Spring is in the air here in Chattanooga! As the weather grows warmer, we know everyone is looking for ways to get outside and enjoy it. That’s why we’ve compiled this list of fabulous local restaurants that offer tasty food and drinks as well as open-air dining experiences, from rooftop bars to covered patios. Regardless of what you’re in the mood for, you’re sure to find somewhere to savor the good weather with even better food.
A Guide to Outdoor Dining in Chattanooga
- For modern Italian cuisine in an upscale, artistic environment, book a table at alleia. Located on East Main Street, this trendy restaurant offers a curated seasonal menu and a roomy covered patio.
- Boathouse Rotisserie & Raw Bar, just off the Riverwalk, boasts an eclectic menu with both traditional and innovative dishes, as well as an oyster bar and drinks. The outdoor covered patio showcases a gorgeous view of downtown and the Tennessee River.
- If you find yourself drawn to places with a warm, welcoming atmosphere, look no further than FEED Co. Table & Tavern. It specializes in farm-to-table cuisine with a twist. In addition to the heated, covered patio, FEED also hosts a variety of live events.
- True to its unique name, Flying Squirrel dishes out creative, seasonal fare in a laid-back but stunning setting on Chattanooga’s Southside. Its pet-friendly patio is a great destination for dinner and drinks.
- Looking for something to perk you up? Start your day at Mean Mug Coffeehouse, which offers a range of artisan coffee and beverages, breakfast, lunch, and pastries, and limited outdoor dining.
- Old Gilman Grill is a great spot to get tasty upscale American dining with a twist – think filet mignon, pappardelle pasta, and trout almondine. With delicious drinks and oozing with classic charm, this West Village restaurant has a lovely ground floor patio.
- Located on the tenth floor of The Westin Chattanooga, Paloma Bar de Tapas serves up authentic Spanish cuisine, charcuterie, tapas, and bespoke drinks. Its covered, enclosed patio wows with a breathtaking view of the city from ten stories up.
- One of the more interesting eateries in downtown Chattanooga is Pickle Barrel. Featuring a combination of brick, stone, barn board, and stained glass, the ambiance – not to mention its location – hints at a unique history you’ll want to learn more about. It offers classic American pub fare, drinks, and covered rooftop dining.
- Public House Chattanooga expertly pairs home-cooked comfort with top-shelf refinement. Located downtown inside Warehouse Row, here you’ll find a buzzing outdoor patio as well as quality food and drinks that keep patrons coming back for more.
- Despite what the name may suggest, State of Confusion is a restaurant with a very clear direction. The food is inspired by the authentic cuisine of remote South American regions from Peru to Argentina, and the unique covered patio is brimming with character and local art.
- For a restaurant with a location as impressive as the food, we recommend STIR Chattanooga. It offers artisanal food, an oyster bar, and craft cocktails in the historic Chattanooga Choo Choo Complex, with outdoor seating available.
- If you’re in the mood for some delicious Mexican cuisine – including creative tacos like the General Homeboy, Oy Vey, and Korean BBQ – Taco Mamacita has what you’re looking for. It has a fun, lively atmosphere, as well as classic drinks and a covered patio.
- Pull up to The Daily Ration, located in the Riverview neighborhood, and you’re immediately met with a spacious outdoor patio that beckons on warm spring days. Whether you dine in for breakfast, brunch, or lunch, you’re sure to find a bowl, burrito, or biscuit with your name on it.
- Tony’s Pasta Shop & Trattoria is classic Italian dining located in the Bluff View Art District, and both outdoor and upstairs patio seating are available. Here, you can pass around the complimentary garlic bread while soaking in the beautiful atmosphere.
- For extensive bar options and outdoor seating overlooking the Tennessee River, Whiskey Thief is a great choice. Located on the fifth floor of The Edwin Hotel, this place has a top-notch ambiance, a wide variety of cocktails, and a select seasonal small plate menu.
- Though there are many excellent brunch spots in Chattanooga, Whitebird is certainly a local favorite. Located at the base of The Edwin Hotel, Whitebird offers drinks and Appalachian cuisine made with the freshest ingredients, and its outdoor patio has a gorgeous view of Chattanooga’s bridges and the Tennessee River.