Best Restaurants

Out of all the restaurants in a city, 10Best narrows the options to those places with the most appeal and the best reputations. We offer carefully vetted selections to let you explore Knoxville dining on your own. If time is really tight, though, and you don't have the leisure to look through all our offerings, we present our Knoxville Best Restaurants list. Here, we distill the best businesses down to a special selection of ten. These places promise a stellar experience and a taste of the city that you just can't miss.

8 Sitar Indian Cuisine
Previously a fast-food restaurant, this popular establishment serves a great lunch buffet. The selections change daily, but you can always find a variety of meat and vegetarian dishes. If you're a bit timid, take this opportunity to sample everything. Be sure to try the tandoori items, which garner wide acclaim. Make sure you leave room for the desserts, they are sweet and delicate. (865-588-1828)

7 Naples
With a decor of European paintings, trailing ivy, and soft lighting, this restaurant serves authentic Italian food to its eager patrons. Red walls and table lamps provide an intimate environment for quiet dining. The menu offers both northern and southern Italian cuisine, including pastas, seafood, chicken, filets, and veal. Once you've enjoyed this cuisine, save some room for the tiramisu or crème brûlée. (865-584-5033)

6 Bistro By The Tracks
This small, upscale bistro surrounds guests with a warm, contemporary decor. Tapestry-upholstered booths and chocolate-brown carpet add visual warmth to the appetizing menu selections. Mere mention of the fried oyster salad, duck confit quesadillas, grilled lamb chops, and sesame-crusted shrimp provokes a delighted response from guests. Nightly seafood specials are appealing too. If the weather's nice, plan to dine on the outdoor patio. (865-558-9500)

5 Baker — Peters Jazz Club
Situated in a beautiful old home, Bakers-Peters Jazz Club seems to do everything right. First, the food is outstanding, from the house-smoked salmon to the juicy aged rib eye and the Tuscan pork tenderloin with baked onions and a semi-sweet glaze. The scrumptious desserts are enough for two. An eclectic mix of jazz gives quite the cosmopolitan feel to your dining event. Reservations are recommended. (865-690-8110)

4 Ye Olde Steak House
When you crave a great steak, there's no place like Ye Olde Steak House. They've been selling their sizzling sensations for more than thirty-five years. Whether you choose rare, medium, or well done, the food is consistently cooked the way you like with very little variance. After all, when you've been cooking the best steaks this long, it's hard to miss. The steakhouse also serves sides of potatoes and onions, homemade wheat bread, and homemade dressings to top your salad. Diners can bring their own wine. The decor is simple, and the dining is a sure thing. (865-577-9328, 865-250-3724)

3 Altruda's
The setting of this well-known restaurant is a perfect complement to the traditional Italian food. The decor is welcoming, but simple, and the food is plentiful and satisfying. A favorite local dish is the lemon chicken, but you can't go wrong with any of the veal, pasta, or seafood dishes either. The appetizers, hot and cold, provide a tasty introduction to the rest of the menu. (865-690-6144)

2 Chesapeake's
If you're in the mood for seafood, Chesapeake's will satisfy your desires. Shrimp, crab, lobster, a variety of fish, and bouillabaisse are yours to sample at this fashionable establishment in a historic building. The crab cakes, a house specialty, are particularly scrumptious. Even if seafood isn't in your plans, you can enjoy steak and chicken. (865-673-3433)

1 The Butcher Shop
If you're the hands-on type, this downtown steakhouse will suit your style. Choose your favorite cut from the display case and proceed to the grilling area to work your magic. While you're at it, the server will bring drinks and salads to accompany the meal. If you'd rather sit back after a long day, the house chef is happy to do the cooking. It's up to you. Either way, the steaks are great, and they come with baked potato, salad, and Texas toast to fill you up. (865-637-0204)

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Sitar Indian Cuisine 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: Indian
Neighborhood: AIRPORT - TYS
COST: $
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Naples 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: European, Italian
Neighborhood: AIRPORT - TYS
COST: $$
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Bistro By The Tracks 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American
Neighborhood: AIRPORT - TYS
COST: $$
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Baker — Peters Jazz Club 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Cigar Friendly, Live Music
Neighborhood: AIRPORT - TYS
COST: $$
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Ye Olde Steak House 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American
Dining Options: Family Friendly
COST: $$
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Altruda's 10Best List Arrow
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge
Cuisine: European, Italian
COST: $$
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Chesapeake's 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Seafood
Dining Options: Take Out
Neighborhood: AIRPORT - TYS
COST: $$
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The Butcher Shop 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Steakhouse
Neighborhood: AIRPORT - TYS
COST: $$
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