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Chesapeake's Downtown, Knoxville, TN

Chesapeake's Downtown

4.6
4.6
683 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.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 14 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 4:30 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:30 pm–11:00 pm Sun 4:30 pm–9:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (865) 673-3433

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, JCB, 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 683 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • East Tennessee

    Neighborhood Gem

  • Knoxville

    Best Service

  • Knoxville

    Good for Groups

  • Knoxville

    Neighborhood Gem

  • Knoxville

    Vibrant Bar Scene

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  1. b

    bryanb

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 22, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience3
    Have been to this location several time during our travels and most experiences have been great. This one was disappointing as they were very much off-point. The oysters were obviously shucked in advance and stored in the refrigerator, which would be ok at places that aren’t charging $46 per doz. The blackened tuna had good flavor, but was full of the bands that couldn’t be chewed. The entree was small to begin with and I could actually eat about half of it due to the pieces I couldn’t chew. My son didn’t like the broiled platter, but disregard that as he’s picky anyway. I thought his was good. Highlights were the fried okra and the Italian cream cake. Service was good.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    E. Tennessee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Service was amazing
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    John Michael and his waiter-in-training were amazing! They saw to our every need including extra bran muffins! Yum!
  4. JB

    JimB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Always great. Nicole provided outstanding service. Background music could be a little more Background.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Julia was an outstanding server! The food was excellent.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    E. Tennessee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Was a busy night but experience was excellent, as usual! We come here often, this was our first time having Ara as a server, she was friendly and efficient, one of the best servers we’ve had! We will be back, and hope to get seated in Ara’s section again!
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience4
    The drinks, appetizer, and bread were all good. But our entrees were less than expected. It was not worth the total on our quite expensive bill.
  8. BB

    BelindaB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good food. Good service. Will definitely eat hear again.
  9. CM

    CarenM

    E. Tennessee

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    John Michael was our server and he was fantastic. Paid attention to detail and quickly got anything we needed!
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Nashville

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience3
    Great dining experience! The customer service was outstanding and the food was exceptional! Michael L. did an outstanding job! Will definitely return on our next visit to Knoxville!
  11. T

    Travel4food

    Philadelphia

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was delicious! Ara was a wonderful server. She thoroughly reviewed the regular and the specials menus, described specialty fish color/texture/taste, made recommendations, checked in frequently, and shared about herself, as well as inquired about us. We will definitely return when in Knoxville.
  12. D

    Dave

    E. Tennessee

    29 reviews

    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on November 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very nice experience, service was great, food was excellent, and drink made for a nice place to take a business client, I highly recommend this restaurant!!
  13. JB

    JoeB

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 1, 2022

    overall2food1service4ambience4
    The oysters were shucked properly a day before. The salad was lilted and brown. The wasabi on the salmon dish crumbled because it was old. This place has gone downhill fast.
  14. J

    Joeyooh

    Los Angeles

    59 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    59 reviews

    Dined on November 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Thank you for the lovely dinner and attentive service!
  15. k

    karenr

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome waiter, food and drinks. The personal touches were nice.
  16. DA

    DebbyA

    Charlotte

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Chesapeake's Downtown is one of my favorite restaurants in the area. It is my go to place to take special guests and visitors to the area. Te wait staff is very attentive and the menu excellent. The quality of the food is excellent as well. I highly recommend this restaurant.
  17. WL

    WineLovers

    Dallas

    16 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall1food1service3ambience1
    Was very disappointed in this restaurant. Review were good so we decided to have dinner here. The food was terrible, and the wine list was lacking. The one positive was our server, he was very good. Would not recommend this restaurant.
  18. PH

    PamH

    Western KY

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always such a pleasant and consistent experience! I know our meal will be excellent when we come here and well worth the money spent, I would spend more even need be. I am thankful they hike prices if needed to keep quality level of food instead of lowering food quality like some restaurants do these days.
  19. m

    msjjmeow

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went in for a birthday dinner on a Thursday evening and we’re seated at a table in the bar area. We sat there for at least 10 minutes and nobody came over to acknowledge that we were there offer us a drink or anything. We weren’t upset we were just starting to get a little annoyed, until Nick the assistant manager came over and said he noticed that no one had been at our table to take care of us. He ended up waiting on us the entire evening was very apologetic and couldn’t have been nicer. He comped us an appetizer, and because it was my friends birthday, She got a free birthday dessert. I have been talking about the Keylime pie so he also gave us a slice of Keylime pie to take home and didn’t charge us for that either. We have been to this location of Chesapeake several times and by far this is the best of all the locations. The food and service are excellent and when we think about going to Chesapeake so we always drive the extra miles to go downtown. You won’t regret it if you go.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    E. Tennessee

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Overall we enjoyed. We had a table next to us who was very loud and it made the experience a little less enjoyable.
  21. JP

    JannaP

    New England

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and great service! Thank you!
  22. PG

    PatG

    Indiana

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 17, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    We were in town for a visit with family and found Chesapeake's on the app. Made a reservation on the app. Only minor issue was the restaurant was tucked away in a corner, took a few minutes to find it. The food was above average. Overall we were pleased with the experience.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Sunday brunch. Genevieve was the best!
  24. r

    rockytopgirl90

    Chicago

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food! Great service ! Great atmosphere! Go Vols!
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    E. Tennessee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Game go Vols
  26. LF

    LauraF

    Richmond

    20 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on October 14, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    The service was very rushed and impersonal. My Blackened Scallops were so salty that I couldn’t eat them. Overall unimpressive for the cost.
  27. CC

    ChuckC

    Phoenix

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Good place to eat and service was excellent!
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 9, 2022

    overall2food4service1ambience1
    Our waiter was having conversations with the table next to us for over 15 minutes at a time and was delaying our meal. We were sitting down for 2 1/2 hours before we left.
  29. 2

    2happycarnivores

    Cincinnati

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We were delighted by our visit to Chesapeake's Downtown! Wonderful James River Oysters, Bloody Mary, and fantastic Maryland crab cakes. There is just enough breading on the outside to hold it together (more like a crust). The Denver pie (chocolate with pecans and cream) was fantastic. We appreciated the easy access from their parking lot(free) too.
  30. L

    Localnewby

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    The music was like a dance club. Need better mood music for such a nice place.
  31. LE

    LisaE

    Charleston

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on October 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and service was outstanding. Our waiter, Zachary, was attentive and had a great personality.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 1, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Anniversary dinner and sever Gavin was great !
  33. DM

    DidiM

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful place for seafood. Our waitress Julia did a wonderful job catering to all our needs. She was attentive by checking on us constantly to see if all was good and if we needed anything. She gave us suggestions to help us with our selections. Large portions. Very happy we selected Chesapeake for our first night in Knoxville. Will return next time we visit.
  34. JJ

    JeremyJ

    Philadelphia

    276 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    276 reviews

    Dined on September 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and great service. Worth the trip.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Nashville

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Our server was awesome, food was delicious, came out very quickly and was super fresh.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Allie was the best waitress!!! She was on top of everything! Food was excellent (as always).
  37. JP

    JeneeP

    Tallahassee

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on September 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was our second time this week eating here. It was just as good as 2 nights ago! We requested Kelsey again but she was working a large group. We were sat with Robert and he was great also. Food , atmosphere, wine, music , service all five stars!
  38. JP

    JeneeP

    Tallahassee

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on September 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome everything from Kelsey our server, hostess was friendly, wine prices were super fair and the food was great. not to mention great choice of music. We will definitely be back!
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Birmingham

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Went after a Tennessee game, sat at bar. Great service!
  40. JP

    JPFischer

    San Diego

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on August 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best Lobster in town.

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 4.6 stars by 683 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 14 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 4:30 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:30 pm–11:00 pm Sun 4:30 pm–9:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, Grill, American

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Private Lot

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, JCB, 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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