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Main Dining Room - Lonesome Dove - Knoxville, Knoxville, TN
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Lonesome Dove - Knoxville, Knoxville, TN
Dining Room - Lonesome Dove - Knoxville, Knoxville, TN
Mesquite Grilled Cauliflower Steak, Duck Breast, Prime Bone In Pork Tenderloin, Beet Home Fries - Lonesome Dove - Knoxville, Knoxville, TN

Lonesome Dove - Knoxville

4.6
4.6
1891 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 18 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $50 and over
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary American, Wild Game
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch Fri, Sat 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

What 1,891 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
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • East Tennessee

    Innovative

  • Knoxville

    Best Ambiance

  • Knoxville

    Innovative

  • Knoxville

    Romantic

  • Knoxville

    Good for special occasions

1,891 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Nashville

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Server was fun, very considerate, great recommendations, didn’t overly sell certain dishes

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  2. JohnB

    Nashville

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A new favorite in Knoxville! Lonesome Dove is unique, and creative, and has some truly fantastic food. Service was impeccable. We will be making a return trip and would recommend Lonesome Dove looking for a great venue for a date night or celebration meal.

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  3. GradyW

    E. Tennessee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Dinning on the second floor gave enough privacy to enjoy your personal company but also gave you enough exposure to a public atmosphere. It was a perfect balance. The ambiance of the first and second floor set a calming presence.

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    The time spent waiting for our food and in between courses was unexplainably long. We were there over two hours for a party of two. The restaurant was not busy. Our food was warm, not hot and our steaks were undercooked, but at that point we just wanted to be done. Will not go back.

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  5. TiffaniW

    Nashville

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We thoroughly enjoyed our dinner at Lonesome Dove! It's a tad pricey, but well worth it for the food and service.

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    E. Tennessee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    No complaints. Food was wonderful - lobster hush puppies, salad, Mac and cheese and the garlic stuffed tenderloin!

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  7. MistyS

    Louisville

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service was spot-on for our anniversary dinner, including a pleasant surprise! We tried many things including the hush puppies, blue crab and fettine (amazing!). My favorites, however, were the bison ribeye (well done, Chef!) and tuaca flan for dessert. The Willies are what brings us in but we always leave full and happy.

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  8. LaurenM

    E. Tennessee

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 11, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Nice night— food is tired. Service is great. Splurge!

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  9. SharonD

    Charleston

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very relaxing evening with wonderful service and an outstanding meal with great wine. Made a theater night one to remember. Thank you so much.

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  10. skellyf

    E. Tennessee

    13 reviews

    3.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on March 30, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Basically, the meal was very, very slow in coming out. We weren’t looking for a rush meal, of course, but it took well over two hours. After one appetizer came out, there was an extremely long wait during which we finally ordered bread just to eat something. At one point a manager came over and sort of, kind of apologize for the delay. Food finally arrived, it was OK, although the portions of some things were incredibly small. Given the price of the food, it was disappointing.

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great place! Our server was super knowledgeable about the menu and helped us to decide. Really co ambience with brick walls and timber posts. Just felt very historical. A steak place but neither very different ways of preparation made it surprising and super delicious. Willl be back!

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  12. AshlynH

    Orlando

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very good food! Came for the prim rib at 2:00 and was sold out. Must of been amazing, will be coming back for it soon at an earlier time!

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  13. REFJE

    E. Tennessee

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious and varied menu-out waiter was excellent-for a real special treat go to Lonesome Dove..

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  14. JenniferS

    E. Tennessee

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 27, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    1 of our crab cakes was burnt. I had the beef tenderloin that I ordered medium. It was medium but had a few burnt pieces on the outside (not my preference but some may be ok with it). Everything seemed to have a spicy taste but I feel like that’s part of their signature. Again not my preference but if you like spice give it a try! I didn’t care for the western plaid hash that came with my meal but the Gouda gnocchi that came with my husbands was AMAZING! He had the Bison steak and loved it. Our server Valan was awesome!

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  15. JuneM

    Tampa

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our server (from Wales…not sure of his name) was excellent. Being our first time there , he explained everything on the menu and even gave some wonderful recommendations. The menu itself was very unique and a memorable experience if you like to try new things. The cocktails were perfect. All were fantastic. Definitely will be a repeat visit!!! 😍👍

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  16. Chris

    Exclusive

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We loved our dinner at Lonesome Dove Knoxville. The ambiance/atmosphere is very pleasant and has that old western charm. The service was superb; our waiter was professional, pleasant, and very knowledgeable about the menu. A really great asset for the restaurant and we enjoyed his recommendations. The food was excellent. While there are some really interesting and unique choices on the menu, we tried the blue corn lobster hushpuppies which were delicious, and being from Texas we had to stay true with filet mignon steaks, which were on par with the best of Texas steakhouses. We'll have make the drive from Dallas to have dinner at Lonesome Dove in Fort Worth. Perhaps a Lonesome Dove will open in Dallas...the Park Cities area needs an excellent steakhouse like Lonesome Dove.

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  17. PennyM

    E. Tennessee

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    There were four of us on a very busy night with lots of activity in the area, yet we had no wait., now did we feel rushed as we enjoyed dinner and dessert!Our waiter Will was excellent getting our drinks and returning twice to get drinks quickly as our guests arrived. The food was a little on the spicy (e.g., HOT!). There were milder options, in terms of entrees, and the accompanying sides were attractive and inventive, but no substitutions. This could be problematic for picky eaters or with food sensitivities. All that being said we likely will return with another group. It was a good. Experience!

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  18. Foodtraveler

    Nashville

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on March 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    So very good. Always try to hit them up when with in an hour drive.

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  19. Foodtraveler

    Nashville

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on March 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We don’t get here but about once a yr but it NEVER disappoints. It is amazing all the way around.

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  20. BlondieFoodie

    Denver

    174 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    174 reviews

    Dined on March 11, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Service was great. Meats we ordered were all good. Cooked perfectly and with added salt, tasted very good. The gnocchi were really good- like little fried mashed potatoes. The carrots were just average- would be much better if charred on their stems and brushed with the sauce. They didn’t look that great chopped up and put in a bowl. The salad with the duck prosciutto was very good. The hush puppies were ok- wrong texture to be called hush puppies. Food was good, not sure it was worth the price tag.

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  21. GeraldD

    San Francisco

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 10, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Totally overrated for the price. Elk ribs were dry and food was spicy. Save your money!

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  22. Bill

    Western NC

    11 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on March 10, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We were really impressed with the variety of the menu. The cuts of meat were very high-quality! They were not cooked to our request. All cuts were cooked much rarer. The elk was a bit gamey. This restaurant has amazing potential. It really has a lot of variety. It just seems that the seasoning is over the top and the cooking temperature is not predictable. Still, a very good experience. Love the ambience very good service excellent liquor selection.

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  23. KaraW

    E. Tennessee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had our anniversary dinner here. Excellent food and service!!

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    E. Tennessee

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The meal was outstanding. While I was expecting The Wagyu strip to have additional marbling. The amount of fat pockets and the size of them was excessive. Also has a large amount of fat on the edges. I have really enjoyed the Wagyu Tomahawk the couple times that I have had it , but I did not have anybody to split with on Friday night. So I opted for Waygu Strip versus the prime strip. I did not meet the high standards I have become accustomed to at The Lonesome Dove.

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent steak house with unique dishes like elk and bison for fine dining in a business casual atmosphere. Great cocktails and wine selection for dinner, a definite must do in the old city.

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    14 reviews

    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on March 2, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service was outstanding, food would’ve been better, but I found the Prime rib to be a little over, more medium/medium well, instead of medium rare. Also, the food came out colder than I prefer. The taste was still great, and it came out quickly, but again, not hot.

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  27. Cayla

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely loved this place! The food is amazing and service was even better!

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  28. ZaneW

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic experience with uncommon dishes that were delicious. We ordered a wide variety and shared among all 6 of us, and everything was very, very good.

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  29. MikeS

    St. Louis

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 1
    Since I didn't receive anything other than a canned response when I reached out privately on FB Messenger. Here are the concerns that I sent to Lonesome Dove. "Just had a belated anniversary dinner at your establishment this evening and to be quite honest my wife and I were pretty disappointed. I booked our reservation 2 weeks ago and we were sat at a table right next to the pass and what seemed like the staff dining area. We could barely hear our server tell us about the menu much less have a conversation with the clattering of dishes and the calling out of orders drowning everything else out. This is not what I expect from an establishment that I consider fine dining. Much less what should have been a romantic dinner There was another couple that was sat at the table next to us that also seemed pretty annoyed. While we aren’t regulars we have been to your restaurant in the past and enjoyed ourselves. While overall we enjoyed our food I’m honestly just confused why we would be sat where we were considering we had reservations and were on time." With that I would say your money is best spent elsewhere. While the food was good Knoxville has a large number of amazing restaurants at this price range or in some cases less.

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  30. ArinJ

    Western NC

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 2
    Gave this place a second shot after a first-time disappointment. Most of the food items were luke warm to cold. Ridiculously expensive. 4 people came to $535 without tip. That included four $14 glasses of wine and one $50 bottle of wine. The food is not worthy of anywhere near what they charge. Don't be fooled by the price tag on this place. It's all name and high menu costs. That's it.

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    E. Tennessee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First of all great service, very good and unique dishes. I will go back again.

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  32. Susieq

    Milwaukee

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful staff and food. Building is really unique too!

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  33. ToddM

    Nashville

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 22, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Steaks were not nearly as good as expected for the price and reputation. Otherwise will be back to try some other things!

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Our server was amazing! We had a business meeting and really enjoyed our time. She was a big part of it.

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  35. EliasN

    E. Tennessee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a party of 4, check in and sit down was excellent. Our server was a gentleman named Will, he was absolutely wonderful and really made the evening a lot of fun. The food was amazing, and we really enjoyed our time there. thank you! Elias

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  36. OpenTable Diner

    Western NC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a lovely time at Lonesome Dove. Regenia, our server, was absolutely amazing at guiding our experience and her knowledge of the menu was impressive and insightful. We thoroughly enjoyed all of the dishes but the truffle mac & cheese was a stand out! The cheesecake jar was extremely creamy and delicious! Would recommend again and again!

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    Western NC

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Perfect experience for Friday lunch with a large party. We were able to sample some appetizers and share for the table and enjoy the variety for lunch.

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  38. LanceC

    E. Tennessee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lunch was awesome prime rib was perfect service was terrific great place for lunch can't wait to go back

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  39. Dissatisfied

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    Food was great. Ambience terrible. They put us right next to the kitchen and the whole area was just loud. No noise panels and all the sound from adjacent tables ricocheting around us. Almost impossible to hear each other, much less our waitress. Waitress was particularly bad. Talked fast, hard to hear, and just a bad server overall. At one point, we were sitting there with no food in front of us, waiting for the main course and she came up and asked “Y’all doing alright?” She seemed put out when we ordered dessert (Churros). Food was excellent but the experience overall is nowhere near the exorbitant cost and unpleasant ambiance and poor service. We are very experienced with fine dining, but this was nowhere close to being worth it.

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  40. LeonardoD

    E. Tennessee

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Me and my wife are always looking for a good experience and great food. Lonesome Dove in Knoxville delivered both for us. We were able to try 5 different plates, all rich on flavor and fresh. The service is spot on, our server was on top of her game. I will definitely recommend eating here at least one time.

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FAQs

Lonesome Dove - Knoxville is rated 4.6 stars by 1891 OpenTable diners.

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

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 18 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, Sat 11:30 am–2:30 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm
  • Price
    $50 and over
  • 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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