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Lonesome Dove - Knoxville

4.7
4.7
1551 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 9 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 1,551 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
  • 4.9Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • East Tennessee

    Best Service

  • East Tennessee

    Notable Wine List

  • East Tennessee

    Romantic

  • East Tennessee

    Vibrant Bar Scene

  • Knoxville

    Best Service

  • Knoxville

    Best Ambiance

  • Knoxville

    Fit for Foodies

  • Knoxville

    Notable Wine List

  • Knoxville

    Romantic

  • Knoxville

    Special Occasion

  • Knoxville

    Vibrant Bar Scene

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  1. BM

    BeauMartin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing experience had a great time food was great a little overpriced like a side of Demi glaze was 9$ But other than that it was great and some of the best service we had seen in a long time I had the rattlesnake and rabbit sausage the grilled corn and the tomahawk and it was delicious!
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great time
  3. AP

    AnnP

    E. Tennessee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was a great dinner to celebrate our anniversary. Food was amazing and it was a dining experience. Ray our server was amazing and definitely added to our evening. It was a bit of a splurge for us but we will be back,
  4. Z

    Zach

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We will definitely be back. The food was amazing and it was the perfect place for a romantic night out
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    9 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall4food2service5ambience3
    In town for the FL game, lobster app was over cooked, Server was awesome, food was extremely slow. Typically a 5 star restaurant but this visit and my past (Akron game) less that amazing. Still recommend this place when in Knoxville.
  6. T

    Trader0909

    New Orleans

    48 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    48 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Quickly seated, good service and food was attractive and delicious. I ordered the stuffed tenderloin medium rare and it came medium well, but it was still tasty but a bit tougher than I like.
  7. TN

    TimothyN

    Atlanta

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had almost everything on the menu and it was all wonderful. The ribeye was delicious as was the prime rib. The hamburger was one of the best I have ever had. The carrots with honey and goat cheese was fantastic. We tried all three desserts which were all great but the churros were out of this world.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Food and Service was excellent
  9. A

    Annettes

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food, great service, great wines. We have been there before and love it. Be prepared that it is speedy and that not for giant portions but we think it is worth it
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience5
    Ambience was great. Beautiful restaurant and features. But the food was ok. I would come back for drinks only. Portions were a good size.
  11. M

    Michael

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Great food, top notch staff and a relaxing and enjoyable atmosphere. It was maybe a touch high priced but the food was very high quality. Overall I’d say it was a pleasant experience and I will be planning on returning.
  12. AW

    AnnmarieW

    Raleigh

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience5
    Unfortunately the filets had no flavor. The elk sliders were excellent
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    E. Tennessee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My fiancé and I try to have dinner here as often as possible. The food is amazing with a wide variety, the staff is super friendly and helpful and the drinks are spot on. The low lighting, drinks, food and staff make it very easy to feel relaxed and welcomed. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone!
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The lobster hush puppies appetizer was a wonderful start to the meal, followed by perfectly cooked and seasoned steaks. I loved the Brussels sprouts and my wife loved the asparagus that accompanied our steaks. Fun vibes in restaurant! All around great date night
  15. AS

    AaronS

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    The food was amazing. Beautiful atmosphere. Our table was next to the kitchen and there was a lot of noise. This made it really hard to enjoy our meal.
  16. B

    Brady

    Dallas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great great great! Love this place, always love taking business partners here.
  17. D

    Dave

    E. Tennessee

    26 reviews

    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on September 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lonesome Dove is still my favorite restaurant of all time! Last night Ray gave the best service, exceeded all expectations! He makes a mean Willie, best mixed drink in town!!!They even gave us complimentary champagne and signed card to recognize our anniversary celebration. Food was superb as always, and nothing better to finish it all with a Chef Love chocolate desert!
  18. MW

    MonicaW

    E. Tennessee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was fantastic and the staff are excellent.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of the best meals we’ve ever had! Our server Nadia had the best recommendations and provided excellent service night long. We will be coming back!
  20. R

    jessicaR

    Savannah

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of the best meals I’ve ever had. Server was extremely knowledgeable and helpful. Will definitely go back.
  21. JM

    JMS49757

    New England

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall4food2service5ambience5
    My wife and I have been to Lonesome Dove several times for different events or special occasions and we have always had a wonderful dinning experience. As usual this time the service, drinks and atmosphere were as to be be expected... top notch! However the food was not very good. We both got the Garlic Stuffed Tenderloin and it was peppered beyond belief, that essentially all you taste. The Plaid Hash and the Grilled Asparagus were both below the standard that we have experienced in the past. Overall it was a little disappointing experience this time as the food is the whole reason why we love going to Lonesome Dove.
  22. JK

    JamesK

    E. Tennessee

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing experience!
  23. KR

    KatrinaR

    Pittsburgh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A wonderful dining experience in every way! We were treated as most special guests and our server guided us and orchestrated our selections with skill. Perfect way to end an evening in Knoxville!
  24. DF

    DawnF

    Atlanta

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Cody was absolutely the best waiter I’ve ever had. His recommendations were on the mark and he had a wonderful personality. This was our first visit to Knoxville snd our first dinner after arriving. Hope to return but without Cody as our waiter I’m certain it wouldn’t be the same.
  25. B

    Bella

    E. Tennessee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The atmosphere, food, and service was outstanding. Our server Cameron was so knowledgeable and had wonderful recommendations. We will definitely be back!
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Nashville

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 18, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    Portions very small. Food was overly salty and high priced for amount you get.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    10 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Service was great! Server was really helpful and detailed when describing the menu and popular dishes. Drinks were outstanding, along with apps! Would definitely visit again.
  28. JS

    JohnS

    Houston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had the sliders, ceviche and elk loin and they were all outstanding! Top 10 meals ever. Amber, Emma and bartender all outstanding as well. Obviously I highly recommend!
  29. WH

    WadeH

    E. Tennessee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very nice experience, had Elk Sliders, Blue Corn Lobster Hush puppies, Rattlesnake Sausage, Elk Tenderloin, and Bone In Pork chop, wit burnt carrots and crispy Brussel Sprouts, everything was cooked spot on, very delicious, waitress Amber made it a very satisfying experience.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic steak
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    E. Tennessee

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Superior food and service. Highly recommend.
  32. ES

    ErinS

    Nashville

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always love eating here! They always try to accommodate your requests and the service and the food is always phenomenal!
  33. BG

    BethG

    Indiana

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It’s expensive but worth it for the entrees and sides. Very unique and exceptionally good. Nice portion sizes on entrees and sides. The appetizers were very good but portion size was so so small (and I’m not a big woman!!) that it does not justify the cost. I would for sure recommend though for entree and sides especially for a special occasion. Service was top notch and drinks were well priced and very good. Well above standard. Bartender very friendly and knowledgeable. Minus the cost of the appetizers, exceptional
  34. DM

    DawnMoatsRealtor

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous Anniversary Dinner! Our Server was informative and helpful with our selections. We will definitely go back.
  35. MO

    MargaretO

    Nashville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food and service at Lonesome Dove have been excellent every time we have dined there. A bit on the pricey side, but not out of line for a superb dinner out.
  36. LD

    LennieD

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious, old times charm, down home warmth from server and chef stopped by our table to see our newborn. All around great experience. Food was superior.
  37. CD

    ChrisD

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was a great experience! The food was great and was only topped by the impeccable service by Emma. For a "celebrity chef" restaurant, they really made it as comfortable as being at a friends house. The last couple "celebrity chef" restaurants I tried were a bit of a let down probably due to the hype. Lonesome Dove was the opposite, great food...amazing service. Well done! We will be back for sure.
  38. JH

    JudyH

    E. Tennessee

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Emma was the best server we have ever had. Both my spouse and I have worked as waiters and we were blown away by her knowledge of the menu and food preparation in general. The food was superb. We took a guest who had never been to Lonesome Dove and he was extremely impressed. We will definitely return!
  39. JJ

    JenniferJ

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    If your looking for upscale, unique, romantic place to eat in Knoxville, this place is a must.
  40. JB

    JoeB

    E. Tennessee

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    Got prime rib but they had run out of horseradish sauce. Such as basic condiment to be missing. Snacks are way over priced.

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 1551 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 9 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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