Copper Cellar - Down in the Cellar

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22 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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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
What 22 People Are Saying
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3.8
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Nashville
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

AD
Mississippi
22 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

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

BL
E. Tennessee
9 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!!!

F
Chicago
27 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

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

JD
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

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

OT
E. Tennessee
105 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

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

CG
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

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.

H
Cincinnati
9 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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Hawaii
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

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.

TS
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

AZ
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

PT
Mississippi
3 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

CO
Charlotte
12 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

OT
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food. Kate was a great server!

PH
E. Tennessee
12 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

GB
Atlanta
6 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

OT
Columbus
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Thanksgiving

JG
Denver
61 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Prime rib night and the food was excellent.

OT
Western NC
6 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

SB
E. Tennessee
5 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome service from Jessica!

TB
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 2

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
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 1food 5service 4ambience 2

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.