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Reviewed August 7, 2020

Most of the reviews here are about the restaurant. My gf and i did visit the restaurant for lunch, which was amazing and as good as the reviews say it is, but we mainly came for some convenient kayaking in the Chattanooga area. The atmosphere...here is so cool! Laid-back and friendly. It seems many locals hang out here, which is a testament to the fun environment and the great food. We rented kayaks and paddled on the Tennessee river just across the street. The outfitter did a great job in setting us up and the price was reasonable. Pee-Wee was quite the character: charming, friendly, and informative. Be sure to tip these guys if you rent kayaks from them! The kayaking was quite easy and there were a lot of nice views to be found on the river. Definitely recommend this for families and couples.More

Date of visit: July 2020
Reviewed July 16, 2020 via mobile

We really enjoyed the burgers here! I’m looking forward to trying the rest of the menu. We sat outside and enjoyed the scenery. Our server was friendly and fast. It’s worth the drive out to River drifters, but really not that far from downtown.

Date of visit: July 2020
Reviewed May 28, 2020 via mobile

Not sure how good was We walked in and sat down and were ignored by waitress We then were entertained by a loud foul mouthed drunk dropping f-bombs for the whole place to hear. Decided to leave and wont be back.

Date of visit: May 2020
Reviewed February 12, 2020

this was our second visit. The shrimp cocktail was delicious! this place is across the street from the Tennessee river in suck creek. Nice views, friendly staff, they also rent Kayaks. Good beer selection. Also ordered the Whiskey River Ruben and the Big Cubano -...both were fantastic. Will definitely return and continue to explore the menu. Lots to choose from! They also have a kids menu to order from.More

Date of visit: December 2019
Reviewed January 4, 2020

We just ate the best lunch at River Drifters. I had the bacon drifter burger that was seasoned and grilled to perfection. My husband had the buffalo chicken sub and he really enjoyed it as well. The fries were so unique and delicious. We are...so glad we drove eight minutes from downtown and didn't have to pay for parking. The service and atmosphere were great. We can't wait to go back and go kayaking.More

Date of visit: January 2020
Reviewed November 4, 2019 via mobile

Best Reuben in town. I love the Russian dressing. Great twist on fries. Great apps: coconut shrimp, pretzel twists, pimento cheese on crostini. So also love the fish sandwich. Good selection of drinks. Owners are incredibly personable.

Date of visit: October 2019
Reviewed September 18, 2019 via mobile

Staff very friendly. food was ok. I had the salad but nothing fancy. Used iceberg lettuce which is not the description of the salad. Overly priced.

Date of visit: September 2019
Reviewed August 16, 2019 via mobile

River Drifters is a local restaurant and watering hole on the TN river at the base of Signal Mtn. Food is great and large portions. Good regular crowd and entertainment on weekends. Patio is covered with view of river. Always cycles going by in nice...weather. Worth a relaxing lunch or dinner and brews! Good value and southern charm.More

Date of visit: August 2019
Reviewed June 5, 2019

A Pet friendly place . A little out of the way but worth the drive ! . It's along the river nice setting. Great food and supper laid back place.I sat on the porch with my dog

Date of visit: May 2019
Reviewed April 11, 2019

The Dining Divas went to lunch Wednesday April 10th at River Drifters on Suck Creek Rd. There were 12 of us and we were seated immediately. River Drifters is the best kept secret in Chattanooga. The atmosphere is light and airy with a gorgeous view...of the Tennessee River. There is indoor and outdoor seating. Our servers, Tyler and Cody were awesome. No one had to ask for anything. These two girls have wonderful warm personalities and make you feel like you have known them for years. They kept our tables free of empty plates, making it one of the cleanest restaurants we have been to. They are truly a great asset to the establishment. The manager/owner, Charlie, came to our tables several times to make sure everything was to our satisfaction. The food arrived quickly and was delicious. Two Divas split an entree and it was so large, they had to get carry out boxes. One of the Diva ordered the Shrimp PoBoy sandwich and another Diva has a shellfish allergy. Charlie went to great lengths making sure the two orders did not come in contact with each other by preparing the order himself. They have a great variety on their menu and everything we ordered was tasty, there was not one complaint with anyone. The River Drifters has a lot more to offer than just the restaurant. They rent kayaks, have karaoke on Friday night and a live band on Saturday. This restaurant is a very good place and Chattanooga is lucky to have such a place with so much variety of things they offer. We rated the River Drifters a 6 out of 5 because it was better than an 5. If you have not been, it is your loss, so do yourself a favor and go. Next week the Dining Divas will be going to Firebirds on Gunbarrel, watch for our review.More

Date of visit: April 2019
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