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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 - 21:00
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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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189 reviews
147 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 July 2015

A Monday night concert at Tennessee Theater in downtown Knoxville & our favorite walking distance place (Club Le Conte) was closed. We spotted a forgotten favorite across the street, recalled a good experience years ago and they had two tables left.(a reservation would have been smart). Busy, happy place but a little loud for civilized conversation (that is, not shouting)...... More 

Thank centaur41
Philadelphia, Tennessee
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 July 2015

I love the Bistro at the Bijou. I don't get to go here more than five or six times a year, but every time I go, I'm reminded why I totally love this place. 1. The salads are anything but ordinary. I love a good salad. And the lunch time salad is just my favorite salad in downtown Knoxville. There's... More 

1 Thank BayInTN
Brisbane, Australia
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48 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 July 2015

We have eaten here several times and it has always been delicious. I have had the shrimp and grits. My husband had the pork chops with pineapple salsa/black beans and rice. A very nice portion. I have also had the blackened chicken wrap with avocado. Delicious with a side of fresh fruit.

Thank Mary Jo N
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 July 2015

Starting with a mimosa and ending with freshly brewed coffee, it was a delightful Sunday brunch after church. The waitstaff was courteous and efficient without hovering. The frittata was perfect and practically filled the plate. The beginning was a hot, moist biscuit with lots of butter. My choice of a side was roasted beets. The bacon was smoked and yummy.... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 July 2015

Went with friends during Sunday brunch, enjoyed the jazz, and overall atmosphere, it was packed. Food was good, creative specials and some eggs benedict woth bologna....never seen that before. Worth the trip!

Thank Alexiagig
Knoxville, Tennessee
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56 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 May 2015 via mobile

This place is downtown connected to the Bijou theatre on Gay Street, and I think a lot of people don't realize it's there or forget about it because it's a little further down from most of the other restaurants and a few blocks away from Market Square. Because of this, it's usually easier to get a table here for brunch... More 

1 Thank Crystal M
Knoxville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 May 2015

The atmosphere is great. They have memorabilia around. They are conveniently located. They have specials. Their hamburger plates and salads are great. There is very limited parking on the street. You will either pay to park nearby or go two blocks and walk or catch the free trolley. This is true of all downtown.

1 Thank lesley_arick
Knoxville, Tennessee
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 May 2015 via mobile

We ate hear before a concert at the Tennessee Theatre. The service was very good(thank you Amanda). It is a historic building. I had he special of the day which was blackened grouper over lentils. It was very good. My wife had a good cheeseburger. We topped it off with a shared piece of lemon cake that was very good.

Thank swiftmi
Knoxville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 May 2015

Listen for the footsteps of early Tennessee frontiersmen including those of our seventh president, Andrew Jackson as the restaurant was originally an early tavern. It is next to the Bijou Theater that preservationists saved from destruction in the 1980s. A good place for dinner before a performance or lunch after a visit to the nearby Blount Mansion built in 1792.... More 

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Murphytrvlr, Owner at Bistro at the Bijou, responded to this review

Thank you so much for the kind review. I hope you get a chance to enjoy some of our collard greens coming in right now. More 

Knoxville, Tennessee
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 April 2015

Great for a business lunch. Food was good, service quick in a historical old Pub atmosphere! Parking across the street is a pay lot tho :-(

Thank travelingmom5255

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