Sapphire: A Modern Restaurant and Bar

Lounge
428 S Gay St, Knoxville, TN 37902 428 S Gay St, Knoxville Directions
Today 4:00 PM - 11:00 PM Closed All Hours
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82% of 301 customers recommended

About this Business

  • Cuisine
    American, Southern, Continental, Sushi, Eclectic
  • Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Price
    $15-$30
  • Hours
    Sun
    11:00 AM - 3:00 PM, 4:00 PM - 11:59 PM
    Mon-Thu
    4:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    Fri-Sat
    4:00 PM - 11:00 PM
  • Cuisine
    American, Southern, Continental, Sushi, Eclectic
  • Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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  • Attire
    Casual
  • Alcohol
    Available
  • Parking
    Street
  • Free Parking
    Yes
  • Delivery
    No
  • Takeout
    Yes
  • Reservations
    Yes
  • Vegetarian Options
    Yes
  • Catering
    Yes
  • Good For Kids
    Yes
  • Kids Menu
    Yes
  • Vegan Options
    Yes
  • WiFi
    Yes
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Tips

250
90 Tips
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Report | 10 days ago
Minimal entree selection but tons of appetizers options. Numerous cocktail options as well. We went at a very quiet time and it was really peaceful and romantic, but it's pure chaos during peak hours. Also got happy hour domestic bottles for 1.50!
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Report | 10 days ago
The tuna quesadilla was excellent.
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Report | 10 days ago
Drinks are imaginative and tasty.
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Report | 10 days ago
Go early. They were out of the appetizer and the dinner I ordered. The food was great.
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Report | 11 days ago
Great burgers & nice atmosphere.
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Report | 10 days ago
This was one of the best meals I've had out in months! The drinks are fantastic and the entrees were incredible. Best deal ever.
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Report | 10 days ago
Peruse the cocktail list before ordering, and ask questions of your server or bartender: they know their menu! The food is delicious. Sometimes the service is spotty, especially when not busy.
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Report | 12 days ago
Fabulous food and service!
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Report | 10 days ago
Excellent small plate - bacon/dates/gargonzola cheese
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Report | 12 days ago
Try the White Courtesy Phone and the pecan crusted chicken. Phenomenal!!
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From Our Editors

For more than 70 years, jewels used to fill the African mahogany cases lining Sapphire's walls. The dark wooden cabinets remain, although they now brim with more than 40 kinds of vodka, Tennessee and Kentucky whiskeys, and rums from Central and South America. Sapphire may no longer drape its customers in precious gemstones, but it does aim to preserve the sense of elegant refinement that characterized the historic building for decades.

This commitment is readily apparent in the menu of upscale cuisine that includes meats, cheeses, and seasonal produce from local vendors such as Sweetwater Valley Cheese, Painted Hills Beef, and John Mixon Farms. These ingredients appear throughout the selection of regionally inspired dishes, including boursin mac 'n' cheese, pimento pork bites, and almond-dusted chicken served with roasted brussels sprouts and sweet-potato gratin.

On Thursday through Saturday evenings, the elegant environment in the long, narrow room becomes livelier as the night progresses and DJs begin their sets. Upbeat rhythms echo off the high ceilings and the vintage mahogany woodwork while patrons enjoy one of the martinis that earned Sapphire a spot on Metro Pulse's Best of Knoxville every year from 2011 through 2014.

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Sun
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM, 4:00 PM - 11:59 PM
Mon-Thu
4:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Fri-Sat
4:00 PM - 11:00 PM
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