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About Knox Mason

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, Riverplains Farm Eggs and Cruze Farm Buttermilk take their place alongside Arbequena Olive Oil from Texas, Bourbon Barrel Smoked Paprika from Kentucky and Olive and Sinclair Chocolate from Nashville 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 Olive and Sinclair Chocolate, Jack Daniels Tennessee Whiskey, Muddy Pond Sorghum Mousse and Whipped Cream.

131 S Gay St
Knoxville, TN 37902
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
American, Southern

Hours of Operation:
Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm; Friday: 5:00pm - 12:00am; Saturday: 10:00am - 2:00pm & 5:00pm - 12:00am, Sunday: 10:00am - 2:00pm

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(865) 544-2004

Website:
http://www.knoxmason.com/

Additional:
Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Wine

Knox Mason Ratings and Reviews

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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.7

ambience

4.4

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

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Cozy (10)
Good for Anniversaries (9)
Pre/post Theatre (9)
Casual (9)
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Comfort Food (8)
Bar Seating (7)
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·Dined on January 1, 2018

My boyfriend and I ate here for New Years Eve dinner. I’ve been to Knox Mason before and enjoyed the food, but the five course NYE menu was absolutely stellar. I was impressed by the consistency of the dishes between tables and even more impressed that a three person kitchen was cranking out all the food so quickly and consistently. This is a fantastic little place to eat in Knoxville!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date
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·Dined on December 31, 2017

New Year's Eve dinner consisted of a 5-course meal. Everything was delicious! The wait staff and bartender were on the ball. However, we expected this special evening to be a bit more special. The evening started with a menu describing what we were about to enjoy. The courses were paired with different wines. The waitress took the menus, but we didn't care because we were sure they would deliver the course with a description of what it was and why the wine paired so well with the flavors. Nope, that didn't happen. One course served. Before everyone finished that, the next course served. At one point my daughter had three drinks in front of her. We tried to slow down the rushed service, but it didn't work. We finished that meal in 45 minutes. It was rushed, it was uncomfortable, it was very expensive. I left a private message on their Facebook page because I didn't want to leave a bad review. I never heard back from them. We love this restaurant, but we are extremely disappointed. Probably won't go back for a while.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Casual, Bar Seating, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Brunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Fantastic dining experience. Every item we tried blew us away.

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·Dined on December 30, 2017

Tasty cocktails, wonderful appetizer, unique salads and great entree.Our group of 4 tried the ham/potato puffs and the pimento cheese appetizers, the trout special, pork steak and springer chicken for entrees. We each had a different salad from the menu and all were very good. We didn’t have room for dessert. Service was excellent. I wish there was a little more room in the building- seating was a little too close with the adjoining tables. But we had a lovely meal and all around experience.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Authentic, Local Ingredients, Gluten Free Options, Comfort Food, Organic
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Great food in a laid back atmosphere. Staff was attentive but not too in-your-face. Great time and would stop in again if in Knoxville. Highly recommend.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (E. Tennessee)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Knox Mason is consistently serves the best dinner in downtown Knoxville. Food is always perfectly prepared, cocktails are excellent, service is impeccable, and the manager always checks to make certain all is as expected.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies
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 (Columbus)·Dined on December 30, 2017

It is a small, quirky place, with outstanding food and service, and darn good cocktails. The Smoked Springer Mountain Chicken Breast is one of the best dishes we have ever had anywhere, at any price. I wish we lived closer, but if you live nearby, run don't walk. Just make a res first.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Dinner with our son a girlfriend. He has been wanting to come. Small restaurant but lovely dinner. We were all very happy with our entrees. Will be going back!

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 (E. Tennessee)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Excellent food with local ingredients. Save room for dessert it is a great way to finish

Tags: Local Ingredients, Bar Seating, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Atlantic Canada)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Third time here, second for the brunch. Outstanding choices - wonderful flavors - great wait staff. Very unpretentious. IF you haven't eaten here , but it on your list. Now.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Casual, Hot Spot
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 (E. Tennessee)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Knox Mason never fails to delight. Everything is perfectly prepared, the nightly fish special is usually my choice and I am never disappointed. Service is beyond reproach; the servers are friendly and knowledgeable. Manager always stops to check on our meal. Great bartender also.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Nashville)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Knox mason’s menu had a great selection, and everything we tried was very good. I’d go back just for the pimento cheese appetizer with beer bread the awesome house-made pickles!

Both the vegetable panzanella and smoked chicken entrees were delicious, with generous but not overwhelming portions.

As this was my first visit, I wasn’t sure what to expect for the ambience - it wasn’t quite as intimate as I’d expected for a date night, but seems like a fun place to go with a bit larger group. But I’d definitely go back for the food, especially for a dinner with friends or family.

Tags: Seasonal, Good Vegetarian Options, Local Ingredients
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·Dined on December 14, 2017

Our service was great. Our food was fantastic. Overall, it was a wonderful experience.

Tags: Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Sunday Lunch, Late-night Find, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, People Watching
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Great food! Especially filet. We were seated right away and service was great. It’s very small but quaint, only complaint , tables very close together. Derby pie great dessert to share!

Tags: Good for a Date, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 6, 2017

This is an average restaurant. I started with tater tots, which were a tad overcooked. The squash casserole and apple salad were excellent. Service was average but not especially friendly (unusual for a Southern place).

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·Dined on December 1, 2017

Food was fabulous! Reasonably priced It is a small place

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Cozy
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Food was just OK. You can do better elsewhere in the area for the same prices. Eating area was VERY cramped - didn’t much care for the ambiance. I had the Filet, and she had the Chicken breast. Chicken was very moist, and steak was well prepared. Cocktail menu was nice, salad was great, as was the appetizer.

I just didn’t think the flavor pairings on the main dishes were that exciting. I guess my expectations were too high.

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 (New Orleans)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Great dinner! Loved the food esp
Pimento and cheeae

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 10, 2017

What a delightful experience! Food was very tasty and atmosphere great. Loved it. Will return next time I’m in Knoxville.

Tags: Seasonal, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, People Watching
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Had a reservation but was overbooked. Food was good but bar seating wasn’t exactly great.

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 (E. Tennessee)·Dined on November 4, 2017

It was a very enjoyable experience for my husband’s birthday. As always, the food was fantastic. We will definitely be back.

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 (Little Rock)·Dined on November 1, 2017

Food at best was mediocre. Had special for Wednesday Served a biscuit with nothing to put on it. When I asked for butter or something to go on the biscuit. I was given something, not sure what it was and the charged me .50 for the butter concoction. Table next to us got the catfish which was twice the size of the catfish my wife had. Would not go back

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 31, 2017

Very much enjoyed our meal. Rational portions and excellent food.

Tags: Organic, Hot Spot, Seasonal, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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·Dined on October 28, 2017

Just go. You'll enjoy what you find. The staff will spoil you, the food will delight you, and the cocktails are enviable. I will go back on my own so I can sit at the bar and watch the cooks as they bring this amazing menu to life.

Tags: Organic, Notable Wine List, Pre/post Theatre, Handcrafted Cocktails, Hot Spot, Cozy, Disabled Access, Fun, Romantic, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Comfort Food, Quiet Conversation, Seasonal, Healthy, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Authentic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Second visit to this restaurant. We made reservations, but they were not able to fulfill them. Disappointing, but the staff more than made up for it in other accommodations. The host and wait staff were excellent. Food was very good. It's a noisy place when it's full, so our second choice (sitting at the bar) was a good move, as my wife and I could stay close and hear each other. Highly recommend this place for food quality and staff attentiveness, value.

Tags: Fun, Happy Hour, Sunday Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Casual
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 (Western NC)·Dined on October 27, 2017

We sat on the back patio-a hidden gem! Fabulous food, great service, great drinks for happy hour!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre
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 (E. Tennessee)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Wonderful service. Amazing good. Excellent drinks. This place is not to be missed!!i suggest reservation

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 (Tampa)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Wait staff was VERY attentive. Main courses were high quality and generous portions. Definitely a good value.

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 (E. Tennessee)·Dined on October 21, 2017

We came early in the evening and it was just starting to get busy. Our server, Nina was very attentive and professional. We had the sriracha deviled eggs, (a must have) the beet salad, and the steak. The beet salad was a good size for sharing, but still light, and the steak is one of the best in town! We washed it all down with a bottle of Pinot Gris from their small, but well-curated wine list. We will definitely be returning.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Good food. Very cramped tables. You can hear everything that other guests seated next to you are saying. Sunday brunch good.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Sunday Lunch
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 (Charleston)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Had a great meal with distant family in town. Wanted to show them just how foodie Knoxville has become and this place was my first choice..

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 (E. Tennessee)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Consistently great food, great service, great bartender. Highly recommended. The fish special is almost always outstanding.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Romantic, Seasonal, Hot Spot, Great for Brunch, Creative Cuisine
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Second time at Knox Mason and both meals have been a treat. The menu offers a fabulous selection, the food is top notch, and the service is excellent. They were especially accommodating and patient in seating us, even when we were extremely late due to very heavy traffic, and that we then asked if it was possible to add a couple of people to our reservation. Knox Mason should be at the top of every diner's list.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on October 6, 2017

There were 4 of us dining and all four entrees were amazing. Pimento cheese to start followed by sharing the beet salad. We are looking forward to coming back.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 3, 2017

Not your average date place. Interesting menu selections although not much variety. The sweet potato chips with romesco sauce, housemade pimento cheese spread, and fresh pork rinds were a great way to start the meal. Desserts were tasty but very, very rich.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Great restaurant at times but quality varies wildly and brunch was simply not up to par at all. If they stay on top on quality and keep changing menu then would be great. Seating and ambience not up to snuff in downtown area but hard to see how they can help that and honestly food is all that really matters. Good service every time and better than most in Knoxville and dinner is a different tale

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Memphis)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Knox Mason was everything we hoped it would be...fresh ingredients used in unique and delicious combinations. We will definitely return when back in Knoxville.

Tags: Authentic, Special Occasion, Cozy, Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 28, 2017

Everything was exceptional. The service was top notch, the food was delicious, and the atmosphere was perfect.

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·Dined on September 28, 2017

We needed dinner in Knoxville after a business meeting and had not tried Knox Mason. OpenTable works so well, we tried it again. Our schedule was 5PM and there was no one there. Because of that it was quiet and had we the entire restaurant to ourselves. The food was great, the menu constantly changes, but the space was small and worked for us. Thanks for the great experience as we sample LOTS of restaurants in Knoxville. We were already parked in one of the garages, so a bit of a nice walk down Gay Street worked GREAT!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Cozy, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Another outstanding meal at Knox Mason! We have dined frequently for dinner, but this was our first brunch occasion at Knox Mason. It did not disappoint. The food was absolutely fantastic. We ordered the pork rinds (a favorite!) as an appetizer and the catfish and hash as entrees. The red-eye gravy on the catfish and perfectly prepared grits was delicious. The corned beef in the hash was tender and tasty. We enjoyed brunch so much that it will definitely compete in our hearts with the outstanding dinners we have relished in the past. Highly recommended!

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Seasonal, Happy Hour, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Casual, Great for Brunch, Authentic, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails
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