Calhoun's on the River

Calhoun's on the River

American Restaurant and BBQ Joint
400 Neyland Dr (Walnut St SW), Knoxville, TN 37902, United States
Hours:
Closed until 11:00 AM (Show more)
  • Mon–Thu, Sun
    • 11:00 AM–10:00 PM
  • Fri–Sat
    • 11:00 AM–11:00 PM
Price:
$ $ $ $
Reservations:
Yes
Menus:
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Happy Hour
Drinks:
Beer, Full Bar, Cocktails
Credit Cards:
Yes
Wi-Fi:
Yes
Outdoor Seating:
Yes
9.1/10

Based on 207 votes

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  • Ranked #2 for American restaurants in Knoxville
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    Katy H.
    "Their ribs are awesome and I love the beers they brew!"(15 Tips)
    Carrie B.
    "Tennessee corn puddin' was surprisingly awesome"(2 Tips)
    Rob J.
    "Great ribs and view of the river."(3 Tips)
    Jeremy F.
    "Order the Kickback burger."(2 Tips)
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  • ribs
  • corn puddin
  • scenic views
  • Southern food
  • chicken wings
  • steak
  • good for groups
  • burgers
  • romantic
  • great value
  • beer
  • cocktails
  • family-friendly
  • banana pudding
  • biscuits
  • lively
  • good for a late night
  • outdoor seating
  • trendy
  • chili
  • LaDonn W.

    Beer cheese dip is freaking awesome!

    LaDonn Wakefield · July 30
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  • Vince V.

    Try the fried pickles.

    Vince Vega · July 27
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  • Greg S.

    I got the BBQ pork plate. Nice and tender, and the sauce was really good. No complaints!

    Greg Schulz · July 24
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  • Rob J.

    Great ribs and view of the river.

    Rob Johnson · July 19
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  • Brandon R.

    Awesome river views

    Brandon Roberts · July 9
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  • Carrie B.

    Tennessee corn puddin' was surprisingly awesome

    Carrie Beesley · June 26
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  • Tanner H.

    BBQ! Best in Knoxville

    Tanner Hartman · June 14
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  • Tanner H.

    Everything BBQ

    Tanner Hartman · June 14
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  • Cheyanne L.

    I'm really not a picky eater but their pulled pork was very dry & they only offer one BBQ sauce, which I also wasn't very fond of. very disappointed in our food especially because of how much we paid.

    Cheyanne L · May 13
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  • Jan D.

    Love the atmosphere! Food and service is great.

    Jan Dorr · April 3
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  • David K.

    It's a nice place for lunch or dinner, but go to a hole in the wall joint if you want better barbecue.

    David Kristy · January 20
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  • marc d.

    Great location on the river.... Nice selection of their own micro brews on draft, plus bottles of everything else. Go for the ribs... Some of the best I've had!

    marc dotson · October 21, 2014
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  • Brad P.

    Ribs are incredible. Enjoy the location on the river.

    Brad Patrick · August 10, 2014
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  • Amanda L.

    Limited menu on the deck. Just eat inside. :(

    Amanda Lowe · June 16, 2014
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  • Keith T.

    A great place to take the team after a tough soccer match. Nice breeze over the river and great food! We all had fun. The waitress was a little forgetful, but smokin hot so we overlooked it.

    Keith Tatum · April 28, 2014
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  • Debbie H.

    White chili and naked wings....great!

    Debbie Hilliard · March 15, 2014
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  • Chad H.

    Full slab. Do it

    Chad Hanson · January 17, 2014
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  • Josh L.

    Ribs are fantastic. If you order a side salad don't fill up on it

    Josh Lucas · January 13, 2014
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  • National C.

    We hope you're a Tennessee football fan! Be sure get to here before kickoff for a great place to watch the game.

    National Car Rental · November 15, 2013
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  • Asher W.

    Great ribs but the spinach maria was the awesomeness.

    Asher Wunderl · August 10, 2013
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  • Kimberly E.

    Great food and$5 mojitos!

    Kimberly Evans · August 6, 2013
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  • Hugh A.

    Meat. It's what's for dinner.

    Hugh Austin · August 4, 2013
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  • Jennifer Leigh W.

    Pulled Pork Sandwich with ALL the BBQ sauce, Cherokee Red Ale, and Banana Pudding. The BEST.

    Jennifer Leigh White · July 26, 2013
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  • Barney M.

    Great view ....Mike Chase is the best proprietor in the restaurant business in Knoxville

    Barney Mac · June 29, 2013
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  • Deborah H.

    Great place to eat and enjoy looking over the water.

    Deborah Hulsey · June 9, 2013
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  • Natalie E.

    Worst service ever. Went 2 patio 2 wait for a table inside and servers everywhere, but not one asked if we needed a drink. Also, after getting a table 35 min later, took 15 mins 2get drinks/bread.

    Natalie Emmett · June 8, 2013
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  • Katy H.

    Hanging at calhouns on the river on a beautiful day is hard to beat! Their ribs are awesome and I love the beers they brew! Always a favorite place to go in Knoxville

    Katy Hodges · April 7, 2013
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  • Barney M.

    Pretzels and beer cheese

    Barney Mac · January 21, 2013
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  • Kimberly G.

    Great food, incredible atmosphere & ask for "Brandon" #bestserver!

    Kimberly Glenn · December 18, 2012
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  • Jean B.

    Service was so fast. My food came out within mins and was delish.....

    Jean Barclay · November 28, 2012
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  • Emily M.

    Servers are real hot here

    Emily Medley · November 9, 2012
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  • Dalton K.

    Nothing beats calhouns on a nice fall evening

    Dalton Kizer · October 13, 2012
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  • Jack

    The Servers are REALLY HOT. Excellent service.

    Jack · October 13, 2012
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  • Nikki

    Yes, their ribs are fabulous, but you can't go wrong with the steak Calhoun either. Also, love the 1st come 1st serve area around the bar. Works great for parties of 4 or less.

    Nikki · September 16, 2012
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  • Kayla Y.

    Cucumber basil martini is awesome. Worth trying for sure.

    Kayla Yancey · July 10, 2012
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  • Jeremy F.

    Do yourself a favor. Order the Kickback burger. You're welcome.

    Jeremy Floyd · May 1, 2012
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  • Jessi C.

    Go in the summer when the band " the shoeshakerz" are there.... they are awesome ... new and old music....

    Jessi Cates · April 30, 2012
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  • Rob H.

    Talk about how good the garlic rolls are, so you get to grab the biscuit first!

    Rob Howard · April 12, 2012
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  • Jacob S.

    I had the calhoun's trio and everything was amazing. Everyone was right about the ribs. Way better than the BBQ in Ohio.

    Jacob Sharp · March 18, 2012
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  • Beverly D.

    Eating the Turkey creek salad!

    Beverly Davis · March 17, 2012
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  • Linda R.

    Ribs are amazing!!!

    Linda Riffle · February 29, 2012
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  • Susan M.

    Ribs are great! Not to mention the margaritas, no sweet & sour mix from a bottle here. The bartenders treated us so well!!

    Susan Marsh · January 22, 2012
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  • Mitch N.

    Calhoun's has good food, but it is the atmosphere that makes this restaurant list worthy. When the weather permits, you can sit outside overlooking the river, and on game day it is the place to be.

    Mitch Norton · January 1, 2012
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  • Hank M.

    Just like WWE Diva Sunny says... EAT SOME RIBS!

    Hank Miller · December 16, 2011
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  • Tiffany B.

    Best ribs ever!!!

    Tiffany Brummitt · November 6, 2011
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  • Susanna N.

    They have SO many flavors of frozen margaritas.

    Susanna Nickell · October 30, 2011
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  • Tyler J.

    The baked beans are legit

    Tyler Jones · October 28, 2011
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  • Chad B.

    The wings and kick back burger are fantastic.

    Chad Beerstopherson · October 27, 2011
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  • BoatPro

    Get there early on UT Game Days... Go by boat and enjoy the Vol. Navy!

    BoatPro · October 3, 2011
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  • Brad S.

    Delicious corn puddin' - Get at it!

    Brad Stephens · September 10, 2011
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