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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: Lunch, Dinner, Takeout, Dessert
Good for:
Families with children
Dining on a budget

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

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Visitor rating
  • 78
    Excellent
  • 31
    Very good
  • 16
    Average
  • 4
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Yum!

Best Latino food I've had in years! I went there for my birthday with a big crowd and they were great. Unfortunately, it was chaotic for them to deal with multiple checks, so I didn't get my free birthday meal. :-(

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 20, 2015
Cynthia Y
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Chattanooga, Tennessee
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Dining on a budget
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Takeout
  • Dessert
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132 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Chattanooga, Tennessee
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

Best Latino food I've had in years! I went there for my birthday with a big crowd and they were great. Unfortunately, it was chaotic for them to deal with multiple checks, so I didn't get my free birthday meal. :-(

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Chattanooga, Tennessee
Top Contributor
259 reviews 259 reviews
211 restaurant reviews
84 helpful votes 84 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
Top Contributor
74 reviews 74 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
70 helpful votes 70 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
Top Contributor
259 reviews 259 reviews
211 restaurant reviews
84 helpful votes 84 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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28 reviews 28 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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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14 reviews 14 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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
Top Contributor
259 reviews 259 reviews
211 restaurant reviews
84 helpful votes 84 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 reviews 10 reviews
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
27 helpful votes 27 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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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 0 - 10
  • Cuisine: Mexican

Restaurant Characteristics

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

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?