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Diners' Choice: Hot spot restaurants in East Tennessee

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Updated July 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants that are the best hot spots 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 State of Confusion restaurant
4.8
4.8 (642)
$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
KateT
Dined on Jul 4, 2024
Our dinner was delicious. Such a fun find for us as out of towners.
A photo of STIR - Knoxville restaurant
4.8
4.8 (540)
$31 to $50
American
Knoxville
About the restaurant
STIR is the perfect restaurant to sip a craft cocktail over a dozen oysters, enjoy a night out, or meet for lunch. Located in the heart of Old City, the restaurant is an open-air concept with a large, heated outdoor patio. We are open for lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch.

Great food starts with fresh, local ingredients. Our kitchen prepares everything from scratch, and our signature raw bar is stocked with fresh oysters and seasonal seafood. STIR is famous for craft cocktails. We freeze and carve 300-pound blocks of artisanal ice in-house, age certain cocktails in oak barrels for richer flavors, and place others on draft for crispness and carbonation. The result: categorically elevated cocktails. Our passion for fine spirits also compels us to find and share rare bottles, many of which are extremely difficult to procure. We welcome Knoxville to enjoy our unmatched cocktails, fresh seafood, and classic dishes in an atmosphere of genuine hospitality

Top review
JohnE
Dined 6 days ago
Great experience and atmosphere! Really enjoyed the restaurant!
A photo of Tupelo Honey - Knoxville restaurant
4.7
4.7 (2459)
$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.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
Wonderful service, the best fried green tomatoes I’ve ever had (better than whistle stop cafe/irondale cafe). Mimosas are on the sweeter side but still great. We sat outside and with the fans and coverage it wasn’t overly hot.
A photo of P.F. Chang's - Knoxville restaurant
4.6
4.6 (95)
$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
KarenBvip
Dined on Jun 22, 2024
Food was very good. Chef's feast for 2. Honey Crispy Shrimp & Mongolian Beef.
A photo of STIR - Chattanooga restaurant
4.6
4.6 (2161)
$31 to $50
American
Chattanooga
About the restaurant
STIR is the perfect restaurant to sip a craft cocktail over a dozen oysters, enjoy a night out, or meet for lunch. Located in the historic Chattanooga Choo Choo complex, the restaurant is an open-air concept with a large, heated outdoor patio. We are open for lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch.

Great food starts with fresh, local ingredients. Our kitchen prepares everything from scratch, and our signature raw bar is stocked with fresh oysters and seasonal seafood.

STIR is famous for craft cocktails. We freeze and carve 300-pound blocks of artisanal ice in-house, age certain cocktails in oak barrels for richer flavors, and place others on draft for crispness and carbonation. The result: categorically elevated cocktails. Our passion for fine spirits also compels us to find and share rare bottles, many of which are extremely difficult to procure.

We welcome Chattanooga to enjoy our unmatched cocktails, fresh seafood, and classic dishes in an atmosphere of

Top review
KJNNMvip
Dined 2 days ago
Excellent! Loved the lobster crab cakes! The grilled oysters. Yummmmmmm
A photo of Balter Beerworks restaurant
4.6
4.6 (39)
$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.
Top review
KrisB
Dined 2 days ago
We had a great first experience at Balter Beerworks. We went here before a concert we were going to be attending later in the evening. We enjoyed the food, great beer, excellent service from Chris, even though he didn't know who the Doobie Brothers are! Hopefully he took a listen. We will go back again. Thank you for a great time!
A photo of Nic & Norman's - Chattanooga restaurant
4.4
4.4 (913)
$30 and under
American
Chattanooga
About the restaurant
After the growth and love we felt in our Senoia location, we knew it was time to expand.

Our passion for creating special moments has adopted a passion for taking old iconic buildings and turning them into one of a kind, unique places to create those moments in.

Chattanooga is no exception. We've taken this space at the Choo Choo and kept it as authentic as we could while adding our Nic & Norman's story throughout.

We hope you enjoy it as much as we do.

We no longer accept reservations for Brunch on Saturdays and Sundays

Top review
Teresa
Dined 3 days ago
Food, service and speed were all excellent. Arrived about 15 minutes before our reservation time and were seated immediately. Zero complaints. Would definitely go back. Hubby is a meat and potatoes guy and was super happy with his meatloaf entree. I had the Whiskey Citrus Salmon and it was excellent. I’ve gotten similar dishes other places that were overwhelmed with the fruity taste, this dish had the perfect balance.
A photo of The Melting Pot - Knoxville restaurant
4.3
4.3 (1890)
$31 to $50
Fondue
Knoxville
About the restaurant
For a dining experience you won't soon forget, travel into Knoxville Historical District of the Old City, where you will find the staple Melting Pot nestled on the end of Central Street. The Melting Pot of the Old City has been creating the perfect nights out for over twenty years and can't wait to celebrate with you. The Melting Pot offers a truly unique dining experience created by the art of fondue. The leisurely 4-course dining experience sets us apart from other restaurants, giving you and your family or friends the time to reconnect, laugh and enjoy each others company. Combine our delicious cheese fondues prepared table side, our fresh salads, and exquisite entrees, including choices of seafood, steak, poultry, and fresh local vegetables. Compliment your dining experience 4 course meal with one of our decadent chocolate fondues from Cacao-Trace farms. We proudly offer gluten-free dining options for all four courses and can accommodate most food allergies as well.
Top review
GrahamC
Dined 4 days ago
Great night at Melting Pot. The bartender picked up our table and she was great. We had a good time and enjoyed our dinner and drinks.
A photo of Hard Rock Cafe - Pigeon Forge restaurant
4.3
4.3 (704)
$30 and under
American
Pigeon Forge
About the restaurant
Hard Rock Cafe is a global phenomenon with 185 cafes that are visited by nearly 80 million guests each year. The first Hard Rock Cafe opened on June 14, 1971, in London, England, and from there the brand has expanded to major cities and exotic locations around the world.
Top review
SuzannK
Dined 7 days ago
Great experience and service. Food was good and had fun looking at all the memorabilia
A photo of Dave & Buster's - Chattanooga restaurant
4.2
4.2 (96)
$30 and under
American
Chattanooga
About the restaurant
Each Dave & Buster’s has more state-of-the-art games than ever, more mouth-watering menu items and the most innovative drinks anywhere. From wings to steaks, we’ve got whatever suits your appetite and our premium bar assures we’re stocked to satisfy! Plus, you can watch your game on one of our massive HDTVs with epic stadium sound.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
We enjoyed our time but it was just really loud while trying to eat dinner. We will come back for sure but probably not dinner, just a snack, although the food was really good. The service was good and they were very helpful helping us decide on how many points we should buy for our three kids.
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