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Copper Cellar - Down in the Cellar - Copper Cellar - Down in the Cellar, Knoxville, TN

Copper Cellar - Down in the Cellar

4.3
4.3
58 Reviews
$31 to $50
American
This is the original Copper Cellar in the basement only (not street level). This is where it all began in 1975 — a restaurant that you descended into from the street level of the Cumberland Avenue “Strip.” It was named for a beautiful bar wrought from copper. The first cappuccino machine in Knoxville was ordered from Italy, giving the Cellar a distinctive flavor right from the start. The rich ambience of walnut, copper and leather still make an impression and create the setting for premium steaks, seafood and special recipes refined over 40 years. Decades of memories of engagements, Valentine’s Days, anniversaries and special celebrations are just part of the woodwork of this classic Knoxville restaurant.
For upstairs reservations, please call or visit https://coppercellar.com/cumberland-copper-cellar/ and select Upstairs option.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    American, Seafood, Steakhouse

  • Hours of operation

    Wed, Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (865) 673-3411

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Neighborhood

    Knoxville

  • Cross street

    18th Street

  • Parking details

    Private Lot

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wine

What 58 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.3
4.3 based on recent ratings
  • 4.1Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • East Tennessee

    Hot Spot

  • East Tennessee

    Great for Lunch

  • East Tennessee

    Neighborhood Gem

  • Knoxville

    Great for Lunch

  • Knoxville

    Neighborhood Gem

  • Knoxville

    Vibrant Bar Scene

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    E. Tennessee

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a large party of 11 on a Saturday night and everything was absolutely perfect! The food, wine, and service was AMAZING! 10/10 recommend ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  2. SS

    SteveS

    E. Tennessee

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Copper Cellar Down in the Cellar never disappoints. Excellent food, service and wine. We especially appreciate the ambiance that has remained over the years. NO NEED TO UPDATE! Some things are classic and need to be kept intact. This place is one!
  3. p

    patrickr

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Restaurant was amazing. My wife and I went for our 5 year anniversary and I had some special requests for our table before we got there. Richard (the manager) was extremely helpful in helping me get these done and even went above and beyond by having a custom menu printed up for us that congratulated us on our 5 year anniversary. All of the staff was amazing. The food was even better. Highly recommend the ale steak and peanut butter pie.
  4. c

    charlesj

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Been driving from Charlotte to eat there since we discovered it 20 years ago. Go 2 or 3 times a year. It was excellent from the food to the service. Two meals and bottle of wine for less than $100 before tip. Great value.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Second time visiting Copper Cellar and we enjoyed it just as much if not more than the first time! We were fortunate enough to have the same sever Henry!! What an amazing young gentleman he has the best drink and meal recommendations and is an absolute pleasure.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    E. Tennessee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 22, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Greeted with a glass of ice water on a very hot day. Food was good and reasonably priced.
  7. HS

    HeatherS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great everything! We had 6:30pm reservations Down in the Cellar and got right in. I had a fresh fish special, Halibut with green beans and a cup of crab bisque. All very good! The boys had steak and fries, and they loved it! Free Parking is easy, and service is nice. It made our vacation extra special!
  8. JW

    JanieW

    Charleston

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A lot of good food for your money. Great wine list!
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall1food1service5ambience3
    The restaurant was out of sweet potatoes and calamari. We had a 4pm seating. How are you out of food? The crab fingers were fresh frozen at best and had no flavor and the bone in 28 oz. Steak was 50% fat, 20% bone and the meat you could eat was chewy and gummy. My wife’s stuffed shrimp were so bad she took one bite.
  10. c

    carsonh

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    Food was okay. We paid $15.50 for 1 crab cake that a piece of shell in it. Ordered a cheeseburger with bacon when it came had no cheese. Another 5 minutes to get that fixed. Asked for bread at first and it never came, asked again and received it after the meal came. Needed more ketchup it took asking twice and then receiving it 10 minutes later.
  11. TC

    TerryC

    E. Tennessee

    33 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    We enjoy dining at the Cellar. This experience could have been better. My steak was overcooked (I like it Medium Well) and the service was a little slow. The meal was expensive for what you receive.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    E. Tennessee

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 15, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Once sat down, our waitress left menus, and did not return until we waved her down. We waited for at least 15 minutes. There were very few tables around us with people seated. We ended up leaving, not wanting to have this service for the entire dinner.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall1food1service3ambience3
    Don’t waste your time and money on this establishment. The restaurant has the potential to be good but fell way short on food quality.
  14. SS

    SteveS

    E. Tennessee

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on April 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Copper Cellar Down Under never disappoints. Been dining there since it opened during my UT undergrad days. My one suggestion would be to add more sides and add French Onion soup to the menu.
  15. S

    Smitty

    E. Tennessee

    54 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    54 reviews

    Dined on April 7, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Great Calamari appetizer followed by one filet and one strip steak. Filet was great but the strip was tough with too much gristle.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server Dale was so great. We will request him on every visit
  17. SO

    SharonO

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We arrived at 6:00 on Thursday for dinner before attending a play at the Carousel. Our waiter was super! There were very few patrons at that time, so there was no noise whatsoever. The food was top-notch. We had a Marvelous experience.
  18. SC

    SteveC

    Amarillo

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service and food. Dined here many times over many years. Pleased to find all things still great!
  19. CO

    CORedTraveler

    Denver

    10 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Great food. Friendly staff. Easy to make a reservation.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    E. Tennessee

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 7, 2020

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    Family in town. I’ve never had a bad meal except for tonight. What a let down! $50 a person and food was very poor. Service even worse if that were possible....
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 22, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The ale steak is delicious! It was seasoned and cooked perfectly. Best steak I’ve had in a while.
  22. DC

    DavidC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, awesome atmosphere, great price for the quality of food that is received. Great selection of wine and bourbon as well.
  23. A

    Amanda

    New York Area

    15 reviews

    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    While the service was fantastic and they did a lot of wonderful personal touches to make us feel welcome, the food was not up to the price and expectations. One of our meals was almost inedible (They were out of the prime rib and ordered the scallop scampi, which truly was awful). The stake ordered was fine, but not exceptional for a restaurant that is known for stake. Have to say the overall, we were very disappointed.
  24. JA

    JoAnnM

    E. Tennessee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We got engaged at the Cellar 41 years ago as college students and it was such a joy to be able to celebrate this Valentine's Day there. The personal touch and ambiance was awesome; the staff was very attentive and the service was great. The food was perfect. The greeting card and the personalized menu was very impressive. We traveled in from Atlanta and it was well worth it.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Valentine’s Day at the copper cellar is beyond everywhere else.
  26. GC

    GrahamC

    E. Tennessee

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    We had a great time at Copper cellar. Our server was a little new to the job it appeared, and will do great with some more experience. All of our food was really good I had a New York strip and she had the scallop scampi. Surprisingly well we both had the spinach Maria one was not very good and the other was delicious.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Exclusive

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was our first trip here and everything was better than we even expected. The staff was great and the food was excellent
  28. CC

    CherylC

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a wonderful time at this location for Valentine's Day. Our waitress was fantastic and the food was awesome.
  29. LA

    LavigneAnnK

    Tallahassee

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on February 8, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Moved from Naples FL where restaurants are wonderful. However, this is one of my most favorite restaurants in Knoxville my new home and it is exquisite
  30. MH

    MikeH

    E. Tennessee

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on January 29, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best Pittsburgh Rare NY Strip! Always perfect. Jess is the best bartender in Knoxville bar none!
  31. TC

    TerryC

    E. Tennessee

    34 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on January 25, 2020

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    Great steak. I think Copper Cellar May be overlooked as a steak destination. Very tasty and prepared as I like. Service was disappointing on my recent visit. Large groups seem to throw the staff into a tizzy.
  32. CK

    CajunKatherine

    New York Area

    21 reviews

    3.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2019

    overall3food5service2ambience4
    The food was outstanding the service was meh. We had to go to the bar for a drink refill and found our server, who we had been looking for, showing the bartender pictures on her phone.
  33. JC

    JohnC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 21, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very good food and great service. This is my review
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 16, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a reservation for 5:30, but with Garth Brooks concert it was packed. They said the wait would be additional 30 mins, but they were able to get me and my wife seated within 10 mins of our reservation time. Our waiter was great and the food is delicious and very good size portions!
  35. B

    Bryanz5

    Columbus

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on November 9, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was our first visit to Knoxville. We wanted a nice dinner for my wife’s birthday while in town. A friend suggested Copper Cellar, specifically the lounge in the lower level. It was perfect!!! The service was great, the atmosphere was great, and the food was beyond great! I told my wife later in the weekend that I just found my favorite steak joint in the country. We WILL be back. (We’re from Columbus, OH)
  36. MB

    MattB

    Denver

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 9, 2019

    overall2food2service5ambience1
    Tough steak. Badly, badly in need of an update. Nothing classic about the decor.
  37. M

    Mduff

    Nashville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 10, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wish they wouldn’t have changed their menu. Great service.
  38. AD

    AnonymousDiner

    Western NC

    28 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on October 10, 2019

    overall2food2service4ambience3
    Heavy, somewhat greasy food, good service, interesting cocktails, limited wine list
  39. BL

    BLESSED

    E. Tennessee

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on September 12, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were celebrating one of our best friends retirement and going to a play afterwards. Out service was outstanding as was our food. The experience at Copper Cellar actually added much to our celebration! We can't wait to go again!!!
  40. F

    Fiveothree

    Chicago

    34 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on August 17, 2019

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    Just adequate. Not awful, not good. Not exactly clean.

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

Copper Cellar - Down in the Cellar offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (865) 673-3411.

Copper Cellar - Down in the Cellar is rated 4.3 stars by 58 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


Google Map for Copper Cellar - Down in the Cellar

1807 Cumberland Ave, Knoxville, TN 37916

Additional information

  • Cross street

    18th Street

  • Neighborhood

    Knoxville

  • Hours of operation

    Wed, Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    American, Seafood, Steakhouse

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Private Lot

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wine

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