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Pete's Coffee Shop Restaurant

Certificate of Excellence
American, Cafe, Diner
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540 Union Ave, Knoxville, TN 37902-2113
+1 865-523-2860
06:30 - 14:30
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Mon - Fri 06:30 - 14:30
Sat 07:00 - 14:00
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Got exactly what I wanted- scrambled eggs, a biscuit with white gravy and some bacon. Didn't taste better or worse than any diner I've ever been too. Staff was nice.

Thank valzebub
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39 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Very cute little dinner type restaurant. Food was very good and really affordable. Service was quick and very friendly

Thank Jason C
Knoxville, Tennessee
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68 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Not that I visit much but a welcome stop in when I am wandering Market Square area. Tiny shop but surprisingly friendly for many downtown shops.

Thank heyanderson
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133 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Pete's is always wonderfully the same. Nothing fancy: BLT's, meatloaf, eggs, back to the 50s. Busy staff with a kind word for all. Moderate prices, hugely mixed clientele. Local politicos, working stiffs, professionals, friends. Nothing wildly healthy, but hey, it's comfort food.

Thank IrmaV
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Pete's has become "the" place for breakfast whenever we visit Knoxville. We have a great diner we like to visit back home and this place makes us feel just as welcome. There can be a crowd depending on the day, but they move fast and you won't wait long. Once you're seated, you'll likely barely finish stirring your coffee before... More 

Thank ritamack71
Rockwood, Tennessee
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11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A group of 5 went to lunch at Pete's. Service was excellent. Food was delicious. Pete's has a hometown feel with home cooked flavor. It is extremely affordable. Definitely worth coming back to!

Thank Heather L
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Waitress cherie was so pleasant, attentive and accommidating Was able to walk in and sit right down. A place to visit when in Downtown Knoxville TN.

Thank Leslie R
Knoxville, Tennessee
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Pete's is a great breakfast and lunch spot in Knoxville. On Saturdays the lines can look long but they go quickly. The servers are always friendly and you get a good amount of food for the price.

Thank KasieRW
Farragut, Tennessee
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We really enjoy the breakfast at Petes. The menu is simple but is executed very well. The place is usually pretty full and sometimes you have to wait for a table though.

Thank BethB37922
Apex, North Carolina
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31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Friendly staff, warmly greeted. Breakfast of eggs, pancakes, sausage, coffee was great, quickly served and coffee reheated along the way. Sausage was huge! Photo decor on walls with sports and other figures neat. Convenient location to downtown hotels, Tennessee River, etc.

Thank ncaronna7

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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 of 5 bubbles
American, Cafe, Diner
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
06:30 - 14:30
06:30 - 14:30
06:30 - 14:30
06:30 - 14:30
06:30 - 14:30
07:00 - 14:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 540 Union Ave, Knoxville, TN 37902-2113
  • Location: United States  >  Tennessee (TN)  >  Knoxville
  • Phone Number: +1 865-523-2860

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