About Bistro By The Tracks
Knoxville, TN 37919
"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 friendly "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, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Bistro By The Tracks Ratings and Reviews
Our service was very good until an obvious mistake in the food prep was pointed out. The atmosphere was very quiet and elegant. The salad selections were good, not great. The NY strip was prepared well. The Risotto dish was served very overcooked, basically a mashed up mess. When this was pointed out to our server, the response we received was, " I am sorry we missed that". Really? That is all you have to offer for an uneaten mashed up mess of $20? Our total bill for 2 was over $200, which I had no problem paying, but at that dollar amount, one would expect more than "Sorry". BBT is now officially on our not worth it list. For the money BBT needs to become much better at food and service!
We have just moved to Knoxville and tried this restaurant for our Valentines Dinner. The menu is creative but somewhat limited. The butternut squash soup was excellent. We both ordered the cornmeal encrusted trout which honestly was disappointing. It tasted a bit fishy and the greens that came with it were much too spicy. For dessert we shared the chef's homemade raspberry ice cream which was delicious. We moved here from Atlanta and prices were on the high side even by those standards. Overall we had good service and it was a good experience. We will go back and try some of the other entrees.
We returned to BBTT and once again, were not disappointed. The menu is limited (and seasonal) yet diverse - seafood, red and non-red meat, vegetarian. The wine list is exceptional but pricey. I enjoy browsing through this list. We selected a modestly priced Pinot Noir and were pleasantly surprised that it was older (2013 instead of 2015) than listed on the menu (it's usually just the opposite). The wine was perfect. The service consistently exceeds my expectations (I waited tables in high school and college and as a result, my bar is very high). Greg, our server, was attentive, courteous, knowledgeable, and effectively managed our courses. We started with the free form ravioli - delicious. It would make a great main course too. My spouse had beef tenderloin filet and I had the salmon special. Both excellent. The best thing about BBTT is the ambiance. It may be the best in Knoxville (just lacks a scenic view). This is a modern open restaurant with very comfortable seating. It's perfect for conversation even at peak dinner time on Saturday night.
Our occasion was for a birthday dinner. We enjoyed our evening very much. The positives were a very nice meal, outstanding service, a nice wine and a very attentive staff. The down notes were that the butternut bisque was only luke warm (which we did not comment on) and the duck confit was much saltier than any we had gotten from other places. However, the staff immediately exchanged the duck for another entree and handled the entire thing very quickly and extremely well - we could not have asked for more. We truly appreciate the attentiveness of the staff. Everything else about our evening was perfect. Highly recommend Bistro by the Tracks.
This is one of the higher end restaurants in Knoxville. The menu changes regularly and is characterized by variations of more traditional dishes. Usually you will find a variety of various meat, poultry and seafood/fish dishes with a 1-2 vegetarian options. The food is high end and we have never been disappointed in the 20+ times we have been here. The wine list is extensive. Service is excellent (every guest is being treated like a VIP). One of the major pros is the quiet atmosphere allowing conversation which is not necessarily true for some other restaurants of similar scale in town. We'll be back.
My wife and I have had many special dinners at BBT. The food is imaginative and well prepared. The wine is a bit pricey but good. The $25 corkage fee is reasonable. I encourage you to keep the wine prices reasonable and have good value in wines. That said BBT is the best restaurant in the Knoxville area.
Overall, BBT is a very good restaurant for a nice evening out. We have been going for years and have found the quality and service consistent throughout. The only drawback to BBT is the portions seemed to have been reduced somewhat which is why it was only 4 stars overall (and 4 stars in value). Recommended.
I come here frequently, and it never disappoints. The menu changes seasonally, and always features locally sourced foods. The wine menu is out of control, and they have one of the most solid scotch selections in Knoxville. Once you start thinking about dessert, I have three words: Cereal. Milk. Cheesecake. The only think I don't like is the green, leafy upholstery in the dining room; it is repugnant. Fabric aside, Bistro is one of my favorite restaurants in Knoxville.
I cannot recommend this restaurant. The price in no way corresponds with the quality of the food. It is pricy but the food quality and portion sizes are inferior. There are no table cloths and the atmosphere reminded me of an upscale diner. It is very loud. Service was ok. For Knoxville is is probably above average but unless you just want to throw your money away, go somewhere else.
This was the second time I was at The Bistro. Bistro is of the a rather upscale restaurant in Knoxville and we choose this because my previous lunch experience there was a very pleasant one.
It's a nice restaurant, with a decent menu, wine list, ambiance and waiting staff, BUT...
$150 for 2 cocktails, 2 salads, 2 entrees, and 2 glasses of wine and no table cloth...just felt overpriced.
Don't get me wrong, the food was good and we didn't have any complaints, but in my opinion at a certain price level you expect something that you can't make at home... which was not the case.
I'm pretty sharp on the value for money ratio, but I also realize that Bistro offers an eating experience that you won't find in too many restaurants in Knoxville. So, yes, I'd recommend this restaurant to anyone who:
is interested in eating without screaming TVs on the wall and pushy waiters that must tell you their last dating adventures (and are curious about yours);
appreciate an ambiance in which people actually dress nice for the occasion;
serve good and clever food with a nice selection of wines;
wants to stay away from the cargo shorted and orange shirted crowds.
And if the pricing is not an issue at all, it's a no brainer: go and enjoy!
BIstro never disappoints! It's my favorite place to eat on a date night in Knoxville. The food is spectacular and cocktails are delish! Wait staff is amazing!!!! Mike is my favorite server and always recognizes us even when we haven't been in a long time. I ❤️ This place!
Celebrating my birthday at Bistro by the Tracks was a phenomenal experience. The chefs prepared incredible dishes for us! My family emphasized that it was some of the best food they had ever eaten. We ate the house-made pasta, beef tenderloin, and salmon. All the flavors complimented each other beautifully. The desserts were also incredible! Incredibly happy with our server Anthony's enthusiasm and professionalism. He is a gem in that establishment.
The only reason this place did not get five stars is the all the main dishes including the appetizer were a little salty, but as we know thats a personal taste thing however I was not the only one who mentioned it. The other small issue was the place seems to be based around wine, however there was no Somali or anyone that could answer questions about the wine. At 150.00 a bottle I also expected my wine to come with a decanter. I had to ask for one after the second pour. Other than those two very small issues, this place was not bad for "Knoxville" fine dining.
Bistro has been my favorite dining spot. Not any more. Food was undercooked (even when I as asked for well-done salmon); served skin side up and not crispy; had to ask for bread twice (told it was undercooked and had to be redone); server MIA so had to catch eye of a different server to ask about bread would have asked for salmon to be cooked more but with MIA server just moved food around the plate to not make it uncomfortable for my guest). Very disappointing.
After a rocky start when I had to flag down a waiter for service, things settled down and my wife and I enjoyed a delicious meal. Our waiter was eager to make up for the gaff and was very attentive thereafter. We had an enjoyable outing.
I have eaten at the Bistro By The Tracks many times, including before it landed at this location. The food and service are great, and the location is central and allows for easy parking. Although it is pricey by Knoxville standards, you do get good-very good value for your dollar.
Wow some in our lunch party ordered salmon, etc, my husband and I ordered the shrimp curry. All plates were superb.
If I could give them 10 stars for service, I would, because our lunch & work session went from 12:30 until 4 PM. Not a single employee interrupted us or even hinted that we had overstayed our reservation.
This was the perfect spot after a long day of tailgating! The food was delicious and reasonable. The specialty cocktails were absolutely the best! Don't miss this dining experience. We dine out quite a bit and are particular about an overall dining experience, but this measured up and then some!
My husband and I met for lunch for our wedding anniversary, and we really enjoyed it. I had a shrimp and red curry dish and he had gnocci with beef and beets (I think). We love food, and my husband is an excellent cook, so we don't go out much---it's hard to spend money on a meal out when you could do better at home! That was not the case here. Everything was delicious and interesting and well-balanced, and we'll be back. We also had excellent service from our waiter, who I think was named York (?).
A group of ladies picked Bistro by the Tracks for our quarterly luncheon. The food was very good, service very good. One of our members is gluten free and there were several items on the menu to accommodate her. It is a little pricey for lunch, but a nice change of pace from chain restaurants. I would recommend it.
My first visit to Bistro By the Tracks was fantastic! The selection and quality of food was notable; the wine list was the best I have seen in this geographic area. The wait staff were personable and attentive with excellent selection advice. They provided extra service when they knew we enjoyed a great wine and provided some 'sips' that were a taster's delight.
My one caveat - the vegetarian selections were limited but they were amenable to creating a meal that met my needs.
We were in Knoxville for our 50th high school reunion and met former classmates and their spouses for dinner. Some of us had not seen each other for over 40 years. The host at Bistro by the Tracks placed us in a private room which offered us the chance for a quieter atmosphere more suited to catching up with old friends. We all thought the food was beautifully presented and tasted delicious. The wine selection is expensive for those who are interested. I have been to this restaurant twice and both times thought their dessert selection was disappointing with nothing that tempted me to stray from my Paleo diet. I would definitely go there again since their entree selection offers me several good choices.
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