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Knox Mason

4.6
104 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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Knox Mason is a full service restaurant and bar located on the historic 100 Block of Gay St. in downtown Knoxville. Chef Matt Gallaher’s seasonally focused menu changes regularly and features the finest Southern products available. Hyper-local Southern staples such as Benton’s Bacon, Circle V Farm Eggs and Cruze Farm Buttermilk take their place alongside Arbequena Olive Oil from Texas, Bourbon Barrel Smoked Paprika from Kentucky and Knoxville's own Unrefined Choclate to round out the modern Southern Pantry. Familiar fare is recast to reflect the 21st Century in spirited Southern dishes such as Fresh Pork Rinds with Bourbon Barrel Smoked Paprika and Tennessee Sunshine Hot Sauce and Tennessee Derby Pie with Unrefined Chocolate, Jack Daniels Tennessee Whiskey, Muddy Pond Sorghum Mousse and Whipped Cream.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American, Southern
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Hours of operation
Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–9:30 pm
Sat, Sun 10:00 am–2:00 pm
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Phone number
(865) 544-2004
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AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Matt Gallaher
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Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Weekend Brunch, Wine

Specials

Father's Day Special Menus & Reservations

We will serve brunch from 10AM-2PM on Father's Day. Bring your dad in to celebrate with us!

Sunday, June 17, 2018

What 104 People Are Saying
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4.6
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4.7
service
4.5
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4.4
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined on May 19, 2018

Lovely place to have a wonderful meal and also enjoy your company. Quiet and excellent food! Must try this place. Love having dinner here.

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5.0Dined on May 18, 2018

Creative and seasonal simple menu with local ingredients. Go later in the evening with reservations to avoid the early birds. Small intimate restaurant which can be either inviting or feel somewhat crowded. Inventive seasonal cocktails (bit light on the pour for the price). Appreciate the combination of craft selections along with shift beers. Go here for Blackberry Farm tastes on a Miller High Life budget.

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5.0Dined on May 17, 2018

It was great! Very pleasant and unique. My dish was very well prepared. Quality ingredients. Lots of charm.

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4.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Hyped as a Mother's Day special with "only one time slot - 12:30P - left!" We easily got seated a half hour earlier and by 12:30P the place was about 3/4 empty! Beyond that, it actually was quite good - excellent server, and very good food - from basic menu, no "specials". We would go back, but NOT on a special holiday - worth a stop in the Old City.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Visiting from New Jersey and this restaurant came very recommended while researching the area. We got exactly what we wanted out of southern dining, food with Southern elements and delightful service. Definitely recommend to out of towners.

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Mother’s day

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5.0Dined on May 10, 2018

First time for us. We will be back. Everything is very well done. Interesting menu, great appetizers, fine service.

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5.0Dined on May 9, 2018

Absolutely delicious food with a delightful staff. The menu is a spin on classic dishes but what a spin it is. Fried green tomatoes with a perfect crust and a light sauce that was made all the better with the addition of sour pickle relish. I am famous for not eating freshwater trout because it tends to be tasteless. This had a whisper of smoke and was served over SC rice that was close to a risotto. Wow. And don't even think about the banana pudding. It was glorious. I love to get back in there for the new menu.

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5.0Dined on May 5, 2018

This was my first time here after hearing how great it is for months, and I was not disappointed! My friend and I shared the beet and butternut squash salad and the night’s special trout dish. The salad was wonderfully presented and very tasty. The trout was served with roasted potatoes, asparagus. shrimp and a delicious cream sauce. It was cooked to perfection and delicious. Out server Calan was also wonderful. I hope to return soon.

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5.0Dined on April 22, 2018

Knox Mason is probably my favorite restaurant downtown. Always always amazing food and I love the ambiance. This was the first time I had been for brunch though and it did not let me down! Still amazing food and amazing mimosas!!

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4.0Dined on April 21, 2018

Simply put...outstanding food and attentive staff.

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5.0Dined on April 21, 2018

Knox Mason is a bit of a hidden gem along Gay Street. It's quite small, but doesn't feel cramped. The food is outstanding and fairly priced. Not really a place for a family dinner, but a nice date night location.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Great filet. Cute atmosphere / very small spa little loud and tables are tight but great experience.

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

My wife and I decided to give this place a try based on a recommendation from my go-to travel dining app LocalEats.

I believe Knox Mason is doing things right: warm, cozy & inviting atmosphere, small but well-executed menu, friendly & attentive staff.

For starters I had the Sweetwater Pimento Cheese, with Fanatic Brewery Beer Bread and Housemade ‘Wicked Pickles’, while my wife had the Roasted Beet and Butternut Squash Salad. The pimento cheese & bread were good, and the pickles were excellent. According to my wife, the beet salad was one of the best she has ever had.

For mains, I had the trout special and my wife had the Pan Roasted Springer Mountain Farms Chicken Breast with Cornbread Stuffing, Carnathan Apiary Honey Glazed Carrots and Pan Gravy. Both were wonderful...she is still talking about how good the chicken was.

The panna cotta desert was the least successful dish of the evening, and that was only due to the almost cloyingly sweet strawberry topping...the panna cotta itself was delicious.

We would definitely feel comfortable recommending this restaurant to anyone as an excellent Southern dining experience.

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3.0Dined on March 31, 2018

My wife ordered the chicken, she enjoyed it. I ordered the pork blade steak, it had a lot of fat through out the entire cut. I realize pork will have fat but this piece was 50% fat. I would not order the pork again. Our waitress was very nice and pleasant. I shared with her that the boss should talk to the folks they get their meat from and tell them about the fatty pork. I didn't get the impression that they cared about my opinion. Other than that we liked the atmosphere of the place. Doubt if we ever go back.

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Birthday dinner, great experience and would definitely go back as soon as possible

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Knox Mason never disappoints. Great food in a great downtown location.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Four of us here for Big Ears loved the pork rinds and the cocktails. My pork blade proved too much of a good thing (pork fat) but I loved the sweet Prato purée with apples. The catfish was not exciting.

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4.0Dined on March 24, 2018

This was our second time there. Always a top choice for brunch.

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

This is Southern cuisine at its best. The chef uses local ingredients and is creative with the dishes. While some are his take on traditional favorites, others are entirely new. For instance, the special the day we ate there was trout filet served over polenta with fresh peas and brussel sprout leaves, topped with caramelized onions and a bourbon vinaigrette. The desserts are notable in that they are not sickeningly sweet. The menu is limited but one still has trouble deciding what to order.

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5.0Dined on March 22, 2018

The food at Knox Mason is always outstanding. We had to wait maybe 15 mins even though we had a reservation, but with the small size of the restaurant and a busy weekend in Knoxville it was understandable. The hostess was more than apologetic for our wait, and the food was amazing.

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5.0Dined on March 14, 2018

The food was phenomenal. The service was great. I have only been here a few times and it has never disappointed.

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4.0Dined on March 10, 2018

I enjoyed the meal very much. My wife had the catfish, which was excellent and I had a steak, which was priced well and I loved the frites. The table spacing was very tight. Seemed like you were on top of the people next to you. Food and service were top notch , so we will return!

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4.0Dined on March 9, 2018

Food was good, but most dishes were with grits, which I don't like, thus limiting my choices. Service was great, as were the drinks.

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4.0Dined on March 9, 2018

I continue to be impressed with both the food and the service that I receive at Knox Mason . as a person who lives downtown it is a pleasure to have a go to location that never disappoints.

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4.0Dined on March 8, 2018

Pre-movie dinner. Had the chip and onion dip app, and orecchiette pasta entree. Hombre cocktail was delicious. Service was great, atmosphere cozy. Overall very good. Would recommend.

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2.0Dined on March 8, 2018

Very disappointed in food. The shrimp special was simply awful and tasted like nothing. The pasta was another dog’s breakfast. No taste distinction among ingredients and thrown together. Expected so much more.

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4.0Dined on March 6, 2018

We've been wanting to visit this small restaurant for a long time, but its hours are fairly limited. When we finally did earlier this week, we were not disappointed. My husband and I both had Cornmeal Crusted Mississippi Catfish with Creamy Shelton Farm Grits and Housemade Tasso Gravy. Our friends ordered the Fresh Orecchiette Pasta and Pork Blade Steak. To accompany our beer and bourbon adult beverages, we enjoyed an appetizer made of Sweetwater Valley Cheese pimento spread served with beer bread and homemade pickle slices, the latter an interesting take on traditional bread-and-butter chips.

Locally sourced, the entrees came out hot and attractively presented. In fact, we could see the chefs busily at work, as the kitchen is open for guests to observe . Prices were very reasonable. We would go back the next time we are in Knoxville and recommend this cozy little place to diners who enjoy Southern cuisine served with a smile and a charming Southern drawl. Parking downtown was not a problem on this particular evening, as we found a metered spot across the street. It was free after 6 p.m.

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3.0Dined on March 4, 2018

I’m glad we tried it, but I probably wouldn’t go back. The food was just “ok” and I don’t think it was worth the price. I hate how close the tables are. It feels like you are dining with strangers. Not a good place to have a conversation.

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

I love Knox mason. Have been there several times and I have never been disappointed

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

High-end, southern cooking at its finest! Interesting flavors. Service was over the top.

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4.0Dined on February 24, 2018

I truly loved the food. it was delicious. I will come back over and over again. The steak was amazing . They need to sale the bone marrow butter. Yum. Magnifique!

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3.0Dined on February 18, 2018

Went for Sunday brunch and all ordered the Eggs Mason (Eggs Benedict) and an order of banana bread. The banana bread was good, but nothing that special. The Eggs Mason was also good, but again, nothing that special. The pitcher of mimosas was very good and was probably the highlight of the meal. The service was very slow, we spent most of the meal with empty coffee cups and no water. My 10 year old daughter ordered the Eggs well done and they all came out the same. We sent them back and after an eternity, they were more cooked, but still runny and she wouldn't eat. For a total of $57 with tip and after my daughter's meal was comped, I'd say it was an overpriced, but mediocre brunch.

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5.0Dined on February 16, 2018

We were so happy to return to Knox Mason - it was one of the reasons we decided to spend our short honeymoon in Knoxville. We appreciate the fresh ingredients and amazing flavors. Always a treat! Thank you!

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3.0Dined on February 15, 2018

Cool vibe, foods ok.
Good for meeting friends. Small menu

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

One of the best meals had in Knoxville over past 25 years...wonderful.

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4.0Dined on February 14, 2018

The food was good but but the whole experience was a little underwhelming for $110

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Small portions but everything was delicious and we loved the new experience!!

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5.0Dined on February 13, 2018

Everything was well prepared and delicious, even with special orders for the chef.

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5.0Dined on February 11, 2018

Fun, cozy, modern, hip with refined Southern comfort food. Great service. Champagne and grapefruit cocktail...yum. Brunch: warm Banna bread with ricotta, corned beef over potatoes with fried egg, eggs Benedict. Will try griddle cakes next time!

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