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Diners' Choice: Good for special occasions restaurants in Knoxville

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Updated June 05, 2024

Looking for the best special occasion restaurants 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 Dancing Bear Appalachian Bistro restaurant
4.9
4.9 (3324)
$50 and over
American
Knoxville
About the restaurant
At Dancing Bear Appalachian Bistro, we know that great food begins with fresh, quality sourced local ingredients. On our Modern Appalachian menu, Chef Jeff Carter and culinary team present seasonal and delicious dishes that are familiar and steeped in tradition yet enhanced with bold new dashes of flavor and component combinations that may surprise and delight you.

Dancing Bear provides a premium lodging experience. We bring the same commitment to excellence to our award-winning restaurant and full bar. Whether enjoying a romantic dinner for two or bringing the extended family together for a celebratory meal, we want your night out in Townsend to be a special experience. We offer a refined assortment of modern Appalachian cuisine — all served among elegant surroundings and calming wooded vistas.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
The chef had outstanding dishes with incredible flavor. This was our 2nd time to.come on our anniversary and we will certainly come back. While expensive it is well worth it. Staff were very friendly and the drink menu is great.
A photo of Connors Steak & Seafood - Knoxville restaurant
4.8
4.8 (3760)
$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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NelsonF
Dined 5 days ago
Excellent service, food and staffing! Atmosphere was comfortable and inviting
A photo of The Restaurant at RT Lodge restaurant
4.8
4.8 (975)
$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.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 5 days ago
Wonderful atmosphere for a quiet anniversary celebration dinner. We were sat by the window that over looks the patio and koi pond. Server was attentive and food was exceptional. Such a great location in our own back yard. Only draw back was the dining room was cold.
A photo of Wilder at Windy Hill Farm and Preserve restaurant
4.8
4.8 (27)
$50 and over
Contemporary Southern
Loudon
About the restaurant
Voted "Best Splurge Worthy Restaurant" by Travel Awaits.

Appalachian tradition is rich in grit, resourceful charm, and determination, which drives our culinary heritage. At Wilder, we cultivate farm-to-table ingredients transformed by an appreciation for international cuisine to offer a fun and unique approach to well-loved Southern staples.

Dinner at Wilder
Four-course dining experience offered Thursday - Saturday $85/person.
Bistro Menu offered Friday and Saturday for an à la carte menu. Reservations recommended.

Sunday Brunch
Each Sunday, starting at 10 am, join us for brunch. Enjoy garden-fresh dishes on an à la carte menu $35/person.

20% service fee assessed on all charges. Additional tipping optional.

Limited reservations are offered nightly. Non-alcoholic beverages included.
Top review
BettyG
Dined on Jun 14, 2024
This was my fourth time eating at Wilder, and, as usual, it was fantastic. I brought my California family there to dine because I wanted them to know that we do have fine dining establishments with exemplary food and service like they are used to in the Bay Area of California. They were, indeed, impressed by everything, as I had hoped they would be. The food choices were all delicious and creative and the service was beyond expectations.
A photo of Fleming's Steakhouse - Knoxville restaurant
4.7
4.7 (831)
$50 and over
Unspecified
Knoxville
About the restaurant
Your Knoxville Fleming's is located on Parkside Drive, in the Colonial Pinnacle Turkey Creek Shopping Plaza. Fleming's in Knoxville is an outstanding choice to enjoy an exceptional Prime steak, glass of wine or handcrafted cocktail. Whether you're celebrating a special occasion, hosting a business dinner or simply wanting to enjoy a night out - we will create a safe and memorable evening in our Dining Room or Outdoor Patio. If you prefer to enjoy your fine dining experience at home, you can order and pay for lunch or dinner online and then pick up curbside or select from one of our delivery partners.
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OpenTable Diner
Dined 7 days ago
Great food. Even better service! From the iced tea to the desserts everything was wonderful!
A photo of Lonesome Dove - Knoxville restaurant
4.7
4.7 (1921)
$50 and over
Contemporary American
Knoxville
About the restaurant
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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OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
Get any of the appetizers. All were fantastic. Bison Ribeye is great along with the scallops. Great meal.
A photo of Firebirds Wood Fired Grill - Knoxville restaurant
4.7
4.7 (1576)
$30 and under
American
Knoxville
About the restaurant
Firebirds Wood Fired Grill is located in Knoxville, TN at West Town Crossings. We are an American Restaurant and Steakhouse known for our scratch kitchen, bold flavors and inviting atmosphere. Enjoy our signature menu items including hand-cut, aged steaks and fresh seafood or our specialty crafted cocktails and select wines.
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roberto1969
Dined 7 days ago
Great food, drinks, and service as usual! The family always has enjoyed our visits here.
A photo of Ruth's Chris Steak House - Knoxville restaurant
4.6
4.6 (2286)
$50 and over
Steakhouse
Knoxville
About the restaurant
Now Open: We look forward to serving you soon.

Ruth's Chris Steak House in Knoxville, TN serves the finest USDA Prime beef available, broiled at 1,800° and served on 500° plates, so your steak stays hot, juicy and delicious from first bite to last. Enjoy our New Orleans-inspired appetizers, USDA Prime steaks, fresh seafood, signature side dishes and homemade desserts. All this while you enjoy our warm, inviting atmosphere and Ruth’s Chris’ genuine hospitality. So whether you’re a regular or have just been wondering what all the buzz is about, Ruth's Chris is the perfect excuse to enjoy the perfect night out. Dinner is served nightly, reservations are suggested and private dining and offsite catering may be arranged.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 7 days ago
Had lunch for Father’s Fay with my son and we had a great time!! Meal was great as always!
A photo of Harvest Bearden restaurant
4.6
4.6 (1059)
$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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JosephS
Dined on Jun 14, 2024
I made reservations on open table and received a confirmation but when I got to the restaurant they didn’t have me on the list. Thankfully they had availability.
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A photo of Calhoun's Bearden Hill restaurant
4.4
4.4 (57)
$30 and under
American
Bearden Hill
About the restaurant
Calhoun’s Bearden is located at 6515 Kingston Pike, very close to I-40/I-75 (Papermill Road Exit) in West Knoxville. This is the home of our custom-built, steam-heated microbrewery where we handcraft specialty beers to the taste of Tennesseans. The brewery’s copper kettles can easily be seen from most seating in this contemporary atmosphere. Calhoun's has become a place where friends and family gather to celebrate what’s good in their lives while they sample some of Tennessee’s best BBQ, ribs, steak, and sandwiches. So come on down and experience the best hospitality and BBQ around.
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OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 17, 2024
It was good - not awesome but a good meal. The service was great - very fast!
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