knoxville

    Neighborhood Gem

  • Knoxville

    Romantic

  • Knoxville

    Special Occasion

  • Knoxville

    Vibrant Bar Scene

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  1. KB

    KeithB

    E. Tennessee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Our server Jamie was very attentive on this visit. It was my husband’s birthday and he chose to go like I chose on my birthday last month. They served him a hot fudge sundae for dessert but, no offer was made on my birthday and we also got French fries with our entrees this time, last month there was no side dish with the entrees and we bought the same entrees.

  2. MK

    MaryK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Absolutely amazing as always. Prefer this location to the newer one.

  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Most underrated Brunch in Knoxville! Ask for Jackson, he was great!

  4. SP

    StanP

    Indiana

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Everything was incredible. Biggest and best oysters we've ever had. Service was stupendous!

  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    E. Tennessee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Father’s Day celebration

  6. JM

    JeffM

    E. Tennessee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    This is by far the best seafood restaurant in Knoxville. It doesn’t matter if we are wanting a nice lunch or a special dinner, it meets the expectations every time.

  7. TR

    TheRoadLessTraveler

    New York Area

    25 reviews

    4.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    We were in town for a day, good choice using Open Table. Had crab soup and crab cakes. Also friend had small filet mignon and other had a scallops entre. Cocktails and wine, overall a nice dinner. Staff was very accommodating.

  8. d

    dantran1010

    Philadelphia

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on June 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing food and service

  9. JP

    JimP

    E. Tennessee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food and service were great. We like this Chesapeake's better than the one in West Knoxville.

  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    E. Tennessee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Our anniversary!! Food was great snd our server wonderful!!

  11. JH

    JenniferH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Service was impeccable and every dish we had was very good

  12. MS

    MemphisSam

    New Orleans

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on June 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The scallop bisque had huge chunks of scallops in them. The gulf oysters were moderate size. The scallops over pasta needed to be more complex plus be cooked in white wine. Service was good but our waiter had too many tables and he had to bus these tables. They need to hire more people. This place is in Knoxville, TN where the University of Tennessee is located. There are plenty of kids to hire if they only pay better. The place is expensive but we think it’s the best place to eat in town.

  13. VZ

    VirgZach

    E. Tennessee

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Great food, great service. All as expected

  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Grand Rapids

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The Maryland salad, crab bisque and broiled combo platter were all fantastic. The variety of breads were warm and delicious. Our server was pleasant and attentive. I couldn't have been more satisfied and look forward to another visit when back in Knoxville.

  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Seated immediately, served immediately and my meal was wonderful! Highly recommend!

  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Key West

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Great experience - wonderful server and fantastic food.

  17. SS

    SandraS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food was good as always and the service was really good. I am sorry I didn't get the name of the waiter but he was excellent. Thanks for a great meal!

  18. M

    Mike

    Nashville

    16 reviews

    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on May 19, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Usually really good but not as good this visit as usual. Crab/corn chowder was more gumbo. Not much corn and zero crab. Fried shrimp over cooked but not terrible. Spinach Maria is very good. Wife’s salmon was good. Definitely going back. They were slammed with families have graduation dinner so not a normal night. Server tried hard but it was easy to tell she needed some help which is not abundant anywhere these days. Definitely go there if you haven’t. This was not the best night but it was still a good 7/10.

  19. BM

    BillM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We received exactly what we expected from Chesapeake's Downtown; excellent food, service, and atmosphere. The West location is good, and sometime more convenient, but for a special evening with someone special, Downtown always delivers.

  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    E. Tennessee

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 18, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience3

    Noisy and crowded

  21. TM

    TeresaM

    Charleston

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 16, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    What I ordered they were out of so I got something different. It was okay but not my favorite. My husband loved his meal.

  22. s

    suga865

    E. Tennessee

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The best place in town for a variety of fresh fish, and an array of oysters. Best raw and baked oysters, but the only place (I’ve found in town) for mouth watering grilled oysters!

  23. D

    Dave

    Western NC

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on May 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Freshest seafood in Knoxville!! Patio dining is great

  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Ara was our server; she made the whole dining experience a complete pleasure. Efficient, friendly and professional. Table 63 is our favorite spot when visiting Chesapeake’s.

  25. r

    ronb

    E. Tennessee

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Mother’s Day

  26. BR

    BlueRacer

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We were very impressed with Chesapeakes. Even though it was a very busy Mother’s Day lunchtime, the staff were courteous and calm, although they should have had an additional person behind the bar as the poor barman was run off his feet. The food and drink was all excellent and fairly reasonably priced. Apparently they get their seafoods flown in daily, and it all tasted fresh, not previously frozen. We will definitely be back.

  27. BG

    BrianG

    Orlando

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Outstanding service by Jamie. Food was great. Always love the croissants.

  28. T

    Teritenn

    Nashville

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food and great service.

  29. DM

    DuckMom12

    Minneapolis

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3

    Great food and great server. Although tried to add 2 extra to our 8:30 reservation and Open Table said no. Arrived at Chesapeakes and restaurant was empty?

  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    E. Tennessee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Our server was friendly snd provided outstanding service!

  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Birthday celebration! Wonderful as always!

  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    E. Tennessee

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great service and food! One of our favorite restaurants.

  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Memphis/West TN

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 22, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4

    The service was great. The food was good.

  34. N

    Neville

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 21, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    Great food, prompt service and the wait staff was pleasant and efficient. Great evening.

  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 21, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience4

    Shrimp was good. Salad had to much dressing. Fish not so good.

  36. TZ

    TravelinZiggy

    Detroit

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on April 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Stopped into Chesapeake’s Downtown for a date night dinner & had an excellent meal? The steamed shrimp were excellent & the broiled SeafoodTrail I’d platter was even better (we always get two meals & split). Service was excellent as well from walking in to leaving. Will definitely go again!

  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    E. Tennessee

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Our server, Aidan, was exceptional he did great explaining the menus options|his recommendations were spot on and his service was appropriate in that the course arrived on time and the food was correct temperature for serving.

  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Indiana

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Easter Brunch— delicious!!

  39. JS

    JoyS

    E. Tennessee

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Easter Sunday brunch with my son’s girlfriend and her mother who traveled in for Montana and we wanted to take her somewhere that was a well-known piece of Knoxville.

  40. TR

    TedR

    E. Tennessee

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    The best Sunday brunch I have had in a long time. The food was excellent and service was very good (probably would have been excellent, but they were very busy and it was Easter). I had the eggs Chesapeake and they were excellent. I had the onion rings as my side and I highly recommend the onion rings - they were the best I have had in a long time. As for desert, the selection was excellent and all that we had were excellent. The only problem we had was eating all that was served. Be sure to be hungry when you go to Chesapeake's, as you will have a hard time eating all that is served.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Chesapeake's Downtown offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (865) 673-3433.

Chesapeake's Downtown is rated 4.7 stars by 605 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

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Booked 12 times today
Google Map for Chesapeake's Downtown

600 Union Ave Knoxville, TN 37902

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Knoxville

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sun 10:30 am–2:30 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 11:00 am–2:30 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 4:30 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:30 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, Grill, American

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Private Lot

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (865) 673-3433

  • Private party facilities

    Two private rooms available each seating 20-25 guests. Please contact restaurant for more information.

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