The Restaurant at RT Lodge

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144 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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Southern
Expect something you won’t see many other places—even at the most sophisticated hospitality destinations in the world. Your meals at The Restaurant at RT Lodge are uniquely your own. Every aspect of your meal is important to us. We shape our menus on the changing bounty of each season, with the freshest ingredients sourced from local farms and the best providers. Experience favorites such as our Buttermilk Fried Chicken, 45 day Wet Aged Prime Rib-Eye for Two, and Housemade Charcuterie. After dinner, enjoy coffee and complimentary s'mores around the fire pit while being surrounded by gorgeous landscape and all the quiet sounds of Maryville College Woods.
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OT
E. Tennessee
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed our 17th Anniversary at the restaurant at RT Lodge. A personalized card was waiting for us, and we were offered complimentary champagne! The food and service were exceptionally good. A lovely evening all around.

OT
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always an outstanding experience. Unique setting. Best hospitality. Incredible food. Top notch destination.

DB
E. Tennessee
2 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fried Chicken was to die for. Katherine was an efficient and personable server, she made our experience even better!! Oh, and the grounds were stunning.

c
E. Tennessee
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were impressed from the moment we walked from our car. Wooded softly lit walkways, then the lodge. Friendly professional people greeted us and showed us to our reserved table. A well rounded wine selection, a knowledgeable server, delicious food, then, with wine in hand, a walk through the woods to the fire pit. Perfect!

SP
E. Tennessee
7 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

The atmosphere and our server were excellent! We ordered the ribeye for two, and unfortunately the meat was so tough you could hardly chew it. The sides were good, but we couldn’t eat a large portion of the steak. Our server advised his supervisor that our steak was tough. She graciously offered complimentary drinks and dessert. If we return, we will try a different entree!

LC
E. Tennessee
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Board Room was perfect and Charlie was an outstanding server. The dessert s'mores and fire were a perfect ending to a great night.

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another wonderful dinner at RT Lodge! Love the woodsy yet elegant atmosphere, the attentive staff, and the excellent food. We had drinks by the outdoor fireplace, then came inside to a lovely dinner by an inside fireplace. Kudos to Gary and staff for running such a gem of a place! We’ll be back!

DL
E. Tennessee
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great anniversary! Excellent meal, exceptional setting, and really good friendly service. First visit but there will be others. A little pricey but worth it at the same time.

BC
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was our first dining experience at your restaurant and we were delighted. The food is delicious and the atmosphere is unmatched with any place in our area. We had the cheese board to start and it was a perfect presentation and tasted as good as it looked. We then followed with the steak for two and our tastebuds will be thanking us for a long time! We then strolled through the beautiful garden and ended our experience with a back yard smore. We thank you for a great dining experience and can't wait to visit again.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely. Very professional. Elegant and fun at the same time. Loved the s’mores!

KC
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My wife and I celebrated our anniversary at RT Lodge and we had an outstanding experience. Staff was friendly and very professional. We enjoyed our dinner and the atmosphere was pleasant.

K
E. Tennessee
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Never saw my wife enjoy a meal more. Her ribeye was cooked a perfect medium rare and was tender and tasty. But I think she enjoyed the veggies even more. From the meager taste she allowed me I agreed with her evaluation. My chicken was flavorful and not too crusty which is always a fear when ordering it at an untried restaurant. Pieces were small and hence difficult to cut. Was reluctant to use my hands in your classy dining area but my taste buds over ruled my manners a few times.
Thanks for a very nice dinner.

Karl and Faye

MS
E. Tennessee
10 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Husbands birthday dinner. Loved the heirloom tomato salad & fried chicken.

JR
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Its been over 2 years since we dined at the RT Lodge and the new chef and service changes are obvious and greatly appreciated. The biscuits and fried chicken are the best we’ve ever eaten. The cocktail list if very interesting and there are plenty of good value wines that pair well with their food offerings Pro-tip: save a piece of the fried chicken, ask for a box and some of the amazing green hot sauce and fix yourself a chicken biscuit in a toaster oven for a leftover, you’ll be making another reservation within minutes. Bravo to the RT Lodge!

I
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our first time there. We went for my husband's birthday, and there was even a birthday card on the table for him, signed by all the staff! What a great opening!
Our waitress was so sweet and kind!
The drinks were delicious. The heirloom tomato salad was wonderful. My husband had duck and I had rib eye steak. Both were fabulous. And then, the peaches and sweet tea ice cream dessert was a delightful surprise as was the fruit and nuts drink. We walked around the grounds which are gorgeous, and finished off with a S'more at the fire pit.
I can't wait for our next special occasion there!

The Restaurant at RT Lodge
Responded on August 15, 2019

We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed your first visit and we feel honored that you chose to celebrate a birthday at the Lodge. Sounds like you all had a great evening and took full advantage of our property. After dinner s'mores are our favorite! We sure hope to see you back again soon. -The Team at RT Lodge

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PB
E. Tennessee
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated our anniversary here and couldn't have been more pleased. We got the steak for two and it was cooked to perfection. We enjoyed the rustic ambience of the lodge with drinks before being seated for dinner. We were seated by the picture window overlooking the garden and koi pond which was beautiful as we ate. Service was outstanding and our server very attentive. Highly recommend and plan to return to try other dishes off their menu.

The Restaurant at RT Lodge
Responded on August 15, 2019

Paul - we are thrilled that you chose to celebrate your anniversary at the Lodge! We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed your dinner and experience. Hope that you come back again soon!

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M
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were there to celebrate my son's birthday and everyone that got the burger said it was the best hamburger they had ever had!

The Restaurant at RT Lodge
Responded on August 12, 2019

We are glad that you enjoyed the Lodge burger during your son's birthday celebration! We feel special that you celebrated with us. Please come back soon!

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OT
E. Tennessee
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of our favorite places to eat in Maryville. A hidden jewel for sure. Seasonal food excellently prepared.
Love the music they play! Servers are always friendly and make sure you feel special. Highly recommend RT Lodge only I want to keep it to myself.

The Restaurant at RT Lodge
Responded on August 12, 2019

Thank you for taking the time to review your evening with us! We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed your experience from food to service. We truly appreciate you spreading the word. Hope to see you back again soon!

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OT
Charleston
6 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

We were trying RT Lodge restaurant for the first time with my husband’s brother and his wife. The service was wonderful, food was delicious, and the atmosphere was perfect. I would definitely come here again and would recommend it to others.

The Restaurant at RT Lodge
Responded on August 3, 2019

Thank you for taking the time to review your evening at the Lodge. We are glad that you enjoyed your first dinner and we hope to see you back again soon!

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JE
Charleston
8 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great time at The Twins Birthday Bash.
Thanks to Everyone who made the evening Very Special!!

The Restaurant at RT Lodge
Responded on August 3, 2019

Happy birthday twins!! We are so glad you celebrated with us. It was a lot of fun to host your group!

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RM
E. Tennessee
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The whole dining experience was superb! We both had the trout which was done to perfection. All the courses were delivered promptly by the friendly serving staff. Our waitress answered our questions and took very good care of us; job well done, Christina!

The Restaurant at RT Lodge
Responded on August 12, 2019

Thank you for taking the time to review your evening at the Lodge! We are thrilled to hear that you enjoyed the trout. It has become a favorite of many. We will be sure to share your kind remarks with Christina. Hope to see you back again soon!

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BC
E. Tennessee
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The place is amazing. The food and service were spectacular.

CM
New Mexico
2 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fine dining in an upscale but relaxed setting. One of the nicer restaurants in the Knoxville area. Creative menu. Only one vegetarian entree, but it was excellent.

The Restaurant at RT Lodge
Responded on August 12, 2019

Chuck, Thank you for taking the time to review your evening at the Lodge. We are so glad that you enjoyed your dinner and appreciate all your generous words! Nothing makes us happier than hearing when guests feel relaxed. We would love to see you back again soon!

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TM
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As usual, RT Lodge is our preferred dining out “go to.” From the greeting at the door when we arrive, then a nice glass of Hogwash wine by the koi pond or fireplace, then a wonderfully appointed dinner—we always bring our our of town houseguests to this wonderful venue..

The Restaurant at RT Lodge
Responded on August 12, 2019

Teresa - thank you for your kind words! We agree, it's the perfect time of year for Hogwash by the koi pond. Nothing makes us happier than hearing when guests utilize our whole property for the evening. Thank you for sharing the Lodge with your visitors. We hope to see you back soon!

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JC
E. Tennessee
6 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Loved everything about it from beginning (outside sitting areas) to the end (free s’mores by the campfire)! Great place to experience something different than the normal dinner

The Restaurant at RT Lodge
Responded on August 12, 2019

Thank you for taking the time to review your evening at the Lodge. We appreciate all of your feedback and we are excited that you finished off your night fireside with s'mores. We hope to see you back again soon!

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JH
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

Good ambience. Food was average. Gratuity was automatic. Lots of servers but that did not translate to attentiveness. Limited but reasonable menu

PL
Savannah
4 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

The location and the service are the best part of RT Lodge. We love the rustic setting of the lodge surrounded by the woods. Our servers are all well trained and informed about the food. The menu is fairly standard farm-to-table, seasonal, locally sourced, etc. The wine list is very good and our server was helpful in describing the options on the list. Our salad was very good: well presented with excellent flavor profile. We ordered the seared duck breast and the RT burger. The burger was good but not anything special. The hand-cut fries were a bit on the limp and greasy side. The duck breast was beautifully presented on a bed of grits with grilled oyster mushrooms. And there was a lot of duck breast! Searing duck breast is tricky and the chef gets a D on this one. The meat was chewy even though the duck breast was only cooked to rare- what a surprise! I think the problem was that the breast was not trimmed in a way that the tiny amount of fat and tendon was removed. That leaves a bit of chewy meat with each bite. The au jus and the grits were excellent however, so we ate all that and left the meat on the plate-I hope the chef noticed that. Our desserts were okay and would have been much better if they would just leave out some of the ingredients. For example the cream puffs with excellent vanilla custard filling would have been great with a simple dusting of powered sugar and local honey. They definitely do not go with mint and blackberry sherbet. The mint tasted weird with vanilla and the sherbet made the cream puffs soggy-not good. The best things we ate were the side of perfectly grilled zucchini and Patti pan squash with a simple squeeze of lemon! That’s farm-to-table at its best.

The prices were all very reasonable. We enjoyed the dinner even though the food was only a C. I would go there again.

JJ
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, we had the trout and pork chop, perfectly cooked. Vegetables were tasty. Enjoyed sitting on the covered porch, great view of the garden. Extra feature of the fire pit and s’mores gave time to visit with others and relax. Will definitely go back.

The Restaurant at RT Lodge
Responded on July 5, 2019

Judy - We love reading reviews like yours! Thank you for taking the time to share all about your dinner. It sounds like you had a great evening dinning in our favorite spot, the back porch. The trout and pork chops have become favorites. We are glad you enjoyed your time at the Lodge and we are looking forward to seeing you back again soon!

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JU
E. Tennessee
6 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service are as good as anyplace in the Knoxville area and the atmosphere and ambience are unmatched.

The Restaurant at RT Lodge
Responded on August 12, 2019

Thank you for taking the time to review your evening at the Lodge. We appreciate all of your feedback and are happy to hear that you enjoyed your dinner. We would love to see you back again soon!

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Visiting with friends for the evening

The Restaurant at RT Lodge
Responded on July 5, 2019

Thank you for the 5-star review! We are thrilled to hear that you enjoyed your evening and hope that dine with us again soon!

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JH
E. Tennessee
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and outstanding service. Staff very efficient. Get the trout..

The Restaurant at RT Lodge
Responded on July 5, 2019

Thank you for taking the time to review your recent visit at RT Lodge. We are glad to hear that you enjoyed your dinner, especially the trout! It has become a local favorite. We appreciate all of your feedback and we will be sure to share your comments with our team. We hope to see you at the Lodge again soon! -The Team at RT Lodge

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JT
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Beautiful setting !!!! We loved RT Lodge for the landscape and all of the lodges looked so neat and cozy. The service was great. I had Grilled Pork Chop and the tomato salad. The Pork Chop was Very Tough and didn't have much flavor. Salad was good and unique. My husband had Fried Chicken and he said it was good. The food was pricey for the quality of the food. We might go back but not sure.

KK
E. Tennessee
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

This was for a special event for us. The wait staff and management were all fantastic. It was crowded so the noise level was higher than we would have liked. We were given a small bottle of sparkling wine as a present from the restaurant, which was a very nice gesture. Our only complaint is that the amount of food presented was somewhat sparse for the price charged. Even my wife, who is a small eater, was disappointed. She still felt hungry at the end. The food was good, just not of a sufficient quantity.

KP
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Charlie and staff were outstanding! Food amazing!

The Restaurant at RT Lodge
Responded on June 25, 2019

Kathy - Thank you for your review! We are so glad that you and your guests enjoyed your dinner. We will be sure to share your review with Charlie. He is the best! We hope to see back at the Lodge again soon! -The Team at RT Lodge

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My first visit..
I don't expect it to be my last.

Very pleasant departure from the mainstream restaurants.

M
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Certainly the prettiest restaurant in Maryville, both in the setting and decor. The food is imaginative and interesting. It is quiet and restful. Service tries to be top rate but always falls a little short, e.g. getting the right silverware for each course (but I am picky in that way)

OT
E. Tennessee
10 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best meal we have ever had at RT Lodge, appreciate table overlooking koi pond. Trout was great

OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding! Anniversary celebration

The Restaurant at RT Lodge
Responded on June 25, 2019

Happy Anniversary! We are so glad that we could play a small role during your special evening. Thank you for the feedback and reviewing your visit. It would be our pleasure to see you at the Lodge again soon!

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L
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our dinner at the RT Lodge was outstanding. We loved the peach, blackberry salad. The trout was the best we had ever tasted. Service was very attentive. It was a very pleasant evening celebrating my husband's birthday. We will definitely be coming back.

MN
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful evening. Our waitress was delightful.

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