Dining in Oak Ridge
From New York-style pizza to southern-comfort foods, Oak Ridge boasts several award-winning restaurants. Locals love Big Ed’s Pizza, Razzleberry’s Ice Cream Lab, Homeland Food Café, and Jefferson Fountain Restaurant. Foodies traveling to Oak Ridge can sample from fresh, homemade dishes like Jack Daniels sirloin, chicken and dumplings, and southern pulled pork. Oak Ridge also offers a variety of unexpected and inspired cuisine like savory ostrich burgers, delectable crepes, and hearty pierogies.
Big Ed’s Pizza (Historic Jackson Square)
Named in 2013 as one of USA Today’s 51 greatest pizza parlors in the country, Big Ed’s Pizza has been serving up delicious pies since 1970. A favorite among Secret City locals, this old-school pizzeria is legendary for its New York-style pizza and eclectic collection of memorabilia displayed proudly on its walls.
101 Broadway, Oak Ridge, TN (865) 482-4885
Lunch and dinner served 11 a.m. – 11:30 p.m.; Closed Sunday
Buffalo Mountain Grille
With a name like Buffalo Mountain Grille, tasty wings are a given, but this Oak Ridge hotspot is known for its exotic buffalo and ostrich burgers. Buffalo Mountain Grille is a great place to drink local craft beers while shooting pool, listening to up-and-coming local bands, and watching sports on large-screen TVs.
205 Oak Ridge Turnpike, Oak Ridge, (865) 481-0515
Monday – Friday 11:30 a.m. – 11 p.m.; Saturday 11:30 a.m. – 1 a.m.; Closed Sunday.
Burchfield’s at DoubleTree Hotel
From loaded pasta bowls to mouthwatering Jack Daniels sirloins, the newly renovated Burchfield’s offers high-quality food and service at a reasonable price. Drop by for daily happy hour specials and live music on Friday nights.
215 S. Illinois Avenue, Oak Ridge, (865) 481-2475
Daily 7 a.m. – 2 p.m., 5 p.m. – 10 p.m.
This is the newest Calhoun’s opened in June of 2016 and it is located along the banks of Melton Hill lake. Calhoun’s Oak Ridge sits along the beautiful Oak Ridge greenway and offers the best waterfront views in Oak Ridge. Calhoun’s is accessible by boat. It has a covered outdoor dining patio as well as seating around the fire pit with a panoramic view of Melton Hill Lake. The restaurant’s menu has a delectable dish for everyone.
100 Melton Lake Peninsula, Oak Ridge, (865) 685-0850
Monday – Thursday 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.; Friday & Saturday 10:30 a.m. – 11 p.m.; Sunday 10:30 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Dean’s Restaurant and Bakery
Made-from-scratch desserts, delicious southern entrées, and daily blue-plate specials make Dean’s Restaurant and Bakery a perfect stop for lunch or dinner. Try the pimento cheese sandwich with fries, a heaping order of chicken & dumplings, or a classic southern pulled pork plate. Dean’s is located in the corner of historic Jackson Square in the building that once housed Oak Ridge’s original pharmacy.
239 Jackson Square, Oak Ridge, (865) 481-2071
Homeland Foods Café
This original Oak Ridge café features Polish and German cuisine and a wide variety of mouthwatering comfort foods. International beers and fantastic scratch-made desserts are also available.
154 Talmeda, Oak Ridge, (865) 483-4818
Lunch: Monday – Friday 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.; Dinner Monday – Thursday 5 – 9 p.m.; Friday & Saturday 5 – 10 p.m.
Hot Bagel Company
Featuring daily homemade bagels (never frozen), the Hot Bagel Company is the perfect place to savor a delicious breakfast, pick up a few dozen bagels for a group, or enjoy a steaming cup of coffee with friends. If you’re up for trying something new, order the restaurant’s unexpected take on the “everything bagel.”
1155 Oak Ridge Turnpike, Oak Ridge, (865) 482-2435
Monday – Friday 6 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.; Saturday – 7 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.; Closed Sunday.
One of the best-kept secrets in Oak Ridge, Jefferson Fountain is a classic American diner that features home-cooked breakfasts and lunch specials, along with fountain drinks, ice cream, milkshakes, and floats. Specialties include the Y-12 breakfast and the gotta-try-it Myrtle burger. Visitors to Jefferson Fountain come for the food, but regulars keep returning for its nostalgic Americana vibe.
22 Jefferson Circle, Oak Ridge, (865) 482-1141
Monday – Friday 7:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.; Saturday 7 a.m. – 2 p.m.; Closed Sunday
Razzleberry’s Ice Cream Lab & Kitchen (Historic Jackson Square)
Razzleberry’s Ice Cream Lab & Kitchen has some of the most unusual but delicious ice cream visitors will ever taste. The popular restaurant’s homemade ice cream comes in both traditional and unexpected flavors, but what’s truly surprising are the other dishes on the menu. Featuring a variety of smoked-meat entrees and $5 lunch specials, Razzleberry’s is a must-visit for families and foodies alike. Razzleberry’s is conveniently located in historic Jackson Square.
201 Historic Jackson Square, Oak Ridge, (865) 481-0300
The Soup Kitchen (Historic Jackson Square)
With made-from-scratch soups, if it comes in a bowl at the Soup Kitchen, it’s going to be delicious. From its signature chili to specialty soups like shrimp bisque, the Soup Kitchen has a dish for everyone.
47 E. Tennessee Avenue, Oak Ridge, (865) 482-3525
Monday – Friday 11 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. Saturday 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Aubrey’s is a locally owned restaurant known for perfectly prepared comfort food and satisfying portions. From fresh seafood to classic southern favorites, Aubrey’s is a great choice for family-friendly dinners, quick lunches, or evening cocktails with friends.
481 S. Illinois Avenue, Oak Ridge, (865) 685-0821
Monday – Thursday 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. Friday – Saturday 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. Sunday 11 a.m. -9 p.m.
Swifty’s Atomic Bar & Grill
119 S. Illinois Avenue, Oak Ridge, (865) 685-0086
Crafter’s Brew Market and Social
865 Oak Ridge Turnpike, Oak Ridge, (865) 227-4560