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Downtown Knoxville has a wealth of dining options. Here are some of our favorites that are within walking distance of the Hilton or accessible via public transportation. We’ve included the Trip Advisor rating; click the rating to see Trip Advisor’s full review.

Market Square Area:

  • Coffee Shops
    • Coffee and Chocolate$$
      • Gourmet chocolates and coffee.
      • 327 Union Ave.
      • (865) 688-9244
      • Mon.-Thurs. (7:30am-10:00pm); Fri. (7:30am-11:00pm); Sat. (8:00am-11:00pm); Sun. (9:00am-10:00pm)
  • Dining
    • Tupelo Honey Café $$-$$$
      • Rooted in the Mountain South and inspired by time-honored southern traditions, casual atmosphere
      • 1 Market Sq.
      • (865) 522-0004
      • Mon.-Thurs. (11:00am-10:00pm); Fri. (11:00am-11:00pm); Sat. (8:00am-11:00pm); Sun. (8:00am-9:00pm)
    • Cafe 4$$
      • A cafe and bakery with an American southern fusion serving up-scale comfort food with a gourmet twist.
      • 4 Market Sq.
      •  (865) 544-144
      • Mon.-Thurs. (7:00am-9:30pm); Fri. (7:00am-10:30pm); Sat. (9:00am-10:30pm); Sun. (9:00am-8:30pm).
    • Tomato Head $$-$$$
      • Handmade Italian pizzas and sandwiches made from local farms. Known for their vegan and vegetarian dishes.
      • 12 Market Sq.
      • (865) 637-4067
      • Mon.-Thurs. (11:00am-9:30pm); Fri. (11:00am-10:30pm); Sat. (10:00am-10:30pm); Sun. (10:00am-9:00pm)
    • Stock and Barrel $$-$$$
      • Known for their crafted gourmet burgers and large selection of bourbon. Upbeat, casual atmosphere.
      • 35 Market Sq.
      • (865) 766-2075
      • Sun.-Thurs. (11:00am-10:00pm); Fri.-Sat. (11:00am-11:00pm)
    • Market House Café$
      • Gourmet meats and cheeses are used to make delicious sandwiches. There’s also a wide range of coffee and beer options.
      • 36 Market Sq.
      • (865) 444-5949
      • Sat.-Sun (7:00am-11:00pm)
  • Nightlife
    • Peter Kern Library
      • Upscale speakeasy located in the Oliver Hotel. Entrance can be found in the back alley; look for the red light.
      • 407 Union St.
      • (865) 521-0050
      • Sun.-Sat. (8:00am-2:00am)
    • Preservation Pub
      •  3-Story Pub the provides a variety of experiences, On the first floor, there is a live band. The second floor is quieter for conversations, and the third floor is a patio on the roof.
      • 28 Market Sq.
      • (865) 524-2224
      • Sun.-Sat. (3:00pm-3:00am)
    • Casual Pint
      • Large selection of draft and bottled beers, casual atmosphere.
      • 421 Union St.
      • (865) 951-2160
      • Mon.-Thurs. (3:00pm-11:00pm); Fri. (1:00pm-2:00am); Sat. 11:00am-2:00am); Sun. (12:00pm-11:00pm)

Gay Street Area:

  • Coffee Shops
    • The French Market Creperie$
      • Serving sweet and savory crepes, sandwiches, soups, and salads. Large selection of coffees and teas available.
      • 526 S Gay St
      • (865) 540-4372
      • Sun.-Mon. (9:00am-3:00pm); Tue.-Thurs. (9:00am-9:00pm); Fri.-Sat. (9:00am-10:00pm)
  • Dining
    • Downtown Grill & Brewery$$
      • Fresh hand-crafted brews, mesquite-grilled specialities, jumbo pastas and salads served in a historic downtown setting with a patio.
      • 424 S. Gay St
      • (865) 633-8111
      • Sun.-Thurs. (11:00am-12:00pm); Fri.-Sat. (11:00am-3:00am)
    • Nama Sushi Bar$$-$$$
      • Upscale Japanese restaurant with sushi bar.
      • 506 S Gay St.
      • (865) 633-839
      • Mon.-Sat. (Lunch, 11:00am-3:00pm; Dinner, 3:00pm-11:00pm); Sun. (12:00pm-11:00pm)
    • Chivo Taqueria $$-$$$
      • A unique, casual restaurant that features tacos fused with local ingredients.
      • 314 S. Gay St.
      • (865) 444-3161
      • Sun.-Thurs. (11:00am-10:00pm); Fri.-Sat. (11:00am-11:00pm)
  • Nightlife
    • Sapphire
      • Sapphire is a modern bar and restaurant featuring 60 wines by the glass (including 10 sparkling wines), and creative cocktails in a sexy atmosphere. Featuring an expansive and unique new sushi menu.
      • 428 S. Gay St.
      • (865) 637-8181
      • Sun.-Sat. (3:00pm-3:00am)
    • Suttree’s High Gravity Tavern
      • Full service bar known for its high gravity beers and casual atmosphere.
      • 409 S. Gay St.
      • (865) 934-3814
      • Mon.-Thurs. (3:00pm-12:00am); Fri.-Sat. (3:00pm-2:00am); Sun. (3:00pm-9:00pm)

Old City Area:

  • Coffee Shops
    • Old City Java$
      • Knoxville’s oldest coffee shop specializes in locally roasted coffee blends, gourmet store-baked treats, multitudes of espresso drinks, full breakfast and lunch served all day, monthly art shows.
      • 109 S. Central St.
      • (865) 523-9817
      • Mon.-Fri. (7:00am-10:00pm); Sat.-Sun. (8:00am-10:00pm)
  • Dining
    • Barley's Taproom and Pizzeria$$
      • In the heart of the historic Old City, Barley’s serves up the best New York-style hand-tossed pizza in the region, plus huge calzones, pasta and appetizers like Black Bean Hummus and Hand-battered Buffalo Fingers.
      • 200 E. Jackson Ave.
      • (865) 521-0092
      • Mon.-Sat. (11:30am-2:00am)
    • Lonesome Dove$$$$
      • Chef & Owner Tim Love has designed a menu influenced by all of the ingredients and cultures of the West-with an added level of modern sophistication. Reservations recommended.
      • 100 N. Central St.
      • (865) 999-5251
      • Mon.-Thurs. (4:30pm-10:00pm); Fri.-Sat. (4:30pm-11:00pm)
    • Sweet P’s Downtown Dive$$-$$$
      • The original restaurant (near the airport) was featured on Man vs. Food for its 4lb burrito. It has also been featured on The Food Network for its Tennessee BBQ and southern side dishes.
      • 410 W. Jackson Ave.
      • (865) 281-1738
      • Tues.-Thurs. (11:00am-9:00pm); Fri.-Sat. (11:00am-10:00pm); Sun. (12:00pm-9:00pm)
    • Knox Mason$$-$$$
      • Features local products and ingredients with southern charm.
      • 101 S. Gay St.
      • (865) 544-2004
      • Tues.-Sat. (4:00pm-11:00pm); Sun. (10:00am-2:00pm)
    • The Crown and Goose$$-$$$
      • A casual British pub with iconic British favorites such as Shepherd’s Pie and Fish & Chips.
      • 123 S. Central St.
      • (865) 524-2100
      • Mon.-Thurs. (11:00am-11:00pm); Fri. (11:00am-2:00am); Sat. (12:00pm-2:00am); Sun. (11:00am-4:00pm)
  • Nightlife
    • Urban Bar & Corner Cafe
      • A relaxing spacious atmosphere with a patio that puts you right in the middle of the Old City. They offer twenty different draft beers and they are smoker friendly. Enjoy one of the many pool tables or dart boards.
      • 109 N. Central Ave.
      • (865) 546-2800
      • Mon.-Sun. (5:00pm-2:30am)
    • Old City Wine Bar
      • Casual wine bar with large variety of wines, both local and international. Sommelier onsite.
      • 108 W. Jackson Ave.
      • (865) 851-7676
      • Mon.-Thurs. (4:00pm-11:00pm); Fri.-Sat. (4:00pm-12:00am)
    • Boyd’s Jig and Reel
      • Full service bar with a wide variety of Scotch and kilts. Though people go for the bands and darts, there’s also delicious food options.
      • 101 S. Central St.
      • (865) 247-7066
      • Mon.-Fri. (11:00am-2:30am); Sat.-Sun. (4:00pm-2:30am)