Accessible Knoxville Area Restaurants

The disAbility Resource Center (dRC) partnered with the University of Tennessse College of Nursing to recognize "accessibility friendly" restaurants in and around Knoxville. Also, an interesting article about Access Knoxville was written by Knox News.

The location of surveyed restaurants can be seen on Mapquest.

The overall survey rating reflects both the volunteer's firsthand impression of the restaurant's level of accessibility and the disABILITY Resource Center's evaluation of accessibility features offered by the restaurant. The purpose of the survey is to evaluate each restaurant's level of accessibility for people with all types of disabilities. If you have a specific accessibility need, please contact the restaurant directly to confirm that they will in fact be able to meet your needs. There are three ratings:

  • Wow, meaning very few accessibility issues,
  • Good, meaning there some accessibility issues, and
  • Limited meaning the restaurant has one or more significant barriers for someone with a disability. Note: if a restaurant's rating went up from one year to the next, it means they made a significant effort to improve their accessibility!
Accessibility Survey Results for
Knoxville, TN Area Restaurants
Rating Restaurant Address Year
WowAgave Azul4405 Kingston Pike, Knoxville TN 379192014
WowApplebee's261 N. Peters Rd, Knoxville, TN 379232014
LimitedAsian Kitchen8511 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 379192011
GoodAubrey's6005 Brookvale Ln, knoxville, tn 379192012
LimitedBlue Coast Burrito37 Market Square, Knoxville TN 379022012
WowBuddy's BBQ4500 N. Broadway, Knoxville, TN 379172013
GoodBuddy's BBQ4500 N. Broadway, Knoxville, TN 379172011
WowBurger King2806 Broadway St., Knoxville, TN 379172013
WowCafe 44 Market Square SW, Knoxville, TN 379022014
LimitedCancun Mexican Restaurant4829 N. Broadway St., Knoxville, TN 379182012
GoodCaptain D's812 Merchant Drive, Knoxville TN 379122012
GoodCarrabba's324 N. Peters Rd., Knoxville TN 379222014
GoodChaiyo's Thai and Sushi Restaurant602 James Agee St., Knoxville TN 379162014
LimitedCheddar's5615 Clinton Highway, Knoxville, TN 379122011
LimitedChez Liberty6200 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 379192012
GoodChick-fil-a540 E. Emory Road, Powell, TN 378492013
WowChick-fil-aHonberg Dr, Knoxville, TN 379192013
GoodChilli's Grill and Bar7304 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 379192012
GoodChipotle1701 Cumberland Ave., Knoxville, TN 379162012
WowChuy's9325 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 379222013
WowCookout2135 Cumberland Ave, Knoxville, TN 379162013
LimitedCopper Cellar1807 Cumberland Ave., Knoxville, TN 379162014
GoodCracker Barrel5001 Central Avenue Pike, Knoxville, TN 379122011
WowCumberland Grill3001 Industrial Pkwy East, Knoxville, TN 379162011
WowDead End BBQ3621 Sutherland Ave., Knoxville, TN 379192014
WowDowntown Grill and Brewery424 South Gay St., Knoxville, TN 379022014
WowEinstein Bros1049 North Cedar Bluff Road, Knoxville, TN 379232012
GoodEl Mezcal118 North Forrest Park Blvd., Knoxville, TN 379192012
WowFirehouse Subs1708 Cumberland Ave., Knoxville, TN 379162014
LimitedFirehouse Subs1708 Cumberland Ave., Knoxville, TN 379162011
GoodFirehouse Subs4916 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 379192012
WowFlatwater Grill100 Melton Lake Peninsula, Oak Ridge, TN 378302012
GoodFroyoz2400 Town Center, Blvd, Knoxville, TN 379192013
WowGenghis Grill1316 Parkside Dr., Knoxville, TN 379162014
LimitedGoal Post Tavern1824 Cumberland Ave., Knoxville, TN 379162013
GoodGoal Post Tavern 1824 Cumberland Ave., Knoxville, TN 379162014
GoodHardee's3718 Western Ave., Knoxville, TN 379212012
LimitedIHOP7128 Kingston Pike, Knoxville 379192012
GoodJason's Deli2120 Cumberland Ave., Knoxville, TN 379162012
GoodJimmy John's1903 Cumberland Ave., Knoxville, TN 379162012
WowKay's Ice Cream6200 Chapman Highway, Knoxville, TN 379202011
WowKrystal's4100 Chapman Hwy, Knoxville, TN 379202011
WowLa Parilla11639 Parkside Drive, Knoxville, TN 379342014
WowLatitude 3516 Market Square, knoxville, TN 379022013
GoodLenny's Sub Shop522 Gay St., Knosville, TN 379052012
LimitedLong's Drug Store4604 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 379192014
LimitedMandarin House314J Merchant Dr., Knoxville, TN 379122011
WowMcDonald's1720 Cumberland Ave., Knoxville, TN 379162014
WowMcDonald's2812 Magnolia Ave., Knoxville, TN 379142012
WowMellow Mushroom2109 Cumberland Ave., Knoxville, TN 379162014
GoodMellow Mushroom2109 Cumberland Ave., Knoxville,TN2011
WowMenchies234 Brookeview Centre Way, Knoxville, TN 379192013
WowMoe's Southwest Grill1800 Cumberland Ave, Knoxville, TN 2013
GoodNama506 Gay St., Knoxville, TN 379022013
GoodNewk's Café9261 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 379232013
WowNoodles and Company11083 Parkside Drive, Knoxville, TN 379342014
WowOlive Garden7206 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 379162014
WowOrange Leaf9523 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 379222014
LimitedOscar's Taco Shop2121 Cumberland Ave., Knoxville, TN 379162013
WowOutback Steakhouse330 N. Peters, Knoxville, TN2013
WowOutback SteakhouseUnknown2011
GoodPanera Bread200 Cumberland Ave., Knoxville, TN 379162014
LimitedPanera Bread4855 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 379162011
GoodPelancho's1516 Downtown West Blvd., Knoxville, TN 379192014
WowPlaid Apron1210 Kenesaw Ave., Knoxville, TN 379192014
WowPuleo's Grill110 Cedar Ln, Knoxville, TN 379122011
GoodRita's Italian Ice26 Market Square, Knoxville, TN 379022013
LimitedSenor Taco3325 N. Broadway St., Knoxville, TN 379172011
GoodShoney's2612 Chapman Hwy, Knoxville, TN 379202014
LimitedStarbucks2021 Cumberland Ave., Knoxville, TN 2011
LimitedStefano's Chicao Style Pizza1937 Cumberland Ave., Knoxville, TN 379162013
GoodStir Fry7240 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 379192014
WowStock & Barrel35 Market Square, Knoxville, TN 379202014
WowSubway25 Market Square, Knoxville, TN 379022013
LimitedSubway314 C Merchants Dr., Knoxville, Tennessee 379122011
GoodSunSpot2200 Cumberland Avenue, Knoxville, TN2014
LimitedSuper Mario Pizzza736 N. Broadway, Knoxville, TN 379172011
WowTexas Roadhouse11001 Turkey Dr., Knoxville, atn 379222013
LimitedThree Brothers Pizza200 W. Woodland Ave., Knoxville, TN 379172011
GoodTin Roof1915 Cumberland Ave, Knoxville, TN 379162014
WowTomato Head7240 Kingston Pike, Ste 172, Knoxville, TN 379192013
GoodTrioMarket Square, Knoxville, TN 379022013
GoodWaffle House6230 Papermill Drive, Knoxville, TN 379192014
GoodZoe's Kitchen6638 Kingston Pike, Knoxville TN 379192014

Definition of Ratings:

A Wow access rating means the business is highly accessible for people with any type of disability. The business provides:

  • few or no entrance obstacles
  • adequate parking
  • wheelchair navigable (if applicable)
  • well lit
  • Braille menus
  • minimal background noise
  • highly accessible bathrooms

A Good access rating means the business is access friendly. While it may not have as many accessible features as a “Wow” business, overall the business is relatively accessible to people with most types of disabilities, though some barriers may exist. While a business that receives a “good” rating is still believed to provide an enjoyable experience to most people, if you have a specific need, you may still want to contact the business to ensure that they will be able to accommodate you.

A Limited access rating means a particular restaurant has significant barriers to accessibility. In the opinion of our volunteers and the dRC staff, the environment within the restaurant would make it difficult for some with accessibility needs to enjoy their experience at the restaurant, due to not being able to move freely, use the restrooms, or use a Braille menu, among other barriers.

You can download a PDF version of the survey form at surveyform.pdf

If you wish, you can fill out a survey form for a restaurant you have visited. You can then mail or email the survey form to dRC for inclusion in the survey.

Accessibility Certificate

Restaurants which receive the WOW access rating receive an Accessibility Certificate like the one below.

Access Knoxville Appreciation Certificate