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KOYO Knoxville, Knoxville, TN

KOYO Knoxville

4.8
4.8
88 Reviews
$31 to $50
Japanese
Elevated Japanese "Chef's Choice" Dining Experience.

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2 people

8:30 PM


Booked 4 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Japanese

  • Hours of operation

    Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Tue–Sat 11:00 am–3:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (865) 253-7400

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

What 88 people are saying

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4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

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  • East Tennessee

    Innovative

  • East Tennessee

    Healthy

  • East Tennessee

    Neighborhood gem

  • Knoxville

    Best Food

  • Knoxville

    Best Ambiance

  • Knoxville

    Innovative

  • Knoxville

    Healthy

  • Knoxville

    Neighborhood gem

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  1. AC

    AlfredC

    Las Vegas

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best chef in Knoxville. Wonderful staff
  2. SP

    SeanP

    E. Tennessee

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Stephanie and James Michael were amazing, super knowledgeable and dedicated to making it a great experience. A truly unique and creative menu, and every bite is exceptional. Everything about this place is awesome, highly recommend you indulge your inner foodie here!
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Knoxville’s best kept secret. Our food was unbelievable and our experience was amazing. Hands down the best food and dining experience I’ve had in my 30+ years of living in Knoxville.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    E. Tennessee

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and service was absolutely amazing. We will be back!
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    E. Tennessee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Probably the best dinner I’ve had in Knoxville and I’ve lived here my whole life. The food was out of this world and our server, Conner, was phenomenal.
  6. MF

    MelanieF

    E. Tennessee

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a delightful restaurant. The food and service is outstanding. If you consider yourself a foodie, the Omakase experience is pure joy!
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was fantastic. Comfy, clean, and the food was on point.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is gourmet dining. Excellent service and food. Plan on the meal to take time as it consists of several courses.
  9. MJ

    MelanieJoy9

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    We tried several of the dishes, and they were all amazing! Everything is handcrafted and comes out as a beautiful dish that tastes cannot be matched! Highly recommended!
  10. DS

    DSPL

    Nashville

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had the Tempura Mushrooms for a starter and they were excellent - oyster mushrooms done to perfection with a very light tempura batter. For dinner had the Tuna Tataki and Duck Bulgogi both were outstanding! The Tuna was a rather small portion (but so tasty) and the Duck was a good size portion (cooked med-rare to perfection) and was tender, moist,and tasty! And enjoyed a bottle of Shushen "Three Dots" sake that paired wonderfully with all of our courses. Will go back to Koyo in a heartbeat.
  11. SP

    SeanP

    E. Tennessee

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great concept, amazing food and exceptional service!! Just say yes to Koyo!
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Nashville

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    overall3food5service4ambience4
    It is a cozy and comfortable restaurant with attentive and friendly servers. Very large drink menu and excellent cocktails. We each opted for the chefs choice 4 course which also included a tasting to begin and ended with a small dessert. The portions were very small. And the price was expensive. I know there is tremendous work into preparing and plating each course, but we expected larger portions for the price. For example, we had 2 shrimp for a course. We had one large scallop for a course. Delicious but not satisfying. This restaurant is better suited for drinks and light food, not really a good place for dinner after a football game.
  13. A

    Anya

    Chicago

    53 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    53 reviews

    Dined on October 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a great experience! Food was delicious and service was outstanding!
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Incredible food! Everything from the ambiance to the drinks was perfection. The wait staff was so kind and friendly! The meat, the vegetables, everything was so fresh and original. Never tasted anything like it. Can't wait to return and see what they do next with their menu!
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Excellent food. The restaurant seemed understaffed which is too common these days. We will be back!
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Nashville

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    We sat outside and it was perfect! We got 3 dishes between 2 people and it was a good amount. Full without being stuffed. Squid ink pasta with jumbo shrimp, crispy mushroom rice & tempera squash - all delicious. Rice was the best & squash was a very reasonable amount :)
  17. TT

    TyeT

    Western NC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This might be the best restaurant in Knoxville, definitely the best hidden gem. We've had 9 dishes there so far, and every one of them has been great
  18. DA

    DebraA

    Memphis/West TN

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Our second time here and this time there were 5 of us so we literally ordered 1 each of everything on the menu to share between us. Our last visit we did the Chef menu and It was truly a dining experience as was this visit. Conner was our server both times and is incredible! Very informative about the menu, didn’t rush us and the flow was smooth. Now to the menu. The tempura squash and bisque were favs! We would love to see a 2nd salad on the menu because we thought the tofu salad a bit bland. The short ribs and tuna were flavorful but could have been more tender. Wyugu beef AMAZING! Enjoyed the ice cream desserts very much. They excel in the cocktail area!!!! We love the ambience of this small restaurant and will definitely be back many times to see how the menu develops. Thanks again Conner for making our 2nd visit a great evening!
  19. AT

    AshleeT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Probably one of the best and favorite meal experiences ever. Five stars Seafood chowder Watermelon with herb water Crispy pork belly Tuna tataki Halibut Panko crusted pork Seared Wagyu
  20. JT

    JasmineTea

    E. Tennessee

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was absolutely wonderful! Beautiful venue and excellent service.
  21. k

    knoxvillediner

    Charleston

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on September 7, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Awesome service, great liquor & wine brands! The food was very good, unusual and tasty. Very small local Japanese corner restaurant feel. The prices are high, yes…drink prices are in line, but the non vegetarian omikase was very pricey..we do see the effort to produce each dish, but it is still a hard pill to swallow when the bill comes. Eating some of the standards off the menu may be a better way to go! Still hope this gem can continue serving its wonderful creations!! Go and try it!!
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Omakase tasting menu was the best meal I’ve ever had in Knoxville!
  23. T

    Tastingdocs

    E. Tennessee

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and service were excellent. The price was steep however, even with a gift certificate deducted.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    E. Tennessee

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is our first time dining here and we thoroughly enjoyed it! We tried a little bit of everything just to get a feel for the restaurant and very glad we did so. The tempura is amazing! Great cocktails and wine list. Would highly recommend this restaurant for someone that wants to do something a little bit different.
  25. A

    Anonymous

    E. Tennessee

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on August 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The pace, food quality, portion sizes, presentation, ambience, service, and price were all fantastic.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 12, 2022

    overall1food2service5ambience3
    Unbelievably underwhelming. Did not see the value in the tasting menu at all.
  27. BR

    BrooksR

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    KOYO was fantastic! The food was incredible and service was outstanding! Connor was our server and was fantastic as well!
  28. CK

    CaptainK

    New York Area

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Koyo is a small very upscale restaurant in a quiet part of Knoxville. It features a multiple course menu of exceptional Japanese food. The focus is on quality, not quantity. The atmosphere is delightful. Service is excellent. It is an exceptional dining experience. This was our second dinner there. I was a little worried that it would not match the great first experience. Not to worry!
  29. RB

    RedB

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Koyo was awesome! Amazing food that you won't get anywhere else in Knoxville and solid service. Eat here.
  30. t

    tommyr

    Charleston

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Second time there, just amazing! Unfortunately I don’t have the servers name. He was fantastic both times. I love it when an employee is enthusiastic about the restaurant. This is some of the best food in our area. The kitchen ain’t playing!!
  31. JS

    JohnS

    E. Tennessee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is more Japanese fusion than Japanese but who cares - it’s just very good food for people looking for something creative. The chef has worked hard to serve up an interesting mix of flavors with satisfying results. The service and atmosphere was great as well. I started out skeptical but ended in love by the end of the meal.
  32. BS

    BrealynS

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful, delicious food, carefully considered and executed. Lovely staff, service. An important addition to the local restaurant scene.
  33. L

    Lyss

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food, great ambiance. Ordered three items and the Tiramisu. All delicious. The prawns were our favorite!
  34. TB

    TinaB

    New York Area

    26 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall2food1service3ambience3
    Complete rip off. Overpriced tapas food which completely underwhelmed. Food was mediocre at best. If you're looking for Japanese food, keep going.
  35. BT

    BrianT

    Cincinnati

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We loved this place and are grateful to have bumped into it. Love that Knoxville has eclectic cuisine of this quality. I highly recommend the chef’s prix fixe called Omakase. It’s smartly portioned, brilliantly prepared, and impressively paced for a busy weekend night. Their corkage fee is only $20 but they also have an impressive wine list with good glass and bottle options. Looking fwd to our next visit!
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 13, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience4
    The food was good, but I felt it wasn’t worth what I paid for it, and I am from New York. I thought it was too pricey for what we got, and we didn't even order alcohol. We did the four-course chef's pick, which, compared to the prices shown on the menu, was very Deceiving. We could have picked our four-course meal and paid half the price.
  37. RS

    RachelS

    Philadelphia

    6 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 12, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    The food was delicious and beautiful. The had many vegan options. Great selection of cocktails and wine.
  38. TN

    TN10

    Baltimore

    6 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall2food3service3ambience5
    Overall experience was good. Excellent ambiance, reminded us of a neighborhood NY restaurant. However very expensive for what we received. Most courses were very good but short ribs were tough. There was a long delay in serving the short rib, tasted as if it was cooked quickly just to get to the table. Server was pleasant but charged us for premium priced glasses of wine instead of the less expensive wine she suggested. Perhaps just an oversight. We enjoy dining out at expensive restaurants but this one needs a little work in order for diners to feel like it would be a worthwhile evening.
  39. JJ

    JoyJ

    E. Tennessee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food & service in a beautifully welcoming environment.
  40. GY

    GaleY

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The curated menu was amazing and worth it! We ordered the summer 4 course plus Ala Carte. Just fabulous.

FAQs

KOYO Knoxville is rated 4.8 stars by 88 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

8:30 PM


Booked 4 times today
Google Map for KOYO Knoxville

416 Clinch Ave, Knoxville, TN 37902-2101

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    The cross street is Walnut St. We're on Clinch Ave, which is a one way.

  • Neighborhood

    Knoxville

  • Hours of operation

    Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Tue–Sat 11:00 am–3:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Japanese

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    None

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

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