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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
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Late Night
Good for:
Local cuisine
Outdoor seating
Breakfast/Brunch
Lunch
Late Night

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Visitor rating
  • 67
    Excellent
  • 58
    Very good
  • 32
    Average
  • 19
    Poor
  • 32
    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
Most recent review
Breakfast with Friends

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.

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 17, 2015
d0wens
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Durham, North Carolina
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
  • Outdoor seating
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Late Night
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208 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Durham, North Carolina
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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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Knoxville TN
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82 reviews 82 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
47 helpful votes 47 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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6 reviews 6 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 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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maryville
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16 reviews 16 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

We had planned to eat at Aretha's for our day trip to Chattanooga with 6 adult family members. The place was very unique, small and quaint, in an older part of the city. Homes, some with shops, some apparently with college students living in them, line the street. Nice feel - we waited on the covered front porch on this... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015 via mobile

I just moved to tennessee and I heard such great things about Aretha's I really wanted to try it, So me and a group of friends went for breakfast. As we are 'trying' to park, a group of staff outside start shaking there heads and mouthing "no". I decide to move my car and park further down the street. While... More 

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Tennessee
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21 reviews 21 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

Be prepared to wait an extremely LONG time for food you could easily make at home, have seconds, and then clean your entire kitchen in the time it would take you to still be waiting for one of the 5 tables at the restaurant. Sure, the pancakes are GIANT and very cake like, but if you're looking for an AMA... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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93 reviews 93 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014 via mobile

Ate Saturday breakfast. Long wait in the cold, lacking parking, paper coffee cups. Unique and good pancakes. All else average. Service .... A for effort .... D for execution. Wanted to like it more.

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Richmond Hill, Georgia
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50 reviews 50 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014

My wife and I tried this place when specifically looking for a breakfast diner on Trip Advisor. As most have already mentioned, parking stinks. The restaurant is small. But the atmosphere is, well, interesting, and the crew is also, well, interesting. The chef is proud of his work, and enjoys preparing as much as we enjoy eating, the Shrimp n... More 

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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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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?