We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
New! Find and book your ideal hotel on TripAdvisor — and get the lowest prices

Calhoun's On The River

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
400 Neyland Dr, Knoxville, TN 37902-2408
+1 865-673-3355
11:00 - 23:30
Open now
All hours
Sun - Thu 11:00 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 23:30
More Info
Add Photo Write a Review

1,135 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
  • More
Showing 1,128: English reviews
Burlington, Vermont
Level Contributor
12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was my first time to Knoxville and seeking out BBQ came across Calhouns. What a nice atmosphere and location on the Tennessee River. The food was fabulous, service great and very reasonable prices!!!! Ordered a full rack of baby back ribs and the meat falls off the bone and their own brand BBQ sauce is excellent. Bottles available for... More 

Thank David S
Knoxville, Tennessee, United States
Level Contributor
19 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The locals rave about Calhouns, however, I think they are about average. Just normal southern style food. I've visited to attend a private anniversary party as well as a family dinner and while everything was good, I would prefer more creative food.

Thank Michele J
Level Contributor
7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Hostess that greatest was possibly having a bad day as she was rude and abrupt. Things didn't get any better with our server who was very unpleasant. We liked the location and had planned to have lunch and some drinks and enjoy the afternoon there. Instead we settled for ice tea and an appetizer and cut our visit short.... More 

Thank Mike T
Oak Ridge, Tennessee
Level Contributor
19 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Cheaper than fast food, Calhoun's has a burger special on Mondays that is superb. These are premium beef, cooked to order, hot and juicy, adorned with what ever your heart desires and comes with traditional french fry side. Starts at $5.50, add a drink and two eat well under 20 including tip.

Thank Doctorev
Level Contributor
13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This place is well known in the Knoxville community. They normally have a line, but seating time is above average. They have some of the most tender ribs I've tasted. They bring out a basket of different types of bread, that's always a plus. The prices are fairly reasonable, the portions are more than adequate. This has been like the... More 

Thank Snoopydogdog
Basel, Switzerland
Level Contributor
31 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I went here for dinner with my son. We both had ribs, and enjoyed them. They were moist, juicy and tasted great. The servie was frendly and fast. I will come here again next time I'm in Knoxville

Thank L V
Montreal, Canada
Level Contributor
35 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Really liked the place and the home brewed beer. Had the trio smoked meat and it was awesome ! Service was very good too !

Thank max219
A TripAdvisor Member
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Close to football stadium. Walking distance. Tried out food from friends recommendation. It was good. Greeter was nice. Had crazy big deck to sit on and enjoy the river. Bar personnel somewhat distracted with people. Seem to be more about pumping out drinks than listening. Had big fan on deck.

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Washington DC, District of Columbia
Level Contributor
92 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I know I'm supposed to be impressed and thrilled to be at this place. I was not. We had a group of 9 so we got sat on the deck. Ok - but then after ordering drinks- we were told that we couldn't get the entire menu on the deck. The inside was literally 5' away separated by a wall.... More 

Thank DianefromDC
Knoxville, Tennessee
Level Contributor
27 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Regardless of the reason you chose to visit Knoxville, you need to enjoy Calhoun's on the river. You can chose drinks on the patio, or a full meal inside. The views are great, the barbecue is very good.

Thank HalDenton

Travellers who viewed Calhoun's On The River also viewed


Been to Calhoun's On The River? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
American, Bar, Barbecue, Soups
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
View, Bar Scene, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Groups
Open Hours
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 23:30
11:00 - 23:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 400 Neyland Dr, Knoxville, TN 37902-2408
  • Location: United States  >  Tennessee (TN)  >  Knoxville
  • Phone Number: +1 865-673-3355

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Calhoun's On The River and other visitors
6 questions
Ask a question
Sevierville, Tennessee
1 month ago
over a year ago
8 months ago
Memphis, Tennessee

See all questions (6)

Questions? Get answers from Calhoun's On The River staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?