University of Tennessee: Best Late Night Food Spots

How do you fuel your late-night study binges and all-night parties? If you’re lucky enough to be enrolled at the University of Tennessee, you already know there are plenty of hot spots open late ready to sate your appetite around your hectic schedule. Being a student in the city certainly has its advantages. You can find just about any type of cuisine at just about any hour of the night. When beer alone just won’t cut it, head to one of these 10 best late night college food spots near the University of Tennessee. 

1. Knox Mason, Knoxville, TN

Upscale and modern with a rustic twist, Knox Mason is every bit enjoyable as it is tasty. Though not geared specifically for U of T students, it’s hard not to be attracted to the dining experience here. Their kitchen is open until midnight on the weekends, offering snacks, small plates, and sides for money-conscious college students.

ANNOUNCEMENT! We will be offering a Blue Plate Special Starting Tuesday, May 16th! Here's the good looking lineup... 🍗 Tuesdays: Ashley Farm Fried Chicken Sandwich, Housemade Wickle Pickles, Local Lettuce, and Aioli. Served on a Homemade Sesame Bun with Homemade Tots. 🍛 Wednesday: Meatloaf made with Mitchell Farm Beef and Heritage Farm Pork. Mashed Potatoes and Local Peas and Carrots. 🍔 Thursday: Burger Night! Mitchell Farm Beef, Housemade Sesame Bun, Local Lettuce and Tomato. Add ons: Benton's Bacon, Housemade Pimento Cheese Queso, and Circle V Farm Egg. Also served with Homemade Tots! Available each night until we run out. Get excited! #knoxrocks #lovedowntownknox #100blockknox

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2. Nama Sushi Bar, Knoxville, TN

Kill your late-night sushi cravings with a trip to one of two Nama Sushi Bar location in Knoxville. Their menu shows off their artful culinary skills with all your favorite rolls, sashimi, and appetizers. They also offer a variety of non-sushi meals, including salmon, burgers, and soups.

3. Oscar’s Restaurant, Knoxville, TN

The food party at Oscar’s is happening until midnight. You’ll find hot, fresh pizza made to order, so you won’t have to worry about getting crusty leftovers from the dinner rush. In addition to handmade pies, they offer wings, breadsticks, calzones, nachos, fries, and plenty of other study fuel that you can have delivered straight to your dorm.

Nothing like having over sized calzones with friends. #calzone

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4. Clancy’s Tavern & Whiskey House, Knoxville, TN

Clancy’s Tavern & Whiskey House is the hero that all college students need at some point. They stay open until 2 a.m. (3 a.m. on the weekends) to ensure that no studious individual goes hungry. With traditional Irish pub fare, extensive drink menu, and specials throughout the week, it’s no wonder that Clancy’s is many students’ other “home away from home.”

Just added this to my lunch calendar. Clancy's Tavern on Gay St for $7 baked chicken ziti. | 📷: @clancys_tavern

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5. Rooster’s, Knoxville, TN

Of course, you’d expect to find a sports bar open late, but rest assured their food here is just as good as their alcohol. From tacos and burgers to deli sandwiches and smokehouse favorites, there’s plenty of cuisine to fulfill whatever your rumbling stomach desires. They also feature a satisfactory selection of craft beers and cider.

6. The Cheesecake Factory, Knoxville, TN

This chain restaurant typically closes at 11 during the week, but weekends give you an extra 90 minutes to eat your fill of the most diverse menu in town. Cheesecake for dinner? It’s totally acceptable in college—enjoy it while you can!

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7. Soccer Taco, Knoxville, TN

Don’t let the name mislead you—this place also has nachos and other authentic Mexican eats. Open until midnight on the weekends, this festive atmosphere is a favorite late night college hangout because of its generous portions and respectable prices. There’s also plenty of sports action on TV, and sometimes live music.

Vacation is starting off right!

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8. Downtown Grill & Brewery, Knoxville, TN

Open until midnight or later, Downtown Brewery is a pleasant experience in the craft brew and late meal sectors. You’ll come here for the atmosphere every bit as much as the food. Its historic setting only adds to its allure, making it a favorite among locals and students alike.

Ugh...so much food... 😩#downtowngrillandbrewery #dgb #quesadilla #aesthetic

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9. The Bistro at the Bijou, Knoxville, TN

This upscale late-night dining spot features dishes that look every bit as good as they taste. Take your pick from gourmet burgers (including a veggie option), alongside a variety of vegan and gluten-free sides. The kitchen is open until 11 most nights, but the weekends give you an extra hour to grab a late bite.

10. Five, Knoxville, TN

Known for their eclectic flavorings, Five is your weekend late night destination. Besides their full bar, you can expect to find fun foods like baked avocado and their coveted smoked tuna dip. They’re also well known for their fresh seafood delivered straight from the Gulf.  

This Chicken Tinga belongs in yo fingaz 🔥🔥🔥#quesadilla #downtownknoxville

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