Attending an event at the Chattanooga Convention Center and looking for somewhere close enough to grab a quick bite to eat, or an evening drink? Check out the list below for some of our favorite places within walking distance of the Convention Center.

Public House

Public House Chattanooga, located in Warehouse Row, sources local ingredients for heightened, authentic southern fare. The restaurant provides a comfortable and elegantly casual dining room, offering a lovely patio and lounge area, with multiple private dining spaces. Public House is the ideal setting for a gathering of friends, a special family dinner, or a drink and appetizers on the patio.

Forge at The Chattanoogan

Forge at the Chattanoogan crafts southern progressive cuisine that brings folks together for breakfast, brunch, and dinner. The Forge blends the past and present together for an elevated and unforgettable experience. From spicy fried chicken & waffles to bourbon apple glazed pork belly you are going to leave with a full stomach and happy taste buds! Rumor has it they can even make green beans taste phenomenal!

Urban Stack

If you like burgers, you are going to love Urban Stack! Burgers are their specialty here! Urban Stack works with local farmers and vendors to find the absolute best quality of meats and ingredients available. All their meats are either all-natural, organic, grass fed, free-range or from sustainable and humane farms! For all our vegans out there, they even offer beyond meat patties that can be substituted on any specialty burger! 


Fast, casual breakfast and lunch is the motto for Kenny’s Southside Sandwiches. They offer prime indoor and outdoor seating as well as online ordering in the heart of downtown Chattanooga. Kenny’s house made meats and sides bring fresh to a whole new level.

Pickle Barrel

Calling all pickle lovers! Pickle Barrel, one of the oldest restaurants in downtown Chattanooga, found its fame in the circa 1893 park plaza which was constructed for the Southern Railway. After five years the building was converted and opened to visitors as Hotel Plaza. In the early 1930’s this building became home to the Triangle Grill, which closed in 1979 and reopened as the original location of the religious group and restaurant, the Yellow Deli. Their stay was short lived and in 1982, Pickle Barrel took over the building. Pickle Barrel gives local dive bar vibes with a whimsical atmosphere.

As you can tell by the name, Pickle Barrel has many pickle-related items from fried pickle spears, pickle-brined chicken tenders, and even a pickle back cocktail. Do not let their love of pickles fool you, they have one of the best burgers in the downtown area, and some of the most craveable sidewinder fries.

Community Pie

You do not have to fight over pizza styles here! Located in the center of downtown in Miller Plaza, Community Pie is a locally owned and operated full-service restaurant featuring a variety of pizza types to choose from. Guests can choose from their Neapolitan wood-fired pizza, New York, or Detroit style pizza. They even offer a gluten-free crust option! If you are going for lunch, you cannot beat their slice and salad lunch deal!

Taqueria Jalisco

Taqueria Jalisco is a true hidden gem, and is a go-to spot for breakfast or lunch. Visitors can expect some delicately prepared enchiladas, tortas, fajitas, and more. Grab some authentic Mexican Street style tacos and agua fresca to-go and enjoy lunch at one of the shaded tables at Miller Plaza.

Bridgeman's Chophouse

A perfect dinner location, Bridgeman’s Chophouse features USDA prime beef and chops. While Bridgeman’s menu offers an extensive steak selection, the restaurant boasts the freshest seafood in Chattanooga, including a grand seafood tower, raw oysters, and a variety of fresh fish. This upscale chophouse also offers one of the city’s largest and most diverse wine lists.

Old Gilman Grill

Housed in what was a longstanding Chattanooga paint and varnish store, Old Gilman Grill is a great lunch or dinner option. They offer a fresh take on American dining with local flavors inspired by the season, along with classic cocktails prepared table-side. The Old Gilman Grill is in the West Village, one of the most unique places in downtown Chattanooga and offers outdoor seating with beautiful views.

Easy Bistro

For 12 years Easy Bistro has been a downtown staple. Entrees include everything from braised brisket, lamb shank, and yellow edge grouper, as well as the classic steak frites and shrimp & grits. Easy Bistro offers BOGO happy hour specials on oysters, handcrafted drinks, and shareable meals. They even offer a private dining room which is perfect for business and social events alike. 

423 Taco

423 Taco is one of Downtown Chattanooga’s newest Mexican restaurants featuring homemade tacos, sizzling fajitas, dessert chimichangas, and all your other favorite Mexican street foods! 423 Taco uses the freshest ingredients to create made-from-scratch traditional and tex-mex style cuisines. This unique and fun restaurant atmosphere is perfect for all ages, so bring your family and friends to enjoy good food, drinks, and times! 

Paloma Bar de Tapas

This Spanish-inspired tapas house offers a romantic setting, adventurous plates, and daring cocktails. Paloma Bar de Tapas is located on the 10th floor of The Westin Chattanooga. This is a great place to eat if you want to have some awesome views to enjoy with your drinks and tapas. 

Alimentari Cucina e Bar

Alimentari Cucina e Bar is a classic Italian fare to enjoy for lunch or dinner. They have some amazing freshly made salads, sandwiches, and other creative regional favorites along with an extensive wine list and specialty cocktails. Located in West Village, Alimentari has a great patio for dining alfresco.