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Knox Mason - Knoxville

4.4
4.4
292 Reviews
$30 and under
Southern

The newest addition to the growing Knoxville downtown restaurant landscape, Knox Mason marries elements of traditional Southern cuisine with a vibrant, contemporary aesthetic. Chef/Owner and Knoxville native Matt Gallaher's seasonal menus draw from his 20+ years of cooking experiences as Sous Chef at Blackberry Farm, cooking for rock stars around the Globe and, most recently as Tennessee's Executive Chef for Governor Haslam in Nashville.

Working closely with Southern farms and artisans, familiar dishes are recast to reflect the 21st century. And the full-service bar includes the best domestic, craft and micro-brews, wines from Tennessee and around the world alongside seasonal cocktails.

We offer dinner service Seven Days per Week from 5pm - 10pm Nightly.

We invite you to stop by and try our original cuisine inspired by the South we love.

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Booked 17 times today
  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Southern

  • Hours of operation

    Tue–Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (865) 770-5988

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Neighborhood

    Knoxville

  • Cross street

    Union Ave

  • Parking details

    Wall Ave Garage on Market Square or Locust St Garage across Gay St. Limited street parking available. Hotel Valet available at $16 for up to 4 hours and $22 for over 4 hours.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

Menu

At present, we do not have menu information for this restaurant. Please see their website or wait to visit the restaurant to learn more.

What 292 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • East Tennessee

    Hot Spot

  • East Tennessee

    Scenic View

  • Knoxville

    Good for Groups

  • Knoxville

    Healthy

  • Knoxville

    Great for Lunch

  • Knoxville

    Outdoor Dining

  • Knoxville

    Vibrant Bar Scene

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  1. LA

    LavigneAnnK

    Tallahassee

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Some of the best, most unique, southern food I have ever tasted. Food is exceptional, staff service excellent. You may even get lucky and meet the chef!

  2. J

    Jclarkbr40

    San Francisco

    41 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    41 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Stayed at the hotel and ate there after a game. Very nice staff and all the menu items we had were excellent.

  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience4

    The location on Gay Street creates the perfect atmosphere, the food and service were both exceptional, and the convenience afterward of a rooftop bar upstairs made this restaurant a wonderful experience! I was thinking about coming back before I even walked out the door.

  4. LD

    LynneD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    We enjoyed the setting and our server was very helpful and attentive. Three of us had the trout and one the spoon bread. The trout was nicely cooked with nice sides, but a little salty. The person who had em the spoon bread thought it might benefit from having some different protein.

  5. SM

    ShelleyM

    Kansas City

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Mom’s birthday

  6. SG

    SteveG

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 21, 2021

    overall2food2service2ambience4

    This was our first visit to Knox Mason. Our reservations were for 6:30 on a Sunday night, they were unnecessary as it was not busy. We arrived early as we wanted to sit at the bar and have a few drinks. The bar was very nice, the bartender was knowledgable and gave great service. The venue is lovely with a great atmosphere. We were seated at 6:35 after reminding the hostess that we were in the bar. We sat at our table for over 10 minutes before we flagged down a server and asked for our server. Our server came over, she was apologetic and very polite. We ordered our meals at that time the pork entree, the trout entree, shrimp the trout was dry and tasteless; the shrimp & grits were luke warm trending to cold and the smash burger consisted of two 1/3 lb patties, that had been grilled to a crisp and resembled shoe leather both in texture and taste however the french fries were delicious. The trout was sent back with no issues and replaced, in about 20 minutes, with shrimp & grits. My wife and I were starving and weren't willing to wait another 20-30 minutes so I ate my fries and a couple of bites of the burger. I would go back to drink at the bar and I will probably give them another chance as I have heard many good food reviews but our first visit was not good.

  7. JM

    JessicaM

    Sacramento

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2021

    overall3food2service5ambience4

    While the service was amazing, our food and drinks were just ok. The bacon on the shrimp and grits was burned and the cheesesteak sandwich was bland. We ordered two cocktails and neither of them tasted like they had any booze in them. Overall a disappointing dinner experience but Precious our server was awesome!

  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Nashville

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2021

    overall2food2service2ambience2

    The space feels like a high end food court! The menu was limited and strange. Service was slow. I would not recommend or return

  9. CH

    CarolH

    E. Tennessee

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2021

    overall3food2service5ambience3

    Fish was blah, pork chop mostly fat. Enjoyed salad and the cous cous was the best I have ever eaten. It's just not an up scale restaurant. We were looking for a place to eat before the symphony. Close by and $25.00 to park. Waiter was delightful.

  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    E. Tennessee

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2021

    overall3food4service3ambience3

    Service was kind of flat. Outside patio seems nice but interior dining looks like typical hotel restaurant

  11. JL

    JoeL

    E. Tennessee

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2021

    overall3food1service4ambience3

    Enjoyed the decor and drinks but so sorry to say the food was honestly the worst I have ever eaten. I paid the tap and left a good tip but I would not go back sorry

  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We had a great time! Food was delicious and our server was spot on! He recommended the pork blade steak and shrimp and grits - we got both and they were amazing! The chef came out to talk to us and had already noticed we had a couple of younger kiddos and said he’d already started making two complimentary grilled cheeses for them. He sent those out early and they were kiddo and adult approved! Above and beyond - we’ll definitely be back!

  13. r

    rafix

    E. Tennessee

    56 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    56 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Late dining inside was terrific will definitely be back!

  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Experience was amazing. Food was delicious. Hospitality unmatched and the service unbeatable. John our waiter was the BEST!

  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Lovely servers, awesome shrimp and grits. Great people watching from the balcony over Gay St.

  16. J

    Jknight

    E. Tennessee

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food and service

  17. h

    heatherj

    E. Tennessee

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 10, 2021

    overall2food2service4ambience3

    The kitchen was very behind. So much so that we had to leave and find another restaurant. The staff however, was great and handled it very well. Just unfortunate on a date night out that all we got to have were the pork rinds, and they were a bit soggy.

  18. P

    Prof

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 10, 2021

    overall3food5service1ambience3

    Food was fantastic. Service was the poorest I have received in Knoxville. For the price, service should equal the quality of the food.

  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 10, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Dinner with friends before concert at TN Theatre

  20. SC

    SCram

    E. Tennessee

    10 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on November 7, 2021

    overall4food3service4ambience4

    We had their NY strip special. Great flavor but very tough, so much so a steak knife had difficulty cutting through. I recommend they buy better quality meats. The sides were good.

  21. BR

    BryceR

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 6, 2021

    overall4food3service5ambience5

    This was not my first visit to Knox Mason's new location so I knew what to expect, however I was disappointed in the quality of their food during this visit. The pork rinds were not crackling hot when they were served, the were also sans hot sauce; the chicken wings tasted like they had been waiting in a crock pot all evening to be served; the pork blade steak was overly salty. As usual the service was outstanding and the value of the experience is fairly priced. I hope this was just an off evening and will be returning, but will give them some time to hopefully figure out the kitchen.

  22. LJ

    LJMac

    E. Tennessee

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2021

    overall3food4service3ambience2

    The food is very good. The menu is limited but the items we ordered were prepared well and tasty. The atmosphere was noisy and the seating not very comfortable. The service was a bit slow but friendly and capable. It was an enjoyable dinner but I wouldn’t rush back.

  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 6, 2021

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    We loved the pork blade steak, again! Please don’t take it off the menu. Also, we are happy we had the same server as our first time dining at Knox Mason…John is a pro at ensuring a pleasant experience. We’ll be back!

  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food was really good and the service was as well. The only thing we didn’t like was the bread that came with the pimento cheese. It was very dense and basically just crumbled when we tried to put the pimento cheese on it. Everything else was fantastic. We had a perfect steak, the deviled eggs were delicious and our drinks were awesome. Will definitely go again.

  25. DW

    DougW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Good atmosphere, food and service. Recommend a visit.

  26. T

    Tennman

    Key West

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2021

    overall4food4service3ambience4

    The Pork Rinds appetizer was delicious and huge. We would have had more cocktails if the staff were available but it was obvious the restaurant was understaffed. Overall,a pleasant experience.

  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    E. Tennessee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2021

    overall5food4service4ambience4

    Good. Portions a little small. Wine a little pricey. Otherwise enjoyable experience

  28. MK

    MattfromKingston

    E. Tennessee

    22 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2021

    overall4food4service5ambience3

    Located at Embassy Suites on busy Gay St, right around corner from Market Square. Fun area. Found meter parking which was unusual for some nights (meters charge until 10 p.m.). Service was very good. Food was moderately priced and also very good. Interesting takes on American staples; I had the Shrimp & Grits, my wife had the chicken (with sweet/sour collard greens). We both very much enjoyed our meals. Desserts were also American with some slight twists: banana pudding w/marshmallow, vanilla bean cheesecake for us. Coffee, as usual it seems, was mediocre. My wife enjoyed her margarita. We'll go back.

  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great place to go for a family dinner!

  30. j

    jayb

    Nashville

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2021

    overall4food4service3ambience4

    Training server was, well, still learning the ropes. It’s a problem everywhere, so I won’t hold it against the place. Happy Hour 5-7 gas great food deals.

  31. SF

    ScottF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 16, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Such a great experience. Menu was varied enough for kids as well as adults.

  32. C

    Cindi

    Mississippi

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on October 16, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Family gathering. Great food, awesome waitress and wonderful time!

  33. C

    Chief

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 15, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Wonderful dinner ! Steaks were delicious and cooked perfect you. Our server was attentive and made great suggestions. We will be back!

  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Downtown restaurant located inside the embassy suites on the second floor. Reviews were good so we decided to give it a shot. Glad we did. This place has happy hour from 3-7 with $5 drinks and $10 sandwiches during this time. They have a fairly small menu but plenty of variety. My girlfriend and I both got the burger from the happy hour menu. It was very good and well worth $10. We had the pimento cheese appetizer which I didn’t really care for but she liked. It was served with a rye bread that didn’t really fit the pimento cheese. We will definitely be back to this restaurant the next time we are downtown. Dinner for two with drinks for $50 is hard to beat.

  35. CR

    CecileeR

    Nashville

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Our server was fantastic, and so was the food and ambiance .

  36. S

    Sweeper

    Orlando

    99 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    99 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2021

    overall5food5service4ambience4

    The food was excellent. Menu & drink selections were great!

  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    E. Tennessee

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2021

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    Our server, John, made great recommendations for our entrees! We enjoyed sitting above Gay Street on the patio and people watching. The desserts (banana pudding and vanilla cheesecake with fruit) were a lovely way to finish our meal at Knox Mason!

  38. J

    Jenn

    Philadelphia

    53 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    53 reviews

    Dined on October 8, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    This was my second visit to Knox Mason. The pork rinds are fantastic. I’ve had the Shrimp and grits and the gumbo. Both are absolutely delicious. The service is great and the atmosphere is really cool. Check out the roof top bar too.

  39. AC

    AnthonyC

    Atlanta

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 8, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food was delicious and a good value. We were there during happy hour and drinks were $5 with a list of sandwiches including their smash burger and fries for $10. Our server was attentive and the food was out on a timely basis.

  40. TN

    TNFoodie1989

    E. Tennessee

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on October 1, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Nice setting. Open and airy. Convenient to downtown. We were attending a show at TN Theater so location was perfect for dinner before the show. Very fast service , but nit rushed at all

FAQs

Knox Mason - Knoxville is rated 4.4 stars by 292 OpenTable diners

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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Booked 17 times today
Google Map for Knox Mason - Knoxville

507 S Gay St Knoxville, TN 37902-3206

  • Cross street

    Union Ave

  • Neighborhood

    Knoxville

  • Hours of operation

    Tue–Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Southern

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Wall Ave Garage on Market Square or Locust St Garage across Gay St. Limited street parking available. Hotel Valet available at $16 for up to 4 hours and $22 for over 4 hours.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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