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Chesapeake's Downtown, Knoxville, TN

Chesapeake's Downtown

4.7
4.7
633 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 11 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 633 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
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • East Tennessee

    Best Service

  • East Tennessee

    Good for Groups

  • East Tennessee

    Great for Lunch

  • East Tennessee

    Neighborhood Gem

  • East Tennessee

    Special Occasion

  • Knoxville

    Best Overall

  • Knoxville

    Best Food

  • Knoxville

    Best Service

  • Knoxville

    Best Ambiance

  • Knoxville

    Best Value

  • Knoxville

    Good for Groups

  • Knoxville

    Great for Lunch

  • Knoxville

    Neighborhood Gem

  • Knoxville

    Romantic

  • Knoxville

    Special Occasion

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  1. C

    Carbon

    Nashville

    159 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    159 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    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!!
  2. RD

    RonD

    Naples

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fried oyster appetizer was great! Irina was very helpful and attentive, but never intrusive and alle just 4 days from her big day.
  3. 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
  4. DI

    DorisI

    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.
  5. M

    Marty

    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.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    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.
  7. JF

    JohnF

    E. Tennessee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 29, 2022

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

    BryanK

    Charleston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 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.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service, food was delicious
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2022

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

    FoxyBeaver

    New York Area

    10 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    10 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.
  12. 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.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 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.
  14. f

    foodie54

    Atlanta

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food and waitress! Steak was fanatic! Thank you
  15. 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
  16. 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!
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. 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!
  20. 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.
  21. 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!
  22. 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.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Anniversary
  24. KC

    KimC

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My favorite place! Love the oysters, smoked salmon and the king crab legs are fabulous!
  25. R

    Ronny

    Savannah

    17 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Surprisingly overcooked shrimp and fish. Beer and wine selection quite good.
  26. CC

    CoCo87

    Tallahassee

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on June 29, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    We got excellent service from Jamie and had a great meal. Love the toasted almonds they put on the salad. Both the steamed and fried shrimp were delicious (we all shared). This is our favorite place to eat in Knoxville.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    15 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on June 27, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience3
    I’ve experienced better seafood before. Had oysters and they were about the size of a Nickel. Way too small. No eat & peel shrimp. Just ordinary.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and excellent service from Dana!
  29. KB

    KeithB

    E. Tennessee

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    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.
  30. MK

    MaryK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely amazing as always. Prefer this location to the newer one.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Most underrated Brunch in Knoxville! Ask for Jackson, he was great!
  32. SP

    StanP

    Indiana

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was incredible. Biggest and best oysters we've ever had. Service was stupendous!
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    E. Tennessee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Father’s Day celebration
  34. 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.
  35. TR

    TheRoadLessTraveler

    New York Area

    27 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    27 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.
  36. d

    dantran1010

    Philadelphia

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on June 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and service
  37. 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.
  38. 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!!
  39. 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
  40. 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.

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 633 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 11 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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