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Chesapeake's Downtown, Knoxville, TN

Chesapeake's Downtown

4.7
4.7
652 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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2 people

11:30 PM


Booked 32 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 652 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
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • 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

    Special Occasion

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

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

    DidiM

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    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.
  3. JJ

    JeremyJ

    Philadelphia

    254 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    254 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

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

    OpenTable Diner

    Nashville

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2022

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

    OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2022

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

    JeneeP

    Tallahassee

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 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!
  7. JP

    JeneeP

    Tallahassee

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 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!
  8. 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!
  9. JP

    JPFischer

    San Diego

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on August 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best Lobster in town.
  10. MN

    MicheleN

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The service, food, and people were wonderful! Make a reservation if you go.
  11. AM

    AMPP

    San Diego

    63 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    63 reviews

    Dined on August 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was great. Bar area was lively. Highly recommend
  12. BM

    BarryM

    E. Tennessee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Great ambiance. Generous portion of calamari as an appetizer. Would have sufficed for a full meal. Steamed peel and eat shrimp were huge, firm and delicious. Fresh yellow fin tuna was good but sauces were a little bland. A great special occasions restaurant.
  13. C

    Chuck

    E. Tennessee

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience2
    Food was good and service was ok but our server forgot us in the end. We all had ordered another round of drinks and after 20 minutes they never did come causing us to have to cancel the drink order all together. Took them another 10 minutes to get us the check.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience3
    Shrimp scampi pasta was good but all other entrees were overcooked. We barely touched 2 entrees and the server didn’t seem to notice.
  15. MF

    MarleneF

    Denver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and atmosphere! I highly recommend for a special occasion or quite date night.
  16. MB

    MaryB

    Louisville

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Chesapeake’s is always fabulous. Great food and service.
  17. MS

    MemphisSam

    New Orleans

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on August 11, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Chesapeake's Downtown in Knoxville is our first choice of any Knoxville restaurant. It is a classic seafood restaurant. We have enjoyed every dish served over many visits. However, ask the waiter to show you an example of a raw oyster before you order them. The specialty raw oysters are more often than not the size of quarters.
  18. R

    Rx2dive

    Cincinnati

    65 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    65 reviews

    Dined on August 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great waiter who served us a few different items to try. The salad w cheddar cheese dressing was a first (interesting taste). The crab cocktail and calamari was very good. Main courses of shrimp scampi and scallops (blackened) did not disappoint. Star of the night were Peach Shortcake and Butter Cake. Take advantage of this can’t miss in downtown Knoxville.
  19. C

    Carbon

    Nashville

    159 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    159 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    OUTSTANDING!! We grew up eating fresh seafood on the Maryland shore and in the Outer Banks, so we were pleasantly surprised by the amazingly fresh and well prepared seafood at Chesapeake’s. And John Michael was extraordinary in his table side service - truly a pleasure and an absolute professional. We had a wonderful meal - the crab cakes were a favorite, as they had little filler and wonderful blue crab flavor. The fried oysters were juicy and perfectly cooked. And the crab cocktail is YUM!!
  20. RD

    RonD

    Naples

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fried oyster appetizer was great! Irina was very helpful and attentive, but never intrusive and alle just 4 days from her big day.
  21. TH

    TannerH

    Exclusive

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience4
    Food was cold and overpriced bad service from the waitress
  22. DI

    DorisI

    E. Tennessee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server Sam was charming and prompt. We admired her long braids and learned she has donated her hair ten times...what a lovely human being! And yes, OF COURSE the food and atmosphere were perfect. Chesapeake's is one of our favorite places to dine, and has been for decades.
  23. M

    Marty

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Had dinner with my daughter. She has managed several restaurants nationally. She is a hard grader. I had a nice time.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Memphis/West TN

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    John Michael was very attentive, professional, and nice. He definitely knows what his customers need. Thank you so much for helping us celebrate a birthday with numerous delicious courses and suggestions.
  25. JF

    JohnF

    E. Tennessee

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Always great, shrimp was a little overcooked, seldom an issue. Service top notch!
  26. BK

    BryanK

    Charleston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent as always. Food was really good. Only negative was that the grilled shrimp added to Caesars salad was a bit over cooked. That is very unusual as we eat there often. Still one of our favorite places.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service, food was delicious
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Food and service were awesome. Music was way too loud.
  29. FB

    FoxyBeaver

    New York Area

    11 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    We had an early dinner, with great service and good food. The only drawback was that the entreés arrived before we had finished our appetizers.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    E. Tennessee

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience3
    We usually enjoy Chesapeake’s, but tonight, they were off. My Shrimp Chesapeake was good, but the shrimp (and dish) were so hot that I burned my tongue. I don’t know if it had been sitting on a warmer, but much hotter than usual! My husband’s haddock was very bland, not seasoned at all. The only thing that gave it flavor was the tomato jam spread thinly on top. The worst part of the meal was the “Pina Colada Cheesecake”. I was excited to try it, but didn’t even finish it, because it was just not good. It was basically a plain cheesecake with a few pieces of toasted coconut, some pineapple chunks scattered around, and a huge blob of whipped cream to hide a mediocre dessert. It looked pathetic next to my husband’s Slower Delaware Pie that is a signature dessert there. Very disappointed.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My first time at Chesapeake’s! It was my boyfriends birthday, and I had heard nothing but great things from this restaurant. We made reservations, was seated quickly, and had an amazing waitress!!!! We tried several dishes and all of which were delicious. We definitely will be going back.
  32. f

    foodie54

    Atlanta

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food and waitress! Steak was fanatic! Thank you
  33. D

    Denise

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food as always. Love the Slower Deleware Pie
  34. e

    elioost

    Western NC

    11 reviews

    2.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on July 19, 2022

    overall2food3service4ambience2
    The service and the food were good. In the other hand the 2 hostesses at the front on the night of 07/19/22 have an urgent need of training as I would probably be greeted more cheerfully by the hunchback of Notre Dame. Not only they don't greet you but they do not even look at you.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Columbus

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Soft Shell Crab & Scallops were off the charts Infused with amazing flavors! Our server gal....was outstanding!
  36. TG

    TedG

    E. Tennessee

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a nice birthday dinner. The food and service was great and we felt very well taken care of.
  37. TS

    TSKnox

    E. Tennessee

    48 reviews

    4.0

    48 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Great food. The salads have changed since the last time I was there; and that’s a good thing. Now they’re served on a plate instead of a bowl, never seems to be a better mix of greens and croutons and other things. Our dinners included fried shrimp and fried softshell crab. Both were excellent; and both were more food than we could eat. Side dishes were coleslaw and baked potatoes. For dessert we had a new (to us) dessert, a peach shortcake. Very good although I wish the peaches had been slightly warm, instead of slightly cold. The shortcake was warm and I assume freshly baked. Good meal!
  38. L

    Lesley

    Columbus

    8 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience5
    Our app was missing a sauce. We were about done with it before our waitress said “just like the sauce on your app” to which we pointed out there wasn’t one. One was never brought after that. Two of us were gonna split an entree. We had already ordered apps and salads with the intention of splitting an entree but after the first courses came out, we were told there wasn’t any more of that entree. That caused us to order individual plates and we spent more and were served more than we cared for. No corrections were made.
  39. t

    tointn1565

    E. Tennessee

    35 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Michael was a wonderful server! We will be back again soon!
  40. DA

    DawnA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great all around, service, food, atmosphere. We had a great business dinner.

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 652 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

11:30 PM


Booked 32 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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