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, and Jefferson Fountain Restaurant. Foodies traveling to Oak Ridge can sample 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.

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Local Flavor

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

Jefferson Fountain/Restaurant
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.

Crafter’s Brew Market and Social
865 Oak Ridge Turnpike, Oak Ridge, (865) 227-4560
The Smoothie Patch
129 Robertsville Rd., Oak Ridge, (865) 685-0737

American Favorites

Applebee’s Neighborhood Bar & Grill
1213 Oak Ridge Turnpike, (865) 483-1234

Buddy’s Bar-B-Q
325 Illinois Avenue, (865) 481-8102

Outback Steakhouse
402 S. Illinois Avenue, (865) 220-0783

Panera Bread
471 S. Illinois Avenue, (865) 220-5699

Red Lobster
359 S. Illinois Avenue, (865) 481-3330

Shoney’s Family Restaurant
204 S. Illinois Avenue, (865) 483-1324

1007 Oak Ridge Turnpike, (865) 272-3204

Honey Baked Ham Company
870 Oak Ridge Turnpike, (865) 272-9411


Billy’s Time Out Deli
202-A S. Illinois Avenue, (865) 483-6784

Firehouse Subs
1143 Oak Ridge Turnpike (865) 483-0866

Jersey Mike’s
1568 Oak Ridge Turnpike (865) 483-2345

Jimmy John’s
1133 Oak Ridge Turnpike (865) 481-8822

McAlister’s Deli
371 S. Illinois Ave. (865) 685-0156

The Other One
178 Randolph Road, (865) 272-3025

979 Oak Ridge Turnpike (865) 483-8099

Hibachi Gallery & Time-Out Deli
138 Randolph Road, (865) 685-0561

International Cuisine


722 Briarcliff Ave. (865) 220-8730

Fulin’s Asian Cuisine
1556 Oak Ridge Turnpike (865) 685-0119

Golden Oak Buffet
401 S. Tulane Ave. (865) 272-1075

New China Palace
123 Central Ave. (865) 482-3323

Sai Gon #1 Noodle House
697-A Emory Valley Road, (865) 483-2644

Wok ‘N Roll
1169 Oak Ridge Turnpike, (865) 481-8300

Panda Express
375 S. Illinois Avenue, (865) 483-7121

Magic Wok
202 Tyler Road, (865) 482-6628


El Cantarito
191 S. Tulane Avenue, (865) 482-0090

Gallo Loco
80 East Tennessee Ave, (865) 685-0686

Los Caballeros
1140 Oak Ridge Turnpike, (865) 272-3009


Mediterranean Delight
160A Bus Terminal Rd. (865) 483-8380

Pizza and Italian

Domino’s Pizza
1952 Oak Ridge Turnpike, (865) 482-0022

Little Caesars Pizza
1128 Oak Ridge Turnpike, (865) 483-3959

Papa John’s Pizza
324 S. Illinois Avenue, (865) 483-3232

Sicilia Pizza
131 Robersville Rd., (865) 483-8883

Papa Murphy’s
1133-C Oak Ridge Turnpike, (865) 425-9919

Pizza Hut
244 S. Illinois Avenue, (865) 482-2228

Pizza Inn
1501 Oak Ridge Turnpike (865) 482-5656

Coffee Shops

Dunkin Donuts
1529 Oak Ridge Turnpike (865) 298-5619

Joe Muggs at Books-A-Million
310 S. Illinois Avenue, (865) 220-9800

1305 Oak Ridge Turnpike, (865) 425-2915


International House of Pancakes
355 S. Illinois Avenue, (865) 220-5450The Waffle House
326 S. Illinois Avenue, (865) 425-0048

Ice Cream

Baskin-Robbins Ice Cream
104 Tulsa Road, (865) 483-4806

201 Historic Jackson Square (865) 481-0300