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Back Inn Cafe

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412 E 2nd St, Chattanooga, TN 37403-1133
+1 423-265-5033
05:00 - 21:00
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Tue - Thu 05:00 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 05:00 - 22:00
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Rossville, Georgia
1 review
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Food was ok. We ordered steaks. Both steaks were tuff they were cooked medium rare the way we had ordered them they should not have been tuff especially for the cost. I ordered mashed sweet potatoes with mine (had no taste at all). Also ordered brussel sprouts they were hard. Overall experience bad. I will not go back. The service... More 

Thank cooleyd1956
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3 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We came back to the Back Inn Cafe after a day out in the city. We were staying at the Bluff View Inn and this Inn is on the property. We walked by Tony's which was hopping to arrive here and it was quiet. The staff continued the theme of being very attentive. There was a nice room with a... More 

Thank Billie G
Newnan, Georgia
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42 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Be sure to make your reservations at this wonderful restaurant! The menu is varied with dishes like duck, chicken, beef, etc. The salads are out of this world! The service was the most gracious ever!

Thank NadyLady
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My wife called 1st of December to reserve a table for Christmas 2016. The lady that reserve the table for Christmas day told us if we could wait until 2:30 pm we could have a table over looking the River. We arrived on time Christmas day and when they seated us at a table with no view we could only... More 

1 Thank Bob T
Dallas, Texas
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80 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016

We have lived in the Chattanooga area now for just about 18 months and have visited quite a few local restaurants - with some great joy and some disappointments. Unlike other cities we lived in Chicago, NY, Dallas this town does not have the variety. Therefore a couple weeks ago looking for the right place for my wife and I... More 

2 Thank SReiter45
Tallahassee, Fl
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175 reviews
131 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2016

On Black Friday, this bluff area over the city invited the public to free tours of Houston House, tastings at the bakery, holiday music. All very nice. Near lunch time we wandered into the lovely Black Inn Cafe expecting to have a leisurely lunch with, perhaps, a glass of wine. Because of the festivities, I gather, no lunch was being... More 

Thank foodieintally
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25 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2016

I attended a wine pairing dinner. The presentation was wonderful, interesting and introduced me to new wines. I had a three course dinner, all courses had a beautiful presentation and delicious.I will definitely return for dinner. I highly recommend for a romantic evening, dinner with friends and family.

Thank nycogirl
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

A failure from start to finish. Our selected wine turned out (eventually) to not be available. OK, in a small restaurant that can happen, but worse was yet to come. Tried to order duck breast (one of my favorite meats that I've eaten on five continents) cooked medium rare, but was told "the chef will only cook it to medium... More 

Thank Richard H
Cartersville, Georgia
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23 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2016 via mobile

This is an amazing hidden gem overlooking the Tennessee River, the ambiance is great and the wine selection is superb. The food selection is limited but what we had was delicious and prepared to perfection. I had the Roasted Duck on a bed of Sweet Potatoes which was tender and very good. Don't go with a large appetite because the... More 

1 Thank gatewood2002
Afton, Tennessee
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016

Reserved an outside table with a view of the river and waited for my guests who were driving up from Georgia to arrive. Enjoyed a great glass of Moscato (St. Supéry, California) and had some bread with a white bean deep that was out of this world. My guests finally arrived and we ordered some small plates of lump crab... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 13 - USD 13
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Private Dining, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Business meetings, View, Romantic
Open Hours
05:00 - 21:00
05:00 - 21:00
05:00 - 21:00
05:00 - 22:00
05:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 412 E 2nd St, Chattanooga, TN 37403-1133
  • Location: United States  >  Tennessee (TN)  >  Chattanooga
  • Phone Number: +1 423-265-5033
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?