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Back Inn Cafe

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412 E 2nd St, Chattanooga, TN 37403-1133
423-265-5033
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5:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Tue - Thu 5:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • 62
    Excellent
  • 28
    Very good
  • 12
    Average
  • 15
    Poor
  • 9
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Great experience, good food

The experience was great. Seated next to a warm fire enjoyed several course and had cocktails and wine. The food was good but it wasn't anything that blew me away. I would definitely go back.

4 of 5 starsReviewed November 22, 2015
S M
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Lexington, Kentucky
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Chattanooga, Tennessee, United States
Level Contributor
36 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Lovely restaurant with great views of the Tennessee river. Excellent food and staff. It is in an old home with lots of windows; so, can be somewhat cold inside if it is cold outside. Dress accordingly.

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Thank Kris R
Franklin, Tennessee
Level Contributor
67 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We attended an engagement party here last night. The table fit all but five who were seated in a totally separate room. They asked to sit at the bar so that they could be close as we were in the room with the fireplace but were told no. No reason; just no. No effort was made at all to bring... More 

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Thank tootski
Woodbridge, Virginia
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2015

If you are a foodie this is a great place to eat. I did not have the pleasure of eating at Tony's Pasta Shop but I will make the rounds on my next trip there.

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Thank ginnyvirginia2015
Knoxville, Tennessee
Level Contributor
22 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2015

Our buffet was $35 per person. Food was just average. Prime rib was sliced very thin and was gristly. Nothing outstanding by any stretch. Server was attentive. Disliked the way the dessert was presented setting up on a bar with everyone passing by rather than on a nice table. Our server was very attentive. Would not return.

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Thank Knoxvilleshopper
Lexington, Kentucky
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27 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2015 via mobile

The experience was great. Seated next to a warm fire enjoyed several course and had cocktails and wine. The food was good but it wasn't anything that blew me away. I would definitely go back.

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Thank S M
Huntsville, AL
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51 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2015

I can't say enough about this hidden gem! My boyfriend and I visited recently during a break in my kids' band competition. He had been before and introduced me to this wonderful little European oasis in Chattanooga that is the Bluff View area. We didn't have time for the full dining experience, so we had drinks and shared an entrée... More 

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Thank ESC2HSV
Nashville, Tennessee
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15 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

We very much enjoyed our visit to the Back Inn Cafe on a rainy night. The meal was very good - maybe four and a half stars. But the service was fabulous, and the focaccia they served with the meal was stupendous. The decadent chocolate dessert was also beyond expectations. We would definitely recommend this place.

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Thank lilybeach
Chattanooga
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11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2015 via mobile

As a native of Chattanooga have been to back inn cafe many times and never been disappointed. Had lamb chops that were super and wife had a NY strip that I thought was perfect. Service was super as usual and that is important to me. One thing though, I had bourbon on the rocks and when I got the bill... More 

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3 Thank Jeffmed91
mkephart, Guest Relations Manager at Back Inn Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you for bringing this quirk to our attention. This has been confusing to some in the past, but the reason this is the case is because a “rocks” pour actually has a half ounce more alcohol than a mixed cocktail. It is the same case when a drink is ordered "neat". We promise we are not charging you for... More 

Chattanooga, Tennessee
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78 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 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.

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1 Thank CoolLMR
Calhoun, Tennessee
Level Contributor
21 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 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.

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1 Thank AlohaBuffington

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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

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Scenic view
Open Hours
Tuesday
5:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
5:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
5:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
5:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
5:00 am - 10:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?