18 Best Restaurants in Chattanooga, Tennessee

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Memphis has barbecue. Nashville has hot chicken. And in Chattanooga, a sleeper foodie town nestled in the shadow of the Appalachian mountains, you can find both of those dishes—plus Neapolitan-style pizzas, Mexican street tacos, Cajun and Creole-inspired fare, and everything in between. From high-end restaurants serving modern Appalachian cuisine to casual joints with standout sandwiches, ribs, and elevated bar bites, these are the 18 best restaurants in Chattanooga. 

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Easy Bistro & Bar

Easy Bistro & Bar

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Address
801 Chestnut St, Chattanooga, TN 37402, USA
Phone +1 423-266-1121

Fresh, locally sourced ingredients take center stage at chef Erik Niel’s downtown, industrial-chic restaurant, housed in what was the city’s first Coca-Cola bottling plant. Grab a seat at the raw bar, which has a selection of fresh oysters, caviars, and crowd-pleasers such as the shrimp cocktail. The rest of the concise menu ranges from small plates like cheese boards and foie gras pâté with grilled sourdough to larger dishes. Try one of the fresh pastas or the Bear Creek Farms bone-in short rib, covered in a decadent black truffle bordelaise sauce.

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Community Pie

Community Pie

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Address
850 Market St, Chattanooga, TN 37402, USA
Phone +1 423-486-1743

Don’t let the casual vibe fool you: this Miller Plaza pizzeria is serious about its pies. Choose from Neapolitan, Detroit, and New York styles of crust with build-your-own toppings or house favorites, including the Drunk Pig (Italian sausage, crushed red pepper, and cheese on a vodka red sauce base). Pizzas are also available by the slice and with gluten-free crusts. Other food options include pasta and generously-sized salads. Finish your meal with a scoop or two of the house gelato—flavors rotate daily.

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Flying Squirrel

Flying Squirrel

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Address
55 Johnson St, Chattanooga, TN 37408-1313, USA
Phone +1 423-602-5980

This quirky, picturesque spot on the city’s Southside has been a community gathering place since opening in 2013. Weather permitting, grab a table on the expansive (and pet-friendly) patio to dine on shareable bites like blistered shishito peppers, okonomiyaki (Japanese savory pancake), and duck-fried rice. Pair your meal with pints of beer from local and regional makers, including a gose from Chattanooga-based Hutton and Smith Brewing Company. The cocktails are excellent here as well, as is the Sunday brunch—try the cinnamon roll pancakes or Korean candy chicken and grits.

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St. John’s Restaurant

Address
1278 Market St, Chattanooga, TN 37402, USA
Phone +1 423-266-4400

The menu changes frequently at this sophisticated downtown spot, which sources ingredients from local farmers and seafood purveyors, and is a go-to for locals on celebratory occasions. Expect refined starters including beef tartare and fried Brussels salad served with poached Maine lobster, along with standout mains like Wagyu flatiron steak and seared duck breast. While small, the drinks list features some wonderful original cocktails, as well as global and American wines by the taste, glass, or bottle.

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Sugar’s Ribs

Sugar's Ribs

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Address
2450 15th Ave, Chattanooga, TN 37494, USA
Phone +1 423-826-1199

Memphis isn’t the only city in the state with mouth-watering barbecue. Perched on a hill overlooking the city, this modest husband-and-wife-owned spot roasts meats over a wood-fired grill they invented. The result? Tender yet crunchy spare ribs, brisket, and smoked sausages. Have 'em on tacos, sandwiches, or plates served with classic Southern sides like spicy vinegar slaw and turnip greens. Save room for the banana pudding, some of Chattanooga’s best.

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Pickle Barrel

Pickel Barrel

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Address
1012 Market St, Chattanooga, TN 37402, USA
Phone +1 423-266-1103

This iconic, adults-only pub has been a Chattanooga mainstay since 1982. Housed in a historic flat-iron building on Market Street, the restaurant has one of the city’s only rooftop decks, perfect for people-watching or relaxing with a cold brew on a warm day. But don’t sleep on the food menu, which includes booze-friendly “munchies” like wings, fried mozzarella sticks, and the pub’s namesake snack: fried pickle spears. Larger plates include a burger, salads, and sandwiches.

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Rembrandt’s Coffee House

Address
204 High St, Chattanooga, TN 37403-1102, USA
Phone +1 423-321-0235 ext. 3

Located in the city’s historic Bluff View Art District, perched above the majestic Tennessee River, this European-style coffee house offers a full menu of savory breakfast and lunch dishes, plus sweet treats like pastries and hand-dipped chocolates. Try the Firebird sandwich—made with smoked turkey, pepper jack cheese, and jalapeño on cheddar bread—or grab a cup of house-blend coffee to sip as you stroll through the adjacent sculpture garden en route to the award-winning Hunter Museum of American Art.

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Alleia

Alleia Restaurant

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Address
25 E Main St, Chattanooga, TN 37408, USA
Phone +1 423-305-6990

At this rustic Southside trattoria, chef Daniel Lindley seamlessly marries high-quality ingredients from Italy with produce procured from local farmers. Features such as 300-year-old wood trimmings reflect the building’s historic past, while touches like the custom-made banquette in the center of the dining room make the interior feel intimate and modern. Stave off your hunger with arancini, ricotta bruschetta, and other traditional antipasti before dining on pizzas, pasta, and main dishes like wood-fired pork shoulder with tangy vinegar sauce. With views of Lookout Mountain and climbing jasmine, Alleia is the perfect place for a romantic dinner for two.

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Blue Orleans Seafood Restaurant

Address
1463 Market St, Chattanooga, TN 37402-4465, USA
Phone +1 423-757-0088

New Orleans’ loss was Chattanooga's gain. Chef Mike Adams relocated to the Scenic City in 2008 to escape Hurricane Katrina, bringing with him three generations of treasured family recipes. Expect Cajun and Creole-inspired fare like gumbo, po’boys, jambalaya, and seafood etouffee in a relaxed setting with exceptional service. Don’t miss the bestselling French Creole pasta, a hearty penne with andouille, crawfish, and shrimp tossed with a Creole roux and white wine sauce. The restaurant also offers a children’s menu, and diners of all ages will want to save room for dessert: options include a bread budding and beignets.

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Main Street Meats

Main Street Meats

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Address
217 E Main St, Chattanooga, TN 37408, USA
Phone +1 423-602-9568

Part butcher shop, part intimate café, chef Erik Niel’s Southside restaurant is a haven for meat lovers. The tight menu features daily meats and cheeses, plus elevated starters like beef tartare and roasted carrots with harissa, feta, and pistachio Gremolata. Towering sandwiches packed with house-cured meat slices, Southern-style plates, and Butcher’s cut steaks—some sourced from local farms like Bear Creek—round out the menu. Don’t sleep on the drinks. In addition to pre-bottled and draft cocktails (old fashioned from a tap, anyone?), the restaurant stocks nearly 300 bottles of whiskey.

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The Rosecomb

The Rosecomb

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Address
921 Barton Ave, Chattanooga, TN 37405-4307, USA
Phone +1 423-541-9314

Dining at this 21-and-up favorite in historic Riverview feels more like attending a cool friend’s dinner party than sitting at a restaurant. Moody and quirky, the intimate interior is filled with antiques and lush hanging plants, while the back patio is dotted with string lights and relaxed furnishings. Heavy on modern Southern fare, most of the menu is meant for sharing—get the grilled cornbread with whipped butter and onion jam or the corn and poblano queso—but there are some large plate options as well. The drinks are the main draw: try the house-mulled cider in winter or a refreshing cocktail or glass of sparkling wine in the warmer months.

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Public House Restaurant

Public House Chattanooga

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Address
1110 Market St, Chattanooga, TN 37402, USA
Phone +1 423-266-3366

This downtown restaurant pairs exceptional Southern food and hospitality with the relaxed atmosphere of your favorite neighborhood pub. Ingredients are sourced from several local purveyors, including Chattanooga’s own Niedlov’s Bakery and Cafe. Start with snacks and small plates like pimento cheese on grilled sourdough or fried chicken livers with grits and tabasco butter, then move on to main plates. Try the grilled pork tenderloin with grits and apple chutney. Don’t skip the vegetarian-friendly sides—think roasted acorn squash, garlic green beans, and mashed potatoes. Visit sister bar The Social for local draft beers, a curated wine list, and specialty cocktails, including The Local, made with Chattanooga Whiskey 91, local coffee, and orange bitters.

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Herman’s Soul Food & Catering

Address
3821 Brainerd Rd, Chattanooga, TN 37411-3701, USA
Phone +1 423-624-5715

Searching for Southern comfort food? Head to Herman’s, where the flavors are as big as the heaping platters of fried catfish, slow-cooked ham hocks, and smothered pork chops—just like your grandma made them. Come on Sundays for special platters like chicken and dressing, served with a slice of bread and your choice of two homestyle sides. Get the macaroni and cheese and candied yams, plus a slice of peach cobbler. The restaurant also has a dedicated kids' menu.

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Taqueria Jalisco Ania

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Address
1639 Rossville Ave, Chattanooga, TN 37408, USA
Phone +1 423-541-4410

Husband-and-wife team Maria and Jose Parra started their taco business as a food truck in the Southside. Today, fans can sit down to eat tacos, burritos, and large plates like carne asada ranchera in their brick-and-mortar restaurant, located in a bright and airy space in the same neighborhood. Open for lunch, dinner, and Saturday brunch, the restaurant also has a stellar lineup of original cocktails, plus a large selection of mezcals. Looking for something non-alcoholic? Try the house horchata.

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Memo’s Grill

Address
430 E M L King Blvd, Chattanooga, TN 37403, USA
Phone +1 423-267-7283

Fast-service soul food is on the menu at this family-run establishment, one of the longest-operating Black-owned businesses on Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. Order the house special—“chop wiener,” a sliced hot dog smothered in chili sauce and served with coleslaw—a dish that’s been served since Memo’s opened its doors in 1966. Open only Thursday through Saturday, the diner-style restaurant has plenty of other options, including barbecue pulled pork sandwiches, burgers, and turkey drumsticks for dinner and a rich frozen custard for dessert.

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Proof Bar & Incubator

Address
424 E M L King Blvd, Chattanooga, TN 37403, USA
Phone +1 423-541-6858

Part cocktail bar, part test kitchen and pop-up space for up-and-coming local chefs, Proof is home to some of the city’s most innovative food and drinks. Some of Chattanooga’s top bartenders sling original drinks in the rustic-chic space, which hosts a rotating list of resident chefs and makers. Stop by to sample everything from single-origin coffees to Middle Eastern fare and classic French pastries.

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Whitebird

Whitebird Chattanooga

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Address
102 Walnut St, Chattanooga, TN 37403, USA
Phone +1 423-269-8539

Located at the base of the city’s sweeping historic Walnut Street Pedestrian Bridge, Whitebird offers a modern approach to traditional Appalachian cuisine. The interior is airy and elegant, while the food is approachable and grounded—the chef sources seasonal ingredients from producers and farmers in the Tennessee River Valley. Grab a table overlooking the river and dine on dishes like a butter-roasted freshwater trout, complete with Benton’s bacon and mixed bean ragout, wilted spinach, and a hint of sweetness from charred red pepper salsa and fresh basil.

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Champy’s

Champy's Famous Fried Chicken

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From crispy fried chicken to fresh Louisiana crawfish and hot tamales, Champy’s brings together the best flavors of the Mississippi Delta under one roof. Southern sides like baked beans and potato salad and snacks like hush puppies round out the menu at the family-owned spot, which has three Chattanooga locations. The drinks menu is as unpretentious as the food. Grab a 40-ounce bottle of Miller High Life—the koozie is on the house.

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18 Best Restaurants in Chattanooga, Tennessee