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Bea's Restaurant

4500 Dodds Ave, Chattanooga, TN 37407-3326
+1 423-867-3618
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  • Excellent57%
  • Very good26%
  • Average7%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible4%
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“peach cobbler” (43 reviews)
“potato salad” (39 reviews)
“chow chow” (16 reviews)
American, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
4500 Dodds Ave, Chattanooga, TN 37407-3326
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Had a good friend come to visit today from up north. He wanted to go where there was good southern cooking. He made that easy. I have been eating here for over 50 years and it hasn't changed a bit. Same family still owns it....More

Thank Mike K
Reviewed 2 October 2018

I've been eating here since I was little my parents ate here, this is a family business and family ran. The son's have it now. It has a lazy Susan table you get chicken, barbeque, whole potatoes, the best slaw, beets, chow-chow onions, pinto beans,...More

Thank Adventure636545
Reviewed 18 September 2018

The establishment is old but that adds to the experience. The food was endless on the lazy Susan in the middle of the table. The chicken was the best I’ve ever eaten and the chicken and dumplings were very good as well. The cherry cobbler...More

Thank Janet D
Reviewed 17 September 2018

This is an "event" for Chattanoogans. We always bring visitors here. I grew up in Chattanooga and every time I visit 'back home', I go to Bea's. Tables have a Lazy Susan with different items. Participants at a table all share in the delights that...More

Thank Jon M
Reviewed 13 September 2018 via mobile

We drive an hour just to eat here sometimes. I love the chicken. Love the round lazy susan tables. Service is wonderful!

Thank dasc1971
Reviewed 12 September 2018 via mobile

I understand the history behind this place and I honestly hate to leave a poor review but I just can’t see why people like to eat at this place. The vegetables obviously come from a can. The meat is just ok. The deserts are nothing...More

2  Thank Laura W
Reviewed 10 September 2018

Great tasking southern vegetables, fried chicken, banana pudding! Love the atmosphere and the white uniform for the waitress! ne of a kind. People over 50 will love this place. A step back in time. Will eat here again.

Thank X9949OTsarahm
Reviewed 31 August 2018

A must try in Chattanooga TN. Family owned for years and still going strong. Wonderful service. Excellant food. Served family style on a Lazy Susan built into the table. No menu but there is something for everyone. It even includes dessert. The service was friendly...More

Thank 875patricam
Reviewed 28 August 2018

Vert friendly atmosphere . This is a buffet style meal but, served to you at your table. The chicken was the best I have ever tasted anywhere. All of the food was very ,very good. The staff was quick and friendly.

Thank Renee S
Reviewed 16 August 2018 via mobile

Always a staple when in Chattanooga. Fried chicken & slaw at Bea's. I've been coming here for over 50 years & it has not changed. Family friendly service & great food.

1  Thank Mike K
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Response from jgwisdom | Reviewed this property |
$12.50 plus tax. Frankly my wife and I love this place. It is old, has character, and it a fun place to eat. We love the fried chicken there, to us some of the best anywhere. You get iced tea or coffee with the price... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Buffet
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Groups
Open Hours
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 4500 Dodds Ave, Chattanooga, TN 37407-3326
  • Location: United States  >  Tennessee (TN)  >  Chattanooga
  • Phone Number: +1 423-867-3618
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