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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 DowntownKnoxville.org'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.
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.
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 (www.clubleconte.com). Club LeConte only accepts the major credit cards - Visa, Mastercard and American Express.
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.
DaVinci's Pizza, 113 South Central Avenue, 865-637-5040
Inexpensive, good, and open late – what more could you want? Enjoy a pre- or post-show dinner at the Old City establishment.
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.
Koi Fusion / 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.
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.
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.