Knox Mason - Knoxville

4.5
156 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 156 people are saying
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85% of people would recommend it to a friend
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ThomasG
E. Tennessee
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We were there for an anniversary dinner. John was our server and he was superlative. The food was outstanding and the best we've had in Knoxville. The atmosphere was cozy and just right for a nice dinner. The menu isn't huge but everything we tried was delicious. There is something for just about everyone. The deserts were also fantastic. Thanks for a great night!

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TimothyS
E. Tennessee
4 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

We had a group of 6 people. The consensus of the group was that appetizers (deviled eggs, wings, and pimento cheese) and side dishes (fries, brussels sprouts, and mac and cheese) were good and turned out being the highlight of the meal. 3 of the 6 main courses ribeye (2) and trout were average at best. The gumbo. shrimp and grits, and hamburger were good. The steaks were very disappointing, especially for the price. Also they did not have bloody Mary's or 7 & 7 cocktails available. While we were disappointed with the food and drinks, we enjoyed our waiter John. He was professional, fun, and efficient, which is what I would expect at this type of restaurant. We won't be heading back to Knox Mason any time soon.

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KimberlyZ
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a fabulous experience, and the staff were so friendly. The food was delicious! We drove from DC after watching a special on our local PBS channel, and couldn't have picked a better place to spend our 30th wedding anniversary. We'll definitely be back!

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Service was fast, and the staff was friendly and helpful. The atmosphere was warm and inviting.

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were visiting Knoxville for my daughter to look at the University of Tennessee. Dinner was amazing! We had the egg appetizer- amazing! We also had the trout entree and the smash burger! Delicious! Service was outstanding! We will be back!

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OpenTable Diner
Western NC
3 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall3food5service5ambience1

Great food, Alex gave us great service, but it as very loud. Not the best location for such a nice restaurant.

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mayberry4
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My husband and I enjoyed a delicious meal. We started with the Sweetwater Valley Pimento cheese which would make a meal by itself. My husband’s Smashburger was perfection and my Double Double Chicken Sandwich was juicy and crispy. Both sandwiches were served with an abundance of fries The staff was pleasant and courteous. We will return for sure.

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JulieL
1 review
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to eat - good food and service ...and enjoyed roof top bar after

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vipSteveB
Western NC
5 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience4

It just wasn’t great. It has a great location and view but the food and service was just meh.

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SaraD
1 review
Dined on March 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our reservations were handled expertly and quickly. We had the option to sit outdoors on the very cool patio, but unfortunately the weather did not cooperate. The food and service were outstanding.

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AmyD
E. Tennessee
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the outdoor patio! Just wish Knoxville would have a ordinance on noisy vehicles! Not your fault but it would be so much better without the loud cars and motorcycles.

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JohnS
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The Restruant’s was absolutely exceptional. Everything from the service to the food . Very delightful meal. We would highly recommend

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HomeIsInTheMountains
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

The service was great but the food is just not worth it. It was bland, nothing like the other amazing Appalachia style restaurants in the area. I would not recommend spending the time or money here.

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KatieR
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a great night on the town. Felt crowded and fun even with tables safely spaced and attentive service. I especially loved the shrimp and grits. Looking forward to returning!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service

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OpenTable Diner
E. Tennessee
3 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Easily one of Knoxville's premier restaurants. We had a great time, enjoyed the food and the service on the coolest patio in town.

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OpenTable Diner
E. Tennessee
2 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent evening! Loved the balcony setting!

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Annette
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is always amazing! We always enjoy our dinners at Knox Mason. We appreciate that they follow social distancing and COVID protocols so well. John was our server and he is amazing. Only thing - our table was close to the patio door and every time it opened - it was like an arctic blast.

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OpenTable Diner
Indiana
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have loved Knox Mason since it’s conception. Our favorite about KM are the people. Brooke was amazing and made us feel like a guest in her own home...Eric was wonderful as always...and John was another positive to the entire environment. Always a hood time a d always good food.

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Jane
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall1food2service5ambience3

This place was overpriced and there was only alcohol and water for the drinks. Very few items on the menu. The chicken was very hard on the outside.

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JasonD
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, very friendly staff and always a fun night out.

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Derek
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to eat! The service was awesome and the quality was exactly what we were expecting. Would recommend!

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BlakeC
E. Tennessee
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience3

Our waiter (John) was excellent and very candid about menu selections (although the menu is very quaint). I ordered the Springer Mountain Half Chicken with Mac & Cheese as my side. The chicken was very flavorful while the Mac and cheese was very disappointing. If it wasn’t for the waiter, I’d probably never revisit just because IMO it’s not worth the spend.

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OpenTable Diner
E. Tennessee
10 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I try to follow a vegan diet and Knox Mason was very accommodating! My custom meal was delicious! My husband loved his wedge and wings, as well. Impeccable service! My only suggestion would be to have more local craft beer options on the menu. Looking forward to our return!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed our meal! Loved the appetizers and main dishes. The server, John, was excellent!!. We will definitely be back!

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vipChattanoogaChooChoo
E. Tennessee
43 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Table was ready upon arrival. Attentive service. Creative menu and delicious food. We will return!

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vipOpenTableVIP
E. Tennessee
134 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All around great experience!

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NinaR
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My daughter was in town and we made reservations for the porch on a 30-something degree cold Saturday night. We were seated right next to a large heater and with our jackets on, were very comfortable. We felt safe, the food and service was impeccable and in all, had a wonderful dinner. There were only about 5 tables out there and they were not full.

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BrandonJohnson
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience1

Very disappointed in a place that bills itself as "upscale dining." Our appetizer did not arrive until our food did. The wine menu is lack-luster. The atmosphere is not great and puts you right over a hotel lobby. Our server was terrible.

I will say our food was quite good, but there are much better steaks in Knoxville for the price ($60/head).

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vipsuga865
E. Tennessee
20 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2021
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
3 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2021
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
3 reviews
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
5 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
2 reviews
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.

FAQs

Knox Mason - Knoxville is rated 4.5 stars by 156 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.