The Oliver Royale patio is right on Market Square and wins points for the extra people-watching opportunities in downtown Knoxville.
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Presided over by executive head chef Darin Hoagland, Oliver Royale serves farm-sourced, seasonal dishes with a modern American feel. The dining room, edged with padded banquettes and lit with glowing globe lights, has a bar at the back stacked high with barrel-aged bourbons and infused whiskeys. Dinner is served here every night of the week from 4 to 10pm. Enjoy starters, such as tempura shrimp with udon, or tempting mains such as North Carolina trout with risotto or the much-loved Royale Ramen, made with confit pork belly and home-made kimchi. The restaurant also serves a flavour-packed brunch on Fridays from 10am to 3pm, and on Saturdays and Sundays from 9am to 3pm. Choose from comforting dishes, such as crab cake or chorizo benedict, and hot chicken and grits. There are more tasty mouthfuls to be had at Tupelo Honey café, serving modern Southern cuisine (shrimp and grits, honey-dusted chicken and biscuits) for brunch, lunch or dinner. It’s open Tuesday to Friday 11am to 9pm, Saturday 9am to 9pm, and Sunday 9am to 8pm.
Hidden away in the Oliver is the speakeasy-style Peter Kern Library Bar, with its flickering tea lights, fireplace, and dark, mirror-hung walls. Sink into a cushioned banquette with a classic Old Fashioned or try a house favourite, such as the Pedrocito with mezcal, pemartin amontillado, cocchi torino and xocolatl mole bitters. From 5pm to midnight, you can order meals from the Oliver Royale dinner menu to enjoy here. The bar is open from 5pm to midnight Monday to Thursday, 5pm to 1am on Friday, 4pm to 1am on Saturday and 4pm to midnight on Sunday.
The kitchen closes at 10pm nightly, but you can stay later to enjoy the bartenders’ creations.