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Nearby Restaurants

Take a bite out of Knoxville! Enjoy dinner before the show or unwind afterward at one of downtown Knoxville's favorite eateries. With choices ranging from classic barbecue to sumptuous sushi, you're sure to find something to please your palate. Visit's restaurant and bar section for comprehensive listings.

Barley's Taproom & Pizzeria, 200 East Jackson Avenue, 865-521-0092
Barley’s has a menu full of pizza, calzones, pastas and sandwiches for casual and tasty dining. The downstairs bar has 40 taps featuring the South's best selection of American craft-brewed beers.

Bistro at the Bijou, 807 South Gay Street, 865-544-0537
Located in the same building as the Bijou Theatre, Bistro at the Bijou specializes in classic Southern cuisine served in an intimate, romantic environment. Located within easy walking distance of the Tennessee Theatre.

Blue Coast Grill & Bar, 37 Market Square, 865-243-2300
A culinary driven, farm to table restaurant. You will find a team of chef's who will prepare you a unique and savory dish from the New American menu. Ideal for a quick lunch, weekend brunch, private dining, romantic dinners or relaxed evenings out. An eco-friendly environment both elegant and casual, familiar but unique, Blue Coast Grill & Bar is the ideal place to meet, dine and linger.

Boyd's Jig & Reel, 101 South Central Street, 865-247-7066
Live music, over 250 scotches, and Scottish pub fare.

C & C Bistro, 416 Clinch Avenue, 865-595-0134
Authentic French cuisine with suggested wine and chocolate pairings.

Cafe 4, 4 Market Square, 865-544-4144Come enjoy our true urban retreat, featuring Traditional Southern Comfort Foods with a Twist. Create memories in our comfortable dining room or relax on our heated and cooled outdoor patio overlooking the bustling Historic Market Square. Savor an entrée from our always-changing “seasonal menu”, featuring Chef inspired Southern House made favorites. Chill out in the “Mezzanine Loft” for a great cup of coffee or latté, a glass of Wine or one of 47 unique Beers

Calhoun’s on the River, 400 Neyland Drive, 865-673-3355
Experience the “taste of Tennessee” at this Knoxville classic. Enjoy award-winning barbecue, hickory-smoked ribs and handcrafted beers while sitting on their patio overlooking the Tennessee River.

Chesapeake’s, 500 Henley Street, 865-673-3433
Chesapeake’s prides itself on serving the best fresh fish and seafood in a handsome nautical atmosphere.

Club LeConte, 800 South Gay Street, 865-523-0405
Club Leconte is Knoxville's premier prive dining and business club overlooking Knoxville and the Smoky Mountains at the top of the First Tennessee Tower.  Club LeConte is a members only venue but open to non-members for Sunday Brunch and for utilizing private rooms.  Club LeConte welcomes guests of the Tennessee Theatre for their Sunday Brunch Buffet before Sunday matinee performances.  To view more information about Club Leconte view thier website (  Club LeConte only accepts the major credit cards - Visa, Mastercard and American Express.

Cocoa Moon, 19 Market Square, 865-521-3888
Thai fusion in a hip, urban setting on Market Square - just a short walk from the Tennessee Theatre.

Coolato Gelato, 524 South Gay Street, 865-971-5449
Coolato Gelato is sandwiched between the historic Tennessee Theatre and the Regal Riviera Theatre.  Housed in the recently renovated historical "WROL" building.  Most of the day you will find everyone busy making that perfect espresso, grilling a great panini, baking cookies, making gelato, serving a dog his dog gelato or simply enjoying a chat with one of many great loyal customers.  We have a question we always ask each other, "Did you make that with love?"

Crown & Goose, 123 South Central Avenue, 865-524-2100
The Old City’s newest addition is a British gastropub, and it offers incredible food in a warm and cozy setting. In warmer months, enjoy the outdoor courtyard. Free parking is available in the lot directly across the street.

Cru Bistro & Wine Bar, 141 South Gay Street, 865-544-1491The menu at Cru represents both new and exotic flavors as well as beautifully executed yet familiar selections for one and all to enjoy. The chef-inspired small plates menu encourages those with curious palates to explore and experience a wide variety of foods and an extensive selections of global wines by the glass, the flight, or the bottle.

Dazzo's Pizzeria, 710 South Gay Street, 865-525-2105
Dazzo's uses only top quality ingredients in every dish. Our dough, sauces, fresh mozzarella, and meatballs are completely homemade!

Downtown Grill and Brewery, 424 South Gay Street, 865-633-8111
Located only a block away from the Tennessee Theatre. The Brewery has a rich history, told not only by its well-worn hardwood floors, but through its pictures of Knoxville history that dress the walls. With its copper and mahogany bar, tempting menu and fine craft-brewed beers, it is easy to see why this has become a downtown Knoxville staple.

The French Market Creperie, 526 South Gay Street, 865-540-4372
Casual eatery serving sweet and savory crepes made with buckwheat batter imported from France.

Knox Mason, 131 South Gay Street, 865-544-2004
Knox Mason is a full service restaurant and bar located on the historic 100 Block of Gay St. in downtown Knoxville. Chef Matt Gallaher’s seasonally focused menu changes regularly and features the finest Southern products available. Hyper-local Southern staples such as Benton’s Bacon, Riverplains Farm Eggs and Cruze Farm Buttermilk take their place alongside Arbequena Olive Oil from Texas, Bourbon Barrel Smoked Paprika from Kentucky and Olive and Sinclair Chocolate from Nashville to round out the modern Southern Pantry. Familiar fare is recast to reflect the 21st Century in spirited Southern dishes such as Fresh Pork Rinds with Bourbon Barrel Smoked Paprika and Tennessee Sunshine Hot Sauce and Tennessee Derby Pie with Olive and Sinclair Chocolate, Jack Daniels Tennessee Whiskey, Muddy Pond Sorghum Mousse and Whipped Cream.

Li'l Vinnie's Italian Restaurant, 119 South Central Street, 865-200-4426
Italian restaurant featuring family recipes.

Melting Pot, 111 North Central Avenue, 865-971-5400
Dip into something different with fondue several ways . . . cheeses, entrees including steak and seafood, and of course, chocolate.

Mirage, 718 South Gay Street, 865-521-5588
Just a short walk from the Tennessee Theatre, Mirage specializes in Mediterranean food. Plus, a hookah bar is available in the evenings.

Nama, 506 South Gay Street, 865-633-8539
Within walking distance of the Tennessee Theatre. Nama’s creations are a fusion of Japanese, Korean, Spanish, and American cuisine, wrapped up into a nice sushi experience. This is not just sushi for sushi’s sake.

Oodles Noodle Bar, 18 Market Square, 865-521-0600
Inventive Italian-inspired cuisine, or you can create your own pasta dish from their selection of ingredients. Oodles is best known for their macaroni and cheese, which is not to be missed. Located on Market Square a short walk from the Theatre. 

Ruth's Chris Steak House, 950 Volunteer Landing Lane, 865-546-4696
Ruth's Chris Steak House serves the finest aged, corn-fed USDA Prime beef. Broiled in a trademark 1800° oven & served on a plate heated to 500 degrees, your steak is presented sizzling hot at your table. Additionally, the menu includes select fresh seafood & other meat entrees, including seasonal specialties like foie gras, buffalo strip & scallops. A variety of fresh-cooked vegetables, including seven kinds of potatoes, salads, homemade desserts & an extensive selection of over 100 domestic & imported wines complete your dining experience. Ruth's Chris never fails to please!

Sapphire, 428 South Gay Street, 865-637-8181
A trendy, modern martini bar and restaurant less than a block away from the Theatre. The potato chips topped with truffle oil and asiago cheese are a favorite.

Soccer Taco, 9 Market Square, 865-544-4471
Satisfy your craving for authentic Mexican Cuisine with Soccer Taco Mexican Sports Bar. This is the place for soccer fanatics with 10 or more flat-screen satellite televisions broadcasting sports events from all over the world. Soccer Taco features made-from-scratch recipes along with a full bar, including Knoxville’s BEST Margarita! With tasty dishes from shrimp enchiladas and chimichangas to fresh fajitas, tacos and burritos, Knoxville’s Best Mexican Restaurant is sure to please! All locations have patios for outdoor dining, too.

Stock & Barrel, 35 Market Square, 865-776-2075
Our goal in creating this restaurant is to design a quality burger location that is driven by the Knoxville community using fresh, local ingredients in all our menu options. We want a place for our customers to feel at home and welcome when they are here whether it is for a business luncheon, a first date or a place for family and friends to come together and have dinner and drinks with one another.

Tomato Head, 12 Market Square, 865-637-4067
Consistently ranked as one of Knoxville's favorite restaurants in various local polls, Tomato Head's menu consists of unpredictable takes on Italian and Southwestern dishes, ranging from nonconformist pizzas to whimsical soups to burritos. Using the finest fresh vegetables, produce and herbs, the Tomato Head prepares inventive and tasty concoctions that delight both carnivores and vegetarians seeking more than the traditional salad. Try the goat cheese sandwich or a wood-fired pizza with pesto, walnuts, chicken and roasted garlic . Enjoy the ever-changing display of local artwork or catch a performance by local singers, poets or theater troupes.

Trio Cafe, 13 Market Square, 865-246-2270
A fast, friendly, and casual café on Market Square specializing in custom hand-tossed salads as well as Southern favorites like shrimp & grits. Everything here is made from scratch.

Tupelo Honey, 1 Market Square, 865-522-0004
While we revere the time-honored traditions of the Southern cook, you will find our take on the Southern plate a little different. Because Tupelo Honey Cafe is a little different. Our transformation of just about everything Southern – from fried chicken to sweet potatoes to catfish – is decidedly spirited, independent, and frequently unscripted.