Food Works
Food Works

Food Works

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.foodworksrestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 4237527487
  • Hours of Operation:
    Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 11:00am - 3:00pm

    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 4:00pm

    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm

    Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm

    Sunday: 3:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Contemporary Southern, Global, International
  • Executive Chef: Jeremy Allin
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Food Works Catering creates flawless events that can accommodate your specific needs, tastes and budget like no other. We offer everything from carry-out service to complete full-service catering, which entails everything from the planning, staffing and item rentals to the set-up & execution of your event. We approach every event, big or small, with enthusiasm and precision, whether you’re planning a casual theme party or a sophisticated black tie dinner, from the trendy to the traditional.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Cherokee Blvd
  • Public Transit: A free electric shuttle bus stop is roughly 2 blocks away.
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Parking is available in our lot along with a large public lot across the street.
A word from Food Works
Voted one of Chattanooga’s Best Restaurants, Food Works strives to provide its guests with a quality experience in a refined, yet relaxed atmosphere. Located on Chattanooga’s North Shore, we are situated in the beautifully renovated and historic Signal Knitting Mill.

With a variety of items to choose from, our menu focuses on “progressive southern” cuisine with global influences showcasing our culinary team’s ability to put new spins on old classics. The spacious bar features an array of imported, domestic and craft beers along with an extensive wine list as well as specialty martinis. Enjoy a cocktail inside or on our patio with family and friends before indulging in a delicious meal.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Food Works reviews from OpenTable diners
30 reviews since May 26, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food3.8
    Service4
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (14)great for brunch (13)neighborhood gem (11)special occasion (9)good for groups (8)hot spot (6)great for lunch (6)kid-friendly (4)vibrant bar scene (3)romantic (3)great for outdoor dining (2)scenic view (2)notable wine list (1)Show More
  • Great food and service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    We made a reservation on Open Table but ended up running late. Despite a long wait at the restaurant, they held the table for us! I'd highly recommend the Darling Donut sandwich - a glazed doughnut with bacon, egg and cheese. And the mimosas are only $1 with a meal - awesome! Will definitely come back for brunch.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Maybe a 2nd chance is in order.
    Traveler
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    I was traveling and stayed a couple of days in Chattanooga and was looking for a place other than downtown. Read the reviews and it looked good. My dish, though not bad, was not quiet what I expected. I had the flouder filets stuffed with lump crab. The crab was spicier than I would have liked. I would have prefered less seasoning than it contained. It was okay. Might be worth a second try if I am ever in town again. No issues with the service. Was later on a Sunday evening, so relatively quiet.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another fun brunch!
    fanofbrunch
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    We come here regularly for brunch, and enjoy it very much. The breakfast burrito was better than usual this week--very spicy and yummy--and the french toast was quite tasty too. We like to sit in the bar where the service is quite brisk, but we rarely have problems with any of the servers--they're all attentive and helpful. The dollar mimosas always make up for any problems. We would love for the country benedict to reappear on the menu, as well as the huevos rancheros.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place for a group!
    Quiltingfriends
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    We all loved the food. There were 24 of us and our waitress got everything just right!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Average
    Minnie
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Had an entree sized house salad with chicken added. Portion size generous, but wasn't impressed with the quality of the greens. Specifically too many stems. Chicken moist but salty. We also tried a filet...was ok for the price. Tasty but not too juicy or tender. Sides were good. Prices very reasonable; couldn't complain.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • mightymouse
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Food Works was a great find on Idine/Open table. Food Works food and wine were outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very good brunch
    ColumbusDiner
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Good food and good service. Moderately priced for a tasty treat. Would recommend going without kids.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • just ok
    Mightbeback
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Only complaint is. It was VERY WARM in there. According to different servers is its been not working properly for quite sometime. Food was good. Nothing to write home about.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • mediocre experience
    nicolatta
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    We ate here 2 years ago and the food was absolutely phenomenal! I had scallops and my husband had a steak! Went back this time and had the scallops again, but they were prepared differently (on top of an okra n ham risotto). The scallops were delicious, cooked perfect, but the risotto was not appetizing to say the least. My husband got shrimp n grits which was more like a shrimp gumbo I guess u could say as the shrimp were swimming in liquid. Not very tasty. My Father had the pork which was served raw and had to be sent back to the kitchen. It was perfect onced re-fired. Due to this visit we would not go back again nor recommend this restaurant anymore. Very disappointing :(
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  • Go check out foodworks now!
    goodeats
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    The restaurant was great! The food was incredible and very reasonably priced. Service was adequate. It was a very charming place and I will definitely be returning!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • So Chattanooganish
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Food works is one of my favorite places to eat in Chattanooga. Them menu and food is tremendous. It is just like the city, trendy , cool but elegant and classy.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food at good prices
    Redeemed1981
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    I was here Friday during early bird seating with six other ladies. We meet monthly as a book club and loved this place! We were not aware of the early bird menu when we reserved our table... a wonderful surprise:)! We had a 3-course meal that fit within our budgets. The choices were many (allowing us to taste from one another's plates... yummy:))! We typically try to pick a different place each month, but agreed that we'd be back here again... soon! Then my husband and I were back here on Sunday during brunch to celebrate my birthday... again yummy food! The service wasn't the best but I was just excited for the opportunity to enjoy great food with my honey:)!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Randy
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    They had a fire the night before and were closed for cleanup. They called and let us know they were closed The rating is from a previous visit. It was brunch and we really enjoyed it
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience
    JandJ27
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    We made a reservation, and were seated right away. The service was kind of slow (we ordered as soon as we could, ate, paid, and left, and were there for about an hour and a half), but they were very busy, so it was understandable, and our server was pleasant and knowledgeable. The brunch food was incredible, and the dollar mimosas were wonderful!! We will definitely return again.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our Poor Choice
    SuzsOp
    Dined on 6/16/2014
    This was an anniversary outing for us and the first time at Food Works. The hostess sat us and asked if the location was "OK". Not knowing any differently, we accepted her choice. I felt like we were dining in the foyer with people coming and going constantly. Before the evening was over, a family with one young child and another in a highchair sat at the adjacent table. We had a really good appetizer but the main course was mediocre. The only redeeming factor of the evening was that we happened to be there on half-price wine night! I would go back, but not for any special occasion.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • great brunch!
    candiceS
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    Great brunch spot. Fantastic mimosa special! Be sure to get there early or plan to wait as there is a line out 30 mins before they open on the weekends!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fantastic Find
    skianddine
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    If you are in Chattanooga, hop over the river to this fantastic find. The ambience is upscale casual and the food choices were broad. We had our two kids and they had plenty to choose from just as we did. Everything was very good finished off with their skillet brownie and ice cream. A great meal in Chattanooga
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place!
    Baker80
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    Foodworks is one of our "go to" spots for brunch. We always take out of town guests here, and the sweet potato chips and dip are a must have!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Robotic
    Robotic
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    The server was very friendly and accomodating. However, I asked her to warn me if I was ordering anything spicy. I particularly asked about the batter on the Calamari and was assured that it was not spicy and that my flounder entre would not be spicy either. Both were covered in Black Pepper. I believe that too many chefs and waiters mindlessly go about their tasks. They are difficult jobs made easier by tuning out the needs of the customers. I will try to be more careful in the future.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 11 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 26, 2014
    • Overall Rating4
    • Food3.9
    • Ambiance3.9
    • Service4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 24 reviews are from the Food Works reviews archive.
  • OK, but not exceptional
    CT14
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    Food was OK, delivery was slow and that was before a group of 40 ordered. No issues with the server, she was excellent.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • great experience
    wisetravelers4
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    a friend suggested Food Works when she found out we were going to be in the Chattanooga area. My husband, 18 year old son and I went on a Saturday night. All three of us tried different entrees-braised beef short ribs, blackberry chicken and lasagna. All were excellent as was the chocolate mousse cake. Service was excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great restaurant
    Steve
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    I love going to food works. Always vibrant. My old fashioned wasn't very good but that is common. The food is filling and fun. We go all the time
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • visit chattanooga
    JOHN
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    we were visiting chattanooga for the day, and the best way to find a good restaurant in a city you are visiting is use open table. the food was good, and the place was in unique part of town. the service was excellent. i am sure this is a local go to place.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nice Birthday Dinner!
    Ronnie2Buckets
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Food and service were very good. Just be prepared that the restaurant is a little noisy. Reservations recommended.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Very Pleasant Evening
    BurbDiner
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    My husband and I were entertaining guests from out of town. FoodWorks made a very favorable impression on them. We had a server we have had many times before and have always found him to be excellent. The food was excellent, also as before. We thoroughly enjoyed the experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a good brunch spot!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Foodworks is always a great brunch option, but make sure you call ahead and make a reservation 24 hours in advance,
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Mommies Day Out
    JenniferDee
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Food Works exceeded our expectations. The food was delicious, service was great, and the $1 mimosas were very perfect! This was the perfect way to begin mommies day out. Look forward to visiting again real soon.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food in the city
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    We had out of town guests and they requested we eat here after we had taken them here on a previous visit. We had a great time walking around the river and visiting the aquarium then walked over to Food Works for a great dinner. We have never had a bad experience here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, good service
    LoCord123
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    We came at a busy time but the staff worked hard and we had a great experience. The food is always good. Best brunch in town.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Graduation disaster
    Gaddad
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    After my husbands graduation from college I made reservations to FoodWorks. We were there around 1:15pm. First of all I had no idea that they would only be serving brunch until 3pm. Therefore full menu was still not available. The restaurant is very nicely decorated and te ambiance is great! Our waitress was nice but could not keep our glasses full, actually one member of my party had to drink someone else's in out parties water because they were so thirsty. The food.....our steaks where huge, but full of gristle and not cooked to our taste. Medium well was bloody. Out of 10 people in my group, 3 finished their meal and was satisfied. There was so much blue cheese on almost every meal. Our time there was about 3.5 hours over all....
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  • Good food, wonderful service
    AtomicNana
    Dined on 5/6/2014
    Our waiter was Madison. He was a great guy. Took very good care of us. We ordered early bird specials. Had way more food than we could eat. The shrimp appetizer was really good, if salty. The salmon with horseradish and bread crumbs was wonderful. Two friends ordered the chopped tenderloin steak and it was marvelous. The chicken piccata was our least favorite, but it was still ok. Just heavily breaded for piccata and not as tender as chicken piccata should be. Do not miss the Chocolate Mousse cake! The bread pudding was dry and had none of the heath bar taste that we were hoping for...but that mousse cake takes the cake! We will be back!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disorganized Seating
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    Trying to get in the building for brunch was a nightmare. There were at least 50 people lined up before the restaurant opened. Most of them did not have reservations. It took 15 minutes to even get through the large crowd to tell the hostess that we had a reservation.They really need to sort through walk-ups and those who have planned ahead.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    I was very specific in the reservation asking for a quiet corner table for a romantic setting. I did not get this. In fact, we were set in the very center of the room! Such a small request. Very disappointed that you didn't bother. The restaurant was not crowded and the request could have easily been accommodated.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome lunch!
    ChawareagleVIP
    Dined on 4/21/2014
    Great food, great service, and lots of sunshine! Looking forward to our next visit!
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Large portions!!! Friendly Manager!
    Mintech
    Dined on 4/17/2014
    We had our wedding anniversary dinner there and it was an exceptional, off the beaten path location. We could not believe that such a nice place had such good food at very nice prices! We will certainly be back! We want to try out the brunch next. We traveled from out of town and found it on Open Table. We were able to update our booking time while sight seeing, walk right in and place our order. We were only able to order one entree because the appetizers were so filling, so we shared. It was truly a special night.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We met for a girls brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 4/13/2014
    We met for a girls brunch to celebrate two birthdays. Enjoyed specials on Mimosa's and food was awesome. Service was excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Foodworks Brunch
    Kelpmill
    Dined on 4/13/2014
    My bf recently moved to Chattanooga, and we visited Foodworks on the recommendation from some of his coworkers. We are now completely obsessed with their brunch. The food is amazing and something you can't get anywhere else.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Moderate
    KHouse
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    After reading previous reviews, we were excited to try this restaurant. However, we found the food rather bland. Those in our party who had steak were impressed but we found both pasta and chicken mediocre.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Birthday with My Girl
    Wade
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    Just started see this young lady and in our convo's she told me she had never been to FOOD WORKS!! I had to CHANGE that!!! Had the pleasure of dinning there several times in the past!! She is a little bit of a FOODIE but she never eats much!! Probably why she is so Hot!!! Food was Great!! Service was Excellent!!...and the atmosphere is always SUPER!!! Next time I want to dine upstairs as it is more private and a GREAT TIME can be HAD!! Have never had a BAD time at Food Works!! Thanks for helping make a memory!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Huge portions & good food
    Matt
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    We ordered an appetizer and was full after that, but we powered through. All the adult plates looked and tasted even better. I don't recommend the child plates though. The kids barely ate, but that is the norm for them. Definitely a place to go for the older crowd
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.