Knox Mason - Knoxville

4.5
147 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 147 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service

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OpenTable Diner
E. Tennessee
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
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
133 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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suga865
E. Tennessee
17 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
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
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.

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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
E. Tennessee
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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Knox Mason - Knoxville is rated 4.5 stars by 147 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.