Funky, fun South Knoxville favorite since 1968. The restaurant’s straightforward but perfectly prepared food reaches heights of excellence Knoxville’s more urbane destinations can only dream of. This exceptionally—perhaps uniquely—good steak house doesn’t just have patrons. It has fans, and remaining non-partisan is a challenge in the face of such sumptuous, beautiful cooking. Reservations for parties of eight or more.

From Yummm! the Metro Pulse Restaurant Guide:

The great American love affair with steakhouses may not have started in East Tennessee, but one of its truest expressions lives on Chapman Highway. For 45 Years, Knoxville and Ye Olde Steak House have gone together like a horse and carriage—and as other steakhouse have come and gone, Knoxville has always kept this place first in its heart. It’s easy to understand why.

They’ve been serving some of the area’s best Iowa grain-fed beef steaks ever since Bunt and Helen King opened the Ye Olde Steak House in 1968. The quality of food and hospitality have endeared the place not just to Knoxvillians but also to folks all over the country. The restaurant remains family owned and operated by Bunt and Helen’s children—Nancy, Cheryl, and David—and you’ll find them and some of their own children at work every night. David hand-cuts the steaks that keep folks coming back and have made this place famous enough to attract national media.

Of course, there’s more here to eat than just fabulously flavorful and tender steaks. Grilled swordfish, charcoal shrimp, and charbroiled chicken are popular, too. And while any good steakhouse takes care to offer quality side dishes, Ye Olde Steak House goes the extra mile to make their extras as legendary as the steaks themselves. Their signature Woodshed Potatoes and blue cheese salad dressing inspire many a satisfied, “ahhh,” and the cheese and crackers that greet every table have tempted multiple generations of diners to spoil their dinners.

The quality that created Knoxville’s romance with Ye Olde Steak House hasn’t changed much over the years. There are little differences: The restaurant offers smaller cuts of its filet, New York strip, and prime rib; Monday night features one of the best burger specials in town; and Thursdays showcase the grilled chicken dinner and two sides for under $10. There is a menu designed for the small members of your brood—if you can keep their eyes and minds off of the sizable delights that all the big people are enjoying.

If you haven’t ventured out to South Knoxville lately, now’s a good time to make a visit. In celebration of its 45th anniversary, Ye Olde Steak House will offer a series of prize giveaways every Thursday at 4:45 p.m. until 8:45 p.m. through August 1st. The prizes will be awarded during hourly drawings and include gift certificates, T-shirts, and more. You’ll only get one chance per hour since the drawings start fresh every hour of every Thursday, so you’ll want to eat there weekly to maximize your chances. August 1st is the great day itself, so those drawings will feature a bevy of prizes including: two gift certificates for whole desserts; two certificates for dinners for two; and one certificate for a dinner for four.

But even if you decide to skip the Thursday anniversary celebrations, Ye Olde Steak House always inspires the festive attitude that comes from enjoying a really good meal. That brand of delicious consistency is what has made the restaurant one the area’s most beloved eating institutions, and that’s the kind of love you can’t disparage—so head on down Chapman Highway and share the love.

Restaurant Details

Locally Owned Wifi Patio Live Music Accepts Reservations Party Room (20+)
Kids Menu Delivers Buffet Waterfront Vegetarian Dishes Vegan Dishes


Day Opens Closes
Sunday 4:30 p.m. 9 p.m.
Monday 4:30 p.m. 9 p.m.
Tuesday 4:30 p.m. 9 p.m.
Wednesday 4:30 p.m. 9 p.m.
Thursday 4:30 p.m. 9 p.m.
Friday 4:30 p.m. 9:30 p.m.
Saturday 4:30 p.m. 9:30 p.m.
Day Business Hours
Sunday 4:30 p.m.
9 p.m.
Monday 4:30 p.m.
9 p.m.
Tuesday 4:30 p.m.
9 p.m.
Wednesday 4:30 p.m.
9 p.m.
Thursday 4:30 p.m.
9 p.m.
Friday 4:30 p.m.
9:30 p.m.
Saturday 4:30 p.m.
9:30 p.m.

Upcoming Events for Ye Olde Steak House

Comments » 2

Newcomer writes:

Visited this steakhouse as it was shown on ESPN Gameday and it certainly sounded good. What a disappointment!
Loud and terribly crowded dining area. Cheap dining chairs and tables. Service was slow and difficult. Once we placed the orders we were ignored. When the order arrived it was placed on the table and the waitress disappeared. My steak was ordered medium rare. It came rare. After, finally, attracting the waitress to complain, she took it for another try. Second try steak was as ordered but very dry.

Obviously this place is relying on past history and loyalty of longtime customers. It is not what it is billed to be.

ashley_2323 writes:

I agree with the first comment. My boyfriend and went for a late Valentine's Day dinner there on 02/17/11. First of all, the parking situation is awful. We had to park up a hill and walk down in the dark. Once we walked in the hostess (who looked like she was about 13 and was wearing jeans and a t-shirt) totally ignored us. We were eventually sat by a bus boy. The staff was highly unprofessional, wearing ripped jeans and no uniformed look. You have to guess who is actually an employee. We waited for 10 or so minutes for our waitress to show up and get out drinks. We were the only people in her section at this point. We waited 20 more minutes for her to come back and were just about to the point of walking out. The prices are sky high and the food is only mediocre. We got two lousy rolls for ordering our $30 entree, and they were re-heated store bought rolls.

I was terribly disappointed with my experience and I will certainly not be going back.

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