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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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Decatur, Georgia
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17 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 February 2017

Dined Friday evening to celebrate Valentine's Day. We sat upstairs in a windowed room with great views. The entire restaurant is lovely, cozy. Wait staff was great. Our waiter, Zach was the best. Now the food....absolutely delicious. We both choose a steak meal. Everything was perfectly cooked. Thank you to Zach and all those behind the scenes.

1 Thank mekd2015
Sweetwater, Tennessee
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 January 2017

My girlfriend surprised me with a birthday dinner at Back Inn Cafe. She called ahead and made reservations with a special note to be seated in front of the fireplace. Highly recommended. Visit was during a weekday and was seated r We were warmly greeted, never rushed and was a very pleasant dining experience.

Thank ScottAzbell
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10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 January 2017 via mobile

Another surprise for us. We usually dine downtown; this was a treat. Good service. Water view. Solid meals but we'd like a bit more selection and a bit more food (four scallops were good but five would have been perfect). Incredible bread. Great for couples or big family gatherings.

Thank John D
Rossville, Georgia
1 review
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 January 2017

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
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2017

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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43 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2016

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 25 December 2016

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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83 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 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 

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Tallahassee, Fl
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181 reviews
134 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 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
11 restaurant reviews
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

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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
US$13 - US$13
American, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Private Dining, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, 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?