Knox Mason - Knoxville

4.4
133 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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 133 people are saying
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vipOpenTableVIP
E. Tennessee
130 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All around great experience!

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suga865
E. Tennessee
13 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always an excellent dining experience at Knox Mason. Quality food and exceptional service (hats off to Kim).

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Sevy1
E. Tennessee
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

If you like eclectic farm to table food then this is the place to be. Service was good and the food fantastic. Located in the Embassy Suites downtown Knoxville with a good view and a cool vibe.

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ReneeE
E. Tennessee
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Very unique food and appetizers are especially tasty.

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momabouttown
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a fantastic meal with fabulous service.

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NYstateofmind
Greensboro
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall2food3service3ambience3

It’s probably Covid, but it just was not what it has been. Love Knox

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OpenTable Diner
E. Tennessee
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely NEW YEARS EVE DINNER!!!! Excellent dining experience and the food was awesome!!!

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hc88
E. Tennessee
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience5

Great service and location but food did not meet our expectations.. overpriced for portion and the scallop special was not good at all.

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ThomasP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We were on vacation for a long weekend. Had lovely view of Knoxville, great food, excellent waitress with wonderful surroundings

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Senatormav
E. Tennessee
3 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was wonderful as usual. The staff was extremely COVID-safe as wells as attentive. The balcony overlooking Gay Street is perfect except the occasional Trolley noise. Highly recommended.

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OpenTable Diner
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time here and we have found a new favorite! Food was spot-on - Southern done well and our favorite kind of menu: a few “twists,” but nothing super weird. Ate outside on an unseasonably warm night with the heaters on and it was perfect! Best seat in the house overlooking Gay Street. If they have snickerdoodle whoopie pies for dessert, do NOT pass them up! One of the best desserts we have had in a long time. Highly recommend and we will make this a regular in our downtown eating rotation.

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Tenneseeans
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another wonderful dining experience at Knox Mason. Our waiter was attentive and helpful with menu selections. Everything we ordered was delicious.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything that we ordered was amazing. Deviled eggs, Wedge salad, squash salad, half chicken with Brussel sprouts...it was all incredible. We will definitely be back!

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KimberlyW
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

We planned a special dinner with some friends . The food options were very limited I’m guessing due to COVID
. The drink options were ok nothing special but luckily they have the roof top bar. Overall it was nice to experience once!

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CindyF
E. Tennessee
2 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was so fresh! Fantastic smash burgers. Service was speedy and friendly :) The ambience is so beautiful. We sat next to the window overlooking Gay Street. All the Christmas lights were amazing!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing! The pork rinds were still sizzling as they arrived at the table. So good!!

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NicoleM
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great experience! Sat on the balcony/patio with heaters and it was lovely!

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OpenTable Diner
Nashville
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience2

This is not the same restaurant that used to be on the 100 Block. This was the first time we had been since the move and to say we were disappointed would be an understatement. Waitstaff were inattentive. My wife and I sat with empty drinks for 10 or 15 minutes. My cocktail was poorly mixed, and the food simply was not nearly as good as it used to be. My steak was fatty (it was a ribeye, so I’ll give a bit of a pass on this, but could have been a better cut), charred, and unseasoned. My fingerling potatoes were well cooked, but were completely unseasoned, the sweet potatoes were virtually raw. My wife’s gumbo was relatively bland. All you could taste was the beef stock. The bread that it was served with was burnt, not toasted. I will give credit to our appetizers. The wings, while not exactly my ideal flavor in wings, were tasty and perfectly cooked. My wife devoured he Mac and cheese, and loved every bite. That was the only highlight of a sadly underwhelming meal. I miss the real Knox Mason and I don’t think we’ll be back.

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DRSB
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I brought friends for their first time there over the weekend. Everything was amazing as usual!! Friends already want to know when we’re going back!!

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ReneeE
E. Tennessee
2 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was really good and the service was even better. A very nice dining experience.

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CindyM
Charleston
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outdoor seating was great and heaters did the job. Little noisy but its the City

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Anne
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

We had a very enjoyable evening. The server was outstanding. I loved the wedge salad, and the pork belly was very good. The accompaniments were a little to sweet for me. I would have loved to have a lighter dessert as one of the choices, but enjoyed the coffee. All in all a pleasant experience.

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DCVisitor
E. Tennessee
12 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We chose Knox Mason because of their adherence to COVID safety protocols. We were impressed that all staff wore masks properly and that they required patrons to wear them while walking around. The tables were nicely spread out and everything was spotless. This was our first indoor dining experience since March and we felt very safe there. The food and the service were impeccable. Every course was beautifully presented and tasted amazing. Our waiter gave us great suggestions and was very attentive. We loved every minute of our date night here. We will definitely be back!

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FoodSnob99
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Ah, what a beautiful establishment. Love saturated the air within the entire restaurant. The magnificent hostess even paid homage to my classic rock shirt. Oh, how I desire to return to Knox Mason the coming blood moon.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Western NC
13 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience2

Always have great service but food has been inconsistent since the move. Disappointed this go round.

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AllenV
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first visit to Knox Mason for all 4 of us. The host and server were polite and very efficient. The food exceeded our expectation! They have a nice balcony overlooking Gay Street and we would have sat there but it was a little too cool for us that evening. Instead, the host seated us at the only 4 top in the restaurant with a view of the street life. It was a nice, enjoyable evening and we will visit Knox Mason again!

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Knox Mason was great! Cannot wait to go back.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our server, John, was excellent and the food was great!

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RonG
E. Tennessee
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great locations, the outdoor seating is great. Hangs over the street, yet covered and open air. Excellent views of downtown Knoxville. The food was enjoyable, but limited options, and could use a couple specials. The deviled eggs should not be missed. However, a couple of the entrees were just ok (half chicken / trout). One of the best desserts in the city though (Snickerdoodle pies). Overall, decent but not memorable.

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knox
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience5

There was a hair in our food and the food was not worth the money. The fires were the best thing we had during our meal.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I just moved here from Illinois, so I wasn’t sure what to expect. I was pleasantly surprised as this was our first visit! We will be back!

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ChrisB
E. Tennessee
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food cooked perfect. The best part they purchase from local growers and farms!

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vipVg043051
Birmingham
25 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We really enjoyed our meal and the service was very pleasant. The only suggestion I have is that they use white table cloths on the tables in the evening, inside and out on the terrace/balcony. The quality on the food deserves it. We will return.

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suga865
E. Tennessee
14 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love dining with Knox Mason - the food, the atmosphere and service are consistently the best! And if you are fortunate enough to grab a table on their outdoor (covered) patio, by all means, do it!

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ElizabethG
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent and looking forward to going back. Would like Happy Hour cocktails.

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vipSandy
E. Tennessee
21 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the food and the atmosphere. Our server was wonderful. Extremely knowledgeable about every entrée. Will definitely go back.

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AnneS
E. Tennessee
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We sat outside so I cannot say the noise level was low all of the time. However, the weather was perfect and we thoroughly enjoyed the atmosphere and entertainment from activity on the street below.

We ordered the pork rinds and wings for appetizers. Both were great! We ordered steak and pork belly as entrees. They were great also. However, you need to have a stomach for some fat if you order pork belly which is not a surprise.

It was a great dinner but was not inexpensive.

We will definitely go back!

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skellyf
Nashville
8 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Best hotel restaurant I've eaten at in a long time,especially inside the US! Interesting, creative use of local and tasty ingredients. LOVED the gumbo- the roux was sooooo rich. We found everything just fine; we had 3 dishes and 2 were excellent. The third (a goat cheese over greens and lentils) was OK but we'd never have been able to tell it was goat cheese-- is that good or bad? For us, it was bad...it tasted more like a grain cake of some kind. And the dish was too heavy on the lentils, we thought. But again the gumbo and a trout dish were both excellent.
The restaurant is bright, well-spaced and fairly quiet; and it is kind of interesting to oversee the going-ons on the hotel lobby area. Service was fine. We also enjoyed some nice drinks, and the draft beer was 1/2 price that night, wonderful!

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
7 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service!

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ChristopherG
E. Tennessee
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

I love Knox Mason. Everyone at my table had a great meal. My only suggestion is to braise the Pork Belly, then put in the high heat cooker to crisp the outside and render a little more fat. A little too gelatinous, but extremely tasty. Thanks Chef.

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Knox Mason - Knoxville is rated 4.4 stars by 133 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.