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Lonesome Dove - Knoxville

4.6
4.6
1525 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 22 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 1,525 people are saying

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4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • East Tennessee

    Fit for Foodies

  • East Tennessee

    Notable Wine List

  • East Tennessee

    Vibrant Bar Scene

  • Knoxville

    Best Service

  • Knoxville

    Best Ambiance

  • Knoxville

    Fit for Foodies

  • Knoxville

    Neighborhood Gem

  • Knoxville

    Notable Wine List

  • Knoxville

    Vibrant Bar Scene

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Nashville

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

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

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    9 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    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.
  3. JS

    JohnS

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    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!
  4. WH

    WadeH

    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.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic steak
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    E. Tennessee

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Superior food and service. Highly recommend.
  7. 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!
  8. 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
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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!
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. JD

    JeffD

    Atlanta

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome wild game (have the rattlesnake and elk), Service was outstanding and the Smokey Old Fashion was top notch. Will be back every time I’m in Knoxville.
  17. M

    Mikey17

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had the opportunity to try items not normally in our food groups Elk sliders etc Food was delicious and presented extremely well. Service was exceptional and no rush . Delightful
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Bristol

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time visit and was BLOWN AWAY!!!! Absolutely perfect game dishes!! The dessert that beat Iron Chef Morimoto ALONE is the reason to go!
  19. ME

    MEConley

    Jacksonville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was great, but the service was truly fantastic. Everyone here truly seems to enjoy working here, which makes for a great ambiance.
  20. JP

    JosephP

    Cleveland

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our last night on vacation in TN and we picked the perfect spot! They were very accommodating with us, we have a son with special needs who can be loud and they only made us feel welcome and comfortable. Cameron was an excellent host giving us a tour of the restaurant and checking on us throughout our dinner experience. Will, the bartender, made a fabulous margarita and also came over to our table to ask how we enjoyed everything. Everyone is so darn friendly!! Taryn our server was very attentive to what our son needed and provided a very enjoyable dinner for us all! Chef Jason is an excellent food creator, our meals were unique and delicious! Thank you Lonesome Dove for a lovely evening! If only the manager would have let me purchase a margarita glass, would have loved to have taken one home as a memento!
  21. RB

    RichieB

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was phenomenal and Cameron, our server was fantastic. Great atmosphere, friendly staff, and a really unique historic venue. Lonesome Dove is my new #1 in Knoxville.
  22. JL

    JenniferL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful meal and delightful service. I recommend!
  23. FF

    FoodieFavorite

    E. Tennessee

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service, cocktails, presentation were all great! The crab cakes were yummy & a just little spicy! Salads were refreshing & packed with great flavors! The branzino was exceptional & the elk lion was cooked to perfection. The brussel sprouts were some of the best we’ve had & the orzo Mac & cheese was the best side I’ve ever had - I could eat an entire bowlful one my own!
  24. AB

    ArianneB

    Tampa

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 13, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    This was our first visit to Lonesome Dove to celebrate a birthday. The service was wonderful and the ambience was great. We really loved our food experience and will certainly be back. The appetizers (rabbit-rattlesnake sausage and sliders) were great, as was the Elk Loin. We also ordered the Roasted Garlic Stuffed Beef Tenderloin, which is the house specialty. It was cooked perfectly but was a little flavorless in our opinion. It needed more spices. The cocktail I ordered (the Bluebonnet) was the perfect balance of tangy and sweetness. If you want to experience a gastronomic twist on western cuisine, this is certainly the place.
  25. MB

    MattB

    Philadelphia

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great Bison steak, my Fav 30oz cut 2 nights in a row!
  26. KD

    KristenD

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 11, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    First time. Exactly what we were in the mood for. Bold flavors cooked just right. We’ll go back for sure!
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall3food4service5ambience3
    It was just okay. Didn’t think it was worth +$100 per person.
  28. KT

    KerryT

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Emma, our server, was fantastic! She explained all menu items perfectly & was just lovely. The food & drinks were great as always. You continue to be one of our favorite spots in Knoxville!
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service was excellent , the food was very good. I felt it was a bit pricey.
  30. CF

    ChrisF27

    Baltimore

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 4, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience4
    We were so excited to try this place. We are from a nearby Knoxville suburb and like to venture downtown periodically to try new places. - Loved the atmosphere and vibe but the food was a huge disappointment, especially for the price. Everything with the exception of the elk sliders and bread was bland or lacking great flavor. - $51 for my husband’s steak and it was just ok, I had the bone in pork - truly nothing special and very red in the middle. Corn salad also bland with overwhelming vinegar. Also very limited choices on wines by the glass. Only one chardonnay choice but there were many others online. Server said they just changed the menu last week. - Whatever. The waitress was very nice but I got the impression of major upsell on whatever we chose. If it had all been delicious I could even excuse that but not with what we experienced. Sorry guys, need to step up the game, especially with the economy as it is now.
  31. JS

    JamesS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    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.
  32. CC

    CrystalC

    E. Tennessee

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    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.
  33. SD

    SaraD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    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.
  34. CM

    ChristinaM

    E. Tennessee

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 22, 2022

    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!
  35. DT

    DaveT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server Ray was AMAZING! Great way to celebrate our 12 year anniversary! Thank you for making it one to remember.
  36. 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.
  37. 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.
  38. 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.
  39. 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!
  40. SP

    SteveP

    E. Tennessee

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 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.

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 1525 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 22 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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