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River Street Deli

Certificate of Excellence
American, Soups, Delicatessen, Contemporary
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151 River St, Chattanooga, TN 37405-4007
10:30 am - 4:00 pm
Closed now
All hours
Sun 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Mon - Fri 10:30 am - 4:00 pm
Sat 10:30 am - 5:00 pm
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The food here is amazing and wonderful atmosphere. Even the staff is nice, the only issue I have is with the owner. We eat here regularly but 3/5 times our order is wrong, there was also a time where the owner Bruce went around to everyone in the dining room except us. Not sure if it is because we were... More 

Thank Erin B
Chattanooga, Tennessee
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61 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I almost always recommend this place to people who ask me where to eat in the North Shore. Never has anyone been disappointed. But, more than one has said that when they walked in, they did not know what to expect. The decor (if you can call it that) is a little tired, and with windows only on one side... More 

Thank Hubbynfather
Winterville, North Carolina, United States
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44 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My wife and I had a great deli meal. The owner is a hoot--I asked for a recommendation and he replied what he liked is not important--it is what I like that is important! I had the grilled ChattaGooey (grilled Pimento cheeses and turkey) and my wife had the Elana Ruz (turkey with cream cheese and strawberry preserves). Both were... More 

Thank Steven S
Asheville, NC
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10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2016 via mobile

Stopped for lunch and we were extremely pleased with the salsaleto turkey sandwich. Great old style deli.

Thank geom248
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6 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2016 via mobile

Bruce's place is a Deli Oasis, the Philly Rueben is fantastic, the Chef Salad "The Works" is great and there are often daily specials. Bread is fresh and flavorful. The staff is gracious and friendly. You can cut through the store upstairs and come down the stairs or walk around through the park. If I lived here this would be... More 

Thank Gforce5fun
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2016

Stopped in for lunch after walking the Walnut Street Bridge. The location is a bit tricky to find, but GPS will take you there. Service was fast! Near the order counter is a board that lists specials of the day. We tried the Muffaletta, Hot Reuben, and special of the day broccoli cheddar soup. Service was quick, sandwiches were tasty,... More 

Thank DeeDeeF1980
Chattanooga, Tennessee
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99 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2016

Certified Yank at the counter who knows what he is doing. He is an absolute delight. Great sandwiches and service.

Thank wonderwoman0718
Chattanooga, Tennessee
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268 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2016

This is not a New York deli...but if you want the closest equivalent in Chattanooga this is the place to go. Owner Bruce Weiss is a character...makes it a better experience..great place for lunch

Thank hcohn31
New Plymouth, New Zealand
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92 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2016

Just ask Bruce for what you want. You will get it! This was a gem to find offering typical NYC lunches. All soups, salads, sandwiches and sweets remind you that great lunches can be had in USA. Don't be talked into something you may not want, the offerings are extensive! Easy to get to, and many local diners.

Thank JohnMarion H
Murfreesboro, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2016

Go with the daily specials or ask Bruce for a recommendation. Everything is delicious but he will always tell what you what to get. Favorite Cuban and French dip sandwich I have ever had.

Thank Todd C

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$8 - $8
American, Soups, Delicatessen, Contemporary
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Dining on a budget, Families with children, Business meetings
Open Hours
11:00 am - 5:00 pm
10:30 am - 4:00 pm
10:30 am - 4:00 pm
10:30 am - 4:00 pm
10:30 am - 4:00 pm
10:30 am - 4:00 pm
10:30 am - 5:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 151 River St, Chattanooga, TN 37405-4007
  • Location: United States  >  Tennessee (TN)  >  Chattanooga
  • Phone Number: 423-756-3354

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