Knox Mason

4.7
163 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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
What 163 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.8
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Tampa
18 reviews
Dined a day ago
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
6 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
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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Cleveland
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
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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OT
Nashville
2 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
14 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Outstanding. The appetizers were amazing !!!

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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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MA
Nashville
6 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Restaurant is very pretty. Food was just OK. Service was great.

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E. Tennessee
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved this place! Will return.

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EJ
E. Tennessee
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

I’ve been interested in Knox Mason for years and was so excited to finally go! We went for a date night on First Friday, I knew the restaurant was small/intimate but my date was a little weirded out by how crammed everyone was into the space. Especially when you combined a larger, loud crowd two tables down—it was a bit much. Thankfully the food was phenomenal, the filet was very petite but SO flavorful and delicious! The pork steak was also excellent and Pork rinds were another standout! Mac n cheese was average. The service was OK, not very detail-oriented: I ordered a glass of wine when our appetizers were brought and and they didn’t get it to me until after the entrees were out; they told my date they would bring out a steak knife but never did (thankfully the filet was tender enough that the butter knife worked fine). The price point was great for the quality of food—a cocktail, a glass of wine, two appetizers, two entrees, and a side for just under $100.

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E. Tennessee
61 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great presentation and service, menu sourced from local and sustainable providers, and each course is prepared with attention to detail!

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BM
Atlanta
9 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We were meeting two friends passing through town. One of them has had gastric surgery, and has a very limited eating ability, but because they make everything fresh, they were able to accommodate her needs. A good time was had by all.

Mind you, we all miss Papa Harald.

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BC
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place really blew us away. We will definitely return to try more of the menu. From the appetizer, to the drinks, to the main course and dessert; it was all absolutely fantastic.

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WO
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The menu is Southern influenced, with a creativity that results in flavors that are decidedly unique. I highly recommend the cat fish, and the pork blade steak. For dessert, we had a grapefruit crème brûlée that wasn't on the menu, that I will remember for years to come.

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Charlotte
34 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was fresh and delicious! The service was just right. We will definitely be back!

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SS
E. Tennessee
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

loved the atmosphere of the restaurant and the food was outstanding. The filet was delicious and the vegetables that accompanied were fresh and so tasty. Highly recommend the fried green tomato and shrimp appetizer.

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L
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an excellent time at Knox Mason! The happy hour (before 6:30pm) drink menu was a pleasant surprise (and incredibly tasty, too) and everything tasted AMAZING. We are excited to come back!

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OF
Orlando
26 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I enjoyed the pork rinds! How can you not? The service was great, and the entrees were good. My friend got a few small plates and seemed to enjoy all of them, especially the Shrimp. I had the burger special. It was tasty and cooked well, but I always have issues when the burgers are so large and I can’t eat it in a normal bite. The food was solid, and I would go back.

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MF
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I came with some friends for my birthday and we had an amazing time. They started us off with complimentary Cava, which was a sweet way to acknowledge my birthday! The service was great. All of our cocktails, starters, and entrees were delicious. One of my friends just got back from New York City and he said that meal was better than anything he ate while he was up there. I highly recommend!

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Charlotte
8 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

My daughter gave us a gift certificate to Knox Mason and we saved it for a special occasion. The service was very good....our group enjoyed steak, fried okra, oyster sandwich, and catfish dinner. It was not very crowded since we dined on a Tuesday evening. We were promptly seated at the back table near the kitchen which was VERY warm and a bit noisy. (even though there were lots of vacant tables closer to the front)
It was so warm that we had to use our menus as fans...that's a shame because the food was delicious and being that hot distracted from our overall dining experience.

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TV
Nashville
7 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Made reservations due to UT move in weekend. My husband and I arrived 10 mins early and were seated right away. Each of us had one of the signature cocktails - both refreshing and great tasting. Our son and friend arrived 15 mins after the reservation time but the waiter never made us feel bad about it. We had the deviled eggs which everyone loved. Each of us had a different plate, one the catfish, one the pasta, one the steak and one the fried green tomato app. We also got the mac and cheese. Every single one of us enjoyed our meal. Suggestion on attire - casual dressy -- if that makes sense. Not tennis shoes/shorts...

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OT
Charleston
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was wonderful! Farm to table ! Perfect

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GG
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent overall. Would highly recommend the place.

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B
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Had heard for years this place was wonderful. Had the tomato sandwich and fried okra both were delicious

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TS
E. Tennessee
33 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent!!! Don't leave without trying the Deviled Eggs and the Sweetwater Pimento Cheese. Also recommended the Fried Green Tomatoes with Gulf Shrimp Remoulade and the Heirloom Tomato Salad ‘Sandwich’.

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CC
Nashville
32 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Was in town to celebrate my daughters birthday and found this place. The whole entire experience was amazing. Service was quick and helpful, food was really good and the price point was fantastic. We had a great time.


You will be happy you tried it.

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C
E. Tennessee
19 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Brunch, catfish very good, eggs Monroe, fair, nothing special, sausage biscuit eggs, nothing special. Plates lack presentation, no imagination they come out as if you were at Denny's. Prices ok. Bloody Mary very good, Mimosa served in champagne glass ?? Wont go back. Place was empty, for a reason??

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Nashville
10 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the best meal! I had the special trout and it had a delicate tomato based sauce that made me want to embarrass myself and lick the plate! My husband had the Mississippi catfish with another wonderful sauce. We shared a berry salad that had a great tasting local cheese that added wonderful flavor and texture. We each had cocktails made from fresh fruit, mine with a peach purée and my husbands had blackberries. We regret we had no room for dessert! Nathan, our waiter was friendly and well informed about the menu and gave us great service.

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JH
Cincinnati
30 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our second time to the restaurant and both experiences were great. The food is fresh and delicious and everyone at the restaurant is friendly! Thanks!

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OT
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really unique menu in a cool restaurant with an open kitchen design. Very tasty. Great cocktails as well.

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CC
E. Tennessee
2 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food, very creative. Great wait staff, very helpful and pleasant. The staff goes out of their way to make sure the dining experience is exceptional. We love Knox Mason.

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CM
Cleveland
4 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite summer meal this year is at Knox Mason: a Grey Goose martini with an heirloom tomato sandwich! I get this combo every chance I get - and plan to continue until the end of tomato season! Highly recommend.

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JT
Nashville
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Food was outstanding. Swordfish special was everyone's favorite. Cocktails were excellent. It was a Tuesday night, so we were one of 4 groups seated. Service was indifferent, our server seemed bothered when we asked questions about the menu. Always enjoy a night at Knox Mason.

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E. Tennessee
3 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous dinner. I can’t wait to go back! The meal was superb, the ambiance was perfect, and it was a hit with all members of our family.

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OT
Nashville
2 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It’s not often my husband and I are kid free and can enjoy a night out on the town. We’re so glad we made the trip to downtown to eat at Knox Mason. The pork blade was flavorful and tender and the trout was beautifully prepared and each meal had a touch of Southern tradition. The bartender made a fantastic peach gin fizz and we loved having local beers available on tap. Dessert was quite the treat - Derby pie with a delicious flaky crust, fresh cream and a fluffy ball of sorghum. Nothing disappointed!

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KH
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We are doing a Knockout of Knoxville Beard House tour. Knox Mason is great - great food, service and totally fun!

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E. Tennessee
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Good food, tables too close together. very loud, could hear other couples conversations from both sides of us

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MM
Charleston
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went as a group of 5 with reservations to eat before a broadway show at 8pm. We gave ourselves plenty of time with the reservation at 5pm and did not feel rushed - even had an hour to kill before the show actually started. The cocktail and wine menu had delicious selections and the seasonal entree items were perfectly prepared. The "porker house rolls" were an excellent and unique bread side dish, as well as the charcuteire board and smoked trout which were ordered for the table.

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BT
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and innovative menu. Great service also. Nice and affordable also for the quality. Great happy hour!

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Dallas
8 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great as always, and they accommodated a vegan very well.

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