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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, Dessert, Dinner, Takeout

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Visitor rating
  • 79
    Excellent
  • 34
    Very good
  • 17
    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
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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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 28, 2015
LordMark H
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Nashville, Tennessee
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Dining on a budget
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137 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Nashville, Tennessee
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97 reviews 97 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

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 

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Chattanooga, Tennessee
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83 reviews 83 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

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

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Whitewater, Wisconsin
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14 reviews 14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

This restaurant had very good food. We had a steak chimichanga and tacos. The chips and salsa were good we had to ask for the spicy salsa. The house margaritas were nothing special. Upgrade with a better tequila if ordering a margarita. The restaurant itself was really rundown and cluttered but there was outside seating. The service was quick and... More 

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HSV, AL
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105 reviews 105 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

Not attractive place at all..looks kinda run down but craving mexican and got high reviews.been once before and the other place taqueria jalisco that was recommended was not open yet. So we went aHead and tried it again. The chips and salsa were addictively delicious but don't bring you enough chips and only half a bottle of salsa then a... More 

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Olvera, Spain
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53 reviews 53 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

We love the fajita quesadilla, and the Mexico City tacos with steak and extra lime. The pitchers of margaritas are certainly industrial grade, but go down easy with the tasty vittles. Staff is easy-going and willing to please. Because of the welcoming atmosphere and the good prices, La Altena can get crowded.

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Chattanooga, Tennessee
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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
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296 reviews 296 reviews
242 restaurant reviews
93 helpful votes 93 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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76 reviews 76 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
74 helpful votes 74 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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296 reviews 296 reviews
242 restaurant reviews
93 helpful votes 93 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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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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