Cru-Bistro and Wine Bar - Downtown

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The folks that bring us Nama Sushi Bar & Holly’s Eventful Dining are pleased to introduce Cru Bistro & Wine Bar, Knoxville’s first Small Plate & Wine Bar concept.

The menu at Cru represents both new and exotic flavors as well as beautifully executed yet familiar selections for one and all to enjoy. The chef-inspired small plates menu encourages those with curious palates to explore and experience a wide variety of foods and an extensive selections of global wines by the glass, the flight, or the bottle.
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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KA
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best brunch I’ve had in a long time! Truly enjoyed it!

OT
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

My boyfriend and I were celebrating our one year anniversary. Food and service were very good. His filet mignon was great. We will be back!

OT
E. Tennessee
2 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was incredible! I love the downtown area and vibe of the whole place. Service was quick and friendly. Highly recommend!!

MF
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Everyone in our party enjoyed the food. Quite tasty

P
Memphis
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and location. A little quieter than restaurants on Market Square

LK
Western NC
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Unusually slow service this time. Food was great when we received it.

d
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

The steak frites were astonishingly good. I discovered some new-to-me Sauvignon Blancs that were otherworldly good. We sat in the courtyard, which was much less noisy than the dining room.

OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We didn’t have many expectations about the food at cru. We needed a spot that would take a large reservation for lunch. However, everyone in our party LOVED their meal and commented on what a pleasant surprise it was!

MR
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

We had reservations at 6:30. The place was not busy. Many open tables. Our server pushed for a dinner order with our appetizer order. She said she would enter the dinner order. That didn't happen. Dinner arrived about 2 minutes after the appetizer. Dinner was great. She turned the table and turned us away from this location at the same time. Next time, we will go back to Turkey Creek.

JJ
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Good stuff , great price , generous portions.

G
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is absolutely delicious! The BLT scallops are amazing! This is our go to restaurant anytime we are in downtown Knoxville.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Great meal and great service!

DL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an excellent experience. Our server Ashley was the best. She never let us down. We will ask for her when we go back. The drinks and food were perfect.

OT
E. Tennessee
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is consistently delicious,the menu always innovative and the service great! Lindsey is wonderful and like on Cheers...everyone knows your name!

PT
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have never had a bad meal at Cru Bistro downtown. Will continue to go back!!

OT
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a lovely dining experience. I had the Vampire Kiss cocktail that was splendid as well as my main course of the stuffed chicken. Our waitress was Ashley and she was very attentive with our needs.

PF
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

It was my first time. I would describe it as on the nicer side of casual, but as you know, you can go to the priciest restaurants in Knoxville and find people in jeans and tees. It was not crowded which was a bit odd because it was a Saturday evening at 7:45 in late spring and Market Square was packed. It is a block or so off Market Square so maybe that is far enough to reduce the clientele. I had reservations but it didn't matter. This was good for us because my date (also my wife) has a hearing issue and she can't tolerate loud places; it was very easy to hear each other. The food was better than I expected for a casual spot. I had a pasta with pesto dish with added scallops that was very good. My spouse was not very hungry and got a cheese plate from the small plates menu and it was very good as well. The drinks were good and the wait staff was very attentive and enthusiastic but not pesky. They have a pretty good wine menu but we didn't take advantage of it.I recommend checking it out, esp. if you are in the Market Square/Old City area and looking at an hour wait elsewhere.

SR
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I made a reservation for a party of 8, and later had to change it to a party of 10. The staff were very friendly and helpful with accommodating us. Our experience was excellent and we will definitely be back!

DF
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We recently completed an 8-day tour of areas of Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama, and Mississippi. Cru-Bistro and Wine Bar was one of the finest establishments we ran across. We'd recommend it to anyone looking for fine beverages and small plate treats.

HD
E. Tennessee
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pre-concert dinner with the girls.

OT
E. Tennessee
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Mother’s Day brunch was great! Love it here!

j
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The Americana Burger was amazing! Can't wait to try other stuff on the menu.

MM
Nashville
10 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Found them through Open Table at the last minute. All food was great, drinks were inexpensive and a great mix of fresh ingredients. Would go back the next time I am in town.

OT
Raleigh
10 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great Old City Fare. Decor is not fancy, but food and service top notch.

LS
3 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A great experience and the burgers are great!

BF
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious! Such a fun, innovative menu! I highly recommend this for a fun night out!

L
New England
6 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Wednesday is 5.99 burger and fries night. That's a good deal but excellent entrees are available if you aren't feeling like a meal in a bun.

RN
Nashville
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of our spots to go after church on Sundays for their brunch menu. Great drink specials. I always get the egg scrambled and it’s egg-cellent :)

OT
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a party of 8 that turned into 11. They were very accommodating and great with us moving chairs around for us and were polite and courteous. It was around 9:30pm so that was nice for them to be so helpful and allow us to sit together! Amazing food and drinks! Great service!

GS
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been to Cru several times and always enjoy the experience. The food is outstanding and the service is top-notch. We will return and also recommend it to others.

OT
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorite places to eat. Great value on the specials. Servers are always friendly and professional. They know what they are talking about if you ask about the menu.

KW
E. Tennessee
6 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We are frequent Cru-Bistro patrons. Although we like other area restaurants, Cru’s food, service, and drinks never disappoint, and that’s why it remains our favorite.

KB
E. Tennessee
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food at very reasonable prices. Really good house wines.

KB
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful waitress who was very friendly and prompt. This is the second time we’ve visited Cru Bistro and will come again. Not we’re for birthday dinners and did not disappoint.

M
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 3

Very tasty food.

J
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for the $5.99 Bistro Burger and were not disappointed. Great atmosphere!

R
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Been here 3 times & we love coming here. Thanks for great service & food!!

OT
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is amazing and this wa any second time and it was still good. I appreciate the consistency. The waitress and hostess were very nice and attentive. I’ll be back.

J
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

Food was very good - slow service and when it came drinks were not correct....food came out at different times....

OT
Jacksonville
3 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place to enjoy a nice dinner with your significant other.

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