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Lonesome Dove - Knoxville

4.7
4.7
1603 Reviews
$50 and over
Contemporary American
Chef & Owner Tim Love has designed a menu influenced by all of the ingredients and cultures that have been a part of the West since the first adventure began on the Goodnight-Loving and Chisholm Trails — with an added level of modern sophistication. Items on the Lonesome Dove Western Bistro menu range from an inventive selection of steaks and seafood to dishes such as Wagyu Tomahawk, Buffalo Ribeye, Wild Boar, and Rabbit & Rattlesnake Sausage. Tim Love has received numerous awards and accolades from the likes of The New York Times, Wine Spectator, Food & Wine, Zagat, Southern Living, Esquire, and more. Tim Love is known for celebrating the food and culture of the American West and adding an elegant, modern twist.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 27 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Wild Game

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Fri 11:30 am–2:30 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (865) 999-5251

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Tim Love/Chef de Cuisine Jason Scott

  • Catering

    Please visit: www.timlovecatering.com for more information.

  • Private party facilities

    The Lonesome Dove Western Bistro's Sullivan Ballroom is an intimate venue for special occasions and private events, overlooking the Historic Old City in an industrial, modern atmosphere. The Social Dove offers an outdoor setting for private events in the Old City with a full stage for live music and a private outdoor bar.

  • Private party contact

    Private Dining Coordinator: (865) 999-5251

  • Neighborhood

    Knoxville

  • Cross street

    Jackson Ave

  • Parking details

    Public Lot

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 1,603 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • East Tennessee

    Best Ambiance

  • East Tennessee

    Great for fine wines

  • East Tennessee

    Romantic

  • East Tennessee

    Good for special occasions

  • Knoxville

    Best Service

  • Knoxville

    Best Ambiance

  • Knoxville

    Innovative

  • Knoxville

    Great for fine wines

  • Knoxville

    Romantic

  • Knoxville

    Good for special occasions

  • Knoxville

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  1. E

    Endy

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Super high quality, properly made food. Only criticism is that they did not inform that they present one bill and when asked to split only split evenly between our two parties. Still, best meal I have had in a while. If your palate is not ruined by substandard restaurants and hyper palatable foods you will love it. If you just love jalapeño poppers, this might not be for you.
  2. D

    Dave

    E. Tennessee

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best restaurant in town!! We always have a great experience!
  3. LS

    LizS

    Houston

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Elk fois gras sliders. Need I say more? Always wonderful.
  4. MP

    MarieP

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great menu and great food. Steaks were slightly over cooked to our specifications. Easy resolution: order rarer than you would like and it’ll be perfect. Beautiful ambiance, and beautifully decorated for Christmas. The staff was friendly and helpful.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was our last dinner out as downtown residents. Moving to the country! Molly was awesome in describing the menu and gave us great service!
  6. MV

    MandyV

    E. Tennessee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always great for lunch on Friday! The prime rib is consistently great and our server was very accommodating. Thanks!
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Spent thanksgiving evening here. Food was exquisite and service was excellent!!!!
  8. GB

    GeoffB

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall2food3service3ambience3
    Seems like they're running a scam. Be sure to look at your check closely! First, the bartender upsold us on a $28 cocktail without telling us it cost twice as much as what we tried to order, and then the server charged us $145 for a $65 bottle of wine. Food was good, but waaaay overpriced for portion sizes.
  9. F

    Foodie

    Raleigh

    37 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience3
    The food was not as good as the hype… bland and won’t be back.
  10. G

    Gosia

    Hawaii

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience4
    We've been to Lonesome Dove twice. Both times our food came out lukewarm and under-seasoned. Lonesome Dove takes on the appearance of a fine dining establishment, but the fine dining experience stops with the decor. The servers talk too much and don't listen enough, the menu can't be adjusted to accommodate for preference, and the food is always mediocre. All of that for about $200 for my wife and I. We won't be returning for a 3rd time.
  11. SC

    ScottC

    Charleston

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 23, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Food was absolutely incredible. The service was also flawless. Very nice ambience great location. I guess our biggest concern would be the serving sizes for that price. We would expect the family style sides to be of a larger quantity. We are table 5 and ordered several of the family style side dishes, but there really wasn’t enough to share each station on each of us.
  12. BC

    BeckyC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    I’ve been waiting years to return to this wonderful high end restaurant. Mainly to taste the lobster roll appetizers. They were almost the only disappointment of the dinner. They are breaded kind of like large hush puppies. Could have been anything in it. Not heavy on the lobster, heavy on breading though. Also fish dish was a bit plain for such an amazing place. My elk main dish with blueberries was amazing.
  13. DM

    DanielM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything from the server explaining the menu and being very helpful thru out the evening. The number of food items to choose from and the great taste of the foods we chose and the nice atmosphere of the Lonesome Dove inside area made for a great Anniversary Dinner.
  14. MW

    MonicaW

    E. Tennessee

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    The food was excellent and as always a lovely spot to visit for dinner
  15. CP

    ChelseaP

    Los Angeles

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Great place. Service was fantastic as well as the ambiance.
  16. CW

    CandyW

    Nashville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious! Staff was extremely attentive as well! They worked well with us (large party) to make sure our meal was perfect!
  17. BA

    BrendaA

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience3
    The atmosphere was nice and the service was attentive but the food was mediocre. Ordered a steak med rare and came out very rare. It was over spiced to the point you couldn’t taste the steak and the mushrooms as a side were similar. The price was very expensive and we have had better food at other restaurants in town. I don’t think we will be returning.
  18. SB

    ShelleyB

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best Steak ever! Wonderful attention to detail and beyond excellent service! Thank you for making our celebration extra special!
  19. LH

    LeonaH

    E. Tennessee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing service I think or waiters name was Andrew. He was so knowledgeable of every menu they have. Great atmosphere we had a wonderful time.
  20. TS

    ToddS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Cool place and great food. The service was very good.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was delightful! Our server was absolutely the best. He really made our night extra special! Highlights for me were: foie Gras elk sliders, the 1888 cocktail and the garlic stuffed tenderloin. We also got the crab cakes that were so good!! It’s definitely pricey, but worth it for a special night.
  22. MP

    MarkP

    Cincinnati

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Great ambiance and great service with a varied menu; quality was a little inconsistent but what was good was very good
  23. P

    Pat983

    E. Tennessee

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Great lunch meal and good value
  24. ML

    MonicaL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very good experience overall. Our waiter was amazing, very helpful
  25. JO

    JudithO

    Chicago

    9 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on November 1, 2022

    overall3food1service2ambience5
    We were excited to return to Lonesome Dove after enjoying our meal there a year ago. Not so this time! The restaurant was not crowded, but appeared to be understaffed. Our server, although being very enthusiastic, disappeared for long periods of time without even checking on us. The first two courses arrived in fairly good time, but we were left waiting an hour for our entrees. When they finally appeared, my pork chop was over cooked and so dry I only ate two bites. My husband’s $80 steak was very fatty and disappointing. Thankfully, we were comped for the pork chop and were offered a free dessert, but our milestone birthday dinner was spoiled. Must have been a really off night for the restaurant.
  26. GG

    GeorgeG

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 1, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Heard great things but highly disappointed with server and food. First time here so might try it one more time. Can't recommend on this though.
  27. FR

    FunRunner

    Mississippi

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and service was absolutely amazing. It's definitely not one of those place where you leave full and hurting but it will leave you wanting to come back for more. Keep in mind First course is one piece per person. We ordered 4 different ones for 2 people gave a wonderful teaser for the main course, but didn't kill the hunger. Our waitress was fabulous, wish I remembered her name.
  28. BM

    BrianM

    Pittsburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service, tremendous food. Well worth the price for the experience.
  29. SC

    SallyC

    New York Area

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on October 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    amazing food and drinks.. pricey but worth it.. highly recommend
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    E. Tennessee

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 25, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    Just not our kind of food, not that anything was bad. The service was stellar.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    E. Tennessee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Phenomenal service from Nadia. Food was excellent, so glad we chose to come here to celebrate our anniversary
  32. KT

    KelleyT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a last minute, great ending to my birthday! The food was superb, staff was amazing and the Ambience was more than enjoyable. We bought the kitchen a round of shots and they did a whole restaurant birthday sing to me. It was quite memorable. Will definitely go back again. So many amazing things to try on that menu too. Looking forward to a return visit soon.
  33. a

    andrewt

    Indiana

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food1service5ambience5
    The menu isn’t correct on Open Table. Overall the restaurant has excellent service.
  34. D

    Dave

    E. Tennessee

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My favorite restaurant in this area by far!
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding customer service and a great dining experience! Very rare to find this level of customer service in this post Covid time. Everything was so great- a wonderful end to a truly difficult day. I called the restaurant the day before our reservation and left a message inquiring about the possibility of food modifications due to food allergies. I received a call back from Chef Jason same day and he spent so much time walking me through the menu stating that he would personally ensure all my needs would be met. He tailored my meal specifically and it was absolutely fabulous! He did not know this but earlier that day I had attended a funeral of a loved one and also visited my mother’s grave. The experience we had at the end of that day was so comforting. Thank you Chef Jason, and server Andy… you guys are wonderful and we truly appreciate your kindness and going above and beyond to create such a wonderful experience for us!!
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 18, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience5
    Son’s Birthday
  37. JT

    JohnT

    Chicago

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on October 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We know that we wanted as much taste as possible vs a large meal. We ordered several appetizers and were full already. The elk foie gras slider was flavorful, and the rattlesnake rabbit sausage, I wish I can have another bite . Definitely a place for special occasions
  38. CF

    ChristinaF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was phenomenal. This place is pricey but so worth it for a special occasion! Our server, Amber, was amazing and we will definitely be back! I highly recommend the lobster hush puppies as a first course and the steak was cooked perfectly.
  39. LM

    LisaM

    Mobile

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent dining experience, wonderful food, and fabulous drinks. Our waiter Ben was excellent, very knowledgeable and very patient with our family as this was our first visit.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Birmingham

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience4
    We were thirty minutes late getting seated. Then the food took forever to get. They apologized many times and gave two free desserts, but the service was just not the quality expected for this establishment. The one in Ft. Worth did not have any issues when we ate there. I do understand it was a busy weekend. We also had a very obnoxious drunk man beside us which did not help. We had to leave because my nephew had to be at an event. It was the first time his parents had been to Knoxville.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Lonesome Dove - Knoxville is rated 4.7 stars by 1603 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 27 times today
Google Map for Lonesome Dove - Knoxville

100 N Central Street, Knoxville, TN 37902

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Jackson Ave

  • Neighborhood

    Knoxville

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Fri 11:30 am–2:30 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Wild Game

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Public Lot

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Tim Love/Chef de Cuisine Jason Scott

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (865) 999-5251

  • Catering

    Please visit: www.timlovecatering.com for more information.

  • Private party facilities

    The Lonesome Dove Western Bistro's Sullivan Ballroom is an intimate venue for special occasions and private events, overlooking the Historic Old City in an industrial, modern atmosphere. The Social Dove offers an outdoor setting for private events in the Old City with a full stage for live music and a private outdoor bar.

  • Private party contact

    Private Dining Coordinator: (865) 999-5251

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