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La Altena

314 W Main St, Chattanooga, TN 37408
(423) 266-7595
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Ranked #109 of 700 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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English first
Knoxville, Tennessee
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67 reviews 67 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
57 helpful votes 57 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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173 reviews 173 reviews
138 restaurant reviews
54 helpful votes 54 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 reviews 3 reviews
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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173 reviews 173 reviews
138 restaurant reviews
54 helpful votes 54 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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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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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59 reviews 59 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 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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36 reviews 36 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 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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Chattanooga, Tennessee
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51 reviews 51 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2014

Love this place. Has the best Mexican food in town by far. Awesome Margarita's too. Service is always friendly and fast. So if you want time to chill - don't order right away. Not really a bar area - but the margarita's make up for that aspect. I have been here 15+ times and the food is ALWAYS good. Have... More

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Tampa, United States
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28 reviews 28 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2013

Passing through town and found La Altena on Main Street through some searching on the internet. I figured it was going to be good based on the number of cars parked out front and in the lot across the street. Good choice and great Mexican food. Service was super quick and there was no pressure for us to hurry up,... More

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