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La Altena

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314 W Main St, Chattanooga, TN 37408
(423) 266-7595
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Good for:
Families with children
Dining on a budget

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  • 78
    Excellent
  • 32
    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
Truly a neighborhood joint, La Altena is bustling and friendly. They offer heary, basic Mexican food at a fair price.

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 26, 2015
ArtistGirl68
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Olvera, Spain
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  • Families with children
  • Dining on a budget
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Takeout
  • Dessert
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133 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Olvera, Spain
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51 reviews 51 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

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
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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267 reviews 267 reviews
218 restaurant reviews
87 helpful votes 87 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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75 reviews 75 reviews
62 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
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267 reviews 267 reviews
218 restaurant reviews
87 helpful votes 87 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
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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267 reviews 267 reviews
218 restaurant reviews
87 helpful votes 87 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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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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