Up and Coming Restaurants in Chattanooga

The Chattanooga area is continuously growing and boasts many new experiences and places to stay, eat, drink, and explore. There’s never been a better time to visit the city New York Times named one of the “52 Places to Visit in the World."

Check out the Newest Restaurants, Bars, Breweries, and Coffee Shops to hit the Chattanooga Food Scene


  • Kai Bistro | Southside – A new approach to Asian foods, fusing together cooking techniques that combine traditional flavors with more contemporary ingredients.

  • Sabor Modern Latino & Sushi | Red Bank – A flavorful selection of Costa Rican and other Latin American inspired food.

  • Civil Provisions and Bar | Signal Mountain - A seasonally informed and chef-driven community restaurant and cocktail bar.

  • I Heart Mac and Cheese | Hixson – A casual concept specializing in customizable, made-to-order macaroni and cheese bowls.

  • Big Bad Breakfast | Northshore – A New Orleans style breakfast and lunch spot with a menu with a few surprises and food full of inspiration and energy.

  • Community Pie | Hamilton Place – A gathering place for all, serving up Detroit and New York-style pizzas, ice cream, craft beers, and more.

  • Old Man Rivers Table & Tavern | Red Bank – Focused on people, Chattanooga’s newest eco-conscious neighborhood tavern is serving elevated, local Southern cuisine with a full-service bar in a small family atmosphere.

  • Massey’s Kitchen | Lookout Mountain – The ultimate gathering spot for friends and family, offers an elevated dining experience, serving dishes made from scratch and bringing Mediterranean flavors to our community.

  • Mac’s Kitchen & Bar at Flora De Mel | Rossville, GA – A restaurant project in residence at Flora de Mel focused on sustainability, quality farm-to-table cuisine, and personable connections.

  • Fonda San Jose Mexican Restaurant | Riverfront District – An authentic Mexican family-run business that honors Latino heritage through the art of cooking and creates from the best quality Mexican cuisine using all-natural ingredients.

  • Apna Kitchen | East Ridge – Aiming to bring the taste of India to our community, this authentic Indian restaurant offers uniquely blended flavors from time creating a culinary adventure you won’t find anywhere else.

  • Irie Jamaican Cuisine | Red Bank – An authentic Jamaican dining experience where the menu is filled with traditional Jamaican cuisine that will transport you to the sunny shores of the Caribbean.

  • Osaka Sushi and Steakhouse | Red Bank – A Japanese cuisine restaurant offering a variety of traditional sushi and hibachi dishes.

  • Pizza Bros | East Ridge – The newest location of Chattanooga’s local New York style Pizzeria and bar.

  • Santi’s Mexican Grill and Sports Bar | Hamilton Place – A new bar experience with authentic Mexican cuisine, karaoke nights, trivia, game watch parties, and more

Breweries Bars, and Distilleries

  • Shady’s Corner | Southside – With an all-day deli and all-day bar, your everyday hangout spot features signature sandwiches, a full-service bar, a Barcade, and more.

  • The Greenhouse Barrel + Taproom | MLK/UTC – A gathering place where history is alive, and the boundaries of brewing are pushed to provide cold pints of locally brewed beer.

Coffee Shops, Lounges, and Sweets

  • Smelly Cat Lounge & Rescue | Northshore – The perfect place to unwind and spend time with adorable cats and kittens, who are all up for adoption.

  • Squirrel Rabbit Coffee Bar & Creamery | Northshore – Created with a passion for community and all natural local products, this unique coffee shop specializes in locally brewed coffee and authentic gelato.

  • Tinker’s Soft Serve | West Village – A place of happiness serving up snow cones, dole whip, Coke floats, and more to always make sure you have a treat in your hand.

  • Oscar’s Frozen Bananas Food Cart – A Chattanooga food cart popping up around town to serve chocolate dipped frozen bananas, cheesecake, and more.

  • 7 Brew | Hixson – A mind-blowing drive through experience serving up custom-hand crafted coffee, teas, shakes, and more.

  • The Livingstone Café | MLK/UTC – A charming café offering delicious handmade coffees, teas, and more fair-trade products made in Kenya and Uganda.

Coming Soon

  • Attack of the Tatsu | City Center 

  • Blaze Pizza | TBD 

  • Broad’s Lounge Bar | City Center 

  • BUNZ Chattanooga Food Truck 

  • The Downtowner Bistro Breakfast & Bar | West Village 

  • Little Coyote | St. Elmo 

  • Longhorn Steakhouse | Hamilton Place 

  • Parlor Doughnuts | TBD 

  • The Reading Room | TBD 

  • Taco Mamacita | Hamilton Place 

  • Ernest Chinese | Southside 

  • Outpost Bar & Restaurant | Southside