Thursday, March 17, 2011

Riverview Grill (Alert!) Clinton, TN

Another beautiful day in East Tennessee...and we had just completed a marathon tour of almost every antique shop in Clinton. It was time for a late lunch/early dinner and we had a $20.00 Greater Knoxville Lifestyle Card we could use. So we drove west along the Clinch River for a few miles. The Riverview Grill - Seafood & BBQ is located on TN Hwy. 61 just a couple of miles east of Oak Ridge.

It was mid-afternoon and there wasn't much going on. The good news is that the restaurant is very casual and we had our pick of tables along the window overlooking the river. We learned that the restaurant is under new ownership and then came the BAD NEWS. The new owner isn't honoring the Lifestyle discount and apparently not any other outstanding coupons either. Such is life... So, instead of steaks or a more expensive seafood platter, we opted for less expensive meals.

We started out with an appetizer platter. Looks good doesn't it!? The deep fried pickle chips with the ranch dressing were killer good! The fried shrimp were OK but they didn't have much flavor going for them. The cocktail sauce helped. There were 5 wings on the platter. They were beautiful and they were very tasty. However, they were almost cold...and Laurie wouldn't eat cold wings.

Laurie ordered a turkey club on a toasted ciabiatta roll. It came with bacon and melted cheese with lettuce and tomato on the side. The onion rings were her choice for her side dish. The turkey was actually from a roast turkey breast...but it was a bit dry. She cured that problem with a bit of the ranch dressing that came with the appetizer. The onion rings were very nice.

I ordered the fried clam platter. As one can see, it came with a couple of hush puppies, french fries and cole slaw. It had been a long time since I had fried clams. Deep fried anything is good and I had nothing in recent memory to compare the clams to, but I did enjoy them. The fries and the hush puppies were OK...nothing distinctive. As for the slaw, it tasted strange... I thought maybe it was just me but Laurie confirmed my impression...the slaw was the opposite of tasty!

The waitress was new but she tried hard to please. She was very attentive and helpful. Still, this just wasn't a worthwhile experience. There are too many other restaurants to try or return this one is off our list. For your information, the Riverview Grill is located at 1625 Oak Ridge Highway in Clinton, TN. Phone: 865-463-8550. Website: If anyone has a different/better experience at this restaurant, please let me know...


  1. Let me get this straight - you went to Clinton, Tennessee for fried clams?

  2. Big Dude... I know, it doesn't make much sense. It had been a long time since I'd even been somewhere where they even had fried clams on the menu...and it just sounded good. I didn't go there just seeking fried clams, just a late lunch/early dinner. Take Care, Big Daddy Dave