Lonesome Dove - Knoxville

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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 Bistro menu range from an inventive selection of steaks and seafood to dishes such as Wagyu Tomahawk, Kangaroo Carpaccio, Rocky Mountain Elk Ribeye, Wild Boar, and Rabbit & Rattlesnake. The Lonesome Dove Western Bistro and Chef & Owner Tim Love, have 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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RY
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The valet parking was nice, our waitress was awesome and we enjoyed the food.

OT
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and the food was phenomenal. Loved the quail legs and sliders.

T
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was masterfully prepared, and the service was truly outstanding.

AF
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I brought my husband there for his birthday and was VERY pleased.. Thank you all for being so nice.

SP
E. Tennessee
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent Ambiance and the service was wonderful! The FOOD!!! AHHHHHH! Delicious is not even the word! It was excitement for the pallet! WOW!! The seasonal Apple Cider Drink was Amazing!! We will return soon!!

DW
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, the food, service, and environment was spectacular. Never disappoints!

AM
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for our first time the other night to celebrate our anniversary!! The food was delicious and unique! Our server answered all of our questions and suggested many items that we loved. We will definitely be back!

MN
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food here is fabulous. Service was great.

BS
E. Tennessee
2 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Our first visit, but it won’t be the last. The food was very good, with a unusual selection, which we enjoyed. Wine selection was good. The valet parking an added bonus. My only complaint was the speed. It was a quiet night and we should have let our server know we wanted a leisurely dinner.

J
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

amazing food and great service. very romantic lighting. try the tostadas, crab, and hush puppy appetizers! also the butter lettuce salad was maybe the best salad i’ve ever had. my boyfriend and i went for our anniversary and will definitely be back. :)

MB
Memphis
8 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely fantastic food, service, and experience. $$$$ though.

j
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience2

Food was good. Service was odd or bad. I can't actually decide to be fair. One server got upset with the bartender for not providing him with change. They began to bicker back and forth. I certainly did not pay for an expensive bottle of wine so that I could listen to staff argue in front of me. Our server at our table was pleasant, but very rehearsed. Nothing personal or inviting to be had at dinner. Just did not make for an overall good experience. The food was good and worth trying, but they really need to work on the service and giving the guests that experience. This is not a cheap place to eat, so I expected better.

HB
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience!! The staff was incredible, the food was perfection and the entire atmosphere was better than we could’ve imagined! We will definitely be back!

JT
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

We go to Lonesome Dove every time we are in Knoxville. When the restaurant opened, the food and service were exceptional. As time has passed, the service has remained top-notch. Unfortunately, each time we have been for the past year, the food quality has diminishes. The lobster hush puppies, which were once a treat, no longer have any hint of lobster and are sometimes gummy in the center. The meats are sometimes tough and dry although the presentation is still nice. On a happier note, the building is beautiful .

t
E. Tennessee
6 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated our 20th anniversary at Lonesome Dove and it was phenomenal. They wrote a card to us wishing us a happy anniversary and presented us with complementary champagne. They took amazing care of us, customer service was outstanding. Our meal was the best we have had in a long time. We both had the bison steaks, absolutely the best steaks we have ever had, I would highly recommend the bison. We will be back and honestly this is one of the best restaurants in Knoxville.

P
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Wonderful food! Pricey, but worth it.

OT
Greensboro
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great meal. Server was great. All staff were great. Will be back for sure the next time I am here.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience2

Outstanding service provided by Tyler. The food was fantastic and plated very well. A great place to experience a unique menu.

M
Nashville
10 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing! Highly Recommend!

CE
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Loved the food! Waiter was very helpful! I did receive three confirmation calls. One was at 9pm the night before. So that was a little odd. But once we got there it was amazing!

OT
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall2food2service5ambience4

We have eaten at Lonesome Dove at least 10 times. Every time before this one the food has been outstanding (although pricey). The fettine, first course, and salad were once again wonderful. However the entrees were not very good at all. My wife and her friend both had the Branzino. This fish was served in tiny portions, thin, dry, and too salty. My wife said it was like eating pan seared fish skin. I had the antelope short rib. This was a large portion but was overcooked, dry, and flavorless. The cauliflower was delicious. Another member of our group ordered the chili for an entree because he was full from all the appetizers. he said it was very good. Our service was outstanding.

JH
E. Tennessee
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our visit to the Lonesome Dove was superb. We had friends accompany us who had never been and they loved it. The food was incredible. The appetizers were delightful - and such a variety to choose from. The main courses were so tasty - the buffalo rib-eye was tender and tasty as was the chicken thighs and the tenderloin. Our server was attentive and knowledgeable without being intrusive. He answered all our questions, made great recommendations, and had a wonderful sense of humor. We will definitely return.

H
E. Tennessee
5 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Should be able to order beverages & appetizers and THEN place remainder of order va ALL the when you arrive

m
Washington DC
54 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was creative and delicious... the selection of meats was great and appreciated

OT
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

In town for the UGA-UTk game, went and had a terrific meal with exceptional service. Someone recommended it and we were not disappointed, from beginning to end a top notch experience. Definitely will be back next time the Dawgs are in town

TC
Nashville
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience4

The food was nice and server very attentive. However, our entrees almost never came. They appeared after we asked for our check. We were ready to walk out...

HG
Birmingham
10 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic and unique place, always try to visit when in Knoxville!

RW
Richmond
25 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is delicious! Highly recommend.

L
Atlanta
6 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff was very attentive. The food was excellent. Staff was short, but they made up for it with the extra effort. I mean where else can you get wild boar, antelope, elk, rabbit and rattlesnake, all in one night. The atmosphere was very relaxing and we were made to feel comfortable

MK
Nashville
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Bartender seemed annoyed with us as we were a group of 8. She then made two margaritas that were too spicy to drink, even for people that love spicy.

Food was amazing and our waitress was very knowledgeable and attentive. We weren’t super hungry so we got several things from the first course menu and it was great.

VC
Atlanta
7 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary

J
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Really a fun spot with a creative approach to beef, fish and game. Loved everything about the meal. The antelope was a bit too fatty for our tastes, but the smorgasbord of starters and our Elk entree were excellent.

MD
Memphis
36 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience4

Food was great once it arrived. Server was attentive and pleasant even though he was working 3 tables of 6. They have a great wine list but few "affordable" options. I would like this place better if they had more bottles under $60 on the list. Everyone at the table had a steak and everyone was pleased. Sides were also very good.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food was amazing! We tried such a wonderful variety of wild game meats. Everything was delicious!

OT
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

The Sommelier knew his wine. Server was excellent. Food was very good. Elk foie gras sliders were tasty. Would have liked more foie gras on the elk burger.

DS
Nashville
28 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lonesome Dove is a special restaurant! Fit for foodies with a bit of a old world speakeasy with a hipster vibe. A menu like you won't find anywhere else (adventurous to say the least) with unique offerings prepared delectably. Not priced for the faint of heart but worth every penny! Great service too!

OT
E. Tennessee
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Not our first trip to Lonesome Dove, food and service was fine as usual. I may not be returning out of principle. Our table of 8 was there to celebrate my husbands birthday. We spent well over $1000 and when I asked if they do dessert for his birthday, they said no and gave him a generic birthday card signed by people who work there. When you are spending that kind of money on one dinner, you would think they could spare $5 on a complimentary dessert.

W
Tallahassee
8 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Kitchen slow. Fish just ok

CC
E. Tennessee
8 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience3

This was our first visit and,although we were late to the game, had heard all the hype. We were seated at 7:00 and it was after 9:00 and we still didn’t have our entrees. First we tried the fettine that was described as “our charcuterie.” It was so paper thin that we had to scrape it up with a fork to get a bite. No flavor. Our appetizers we $12 per piece, literally a bite, and were fair at best. I ordered chicken thighs with scalloped potatoes and fried olives. Chicken had no flavor, got six slices of olive and no potatoes were on the plate. My friends are all in agreement - one and done!

J
Raleigh
8 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I took some family here for dinner and had a good experience. It is in a beautiful old building built in the 1880s. The slightly rustic feel of the location goes well with the menu being that it included wild game and rattlesnake. Not something you often see elsewhere. Overall the food was pretty good, as was the service. It is definitely a cool place to check out in the Old Town section of Knoxville.

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