From its wide-ranging variety of ethnic foods to its award-winning chefs and unique architecture environments, Knoxville restaurant patrons have opportunities to enjoy delights that are traditionally only thought of in America’s big cities. East TN Tours brings you to some of the city’s most renowned kitchens to sample dishes that will fill your food journals with stars and keep you coming back for more. Beyond the main course of delicious foods, patrons will also learn fascinating insights into Knoxville's rich history and background of the restaurants to be visited from the tour guide and the chefs themselves!
East TN Tours is incredibly excited to offer this unique culinary experience to visitors and locals alike, as there is NOTHING like this in town!
COME HUNGRY! Based on customer feedback, we would suggest not eating anything earlier in the day (unless you need to eat/drink for medical or dietary purposes), as most tour guests will tell you there is MORE than enough food to make up a meal (or two)!
Our tours are unique in that you can come on them multiple times, and never get the same food! How do we do that, you may ask?! Well, our business model is designed in that we don't ever tell the chef's what to make for any food tour...they just make whatever is on their heart, mind and soul that day, and serve it to us! Sometimes (and quite often) we may get to try stuff that's not even on the menu yet, and get to be the "new menu tasters"! If you'd ask us what you'd be eating on any given food tour, well....we couldn't tell you... because it's a surprise to us too! So you can literally come on one of our yummy food tours and get something different every single time, even though we often go to the same restaurants :)
Start time on our Chef's Table Tour's are 2:00 P.M and they last until approximately 5:00 P.M. They are conducted on Friday and Saturdays, unless there are certain special events or occasions which prohibit us from touring. We strongly suggest not planning anything or having to be anywhere immediately after 5pm as sometimes tours can run long (because we have so much fun!).
*Note: We will NOT conduct tours on UT football home game Saturday's. We apologize for the inconvenience, but we do this to assure restaurant participation and continuous high quality tours! However, if you are in town visiting for a UT football home game, please visit us on a Sunday Bountiful Brunch Tour that same weekend!
During this tour, you will learn about the fun and special history of downtown Knoxville and how it has shaped everything from the architecture, culture and even the food!
To view the complete list of the restaurants we could be stopping at on your tour, be sure to stop by OUR PARTNERS page.
The minimum amount of people are 2 guests, and all normal tours max out at 12 guests. If you wish to know more about larger tours for over 12 people, please visit our CUSTOM/PRIVATE TOURS page HERE
Chef's Table Tour price/person-$69.99 (plus tax).
(Children 2 and under are free)
Guests also will receive additional bonus deals and discounts from other local/nearby attractions and products, like 25% off items inside Visit Knoxville, 15% off any bottle purchases and/or spirit and cocktail flight tastings inside Knox Whiskey Works while on our tour, a token for a free beverage or ice cream from The Phoenix Pharmacy and Fountain, a coupon for $5 off any bowling game at Maple Hall, 1/2 price admission per person for the East Tennessee History Center/Museum, and a code for 20% off another food tour with us!
We will meet at the beginning of each tour inside the Knoxville Visitors Center at 301 S. Gay Street, Knoxville, TN, 37902. For any additional info about Knoxville happenings, things to do, or city info in general, you can visit their website by clickingHERE or call them at 865-523-7263.