I adore summer, but fall is my favorite time of the year especially in Chattanooga when the leaves change to beautiful reds and orange, and the temperature cools down. It’s the best time to enjoy the outdoors.
Here are some great restaurants with beautiful outdoors spaces, listed by Chattanooga areas:
- Terminal: has a great upstairs patio where you can people watch on Station Street. They also have a plethora of great beers.
- Mojo Burrito: a more casual spot in the heart of St. Elmo, with a large deck. Offers a gorgeous view of Lookout Mountain. You can bring your furry friend and they have a table for munchkins and crayons to keep them busy.
- 1885 Grill: in the heart of St. Elmo, they have live music several nights a week. They have buckets of chalk for the kiddos to draw, and the food and drinks are excellent.
- Feed: in a very urban setting on Main Street, they have live music and trivia weekly.
- Flying Squirrel: the building is an architectural beauty with built-in outdoor space.
- State of Confusion: a brand new addition to Main Street, their outdoor dining is actually larger than the indoor space. I look forward to spending many evenings here this fall.
- Stir: I am a regular at this spot. Their delicious food and large ice shapes made to entertain adults and children alike keep us going back. Their bar serves indoor and outdoor seating. The patio overlooks Station Street and Market Street for lots of people watching.
- Urban Stack: a great little burger joint with a cute little patio.
- Southside Social: a large outdoor space with ping pong, corn hole and lots of TVs. Fire pits come in handy on cool fall nights. This is a beautiful spot for the family or for date night.
- Blue Water: a classy spot very close to the Riverfront. The seafood is excellent.
- Public House: on the side of Warehouse Row, this is a great place to stop in for brunch or dinner.
- Champy’s: serves delicious fried chicken and fixins. You can even get a 40 to drink ’round here.
- Rembrandt’s: my favorite spot downtown, I feel like I am sitting in a European villa with the ivy-covered walls and the incredible pastries. If you haven’t been here, go now!
- Blue Plate: facing the gorgeous Tennessee River, I love this outdoor space. There is a large open grassy area for kids to get their energy out while grown ups enjoy some adult conversation.
- Tony’s Pasta: beautiful flowers, bread and pasta always sell me on this establishment in the Art District.
- Dorato Bar: located in the Westin Hotel, their large comfy patio makes you feel like you are on vacation. It overlooks the new West Village. They have live music on the weekends and on Saturday evenings the bubbles, food trucks and laser show make for a great spot for people watching.
- Alchemy: this rooftop bar is at the top floor of the Westin Hotel. It has a great view of Chattanooga. Live music and tasty drinks makes this a fun spot.
- Parkway Pourhouse: a brand new restaurant on Riverside Drive with big screens and Cajun food.
- Scottie’s On the River: you can park your boat in front of this restaurant and enjoy the views of the Tennessee River.
- Solarium Café: a hidden gem at the Dwell Hotel. It’s small, cozy and gorgeous.
- Universal Joint: a converted gas station with corn hole, the majority of the restaurant is outdoors.
- Boat House: the food is incredible as is the view; it’s right off the Riverwalk on Amnicola Hwy.
- Daily Ration: my daughter’s favorite breakfast place. It has a huge fenced-in patio for kids to play. Offers a variety of foods, including my personal favorite: the huevos rancheros.
- Taco Mamacita: offers many different taco choices.
- Opa: a hidden spot right next to Coolidge Park, this restaurant will make you think you are in Greece.
- Beast and Barrel: the back patio overlooks Coolidge Park.
- Aretha Frankenstein’s: the inside is tiny, so outside is a better option for this breakfast place. There is usually a wait, but it is worth it. The breakfast burrito and potatoes are on point.
- Edley’s Bar-B-Que: a casual BBQ spot with a little playhouse to keep the kids busy.
- Brewhaus: if you’re feeling like eating German food, this is the place to be. Their patio overlooks Coolidge Park.