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KOYO Knoxville, Knoxville, TN

KOYO Knoxville

4.6
4.6
44 Reviews
$31 to $50
Japanese

Elevated Japanese "Chef's Choice" Dining Experience.

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Booked 2 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

Menu

Omakase

I'll leave it up to you

  • Sample

    four course chef feature

    • MKT
  • Sprout

    four course vegetarian chef feature

    • MKT

Koré Ni Shi-Masu

I'll choose this one

  • Eggplant and Herb Soup$11.00

    aromatic oil, herbs, yuzu

    • Beet Salad$13.00

      whipped asiago, microgreens, cucumber, beet vinaigrette

      • Tempura Sweet Potato$11.00

        garlic and chive aioli, shiitake bacon

        • Mushroom Crispy Rice$13.00

          145 degree egg, mushroom tentsuyu, green onion

          • Crispy Pork Belly$13.00

            kimchi, gochujang, sesame, scallion, rice cracker

            • Duck Bulgogi$22.00

              bok choy, broccolini, spicy bulgogi sauce

              • Chilean Sea Bass$25.00

                squash, bonito butter, nori, pea shoots

                • Beet Cured Salmon Crudo$21.00

                  edamame dressing, orange, pistachio

                  • Braised Short Rib$16.00

                    celery root puree, gingered snap peas, maitake miso sauce

                    • Curry Baked Mussels$15.00

                      bell pepper and carrot salad, green curry crumble, lemongrass coconut milk cream

                      • Japanese A5 Strip$75.00

                        collard greens, teriyaki

                        Signature Cocktails

                        • Tencho$12.00

                          Wheatly Vodka, Nikka Gin, Casa Mariol vermouth, Yuzu soda

                          • Green Garden$13.00

                            Haku Vodka, yuzu, Chu-hi soju soda, matcha powder

                            • Modern$12.00

                              Midori, Cointreau, lemon

                              • Icarus$12.00

                                Nikka Whiskey, Aperol, Carpano Antica, lemon

                                • Sesame Old Fashioned$15.00

                                  Suntory Toki Whiskey, sesame oil washed bourbon, Ginger Liquor, Aromatic Bitters, Orange, Cherry

                                  • Bonenkai$14.00

                                    Roku Gin, Jelly Sake, Yuzu, Bubbles

                                    • Matcha Melon High Ball$13.00

                                      Haku Vodka, Midori, Yuzu, Lime, Matcha Cordial, Soda

                                      Beer

                                      • Sapporo$6.00

                                        japanese lager

                                        • Kirin Ichiban$6.00

                                          japanese lager

                                          • Bud Light$5.00

                                            american lager

                                            • High Life$5.00

                                              champagne of beers

                                              • Chu Hi$5.00

                                                japanese grapefruit seltzer

                                                • Wiseacre Puffel$8.00

                                                  Double Hazy IPA

                                                  Last updated: February 7, 2022

                                                  What 44 people are saying

                                                  Overall ratings and reviews

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

                                                  4.6
                                                  4.6 based on recent ratings
                                                  • 4.7Food
                                                  • 4.8Service
                                                  • 4.7Ambience
                                                  • 4.4Value

                                                  NoiseModerate

                                                  Loved For

                                                  • East Tennessee

                                                    Fit for Foodies

                                                  • East Tennessee

                                                    Romantic

                                                  • Knoxville

                                                    Best Food

                                                  • Knoxville

                                                    Best Service

                                                  • Knoxville

                                                    Best Ambiance

                                                  • Knoxville

                                                    Fit for Foodies

                                                  • Knoxville

                                                    Healthy

                                                  • Knoxville

                                                    Notable Wine List

                                                  • Knoxville

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                                                  1. SD

                                                    SarahD

                                                    1 review

                                                    5.0

                                                    1 review

                                                    Dined 1 day ago

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

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

                                                  2. 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.

                                                  3. 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!

                                                  4. 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!

                                                  5. OT

                                                    OpenTable Diner

                                                    1 review

                                                    5.0

                                                    1 review

                                                    Dined on May 7, 2022

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                    Great food and an awesome experience with the omakase!

                                                  6. 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

                                                  7. LL

                                                    LucyL

                                                    Detroit

                                                    3 reviews

                                                    5.0

                                                    3 reviews

                                                    Dined on April 30, 2022

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                    Food was amazing and service was excellent.

                                                  8. 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.

                                                  9. 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!

                                                  10. 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!!

                                                  11. 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.

                                                  12. 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.

                                                  13. d

                                                    dinal

                                                    New York Area

                                                    1 review

                                                    5.0

                                                    1 review

                                                    Dined on March 30, 2022

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                    It was our first time here and it didn't disappoint! The ambiance, the food, our waiter Conner was all amazing! We will definitely be going back.

                                                  14. OT

                                                    OpenTable Diner

                                                    E. Tennessee

                                                    1 review

                                                    5.0

                                                    1 review

                                                    Dined on March 19, 2022

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                    Koyo was delightful. The food was amazing and staff was very kind.

                                                  15. CP

                                                    CPFOTO

                                                    Chicago

                                                    40 reviews

                                                    vip
                                                    5.0

                                                    40 reviews

                                                    Dined on March 18, 2022

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                    We tried each of the tasting Omakase menus, one with meat one vegetarian with the wine flights and everything was delicious!

                                                  16. E

                                                    Ellebelly33

                                                    E. Tennessee

                                                    1 review

                                                    5.0

                                                    1 review

                                                    Dined on March 18, 2022

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                    Everything about this place was phenomenal. The perfect, affectionate atmosphere tucked away in Downtown Knox. My girlfriend and I shared the Sprout and Table four course features and were blown away by every selection. Lola is the most knowledgeable and vibrant server I've ever had, elevating the entire dining experience. We came here to celebrate our 7 year anniversary and it was worth every penny. Check it out :)

                                                  17. OT

                                                    OpenTable Diner

                                                    E. Tennessee

                                                    1 review

                                                    5.0

                                                    1 review

                                                    Dined on March 11, 2022

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                    Great food, steak was the best I’ve had in my life ! Connor was the best waiter, will be back!!

                                                  18. LB

                                                    LB0519

                                                    New York Area

                                                    1 review

                                                    5.0

                                                    1 review

                                                    Dined on March 4, 2022

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                    Delicious Chef's choice menu but definitely pricey especially with drinks. It was a special night so worth it and we did hold the table for nearly 3 hours! Would go again but maybe less sake and eating off the menu if wanting to watch the budget. Fantastic service.

                                                  19. PP

                                                    PointsProfessional

                                                    Phoenix

                                                    34 reviews

                                                    vip
                                                    4.0

                                                    34 reviews

                                                    Dined on March 2, 2022

                                                    overall4food5service3ambience5

                                                    No doubt that the food here is excellent. High quality dishes and elaborate recipes yield a unique culinary experience in Knoxville. The Omakase option is a filling 4-course meal (including 2 small shaved ice dishes to cleanse the pallet and for dessert) but at an absolute market premium for Knoxville. The chef is talented, but the overall experience is not worth the premium pricing on the omakase and average at best service. I recommend trying some of their non-omakase dishes instead, as you should expect the bill to be $150+ per person if you choose the omakase and a beverage.

                                                  20. MW

                                                    MattW

                                                    Richmond

                                                    1 review

                                                    5.0

                                                    1 review

                                                    Dined on February 25, 2022

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                    Awesome place. Perfect for a date night or special occassion.

                                                  21. JR

                                                    JimR

                                                    E. Tennessee

                                                    22 reviews

                                                    4.0

                                                    22 reviews

                                                    Dined on February 24, 2022

                                                    overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                    Inventive cuisine, with subtle flavors and textures. We will return and try the Chef’s omakase tasting menu.

                                                  22. OT

                                                    OpenTable Diner

                                                    E. Tennessee

                                                    1 review

                                                    4.0

                                                    1 review

                                                    Dined on February 19, 2022

                                                    overall4food4service5ambience4

                                                    Service is excellent and the food is very unique and good. My husband and I got the tasting menu, and I thought this is was a good way to get the full experience. If I am being critical though, I thought the preparation of the meat, particularly the A5 wagyu, could have been better. Super excited that a Knoxville restaurant is serving this, however, I have been in other restaurants where this was prepared and it was a good bit better. It could be that they prepare the not as good cuts for the tasting menu, however, if this is the case I would strongly urge them to just serve a smaller portion of better quality…especially for the price being paid. Another critique would be how close the tables are together. This is a very small restaurant, so possibly not much they can do unless they want to take out two tables of two, but you are sitting closer to the stranger next to you than you are the person across the table. Two very loud people were seated next to us, and I could barely hear what my husband was saying over them. Overall, we were very pleased with our experience and we will definitely return to order from the menu.

                                                  23. m

                                                    mb123

                                                    E. Tennessee

                                                    5 reviews

                                                    vip
                                                    4.0

                                                    5 reviews

                                                    Dined on February 11, 2022

                                                    overall4food5service3ambience5

                                                    our first time to koyo yesterday. had the tasting menu. food excellent. kitchen needs to communicate better with the waitress with regard to pacing of the meal. our second are third course were brought to the table while we were still eating the course before. there is a certain pace to a meal. we felt rushed. despite that we will certainly return

                                                  24. MN

                                                    ManganNY

                                                    New York Area

                                                    29 reviews

                                                    vip
                                                    3.0

                                                    29 reviews

                                                    Dined on February 4, 2022

                                                    overall3food3service4ambience3

                                                    It was fine . Same creative team as Nama so you can almost taste the similarity . Was hoping for a sharper difference. Stellar plating though. Creative cocktails.

                                                  25. K

                                                    Knoxuro

                                                    E. Tennessee

                                                    14 reviews

                                                    vip
                                                    5.0

                                                    14 reviews

                                                    Dined on January 29, 2022

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                    Tasting menu was absolutely fantastic! The A5 was as good as anywhere in the world.

                                                  26. OT

                                                    OpenTable Diner

                                                    Naples

                                                    1 review

                                                    4.0

                                                    1 review

                                                    Dined on January 28, 2022

                                                    overall4food4service3ambience2

                                                    Food was very good. The pace of service was too fast for a four course semi tasting menu. Seating was also tight.

                                                  27. DW

                                                    DeeW

                                                    E. Tennessee

                                                    3 reviews

                                                    5.0

                                                    3 reviews

                                                    Dined on January 28, 2022

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                    The food combinations were fabulous! Our server was awesome! It is a small restaurant but that adds to the ambiance.

                                                  28. JD

                                                    JohnDM

                                                    1 review

                                                    5.0

                                                    1 review

                                                    Dined on January 22, 2022

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                    Great place to try some unique food! Would be great if they had some small appetizer options to pair with main entrees rather than suggesting two full entrees per person, but overall great experience!

                                                  29. OT

                                                    OpenTable Diner

                                                    Chicago

                                                    1 review

                                                    5.0

                                                    1 review

                                                    Dined on January 22, 2022

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                    Excellent food !! Very unique flavors. We ate there during their lunch menu definitely going back to try their dinner cuisine!

                                                  30. OT

                                                    OpenTable Diner

                                                    Charleston

                                                    1 review

                                                    5.0

                                                    1 review

                                                    Dined on January 21, 2022

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                    The food is exceptional! My husband and I moved to Knoxville from Charleston SC and are big foodies. Koyo is our favorite place to eat!!

                                                  31. OT

                                                    OpenTable Diner

                                                    1 review

                                                    5.0

                                                    1 review

                                                    Dined on January 19, 2022

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                    Excellent food served at perfect pace. Staff was knowledgeable and courteous. The restaurant decor was perfect. Small and inviting. Chef came to speak to is and solicit comments. Great wine selection served professionally. Very inviting bar area with tasteful yet different furnishings. A wonderful dining experience.

                                                  32. CK

                                                    CaptainK

                                                    New York Area

                                                    13 reviews

                                                    5.0

                                                    13 reviews

                                                    Dined on December 29, 2021

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                    Our first visit to this restaurant for our son’s birthday. Won’t be our last! Pleasant upscale small Japanese restaurant. We had the Chef’s choice 4 course menu - shrimp, sea bass, short rib and A5 beef. Selections were beautiful and extremely flavorful. Yes, expensive but well worth it. Service was exceptional . Intend to also try it for lunch. We enjoy fine food and this place has it. Ron

                                                  33. FT

                                                    FloridaTricia

                                                    Tampa

                                                    125 reviews

                                                    vip
                                                    4.0

                                                    125 reviews

                                                    Dined on December 4, 2021

                                                    overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                    Great food. Beet salad and sea bass were excellent.

                                                  34. S

                                                    Slim

                                                    Chicago

                                                    4 reviews

                                                    3.0

                                                    4 reviews

                                                    Dined on November 30, 2021

                                                    overall3food4service5ambience5

                                                    Food was delicious however very small for the price. Cocktails need work.

                                                  35. m

                                                    mabelh

                                                    Las Vegas

                                                    7 reviews

                                                    vip
                                                    5.0

                                                    7 reviews

                                                    Dined on November 27, 2021

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                    The food is always extraordinary. The service is great and this time we had the pleasure of Elijah sharing food and drink information and insights and great stories that entertained us immensely. What a treat this evening was to our family! You really need to check this special restaurant out.

                                                  36. s

                                                    suga865

                                                    E. Tennessee

                                                    29 reviews

                                                    vip
                                                    5.0

                                                    29 reviews

                                                    Dined on November 20, 2021

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                    Enjoyed trying this new restaurant in town! Food and service (Conner) were excellent! The restaurant is tiny, but still an intimate & energetic vibe!

                                                  37. OT

                                                    OpenTable Diner

                                                    Western NC

                                                    14 reviews

                                                    vip
                                                    5.0

                                                    14 reviews

                                                    Dined on November 19, 2021

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                    Service was excellent and our dinner was fantastic!! Will become regulars here!! Loved every thing about it.

                                                  38. DM

                                                    DarceyM

                                                    Washington DC

                                                    2 reviews

                                                    vip
                                                    3.0

                                                    2 reviews

                                                    Dined on November 19, 2021

                                                    overall3food3service5ambience5

                                                    The food is perfectly fine - some dishes were excellent and some were not good. Our biggest issue was the price. This is easily the most expensive restaurant in Knoxville. That in itself wasn’t an issue for our group. The problem is that the food is absolutely not worth the price. I applaud the ambitious concerto for this town and hope more restaurants strive to challenge Knoxvilleans. I’d recommend passing on this one though. If you’re going to have Michelin star prices then match it with Michelin star quality. Nobu this is not.

                                                  39. E

                                                    Erin

                                                    Atlanta

                                                    5 reviews

                                                    vip
                                                    5.0

                                                    5 reviews

                                                    Dined on November 16, 2021

                                                    overall5food5service4ambience5

                                                    Excellent food!!

                                                  40. D

                                                    David

                                                    E. Tennessee

                                                    10 reviews

                                                    vip
                                                    5.0

                                                    10 reviews

                                                    Dined on November 13, 2021

                                                    overall5food5service4ambience4

                                                    Upscale Thai perfect for two or a small group

                                                  FAQs

                                                  KOYO Knoxville is rated 4.6 stars by 44 OpenTable diners.

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

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                                                  Booked 2 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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