About Bistro By The Tracks
"At Bistro by the Tracks Executive Chef Danny Wilhoit masterfully blends culinary traditions from
across the globe with the familiar tastes of East Tennesee. Reviewers say " consistently spectacular"
with friendlt "non-stuffy" service. Bistro by the Tracks is Knoxville's answer to great metropolitan dining."
Hours of Operation:
Dinner Nightly: 5:00pm - Close
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Bistro By The Tracks Ratings and Reviews
Loved the ambiance and service but the f ...
Loved the ambiance and service but the food is what wins! Use of seasonings, herbs and blends of flavors - wonderful fresh vegetables & meats cooked perfectly. Truly enjoyed this quiet but chic Bistro and EVERYTHING we were served!
One of Knoxville's better venues with a ...
One of Knoxville's better venues with a (for Knoxville) more sophisticated approach on food.
Well-prepared, reasonable portions, nicely presented... not easy to find in Knoxville, but at the Bistro they just do a find job.
Quick but relaxing intimate birthday din ...
Quick but relaxing intimate birthday dinner. Refreshing cocktails, impressive wine list and seasonally varied menu. The scallops first course were great and the salmon was cooked perfectly. Service was attentive not oppressive and helpful not pushy.
My wife's fav dish in Knoxville, seared ...
My wife's fav dish in Knoxville, seared scallops (with tomatoes, frisee, Georgia olive oil, black & white quinoa, oyster mushrooms, lemon, & radish), is served here so it was her choice when it came time to celebrate her birthday with friends. It really is a special dish. She also likes the beet & carrot salad (red, gold, white & candy stripe beets; croutons; Parmigiano-Reggiano; brown butter & tatsoi---think spinach), which is too, and is why we both ordered---light---the same thing. One, a small plate, the other, salad . . . a perfect amount of food for a dinner. A friend had the melon gazpacho, a knockout of a surprise and one of the most unusual and delicious dishes I've ever had. Order all three!
Excellent food, well seasoned, filet was ...
Excellent food, well seasoned, filet was melt in your mouth tender and tasty, the duck was flavorful with a delicious sauce. Friendly and attentive staff. Not very busy despite it being a Saturday night. We made a reservation, but didn't need it. Wine list was extensive, but prices were high and there were no descriptions other than the vintner's name and year bottled. Looking forward to our next visit.
Ambiance was lovely, server was fantastic, food was sub-par. Duck ramen was flavorless and the prime strip steak was fatty and over cooked (ordered med-rare) and not worth the price. Six of us dined there and not one of enjoyed the food. Third time we have been and have yet to have a good meal. Will not be dining there again.
Our waiter was attentive and prompt.
Service was outstanding. The entrees were were good and the wine list was larger and more varied than at other Knoxville restaurants. The prices were higher than I expected; overall about 4-5 dollars higher for each entree than we felt the dinner merited. We will return, but not on a monthly basis. Perhaps a couple times per year.
This place has awesome ambience. The po ...
This place has awesome ambience. The portions were of perfect size unless you are an all you can eat kind of person. The only negative was that our food took an hour to be delivered after we received our salad. There were 5 of us and we all ordered the same thing, fish.
We frequent Bistro by the Tracks when friends visit or to celebrate special occasions. The wait staff is always very professional and helpful with suggestions. The menu choices seemed somewhat more limited on this last visit but the food is always well prepared. I chose the halibut which was very flavorful and moist and cooked perfectly. In the past we have had the beef short ribs which are amazing. Had they been on the menu on our last visit we would have ordered them once again. Portions seem to appear small but the food is so well prepared that the portion size seems appropriate That said, my husband would have welcomed a somewhat larger steak. We shared a cheese plate for dessert and I do think the portions on it could have been somewhat larger. Bistro has an impressive wine list for oenophiles. We enjoy the ambiance as it is simple and not "stuffy" or pretentious. We will continue to return and hopefully the short ribs will be on the menu again!
certainly the chef's right to run a restaurant as he chooses but I get the feeling he's more interested in his opinion of how things should be than what his customer's value. this begs the question "who are you running this restaurant to serve- the chef or the customers?"
Perfect for special occasions
My husband and I have frequently celebrated special occasions at Bistro by the Tracks with our family, special friends, or just the two of us. The food is always delicious, we love the seasonal selections, the staff is always attentive and helpful, and the atmosphere is lovely. It never disappoints!
Hot Date in Knoxville
We were in town for 1 night and found BbtT on OT.. very nice indeed. Sadly, we were limited to only the menu as no chef's specials were offered on a Thursday, and there were few items that met our requirements. No problem as Jason was able to tweak some things to improve our experience. As such, tho', we only ordered a salad and entrée each, but thoroughly enjoyed them. We skipped dessert to visit their wine bar next door. 2 salads + 2 entrees + wine for 2 + tip = $145.
Great experience, average food...
The Bistro has a great environment and generally a great menu. I ordered the Gumbo on my last visit and though it was good, it was not great and didn't live up to it's price tag. My date had a similar opinion of the salmon dish. However, I do feel like it was just a case of ordering the wrong thing. All of the other dishes I saw come out of the kitchen looked fantastic, I was just in the mood to try something a little different. We will also definitely be going back. One of the better upscale dining options in Knoxville...
Great Knoxville Eatery
Been here multiple times. Food and service are terrific.
This time it was unusually noisy...due to one table of well lubricated men and another table of very loud women. Restaurant has no control over this so it is not to blame.
Definitely will return.
Bistro fell a bit short on Thursday night
We love Bistro by the Tracks for its great food and atmosphere. However, the food temperature coming from the kitchen is a bit hit or miss. The quail dish I ordered was lukewarm at best and was not balanced with a very slightly bitter almost acid finish. I asked our server about a bottle of French white wine I was interested in and he did not know anything about it. He said he could go next door and ask if I really wanted him to. I said no I would look it up on my own on my phone which I did. This is not what I expect from this restaurant for food or service. Last time we were there our food was cold and we were comped but that is not what we want. We did not say anything to management and left.
Nice birthday place. Needs more seafood.
I've only been here twice. The first time was for lunch. All three of us ordered the delicious shrimp and grits. For the dinner birthday, my friend and I both ordered salmon, which was crispy on the outside and generally quite good. If I have a criticism of this restaurant, it is that there are not enough fish or seafood options on the menu. Also, when the server says they are going to bring pepper for your salad, they should bring it.
At age 74 anniversary events are precious. I have been to the restaurant in the past and always had a good experience. This time there were two servers waiting on a table of approximately 18-20 guests. One of the two was the server for our table and the other the table next to us. The guests at the table next to us arrived after we did but their food was served much earlier. My first thought was that the difference was due to what may have been ordered. Our server was too busy dedicated to the large table he was co-server for. The duration between us getting a glass of wine, getting food order final placed was extremely long. Once the food was ordered, the duration of food preparation to delivery to the table was also extremely long too. I ordered something that I had never had in a restaurant before, the Quail dish. When it finally arrived, it was cold and extremely tough. I couldn't eat it. The bed of grits that it was served on were also cold. Maybe that is the way it is supposed to be served but since that is the only time that I have ever had Quail in a restaurant I don't know what is correct. I was very disappointed and so was my wife. Each celebration for us is special at my age. This one was one to forget.
Great food and atmosphere was very nice. ...
Great food and atmosphere was very nice. Great wine selection and wonderful mix drinks. Service was a little distant but not disrespectful or bad just not as attentive as you would hope for in an upscale restaurant.
Not going back
I would pass on this place. The food is fine. I didn't think it was so special that I would not mind paying so much. I found the portion for my salmon small and with that the price way too high. I had the flourless chocolate tort that frankly was not good. It was so dense it must have been sitting in the refrigerator all day. I have had much better elsewhere. Now for the most bizarre things... The restaurant was basically empty. We were eating early so we could go to a play. As we were brought to our table my wife asked if we could sit at a booth, she was told no, those were saved for other customers. Of course the booths remained available the entire time we were there. Flat out ridiculous. Next in this empty restaurant they sat a party right next to us. They were so loud I couldn't hear my wife, I looked over to see why they were so noisy and it turned out the noisiest person was a waitress. Beware the seating is open, not intimate, and subsequently it's noisy.
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