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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 - 00:00
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Sun 10:00 - 21:00
Mon 11:00 - 21:00
Tue - Thu 11:00 - 23:00
Fri 11:00 - 00:00
Sat 10:00 - 00:00
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2016

...it's a gem! And definitely vegetarian-friendly. My husband and I visited the Bijou during our time at the Tennessee Fall Homecoming at the Museum of Appalachia. Our server was attentive and personable, the atmosphere really cozy and relaxing, and the food was great. I had the best mushroom bisque I've ever tasted and a veggie burger that puts to shame... More 

Thank Diane A
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63 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2016 via mobile

Stumbled upon this unique place with my husband. The food was phenomenal and the service was just as good. I had the blackened chicken sandwich with the jalapeño pimento cheeses. WOW!!! Huge juicy perfectly seasoned and obviously delicious. We live over the mountain in North Carolina and I would drive the 2 1/2 hours again just to eat here again!!... More 

Thank Pamela S
Knoxville, Tennessee
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46 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 September 2016

I have never noticed this little bistro before but discovered it for the first time during a Knoxville Food Tour. The food was phenomenal and I love that that they source as much as they can locally. The food is made fresh & offers a seasonal menu to take advantage of the great taste of fresh produce. The staff was... More 

Thank Gwendolyn M
Chattanooga, Tennessee
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160 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 August 2016 via mobile

When in town, it's always interesting to stop by and see what fresh vegetables have come in from the garden and are being served at the Bistro. Summer vegetables are the best. Our dinner was very tasty with squash, mushrooms, and tomatoes added to our dishes.

Thank BruceR_2832
San Diego, California
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57 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 July 2016

Many restaurants say their farm to table. This one is the real deal. Only 11 miles from the Knoxville airport and easy to find, this restaurant is a gem! We dropped in before our flight and will come back whenever we're in the area again. The food is fresh and well prepared. The selection is great for special diets like... More 

Thank J H
Knoxville, Tennessee
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22 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016

Excellent dining experience, both in ambiance and quality of food. The menu is diverse with seasonal specials that change daily. If you are considering a downtown venue for lunch, go early as the restaurant fills quickly with local business personnel. It is located next to the historic Bijou Theater and is also crowded on evenings when the Bijou has performances.... More 

Thank Cheryl K
Knoxville, Tennessee
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68 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 July 2016

My husband and I live and work in downtown Knoxville. So we go to a LOT of restaurants there. Bistro at the Bijou is our overall favorite. And our favorite meal there is brunch. The atmosphere is perfect on a weekend morning, laid back and relaxed. We like to go close to when they open -- at 10 a.m. --... More 

Thank Cynthia M
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35 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 July 2016 via mobile

This place is very interesting because seems like an older place and very quaint. The decor neat and our waiter was attentive. The food was so good! I had delicious shrimp and grits...nice size and filling. Other dishes in our party .. Chicken fried steak with tomato gravy and the burger on English muffin were so tasty too! Definitely go... More 

Thank Sunshinevick97
Marietta, Georgia
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181 reviews
124 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 June 2016 via mobile

Really bad food - I had a steak (fairly expensive) that was so tough I couldn't cut through it. It was also tasteless. The waitress didn't care.

Thank Jwvv
Sumter, United States
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15 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 June 2016

Disappointed! Website pictures and menu looked good. The review was mix so we gave it a try. We are disappointed! People's reviews are pretty right, food is ok and service is bad. Our waitress was a sort of scatter brain? I asked water with a lemon and brought water without lemon. I asked again and she never did so my... More 

Thank Charles N

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 5 - US$ 25
American, Bar, International, Vegetarian Friendly
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
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, Child-friendly
Open Hours
10:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 00:00
10:00 - 00:00
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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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?