Takeout | Date Night Spots
Keep things fun and fresh with a takeout date night! Light the candles, set the table, and run to Downtown Knoxville to pick up a decadent dinner to-go (or get delivery)! Watch a movie, catch a live streaming event, play chess, or even take it outside! It’s easy, delicious, and curbside friendly. Check out these go-to to-go spots around Downtown that will escalate a regular night to Date Night.
Tupelo Honey Cafe
If Southern cookin’ makes you good lookin’ then OF COURSE this should be everyone’s date night spot. The team at Tupelo Honey just make it so easy with their online order forms, wide array of small shareables to family size meal kits, and bottles of wine! Order online and visit their Facebook page for discounts and daily specials. They also offer delivery through Uber Eats, Grubhub, and DoorDash.
Carry out from this Old City staple screams romance by a roaring fireplace. Yes, the wild game fettine over a glass of wine is a mouth-watering option, but their menu is stacked with memorable entrees like Antelope, Wagyu Tomahawk Ribeye, and so much more to consider! Call them at (865) 999-5251 to place your order.
Chesapeake's Seafood House
You might think a Seafood Tower won’t travel well, but we would disagree. Fresh oysters, Maine Lobsters, other classic seafood favorites are on the Chesapeake’s menu with a fresh guarantee and a side of friendly service. There are plenty of fish in the sea, but when you’re talking Date Nights – Chesapeake’s is the one. Call (865) 673-3433 to place your curbside order, or order delivery through Grubhub.
Nama Sushi Downtown
Nama’s sushi is seriously beautiful. Wow your special someone with a platter of deliciously edible art. Their chefs constantly deliver scrumptious traditional, and new spins, on Japanese fare. Your ultimate sushi experience awaits you, plus check out the Hot Nama menu items too. Order online for takeout or order delivery through Bite Squad.
Trying to get more than just a *chef’s kiss*? Emilia is the perfect option. They serve simple, seasonal Italian cuisine inspired by the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy. All of their pastas are made in-house daily, the warm focaccia is to die for, and oh yeah everything is amazing. Order online or call (865) 313-2472 for curbside.
Fin-Two Japanese Ale House
We dream of sushi, and so will you after dinner from this laid back Japanese izakaya in the heart of the Old City. Fin-Two's yakitori sampler is the perfect level of decadence for two, especially paired with sake to-go. So snuggle up with some ramen from Fin-Two and your boo. Order online for curbside or delivery or call (865) 437-3105.
Enjoy food and drinks from the James Beard Award-winning chef in the comfort of your own home. The team at J.C. Holdway offers a daily curbside take-out menu, with walk-up or drive-up options, and special "pop-up" meal deal dinners. Nothing says fancy date night like 4-Course Prix Fixe Menu and one of their to-go Batch Cocktails. Just pour over ice! Order online or call (865) 312-9050 for curbside or delivery.
Treat your special someone to a Mediterranean inspired dish and batch of to-go hand-crafted cocktails from Kefi. Take your staycation to Greece with each bite of Spanakopita, Octopodi, and Dolmades, while sipping a Fig Smash. Order online or call (865) 474-1492 for pickup. They also offer delivery with orders of $100 or more.
Ruth's Chris Steakhouse
For those of you who’s love language is splurging, let us recommend indulging in prime cuts of meat, decadent seafood, and tasty sides like Lobster Mac & Cheese and Potatoes Au Gratin from Ruth’s Chris. A classic choice that does not disappoint! Order online for pickup or get delivery through Uber Eats.
Local favorite Knox Mason has been the hot spot for date nights in Downtown for years, and now you can enjoy Chef Matt Gallaher’s Southern staples at home, where no one will judge how quickly you eat it. You can’t help it. We know the feeling. And to find out if your person is THE ONE, make sure they know the real you. Order online or call (865) 770-5988 for curbside.
Nothing says “I love you” like sharing a couple of noodle bowls from Kaizen! They also have plenty of wine, beer, and sake options you can order to-go (try the Grapefruit-Ginger Sparkling Sake Wine). And of course, don’t forget the steamed buns for your steamy night ahead! Order online or call (865) 409-4444 for curbside. Visit their Instagram and Facebook pages for daily specials.
Not Watson's Kitchen + Bar
Not Watson’s is a guaranteed slam dunk for date night deliciousness. Their updated menu items and daily specials have been seriously upping the ante recently with dishes like Braised Short Ribs and Pan-Seared Scallops. A serious contender as the best to-go option for date night... or every night. Order online or call (865) 766-4848 to order curbside. Or get delivery through JoyRide and Postmates.
Fall in love all over again with this menu. The mouth-watering decadence has no limits at Oliver Royale with Crispy Duck Rillettes, Osso Bucco, Fettuccine Bolognese, and To-Go Cocktails, like the Quarantine Fairy #2 and Smoke Signals. Honestly guys, get a room and call (865) 622-6434 to order curbside pickup immediately.
The Drawing Room at the Tennessean Hotel
Speaking of getting a room... check into The Tennessean for a romantic staycation, or just swing by to pick up some tasty carryout from the Drawing Room's glorious menu. Diver Scallops, Maple Pecan Crusted Salmon, Blackened Tenderloin Tips, need we say more? Call the hotel at (865) 232-1800 to place your order.
The Melting Pot
Bring the ultimate fondue experience to your home for a romantic night in! Thanks to the takeout menu from the Old City's Melting Pot, you can order creamy cheese and rich chocolate fondues, along with fresh salads, prepared entrée skewers, wine, beer and signature dipped strawberries. Call (865) 971-5400 or order online. Hey, hey! Cheers to that!
Skip the meal and grab a tiki drink! Get fancy with your favorite person with a cocktail kit from the Tern Club. It comes with two cocktail kits (four servings total), garnishes, ice, and a set of two custom Tern Club glasses. Plus, a house-made snack mix! Turn your living room into a tropical oasis and kick Date Night up a notch or two. Order online here.
Make your date night a little sweeter by ending it with something tasty! Downtown’s Kilwins location has 32 flavors of ice cream, fudge, and chocolate confections that’ll really be a cherry on top of a perfect night with your person. Call (865) 219-1233 to order curbside or get the sweet treats delivered through Uber Eats.
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