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Primo Ristorante Italiano

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810 W Clinch Ave, 5th floor Sunsphere, Knoxville, TN 37902-2811 (Formerly Icon Ultra Lounge)
+1 865 249 7321
17:00 - 23:59
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Tue - Thu 17:00 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 17:00 - 23:59
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Knoxville, Tennessee
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54 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

First - if you still want to visit this restaurant after my review -- PLEASE pay attention to a small (4") step that is poorly placed at the end of the bar just before you go into the bathrooms - there is a small dark "watch your step" sign in a dimly lit hallway -- my friend didn't see it... More 

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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15 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We love the view. Friendly staff and really good Italian food! This is a great spot for date night. They had valet when we were there, so parking was not an issue.

Thank KnoxJazzSinger
Knoxville, Tennessee
1 review
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Our visit to the restaurant took place late February 2017. When we first arrived about 5:45PM we tried to valet park but there were no one working the parking. So we had to park at the Hotel next door. Then we took the elevator upstairs and were seated very fast. The table had an amazing view of Knoxville and the... More 

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Basel, Switzerland
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53 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

So we went here as a group. We had to rsvp upfront, so the restaurant could cater for a large group. Hmm, well, that was not very obvious. Staff was messing around, service was unbelievably slow, and the food was rubbish. It started with drinks, with 3 people ordering and 2 bar staff you would think you'd get a quick... More 

1 Thank L V
Pigeon Forge, Tennessee
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51 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The view was great (5 Star View). Romantic getaway during sunset. The food was below average. For Italian food this was probably a 1 star. Service was great.

2 Thank JCL045
Knoxville, Tennessee
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13 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 February 2017

Amazing views, especially at Sunset. Great for a special dinner or a very unique place to relax and enjoy a drink.

Thank Omaoffour
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133 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 February 2017

We went on a weekday night and were the only table, solicitously served by two wait staff, one in training. This site just can't get the right formula. It was great Italian food with huge waits as Primo. Now the menu has been Americanized, which means more meaty, more oily, no "small plates." Some things were quite good, like the... More 

Thank IrmaV
Vancouver, Canada
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12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2016

We had a dinner with business partners during sunset - great experience Menu selection rather Italian style - good variety of starters, something for everybody's taste, steaks were excellent Just one remark: the place was rather chilly, I know we have that as well in Canada, but this was almost arctic

Thank Gion D
Ormond Beach
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12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016

I gave this an extra star for the view only. I think it's a great place for drinks and aps. The meal we had was average at best. We were still eating our salads and the main corse came out. "THIS SHOULD NEVER HAPPEN" at any resteraunt. teh staff was very nice and friendly. They need to work on the... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2016 via mobile

The view from the sunsfere is awesome but the place itself it's average and overpriced.Drinks are ok and food is pretty normal,nothing is particularly attractive

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 10 - US$ 30
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Wine and Beer, Valet Parking
Good for
Romantic, View, Bar Scene
Open Hours
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 23:59
17:00 - 23:59
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 810 W Clinch Ave, 5th floor Sunsphere, Knoxville, TN 37902-2811 (Formerly Icon Ultra Lounge)
  • Location: United States  >  Tennessee (TN)  >  Knoxville
  • Phone Number: +1 865 249 7321
Primo Ristorante Italiano is influenced by the legendary days of the Rat Pack of the 1950s and 1960s. The atmosphere transports diners back to the days of glitz, glam, black ties, and martinis. The iconic decor, music, menu, and cocktails have been selected to create an updated version of a classic, intimate Palm Springs, California supper club. This is the kind of place where Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis, Jr. or Joey Bishop would be sure to have frequented while in Knoxville.
Come join us on the 5th floor of the Sunsphere. Sit beside sloping windows that offer a panoramic view of the East Tennessee landscape, downtown Knoxville, Mount LeConte, the Great Smoky Mountains, and the Tennessee River running in the distance behind you.
Come to Primo at the Sunsphere and live it up!

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