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314 W Main St, Chattanooga, TN 37408
(423) 266-7595
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Ranked #127 of 707 Restaurants in Chattanooga
Price range: $0 - $10
Cuisines: Mexican
Good for: Families with children, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Takeout, Dessert
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Good for: Families with children, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Takeout, Dessert
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Chattanooga, Tennessee
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225 reviews 225 reviews
186 restaurant reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

First the good - they have FINALLY fixed their bathrooms.....that being said, my meal this week was the worst I've had at La Altena....I've heard the quality has not been what people are accustomed to at this location. I had the steak fajita chimichanga. What they do is include bell peppers and onions inside the chimi. My first bite rendered... More 

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Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA
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18 reviews 18 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

The downtown location looks nothing like the food. The food, especially the guacamole is wonderful! The service is also good.

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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72 reviews 72 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

I've noticed it's been going downhill ever since the son-in-law took over. The service is not as good as it used to be and the quality of the food is also not as good. This used to be the best Mexican restaurant in town but I will not be back.

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Chattanooga, Tennessee
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225 reviews 225 reviews
186 restaurant reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

This place is happening Mon - Fri during lunch. Many folks from area businesses come in to satisfy their hankering for some Mexican food, The place is a no frills environment, and they really pack folks in...i.e., not much room to maneuver. You get a good value for your money here; however, if you get one of the combination lunches... More 

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Nashville
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20 reviews 20 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

This restaurant is a hidden gem in Chattanooga's Southside. The food is authentic, service excellent and pricing reasonable. My favorites are the Mojado Burrito and the cheese dip.

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Chattanooga, Tennessee
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3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

I like this place because its fast, cheap, and the best cheap mexican food in Chattanooga. I chorizo and eggs are great. The carnitas are good too.

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Chattanooga, Tennessee
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225 reviews 225 reviews
186 restaurant reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

La Altena is an average Mexican restaurant that has an energetic wait staff and fast ticket times. I recommend their chile poblanos. The iced-tea is brewed and very good.

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Chattanooga, TN
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10 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

I work downtown and I have eaten lunch here no less that once a week for the last couple of years. When I first started several years ago, it was great. But recently the service and food have really fallen off. The last few visits, we've had drinks run empty and we just sit around and look at one another... More 

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Kalamazoo
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65 reviews 65 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

We love Mexican food and lots of folks had made the journey to this highly rated Trip Advisor restaurant. So busy the waiters were practically running to try to keep up. Big hearts. Big personalities. They cared about a job well done. I don't know if this is the best Chattanooga has to offer or what but the food was... More 

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Soddy Daisy, Tennessee
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37 reviews 37 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2014

Best in town! Quick, friendly service. Prices are fair. This is a great place for kids as well. One of our favorites in town.

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Additional Information about La Altena

Address: 314 W Main St, Chattanooga, TN 37408
Phone Number: (423) 266-7595
Location: United States  >  Tennessee (TN)  >  Chattanooga
Average Prices: USD 0 - 10
Cuisine: Mexican

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