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Restaurant Linderhof a Town landmark

Restaurant Linderhof has been a Farragut institution for more than 10 years — its ornate blue wallpaper and golden cherubs greeting customers from across the Knoxville area.

“It was set up to be modeled after the Linderhof castle — you’re stepping into one of the rooms in the castle,” owner Aaron Schmissranter said.

The restaurant, 11831 Kingston Pike, certainly gives off an old European vibe, but one with a distinct twist: gilded mirrors and paintings of royalty may adorn the walls, but diners enjoy beer on tap and can “friend” their favorite restaurant on Facebook.

Under its sparkling chandeliers, Linderhof serves authentic, old world German cuisine.

That includes items such as the schweinshaxe, or oven-roasted pork shank.

Other popular items include “old world grilled bratwursts,” “Linderhof wiener schnitzel” and “kassler ripchen,” a smoked pork loin.

Everything is cooked fresh, Schmissranter said, and nothing is microwaved or deep-fried.

“This is not a McDonald’s get-in, get-out kind of place.

“It’s a European fine dining experience,” Schmissranter said.

Linderhof also offers a full bar and wine list, an extensive schnapps list and two German lagers on tap.

“The beer is very unique. We’ve got some items you can’t find anywhere else,” he said.

Schmissranter said he hoped customers came to enjoy the food, beer and atmosphere.

“In a way, I know this sounds so cheesy, but when you get into stuff like this and so many people enjoy it, you always have to keep it in perspective that this thing is bigger than me.

“You know, this is not about me. This is about the restaurant,” he said.

“I just want to keep the German restaurant tradition in Farragut. ... I want everybody to eat here,” he added.

Schmissranter said he’d like to open a patio in front of the restaurant, adding another dimension of Linderhof for diners to enjoy.

“I want people to think, this is a nice place and it really adds to the Town,” he said.

Restaurant Linderhof is open from 5 to 9:30 p.m., Tuesday through Thursday, and from 5 to 10:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday. It is closed Sundays and Mondays.

Reservations are required for parties of six or more.

For more information, call the restaurant at 865-675-8700 or visit


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