Over the past few years, the number of restaurants in Chattanooga has exploded, offering a diverse array of choices to suit everyone’s palate and cravings. Whether you’re looking for a casual place to meet up with friends or an elegant restaurant to take your significant other for a romantic dinner, you’ll find the perfect place in our roundup of the best restaurants in Chattanooga, TN.
St. John’s Meeting Place
Since 2004, St. John’s Meeting Place has been the venue for Executive Chef Rebecca Barron’s evolving creations from international flavors and ingredients – a variety of small plates and entrees that encourage conversation and stimulate the senses. The restaurant also features the same Wine Spectator awarded wine list as St. John’s, and its open kitchen and red glow create a warm, energetic ambiance that is perfect for any occasion.
Influenced by the rich, history of the Chattanooga Choo Choo, Stir offers a setting that weaves a modern, urban aesthetic with historic remnants of the iconic terminal station, where friends and family can spend time together. Their refreshing food and beverage menus feature seasonal delicacies to keep the creative juices flowing. The restaurant uses purified, artisanal ice painstakingly hand-cut to complement each of their innovative craft cocktails, using the freshest ingredients available from local artisans. Everything you order from their menu is made fresh from scratch, using ingredients sourced from local farms and vendors located within 100 miles of Chattanooga.
If you’re looking for a nice, casual place that serves really good hamburger and fish sandwich, go to Public House, which is located on the Southern end of the Warehouse Row complex. It’s comfortable, elegantly casual dining room and lovely patio and lounge area provide the perfect setting for gathering with friends, having a special dinner with family, or simply enjoying drinks and snacks on the patio. Public House Chattanooga sources the best seafood from Foley’s in Boston, and premium steaks and farm fresh produce in the region to create a fresh, refined approach to the Southern ‘meat and three’ menu.
Hennen’s is an upscale yet casual restaurant that is known for its fresh seafood and certified Angus steaks. The 2,400-bottle wine cellar in the middle of the main dining area is the focal point that brings elegance to the place. Hennen’s also features a full bar, patio dining, and dedicated private dining room. The restaurant is conveniently located in the heart of downtown Chattanooga, next to the Tennessee Aquarium and IMAX Theater.
Big River Grille & Brewing Works
Big River Grille & Brewing Works offers a relaxed and inviting atmosphere, where people can enjoy fresh food that is meticulously and creatively prepared, specially brewed beers, and other fine beverages. They are known for their tradition of on-site brewing, producing award-winning ales and lagers, and innovative cuisine made fresh, from scratch. This is an ideal place for playing billiards with friends and enjoying great food and great company in the spacious outdoor patio. The restaurant is located in downtown Chattanooga, across from the Tennessee Aquarium, IMAX Theatre, and a short walk from the Children’s Creative Discovery Museum.
Inspired by the renowned seafood restaurants on the northeast coast of Florida, Bluewater Grille brings this passion for the freshest fish to Chattanooga. Each fish selection is handpicked by the chefs in St. Augustine, Florida and delivered fresh to Chattanooga. Bluewater Grille also offers a wide variety of steaks, chicken, pasta, and sandwiches. Enjoy your food as you relax on the patio, or have your weekend brunch here and enjoy live music as you dine. Their private banquet room is ideal for intimate rehearsal dinners or a small wedding reception with family and friends.
Back Inn Café
Consistently voted “Chattanooga’s Most Romantic Restaurant” and recently featured on Food Network, shows such as Rachel Ray’s Tasty Travels, Back In Café never ceases to impress guests and critics alike with its fusion of fine Southern cuisine with global influences from Asia, Italy, Ecuador, France, and more. Their menu changes seasonally to offer guests with fresh dishes and the latest innovations in fine cuisine. Guests may choose to sit in the library, romantic sunroom, or outside on the veranda overlooking the river.
Voted “Best Ribs” by the readers of the Chattanooga Times Free Press and “Best Barbecue” by Chattanooga City Scope Magazine, Sticky Fingers is a favorite of both locals and visitors. Golf Magazine raved about its “Unbelievable ribs!” and Bon Appetit magazine reported that their ribs are “juicy and fall-off-the-bone delicious.” Marc Summers on Food Network even said, “This barbecue joint really delivers on some finger-lickin’ fun!” This restaurant is famous for its award-winning ribs, but their hickory-smoked chicken, juicy burgers, giant salads, and wings are definitely worth trying as well.
Broad Street Grille
The Broad Street Grille at The Chattanoogan serves award-winning Sunday Brunch, affordable breakfast and lunch buffets, delicious Friday night seafood buffet, and Saturday night Italian buffet. The restaurant’s exceptional culinary team uses only prime meats and sustainable seafood in creating memorable meals, ad enhances these with house-made sauces, farm-fresh produce from local growers, and local artisan breads. The Chattanoogan’s pastry chef prepares mouthwatering culinary treats like muffins, cookies, cakes, pies, puddings, tarts, and cobblers every day, so be sure to leave room for dessert.
Originally from the heart of Downtown Asheville in North Carolina, with its first restaurant opened in 2000, Tupelo Honey is considered as one of the pioneers of Asheville’s farm-to-table movement. Now, it continues to serve fresh, scratch-made Southern comfort food in Chattanooga, adding new twists on old Southern dishes and cocktails. Guests come here for the creative, eclectic, imaginative food and local brews that are all made from responsibly sourced ingredients.
There’s a lot of food options all over Chattanooga, with each restaurant offering not only the best dishes, but the perfect setting to spend with your family and friends as well. This list will help you get started in your food journey in this wonderful, scenic location.