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Back Porch Restaurant

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7018 E Lamar Alexander Pkwy, Townsend, TN 37882
865-448-6333
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Good for:
Families with children
Large groups

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  • 56
    Excellent
  • 37
    Very good
  • 29
    Average
  • 27
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  • 48
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Great Catfish

Quaint little place in Townsend. My wife and I love to eat there when we get the chance. I remember the catfish dinner to be excellent, and huge portions, We have ate breakfast there several times, and it was fresh and delicious.

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 18, 2015
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Knoxville, Tennessee
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  • Families with children
  • Large groups
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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197 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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17 reviews 17 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Quaint little place in Townsend. My wife and I love to eat there when we get the chance. I remember the catfish dinner to be excellent, and huge portions, We have ate breakfast there several times, and it was fresh and delicious.

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Craigavon
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126 reviews 126 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

In May last year we made our first visit here and returned again in September, Situated in the countryside at the foot of the Smoky Mountains this place has real ambiance with food to match. The fish dishes are really good and the service very friendly and efficient.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

Looked inviting from the outside, but as soon as we walked in I had a bad feeling! Ordered steak & gravy, which was $10.99. When the food came my husband & I just looked at each other. Tasted like the country fried steak was straight out of a box to the microwave and the size of a sausage patty. The... More 

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Lynn Haven
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10 reviews 10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

We've eaten here in the past and it was great. This time it was a rip off. First of all the service was terrible, the waitress was stretched out and couldn't remember a thing. But more than her was the quantity of the food. My wife doesn't eat a whole bunch but she was still hungry after ordering the so-called... More 

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Memphis, Tennessee, United States
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

We went here for breakfast while on our holiday get away. My French toast was fine, but my fiancé 's food was cold and the sausage had to be cut with a knife. It was hard and over cooked. When we send the food back the cook got angry and yelled at the waitress to tell us to go to... More 

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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55 reviews 55 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

We went there just to try it out since it had new owners. They seemed to be out of a lot of things that was on the menu. I ask for steak but was told the person that was to cut the steak did not show up that day. Ask for something else and was told they was out of... More 

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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27 reviews 27 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

There's a sign in this restaurant that says "Good Food - Slow Service". Well they're half right. The service is slow, but the food could hardly be regarded as good. And perhaps the service should more accurately be described as verrry slow. A perfect date in the Bizzaro World would be taking in the movie "Dumb and Dumber To" and... More 

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Sunset, Louisiana
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41 reviews 41 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

We had stopped at this restaurant on a previous visit to the Smoky Mountains and ate a delicious country meal! The new owners have tried to turn this into a Cajun seafood restaurant. I ate an appetizer of potato soup. It was not at all a soup...more like potato salad. My husband had fried catfish which was delicious. I also... More 

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Pace, Florida, United States
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36 reviews 36 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2014

We had good burgers there twice. Homemade chips. People were very nice, friendly. Owners are from Louisiana I was told. Lots of LA type dishes on menu. Place needs a good cleaning, my only gripe.

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Elizabethtown
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2014 via mobile

The Back Porch was a great little stop on our way to Gatlinburg each year. Now it has become the Back Porch Seafood restaurant. I really miss old place. Restaurant and location beautiful - food fair at best. Lunch menu extremely limited. My fish was a small portion and tasted overly "fishy".

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 7018 E Lamar Alexander Pkwy, Townsend, TN 37882
  • Location: United States  >  Tennessee (TN)  >  Townsend
  • Phone Number: 865-448-6333

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American, Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Large groups

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