Lonesome Dove - Knoxville

4.7
1145 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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Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1145 people are saying
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ToddB
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Only way to reserve a table is by using OpenTable. Only availability was for 9:30pm when reserving 4 days in advance. The place was empty, and according to the manager we could have been seated much sooner.

Their steak is only cooked rare, even when you send it back.

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sandyB
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2food2service3ambience3

In my opinion you can get much better food other places for less money. I really was not impressed

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DouglasC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a good time. It was a nice casual atmosphere.

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Rain
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

This was our first dinner out in 13 months and it was an excellent choice. The service was spectacular, excellent cocktails, and the steaks are always extremely good.

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OpenTable Diner
E. Tennessee
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Server made me feel like I was an inconvenience to her. Our table was right above the men’s restroom and you can smell the crap coming through the cracks in the floor. I ordered my elk loin medium rare because that’s what I was told the chef recommended but when it came out, it was well done. I will not be coming back.

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Kortney
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great service with amazing attentive staff! Highly recommend!

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SynnoveG
E. Tennessee
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience! Delicious food and amazing service.

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MicheleN
E. Tennessee
3 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect place to celebrate a special occasion. Staff was attentive and food and drinks were unique and very tasty! We will definitely eat here again!

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1 review
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed our anniversary dinner very much. The whole overall experience was a pleasure. Our server Will was very helpful, attentive, and very patient with all our questions as well as very knowledgeable of the menu.
The food was amazing with the exception of the crab cake. It tasted like every other restaurant crab cake. Which really surprised me considering the beautiful presentation & taste of everything else.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was amazing, unfortunately I’m a jerk and can’t remember her name. What was also really nice was the server we had in January remembered us as well. Love coming here because the food, the atmosphere, and the service is phenomenal. Always recommend checking this restaurant out to friends and family.

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Gage
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Cody Darwin was excellent and prompt. Very pleased with the service and food

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DollyT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service were fantastic. Our server was very helpful and informative. The timing of our courses was exceptional. We did not feel rushed, we were able to enjoy our dinner. The elk and beef tenderloin were melt in your mouth delicious. Highly recommend.

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KrisM
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Favorite restaurant!!! I’m never disappointed. Will most definitely come back!

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JMS49757
New England
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful experience! Will be back again very soon!

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TDent
Nashville
6 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience2

Came for my husband’s birthday, and although the food and drinks were delicious, one of our friends ordered a medium well cooked steak and it came out rare. We were happy with the service afterwards though— the chef came out and apologized and they ended up removing it from their ticket since we didn’t have time for them to cook it more. For that reason, we will be returning. Very good service all around. The one thing we all weren’t a huge fan of, was the location where we sat. It was very dark. I do like low lighting, but we could hardly see the color of the items on our plates. We will request a better table next time.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

19th birthday for son. Wait staff is very attentive and the food was perfect

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Loved the interesting cuisine that is hard to find anywhere else.

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SteveB
E. Tennessee
4 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience3

This was our second time here and we were celebrating birthdays. The first time everything was so good. This time not so much. My husband ordered the elk ribeye and he took over half home . After we left he said he couldn’t eat it it was so tough. He should have sent it back . We fed it to the dog and that’s a pricey doggy bag. My garlic infused fillet was just strange ,that’s all I can say . Didn’t taste like a fillet. Won’t be back. Too expensive for an iffy meal.

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OpenTable Diner
E. Tennessee
2 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience4

Really had hopes for amazing food. Very disappointed in quality and temperature of food. Was served a steak that was cold(Not on the inside) $200 mistake

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13Steves
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

A wonderful atmosphere, fantastic food and very good service. Will definitely be back.

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DavidH
E. Tennessee
3 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this place and after visiting, you will too. Come on Friday for their "soon to be famous" prime rib. It is simply outstanding. While you are there, order "The Willie" and drink in the smokey flavor. Our bartender fav is Kallie; ask for her and she'll build your drink to perfection. Come to the "Old City" and stop by Lonesome Dove for a memorable time!

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved everything about our Lunch Awesome food, service, and great private table Chile is to die for...

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vipAnthony
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very pleasant experience, though the room was a little dark. Good food, interesting choices. Attentive wait staff, waiter being oriented was particularly good.

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BryanL
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Food is always a notch above the rest in my experience. Service seemed a little off in the details but I will admit I do sort of nit pick. Will definitely return. With perfectly cooked elk on the menu why wouldn’t you.?.?.?!!!!!!

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SamanthaO
E. Tennessee
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lonesome Dove provides a quality eating experience with extremely knowledgeable staff that will walk you through all of the dinner options. They have a more sophisticated menu with few simple foods, so picky eaters will be harder pressed to find options. That being said, their food is extremely quality from the sourcing, the portion sizes, and the richness of flavor!

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vipKnoxvilleGuy
E. Tennessee
227 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We've dined here numerous times, but had not been in since the pandemic started, so it was great to come back. The food was quite good (my wife had an issue with her main course, that was quickly resolved) as was the service. We'll be back!

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chatgator
Las Vegas
6 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food in a nice environment with good service.

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OpenTable Diner
Jackson Hole
3 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bday- absolutely wonderful experience- service was excellent and great ambiance

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JaneK
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Worth every dime we spent!! From the quality of drink, through every course if the meal, every bite was amazing! The staff was friendly and helped make our night great. We will be back!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Honestly getting ahold of the restaurant was like pulling teeth before they finally called me back about the reservation. When they did call me back, they began to answer the phone afterwards. They also did not respond to the emails i sent asking about reservations. The only thing they seemed to respond to was Open Table. At least the waitress was fun and tentative. The few of us that did come after the massive amount of communication failures did enjoy the experience greatly.

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vipPointsProfessional
Phoenix
17 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My experience at Lonesome Dove was simply top notch. From the restaurant knowing that I was celebrating my birthday without me telling them and giving me a signed birthday card to the perfect date night ambiance, great service, and outstanding food, this restaurant is on my list of places to return and dine again.

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vipDamon
Atlanta
7 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

We were in town for a stop over and enjoyed a chance to dine at the chef's table. Meal was superb, and enjoyed every course. Was a good experience for our party, especially since we had children from 14 - 24 (children to us). The staff was FUN and helpful and the food tasted so good. SO GOOD! I didn't anticipate a need to come back to Knoxville for any reason in the near future. Now, I have a really big one. DEE

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vipTimT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good but very expensive

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KnoxDLB
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was absolutely amazing. I took my fiancé for her birthday and they made her experience a very special one.

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Brooke
Western NC
2 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Service and atmosphere were very nice, although the space was loud. The food was decent considering the price.

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OpenTable Diner
E. Tennessee
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jazmine did an amazing job!! She was knowledgeable friendly and always checking on us

Being seated at the front facing Jackson Ave was a delight to my wife

This makes 2 amazing experiences at Lonesome Dove

Thank you so much for providing great food and drink

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rhcoop
E. Tennessee
3 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time and our server was a lot of fun. He was very attentive and he joked around with us and that made it more enjoyable.

The other servers would also be helpful and answer questions for us if our server was occupied.

The meal was expensive, but the food was great and it was perfect for a birthday meal or special night.

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MelissaW
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Server was very knowledgeable. Super attentive. Everyone was friendly all the way around.

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MichaelScarn
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Swanky atmosphere. Delicious food. Amazing service. The music playlist is abysmal though, nobody wants to listen to Jason Alden and Luke Bryan when you’re on a nice date. Yeah the restaurant has somewhat of a “western” theme, I get it...but this is the music that is played in the lifted truck of a high school kid with rich parents, not an establishment with $150 Wagyu steaks on the menu.

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TimS
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely love it here. Food is always fantastic! The elk is my favorite.

FAQs

Lonesome Dove - Knoxville is rated 4.7 stars by 1145 OpenTable diners.

Lonesome Dove - Knoxville does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://lovebodega.com/products/gift-card?variant=773706919.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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