From the music, to the country vibes, to the fried green tomatoes, Knoxville is one of the best cities in the south to visit.
While you’re in the Marble City (or Knox Vegas, depending on who you’re asking), one thing you have to do is visit one of the many steakhouses in Knoxville. There’s a spot for every taste, whether you want a classic ribeye or something new and different.
If you want to find a great place to grab a bite to eat, you’ve come to the right place. Without further ado, here are the best steakhouses in Knoxville.
10915 Turkey Dr, Knoxville, TN 37934
Located in West Knoxville, Connors Steak & Seafood is the steak house chain’s flagship store. So whether you just want to grab a drink at the bar or soak in the firelit ambiance at a table, Connors is an excellent spot to head for a meal.
Fresh seafood is one of Connors’ specialties, so if you want to dig into some southern cuisine, order up a serving of shrimp and grits with a side of delicious lobster bisque. I’ve sampled many bisques in my day, but nothing as good as this.
And the steaks? To die for. If you’re aiming for the full “down south” experience (and want a caffeine boost), try the Espresso Rub Ribeye served with red-eye demi-glace.
6838 Chapman Hwy, Knoxville, TN 37920
Family-owned restaurants are always a favorite of mine, so I like to see what the locals have to offer when I travel. The award-winning Ye Olde Steak House certainly didn’t disappoint.
This steakhouse is run by the children and grandchildren of the original owners, and the pride they take in their legacy really shines through in their cuisine.
Ye Olde Steak House has an old-school feel, which is why I went for a classic cut on my last visit. The New York Strip is fabulous and comes in two size options if you’re extra peckish.
They also have some great Early Bird specials if you’re looking to grab a bite in the early evening.
6901 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37919
Brazeiros is an experience. I’ll just put it that way. When you sit down in this Brazilian steakhouse, be prepared to eat. A lot.
Each option on Brazeiros’ menu involves continuous service of meats and sides, an unlimited salad bar, and a green and red coaster you’ll use to communicate with your server.
First, your server will fill your plate, then you’ll flip your coaster over so the red side is up. Flip it to green once you’re done, and your server will top off your plate once more.
The best part about Brazeiros is that you don’t need a recommendation from me because you can try everything on the menu all in one sitting. Although, I wouldn’t blame you if you tried to hoard all the caramelized bananas to yourself.
11287 Parkside Dr #14, Knoxville, TN 37934
Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar is located in the Turkey Creek Shopping Plaza, so if you want to wrap up your day of shopping with a steak, Fleming’s is the place to go.
This high-end steakhouse has something for everyone, especially if you’re looking for a taste of Knoxville.
I’m a huge fan of the Beef Carpaccio appetizer, so I’d definitely recommend that or the sweet chili calamari if you want an appetizer.
For your main, though, you have to–I repeat, have to– get the Dry-Aged Ribeye with smoked chili butter.
Or, if you want a bit of fresh seafood, go for the truffle-poached lobster. Better yet, go with a friend, order both, and share.
950 Volunteer Landing Ln, Knoxville, TN 37915
Ruth’s Chris Steak House is a popular stop and perfect if you want something familiar. This steakhouse has chains all over the country, and its Knoxville location is ideally located by the Tennessee River.
If you want a classic steak that offers the basics, Ruth’s Chris’ Filet is just what you need. It’s a no-fuss steak that’s all about perfection.
But if you want to kick your steak up a notch, I definitely recommend switching up to Oscar Style. You’ll get a crab cake, asparagus, and béarnaise sauce to perfectly complement your filet.
Then, when you’re done, take a stroll along the river to digest before heading out for your night on the town.
900 Merchant Dr, Knoxville, TN 37912
Austin’s Steak & Homestyle Buffet is a great place when you want to pop in for some grub if you’re hungry but aren’t sure what you want.
This place has everything, from ribeyes to fried chicken, so you can get pretty much anything you’re craving. Plus, it’s just off Clinton Highway, so it’s not off the beaten path at all.
Personally, I think the best time to go is for the dinner buffet from Friday through Sunday. It’s the perfect chance to try all of Austin’s cuts of meat, including their BBQ ribs and pit ham, which are absolutely delicious.
A pro tip for when you visit: leave room for dessert because they have an entire dessert bar to choose from.
If you want a killer steak, The Chop House has you covered on the North and West sections of Knoxville. Their menu is just big enough that it’ll satisfy anyone, especially if you’re looking for build-your-own options for meats.
When I’m in the mood for lighter fare, I usually go for the Sliced Tenderloin Caesar Salad. It’s just the right size for lunch.
But when I want dinner? That’s when I go straight to the Horseradish Crusted New York Strip. I have such a weakness for a horseradish-steak combo, and Chop House doesn’t disappoint.
The Chop House North is just off Highway 71 just north of East Knoxville, and the West Town location is at the West Town Mall. The West Town location offers early bird specials, so if that’s your thing, definitely check it out.
7740 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37919
If you’re running errands in the West Town area and want to grab a bite, LongHorn Steakhouse is a great option. They have tons of great steaks, not to mention a decent selection of lunch specials.
I’m a big fan of the 7-Pepper Sirloin Lunch Salad with a side of Shrimp & Lobster Chowder. It satisfies that steak craving and is just filling enough.
Dinner is a whole different story, though. I always go for the LongHorn Porterhouse, medium rare, with a side of mashed potatoes and a Strawberry Salad. And because it’s an option, I love adding a lobster tail as an accompaniment.
Three words. Cinnamon. Honey. Butter. I could eat at Texas Roadhouse daily simply for the butter if I could. I’ve tried to replicate it at home, but it really just can’t be copied.
I’m such a creature of habit when I go to Texas Roadhouse. My standard order is the filet with sauteed mushrooms, loaded mashed potatoes, and mac & cheese. It’s the most comforting of comfort foods.
Texas Roadhouse has a few locations in the Knoxville area, including near the West Town Mall, another at the Turkey Creek shopping plaza, and a third in East Knoxville. So if you’re out getting some errands done, you’ll likely have a location nearby.
8851 Town and Country Cir, Knoxville, TN 37923
Q Korean Steakhouse’s location in a nondescript strip mall might have you questioning whether it’s worth trying, but don’t let first impressions fool you. The atmosphere inside Q is fun and inviting, and the food is phenomenal.
Q is definitely the place to go for a fun, elaborate dining experience. Their Dinner Unlimited option lets you try a vast selection of their menu, with 15 meat options and 2 seafood choices to pick from, along with sides and appetizers. Once you finish your first round of food, the servers will top off your plates a bit more.
That said, if you aren’t in an “all you can eat” mood, I’d recommend the Marinated Short Rib. It’s tender, juicy, and I’ve never had another like it.
100 N Central St, Knoxville, TN 37902
If you’re looking for a great dinner spot in Downtown Knoxville, the Lonesome Dove should be your first choice. It’s the best place to find creative dishes that you simply won’t find anywhere else.
I tend to throw caution to the wind when I go somewhere like Lonesome Dove because, well, why not?
What I like best is that you’ll never be bored, no matter how many times you visit. Lonesome Dove’s menu items are truly unique in a way that many restaurants aren’t.
7316 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37919
Copper Cellar West is located on Kingston Highway in one of the main shopping areas of West Town. It has a fun, high-class atmosphere but prices that aren’t hard on your wallet at all.
Since I love all things involving cheese and steak, my go-to at Copper Cellar is the Boursin Filet, a 7 oz filet mignon stuffed to the brim with Boursin cheese.
If you’re not familiar with Boursin, it’s a soft cheese that’s a bit like cream cheese, but herbed to perfection. It’s the perfect accompaniment to a juicy steak.
Copper Cellar also has an award-winning brunch setup that has one of the most extensive brunch menus I’ve seen.
Whenever I’m in a finger-food mood, I love making a trip to Outback. I always go straight for the Bloomin’ Onion (obviously) and the Three Cheese Steak Dip.
The onion’s sauce is absolute perfection, and the dip mixes two of my favorite foods: steak and cheese.
When I want a juicy steak, though? That’s when I order the Melbourne Porterhouse. It’s perfect because I don’t have to choose between a NY Strip and a filet, my two favorite cuts. Instead, I get them together, flame-grilled with tasty spices.
Outback has two convenient locations in Knoxville. One is in the ever-popular West Town shopping district, and the other is in North Knoxville, just outside Fountain City. So, no matter where you happen to be in town, you’ll have one conveniently nearby.
Hibachi grills are always such a fun experience, don’t you think? The food is excellent, the atmosphere is super fun, and the chefs’ show is the perfect dinnertime entertainment.
Wasabi is the perfect place to go with a big group of friends or when you’re heading out to celebrate. The Gyoza is the perfect appetizer, the Hibachi Ribeye and Teriyaki Chicken combo is delicious, and the Spider Temaki is *chef’s kiss.*
Wasabi Japanese Steakhouse has two convenient locations in Knoxville. One location is near the Turkey Creek Shopping Plaza, and the other is just up the road at Bearden Hill. Both are easy to get to no matter where you happen to be in the city.
Whether you’re visiting Knoxville for the first time or you’re a life-long citizen, there’s always a new steakhouse to check out.
Whatever you choose, the best steakhouses in Knoxville are sure to satisfy whatever cravings you might have. And, if you’re looking for a more general list of the best places to eat in Knoxville, we also got you covered with our article on the best restaurants with private dining rooms as well.
So, what do you think? Are there any other steakhouses that should’ve made the list? Feel free to sound off in the comments!