Knox Mason

4.7
127 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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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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Additional
Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Weekend Brunch, Wine
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OT
4.0Dined 4 days ago

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

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MM
5.0Dined 4 days ago

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
5.0Dined 5 days ago

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

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OT
5.0Dined on July 11, 2018

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

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RM
5.0Dined on July 11, 2018

All of our food was outstanding. I practically licked the bowl from the Fried Green Tomatoes. The Deviled Eggs are also a must try.

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c
5.0Dined on July 10, 2018

Savannah was a great server! The rolls, mac, berry salad, filet mignon and banana pudding were soo good. The patio out back was the perfect environment.

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m
5.0Dined on July 10, 2018

A wonderful pre-theater meal! We shared the black bean humas and the fried green tomatoes with shrimp remoulade were superb.

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EC
5.0Dined on July 7, 2018

A very pleasant dining experience. Food and service were most excellent. Very relaxed atmosphere. Would definitely recommmend it to friends for any special get together.

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b
5.0Dined on July 5, 2018

Food and rice are outstanding. Knoxville is a hidden foodie haven, and this is one of the exemplary restaurants.

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M
4.0Dined on July 1, 2018

Enjoyed Sunday brunch. The restaurant itself is cute and Knoxville southern. Staff was excellent. Nice variety of options on the menu, several of which were standards (pancakes, Eggs Benedict) with a twist. Price was very reasonable. We will probably go back for dinner one day to be able to choose off of a different menu, but this was definitely an excellent choice ...

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OT
5.0Dined on June 28, 2018

Excellent food, warm and hospitable staff. I will be back!

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OT
5.0Dined on June 23, 2018

Great food, great service. Probably my favorite restaurant in Knoxville.

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JZ
5.0Dined on June 17, 2018

Second time at Knox Mason, first time for brunch. We were very pleased with the brunch menu. We had the banana bread, fried chicken, and corn beef hash and both left happy! The service was great. Looking forward to going back again!

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TH
5.0Dined on June 17, 2018

Frequent diners with Knox Mason. I have found the food to always be on point and the service courteous. Best to have reservations since seating is limited. Can be crowded at times so service can be a little slow but its not fast food. I would strongly recommend.

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OT
5.0Dined on June 16, 2018

Friend’s birthday.
Great service, food was delicious as always. My favorite place!

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OT
3.0Dined on June 15, 2018

Food was fresh and service great. Solid experience but not great for FtT.

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JB
5.0Dined on June 12, 2018

It has been a few years since we visited Knoxville & Knox Mason restaurant and it has gotten even better. Farm to table is exactly what they follow and at reasonable prices. The winner that night was the chicken on risotto and the vegetable pie.

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E
5.0Dined on June 9, 2018

We were in Knoxville for a TN Municipal Leaque conference.
We loved every dish we ordered from appetizers to dessert! The ingredients are fresh and many locally sourced. The execution of the dishes is creative and unique! The dishes arrived promptly from the chefs! We enjoyed sitting where we could watch the prep and garnishing! The servers were friendly and competent. The value was Amazing for the quality of the food! I highly recommend this delightful restaurant !

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OT
5.0Dined on June 8, 2018

The food here was fantastic. Service was perfect as our server really understood we were celebrating with family and put us under no pressure to hurry through our meal. Our dishes were prepared perfectly and served hot. This place is a must do !

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KB
4.0Dined on June 3, 2018

Great brunch. Limited menu but everything was fresh and high quality. Enjoyed the maple bacon funnel cake very much.

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y
5.0Dined on May 27, 2018

Wonderful brunch! We arrived early for our reservation, and we were seated immediately! The pork rinds and peanut butter cup were our favorites, but the brunch cocktails and entrees were also fantastic. Can't wait to come for dinner

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j
4.0Dined on May 26, 2018

Charcuterie is wonderful! Shrimp special a little bland, but the filet was divine. Great wait staff, and the atmosphere is hip but conducive to table talk.

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MC
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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m
5.0Dined on May 18, 2018

I will forever recommend this place. Everything about it is absolutely fantastic. My mother is not a foodie but I took her here on our way back to Raleigh from vacation and she raved about her meal for days. The portions are perfect and the atmosphere is lively and fun. It does get loud and the tables are close together but you'll be so happy with your food you won't care.

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OT
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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OH
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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JB
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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OT
5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Mother’s day

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JH
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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B
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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OT
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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KZ
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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JH
4.0Dined on April 21, 2018

Simply put...outstanding food and attentive staff.

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JL
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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J
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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BW
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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JK
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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OT
5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

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

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OT
5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

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

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