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Reviewed July 12, 2021

We were at 1885 on Saturday night (7/10). As usual it was very busy and there was a long wait, but we knew that would be the case. Once we were seated, we sat quite a while while we waited for someone to notice us....Eventually I was able to "flag down" a waitress and we ordered. To keep it simple I will just list what we experienced. Please note that I have always loved 1885 and have been going to the St. Elmo location since it opened. 1. It was very very busy. It was like an insane bee hive inside the restaurant with lots of confusion apparent. Given the fact that there was a sign on the door saying they are short-staffed it seems to me that there are way more patrons than people who can take care them. I think that this is leading to the terrible experience that followed. 2. Waitressing was terrible. Our waitress looked like she was trying hard but was overwhelmed. No refills on drinks. Dirty appetizer plates on table until main course arrived and having to flag down wait-staff to get something was something that NEVER would have occured at 1885 before. 3. Terrible food. My shrimp and grits and wifes mushroom grits were dreadful. Tasteless soupy grits with a few boiled shrimp thrown in. Yuck. No amount of salt or hot sauce could rescue it. This was very unusual for 1885. My advice to management is to cut down occupancy 20 percent so that the people who do eat there actually have a good experience, make sure your wait staff know what people expect and please, work on your food. Again, I hope someone from management reads this!!More

Date of visit: July 2021
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Reviewed July 8, 2021

Came for our anniversary dinner this evening. Seated promptly by the host who was very pleasant. Sat at our table for 25 mins without anyone (not one person) acknowledging our presence. Not a hey I’ll be with you shortly, not an offer of water..zero…nothing. I...am not one to complain about a restaurant but this is such poor service in so many ways. The first time we came service was slow but it was still a pleasant experience. Everybody is struggling with staffing these days which I totally understand and actually try to go out of my way to be appreciative but if you can’t provide the service then you should only open enough tables that you can properly service. Fairly certain we won’t ever return. Several other delicious restaurants in Cambridge Square that we will continue to frequentMore

Date of visit: July 2021
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Reviewed May 23, 2021

My wife and I joined another couple for dinner and everyone loved their food. My wife got the rainbow trout and really liked it. I got the gumbo which was good and the Cuban which was a little dry but tasty. We will definitely be...going back.More

Date of visit: May 2021
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Reviewed May 18, 2021

Food was good but service means something and the only reason we chose this place was because of the atmosphere and the patio upstairs for some guests we had, and a group event. Reserved it but still got shuffled off into a boring side room...because another party had been in our spot for 3.5 hours and refused to leave. Fun. Not going back soon.More

Date of visit: May 2021
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Reviewed May 9, 2021

Had a great experience with this restaurant on way to Florida so thought we would stop two weeks later get carryout again since it was near our hotel. Ordered online at 7:07 for 8:15 pickup. Arrived at the restaurant at 8:15 and no sign of...the carryout order. Finally got someone's attention and they said they were "working on it". Saw at least four other customers come and go with their carryout order. Finally after waiting at least 20 minutes, they brought me the order. I'm pretty sure they had forgotten about the order until I arrived. The bowls of gumbo which we had just had two weeks before were not the same. At first my husband thought they had a different chef. The consistency was broth. There was sausage in the gumbo (not andouille) in very large chunks. I had to take it out of the container and cut it with a knife. If there was any shrimp it was diced. I think they must have been low on gumbo and poured water in the bottom of the pot in order to get two servings. If they didn't have gumbo when we ordered, it should have shown up as unavailable and we would have ordered something else. It would have been nice if they would have apologized for the long wait, and maybe thrown in a couple of desserts. The restaurant is very convenient, but need some assurances, before we will stop again.More

Date of visit: March 2021
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Reviewed April 7, 2021 via mobile

A friend had recommended this restaurant as the place to go in town. Sitting in town square with live music and indoor and outdoor seating. The greens were said to be the best and they were. We also had shrimp and grits. Equally as impressive...was the flounder. It appears to be the place to go in Ooltewah. Recommend to any one visiting the areaMore

Date of visit: April 2021
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Reviewed March 31, 2021

Ordered on line on March 14 at 5:30 to pick uup at 6:30. Walked into carryout area and order was waiting. We had the bowls of gumbo, the grilled trout and the grilled salmon as well as a large salad. The gumbo was extremely flavorful.

Date of visit: March 2021
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Reviewed January 14, 2021 via mobile

Ate there for the first time. Had the fried chicken with green beans and macncheese, oh my goodness was that good. Wife had the salmon, mashed potatoes and greens; again most excellent. The staff was very attentive to our needs. Manager even swung by as...to introduce himself Free dessert on your birthday Will definitely return. Good job 1885More

Date of visit: January 2021
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Reviewed December 27, 2020 via mobile

Wow! Best meal we have had in a loooong time! We recommend: scallops, hummus, kale salad, shrimp & grits and pork chop!!! So amazing!!

Date of visit: December 2020
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Reviewed December 6, 2020

We were excited to try 1885 Grill. Ordered online because of the pandemic Sunday. At the -End of the order- it stated to wait 30 mins to pick up. When I got there the bags felt really light weight and the food was already cold....I assume they cooked the order right away and it sat 15-20 mins. The texture of the Banana Foster Waffle was off. We wondered if they used yesterdays batter instead of making fresh. The Empanadas had that bad after taste that makes you think the oil was old and needed to be changed. The Chimichurri sauce had so much vinegar in it that's all I could taste. The Country Cuban was so bad. They put butter on the bread.. but didn't toast it long enough so the bread was wet and soggy by the time I got it home. They sliced one piece of ham and one piece of pork VERY thin. Then grilled it until it was charred around the edges and dry as a bone. The Buttered Linguine was dry and needed salt. Very small portions for high prices are OK if the food is good. We didn't even try the Club Sandwich we ordered.More

Date of visit: December 2020
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1885 Grill Ooltewah is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 3.5
  • Service: 3
  • Value: 3