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Diners' Choice: Lively restaurants in East Tennessee

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Updated June 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants that have the most vibrant bar scenes 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 (994)
$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 2 days ago
only observation was the duck was a bit overdone. do not like duck med rare or rare...just done. rest was very good. we both thought the appetizers were fantastic.
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4.8
4.8 (275)
$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 on Jun 4, 2024
Our waiter was the absolute best! He was attentive and informative. We were seated a a quiet secluded area as requested in our reservation. We ordered the fried deviled eggs, gazpacho, cod, and beef slides. Every dish was flavorful & cooked to perfection. Highly recommend this restaurant.
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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 (632)
$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 Jun 7, 2024
We will be back for sure! Everything about this place was so well done. Free parking is a few doors down if the lot is not already full.
A photo of STIR - Knoxville restaurant
4.7
4.7 (521)
$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
BobLvip
Dined 4 days ago
We found this hidden gem enroute to Blacberry Farm. Four of started with a dozen oysters. We then went with excellent wedge salads. Each of us different entees which we eagerly shared. They even have a nice selection of non-alcoholic beer which led to more sampling. Get the Athletic IPA.
A photo of STIR - Chattanooga restaurant
4.6
4.6 (2140)
$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
OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
Absolutely AMAZING food & drinks!!! The service was impeccable. I would highly recommend this restaurant.
A photo of Nic & Norman's - Chattanooga restaurant
4.4
4.4 (906)
$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
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 5, 2024
Loved our first time at Nic and Normans. Not busy on a wednesday night at 6. Our waiter was great, the food was great and the atmosphere was great. We will differently come back again.
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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.
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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4.2
4.2 (689)
$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
LaurenL
Dined 5 days ago
Great gluten free menu and burgers 🍔 Lots of memorabilia
A photo of Dave & Buster's - Chattanooga restaurant
4.0
4 (91)
$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 on Jun 6, 2024
We had a great time at your location in Chattanooga. We came for my son’s birthday and they went above and beyond to make his night memorable! Lauren was our waitress and she was phenomenal!!! Cannot say enough good about her. She truly is a gem! The games were fun and the establishment was clean and comfortable. The lady helping with prizes at the end was amazing and friendly as well. Overall 10 out of 10 for my first ever experience at your establishment.
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