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“Still one of the best” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Downtown Grill & Brewery

Downtown Grill & Brewery
424 S Gay St, Knoxville, TN 37902-1103
865-633-8111
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Ranked #47 of 916 Restaurants in Knoxville
Cuisines: Grill
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Good for: Bar scene, Large groups
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Dessert, Lunch, Late Night, Reservations
East TN
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139 reviews 139 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 32 cities Reviews in 32 cities
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
“Still one of the best”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2013

My wife and I took two more couples to this place. We had a table for six on a Saturday night within 45 minutes. That is pretty good considering we had no reservations and they were packed. I had the brick oven Chicken Bar B Q Pizza. It was excelllent as usual. My wife got the three Amigos Mexican dish, two others got steaks and one of the wives got a vegiterian dish. Find that variety with everyone happy what they ordered. Their list of craft beers is a little short, maybe six choices or so. My wife likes the Dirty Blond, which is not on the list. It is actually a craft beer mix of two different micro brews. I preffer the German Alt. So whether you are looking for Fish and Chips, a good Burger or Pasta dishes, they have it. The restaurant is two stories with outdoor seating in the front and the back. There are two bars, one on each floor. If you are up for a game of pool or darts, just head up the stairs past the large, copper, beer makings. I also highly recommend the Sunday Brunch.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Senior Contributor
39 reviews 39 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
“Great Atmosphere”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

Great food and great atmosphere. 2 floors with a bar on each floor. 2nd Floor bar has pool tables and area for a good chill/relax time. Easy parking and close access to Market Square restaurants and bars. Best soft pretzels and beer cheese around! Reservations not allowed and gets really busy on weekends. Put your name on this waiting list and get a cold drink! Well worth the wait!

  • Visited May 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Beavercreek, Ohio, United States
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61 reviews 61 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 26 cities Reviews in 26 cities
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
“Good hangout spot...but get there early”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

Lots of people, decent food, and drinks. Loud but fun. Local favorite for college kids. Be patient and have lots of time. Always packed on the weekends.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Clarksville, Tennessee
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24 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“Awesome Draft Beer selection”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2013

Visited in April for the Orange and White game. I would recommend this this restaurant to anyone visiting Knoxville. We visited a couple of times ate in the restaurant on the first time and had drinks on the front patio the second night. $2.00 drafts during their happy hour would keep you coming back.

Visited April 2013
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Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee
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81 reviews 81 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 26 cities Reviews in 26 cities
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
“Go Straight Upstairs”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2013

I have to agree with my fellow traveller lucky_town; the food here is over-rated. Here's my humble opinion when you enter Downtown - go upstairs and I mean go straight upstairs. The wait-staff up there are friendlier, more attentive, and even the bathrooms are cleaner. You get the same menu, the same choice of beers but the service up there is what you are looking for.
A couple of the bartenders downstairs should be trained about using cell phones at work and taking care of customers.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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