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KOYO Knoxville, Knoxville, TN

KOYO Knoxville

4.5
4.5
72 Reviews
$31 to $50
Japanese
Elevated Japanese "Chef's Choice" Dining Experience.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 7 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 72 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseModerate

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  • East Tennessee

    Fit for Foodies

  • East Tennessee

    Healthy

  • Knoxville

    Best Service

  • Knoxville

    Best Ambiance

  • Knoxville

    Fit for Foodies

  • Knoxville

    Healthy

  • Knoxville

    Vibrant Bar Scene

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  1. 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
  2. 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!
  3. 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
  4. 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.
  5. 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!!
  6. 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!
  7. 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.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    E. Tennessee

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 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.
  9. A

    Anonymous

    E. Tennessee

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on August 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The pace, food quality, portion sizes, presentation, ambience, service, and price were all fantastic.
  10. 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.
  11. 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!
  12. 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!
  13. 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.
  14. 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!!
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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!
  18. 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.
  19. 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!
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. TN

    TN10

    Baltimore

    5 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    5 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.
  23. JJ

    JoyJ

    E. Tennessee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food & service in a beautifully welcoming environment.
  24. 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.
  25. KC

    KaitlynC

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 22, 2022

    overall2food1service5ambience5
    We were pretty disappointed with the food. Our dishes came out cold and the portions were underwhelming for the price. Cocktails were great and the server was very nice. Cute place but food could use more focus
  26. TL

    TianaL

    E. Tennessee

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful service, cuisine, and experience. Would highly recommend trying the Four course chef feature. Wonderful way to celebrate any special occasion.
  27. DH

    DanH

    E. Tennessee

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Love this hidden gem just outside of market square. The menu changes quite often but the quality and amazing flavors are their constant. The atmosphere is perfect for small groups or especially a couple. The staff is knowledgeable and very helpful. Food portion is a little small for the price but, you certainly won't be disappointed.
  28. F

    Funfoodie7

    E. Tennessee

    192 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    192 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    This was our second visit in just a couple of weeks. Have now tasted most everything on the current menu...outstanding. The Pork Belly and Duck Bulgogi are our favorites. Conner did an excellent job as our server. We will be back!
  29. SD

    SarahD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service and delicious fancy food! A great place to splurge for a celebration.
  30. B

    Bruh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful restaurant. The ambience is perfect and is great for a date.
  31. CL

    ChelseaL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Dining at Koyo has been one of the best experiences I've had in a long while. The service and cuisine was impeccable. Connor did an outstanding job navigating every step of service imaginable, providing excellent detail of the dishes, pairing of adult beverages, and overall conversation surrounding ingredients. I highly recommend this establishment for those who prefer quality over quantity and who enjoy unique dishes, with an ethnic flare. As someone who lived in Japan as a child, this brought me back to some tastes and flavors I hadn't explored for decades, but gave a new inspiring twist on recent times. Outstanding restaurant and experience!
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    There are no words to express how amazing the whole evening was! The service was fantastic and the food was to die for! Highly recommend chef’s choice!
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food and an awesome experience with the omakase!
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We came here with my toddler and they were very accommodating. Without asking, they brought my son a mini fruit charcuterie plate with peanut butter. Y’all are so thoughtful! Food was absolutely delicious and service was outstanding. Thank you
  35. LL

    LucyL

    Detroit

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was amazing and service was excellent.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    E. Tennessee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our new favorite restaurant in Knoxville! Our second time here we shared the omakase and a few other plates off the main menu and every single dish was phenomenal. The chef is creative and has excellent attention to detail with balancing flavors and beautiful presentation. The servers are always very professional and make great recommendations for sake if you want to try something new.
  37. MJ

    MikeJ

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 15, 2022

    overall3food4service5ambience5
    Service was excellent! However, thought the food prices were a little high for the portion of food you got. And the food itself was okay. Their Matcha Tiramisu (desert) is out of this world good! For sure give it a try if you go!
  38. AC

    AlfredC

    Las Vegas

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great new restaurant in Knoxville. Everything was perfect. We live in Knoxville and we travel and eat out a lot all over the country and KOYO is one of the best. We got both the protein and vegetarian Omakase. Both were outstanding. And our waiter/bartender "Connor" is amazing!!
  39. m

    mabelh

    Las Vegas

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food is always amazing! They do not serve “normal food”; I would call it gourmet Japanese. The wait staff is great and willing to adjust if needed; esp. their creative and delicious cocktails.
  40. BO

    BrentO

    E. Tennessee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Order the omakase option. Very few Knoxville restaurants offer this and it was fantastic.

FAQs

KOYO Knoxville is rated 4.5 stars by 72 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 7 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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