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Diners' Choice: Good for special occasions restaurants in East Tennessee

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Updated June 05, 2024

Looking for the best special occasion restaurants 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!

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4.9
4.9 (669)
$31 to $50
American
Johnson City
About the restaurant
A Johnson City tradition since 1989, Gourmet and Company offers a dining experience that is unique to the region. Dinner menu selections run the gamut from traditional fine dinning classics to exciting specials including exotic meats and exceedingly fresh seafood. Lunches are casual and perfect for socializing or business. We also have an indoor lounge and outdoor patio bar that are fully stocked with a wide selection of wines, fine spirits, and craft beers.
Top review
JeremyE
Dined 4 days ago
Wonderful lunch as always on the patio. A perfect summer time treat.
A photo of Fleming's Steakhouse - Knoxville restaurant
4.8
4.8 (829)
$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.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 30, 2024
Heidi was fantastic! The food was amazing. It was truly a great place to have a memorable experience.
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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.
Top review
SusanC
Dined 6 days ago
Food was delicious, ordered beef tenderloin for two. The beef was perfectly prepared, mashed potatoes were very good, just not enough of them.
A photo of Company Chattanooga restaurant
4.8
4.8 (66)
$31 to $50
Cocktail Bar
Chattanooga
About the restaurant
Come see us for our new seasonal shareable menu, featuring wagyu sliders, hummus stuffed endives, and warm pimento cheese dip just to name a few.

Join us in Chattanooga's only true Speakeasy for Classic & Modern Craft Cocktails, accented by an exceptional Food Menu. Come discover us behind our hidden entrance in the Kinley Hotel.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 13, 2024
What a pleasant surprise. We loved the intimate atmosphere, food and service.
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4.7
4.7 (3664)
$31 to $50
Steak
Chattanooga
About the restaurant
Hennen's is an upscale yet casual restaurant specializing in fresh seafood and certified Angus steaks, using the freshest local ingredients available...

Hennen's is conveniently located in the heart of downtown Chattanooga, next to the Tennessee Aquarium, IMAX Theater & within walking distance of several area hotels.
An elegant ambiance is centered around the 2,400 bottle wine cellar located in the middle of the main dining area.
Hennen's also features a full bar, patio dining and dedicated private dining room.
Top review
Debras
Dined 4 days ago
If you were looking for a special occasion, this is a great restaurant. Food was incredible.
A photo of Wilder at Windy Hill Farm and Preserve restaurant
4.7
4.7 (25)
$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
deanr
Dined 5 days ago
Beautiful property, warm and welcoming staff and talented culinary team making great use of the bounty on site. Excited to return!
A photo of Ruth's Chris Steak House - Chattanooga restaurant
4.6
4.6 (2352)
$31 to $50
Steakhouse
Chattanooga
About the restaurant
The Ruth’s Chris tradition of custom-aged, USDA prime steaks, served with the signature sizzle and legendary hospitality, thrives in Chattanooga. Start your unforgettable dining experience with the signature Shrimp Remoulade, featuring chilled jumbo shrimp and a classic Creole house-made dressing. For your entree, indulge in an extraordinary cut of steak such as the tender, juicy Filet or a classic New York Strip. If it’s seafood you fancy, indulge in a fresh Maine lobster. Unwind with a selection from the award-winning wine list and enjoy the warm and inviting dining room atmosphere, and you’ll quickly be reminded why the Ruth’s Chris brand is synonymous with refined taste, exceptional service, and top notch cuisine.
Top review
MikeG
Dined 5 days ago
Ruth's Chris steakhouse in Chattanooga is always great food! Service is always perfect I'll be honest could always be better lol but other than that everything went smoothly me and my wife had a great dinner and we will be back!
A photo of P.F. Chang's - Chattanooga restaurant
4.6
4.6 (138)
$30 and under
Chinese
Chattanooga
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
SRVol
Dined on May 12, 2024
For a busy Mother’s Day lunch, the service was good. Very comfortable setting outdoors.
A photo of Rio de Brazil restaurant
4.5
4.5 (218)
$50 and over
Brazilian
Johnson City
About the restaurant
Rio De Brazil is a unique, all you can eat “Churrascaria” featuring a full salad bar with over 35 items, Brazilian hot dishes and a “parade” of different types of meats sliced at your table by our Gauchos.

Along with a full bar, we have a beautiful walk-in wine cellar with a fine selection of wines from Argentina, Chile, California and of course, our famous Caiphirinha cocktail.
Top review
VivianE
Dined on May 11, 2024
Rio de Brazil is our go to for special occasions. Each time, we come hungry and leave with bellies’ happy. Thank you!!!
A photo of Calhoun's Bearden Hill restaurant
4.5
4.5 (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.
Top review
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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