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Bistro at the Bijou

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807 S Gay St, Knoxville, TN 37902-1711
+1 865-544-0537
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Sun 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Mon 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tue - Thu 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Fri 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Sat 10:00 am - 12:00 am
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Knoxville, Tennessee
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106 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 21, 2015

We've been here several times and have no complaints. The service is always friendly and quick. We ate at the bar and enjoyed the live music. This place feels like a true locals hangout and we will be back.

Thank ljcook20003
Knoxville Tennessee
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98 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 14, 2015

Stopped by on a Sunday evening after a concert at the nearby Tennessee Theatre with another couple. We had eaten and had the cheesecake for dessert; our friends had a light supper of sandwiches. Tasty and well-prepared, we ate it all! The sandwiches were sizable and I heard excellent. Coffee is VERY GOOD and the waitress made sure we had... More 

Thank Silentflier
Fayetteville, TN
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125 reviews
110 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 13, 2015

This restaurant is a little bit like stepping back into the past. The bar is a throwback to earlier days. The ambience is interesting...we couldn't decide if it was interesting in a good way or interesting in a strange way. It smells old, or at least it did on the Sunday evening we were there. Business was slow (nothing happening... More 

Thank TnMan38
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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 16, 2015 via mobile

Very poor service with less than average food. I would not recommend taking anyone to this place for the experience. Maybe it is just one bad employee but the out of the norm experience colors everything from the food to the conversations you have while there.

Thank Mike D
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206 reviews
157 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 28, 2015

I have eaten here twice, and both times I've come away with the same impression. Limited menu, mediocre service, and not a lot of ambience. The primary reason for selecting this restaurant is its proximity to the Bijou Theatre (it's right next door). I went there once with a large group and once, more recently, with my wife. Both times... More 

Thank Larry M
Knoxville, Tennessee, United States
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53 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 18, 2015

We visited the Bistro prior to a show at the Bijou Theater which is next door, something that many people do and that one would think the servers there would expect. 1st let me say that if you call yourself a Vegan/Vegetarian restaurant you should at least have some selections that you could call Vegan!! No substitute for regular cream... More 

Thank Cindy W
Knoxville, Tennessee
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78 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 11, 2015 via mobile

It was after 1 p.m. on Friday, so we missed the lunch crowd. I've enjoyed the Bistro a few times before and its European-like setting. The other times, it was not as quiet. For eats, the hummus with veggies was a great starter. My daughter loved her home cuts fries with a very good black eyed pea burger (?) on... More 

Thank rlwill3922
Nashville, Tennessee
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31 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 17, 2015

The food was very good(very good hamburgers). The service could have been better, but hey it was a Saturday night. Has kind of a "hip/speakeasy" feel to it.

Thank Brent9029
Lisbon, Portugal
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36 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 14, 2015

I hardly knew Knoxville before eI went to the Bistro with some friends. They were regulars and got a table reserved upstairs. We had our own little corner of a living room, and our own smiley waiter to come serve us. The food was very caloric but extremely tasty, I tried several different dishes and liked them all. Had the... More 

Thank XanAdvisor
Knoxville, Tennessee
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446 reviews
304 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 154 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 14, 2015

This has the potential to be a good place.....however, I was really disappointed. They have a lot of vegan, vegetarian and gluten free options on their menu, but the items I ordered were not great. The hummus was good - but way to much oil on the top, and you could only have veggies OR pita with it. REALLY???? They... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$5 - $25
American, Bar, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Reservations
Good for
Business meetings
Open Hours
10:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 12:00 am
10:00 am - 12:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 807 S Gay St, Knoxville, TN 37902-1711
  • Location: United States  >  Tennessee (TN)  >  Knoxville
  • Phone Number: +1 865-544-0537
Located at the historic Bijou theatre, The Bistro has served the downtown area since 1980 with an eclectic mix of locally sourced food with an emphasis on healthy options along with gourmet hamburgers and fresh fish.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?