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Calhoun’s Oak Ridge, Oak Ridge, TN

Calhoun’s Oak Ridge

4.8
4.8
57 Reviews
$30 and under
American
Located along the banks of Melton Hill lake, Calhoun’s Oak Ridge sits along the beautiful Oak Ridge greenway with every seat in the restaurant offering a view of the water. This location is accessible by boat, has a a covered outdoor dining patio as well as seating around the fire pit with a panoramic view of Melton Hill Lake. Calhoun's has become a place where friends and family gather to celebrate what’s good in their lives while they sample some of Tennessee’s best BBQ, ribs, steak, and sandwiches. So come on down and experience the best hospitality and BBQ around.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 3 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    American, Barbecue, Burgers
  • Hours of Operation
    Mon–Thu, Sun 11:00–21:00 Fri, Sat 11:00–22:00
  • Phone number
    (865) 685-0850
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Discover, JCB, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Area
    Oak Ridge
  • Parking Details
    Private Lot
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Firepit, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeaway, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 57 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • East Tennessee

    Great for brunch

  • East Tennessee

    Good for groups

  • East Tennessee

    Hot spot

  • East Tennessee

    Neighbourhood gem

  • East Tennessee

    Great for outdoor dining

  • East Tennessee

    Great for scenic views

  • East Tennessee

    American

  • Knoxville

    Great for brunch

  • Knoxville

    Good for groups

  • Knoxville

    Hot spot

  • Knoxville

    Neighbourhood gem

  • Knoxville

    Great for outdoor dining

57 Reviews
  1. CalB

    Greater Boston

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 30 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We came early, the Restaurant was open with many tables available. The hostess greeted us and as we were ready to follow her to the table, she took a call. She was on the call for a a significant time while we waited for her to complete the call. There was another hostess available to take the call. Rather than ask us if we would like to have a table by the window, she led us to a table in the center of the restaurant. I then asked her for a window seat, once again rather than ask me which table I would prefer, she sat us in one of the less desirable window tables . She was not at all friendly and put a damper on our first impression of the restaurant. Our waitress was excellent, the food delivered in good time. I ordered the half rack of ribs but was disappointed in the fact that it was luke warm..For being a signature dish, I was not impressed. Our visit overall was good, the rest of the food was well prepared. But the hostess definitely needed to be a little more pleasant and accommodating. And of course not take a call when she was ready to seat us..vey rude!

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food good time, service was great as well

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    E. Tennessee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and service! Got right in and seated with reservations!

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Kansas City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 23 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely wonderful. Out of town and found this restaurant open on Thanksgiving with an amazing buffet. Definitely would go again- enjoyed all the food

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  5. TenaGG

    E. Tennessee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I had the Prime rib sandwich. It was delicious. It was cooked perfectly medium rare, tender, and very tasty. The spinach Maria is always good and the service was very good and friendly.

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Columbus

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 October 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Everything was good. Must have a reservation on the weekends.

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  7. MelisaM

    Cincinnati

    16 reviews

    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on 7 October 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great food with lots of options, beautiful view, and awesome wait staff.

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  8. JennDine

    Charleston

    19 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on 10 September 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    All menu items appear to be a good value. The cheeseburger was authentically charcoal grilled and delicious as were the accompanying French fries.

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta Metro

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 6 September 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Have enjoyed eating here many times, went to treat my MIL for her bday, we waited for an hour for the food and it was blamed on the kitchen but you could tell 6 of the 7 entrees had been dehydrated/over-cooked by counter heaters. A couple items were comped and another reordered although asked not to, we just wanted out of there at that point.

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  10. Denny

    E. Tennessee

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 25 August 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was a sensitive time for my family, as the gathering was for the death of my mother. We were given a table way in the back, so we had some privacy, while still a great view of the the water. Our waitress, Channel (hope I spelled it correctly), was attentive but unintrusive. We really appreciated Calhoun's accommodating our needs. The food was great, accept for the chicken, which was dry.

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  11. JeremyJ

    Philadelphia

    376 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    376 reviews

    Dined on 15 August 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    The view is worth the trip as the resteraunt is on the River. I only found the place thanks to Open Table. Food was good and so was the service. Lots of locals- a good sign.

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  12. JohnP

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 23 July 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Love riding our boat to Calhoun's on the river, and normally the food is great, but this time the chicken was a bit dry and the service very slow. The fish n chips, ale steak and half slab of ribs were all good. Beautiful views of the lake!

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  13. TomK

    E. Tennessee

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 4 July 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Hard to review this because we love the ambiance, the food is always decent, and this time we had outstanding service. However this location is always disappointing when they run out of menu items, this time Ribs and baked potato were out at 1 pm. There are very few times we get the menu items we came for. We have also experienced poor service, but more times from management and hostesses, as the wait staff is generally good to great.

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  14. 1DesignerMom

    Greensboro

    41 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on 2 July 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything about Calhoun's was fantastic! The service (our waiter was wonderful), the manager was awesome!! The view - just wow! What a gem!

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  15. Foodie62

    Phoenix

    22 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on 30 June 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    Great view, ling wait for fair food. Some things are made well here others not so much. Spotty service.

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  16. DanW

    E. Tennessee

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 18 June 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great as always. Love sitting outside by the lake. The Father’s Day buffet was extensive and well done.

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  17. AnitaA

    E. Tennessee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 June 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We celebrated Father's Day and we’re shocked at not only the quantity at the Buffet, but more importantly, the QUALITY of the food!!! Service was impeccable, Sabrina (our server) was always on top of our needs!!! Loved It!!!

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  18. FFoodie

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 17 June 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Kitchen is so slow, and service was subpar. Had to ask for things repeatedly and server was seldom to be found. Food was overpriced, beer was flat, but the facilities and location were nice. Bread was the best part of the meal

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    Unspecified

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 June 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The ambiance is beautiful. We sat outside and looked at the water while we ate. It was very nice.

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  20. MarkB

    E. Tennessee

    5 reviews

    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 2 June 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    It was somewhat busy, but standard for a Friday night. We ordered 2 appetizers, 5 entrees, 3 salads, and 3 desserts. The dinner took about 2 hours after we were seated. We had to ask for bread and the salads came out before the appetizers, even tho we ordered the appetizers about 10 minutes before we ordered food. Then, only one appetizer came. The other one came after out food, which was about 20 minutes later. One of the sides didn’t come out until we were about to order dessert. In all, they just seemed like they couldn’t deal with a Friday. The kitchen probably screwed over the server, but the front of the house should have controlled it better. The food was average and they didn’t offer to comp anything or even really offer an apology. It was pretty chaotic and not an enjoyable dinner to end the work week.

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 May 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Sarah was superb! Food was great - ask for table 209!

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  22. DanP

    E. Tennessee

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 May 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always enjoy a nice meal on Melton Lake in Oak Ridge. The view is nice and on occasion we have the pleasure to see the rowing club. This visit was real pleasurable as we got to witness the American Collegiate Rowing Association National Championship right outside the window.

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 19 May 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The brisket, baked beans and spinach was very good. The pork and coleslaw were a little disappointing. You can’t beat the view of the rowers taking off though.

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  24. Bill

    E. Tennessee

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 May 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 2
    We ordered a full slab of ribs to share. They were way over cooked. Complained to the waitress. The manager came to talk to us. We were not looking for any break on our bill, just wanted him to know how awful they were. We were lucky to see rowers practicing as we ate. That was the highlight of the evening. Incredibly loud in the restaurant as we entered. Big group, just having fun.

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  25. DavidR

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 1 May 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Ribs were a real disappointment. Dry and over cooked.

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  26. MCreview

    Denver

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on 29 April 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food great location. Wish they had prime rib every might.

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  27. MandyL

    Atlanta Metro

    13 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on 23 April 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Perfect place to eat while watching a regatta. The food is pretty basic and greasy (even the salads) but you can’t beat the view!

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 22 April 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    I made a reservation for 12:30 . I planned a special lunch for my 93 year old mother and father-in law and 88 year old uncle. It was important for health reasons to not have a long wait…hence the reservation. When we arrived it was obvious that a regatta was happening on the lake but since we had a reservation we proceeded inside. The staff was totally inept at handling the crowd. Our reservation was basically ignored. We waited for an hour and half for a table! Totally unacceptable. I would never plan a special lunch or dinner here again. If you can’t accommodate a reservation then don’t take them. I could have planned for another restaurant that knows how to manage reservations. We arrived at 12:15 and finally left at 3:30. Disaster!

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta Metro

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 April 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    Waited an hour for our table despite having a reservation.

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    E. Tennessee

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 April 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    Overall the experience left a lot to be desired. Handicapped parking is almost nonexistent and our reservations were for 7:15 and we didn't get seated until 8:10pm. There were other customers seated before us that came after us and that didn't make reservations and they were seated before us after we were told that we would be seated next on two different occasions. There were front end employees that were actually rude and acted as though they didn't want to be there and as a result there were a number of customers that became very disgruntled and were not happy at all with the level of service provided at that point of the restaurant. With regard to the handicapped parking apparently the ownership and management thought it would be best to take up parking spaces near the front door for curbside services rather than provide more much needed handicapped parking. Although the food was good and the service inside the restaurant was acceptable we will not return to this establishment because of the rude front end employees and the lack of parking for people with severe disabilities.

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    Western NC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 April 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our food was great and the service was excellent!

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  32. ThomasM

    Western NC

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 12 March 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    We were led to our table as soon as we got there. It was a table with a nice view of the lake. Service at first was very good, with menus, water, bread, ordering. Food took a little bit long to arrive, but it wasn't awful. However, when we were done, we waited 15 minutes, at least, for our server to ask about dessert and give us the check. She made at least 6 or 8 trips to a nearby table of 5 and never looked up on any of those trips, delivering bread, drinks (twice), bread again, and I don't know what else. It was too bad, as it could have easily been a much better dining experience. I had the swordfish (I know - it's a barbeque restaurant) and my wife had barbequed half chicken. Both were good, though the swordfish was a bit dry. Good flavor though. I'd go again, but the one aspect of the service was disappointing.

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta Metro

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 28 January 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was great! Asher was our server and she was awesome!

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  34. steves

    Cincinnati

    99 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    99 reviews

    Dined on 21 January 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Met family and friends at Calhoun's Oak Ridge for dinner on Saturday evening. The restaurant was very busy and energetic, but we were seated promptly. Our server promptly stopped by with water and took our drink orders. After a moderately long wait, she returned with our drinks and bread. Unfortunately, she partially spilled one of our drinks, and our bread basket had no butter. The promptness and efficiency of her performance degraded from there. Our food arrived and was very good. We requested that our server split the checks into three checks, and when received, we discovered that she had mixed them up. Overall, Calhoun's Oak Ridge was good, but our server was not.

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    E. Tennessee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 January 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    great meal

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  36. MyMy

    Charleston

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 31 December 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We both ordered steaks and they were perfectly prepared. Sides good too. Our waitress was excellent, friendly and attentive, even though she was very busy. A couple of negatives; noisy as usual and temperature was extremely cold. We had to keep our coats on and were still chilly.

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  37. GlenH

    E. Tennessee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 December 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was great except had to wait 1 Jr even though we had reservations

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  38. RogerM

    Exclusive

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 25 December 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    Food was good. Selection on buffet was excellent; especially the meats. But the restaurant was cold to the point of uncomfortable. And the $40 + per person price tag was ridiculous.

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    E. Tennessee

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 25 December 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Took my mom to Christmas Day brunch. Food was lukewarm, service was good. Restaurant was crowded and noisy. Glad to have gotten her out though, she enjoyed it.

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    E. Tennessee

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 December 2022

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Our waiter seemed to have a hard time understanding who was together on checks and there was only 6 of us. Had a difficult time with getting drinks.

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FAQs

Calhoun’s Oak Ridge offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (865) 685-0850.

Calhoun’s Oak Ridge is rated 4.8 stars by 57 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a booking

2 people

19:00


Booked 3 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Calhoun’s Oak Ridge

100 Melton Lake Peninsula, Oak Ridge, TN 37830

Additional information

  • Area
    Oak Ridge
  • Hours of Operation
    Mon–Thu, Sun 11:00–21:00 Fri, Sat 11:00–22:00
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    American, Barbecue, Burgers
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking Details
    Private Lot
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Discover, JCB, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Firepit, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeaway, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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