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Back Inn Cafe

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412 E 2nd St, Chattanooga, TN 37403-1133
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Tue - Thu 5:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations

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Back Inn Cafe even in the Rain

Good food, nice view and cheerful service, the ambiance is youthful and artsy, and the coffee is excellent. This is a nice place to meet with friends and enjoy a leisure lunch.

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 28, 2015
Calhoun, Tennessee
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Chattanooga, Tennessee
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76 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015

Limited yet diverse menu. The Grilled Sea Scallops were excellent as was the Grilled Chicken Breast. Attractive presentation. Our wait staff, Jerry, was fantastic. Sat in porch and management needs to make provision for windows and sun protection. Nice location with great view.

1 Thank CoolLMR
Calhoun, Tennessee
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17 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015

Good food, nice view and cheerful service, the ambiance is youthful and artsy, and the coffee is excellent. This is a nice place to meet with friends and enjoy a leisure lunch.

1 Thank AlohaBuffington
Chattanooga, Tennessee
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26 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

My husband and I went to Back Inn Cafe on a Wednesday and they were having half price wine night. They have a beautiful patio overlooking the river and we sat outside. They also have sun rooms inside if you prefer to sit inside. We have eaten here before and rated the food as good but not spectacular. Tonight though,... More 

1 Thank vol1987
Birmingham, AL
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34 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015 via mobile

6 ladies dined here while staying at the Bluff View Inn. The dinner was delicious and reasonably priced. The service was also very good. Half price wine Wednesday was a bonus. All entrees were excellent including a strip steak, monk fish, and scallops. Craft cocktails were especially enjoyed. Dessert delicious as well. Highly recommended. Loved the upstairs view of the... More 

1 Thank magmom51
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

We had our wedding and after dinner wedding here. Jordan the event coordinator did an incredible job helping me plan the perfect night. We were in the second floor sunroom. The room was set up beautifully with linens,glassware and cutlery. The staff was very friendly and knowledgable. We ordered off the menu and the food was delightful. Everyone of our... More 

1 Thank treatsmom
Chattanooga, Tennessee
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

My husband and I went to Back Inn Cafe for the first time on my birthday. We had the Martin House Steak and Chili-Rubbed Tuna. Both were excellent, and the view is really beautiful.

1 Thank Maria O
Chattanooga, Tennessee
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

Let me start by saying our server, Stuart, was simply the best. The bartender, Travis, was also quite the laugh. Both young men were attentive, anticipating our needs before we mentioned them. We moved from the bar to an outside table with a gorgeous view of the Tennessee River. The food was served in a timely manner. We started off... More 

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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137 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015

The atmosphere, waitstaff and views were all great. We started with soup of the day--a tomato bisque--which was delicious, but not quite hot enough, always a harbinger of things to come. The entrees--beef tenderloin and pork--were nicely presented and the accompaniments quite tasty, but the meat itself, in both cases, left much to be desired. Beef was chewy and fatty... More 

Thank Noni314
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25 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

Food, drinks and staff were terrific. Will stop in again during my next visit to Chattanooga. Also they have a few rooms upstairs where you can stay the evening

Thank Bill H
Sydney, Australia
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75 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

We had intended to go to Tony's restaurant next door,except the queue of people put us off and the wine was only Italian! So,we arrived at Back inn. Brad served us.A friendly young man,who was very helpful. dinner was fine.I had the duck and my husband had trout! Both very tasty. Service was good.not a great deal of atmosphere (... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 412 E 2nd St, Chattanooga, TN 37403-1133
  • Location: United States  >  Tennessee (TN)  >  Chattanooga
  • Phone Number: 423-265-5033

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 13 - 13
  • Cuisine: Italian, American


Open Hours
5:00 am - 9:00 pm
5:00 am - 9:00 pm
5:00 am - 9:00 pm
5:00 am - 10:00 pm
5:00 am - 10:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?