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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.
Knoxville, TN 37902
Contemporary American, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
Hours of Operation:
Monday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 3:00am
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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.
We offer affordable catering options for parties of all sizes.
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.
Trolley stops throughout Gay Street
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
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!!!
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 !
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.
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....
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.
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.
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. .