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Puleo's Grille

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260 North Peters Road, I-40 @ Exit 378 at Cedar Bluff, Knoxville, TN 37923
(865) 691-1960
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11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations

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Visitor rating
  • 70
    Excellent
  • 38
    Very good
  • 24
    Average
  • 11
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Eggplant Parmesan

I particularly enjoyed the eggplant parmesan because it was thick cut and obviously fresh. As previous reviewers point out, the food is mildly seasoned, but I did not find it objectionably bland. The bread served was a very soft round loaf and I would personally prefer a crustier bread, but I... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 3, 2015
nancy1755
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Florence, South Carolina
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  • Doing business
  • Families with children
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  • English first
  • Italian first
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English first
Austin, Texas
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54 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

I stopped in after a hard day's lecture to enjoy their happy hour and early bird specials. I was greeted by a charming bartender with his hair pulled back in a ponytail. When I asked about his drink specials he quickly rattled of half priced wine bottles and $2 off wine glasses. After pouring me a glass of malbec, he... More 

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29 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

The food was great! The staff were amazing and helpful. The calamari was fresh and done perfectly. My rib eye was so tender it melted in your mouth. Didn't know about the early bird dining. Waitress automatically took it off our bill. She explained after she gave us the bill. Everything on the menu is early bird - amazing. Will... More 

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Florence, South Carolina
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23 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015

I particularly enjoyed the eggplant parmesan because it was thick cut and obviously fresh. As previous reviewers point out, the food is mildly seasoned, but I did not find it objectionably bland. The bread served was a very soft round loaf and I would personally prefer a crustier bread, but I would still go back again.

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Lori S, Public Relations Manager at Puleo's Grille, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your review, Nancy! We are glad to hear you enjoyed the Eggplant Parmesan. Hope to see you again soon! More 

Pace, Florida
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207 reviews
154 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015

Ate here last week while visiting family in Knoxville. We placed a carry out order for an app of fried calamari and an entree of seafood ravioli to share. Staff we encountered when ordering and picking up were friendly and helpful. Calamari was fresh and crisp with a zesty tomato dipping sauce. The ravioli was filled with an assortment of... More 

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Lori S, Public Relations Manager at Puleo's Grille, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your review, Ellen! Glad you enjoyed your carryout meal. Hope you can visit long enough next time to come in and dine with us. We would love to take care of you! Hope to see you soon! More 

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19 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015

We stayed at the Best Western nearby and stopped here based on other reviews. I was traveling with my grandmother and she wanted seafood, and I was wanting some comfort food so we agreed on Puleo's. Server was quick and very friendly. We ordered the friend green tomatoes to start, which was probably mistake. We thought we were really hungry,... More 

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Lori S, Public Relations Manager at Puleo's Grille, responded to this review

Thanks for your review! Glad we were able to accommodate different tastes/preferences for you and your grandmother. Hope you have safe travels and that we see you again soon! More 

Jackson, Tennessee
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

The service was good but the food was not the best Italian I have had, it was more bland than most Italian places. would not go back

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King of Prussia, Pennsylvania
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66 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

I was excited to try the place when I researched restaurants near my hotel, and the front desk staff were super excited to recommend this place. They gave me a coupon for free fried green tomatoes and 10% off my meal (check with your hotel to see if they offer coupons for local places). I sat in the bar area,... More 

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

I've never had a bad experience at the Cedar Bluff location. I can't say much about the rest of the food but the shrimp and grits are the best I've ever had!!! I don't order anything else...its that good!!!

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Lori S, Public Relations Manager at Puleo's Grille, responded to this review

Thanks so much for your review, Drew! We are so glad you LOVE our famous Shrimp & Grits! Hope to see you soon! More 

Conway
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58 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2015

Puleo's was somewhat a surprise. Didn't realize it was an Italian restaurant. The food was delicious, and the staff were kind enough to accommodate a large, walk-in group. Not only was the Italian fare great, so was the huge wedge salad--must've been the biggest head of lettuce ever seen, if what they served was only a wedge. Very reasonable prices,... More 

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Lori S, Public Relations Manager at Puleo's Grille, responded to this review

Thanks so much for your review! We are glad you enjoyed your meal with us and hope we see you again soon! More 

Tallahassee, Florida
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18 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2015

The food was fairly standard. The service was prompt. Reasonable value if you're looking for a quick meal for the family.

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Lori S, Public Relations Manager at Puleo's Grille, responded to this review

Thank you for your review and feedback Vicki! Hope you will come visit us again soon! More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 260 North Peters Road, I-40 @ Exit 378 at Cedar Bluff, Knoxville, TN 37923
  • Location: United States  >  Tennessee (TN)  >  Knoxville
  • Phone Number: (865) 691-1960

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Italian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Doing business, Families with children
Open Hours
Sunday
10:00 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 - 11:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm

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