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Back Inn Cafe

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412 E 2nd St, Chattanooga, TN 37403-1133
5:00 am - 10:00 pm
Closed now
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Tue - Thu 5:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 am - 10:00 pm
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17 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

The name is deceiving - this place is anything but a cafe!! Positives: It is a nice small upscale restaurant with delicious fresh food in a great location Lovely surprises were the homemade bread and amuse-bouche. There were 6 of us and each of our meals was delicious, especially the chicken and scallops. Negatives: (Scallop salsa topping was way too... More 

Thank Lu S
Johnson City, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Enjoyed a nice meal for a group of 11. It wasn't very busy for a Thursday evening. The dark wooded rooms had lots of charm and made you wondered if the walls could talk what they would say. The crab cakes had a spicy mexican style sauce. The grilled peach caprese with prosciutto was amazing. Everyone enjoyed the flat breads... More 

Thank TNTravelGal2015
Roswell, Georgia
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17 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This restaurant is on a bluff overlooking the river and some tables have a great view of the water and sculpture garden. Chef has a great ability to blend flavors creating some unique dishes. We had two similar dishes at another restaurant and decided the Back Inn was superior in flavor and presentation.

Thank retiredtravelers1963
French Lick, In
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118 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you can go on Wednesday, it's half price glass and bottle of wine. The food was great and the service was very good.

Thank dino2mom
Huntsville, Alabama
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24 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This was our second time dining there. Both times were excellent food, ambience and service. One of our favs when in Chattanooga. Very romantic setting.

Thank Jane D
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2016 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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5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2016

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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30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
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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9 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

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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, Full Bar, Private Dining, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Scenic view, Romantic
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?