Our Family Story

The year was 1968, Bunt King, a father and businessman, had a dream to open a family restaurant. One day Bundt came home and announced to his wife, Helen, that he had found the "perfect location" for their restaurant. In hindsight, he might have underestimated the hilly landscape, dysfunctional parking layout, or how much speeding traffic Chapman Highway would host. After some convincing, the family agreed to open a steakhouse. A community of friends and extanded family rallied behind the Kings to make this dream a reality. They transitioned the pre-existing log building that was once an antique store into Knoxille's premier steakhouse destination. Today, not much has changed inside or out. It's nothing pretentious, just a cozy rustic atmosphere. You'll still find your favorite steak dinners and lots of familiar faces amoungst the crowd, staff, and a few in the picture frames too.

Though Bundt King passed in 1987, Helen ate, slept, and breathed Ye Olde until she passed away in 2003. Their three children, Nancy Ayers, Cheryl Wilson, and David King, have worked there since day one. Despite rampant Kudzu, an arson-induced fire, and a global pandemic, more than five decades later the Kings still own and operate the family restaurant.

Traditionally, our family, friends, and community have been the mortar between the logs. All of this to say we would not be here; we would not be Ye Olde Steak House without you. From our family to yours, thank you for being part of our ongoing story and legacy.

If thse walls could talk, they'd probably say:

"There ain't no place like this place anywhere near this place, so this must be the place." -Unknown

"Break'em all and we'll go to the house!" -Nancy Ayers

"How many'd they have?" -Helen King

"Have a magical day." -Hugh Wilson, Jr.

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Today at Ye Olde Steak House

The steak house has become especially well known to University of Tennessee Football fans. It's on the list of the 100 Best Things about Tennessee Football and the 100 Best Secrets of the Great Smoky Mountains and one of the ten best steak houses in America.

Thank you Knoxville for voting Ye Olde Steakhouse as the "Best Steaks" winner in Cityview Magazine's "2021 Best of the Best"! We are excited to be your favorite destination for steaks. You can see winners in dozens of categories, from best bakery to best mortgage company and of course, best steaks, all of which can be FOUND HERE.

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OPEN 4th of JULY

at 4:00 pm


Due to limited seating

Call Ahead



Now Accepting Reservations for Groups


To Order Your

Cakes & Pies

for the holidays:

call 865-577-9328


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6838 Chapman Highway
Knoxville, Tennessee, 37920

Mon-Sat 4-9:00 pm
Sunday - CLOSED
Call for holiday hours

Reservations for 5 or more: Call: 865-577-9328
Carry Out: 865-577-9328


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