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Chesapeake's Downtown, Knoxville, TN

Chesapeake's Downtown

4.7
4.7
590 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 19 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

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Menu

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What 590 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

    Great for Brunch

  • East Tennessee

    Great for Lunch

  • East Tennessee

    Neighborhood Gem

  • East Tennessee

    Vibrant Bar Scene

  • Knoxville

    Best Value

  • Knoxville

    Great for Lunch

  • Knoxville

    Neighborhood Gem

  • Knoxville

    Special Occasion

  • Knoxville

    Vibrant Bar Scene

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Key West

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Great experience - wonderful server and fantastic food.

  2. SS

    SandraS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    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!

  3. M

    Mike

    Nashville

    14 reviews

    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    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.

  4. BM

    BillM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    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.

  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food5service4ambience3

    Noisy and crowded

  6. TM

    TeresaM

    Charleston

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    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.

  7. s

    suga865

    E. Tennessee

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 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!

  8. 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

  9. 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.

  10. r

    ronb

    E. Tennessee

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Mother’s Day

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. T

    Teritenn

    Nashville

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food and great service.

  14. 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?

  15. 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!

  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Birthday celebration! Wonderful as always!

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  21. 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!

  22. 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.

  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Indiana

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Easter Brunch— delicious!!

  24. 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.

  25. 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.

  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Have never dined here before. I enjoyed it. Ordered Filet and Shrimp.

  27. t

    tointn1565

    E. Tennessee

    33 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Very good food and service! Our server was amazing :)

  28. SN

    ScottN

    Denver

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on April 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Food and service are always very good. We enjoy both Knoxville locations.

  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Dinner was delicious. My some hardly ever finishes his meal and yet he ate it all and had their key lime pie. I’m picky as well. Everything was fresh with great taste and a lovely, patient waitress.

  30. M

    Maryellen

    Jacksonville

    11 reviews

    3.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on April 2, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3

    Small portions. Nothing special from a place that should do better. Food cold and not flavorful compared to other establishments nearby.

  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Columbus

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing food, so much fun & our server was incredible!

  32. GS

    GigiS

    Nashville

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    I love Chesapeake's Downtown and have been coming here since I was little. My dad used to bring me there for lunch when I would come visit him at his office. Everything is exactly how I remember it - thirty years later. The food is amazing. We love the raw oysters and seafood salad. The assorted bread is unique and tasty. The interior is showing its age, and while it may bother others, it doesn't bother me at all.

  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    E. Tennessee

    4 reviews

    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 13, 2022

    overall1food1service4ambience3

    Well, sad to say this will be our last time dining at the downtown location. We’ve gone there every year for our anniversary for as long as I can remember. Just enjoyed the atmosphere and excellent menu. Last year the meal was okay but unfortunately this year it was just down right bad. With exception to the bread everything served was extremely overcooked, dried out and bland. Probably should have sent it back but we choked it down, paid our hefty tab and got the hell out of there. Time for a new anniversary tradition it appears.

  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    E. Tennessee

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food and quick service

  35. B

    Barb

    E. Tennessee

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on March 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    A friend came into town and wanted to go to Chesapeake’s. We had a great time. We had a helpful server, Genivieve ( not sure if I spelled it correctly), who helped us choose a great bottle of wine and did her part to make sure our evening was enjoyable. The only downside was our oysters on the half shell. We ordered 2 types—one was large and plump, the other half was very small. Be sure to ask about the size when ordering. It does matter!!!

  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Greensboro

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Shrimp scampi and the server were both exceptional.

  37. TC

    TClark

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    First time we have come up to Knoxville to eat Brunch with our UTK freshman son .... I will put Chesapeake's brunch in category with Parrain's @ LSU Baton Rouge as our daughter just graduated in December from there ... Have to eat here once every trip to town ! Thanks so much !

  38. PB

    PatriciaB

    Western NC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Chesapeake’s is always our go to! Atmosphere is very relaxed and the food and service are 2nd to none. Recommend the cold appetizer platter

  39. TH

    TimH

    E. Tennessee

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 4, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience5

    Ordered the shrimp for myself, son ordered the lobster. The shrimp was overcooked and difficult to eat. Overpriced for the quality of the shrimp.

  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great as always.

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 590 OpenTable diners.

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

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Booked 19 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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