Knox Mason

4.8
198 reviews
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$30 and under
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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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Payment options
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
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J
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I highly recommend their brunch. The food was delicious, and the mimosas were better. I wish I could remember our waiter's name because he was super fast, friendly and easy to talk to. This spot will definitely see me again.

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BM
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing! Atmosphere and the drinks also! We will be going back!

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NG
Austin
6 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place!

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T
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

By far the best food in Knoxville! Unique menu of southern comfort food and everything is delicious.

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MC
Charleston
15 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love to eat here. Sad it will be closing soon but hopefully bringing a beautiful new start. Look forward to visiting again when the restaurant reopens. Had to come one more time before that happened.

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w
Nashville
11 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

First time to Knox Mason and what a treat! Everyone had something different and everything was AMAZING!!! The pork was something special as well as the filet.
Wonderful place!

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DL
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

The cocktails and food were exceptional. Very good attention to detail, making sure everything was taken care of and that we were satisfied. The room itself was somewhat small, but they made the most of the space they had. Our bartender/server, Mike, was excellent.

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FF
Hawaii
6 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We were impressed by the local lingredient-driven menu. There were a few vegetarian options for me. I would have looked to have seen a few more but you can ask for no bacon and cheese on many dishes, The smoky chicken was tender, flavorful and juicy. Definitely worth a visit.

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J
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything we had was delicious and service was great! Will be looking to go back soon. Pimento cheese and potato latke were especially great, as was the crab cake special

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KI
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is always amazing. Great atmosphere. Tasty cocktails.

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JK
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had the pork steak on a bed of sauteed brussel sprouts and red cabbage with grainy mustard and applesauce. It was one of the best things I've eaten... The flavors were so good together. My husband loved his catfish as well. Fabulous date night. We will definitely be back!

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B
Western NC
5 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Imaginative Sunday brunch with special drinks, locally sourced and well prepared.
Attentive, energetic service.

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k
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

One of our favorite restaurants in Knoxville. Never dissappointing!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great flavors with thoughtful service! Definitely a Knoxville gem!

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DB
Charlotte
79 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

What a great find this was! Highly recommend this restaurant in a hip area of downtown Knoxville.

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P
Atlanta
21 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

After game dining! Great food and friendly service. Just need to add a Sauvignon Blanc to wine list.

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OT
Nashville
3 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing service! Knowledgeable staff.

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CW
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We are from Florida but have UT season tickets. Owed our own restaurant for 8 yeats. Have eaten at Knox Mason twice. Bring different people each time. Nothing else to say but awesome!!! Amazing!!! Can’t wait for football season next year just to eat here again!

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AD
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great adult family dinner night - excellent selections, knowledgeable server ( I am gluten free), cozy environment. No complaints at all

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B
Tampa
27 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very quaint restaurant right on Gay Street. Great place to take a date, nice and quiet. The food was excellent, you could tell that the chef he’s a tension to every detail in the plate. Pork steak was excellent, and the catfish was very good as well. If they have the panna cotta for desert you don’t want to miss it

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MM
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were in town visiting from New York, NY and everything we ate was exquisite! Nathan, our server, took the best care of us. Knox Mason knocked our socks off—so very happy we got the chance to dine here in Knoxville.

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CJ
E. Tennessee
43 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Sunday Brunch was wonderful. All local sourced and fresh ingredients. Homemade banana bread with buttermilk cheese, eggs & cured ham on house baked English muffin. And the best Bloody Mary around. Next time we have to come in for dinner.

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PC
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent experience. Went before the opera at Tennessee Theatre. Menu starters delicious. Both had the past entree since we were running a half marathon the next miming. Simply delicious. Thanks Knox Mason.

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r
Birmingham
7 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a cool place. The food is always great and the menu changes slightly each time. Seating is a bit awkward as your very close to others but it fits the charm of the small place.

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T
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

we just love this restaurant! always fresh, seasonal menus with wonderful options!

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TN
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 2

Good place to go for small plates but would not recommend for main entrees. My wife and I both ordered the pork. It was very fatty. My wife sent hers back and just got an appetizer. Mine was a little better cut but was still very fatty and a lot of it was not pleasant to eat.
Overpriced for amount of food you get. Was also annoyed that my wife and I were celebrating our anniversary and it was just us and another couple several tables down in the entire restaurant. A party of 4 came in and they sat them right next to us! It was so awkward. Practically sitting together like a party of 6 because the tables are so close.
This likely our last time going here.

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TT
Tampa
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent!!! Ask for Erica and Jeremy at the bar! Food was divine, especially the filet and brussel sprouts caesar salad.

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HG
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed our evening at Knox Mason very much! The food was absolutely wonderful and the service was attentive & friendly. The only negative we experienced was the noise level was quite loud, and it made conversation for our 6 person group difficult. Overall, it was a lovely meal.

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SS
Birmingham
10 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our favorite places to eat. It’s worth the trip downtown!

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EP
Memphis
5 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were looking for a place with decent vegetarian options. This did very well.

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LR
Greensboro
4 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was magnificent!!! Chef Warren wove the magic food wand and everything was delicious! Nathan took excellent care of us and the experience was one of the best!!

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TG
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

The food was very good and well presented. My wife and I both enjoyed our drinks, appetizer, meals, and dessert. If the meal alone defined the experience, we’d be likely to return to Knox Mason. However, the service was sub-par for the cost of the restaurant. We visited to celebrate our wedding anniversary and had high hopes for a romantic meal. The table next to us was also celebrating their anniversary and multiple servers and staff stopped by their table to congratulate them. While ours not being acknowledged isn’t a legitimate gripe, watching the table beside us receive so many visits and so much attention was frustrating when we saw our server 3 times in our two hour dinner. Likewise, the staff had a habit of walking between the narrowly spaced tables to address the neighbors, resulting in a few near misses of our table (and me) when they were stepping into the space between the tables. Ultimately, the food was good, the atmosphere was intrusive, and the service was less than stellar. If there wasn’t a plethora of good restaurants nearby this experience would have been annoying, but we might have returned. Instead, we’d rather spend our time at the other places within walking distance.

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D
Tampa
20 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

The only reason for me not to have given this 5 stars was my fault - I was not in the restaurant for dinner. But the mimosa carafe was both good and a grate deal. The catfish and grits were some of the best I have ever had. The banana bread was a perfect way to start

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DO
Charleston
8 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

For sure one of the finest local ingredient eateries in KnoxVegas. Don’t forget to have the pork rinds and deviled eggs,, great way to start the meal over some ginger food..

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OT
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and atmosphere! Great prices for the caliber of food that is served.

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KR
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience at Knox Mason! Loved the different take on some traditional southern foods. The service was impeccable and loved the cocktails! Will definitely be back when I'm next in town.

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k
Nashville
4 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

the server we had was incredible he was so friendly informative and helpful! The food was unbelievably good I wish we could eat there again and again

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IT
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Outstanding. The appetizers were amazing !!!

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DD
Nashville
22 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We loved this place! Would come back for sure next time we are in town. They accommodated us with a very large party despite it being a rather small venue. Food was superb! Order the pork rinds.

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CC
E. Tennessee
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been to Knox Mason several times, and it has been really good every time. They have an interesting and creative menu. Great wait staff!

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