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Aretha Frankensteins

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518 Tremont St, Chattanooga, TN 37405-4153
423-265-7685
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7:00 am - 12:00 am
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 7:00 am - 12:00 am
Good for:
Local cuisine
Outdoor seating

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Visitor rating
  • 69
    Excellent
  • 58
    Very good
  • 33
    Average
  • 20
    Poor
  • 33
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Decent food, trendy atmosphere

We got there around 9 to beat the early morning crowd because we'd heard that service was slow but worth the wait. The server was friendly enough. The food was quite average. The pancakes were super huge, but had a strange texture to them that wasn't very appetizing. It's a small place with... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed March 12, 2015
Terry O
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Jackson, Mississippi
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
  • Outdoor seating
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Late Night
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213 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Cincinnati, Ohio
Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

My brother has been here in the past and he insisted we go on a recent trip. As we left he looked at me and asked if I realized why it was so trendy ... my response was surprising to him. You have got to be kidding!! My first choice (insane waffles) ... not available My second choice (philly cheese... More 

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Williamsport, Pennsylvania
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

I went to Aretha's for breakfast on 3/22/15 with my wife, son and daughter-in-law. We had a wait but my son told me it would be good and it was. Cool atmosphere with a gambrel ceiling full of concert and ad posters, etc. I didn't know there had been so many cereal brands introduced even though my birth date goes... More 

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Jackson, Mississippi
Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

We got there around 9 to beat the early morning crowd because we'd heard that service was slow but worth the wait. The server was friendly enough. The food was quite average. The pancakes were super huge, but had a strange texture to them that wasn't very appetizing. It's a small place with limited parking and limited seating. And costs... More 

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Virginia
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13 reviews 13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

We have bought their pancake mix for years at our local grocery store and have always been very pleased with the product. Therefore were excited to eat at the restaurant in Chattanooga. It was simply a terrible experience. On a rainy Monday morning there were maybe 6 other diners in the restaurant, but it took 45 minutes to get food.... More 

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Winter Garden, Florida
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015

Wonderful little restaurant in the middle of a neighborhood. The pancakes are the size of frisbees and the coffee is excellent. I loved my bacon and cheese omelet and the biscuit melted in my mouth. The place is tiny, only 5 inside tables, so go at an off time. In a place this small, serve is always great! I will... More 

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Durham, North Carolina
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

The pancakes were excellent! They are very large. I should have ordered one rather than two. The service was great. Although, they were very busy, we enjoyed a leisurely breakfast with our friends and never felt rushed by the staff.

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Seymour, Tennessee
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85 reviews 85 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

I believe we were here the same day as the Freak Show reviewer, and I have to agree. The food is very good but not worth the wait. We were told 45 minutes and ended up waiting 1:15. We were screwed because I had no backup plan - we don't live in Chatt. The place is tiny (5 tables and... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

Would not go here again. Ridiculous wait, doubt they have hvac and can't imagine it's very clean. Some obnoxious lady slamming tall boy PBR's at 10am...not a great atmosphere for anyone

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Tuscaloosa
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18 reviews 18 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Come for the food, stay for the crazy amazing people watching. The elephants gerald is my new go-to breakfast. Paired with their bottomless strong coffee is the right play. There is a wait if you dont get there early, and since everything is prepared to order, it can take awhile. But once you get settled, its a great spot.

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Decatur, Georgia
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10 reviews 10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

I'm 10 and i just had the Best pancakes ever!! We got pancakes,biscuits and gravy (small) and it was delicious and even if it is cold IT IS STILL delectable. If you ever come get that combo!

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 518 Tremont St, Chattanooga, TN 37405-4153
  • Location: United States  >  Tennessee (TN)  >  Chattanooga
  • Phone Number: 423-265-7685

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 5 - 10
  • Cuisine: American, Bar, Café

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine, Outdoor seating
Open Hours
Sunday
7:00 am - 12:00 am
Monday
7:00 am - 12:00 am
Tuesday
7:00 am - 12:00 am
Wednesday
7:00 am - 12:00 am
Thursday
7:00 am - 12:00 am
Friday
7:00 am - 12:00 am
Saturday
7:00 am - 12:00 am

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