Downtown Knoxville's Best Patios
Fancy a meal in Knoxville's fresh air? Everywhere you turn, you'll spot a Downtown patio that's second to none. 60+ spots across Market Square, Gay Street, the Old City, and tucked in out-of-the-way spaces are perfect for coffee, lunch, cocktail sipping, and romantic dinners.
Explore patios to find your favorite!
Situated on Gay Street, soak up the sun under Babalu's orange umbrellas while sipping a margarita and noshing on chips and guac! It's a spacious patio to dine with your friends and family over high-end Latin-inspired fare.
With plenty of outdoor space, this gas station turned brewpub on Broadway is a must-try when visiting Knoxville. Balter's front patio is great for a satisfying brunch, and the back patio is charming for a cool night by the firepits. Either one you choose, order a pint of locally-brewed beer and potato chip nachos.
We love Café 4's patio for so many reasons. The delicious truffle parmesan fries, the shareable cocktail punchbowls, and maybe most of all, the people-watching on Market Square. If you haven't been yet, you need to put this patio on your list.
Calhoun's on the River
Everyone knows Calhoun's deck is the place for gameday. The outdoor bar, the tailgate food, and the expansive indoor/outdoor space. However, our favorite time to go is a weeknight, when you can dine by the peaceful Tennessee River and enjoy burgers, BBQ, steaks, and cheesecake.
A hidden gem! Escape under the colorful umbrellas of Chesapeake's courtyard and keep the Bloody Marys coming alongside the crab cake benedicts. It's a great space for Sunday brunch, winding down during happy hour, or dinner any night of the week.
Chivo boasts a recently expanded patio, and we're pumped! Located on the 300 Block of Gay Street, it's a one-of-a-kind patio all by itself. Order up queso fundido, tacos, quesadillas, burritos and tortas and of course, tequila!
Downtown Grill & Brewery
Downtown Grill has a prime spot on Gay Street, so if you choose their front, pet-friendly patio, you're bound to love the people-watching. Did you know: they also have a great patio out back with TVs! Enjoy a root beer float, pasta, wings, chicken tenders, beer, and good times.
Grab your sweetheart and dine alfresco at Emilia on Market Square, an Italian dining experience for both celebrations and a weeknight treat. Take your time over a bottle of wine, fresh focaccia, homemade pasta, and luxurious desserts.
Bright, sunny, and shaded by umbrellas, Fai Thai's patio is a wonderful spot on Gay Street to send your tastebuds on an authentic Thai food journey. "Fai" was born in Bangkok and cooks real, handmade recipes she learned from her parents. Many dishes are vegan-friendly and/or gluten-free.
Fat Tuesday has been perfecting frozen daiquiris for almost 40 years, and there’s no arguing with that much experience. From Bourbon Street to Gay Street, you'll find rotating flavors – Mardi Gras Mash and 190 Octane are must-tries – as well as appetizing small bites including flatbreads, pretzels, and shrimp cocktails! Visit their patio for Big Easy fun.
The French Market Creperie
Indulge in a sweet Nutella crêpe and cappuccino on French Market's patio on Clinch Ave, and you'll be transported right to Paris. They use flour imported directly from France, so their crêpes are as authentic as they come. Croissants, sandwiches, soups, omelettes, and an espresso and cocktail bar round out a menu that you need to experience.
J.C. Holdway is on Union Ave, a quieter part of Downtown, which makes their patio nice for a romantic evening out. Savor snack plates, small plates, or large plates from Chef Joseph Lenn's kitchen, a James Beard Award winner of Best Chef Southeast. Named one of "The 12 Best New Restaurants in America" by Eater in 2017, it's a quiet little spot on a quiet little street, that continues to do beautiful big things.
A hidden treasure for an afternoon of "work" with coffee in hand! Located on the 100 Block of Gay Street, the adorable patio behind Jacks is an urban oasis shaded by lush trees. And their seasonal lattes are some of the best (and most creative) in town!
Jig & Reel
Visit Jig & Reel in the evening for whiskey-sipping and patio-sitting. In the heart of the Old City, you're sure to soak up the districts vibes and spot a cute doggo too! Some say the fish and chips are as good as across the pond.
Kaizen's outdoor seating is a 10/10 (and their interior design deserves a shout-out here too). Hang out under the pergola next to the projector screen, or sit at a patio table under string lights in the gated alley near the mural painted on the brick wall — a cool spot to observe over fried eggplant, steamed buns, and chilled Dan Dan noodles.
Next time you're walking down Gay Street, look up! Overlooking the hustle-and-bustle of Knoxville's most famous street sits Knox Mason's balcony, a quaint place to order a southern meal made with locally grown and sourced food. Start with the deviled eggs and pork rinds.
KoPita Authentic Mediterranean
KoPita boasts plenty of outdoor seating with the front patio on Gay Street and a charming side alley (including a beautiful new mural on the way). Mediterranean spreads of hummus, babaganoush, and daily salads taste even better in the open air.
The Lost Tavern
Situated in the middle of Market Square, the Lost Tavern is a noir-themed restaurant with a mysterious atmosphere and perfectly smoked cocktails. That mystique carries outside with globe lanterns and romantic overhead string lights illuminating the patio.
You may have been bowling at Maple Hall, but did you know about Maple Room, the lounge located at the top of the exposed brick staircase between the lanes? They have board games, life-size scrabble, a killer bar, and an outdoor patio to enjoy a selection of cocktails only available upstairs.
Merchants of Beer
A haven for pups and beer lovers, there's no question that Merchants of Beer has one of the largest of Downtown's outdoor spaces! Chill under the shade of the pergola or on the large turf lawn, play some ping-pong and cornhole, order from the Pop Up Truck, stay for the day. This beer garden is loads of fun!
A great spot for lunch on Market Square, Myrtle’s patio might be small, but it's mighty. The hanging lights, the pretty planters, and the cute tables set an atmosphere you'll never want to leave. Plus the famous fried chicken and soulful sides will have you coming back for more.
Nama Sushi Downtown
Hello happy hour! Our favorite time to enjoy Nama is right after work on their wrap-around patio. They have underrated cocktails, fresh sashimi, and over-the-top delicious sushi that's half-off on Mondays and Thursdays.
A patio that needs no introduction: you'll find Not Watson’s buzzing for brunch, lunch, and dinner. If you're lucky enough to snatch a table, you're in for a yummy treat! Order up a burger, meatloaf, fried green tomatoes, and more.
We love this romantic patio, and it's all in the details for Oliver Royale. The French bistro chairs, the greenery surrounding patrons, and the romantic string lights above. The same attention to details is true for their well-crafted cocktails and farm-to-table entrees. It all makes this patio hard to forget.
Ciao bella! Taste the Northern Italian cuisine of Osteria Stella from their intimate and charming patio, where the outside world goes out of focus, and it's just you and your company enjoying house-made bread, pasta, gnocchi, and an extensive wine selection. All are waiting for you on Jackson Ave.
Pete’s Coffee Shop & Restaurant
The legendary Pete’s has been serving up breakfast and lunch specials to regulars and out-of-town visitors since 1986. Even if you're familiar with this famous breakfast spot, you might not have noticed their patio on Union Ave! Their outdoor seating is a great place to kick-off game day or enjoy a mid-week lunch, if you ask us!
Petro's Chili & Chips
Petro's Chili & Chips is the perfect patio for a weekday lunch or a quick dinner before a stroll through Krutch Park! Dive into an original Petro® piled high with chili and toppings and wash it down with a Hint-of-Orange sweet tea. They also have wedge salads, loaded potatoes, and BBQ chicken nachos right on Market Square. Fun fact: Petro's started at the 1982 World’s Fair.
PostModern's bright blue tables and chairs draw you into their magical patio to enjoy a carefully crafted cocktail overlooking the gorgeous architecture of Jackson Ave. Their distilled in-house liquors provide the base to creative, seasonal drinks that are full of surprises. Save some for us!
In a connected patio with PostModern, Pour Taproom's vibe and pay-by-the-ounce bar is a bit more casual. With large picnic tables outside, it's a go-to gathering spot for a groups of friends and an afternoon drink. Beer, bubbles, wine, and don't miss the great nachos. Of course, bring your dog! They'll be in great company.
Another solid place for craft brews is Pretentious Beer! Located side-by-side to Pretentious Glass on Central Street, head out the back door to their large outdoor space to sip a locally-brewed beer out of a glass that's been hand-blown next door. Most of their patio is covered, so it's great for whatever the weather brings.
Benedicts, mimosas, and sweet sunshine on Market Square! Hailing from New Orleans, Ruby Sunshine has earned a place in the hearts of locals. Their covered side patio is waiting for you and your friends to brunch the day away.
Another coveted Market Square patio that always hits the spot ... there's nothing quite like Soccer Taco. It's great for lunch and dinner with friends, sipping margaritas, eating street tacos, and keeping those chips and salsa coming.
Stock & Barrel
The locally-sourced burgers are sensational, creative, and down right delicious. While the whiskey is warm, rich, and plentiful. Nothing brings those two together quite like the patio at Stock & Barrel! It's just the place on Market Square for some comfort food that will leave you happy and full.
Sweet P's Downtown Dive
The patio of the party! Sweet P's has an outdoor space true to their roots — a downtown dive for live music, good times, and great BBQ. Boston butts smoked low and slow, bone-in rubbed and smoked chicken quarters, Tennessee beef brisket. Yeah, it's good.
Tern Club's retro garden chairs, potted plants, and colorful patio make you feel like you're hanging out in someone's backyard. But, like, fancy. Sip on a tropical cocktail on the 100 Block of Gay Street and get whisked away at one of Knoxville's most unique cocktail bars!
The Tomato Head's patio boasts colorful string lights and neon green chairs, which match the bright flavors of their fresh meals. Nosh on hot pizzas out of the oven, tasty vegetarian fare, freshly baked bread, and healthy salads after a trip to the Market Square Farmers' Market, or lunch or dinner any day of the week!
Tommy Trent's wrap-around patio stretches from Market Square to Strong Alley and is a prime gathering spot for gameday and other sporting events. All of their burgers, loaded fries, and hot dogs are named after sporting legends and parts of the game. Go for the "Peyton" burger with apple butter BBQ sauce and fried onions.
Tupelo Honey calls their corner patio an "extended front porch," which makes sense, since they make us feel like we're at our Granny's home with their southern cooking! They've been serving delicious food and cocktails on Market Square since 2012. Sweet tea and fried green tomatoes, please.
Located on Central and Jackson in the Old City, Urban Bar has a large smoker-friendly patio that starts getting busy after dark. Indulge in drinks and snacks that hit those late-night cravings, like cheesy bacon tots and pork rinds.
A hidden gem in the Holston Building, Vida's patio sits right next to Krutch Park. The hanging flower baskets add privacy to the romantic patio, where you can enjoy pan-Latin cuisine for dinner and weekend brunch. We hear the limonada suiza and empanadas are a match made in heaven.
It's getting hot on Wicked Chicken's patio ... and for all the right reasons! They serve up better-than-Nashville hot chicken on the 100 Block of Gay St, and it's impressing people by the day. Cool off with an electric lemonade, or if you're feeling adventurous, the pickle martini. Pucker up!