Chattanooga is a popular summer travel destination because of the outdoor activities around the city. Add to that dining, as the Scenic City’s culinary scene includes plenty of restaurants that offer rooftops, decks, and patios to enjoy the fresh air. Chattanooga’s combination of delicious cuisine and inviting outdoor spaces are sure to delight any culinary connoisseur. Here are some of our favorite outdoor dining destinations.
Chattanooga’s only German-American gastropub, Brewhaus pairs classics like schnitzel, egg noodles, and brats with German-inspired beer and wines. Brewhaus is best enjoyed on the covered porch overlooking Coolidge Park or the sunny outdoor patio.
Taco Mamacita is a casual taco fusion joint on the Northshore. Try house-made nachos, enchiladas, or Peruvian chicken. The dishes are made with local ingredients and pair well with a hand-mixed margarita. Enjoy your meal on the low-key patio that always attracts a crowd.
A Chattanooga staple since 1982, the Pickle Barrel is the place to go for burgers, sandwiches, and, of course, enormous fried pickles. The second story patio feels like a tree house in the middle of downtown and is the perfect place to people watch.
Flying Squirrel is an award-winning establishment in the thriving Southside neighborhood. Their house-made, locally sourced dinners and drinks are as well designed as the custom building.
Located inside the Edwin Hotel, Whitebird honors the rich history of Chattanooga. They offer a fresh take on Appalachian cuisine with ingredients sourced straight from the Tennessee River Valley. The best part? You get a front-row view of the Walnut Street Bridge from their swoon-worhty patio.
If you want to sip hand-roasted, seasonal coffee among exposed brick walls, look no further than Mean Mug Coffeehouse on the Southside. Enjoy the eclectic, private courtyard as you drink local Velo Coffee Roasters coffee with artisan pastries. You can also grab breakfast or lunch.
The FEED co. Table and Tavern
Chattanooga’s historic Seed-Feed Supply Co. now houses The Feed Co. Table and Tavern. You’ll find creative, farm-fresh staples like the short rib "pot roast" or the Tremont burger. Grab a seat on the elegant yet rustic deck for a perfect night out in Chattanooga.
In the heart of the Southside, Alleia specializes in creative interpretations of rustic Italian cuisine. Savor hand-made pasta dishes, Neapolitan-style pizza, and antipasta on the serene porch that features climbing Jasmine and views of Lookout Mountain.
Find American-Italian dishes made with carefully sourced, local ingredients at Il Primo in the Riverside neighborhood of north Chattanooga. The shaded, plant-lined patio complements the classic, made from scratch dishes as well as the superb selection of Italian and American wines.
Old Gilman Grill
Located in the heart of Chattanooga's West Village, Old Gilman Grill is serving up American classics with a French twist. Grab a seat on the patio and you'll feel like you've been transported to a Parisian cafe complete with twinkling lights and a glimpse of the (miniature) Eiffel Tower located across the street at The Westin. Enjoy table-side made cocktails, fresh seafood, steaks or even a savory crepe on your next visit.
Public House pairs the best aspects of upscale restaurants—local ingredients, excellent service, and a great wine list—with a low-key atmosphere and reasonable prices. Enjoy high-quality fish and steaks and a rotating selection of seasonal vegetables on the spacious patio in Warehouse Row.
1885 specializes in fresh seafood, quality steaks, and house-made sides with a Puerto Rican twist. Meticulously prepared dishes like NC rainbow trout and shrimp and crawfish étouffée are made from fresh, local ingredients. Enjoy your dining experience on a patio set in the beautifully revitalized St. Elmo neighborhood.
Boathouse Rotisserie & Raw Bar
If you're looking for outdoor dining with views of the river, this is your spot. Boathouse has been a Chattanooga favorite for years and for good reason. Obviously the seafood is great, but their menu items from the grill can hold their own too. The famous Lawton's Margarita is just as good as the views from their covered patio. Boathouse is conveniently located right on the Riverwalk, so you can get your walk or bike on before or after stopping in.
Stir brings a refined focus to Chattanooga’s craft cocktail scene. Enjoy your painstakingly crafted drink with artisanal ice. The restaurant’s modern aesthetic blends well with the historic bones of the iconic terminal station, the Chattanooga Choo Choo. Dinner and drinks are best enjoyed on the spacious patio in the heart of Southside.
Tony's Pasta Shop and Trattoria
A hidden gem in the downtown Bluff View Art District, Tony’s Pasta Shop and Trattoria serves house-made Sicilian dishes in a casual setting. Pair your meal with Italian wine and relax on the patio with a view of the Tennessee River.
State of Confusion
Rooted and revived on Chattanooga's Southside, State of Confusion brings a twist to traditional Peruvian and Argentinian classics like Peruvian paella, chimichurri, and ceviche. Enjoy an ice-cold beer or one of their craft cocktails on the spacious and eclectic patio.
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This is an updated version of a post that appeared previously on our site.