Al Fresco


The preferred way to dine these days

Is there a better time to enjoy dining al fresco? Yes, it keeps us safer than being indoors during the current pandemic. But COVID concerns aside, in September and October the temperatures slide back into a comfortable range, the skies deepen to a vivid autumn azure and the earliest of turning leaves develop a golden tinge. Marinas, like the one pictured here at Sequoyah Marina on Norris Lake, serve up stunning waterscapes to enjoy with your burgers, but lots of restaurants in Knoxville and surrounds also offer pleasing outdoor options. Here are some of our favorites. Email yours to and we’ll add them to the list online. 

Abridged Beer Co., 100 Lockett Road Knoxville 37919

Archer’s Smokehouse, 5200 Rutledge Pike, Knoxville 37924

Aubrey’s, 9208 Middlebrook Pk, Knoxville 37931, 6005 Brookvale Ln, Knoxville 37919, 214 E Emory Rd, Powell 37849

Balter Beerworks, 100 S. Broadway, Knoxville 37902

Calhoun’s, 100 Melton Lake Peninsula, Oak Ridge 37830, 400 Neyland Dr, Knoxville 37902

Chesapeake’s, 9630 Parkside Dr, Knoxville 37922, 600 Union Ave SW, Knoxville 37902

Corner16, 1640 Bob Kirby Road, Knoxville 37931

Emma’s Southern Kitchen, 3701 Sutherland Avenue, Knoxville 37919

Full Service BBQ, 10248 Kingston Pike, Knoxville 37922, 104 Cedar Ln, Knoxville 37912 

Hops & Holler, 937 N Central St. Knoxville 37917

Lakeside Tavern, 10911 Concord Park Dr, Knoxville 37922

Rick’s Dockside Grill, 1000 Marina Harbor Dr, Maryville 37801

Schulz Brau Brewing Co., 126 Bernard Ave, Knoxville 37917

Stock & Barrel, 35 Market Square, Knoxville 37902

Sweet P’s Downtown Dive, 410 W Jackson Ave Knoxville 37902

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