Traveling with kids isn’t always a culinary treat. There are tons of Chattanooga restaurants that are kid friendly though, and we thought about making that the focus of this post. But then I thought, my kid will eat mac and cheese from a box every day. I need Chattanooga restaurants that will have something for him, but more importantly, something adults want to eat. So, here are 10+ great local Chattanooga restaurants that kids and parents can enjoy.
In addition to being parent and kid friendly, one of the best part about the Chattanooga dining scene is many of the local establishments use locally grown food, so you don’t have to settle for a frozen burger just to keep the kids happy. Our list of favorites is by no means exhaustive, so if you have a favorite restaurants in Chattanooga that parents and kids like, let us know, and we’ll add them to this list.
10+ Awesome Chattanooga Restaurants Kids
If you are looking for the best restaurants in Chattanooga when you have kids in tow, we’ve got you covered. Not only have we visited some of these restaurants, but we also solicited the advice of a few locals to get their picks. We then combined them into this list of best places to eat in Chattanooga with kids.
Public House. If you are craving fine dining, but you still have the kiddos in tow, try the Public House Restaurant. Chef Nathan Lindley spent years in fine dining restaurants. He loved the quality and service (and a good wine list), but didn’t like the stuffy, pricey, reservations required atmosphere. Public House is the best of both worlds, and especially good children get a sweet Chattanooga invention after dinner, the whoppie pie.
Tupelo Honey. I have not had the pleasure of eating at Tupelo Honey in Chattanooga, but I did eat at the original restaurant in Asheville and it was an experience that stayed with me. I can’t tell you what is on the menu, because it changes with the seasons. What I can tell you is it’s made from scratch. Tupelo Honey also has a heralded Sunday brunch. As a bonus, they do craft cocktails too.
Broad Street Grille. During our stay in Chattanooga, we enjoyed the breakfast buffet at the Chattanoogan’s Broad Street Grille each morning. There is a nice variety of items from eggs and bacon to breakfast breads and fruit. It was the fuel we needed to tackle a day walking and exploring Chattanooga.In fact, my teenage son still recalls fondly morning brunch at the Chattanoogan, and the endless mounds of bacon. The restaurant has a presentation kitchen where each night the chef presents a different menu based on what they find at the local farmers market. All over Chattanooga is a push for fresh, locally sourced food.
Lupis Pizza. Whenever we visit a new city, I like to find local establishments instead of the same chains. In Chattanooga there are lots of options. For pizza, Lupi’s is the local favorite, close to Downtown attractions.
The Terminal Brewhouse.This brewhouse is located in a funky triangle shaped historic building and has a rooftop patio offering a great view of the iconic Chattanooga Choo Choo sign. The menu has a lot of variety from pizza to burgers, and their home brew is quite tasty.
The Ice Cream Show. The locally owned Ice Cream Show is on the Downtown side of Walnut Street Bridge. This is a must stop for a tasty ice cream with mixed in treats.
Big River Grille. If you want one of the best places to eat in Chattanooga on a pretty day, plan to sit outside at the Big River Grille.
The Blue Plate. The Blue Plate is a fun choice for families, and especially convenient if you are visiting the Tennessee Aquarium. The Blue Pate is located at the corner between the aquarium and the IMAX theater.
Champy’s Famous Fried Chicken. Champy’s is another perfect choice for families – covered patio (inside seating also available); paper plates; simple but tasty menu; license plate clad walls; whimsical folk-art inspired murals; and an environment welcoming everyone from families, to bikers, to businessmen. Their family meal options provide a substantial, yet economical restaurant experience.
Chattanooga Coffee Company. Perfect for a light bite and some java. Don’t worry, there are kid-friendly breakfast options- yogurt, fruit, bagel, cinnamon bun, etc. The roasting studio, located off of Broad Street, provides breakfast entertainment as you watch them roasting the coffee on premises.
Date Night Restaurants in Chattanooga TN
If you do want to leave the kids at home and head out on a date night, here are some suggestions.
St. John’s Restaurant. Located in a cool flatiron building that was once a brothel, St. John’s Restaurant is one of the best fine-dining restaurants in Chattanooga. Voted the best food in Chattanooga on TripAdvisor, St. John is the number one restaurant in Chattanooga out of more than 650 restaurants reviewed on the site. And that’s with almost 600 reviews of the restaurant itself.