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About Sapphire: A Modern Restaurant & Bar

A modern bar and restaurant, located in the heart of downtown Knoxville, TN. Opened April 2005.


Sapphire focus is on Craft Cocktails, utilizing both the trendiest and obscure products, in combination with house-made infusions and tinctures.

Unbeatable happy hour specials. Unparalleled ambience and decor are created by the building itself, which is over 100 years old, and from the fact that Sapphire is built into the shell of an old jewelry store.

Enjoy an exciting nightlife in Knoxville and mingle with who's who. Find it all at Sapphire.

Located at 428 S. Gay St. a block away from Regal Riveria Cinemas and Tennessee Theatre.

428 S. Gay Street
Knoxville, TN 37902
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Contemporary American, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service

Hours of Operation:
Monday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 3:00am

Cross Street:
Union Avenue

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(865) 951-2066

Website:
http://www.sapphireknoxville.com/

Entertainment:
House DJ's on Friday and Saturday after 10:00 p.m. When reserving for dinner at these times, be aware that the energy level will be at a higher level than some find comfortable for dinner.

Catering:
We offer affordable catering options for parties of all sizes.

Parking Details:
FREE parking is available in three city parking lots. One is located directly behind our building, the other is on State Street and the third is adjacent to Market Square. 2-Hour Parking is also available on Gay Street.

Public Transit:
Trolley stops throughout Gay Street

Additional:
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Sapphire hosts numerous special events throughout the year. A few are:

Wine Tasting Dinners - Every other month
Cocktail Pairing Dinners - Every three months
Fashion Shows - Every three months
Valentine's Day - Prix Fixe Dinner
New Year's Eve - Prix Fixe Dinner+Party Packages
Halloween - Annual Costume Party

Sapphire: A Modern Restaurant & Bar Ratings and Reviews

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4.2

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4.6

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4.5

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4.3

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Moderate

86% would recommend it to a friend

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined 6 days ago

Great find!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Go for drinks, but eat before. Food is not their forte. We weren't having drinks this particular night and were sorely disappointed. Even the arugula salad was lacking - too much vinegar.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Memphis)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Great food and good service! Quality food for good prices! Good bourbon selection!

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·Dined on September 21, 2017

We reserved our table, honestly because Café4 was all booked up for our time slot. We had tickets for a 7:30 PM show at the Tennessee Theater. Sapphire had an opening so we took a chance as first-timers. We are so glad we did! I had the Pan-seared Barramundi, which was an incredible piece of fish - highly recommend! She had the Masaman Curry which was a little on the spicy hot side for her taste, but delicious for anyone liking the extra kick. Decent prices, casual, yet upscale atmosphere. Service was excellent, relaxed yet got us out in time for the show. We will be back. Thanks!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Vibrant Bar Scene, Spicy, Good for a Date, Cozy
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·Dined on July 31, 2017

The food was just OK... Trying to be more than just bar food and not quite making it. Food lacked flavor. Dessert of mousse was the only thing worth mentioning..... Definitely more of a bar than a restaurant.

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 (Houston)·Dined on May 13, 2017

Terrible service. Clearly understaffed and it took forever to get our food and drinks.

Tags: People Watching, Good for a Date
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 28, 2016

The food we ordered was good, and we'll made. Price was reasonable for the food received.

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 (E. Tennessee)·Dined on December 2, 2016

Great atmosphere, very cool place, food is great and our server was exceptional!

Tags: Great for Brunch, Afternoon Coffee, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Fun, Great Beer
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 (Savannah)·Dined on October 29, 2016

Great place for a casual meal or a night out with friends! We went for the Pirate Party over Halloween weekend, and the atmosphere was great. Laid back, but great service and great food. Staff was professional and very friendly/personable. They seemed to enjoy interacting with customers, rather than seeing them as a dollar figure (as many do). I'd recommend this place and I plan to go back.

Tags: Seasonal, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Comfort Food, People Watching, Casual, Good for Groups
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 (E. Tennessee)·Dined on October 27, 2016

Great atmosphere and food. I really enjoyed myself.

Tags: Authentic, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Romantic
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 (E. Tennessee)·Dined on June 24, 2016

Sapphire is not the place to go if you want to dine out. Basically they are just a big bar where people go to drink. They have a very limited dinner menu, only 5 dishes, only 2 of which are actual dinners (1 chicken and 1 fish). The other 3 "dinners" were a burger, a chicken sandwich, and pork tacos. It was worth a try, but we won't be going back.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on April 16, 2016

Server forgot our appetizer. The food is overpriced and not tasty. Maybe this is an OK place to grab a drink but skip the meal.

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 (Indiana)·Dined on March 11, 2016

Sapphire is a good place to meet friends for a drink. They have a full bar and a pretty good wine list; however, the pours are a bit stingy for both wine and spirits. The food menu is very limited (a few appetizers and a couple of entrees). It was tasty, but not worth the big price. Location downtown is prime. The staff was polite, but not overly friendly, especially to strangers from out of town. I got the impression that this place is either getting ready to grow or go. Seemed like they had tight purse strings in running the place.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (E. Tennessee)·Dined on February 14, 2016

Reserved a dinner for two here while making late Valentines Day plans out of town. The food was outstanding. The mixed drinks were exotic, maybe a tad strong, but worth the price for a change of pace.

Be serving staff was attentive and professional, and the Valentine's Day menu was a pleasing combination of diverse tastes. My understanding is that the owner is also the primary chef, and I was pleased with his creativity and the food quality. This is probably a great place to go for happy hour or evening drinks and small plate style meals. While I have not been here on any other occasion, it seems like this might be a trendy early evening bar scene. I strongly recommend it.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (E. Tennessee)·Dined on February 13, 2016

If going as a party less than four...sit at the bar. There are these little alcoves right behind the tables on one side that were being used for two folks. Looked tight and boxed in...didn't look comfortable. days.plsce for party of four. ..tables were nice. The appetizers anica nice to share and were good. Will try again on a Monday or Thursday...specials sound good on those days.

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (Miami)·Dined on December 18, 2015

Food was great, service was prompt, atmosphere was cool. Noise level was ok, crowd was probably louder than music, not so loud that you can't carry on a conversation. Pulled pork nachos....ohmahgawd

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vip
 (Louisville)·Dined on November 27, 2015

This was a repeat visit for us. The service was spotty - other tables that came in after us were served first, the manager did not explain happy hour and tried to blame the server for it, and just generally overall disappointed. We won't be back.

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on November 6, 2015

My wife and I, together with some relatives, were in Knoxville for a funeral. After visiting the funeral home, we needed to find a place for dinner. So I looked on Open Table and found Sapphire. It looked good online. Unfortunately, when we got there, my wife discovered that Sapphire is a nightclub. We were looking just to have a nice dinner; we don't do nightclubs. So we turned around and ate elsewhere. It was a disappointment and a waste of time.

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vip
 (Cincinnati)·Dined on August 30, 2014

A limited menu, but what they had was excellent. Mostly small plates with a few special entrees and a couple of entrée salads. Their drink menu is outstanding and well-organized by the primary ingredient - 4 different rye whisky based drinks had us hooked. Although quiet when we first arrived at about 9:15, by 10:00 it was very loud with some of the worst "party music" I've ever heard. We'd go back, but only earlier in the evening.

Tags: Late-night Find, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on June 9, 2014

Upon arriving at 715 most patrons drinking not eating. Service was very slow due to the server doing double duty. Food was OK but not what I'd expected based on the reviews. A artisan cheese board made up of pepper jack cheese, Manchego and per the server some stinky but good white cheese. The burger was good and made to order. Wine pours good. Noisy based on the number at the bar and number of beers per each.

It is summer and a college town.

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vip
 (E. Tennessee)·Dined on April 17, 2014

Drinks are different, but not that good. Strict drink policy not allowing you to exchange them if you don't like them. Food is below average.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 5, 2014

I chose Sapphire because it was close to the Tennessee theater and based on the extensive menu and grass fed beef selection. We get there and we were seated promptly and given menus. I looked at it and asked the server to the "other" menu. She said they didn't have a head chef right now and had to downsize. It was very disappointing. However, the choices we made were very good and the kitchen crew did a good job preparing the menu that they did have. Service was a little slow but the overall experience was good. I just had a higher expectation regarding the menu items.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Lunch
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 (E. Tennessee)·Dined on February 23, 2014

My friends and I met for drinks on Saturday night, stayed for hours and listened to music. We managed to get up the next morning for Sunday brunch and it was SO worth it!! Sapphire sat us on their back patio and it was quiet and very comfortable. The food was fantastic, great portion sizes, and the drinks hit the spot. And our server, Courtney, did a great job taking care of us. Thank you Courtney, we will be back to see you next week!!!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Brunch, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
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vip
 (Naples)·Dined on April 19, 2013

Food was only ok. They did have a nice selection of cocktails. Good place for a drink or two, but if you are a foodie not that great a choice.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (E. Tennessee)·Dined on February 15, 2013

My wife absolutely loved the place! We went early, so it was quite quiet with a good atmosphere. Might have to go back sometime when it is later in the evening to catch some live music!

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 (E. Tennessee)·Dined on December 25, 2012

I made a reservation through portable for Sapphire from Christmas dinner. The reservation was for 430pm. We my family arrived to the restaurant, there was a sign out front stating they would not open until 5pm. I called the number listed on open table and it just rang. The telephone number on sapphires web site did have an answering machine, so I left a message. ( never received a call back )

When the two lovely ladies opened the doors at 5pm they explained to us that the kitchen was not opened and the cooks would not be in until 6pm, since they were spending time with there families.

Thank you open table and sapphire for the great Christmas !

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on April 14, 2012

If you are under 30 and love to be assaulted by loud voices and poor service then this is a place for you. My husband & I were in town for a conference and decided to try out the area, we were so disappointed. I ordered a shrimp/pasta dish and I counted 4 shrimp and the dish was not hot, mildly warm. The only highlight of the meal was the black eye pea hummus, that was good.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Chicago)·Dined on March 9, 2012

Always a pleasure to dine here. The food is fresh, appealing served, and very tasty. While I like bringing clients in, the waitresses' skirts are getting shorter and shorter and the blouses are getting lower and lower. Some of my clients need blood pressure medication and heart attack meds after being served their dinners! Can't beat the food and the price for drinks....

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Groups, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Hot Spot
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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 20, 2012

Six people met for appetizers and drinks prior to a performance at the Tennessee Theatre. Drinks came fast (bottle of wine) and water. Food orders were placed and it took a very long time to get them. Not many people in the restaurant at the time, so couldn't quite figure out why. When they finally arrived, they were absolutely delicious. Placed in the center of the table with small plates and silverware all around, enabled us to sample each dish. Everything was superb. Made the curtain but were a wee bit worried about it.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Hot Spot
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 12, 2012

The food was decent. The drinks and service were phenomenal! Great bar.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Groups
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 (E. Tennessee)·Dined on December 10, 2011

The restaurant was out of three items that we ordered. The waitress was very unconcerned. We were a table for 8. Sapphire is suited more for drinks than food. The desserts were awful.

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 (Mississippi)·Dined on October 8, 2011

We really enjoyed the atmosphere at Sapphire. Our service was fantastic. I highly recommend this place.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Late-night Find, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Hot Spot
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vip
 (E. Tennessee)·Dined on May 22, 2011

We went for an early dinner and while the food was OK, it was not great. Appears to be more of a bar and night club than dinner place.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Hot Spot
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on March 9, 2011

the appetizzer came at same time as the entrees. the service was very slow. it took forever to serve the meal (the restaurant was almost empty). it took forever to get the bill.

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 (E. Tennessee)·Dined on February 14, 2011

Enjoyed the night! Good food and wide drink selection

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 30, 2011

My favorite restaurant! The staff is the absolute best. The appetizers, entrees, desserts, cocktails, and wine selection is the best in the area.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot
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 (E. Tennessee)·Dined on September 23, 2010

Service was prompt and the food was excellent. Portions are moderate as opposed to the platter full you receive at many restaurants. This was just enough and presented nicely. There is a very nice bar. Wine selection is quite nice. Ambiance is relaxed and comfortable. There is entertainment but we were there and out before it began. The restaurant was not crowded when we dined The ceilings are very high so sounds reverberates and it might be a bit noisy when the crowds arrive.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Late-night Find, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 23, 2010

Excellent food and amazing service!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Late-night Find, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Columbus)·Dined on June 14, 2010

Food was acceptable but nothing more. Service was erratic--friendly but unprofessional. We were in Knoxville for 5 days and found Sapphire to be the least interesting of the handful of places where we dined, even less than the slow dining room at the Holiday Inn across from the convention center whose soup at lunch was terrific. We were the only ones in the restaurant not at the bar when we arrived for our 7 p.m. reservation, but by 8:30 it was full and had gotten fairly noisy. .

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