Chef's Table Tour in Downtown Knoxville

Food, Wine & Nightlife in Knoxville

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Delight your taste buds with a 3-hour culinary adventure while sampling incredible tasty food from five different, local restaurants in downtown Knoxville Tennessee.  Our tour stops also include interactive visits from chefs, owners and management, who will give you the "inside scoop" about their restaurant and the history behind it.  There's no other way you could eat at five restaurants in three hours, so our food tours are the best way to get it all!  Our food tour is also unique in that we never tell the chef's/restaurants what to prepare for each guests food plate, so it's a fun surprise to us as well what we'll be eating on each tour!  This is a fun opportunity to let our chef's have creative culinary freedom, and even treat us to special dishes and sometimes even "off menu" items! 
Your Chef's Table Tour begins at the Knoxville Visitors Center at 301 S. Gay Street, Knoxville, TN, 37902 at 2:00 P.M. On our Chef's Table Tour we will spend approximately 3-hours walking, at a light pace no more than 1.4 miles, to five different, local restaurants in the downtown Knoxville area. Each restaurant will provide you a large "sample plate" of food prepared especially for us, and the stop will also include an interactive visit from the chef(s), owners and management!  There is enough food to make up at least a meal (or two!), and we highly recommend you come hungry.  We are also able to accommodate dietary restrictions such as vegetarian, gluten free, no shellfish, etc ONLY with advance notice given to us. so please call us at 865-410-TOUR (8687) at least one day prior to your tour if that applies. Our unique food tours concepts are that we give culinary freedom to each restaurant and chef(s) as far as the food they prepare it won't necessarily be the same food from one tour to the next!  Stops include places like Clancy's Tavern, which prides themselves in traditional Irish fare like fish and chips, boxty, pub spuds, and a large whiskey selection;  Cafe Vicolo, "an inspired eatery" founded by a world chef traveler with Italian heritage deep in his blood, where they serve things like homemade New York style dishes, sandwiches, fresh salads, an array of baked goods, and more every day!;  Boyd's Jig and Reel, the only authentic Scottish bar and pub featuring music sessions, one of the largest Scotch selections in the entire world, and staple food items such as bangers, Ploughman's lunch, toad in a hole, and more!;  Balter Beerworks, a craft beer brewery and restaurant transformed from an old service station that offers yummy upscale bar plates and cold drinks;  The Phoenix Pharmacy and Soda Fountain, a fully functioning pharmacy that also makes up their own syrups, sauces, toppings, ice creams, and everything in between! This tour you will allow you to also learn about the fun and special history of downtown Knoxville and how it has shaped everything from the architecture, culture and even the food!  You can't get an experience like this on your own, so come eat, drink and socialize with us in Downtown Knoxville! **Restaurants can be subject to change based on dates, availability, etc.  Guests will receive a list of tour stops the day of their tour upon arrival. The above list contains a general overview of restaurants we work with, and the 5 we will visit on your tour may or may not be listed above.**

What’s included

  • Beverages (water only is given at each restaurant)
  • Food tasting (LARGE sample plates from each restaurant)
  • All activities (tour guide entertainment, added on history tour information, etc)
  • Partner discounts/coupons from other local downtown establishments
  • Headsets to hear the guide clearly, if needed for size of tour group

What’s not included

  • Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase if of age)
  • Gratuities (optional, especially if you enjoyed your time and the guide did a great job!


  • Get inside tips from a local
  • Soak up the atmosphere on a walking tour
  • Treat a loved one on a special occasion
  • Led by a local guide
  • Great overview and orientation of the city
  • Perfect introduction for first-time visitors