The Area


Best Locations For Dining

Thriving downtown Chattanooga has been hailed as one of the South’s top travel destinations, and it has even been listed by the New York Times as one of the Top 45 Places to Go in the World. Chattanooga is a breathtakingly beautiful city and home to various fantastic dining choices that will complement your adventure to the Scenic City. Thanks to the recent tourism spotlight, Chattanooga restaurants have skyrocketed. Highlights of the Chattanooga dining scene feature tasty versions of the finest southern delicacies, including BBQ and fried chicken, as well as a wide variety of ethnic foods and local fare that will please any palette.


Lookout Mountain

Massey’s Kitchen

Previously known as Cafe on the Corner, Massey’s Kitchen is the community gathering place for friends and family to connect while enjoying great food and cocktails. Their menu provides house-made artisanal bread, pizzas, sandwiches, and more, all made with fresh ingredients. Massey’s Kitchen brings the flavors and culture of the Mediterranean to the local community through their open-air spaces, authentic menu, and energetic atmosphere.  

Canyon Grill

Canyon Grill is a quaint restaurant that offers a secluded, intimate dining experience. Strings of lights draped across the ceiling set the stage for their upscale cuisine featuring the freshest, locally sourced ingredients. If you want to enjoy an alcoholic beverage with your meal, the establishment encourages you to bring your beer or wine to enjoy during your visit.

1885 Grill

You’ll find the finest seafood in the area at 1885 Grill. Enjoy their coastal cuisine for dinner or Sunday brunch, and pair entrees like their Fried Flounder Sandwich with Southern sides, including hushpuppies, stone ground cheese grits, or sautéed green beans.



In Tennessee, as with many other places in the South, good old-fashioned barbeque is beautiful, and it’s no different in Chattanooga. Our city is home to a melting pot of Barbeque styles, but generally speaking, you can count on finding sauces that mix the sweet and thick flavors of Kansas City Barbeque and the tangy, zippy flavors of Piedmont. For our little spin, you’ll often find sauces spiked with Tennessee whiskey. Sugar’s Ribs, where the ribs are nice and crunchy on the outside yet falling apart tender on the inside, is a great place to test out Chattanooga Barbeque. Other local favorites include Shuford’s Smokehouse and “Best of the Best” winner Rib and Loin. You’re in luck if you crave some soul-soothing fried chicken while in Chattanooga. For some old-fashioned, fresh chicken, head to Ms. Bea’s, where the recipe and preparation 

are top secret but guaranteed to be made from scratch using Ms. Bea’s original recipe. Located just at the base of Lookout Mountain, it’s hard to go wrong with fried chicken from Mt. Vernon’s, but if you’re up for a slightly expensive ambiance, head for a little southern comfort at the Public House.


There’s so much more to Chattanooga dining than barbeque and fried chicken, to the point that the choices are overwhelming. Other tried and true dining favorites in Chattanooga include the locally sourced food at 4-star restaurant St. Johns, the contemporary American cuisine and updated Southern favorites at 212 Market Restaurant, the eclectic Taco Mamacita’s, the exquisite view over the Tennessee River at the Boathouse, and the celebrated Appalachian flavors at TerraMae Appalachian Bistro. The dining options in Chattanooga rival just about any town in the Southeast and feature many celebrated local chefs with award-winning recipes just awaiting your discriminating palette. 

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