Copper Cellar - Down in the Cellar

4.4
39 Reviews
$31 to $50
American
This is where it all began in 1975 — a restaurant that you descended into from the street level of the Cumberland Avenue “Strip.” It was named for a beautiful bar wrought from copper. The first cappuccino machine in Knoxville was ordered from Italy, giving the Cellar a distinctive flavor right from the start. The rich ambience of walnut, copper, and leather still make an impression and create the setting for premium steaks and seafood and special recipes refined over 40 years. Decades of memories of engagements, Valentine’s Days, anniversaries and special celebrations are just part of the woodwork of this classic Knoxville restaurant. *All OpenTable reservations will be for Down in the Cellar, not Upstairs Copper Cellar

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
What 39 people are saying
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86% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
E. Tennessee
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Family in town. I’ve never had a bad meal except for tonight. What a let down! $50 a person and food was very poor. Service even worse if that were possible....

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The ale steak is delicious! It was seasoned and cooked perfectly. Best steak I’ve had in a while.

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DavidC
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, awesome atmosphere, great price for the quality of food that is received. Great selection of wine and bourbon as well.

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Amanda
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

While the service was fantastic and they did a lot of wonderful personal touches to make us feel welcome, the food was not up to the price and expectations. One of our meals was almost inedible (They were out of the prime rib and ordered the scallop scampi, which truly was awful). The stake ordered was fine, but not exceptional for a restaurant that is known for stake. Have to say the overall, we were very disappointed.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Valentine’s Day at the copper cellar is beyond everywhere else.

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JoAnnM
E. Tennessee
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We got engaged at the Cellar 41 years ago as college students and it was such a joy to be able to celebrate this Valentine's Day there. The personal touch and ambiance was awesome; the staff was very attentive and the service was great. The food was perfect. The greeting card and the personalized menu was very impressive. We traveled in from Atlanta and it was well worth it.

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GrahamC
E. Tennessee
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We had a great time at Copper cellar. Our server was a little new to the job it appeared, and will do great with some more experience. All of our food was really good I had a New York strip and she had the scallop scampi. Surprisingly well we both had the spinach Maria one was not very good and the other was delicious.

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OpenTable Diner
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first trip here and everything was better than we even expected. The staff was great and the food was excellent

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CherylC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful time at this location for Valentine's Day. Our waitress was fantastic and the food was awesome.

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vipLavigneAnnK
Tallahassee
14 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Moved from Naples FL where restaurants are wonderful. However, this is one of my most favorite restaurants in Knoxville my new home and it is exquisite

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vipMikeH
E. Tennessee
9 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Pittsburgh Rare NY Strip! Always perfect. Jess is the best bartender in Knoxville bar none!

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TerryC
E. Tennessee
28 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Great steak. I think Copper Cellar May be overlooked as a steak destination. Very tasty and prepared as I like.

Service was disappointing on my recent visit. Large groups seem to throw the staff into a tizzy.

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CajunKatherine
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience4

The food was outstanding the service was meh. We had to go to the bar for a drink refill and found our server, who we had been looking for, showing the bartender pictures on her phone.

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JohnC
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good food and great service. This is my review

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a reservation for 5:30, but with Garth Brooks concert it was packed. They said the wait would be additional 30 mins, but they were able to get me and my wife seated within 10 mins of our reservation time. Our waiter was great and the food is delicious and very good size portions!

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vipBryanz5
Columbus
9 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our first visit to Knoxville. We wanted a nice dinner for my wife’s birthday while in town. A friend suggested Copper Cellar, specifically the lounge in the lower level. It was perfect!!! The service was great, the atmosphere was great, and the food was beyond great! I told my wife later in the weekend that I just found my favorite steak joint in the country. We WILL be back. (We’re from Columbus, OH)

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MattB
Denver
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall2food2service5ambience1

Tough steak. Badly, badly in need of an update. Nothing classic about the decor.

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Mduff
Nashville
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wish they wouldn’t have changed their menu. Great service.

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vipAnonymousDiner
Mississippi
28 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience3

Heavy, somewhat greasy food, good service, interesting cocktails, limited wine list

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vipBLESSED
E. Tennessee
16 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were celebrating one of our best friends retirement and going to a play afterwards. Out service was outstanding as was our food. The experience at Copper Cellar actually added much to our celebration! We can't wait to go again!!!

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vipFiveothree
Chicago
33 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Just adequate. Not awful, not good. Not exactly clean.

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vipJohnD
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Place could stand some freshening up, that could be accomplished without diminishing the nostalgia value. Bartender was in over her head. Table service was a little inattentive at the end of our meal. Final bill overcharged the classic martini relative to the menu price by $1. Server seemed befuddled and said words to the effect that, that's what comes up when she "pushes the button." I deducted the dollar from the tip. Maybe she can plead to management to tighten things up. Definitely past it's glory days.

Not a crowded evening (Sat. 6:30 to 8:00PM) Music up way too loud for the relatively sparse number of diners. BTW, I think the time of the sizzle platter for steak houses came and went in the 70's

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vipOpenTableVIP
E. Tennessee
134 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

04-27-2019 was National Prime Rib Day! The original Cellar was the place in Knoxville to get the very best Prime Rib!

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CheriG
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food and drink in a classic steak house atmosphere. The prime rib, wedge salad and baked potato was excellent. The strawberry shortcake was huge, definitely enough to share, and delicious.

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Hank
Cincinnati
11 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a marvelous time! The food was tremendous, as was the service, and we enjoyed the suggested bottle of wine.

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123214324123
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

We were hoping for fine dining and this was not that. The music was the wrong vibe, restaurant empty, and the $30 steak came out on a skillet still cooking. The rating on open table was very misleading.

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TeresaS
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great dinner!!!!
My son-in-law suggested this place while in Knoxville so we got reservations for an early dinner before a show and was not disappointed at all!
We ordered steaks and salads and was very pleased so if you get a chance to go please make time to eat here!

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AndreaZ
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent prime rib sandwich cooked to order. If you want VERY pink, order medium rare. This is a real steak house.

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PaulT
Mississippi
3 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere, steaks and service!! Nice, affordable wine selection!

CO
vipCOCAC515
Charlotte
12 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Probably the best dining experience that I’ve ever had in Knoxville!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food. Kate was a great server!

PH
PhilipH
E. Tennessee
12 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very quiet and good ambience, made us feel like we were having dinner in an upscale wine cellar. Food and service was terrific!

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GregB
Atlanta
7 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great environment downstairs, has an old school steakhouse vibe. Food was cooked perfectly and service was excellent. Will definitely be back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Columbus
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Thanksgiving

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vipJeffG
Denver
72 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Prime rib night and the food was excellent.

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OpenTable Diner
Western NC
6 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My family and I decided to eat here because we had an event to attend at the Bijou. I made reservations the night before with Open Table and we were seated immediately downstairs In the Cellar which I recommend. It was much quieter, thankfully, because 2 of the 4 of us had headaches. Our server was excellent , the sweet tea was some of the best my husband and I had ever tasted. I really enjoyed the Caesar salad, and our steaks were perfectly done. We will definitely be back. Thank you for a wonderful meal & wonderful service.

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SarahB
E. Tennessee
5 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome service from Jessica!

TB
vipTheBigC
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall3food4service5ambience2

Sports bar atmosphere, at least upstairs. Service was excellent and food was solid. Known for steaks and these did not disappoint. Certainly “upscale” for a “sports bar” environment.

BJ
BrandonJohnson
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall1food5service4ambience2

I love Copper Cellar, but I only made this reservation to be sat down in the Cellar. They did not sit me down there, and messed up my reservation. Great food, but this really bothered me.

FAQs

Copper Cellar - Down in the Cellar offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (865) 673-3411.

Copper Cellar - Down in the Cellar is rated 4.4 stars by 39 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.