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Calhoun's On The River

400 Neyland Drive, Knoxville, TN 37902
865-673-3355
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Ranked #29 of 963 Restaurants in Knoxville
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Hours:
Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 11:30 pm
Cuisines: Barbecue
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Good for: Families with children, Bar scene, Large groups, Doing business, Local cuisine, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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Asheville, North Carolina
Top Contributor
57 reviews 57 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

We were at Calhoun's for lunch and had a pleasant experience, in spite of the noise level, which made it difficult to hear others at our table. The restaurant is close to I-40 and easy to locate. The ambiance is nice, the staff was welcoming, the wait staff was efficient and the food was good. I got the baked sockeye... More 

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knoxville,TN
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15 reviews 15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

Have always loved this place But over the past few years it has changed.Food,service just not the same.It is in a really nice part of downtown by the river and enjoy that part but was disappointed the last few times I have been there.

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Gregg S, Manager at Calhoun's On The River, responded to this review

Hello, My Name is Gregg Smith and I am one of the managers here at Calhoun's On The River. I saw your review of our establishment on TripAdvisor. could you briefly explain what led to your let down of the experience here @ the River.? As the service manager I would like to know a little bit so that we... More 

Knoxville, United States
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

Fantastic view of the river in downtown Knoxville. Food is very good and consistent. They have banquet rooms to reserve for larger parties and all service is nothing short of excellent.

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Top Contributor
54 reviews 54 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

Calhoun's is one of only 2(?) restaurants on the river in downtown Knoxville. With Ruth Chris being next door. It is the go-to place on University of TN football home game days. Lots of tailgaters set up in the parking area and Calhoun's themselves put out a trail gate spread open to everyone. The patio overlooking the river is nice... More 

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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34 reviews 34 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

The location is wonderful, but because it is a very crowded place on UT game days, plan ahead & make reservations or other plans. The wait was 2 hours on UT vs UK Gameday, and after the game more like 30 minutes. HOWEVER: If you don't mind a crowd, or can come on any other day, the food is great,... More 

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Even if you go in the fall/spring, you can sit outside under the heaters and enjoy the river view. All the BBQ is great. Consider the Trio to get a sample of a few different types.

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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16 reviews 16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Calhoun's on the River is a tradition, and one of the few restaurants that captures the heart of Knoxville with its location. Set on the Tennessee River very close to Neyland Stadium and downtown, it combines excellent food (barbeque a specialty) with unique types of dining experiences. In the summer, there is dining outside on the large deck with occasional... More 

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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26 reviews 26 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

We have been eating at Calhoun's on the River for 20+ years and continue to enjoy the experience. The barbeque is very good, the sides and salads are very good and the service and atmosphere are great. If you are in Knoxville, you must eat at Calhoun's.

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014 via mobile

Very good Prime Rib slow smoked. All of the BBQ is great Craft beer, ribs and pulled pork what a combo

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014 via mobile

Calhoun's offers good at a good price. The location is centrally located. Parking can pose a bit of a problem.

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Additional Information about Calhoun's On The River

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

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