Calhoun's on the River

Calhoun's on the River

American Restaurant and BBQ Joint$$$$
Downtown Knoxville, Knoxville
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  • Carrie B.
    "Tennessee corn puddin' was surprisingly awesome"(3 Tips)
    Katy H.
    "Their ribs are awesome and I love the beers they brew!"(15 Tips)
    Tim C.
    "I can recommend the turkey creek salad!"(2 Tips)
    Jeremy F.
    "Order the Kickback burger."(2 Tips)
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  • Keith T.
    Keith TatumApril 28, 2014
    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.
  • Mitch N.
    Mitch NortonJanuary 1, 2012
    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.
  • Nikki
    NikkiSeptember 16, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    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.
  • Hana S.
    Hana SteilJuly 17, 2016
    The drinks are $5 everyday, the martinis are $6. If you want a great mudslide this is the place to go. It was Awesome and only $5
  • Katy H.
    Katy HodgesApril 7, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    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
  • marc d.
    marc dotsonOctober 21, 2014
    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!
  • Kay M.
    Kay MortonJuly 7, 2016
    We had appetizers pre-dinner on the deck on a beautiful sunshiny day it was great. We took our grandson to the water to feed the ducks and fish. He had a wonderful time.
  • Off The Quad
    Off The QuadApril 6, 2011
    Calhoun's proudly boasts the best ribs in America- and they're not afraid to throw some of their special BBQ seasoning in their bloody's. Definitely worth trying!
  • Jacob S.
    Jacob SharpMarch 18, 2012
    I had the calhoun's trio and everything was amazing. Everyone was right about the ribs. Way better than the BBQ in Ohio.
  • Susan M.
    Susan MarshJanuary 22, 2012
    Ribs are great! Not to mention the margaritas, no sweet & sour mix from a bottle here. The bartenders treated us so well!!
  • Greg S.
    Greg SchulzJuly 24, 2015
    I got the BBQ pork plate. Nice and tender, and the sauce was really good. No complaints!
  • Ashley M.
    Ashley MorrisNovember 18, 2016
    Beautiful location, right on the river. Eat on the deck and enjoy a beer with your meal!
  • JL
    JLJuly 26, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Pulled Pork Sandwich with ALL the BBQ sauce, Cherokee Red Ale, and Banana Pudding. The BEST.
  • Asher W.
    Asher WunderlAugust 10, 2013
    Great ribs but the spinach maria was the awesomeness.
  • Jessi C.
    Jessi CatesApril 30, 2012
    Go in the summer when the band " the shoeshakerz" are there.... they are awesome ... new and old music....
  • Barney M.
    Barney MacJune 29, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Great view ....Mike Chase is the best proprietor in the restaurant business in Knoxville
  • Rob H.
    Rob HowardApril 12, 2012
    Talk about how good the garlic rolls are, so you get to grab the biscuit first!
  • Josh L.
    Josh LucasJanuary 13, 2014
    Ribs are fantastic. If you order a side salad don't fill up on it
  • Kimberly G.
    Kimberly GlennDecember 18, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Great food, incredible atmosphere & ask for "Brandon" #bestserver!
  • David K.
    David KristyJanuary 20, 2015
    It's a nice place for lunch or dinner, but go to a hole in the wall joint if you want better barbecue.
  • Brad P.
    Brad PatrickAugust 10, 2014
    Ribs are incredible. Enjoy the location on the river.
  • Kayla Y.
    Kayla YanceyJuly 10, 2012
    Cucumber basil martini is awesome. Worth trying for sure.
  • National C.
    National Car RentalNovember 15, 2013
    We hope you're a Tennessee football fan! Be sure get to here before kickoff for a great place to watch the game.
  • Jeremy F.
    Jeremy FloydMay 1, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Do yourself a favor. Order the Kickback burger. You're welcome.
  • T. W.
    T. WestMay 15, 2016
    High priced but good food and love the music on the patio at the river
  • Jan D.
    Jan DorrApril 3, 2015
    Love the atmosphere! Food and service is great.
  • Jarreau N.
    Jarreau NabinettMarch 11, 2016
    I had the steak and shrimp. It was very good.
  • Deborah H.
    Deborah HulseyJune 9, 2013
    Great place to eat and enjoy looking over the water.
  • Cheyanne L.
    Cheyanne LMay 13, 2015
    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.
  • Natalie E.
    Natalie EmmettJune 8, 2013
    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.
  • Jesse H.
    Jesse HarrisJuly 16, 2010
    The ribs are the best baby backs I've ever had. There's no point in ordering anything else.
  • Charley S.
    Charley SextonFebruary 26, 2016
    Barbecue and biscuits. What's not to like?
  • BoatPro
    BoatProOctober 3, 2011
    Get there early on UT Game Days... Go by boat and enjoy the Vol. Navy!
  • Debbie H.
    Debbie HilliardMarch 15, 2014
    Been here 50+ times
    White chili and naked wings....great!
  • Jean B.
    Jean BarclayNovember 28, 2012
    Service was so fast. My food came out within mins and was delish.....
  • Ricardo M.
    Ricardo MoralesApril 17, 2016
    Corn puddin is awesome!
  • Jack
    JackOctober 13, 2012
    The Servers are REALLY HOT. Excellent service.
  • Rob J.
    Rob JohnsonJuly 19, 2015
    Great ribs and view of the river.
  • Carrie B.
    Carrie BeesleyJune 26, 2015
    Tennessee corn puddin' was surprisingly awesome
  • Lisa P.
    Lisa PorcelloDecember 31, 2010
    Excellent BBQ. Much, much better than we get in New Jersey.
  • LaDonn W.
    LaDonn WakefieldJuly 30, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Beer cheese dip is freaking awesome!
  • Tim C.
    Tim ChildersSeptember 5, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    I can recommend the turkey creek salad! Read more
  • Brandon R.
    Brandon RobertsJune 12, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    The boneless wings are really good!
  • Chad H.
    Chad HansonJanuary 17, 2014
    Full slab. Do it
  • Chad B.
    Chad BeerstophersonOctober 27, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    The wings and kick back burger are fantastic.
  • Roby R.
    Roby RobinsonMay 10, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    Ask for some honey and butter with those biscuits.
  • Tyler J.
    Tyler JonesOctober 28, 2011
    The baked beans are legit
  • Sean M.
    Sean MathenaMarch 23, 2010
    You have to have the ribs, best I have ever had!
  • Barney M.
    Barney MacJanuary 21, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Pretzels and beer cheese
  • Kimberly E.
    Kimberly EvansAugust 6, 2013
    Great food and$5 mojitos!
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