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Calhoun's On The River

400 Neyland Dr, Knoxville, TN 37902-2408
+1 865-673-3355
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  • Excellent53%
  • Very good33%
  • Average10%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“ribs” (313 reviews)
“spinach maria” (67 reviews)
“corn pudding” (48 reviews)
Closes in 5 min
11:00 - 22:00All hours
American, Bar, Barbecue, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
££ - £££
400 Neyland Dr, Knoxville, TN 37902-2408
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Reviewed 26 April 2017

Ok, seriously...not even the best ribs in Knoxville. The BBQ is always over-cooked, dry, and chewy. And the BBQ sauce is nothing special - reminds me of Kraft, right out of the bottle. The service is always a little spotty - sometimes great, sometimes not....More

Thank stevenmU2156WJ
Reviewed 25 April 2017

We have eaten a a few other Calhouns in Tennessee and like the food. We had a dinner here and set along the back window. Great view of the river and boats. Service was fast and friendly. Food as always at Calhouns was good.

Thank Robin V
Reviewed 24 April 2017 via mobile

We always enjoy going to Calhoun's when we go to Tennessee football games. They have great barbecue and burgers. It is located on the banks of the Tennessee river not far from Neyland stadium. If it is not to cold I recommend eating in the...More

Thank kennith o
Reviewed 23 April 2017

Great food and atmosphere! Love the patio overlooking the river. We've eaten here several times when we've come to visit our UT student. Always a good meal and good service.

Thank Deb M
Reviewed 23 April 2017

Quite frankly , the food leaves alot to be desired . You go here to eat over the river and enjoy the view . They specialize in ribs and bbq . I did not like either one . We did have an excellent server and...More

Thank Cindy K
Reviewed 20 April 2017

This is a bbq buffet restaurant on Wednesdays and Fridays, but an incredibly well done buffet restaurant. A group of us from work hit this place about 11:15 last Wednesday and we feasted. BBQ ribs (must have), bbq pork tenderloin, bbq beans, cream style whole...More

1  Thank William V
Reviewed 19 April 2017

We went to Calhouns for inner. My wife had fried catfish that was excellent. She had spinach maria that was excellent also & great coleslaw. I had 1/2 rack baby back ribs. I don't care for baby back ribs but these ribs were absolutely fabulous....More

Reviewed 19 April 2017

This is by far the best place to eat if you go see the vols play football. It is within walking distance to the stadium. has an outside bay and the place is hopping on game day

Thank kevinbU4505FO
Reviewed 18 April 2017

Great atmosphere with good views of the river and the downtown bridges....friendly, attentive staff, plenty of menu choices, and the fried catfish is quite excellent!

Thank L5850SEdavidm
Reviewed 15 April 2017

Went here on a beautiful April afternoon while visiting our daughter at UT. Service was good, deck was nice. A little loud when train goes by, but still enjoyable. One daughter had pulled pork nachos - very good and enough for 4+ people. Husband had...More

Thank KLRF1
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Questions & Answers
19 September 2017|
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Response from Jeff B | Reviewed this property |
I don't believe this Calhouns has ever accepted reservations any day of the week, and I've been going there 24+ years. Call them as they may accept "call ahead" seating. Another option is nearby Ruth Chris. They usually... More
Kelsey H
3 August 2017|
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Response from LTCJJFOODIE | Reviewed this property |
Sorry for the late response. You will have difficulty parking with a trailer. you will have to park atop the hill on the West side of the river and walk down.
4 November 2016|
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Response from Brenda H |
Calhoun's on the River does not take reservations on Game Day. Please remember also, there is a parking charge which is refunded if you move your car before kickoff.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Business meetings, Child-friendly, View, Bar Scene, Kids, Local cuisine, Groups, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 400 Neyland Dr, Knoxville, TN 37902-2408
  • Location: United States  >  Tennessee (TN)  >  Knoxville
  • Phone Number: +1 865-673-3355
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