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Calhoun's On The River

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400 Neyland Drive, Knoxville, TN 37902
865-673-3355
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11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 11:30 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations

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  • 241
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  • 65
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  • 22
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  • 14
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Relaxing Lunch on the Deck

We came here on a ladies weekend getaway. We ate out on the deck. The menu is a bit more extensive inside, but the weather was perfect and you couldn't beat the atmosphere riverside. The views were great. Our server was very sweet and knowledgeable. We started with the beer cheese pretzels. It was... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 26, 2015
Lauren T
Good for:
  • Bar scene
  • Local cuisine
  • Families with children
  • Doing business
  • Large groups
  • Entertaining clients
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015 NEW via mobile

Decor was very dated and felt kind of dirty. Food was not good. Pork was reheated and far from fresh. The only highlight was our server, Shelley. She was fabulous. She replaced my first plate of pork that was dry as a bone and was extremely helpful and kind. It's a shame the food was not even close to being... More 

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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48 restaurant reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015 NEW

Calhoun's is my least favorite of the Copper Cellar family of restaurants. I just don't care for the menu items. I have been to many events which they have catered, and the fare is always the same, boring, beans, coleslaw, and barbeque. The river location is nice and the service is good.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

We came here on a ladies weekend getaway. We ate out on the deck. The menu is a bit more extensive inside, but the weather was perfect and you couldn't beat the atmosphere riverside. The views were great. Our server was very sweet and knowledgeable. We started with the beer cheese pretzels. It was so good. The pretzels had just... More 

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Bryan M, Manager at Calhoun's On The River, responded to this review

Great to hear news like this. Have a great week Bryan Merryman More 

Knoxville, Tennessee
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5 reviews 5 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

The waiters/waitresses are very sweet, cordial, helpful, and are very experienced. They never let your tea glass get empty. They are very quick to tend to you. The food is very reasonable in an area where dining can be pricey. Two can have a wonderful dining experience for under $40. The food is great and cooked to order. You will... More 

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Bryan M, Manager at Calhoun's On The River, responded to this review

Great to hear it. Thank you for choosing us. Have a great week! Bryan Merryman More 

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46 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

I saw that the reviews for this restaurant were in the 20s, so when the maintenance staff in our lodgings suggested that we go there I was very skeptical! We asked for something on the river that was good. My thought was - worst case scenario we will have a drink and an appetizer! There is no need for you... More 

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Bryan M, Manager at Calhoun's On The River, responded to this review

Thank you for taking a chance with us and glad it was a great visit. We take a lot of pride in what we do and the staff is awesome! I hope you have a great week! Bryan Merryman More 

Texas
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44 reviews 44 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015

The setting is great which makes up for the so-so food. We sat outside and enjoyed the view of the Tennessee River but when our food came out we were underwhelmed. The pulled pork nachos had the BBQ sauce all over it, so if you didn't like the sauce the the nachos weren't edible. The ribs were better and the... More 

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Bryan M, Manager at Calhoun's On The River, responded to this review

I apologize for your visit. It sounds like they put too much sauce on the nachos, so I will get with them and make sure we are on the same page. Those nachos are a big seller down here. Please let me know if you are coming back down so I can meet you and apologize for the inconvenience .... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

Excellent food, great wines, plenty of different beers, kind and efficient waitresses. Overall, a very good restaurant !

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Great to hear! I hope you have a great week! Bryan Merryman More 

Elberfeld, Indiana
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29 reviews 29 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

The food, ambiance, service, and accommodations were great. A group of 20+ happily celebrated a UT graduation there recently.

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Bryan M, Manager at Calhoun's On The River, responded to this review

First off, congratulations to the person who graduated ! Secondly, I am glad the visit went well as well. Hope you have a great week! Bryan Merryman More 

Oak Ridge, Tennessee
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14 reviews 14 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

We love going here. The food is always really good and it's nice to sit outside on the water. Never had enough room for desert, so I don't know what to recommend. The Spinach Maria is one of my favorite sides.

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Bryan M, Manager at Calhoun's On The River, responded to this review

Wonderful! Next time you are in see if I am here and I will stop by. Also, take a desert home next, nothing like a midnight snack or snack the next day. I hope you have a great week! Bryan Merryman More 

Clarkston
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

The food here is delicious, had a slab of ribs that literally just pulled right off the bone. Wait staff was fantastic, and the scenery was great, right on the river. Took my daughter there for her graduation dinner, she loved her meal there too.

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Awesome to hear. Tell your daughter congratulations on graduating. Hope to see you next time. Bryan Merryman More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 400 Neyland Drive, Knoxville, TN 37902
  • Location: United States  >  Tennessee (TN)  >  Knoxville
  • Phone Number: 865-673-3355

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Barbecue

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Bar scene, Local cuisine, Families with children, Doing business, Large groups, Entertaining clients
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 11:30 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 11:30 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?