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Back Inn Cafe

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412 E 2nd St, Chattanooga, TN 37403-1133
5:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Tue - Thu 5:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 am - 10:00 pm
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We were staying at Bluff view Inn...walked across the street to the cafe. What a treat dinner was. The food is well prepared, well presented, and original in its composition and pairings. The chef does an excellent job and we benefitted from his culinary abilities. For an excellent meal this is worth the trip!

Thank Anita Y
East Longmeadow, Massachusetts
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7 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Great view on a nice patio. Waitstaff informative on menu choices. Quail special was terrific. Well set table with an upscale feel.

Thank Michael M
Chattanooga, Tennessee
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2016

We took a visiting friend here - his choice for dinner - and a first dinner experience for the three of us. I had made reservations early in the day, and the voice on the other end of the phone said we would have the best table in the house - for view. We arrived a few minutes before our... More 

Thank ECS4me
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2016

Here for private party - seated in a private room with windows all around giving beutiful view of the Tennessee River, fod was delicious - don't miss the shrimp and grits - and service outstanding.

Thank CabooseCambridge
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5 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2016 via mobile

My wife and I were in Chattanooga for a couple nights and came here for dinner on Saturday. Located on a bluff over by the museum, the view of the river is fairly obstructed by the highway. The overall ambience is very nice however. The waiter was the perfect degree of attentive ... There when we wanted him and invisible... More 

Thank Rob L
Chattanooga, Tennessee
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2016

I have been to Back Inn Cafe on a number of occasions, and this was definitely the most enjoyable. First, the Cafe is located in a restored house on a bluff overlooking the Tennessee river, a delightful venue, and the restaurant has several floors. Definitely ask for the main dining room with a good view of the river, though in... More 

Thank chattboy
Stone Mountain, Georgia
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37 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2016

We had a large party of 7 couples and we were attended beautifully by the staff. We were greeted, served and surprised by many extra touches. Great food.. most enjoyed the filet mignon and others had the scallops and shrimp and other choices. Very pretty evening so we all loved the setting above the Tennessee River.

Thank Quill D
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2016 via mobile

The Back Inn Cafe is that place you don't hear much about. It's the best kept secret of fine dining in Chattanooga. Located in the art district called Bluff View, the BIC has indoor and outdoor dining with the best views and atmosphere. I have been numerous times, but felt it was imperative to share how great tonight was. The... More 

Thank Suthrngirl23
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2016

We happened upon the Back Inn Cafe on a visit to the Bluff Arts District in Chattanooga. It was a pleasant early Spring evening and we were attracted by the nice view of the Tennessee River. We chose the outside patio to take advantage of the nice night and the view. Our dinners -- shrimp grits and lobster souffle --... More 

Thank Randell N
Chattanooga, Tennessee
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2016

Saturday night, shortly before six, no wait for a table for two. Very friendly waiter who was knowledgeable about the food served and the wine available. We enjoyed a wine flight before and during the meal. The wines were not spectacular, but I am exceedingly pleased to find a Chattanooga restaurant offering flights. If I am to be picky, the... More 

Thank Sean O

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$13 - $13
American, Italian
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Private Dining, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Scenic view
Open Hours
5:00 am - 9:00 pm
5:00 am - 9:00 pm
5:00 am - 9:00 pm
5:00 am - 10:00 pm
5:00 am - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 412 E 2nd St, Chattanooga, TN 37403-1133
  • Location: United States  >  Tennessee (TN)  >  Chattanooga
  • Phone Number: 14232655033
Located in a renovated Colonial Revival Mansion, Back Inn Café offers upscale global cuisine with an extensive wine list. The menu changes seasonally to provide our guests with fresh dishes and the latest innovations in fine cuisine. You may choose to sit in our peaceful library, one of two romantic sunrooms, or outside on the terrace overlooking the river.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?