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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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Knoxville, Tennessee
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90 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Had seen rave reviews for the Bistro, but our visit was just average. Great service and wonderful staff who worked hard to make us feel welcome!

Thank kyem53
Lenoir City, Tennessee
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61 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I've eaten here once and it was a plate lunch. Food was fresh, served hot, and I will admit very good. Service was very good especially considering how busy they were. Based on the crowd it appears to be a favorite lunch spot for the folks working on that end of town as there was mostly suits and the Knoxville... More 

Thank Sling-0
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A guy in the square suggested that we wouldn't be disappointed if we ate here. And he was right! The salmon was great and cooked JUST RIGHT. The bacon, turkey club was delicious also. Jonathan was a wonderful server (with a cool fossil necklace). Thanks for a magnificent experience!

Thank SCpeach329
Omaha, Nebraska
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53 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2016 via mobile

The food and service were very good. The hummus and fried goat cheese apps were tasty. They also had live music on the weekend.

Thank fwilsecon
Charleston, South Carolina
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20 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 November 2016

Great food, great service, and entertainment kept us there for 3 hours. Our server made us very comfortable.She recommended wine, appetizers, & entrees that we very very satisfied with. No room for desert due to the generous portions. Jazz entertainment topped off the evening. We will absolutely return when we visit Tennessee again. Thank You all!

Thank sake1
Knoxville, Tennessee
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89 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 November 2016

- Server (Nathaniel) was great. Friendly, efficient, knowledgeable. - Fried Goat Cheese with fig jam: perfectly cooked, great texture, nice fruity mildly-sweet jam was a good pairing - Shrimp Skewer: served over rice with an earthy chimichurri sauce, brilliantly conceptualized and would have been perfectly executed but for the lack of the aforestated skewer. - White Bean Perogies w Braised... More 

Thank JymResciniti
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36 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016

Tasty place with tasty food. Fun decor. Terrific wait staff. The brussel sprouts appetizer is worth a drop by and ask about the specials.

Thank Ron F
Tallahassee, Florida
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24 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016

Really enjoyed lunch at this special place. The service was terrific and the food was delicious. Will definitely be going back when next in Knoxville.

Thank IntoMySunsetYears
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41 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016 via mobile

After visiting the Blount Mansion and the James White Fort we asked where was good to eat.To,d about his place and went for lunch.Surprisingly given the name it's more like a British Pub apart from the classical female nude above the bar.The beer and burgers were really good. There is live music some days which we may go back for

Thank David P
Knoxville, Tennessee
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190 reviews
133 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016

Went there for lunch yesterday after discovering Kaizen Izakaya (a real up and comer on the downtown scene!) was closed for lunch on Mondays. Packed with a crowd of downtown workers. Menu offerings unexciting but settled on a dish I'd never tried before, beef cheek grilled cheese. Tasty enough but won't order again. Also noticed an 18-egg omelet on the... More 

Thank Wayne C

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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
USD 5 - USD 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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?