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La Altena

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314 W Main St, Chattanooga, TN 37408
(423) 266-7595
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Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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Authentic, fresh, delicious.

Someone's Mama must be in the kitchen. The cheese enchiladas topped with chicken have a delightful fresh red sauce. Some tacos w cherios are so good. I could go on. I don't think you could go wrong with anything on the menu.

5 of 5 starsReviewed November 27, 2015
Key Largo, Florida
via mobile
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Hixson, Tennessee, United States
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158 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I really liked the beans and rice but did not like the fish taco. It was too spicey. The restaurant also was. Pretty run down and the doors going in were dirty which made me think the kitchen might be also. Service was pleasant and very good.

Thank Karen G
Key Largo, Florida
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48 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2015 via mobile

Someone's Mama must be in the kitchen. The cheese enchiladas topped with chicken have a delightful fresh red sauce. Some tacos w cherios are so good. I could go on. I don't think you could go wrong with anything on the menu.

Thank ma12302013j
Olive Branch, Mississippi
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12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2015

Had a taste for Mexican food and decided to stop here. We were seated quick and food was brought out quick. Nice portions for price and food was good. I would go back.

Thank Mr_Mac81
Chattanooga, Tennessee
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2015

As far as I can tell this is the only Mexican restaurant around Chattanooga where you can get tamales, and they are so good! The margaritas are also the best I've had as well. The service is the fastest. It is inexpensive. It is simply the best Mexican restaurant in Chattanooga.

Thank Jennifer L
Chattanooga, Tennessee
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16 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

Have been going here since moving to Chattanooga. Great prices and authentic food. As good as being back on So Cal.

1 Thank BigBadBillF2F
Chattanooga, Tennessee
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175 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 115 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015 via mobile

My husband loves this place and had been begging me to go for years. I have never liked the look of it, but he caught me at a moment of weakness, and I gave in. It pained me to tell him that he was right, that the food was, in fact, delicious. I ordered a burrito, and it came out... More 

2 Thank elizarenn
Chattanooga, Tennessee
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401 reviews
317 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 111 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

Went out with the guys from work for lunch the other day and ended up here at La Altena. I typically get the pick four combo selection, but today I opted for the chile plabanos. They were very good, and a good sized portion. Service was efficient and the ticket time was fast for us folks our on our lunch... More 

Thank DealScout
Chattanooga, Tennessee
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

Writing this in June 2015. La Altena is a shadow of what it once was. My husband and I have been eating there for years, but lately we were so disappointed with the food that we've taken our business elsewhere. The guacamole used to be hand-made, plentiful and delicious - not any more. There was always a wait to be... More 

1 Thank LeslieRains
Nashville, Tennessee
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124 reviews
114 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015 via mobile

Here on biz. Made sure they served margaritas before we went. The server was nice; don't let his slow manner fool you. He's on the J-O-B. Margaritas were fantastic. Chimichanga was fantastic. Salsa. Fantastic. Mexico City style tacos? Yeah. Fantastic. My big complaint...no to-go SLURPEE cups for margaritas. Seriously...like most great restaurants...a hole in the wall. Great experience. Was about... More 

Thank LordMark H
Chattanooga, Tennessee
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122 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015 via mobile

Went to the one off Mountain Creek Rd. Good food. Alot of selections on menu. Would like to try the buffet on Friday night.

Thank YorkForrester

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 314 W Main St, Chattanooga, TN 37408
  • Location: United States  >  Tennessee (TN)  >  Chattanooga
  • Phone Number: (423) 266-7595

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 10
  • Cuisine: Mexican

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Dining on a budget

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