Romantic Knoxville - Valentine's Restaurants and Activities

It comes every year on February 14th and many people celebrate their love with flowers, candy, and maybe a romantic dinner or date night activity. 

We have hand-picked some restaurants and activities that we think would be perfect for you and your significant other to celebrate your love! 

The time is now to make those plans and book your reservations. If you want to avoid the February 14th crowd plan on going a few days before or after the Valentine's holiday. 

Date Night Restaurants:

Dancing Bear Appalachian Bistro 

Holding a place in the top 1% of listings on TripAdvisor, the Bistro has been named one of America’s Most Romantic Restaurants and is one of the 25 top Fine Dining Restaurants in the US…

Steeped in tradition and enhanced with contemporary flavor profiles, the component combinations of the Bistro’s culinary team is an Appalachian tour-de-force. True to the farm-to- table experience, the Appalachian Bistro uses fresh produce grown on-site, and sources the highest quality local ingredients, to create renowned dishes that are as inviting to the eye as they are to the palate.

7140 E. Lamar Alexander Pkwy.Townsend, TN 
(865) 336-2138


Fleming's Steakhouse

Fleming's in Knoxville is an outstanding choice to enjoy an exceptional Prime steak, glass of wine or handcrafted cocktail. Whether you’re celebrating a special occasion, hosting a business dinner or simply wanting to enjoy a night out – they will create a memorable evening in their Dining Room or Outdoor Patio.

With premium Prime steak options on their Dinner Menu as well as best-in-class seafood and innovative vegetarian options, they have something to offer everyone you are dining with. 

11287 Parkside Dr. Knoxville, TN 37934
(865) 675-9463

The Restaurant at RT Lodge

Set on the woodsy campus of Maryville College, RT Lodge provides spectacular natural settings and a variety of elegant, comfortable spaces.

Every aspect of your meal is important to them. That's why they make their own bread, pickles, mayonnaise, pimento cheese, and scores of other hand-crafted ingredients and dishes. They shape their menus on the changing bounty of each season, with the freshest ingredients sourced from local farms and the best providers. After dinner, enjoy coffee and complimentary s'mores around the fire pit while being surrounded by gorgeous landscape and all the quiet sounds of Maryville College Woods.

1406 Wilkinson Pike, Maryville, TN 37803
(865) 981-9800


Located on the historic Market Square in Knoxville, Tennessee, Emilia serves simple, seasonal Italian cuisine inspired by the Emilia-Romanga region of Italy. All their pastas are made in-house daily.

16 Market Square, Knoxville, TN 37902
(865) 313-2472

Harvest Bearden 

A new restaurant concept, "harvest - land, sea & vine," is located in Bearden. Harvest is open for lunch and dinner daily and features a unique brunch menu on Saturdays and Sundays. Their menu highlights aged midwestern hand cut steaks and premium fresh seafood selections along with several vegan, salad and house-made pasta options as well as daily chef specials.

5200 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37919

Lonesome Dove

Lonesome Dove Knoxville features both classic and new tastes, with Knox-inspired dishes & drinks that showcase Love’s creative use of bold flavors, wild game, and signature wood-fired cooking techniques alongside a diverse wine program. The menu is divided into several sections, beginning with Love’s proprietary Wild Game Fettine. 

100 N Central St. Knoxville, TN 37902
(865) 999-5251

KOYO Knoxville 

Elevated Japanese dining, a truly unique experience in the heart of Downtown Knoxville. 

416 Clinch Ave. Knoxville, TN 37902
(865) 253-7400


Eating out should be an experience for the senses, enriched by charm and comfort—with food that’s delicious but not complicated. Bella is a place for first dates, old friends and families to come together. They invite you to enjoy your favorite dishes made fresh, with just a dash of Italian flavor.

121 W Broadway, Maryville, TN 37801
(865) 205-4111


Kefi is a concept rooted in Greek which translates very roughly to "Profound Passion". This simple statement captures the essence of what they are trying to bring to Knoxville. Food is an integral piece of the ancient Mediterranean culture. Stroll the shores of Greece and you will find tables filled with small, healthy plates each full of color, herbs, and taste. The food is cherished, but more importantly, it gathers us around the table with the ones we love. Kefi will bring this rich Mediterranean culture to the downtown streets of Knoxville.

120 East Jackson Ave. Knoxville, TN 37915
(865) 474-1492

Bistro By The Tracks

Upscale New American kitchen with veggie & gluten-free options in casually elegant surrounds. Located in Happy Holler and their brand new Bearden location that has just opened. 

1123 N Central St. Knoxville, TN 37917 & 5448 Homberg Dr. Knoxville, TN 37919
(865) 558-9500

Date Activities:

Bowling and Drinks at Maple Hall

Axe Throwing in Downtown Lenoir City at East Tennessee Axe Throwing

Massage and Foot Soak at Wake Foot Sanctuary

Play with some kittens at Scruffy's Cafe

Ignite your inner freedom in a Splatter Vault

Book a cooking class with The Cutting Edge Classroom

Take in an Ice Bears Hockey Game

Paint a masterpiece at Painting with a Twist

Zipline under the stars at Navitat Canopy Adventure

Play around and hit some balls at Top Golf

Go on a Food Tour around Knoxville

Have a rage date at Rocky Top Rage Room 

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