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Sapphire: A Modern Restaurant & Bar

47 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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Sapphire Fine Food & Fancy Drinks is located in the heart of downtown Knoxville, TN. Opened April 2005.

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

Unbeatable happy hour specials from 4-6 Monday through Friday. 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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Contemporary American, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
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Hours of operation
Mon–Sat 4:00 pm–3:00 am
Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
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Phone number
(865) 951-2066
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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We offer affordable catering options for parties of all sizes.
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Cross street
Union Avenue
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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.
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Public transit
Trolley stops throughout Gay Street
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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.
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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
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
What 47 People Are Saying
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4.4  based on recent ratings
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86% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipOpenTable Diner (Minneapolis)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Right size portions. Great cocktails!

OpenTable Diner (Birmingham)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

We went to Saphire for Valentines Day. They offered a special menu for food and drinks in addition to their regular menu. The food was excellent. They had a nice assortment of drinks as well. We were well taken care of and not rushed. Would totally recommend this restaurant!

Rogerh (E. Tennessee)
4.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

The cocktails are amazingly creative and very tasty! The price of the cocktails ($10 each) was a little on the steep side.
Staff was amazing and informative.
The food was okay, but expected better for the price.

OpenTable Diner (E. Tennessee)
3.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

The service was good except our server was caught up in an unforeseen dilemma with an exceptionally intoxicated patron. She had to be carried out by her friends. It was interesting. The food was expensive considering the portion size, though it was quite tasty. We ordered the hot chicken sliders and bbq chicken sliders. I believe they were $13 each for 2 sliders to make a total of 4 sliders coming in at $26. That’s on the appetizer menu. Overall it’s certainly more of a bar versus a restaurant. It’s probably not the place you’ll want to go for a date night dinner, but rather the place for drinks afterwards.

Deadpetvet (E. Tennessee)
5.0  Dined on January 2, 2018

Best cocktails in Knoxville. I had a Sazerac and it was amazing. We also shared appetizers and they were all delicious.

vipOpenTable Diner (San Antonio)
3.0  Dined on December 16, 2017

Apps, drinks and dessert are the shinning stars. Everything else is just ok.

OpenTable Diner (Louisville)
5.0  Dined on December 9, 2017

Bachelorette dinner for 12 on a busy Saturday night. Service, food, and drinks were superb! Highly recommend!

OpenTable Diner (Charleston)
3.0  Dined on December 6, 2017

Restaurant was not busy but it took our server more than 5 minutes to greet us. Then a 10 minute wait for drinks and the 3 apps we ordered took 25 minutes.
Food was good (not great) but was not worth the wait.

vipPost (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on November 12, 2017

Great find!

AmyP (New York Area)
3.0  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.

Tinabanana (Memphis)
5.0  Dined on September 23, 2017

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

SteveM (E. Tennessee)
5.0  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!

OpenTable Diner (Charlotte)
4.0  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.

OpenTable Diner (Houston)
2.0  Dined on May 13, 2017

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

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on December 28, 2016

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

OpenTable Diner (E. Tennessee)
5.0  Dined on December 2, 2016

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

OpenTable Diner (Savannah)
5.0  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.

OpenTable Diner (E. Tennessee)
4.0  Dined on October 27, 2016

Great atmosphere and food. I really enjoyed myself.

RichF (E. Tennessee)
2.0  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.

OpenTable Diner (Cincinnati)
1.0  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.