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Diners' Choice: Neighborhood gem restaurants in Knoxville

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Updated June 05, 2024

Looking for the best restaurants that are the best neighborhood gems in Knoxville? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favorite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!

A photo of Northshore Brasserie restaurant
4.9
4.9 (992)
$31 to $50
French
Knoxville
About the restaurant
Northshore Brasserie is a family owned, full-service restaurant and bar serving French Belgian cuisine in a relaxed and sophisticated atmosphere. Over the last decade, we have become a Knoxville favorite known for hearty delicious food, and outstanding service. For dinner, we specialize in Brasserie classics, such as: steak frites, mussels, roast chicken, fresh seafood, and handmade pastas. We also take advantage of local produce and meats to create in season specials. Our bar has a vibrant, unpretentious atmosphere where locals and out-of-towners gather to enjoy craft cocktails, Belgian beers, and a selection of wines from around the world.

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VilimSvip
Dined 2 days ago
Outstanding as always. My “go to” place with friends and family. Never been disappointed!
A photo of Bistro By The Tracks restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1411)
$31 to $50
Continental
Knoxville
About the restaurant
You don’t have to go far for an exceptional culinary experience. Reviewers say “consistently spectacular” with friendly “non-stuffy” service. Bistro by the Tracks simply is Knoxville’s answer to great metropolitan dining. We proudly offer an extensive and diverse wine list featuring carefully selected whites and reds from the finest wineries around the world. Bistro by the Tracks is a recipient of Wine Spectator’s Award of Excellence, 2010. Join us for an evening of dining that is at once casual and elegant. Reservations most appreciated.
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OpenTable Dinervip
Dined on Jun 3, 2024
We frequent this bistro location on N. Central for the excellent service, inventive cocktails and consistently great meals. This last visit was over the top!! We started with the paper plane and Valencia (a citrus and botanical based G and T) cocktails - so yummy!! For dinner we split the Thai duck leg starter. It was by far one of the best dishes with crispy skin, flavorful Asian slaw and the perfect finish of hoisin drizzle. We also split their take on a Greek salad with bright flavors of roasted pepper, artichokes and fennel with citrus. Next up was the chicken marsala, perfectly prepared with a rich mushroom Marsala sauce. The espresso cheesecake was the perfect ending!! Lana, Megan and Katie added to our excellent dining experience with their friendly and professional service. Simply stated - a great meal start to finish!!
A photo of Connors Steak & Seafood - Knoxville restaurant
4.8
4.8 (3742)
$31 to $50
Steakhouse
Knoxville
About the restaurant
We specialize in fresh seafood and premium aged steaks, as well as gourmet salads, pastas and more! Enjoy a memorable evening with friends and family in our well-appointed dining rooms, or stop by for the lunch you and your associates deserve. Our friendly service and flavorful fare will keep you coming back for more.

Connors Steak & Seafood first opened their doors to the diners at the new Turkey Creek shopping center in Knoxville, TN. Combining a high quality menu with a comfortable atmosphere, Connors quickly became a favorite with fellow Knoxvillians. The rich, wood interiors, warm fireplaces, and "guest-obsessed" service continues to this day, and in 2011 Connors was recognized in the "Best Steak" category of the 2011 Metro Pulse Best of Knoxville publication. Connors Steak & Seafood is Knoxville, TN is AAA 3 Diamond Rated.
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Linda
Dined 4 days ago
We love to have our family celebrations here and enjoy their food! Always delicious and never a disappointment. Friendly staff who try hard to make your meal awesome!
A photo of The Restaurant at RT Lodge restaurant
4.8
4.8 (970)
$31 to $50
Southern
Maryville
About the restaurant
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 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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OpenTable Dinervip
Dined on Jun 4, 2024
Had an absolutely beautiful time celebrating my 60th birthday at RT Lodge! The service was impeccable from the moment we arrived. The food was outstanding- best chicken and dumplings I’ve ever had! Thank you RT Lodge for making my birthday so special!
A photo of Tupelo Honey - Knoxville restaurant
4.7
4.7 (2447)
$30 and under
Contemporary Southern
Knoxville
About the restaurant
Tupelo Honey is a revival of Southern Comfort Food and traditions rooted in the Carolina Mountains we call home. We craft brunches, lunches and suppers that bring family and friends around the table and allow for conversations and cocktails to linger longer than usual. Always scratch-made, always responsibly-sourced, and always Southern.
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ElizabethF
Dined 7 days ago
We were meeting a mother and her daughter from Omaha NE. The daughter will be attending UT in the fall. We all loved the food and the service was amazing! A great introduction to Tennessee hospitality!
A photo of The Chop House - N. Knoxville restaurant
4.7
4.7 (418)
$30 and under
Steak
Knoxville
About the restaurant
Welcome to The Chop House® restaurants, where we strive to provide each guest with friendly service in an inviting environment. Our service and our food is guaranteed!

Established in 1992 by Mike Connor with the help of family and friends, The Chop House® has become one of the premier casual restaurant concepts in the Southeast, with 12 locations spread across 4 states.

Our number one goal is to provide a superior dining experience to every guest. We do this by providing guest-obsessed service and generous portions of delicious food using the freshest ingredients.
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JoanD
Dined on May 19, 2024
Seated quickly. Food was a little slow arriving but we enjoying the company. Food was good.
A photo of Balter Beerworks restaurant
4.7
4.7 (32)
$30 and under
American
Knoxville
About the restaurant
Balter Beerworks is a scratch kitchen brewpub located in downtown Knoxville. We offer a welcoming environment that celebrates craft beers and made from scratch food. Every bite and every sip at Balter is crafted daily from scratch, using the freshest ingredients available. We are constantly refreshing food and beer menus to highlight seasonal delicacies. Balter offers a place for friends and family to reconnect in a space that weaves urban aesthetics with the history of an old service station.
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PattyB
Dined on Jun 6, 2024
The fish tacos were excellent! Parking can be challenging but it’s a great place to meet and have fun
A photo of Chesapeake's Downtown restaurant
4.6
4.6 (933)
$31 to $50
Seafood
Knoxville
About the restaurant
Chesapeake’s Downtown derives much of its authentic Eastern Shore qualities from décor that features genuine nautical antiques and artifacts. Pairing this cozy, seaside ambiance with welcoming service and fresh ingredients has made it the perfect spot for creating memorable moments.

As part of the Copper Cellar Family of Restaurants, Chesapeake’s Downtown offers fresh seafood that’s sourced daily, local, handcrafted microbrews, an extensive wine list and prime-graded beef. Chesapeake’s Downtown is known for live Maine lobster, Maryland Crab cakes, a variety of fresh fish, and assorted oyster selection.

Chesapeake’s Downtown features a Sunday brunch and happy hour in the bar/lounge. Full menus — including gluten free options are available and can be enjoyed on our patio. Free onsite parking.

Whether you come for the food, the drinks, or the atmosphere, you’re in for an unforgettable experience at Chesapeake’s Downtown.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 1 day ago
Excellent in every way!! CAM was our server and it was his first night! He was great!!
A photo of Harvest Bearden restaurant
4.6
4.6 (1054)
$30 and under
Unspecified
Knoxville
About the restaurant
A new restaurant concept, "harvest - land, sea & vine," is located in Bearden at the corner of Kingston Pike and Mohican, directly across from Nama Sushi Bar. Harvest is open for lunch and dinner daily and features a unique brunch menu on Saturdays and Sundays. Our menu highlights aged midwestern hand cut steaks and premium fresh seafood selections along with several vegan, salad and house-made pasta options as well as daily chef specials.
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BKPLagunaBeachvip
Dined 5 days ago
We love this location and frequent it. The service is always responsive and warm, the food is well prepared, and the wine options impressive and for a range of budgets. We likely come here monthly if not more frequently, and we have always had a positive customer experience.
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A photo of P.F. Chang's - Knoxville restaurant
4.3
4.3 (93)
$30 and under
Chinese
Knoxville
About the restaurant
We are an Asian & Chinese restaurant offering dine-in, takeout, to-go, delivery, and catering. Make a reservation online to dine in. Order Asian and Chinese food delivery, takeout, and catering online or through the P.F. Chang's mobile app. Let us cater the perfect feast for you - corporate office catering menus are also available. P.F. Chang's offers a variety of signature Asian, Thai, Korean, Japanese, Mongolian, and Chinese food dishes including Chicken Lettuce Wraps, Chicken Pad Thai, Signature Lo Mein, Fried Rice, Mongolian Beef, Chang's Spicy Chicken, and Pork and Shrimp Dumplings. Order online for sushi delivery and takeout. Many gluten-free and vegetarian menu items are available. Try our seasonal cocktails and seasonal menu items.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 25, 2024
We arrived a little early for our reservation and were seated immediately. Our waitress was great, professional and accommodating. Good experience
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