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Lonesome Dove - Knoxville

4.6
4.6
1494 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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Booked 21 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 1,494 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
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • East Tennessee

    Fit for Foodies

  • East Tennessee

    Notable Wine List

  • East Tennessee

    Vibrant Bar Scene

  • Knoxville

    Best Ambiance

  • Knoxville

    Fit for Foodies

  • Knoxville

    Notable Wine List

  • Knoxville

    Vibrant Bar Scene

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  1. JS

    JamesS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We sat on the second level and really enjoyed the location. We were able to talk and enjoy the atmosphere. The service is top notch. The food while different was outstanding. Definitely recommend for a date night.

  2. CC

    CrystalC

    E. Tennessee

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall4food4service5ambience2

    During dinner last night, there was a private party up stairs which was extremely loud. I love this restaurant but the noise level really interrupted our dinner. I felt as though we were yelling across the table the entire meal. The food quality wasn’t the same as our last two visits. The beef tenderloin was tough and difficult to cut. On our prior visits, we had the same main course. The beef tenderloin could be cut will a fork. The quality has declined.

  3. SD

    SaraD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Such a great experience. The buffalo ribeye was incredible and the mac and cheese was addictive! Our waitress, Nadia, really took care of us. We will definitely be back.

  4. CM

    ChristinaM

    E. Tennessee

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We had an AMAZING experience at Lonesome Dove!! Our youngest, also a new chef, was in town for his birthday. I let the restaurant know in advance, and we were seated at the chef's table and made to feel very, very special! From the chef himself to the amazing servers, it was a perfect evening. The Elk foie gras sliders were fantastic! The lobster hush puppies were delicious! The ancho-chile chocolate cake was to die for!! There was so much food at the table...from Elk loin to beef tenderloin to duck ragout to pork chop to the Tomahawk Ribeye. It was all so good and impossible to pick a favorite! Yes, it's expensive. But the experience our family had was priceless. I highly recommend it, especially for a special occasion. I don't think it's possible to heap enough praise on the kitchen, wait staff and bar, but we want to thank them all for such an outstanding evening, all the way around! We certainly couldn't have asked for more!

  5. DT

    DaveT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Our server Ray was AMAZING! Great way to celebrate our 12 year anniversary! Thank you for making it one to remember.

  6. JR

    JohnR

    E. Tennessee

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall2food3service3ambience1

    I have been here 2 times before, once for business and once with my wife for our anniversary before the pandemic. We enjoyed the atmosphere and the food. I took my wife yesterday for her birthday thinking it would be a special evening. I now regret that decision. We were seated in a very noisy room next to the kitchen where the acoustics were horrendous and amplified any noise. We could barely hear our waiter who spoke in low tones despite our asking him to speak up, but there was just too much noise for him to overcome. The food selection seemed good but the prep was not as described by our waiter and seemed a bit hoity toity for the filet and elk steaks we ordered. My wife could not eat her beef tenderloin as it had way too much pepper crust. The appetizers were way overpriced and just so-so for what was delivered and the wild game fettine looked and tasted like deli Turkey. This visit was a massive disappointment, especially considering how we enjoyed it before. For the money it should be a stellar meal served in an appropriate environment. If you go do not let them seat you in the room next to the kitchen. We will not be back.

  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Outstanding in almost every way! Leave the kids at home and come here for special occasions because it is pricey, but well worth it considering how incredible the food is.

  8. TC

    TroyC

    Dallas

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    Our server was outstanding. They sat us at a bar table? It was our 30th anniversary? Food was excellent as always at a Tim Love restaurant.

  9. KP

    KarenP

    Naples

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Outstanding service! Food was very good! A definite do-again!

  10. SP

    SteveP

    E. Tennessee

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4

    We went for our 34th wedding anniversary and were treated like royalty. Very attentive staff made us feel special on our special day. Our selections came out hot and fresh. We will definitely go back again.

  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Nashville

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    The food was original, interesting and well-prepared. The service was excellent. I would highly recommend Lonesome Dove.

  12. MJ

    MJLfrog

    Houston

    227 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    227 reviews

    Dined on June 6, 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience1

    Kallie was a great server/bartender, but she doesn’t control the kitchen - it took 1 1/2 hours to get our entrees - we had gotten over being hungry by then.

  13. GS

    GregS

    E. Tennessee

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3

    My wife and I have dined here a couple of times and like it ok. I do think their prices are a little on the extreme side considering the portion sizes are not all that large.

  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Nashville

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Cameron was amazing. At first I was overwhelmed with his enthusiasm for food but truly was a great meal and experience. When I go back I will request Cameron. The elk and crab cakes are worth driving over from Nashville.

  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We went to celebrate our Anniversary and the food was amazing as was our service.

  16. MJ

    MandieJ

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We had a lovely experience. Layla our waitress was knowledgeable and had great recommendations. The atmosphere was great, comfortable, and a nice place to get away and try some new things! Rattlesnake and rabbit sausage, elk sliders, burnt carrots, and the Yukon potatoes were perfect. Drinks were great too! Highly recommend.

  17. KM

    KrisM

    E. Tennessee

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Everything was absolutely perfect! Everyone was great!

  18. SW

    StevenW

    E. Tennessee

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Absolutely amazing.

  19. J

    Jena

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 26, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience4

    The tenderloin we ordered was good but the New York strip was tough to chew. Not a good cut at all. High price for average food.

  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent service, unbelievable food. Will definitely return with friends and family

  21. RK

    RichardK

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on May 23, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    Unusual well prepared food. A bit pricey but still good value because the food is so good.

  22. WB

    WilliamB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We celebrated our 36 wedding anniversary and it couldn't have been any better. The food and the service were outstanding! Our server Molly was fantastic. Great Job to all!

  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Nashville

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4

    Had an 8:30 pm reservation and got served at 10:20. Way too long. Our server, Molly, was awesome. For the price, I expect more.

  24. d

    davidl

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fabulous meal - in every way! Our server, Cameron, made our group’s dinner so memorable with his expert service and exceptional descriptions. We tried his recommendations and each one was delectable! Thanks to Cameron and Chef for making our graduation celebration a wonderful experience!

  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Outstanding!

  26. TD

    TheeDuke

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We love your chili. We also ordered the lobster hushpuppies. My wife ordered the cheeseburger and I ordered the prime rib; both were absolutely excellent.

  27. KM

    KimM

    Raleigh

    20 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on May 18, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience4

    Came there because of multiple recommendations. Beautiful building, and our waiter was knowledgeable and friendly. Waiter suggested the famous jalapeño muffins but chef was unable to make any. Ordered stuffed beef tenderloin medium rare. First time to the table it came well done. Sent it back. Second time to the table came almost raw. Told waiter and said just bag it up I’ll take it home and cook it there. Couldn’t eat it. Everyone else was almost done with their meal. Waiter said that the chef was in tears that I sent back the first one so she didn’t want to over cook the second one. Elk was not the best no flavor. But the chili was the best that anyone had ever eaten before. Should have made a meal from that. Extremely expensive restaurant so wouldn’t return unless it is a special occasion.

  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    E. Tennessee

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 18, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5

    One of my favorites in Knoxville. The food is great! The atmosphere is great!

  29. RM

    ReaganM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    This was an amazing restaurant to celebrate our special occasion. They did a great job of making us feel special

  30. CS

    ChristineS

    Atlanta

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We loved our entire experience tonight. We celebrated a birthday and anniversary. Our waiter Cameron was very informative, fun and engaging. The chef Jason Scott came to the table to meet us and sign his page in the new City View magazine. The manager was also super friendly. Food was fabulous, especially the elk sliders. We will definitely come back! Thank you for a fabulous evening.

  31. S

    Sirspendalot

    Indiana

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Anniversary celebration. Last minute reservation accepted, good location and nice building. Very good food with friendly excellent service.

  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Ben our waiter was outstanding!

  33. l

    loves2travel

    Savannah

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fabulous Mother's Day dining experience. Everything was fabulous from the service to the food to the ambiance. We will definitely be back!

  34. TK

    TomK

    E. Tennessee

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Wonderful experience, superb service, outstanding food, very much the best dining experience we have had in six years in Knoxville.

  35. C

    Chacha64

    Western NC

    8 reviews

    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4

    Celebrated Mother’s Day with my husband and grown son. First time visit when we walked in we were immediately seated at our table. Went to back room music was so loud I couldn’t think it was too loud in the restaurant but they soon turned it down. Waiter was very friendly Stefan but took for ever for him to come back and take our order so my husband got up went to hostess and asked for someone to take our order. The appetizer of rattlesnake gravy with biscuits was lukewarm to say the least. The wedge salad was slit of lettuce with okay dressing I don’t just love blue cheese dressing. Salmon was cooked perfectly a little salty but my son loved his. My husband prime rib he said wasn’t that great his dessert the Hummingbird cake was delicious. My chocolate dessert was good but so rich it was hard to eat. We agreed to try you out one more time for dinner but not a brunch.

  36. PP

    PointsProfessional

    Phoenix

    36 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great experience as always! Food was excellent and service was great as well

  37. KB

    KaylaB

    Western NC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Destiny was our sever last night and she was fabulous 🤌🏼🤌🏼 The food was great too! But I have to say that her demeanor made it all a 10/10!

  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    E. Tennessee

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Everything was great! Perfect vibe for the occasion!

  39. J

    Justin

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing food and drinks with a wait staff that is fluent with the menu.

  40. JR

    JerryR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Great atmosphere and the presentation, taste and smell of all the different entrees we ordered was excellent. Great chef Great food

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 4.6 stars by 1494 OpenTable diners.

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

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Booked 21 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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