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Diners' Choice: Innovative restaurants in East Tennessee

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Updated May 05, 2024

Looking for the best restaurants that are fit for foodies in East Tennessee? 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 (985)
$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.


Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 7 days ago
Hadn't been in a while, so it was great to return to findthe food and ambience were the same. The mussels are sublime. We had great service from all the staff and won't wait so long to return.
A photo of Bistro By The Tracks restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1405)
$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.
Top review
TonyLvip
Dined 4 days ago
Wonderful. Among the best that Knoxville has to offer.
A photo of Dancing Bear Appalachian Bistro restaurant
4.8
4.8 (3275)
$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 1 day ago
Had the most delicious meal at Dancing Bear for our anniversary. From the moment we walked in, we loved the ambiance and cozy elevated lodge environment. Every single thing we ordered exceeded our expectations!
A photo of Amada Tapas restaurant
4.8
4.8 (271)
$31 to $50
Tapas / Small Plates
Chattanooga
About the restaurant
Amada is a tapas and wine bar on the southside of downtown Chattanooga. "Amada" is a female name of Spanish origin meaning beloved/loveable woman. We serve traditional Spanish plates that honor the seasonal, local ingredients of the area while celebrating southern simplicity and hospitality.
Our Mission: Do right and exceed expectations.
At Amada, we lead by putting people first. We strive to provide the best possible dining experience for our patrons while showcasing Spanish dishes, wines, and techniques. Amada's beverage menu displays signature sangrias and cocktails, a Spanish forward wine list, and local beers on tap!

Amada hosts a perfect dining experience for celebrations, date night, or just a fun night out of the house! We look forward to serving you. Cheers!


Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 7 days ago
We love Amada Tapas! Off the beaten path, with a neighborhood bar vibe, it’s fun place to share delicious Spanish food and wine with a date or good friends. Be sure to try the endive as well as the octopus!
A photo of Massey's Kitchen restaurant
4.8
4.8 (203)
$30 and under
Mediterranean
Lookout Mountain
About the restaurant
Massey’s Kitchen is the community gathering place for friends and family to enjoy great food and drinks.

Our passion is authentic, made from scratch dishes reflected in our menu that provides housemade artisanal breads, pizzas, sandwiches and more all made with fresh ingredients.

We travelled to the Mediterranean regions in search of unique offerings and experiences. Massey’s Kitchen brings the flavors and culture of the Mediterranean to our local community through our open-air spaces, authentic menu and energetic atmosphere

Top review
KathalenH
Dined on May 14, 2024
We had a lovely dinner with friends, and we were able to accommodate two friends who showed up and wanted to join our group! I absolutely love the Gyro Bowl special and wish you all would make that a permanent part of the menu. Our waitress was sharp and attentive.
A photo of Lonesome Dove - Knoxville restaurant
4.7
4.7 (1906)
$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.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
Amazing experience. Food was out of this world. Stars of the show were the rabbit rattlesnake sausage, Texas red chili, truffle mac and cheese, and the burnt carrots. The ancho chile chocolate cake was the perfect way to finish this outstanding meal. Service was incredible, as well as the wine and cocktails.
A photo of State of Confusion restaurant
4.7
4.7 (625)
$30 and under
Latin American
Chattanooga
About the restaurant
State of Confusion features authentic dishes from Latin America, New Orleans, and the Carolina Lowcountry. We serve lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch, with takeout and delivery available. Multiple indoor and heated outdoor hangout areas offer you and your groups a variety of options for dining in and special events.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 11, 2024
Food was delicious and the staff was wonderful! Such a great place!
A photo of Hickory, at Nicewonder Farm & Vineyards restaurant
4.7
4.7 (280)
$31 to $50
American
Bristol
About the restaurant
Hickory at Nicewonder Farm & Vineyards is the signature restaurant from acclaimed Chef Travis Milton, offering the finest dining in the region. The menu is inspired by his Appalachian heritage, culture, and traditions and uses
locally sourced produce to create the freshest and most unique flavors your tastebuds have ever experienced. Located on the ground floor of The Inn, a boutique luxury property with 28 elegantly appointed rooms and suites, you will enjoy breathtaking views of the rolling hills, lake, and vineyards, whether sitting at the vast bar enjoying a craft cocktail, in the private dining room for that special evening, being awed at the Chef’s Table, or being treated to a wine tasting in our wine cellar that boasts a 1700 bottle curated wine collection, including Nicewonder Vineyards’ own award-winning wines. From the breakfast meeting to start the day, midday snacks, or celebrating a special occasion for dinner, the Hickory team will make your experience unforgettable.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 12, 2024
Fantastic brunch. Perfect for a wheelchair & hearing aid wearers.
A photo of Whitebird at the Edwin Hotel restaurant
4.5
4.5 (219)
$31 to $50
Southern
Chattanooga
About the restaurant
Whitebird is a modern American restaurant at the foot of Chattanooga’s historic Walnut Street Pedestrian Bridge. Here, we offer a fresh take on Appalachian cuisine with ingredients sourced straight from the Tennessee River Valley. We warmly invite you to take in the river views from our elegant setting and enjoy a sincerely elevated dining experience.

For parties of 10 people or more, please submit an inquiry here:
https://www.whitebirdchattanooga.com/events-in-chattanooga

Top review
KMCLEVELANDTNvip
Dined on May 11, 2024
Our server was Sky. Excellent service from start to finish. He was very knowledgeable. We all enjoyed the food and will be back!!!
A photo of Southern Comfort - Westgate Resort restaurant
3.8
3.8 (357)
$30 and under
Southern
Gatlinburg
About the restaurant
Gatlinburg's best kept secret! We're serving up comfort food done right! Get ready for the authentic taste of the south with southern cooking and comfort foods we all love. Now open for breakfast! Great home-cooked meals meet sweet Southern style with our newest collection of decadent comfort food from the South, now at Southern Comfort! Here, the cuisine leans toward the low-country, and caters towards the Cajun in all of us, with rustic, creole, and good old fashioned Southern home cooking bursting in every bite.

From shrimp and grits to chicken and dumplings, our Southern cooking deserves to be kept on the family table for generations to come, so come on in, dig on in, and sit for a spell while we do the cookin’… because everyone needs a little Southern Comfort.

Top review
MeganP
Dined 2 days ago
The gumbo and the French toast were amazing! The windows letting in the sunlight in the morning added a homey feel.
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