Chesapeake's Downtown

4.6
411 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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

We thought it would be a little more upscale given the prices. The menu was not very varied many entrees seemed like bigger portions of their appetizers. I would have liked to see a little more for those who are calorie conscious.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were excellent!

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OpenTable Diner
Nashville
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best of the best

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Elvisdmd
Atlanta
12 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience2

This was perhaps the worst seafood I have ever eaten. I’ve honestly had better fare at Captain D’s. The entire experience was awful. They began by being clueless on how to make a Kentucky Mule and progressed from there to a server that was so inept it made me feel like I was in an episode of the Eric Andre show. I only came here because my date claimed it was her one of her favorite restaurants in town from when she lived here before. She won’t be going back and I’ll never throw away 100 dollars there again either.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first visit but certainly won’t be the last. The food was greasy and delicious and our service was impeccable. We got there about 15 minutes before our reservation and was taken straight to our table. It was an early dinner date and it wasn’t very busy at 5:45. Our server was wonderful; friendly and attentive but not overly so. I highly recommend!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Hawaii
34 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

wanted a restaurant walking distance from Hilton and this was very close. Less than a 5 min walk. Food was well prepared and prices fair. Service was truly attentive. I ordered the filet of sole and the preparation was not exactly how I prefer the fish cooked but it was good. Perhaps another entre would have been more memorable. the casear salad was very good for the price but a little less dressing might be advised. The wine choices by the glass were sort of limited but I found what I wanted. Probably the best part of this place was the attentive and good service. I would go back if I were in town again!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Service was great. Food was great. Overall a nice atmosphere.

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boxxcar
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a wonderful lunch.
Great food & service.
Will recommend to others in Fairfield Glade, TN

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MichelleH
Atlanta
7 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server made some wonderful recommendations for our family celebration. The food is always so fresh and perfectly prepared

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AprilM
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to Chesapeake’a for my mother’s birthday and she said that the crab cake was the best she had ever had in her life! I highly recommend this restaurant for seafood lovers.

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Card2
Las Vegas
6 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday
Food great
Service great

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OpenTable Diner
E. Tennessee
2 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience3

The service was horrible. My king crab cocktail was frozen solid!! Just overall a let down. The west location is amazing! I will not be back at this location.

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David
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Good food. Solid experience among many great downtown Knoxville options.

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RachelC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The raw Oysters from the James River were to die for! Soo fresh & tasty they did not even need any additives. Their smoked salmon from the cold platter was also AMAZING, so tender & perfect on the bread given with them. Would absolutely recommend to anyone who loves seafood!

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vipPat983
E. Tennessee
10 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Two thumbs up and five stars.
Chesapeake's Downtown is my go to place for taking my wife out for an authentic seafood restaurant experience. My wife had the broiled seafood platter which she said was excellent. Personally I don't eat any seafood or fish so I opted for the rib eye steak which was outstanding. Our waiter Mike was appropriately attentive and helpful.
We will be back.

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vipTonyaW
Western NC
23 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful seafood and service. Great atmosphere. Loved it.

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Carla
E. Tennessee
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We made the reservation with a focus on the quality of the meal but our waiter made the experience a remarkable one. Thanks Angie C!!!

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johnf
E. Tennessee
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service!

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OpenTable Diner
Savannah
4 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great as always. Our server was wonderful and attentive. Love the downtown location!

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience1

Great waiter, the food was just ok. Shrimp was chewy and overcooked, flavor was good. The ambiance felt old and cheap versus what I though the location would be. Not a high class place in my opinion.

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ChrisJ
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Took my wife for a night out. The atmosphere was awesome. Food was good, my wife was a little disappointed in the calamari, too much breading. Drinks were great. Main course of haddock should be tried! Loved the snickers cheesecake. We will be back.

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vipKWALSH
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I got the broiled seafood platter and my husband got the lobster tails. All fantastic!

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MelAK05
E. Tennessee
4 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was perfect!

JM
JudithM
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always dine at Chesapeake's on special occasions. Great restaurant for birthdays, anniversaries, out of town guests, etc.
We usually go all out and have at least a $200.00 evening, but choosing our meal can also make it affordable when we have a hankering for good seafood.
Thank you so much for a lovely 15th anniversary dinner.

Sincerely,
Judy Myers

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect food and atmosphere

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vipGpruitt1
Louisville
7 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great!!! Got the appetizer sampler. It was a lot of food(all wonderful) also tried Sole, filet steak and lobster all cooked to perfection. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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MarisaS
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Our meal was great and Shannon was wonderfully attentive and gracious! It was an awesome experience thank you!

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sharee was our server and couldn’t have been nicer! Overall great experience, will definitely be back as the food was good too.

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Catalucciii
Nashville
2 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My fiancé and I went to Chesapeake's Downtown for a date night. Our service was excellent. We ordered some of the specials and absolutely devoured our food! My haddock was perfectly flaky and my fiancé's salmon was wonderfully complimented by an herb butter sauce. I highly recommend the crab bisque and the gumbo as well.

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TinaM
Memphis/West TN
5 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service was great! Loved the atmosphere.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Everything was great and the service was outstanding. My son does not get good seafood very often and he really enjoyed it.

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CajunKatherine
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

First time since restaurants have opened back up due to COVID, we've had a wonderful dining experience. our server Mike, was exceptional. In fact, he made the whole experience top shelf! The crabmeat stuffed mushrooms were excellent as were the oysters on the half shell. We both ordered filets cooked to perfection.

KB
KellyB
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Nice seafood selection prepared well. Chicken and steak also on the menu for land lovers

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OpenTable Diner
Savannah
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our waiter Ben was very friendly and personable! My boyfriend and I went here to celebrate our 1 year anniversary, and really enjoyed ourselves - not to mention the food was incredible!

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KennyS
E. Tennessee
4 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ben is a fantastic server!

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Derek
Nashville
3 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food was excellent aside from one portion of cod that my girlfriend got with her seafood platter. It was very bland. Everything else tasted great - my third time at this chain and definitely one of my favorite restaurants. We will be back!

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Carl
Cleveland
6 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Server was very attentive yet not over so. Food was cooked perfectly,

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SteveS
E. Tennessee
18 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great seafood in a comfortable environment. Some may say the decor is dated...but I appreciate going to a place that is familiar and not needing to "upgrade" to the latest trend. The emphasis is on the food...which is as it should be.

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StacieM
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience2

If you eat here you MUST have the crab bisque soup!!! Ours had huge chunks of crab and the broth was silky and wonderful. I highly recommending that you overlook the outdated decor on the wall. Go there for the Food!!

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OpenTable Diner
Louisville
5 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall4food5service2ambience5

Great food and atmosphere. Maybe our server was having a tough evening. This will not prevent us from returning. Scallops are wonderful!

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 411 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.