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Coolato Gelato

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524 South Gay Street, Knoxville, TN 37902
865.971.5449
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Today
10:30 am - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Mon - Sat 10:30 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Dessert
Good for:
Families with children
Romance
Dining on a budget

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Visitor rating
  • 81
    Excellent
  • 29
    Very good
  • 12
    Average
  • 0
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
One of our favorite places!

This is a nice place to visit for a good lunch, but the gelato is the selling point. It is a little pricey, but you get what you pay for. It is the best I have had anywhere, and we rarely go downtown without popping in there. The staff there is very nice, and there is seating inside and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 22, 2015
Barbara R
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Knoxville, Tennessee, United States
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Romance
  • Dining on a budget
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123 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Knoxville, Tennessee, United States
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

This is a nice place to visit for a good lunch, but the gelato is the selling point. It is a little pricey, but you get what you pay for. It is the best I have had anywhere, and we rarely go downtown without popping in there. The staff there is very nice, and there is seating inside and outside.... More 

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Knoxville, Tennessee, United States
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

This place has good gelato at a great location in downtown Knoxville. It is a bit pricey though. Need to try the cakes!

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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16 reviews 16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

We didn't know to expect great soups and sandwiches along with the delicious ice cream. This is one of our favorite places to stop for a bite before attending the symphony or opera at the TN THEATER. It is an easy walk, just across the street. The service is fast and courteous with the sandwiches made to order. There is... More 

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Knoxville, Tennessee
Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

The quiche is good and so is the pasta salad. As for the gelato, try the birthday cake flavor. My son cries for it on a daily basis.

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Knoxville, Tennessee
Top Contributor
55 reviews 55 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015

It's cold outside and you want some comfort food, but you don't want to feel like total crapola afterwards. I get it. So head over to Coolato Gelato and sit yourself down to a hot bowl of creamy tomato basil soup! Oh my heavens! The first bite and you will understand why this particular recipe wins soup contests year after... More 

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Bonita Springs, Florida
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

Great spot..not crowded like everything in market square... I got quiche and French pressed coffee; David got Gelato...yum! Great service!

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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111 reviews 111 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

I love gelato and this stuff is amazing. I often want to eat lunch at the French Market next door, then have gelato for dessert, but if the FM is busy, I eat lunch here. The food is just as good! They always have a delicious soup and their sandwiches are yummy. I have also ordered their gelato cakes and... More 

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Kodak
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119 reviews 119 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

I go to Coolato Gelato anytime I am in downtown Knoxville. They always have a wonderful selection of flavors - always fresh - service always good. Nice seating area (including outside seating for warm weather). I always purchase Gelato, but the sandwiches and other offering look great!

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Greenback
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66 reviews 66 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015

went in just for a cup of coffee..YEA RIGHT! OMG!! their desserts looked amazing- so we got some- they breed a fresh pot of coffee for us, just because and then lets add they MAKE fresh gelato on site! they have like 15 or more flavors!! Free samples of it too.. employees are so very nice! I noticed they also... More 

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Montgomery, Alabama
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015

I hadn't even experienced gelato before going on the Knoxville Tour. This was one of the stops and boy, it was a good one. The owners are Paul (I believe that's right) and his wife run the place and they are doing a great job. He gave us his background on their gelato experience and how the 2 of them... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 524 South Gay Street, Knoxville, TN 37902
  • Location: United States  >  Tennessee (TN)  >  Knoxville
  • Phone Number: 865.971.5449

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Italian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Romance, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Monday
10:30 am - 11:00 pm
Tuesday
10:30 am - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
10:30 am - 11:00 pm
Thursday
10:30 am - 11:00 pm
Friday
10:30 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
10:30 am - 11:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?