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Food Works, Chattanooga, TN

Food Works

4.4
4.4
1356 Reviews
$30 and under
American
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 classic cocktails and specialty martinis. Enjoy a cocktail inside or on our patio with family and friends before indulging in a delicious meal.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 3 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    American, Global, International, Contemporary Southern
  • Hours of operation
    Brunch Sat 11:00 am–4:00 pm Sun 10:00 am–5:00 pm Lunch Tue–Fri 11:00 am–4:00 pm Dinner Tue–Sat 4:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (423) 752-7487
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive chef
    Troy Sutton
  • 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.
  • Private party facilities
    Food Works has a variety of options to host your private event. From small groups of 15 to larger groups of 100+, cocktail parties, rehearsal dinners, receptions, showers, business functions, etc., Food Works is the perfect spot to host your event.
  • Private party contact
    Megan McCandress: (423) 752-7487
  • Neighborhood
    Chattanooga
  • Cross street
    Cherokee Blvd
  • Parking details
    Parking is available in our lot along with a large public lot across the street.
  • Public transit
    A free electric shuttle bus stop is roughly 2 blocks away.
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 1,356 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.2Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • East Tennessee

    Great for brunch

  • East Tennessee

    Good for groups

  • Chattanooga / Cleveland

    Great for brunch

  • Chattanooga / Cleveland

    Innovative

  • Chattanooga / Cleveland

    Good for groups

  • Chattanooga / Cleveland

    Hot spot

  • Chattanooga / Cleveland

    Neighborhood gem

  • Chattanooga / Cleveland

    Great for outdoor dining

  • Chattanooga / Cleveland

    Most Booked

1,356 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    E. Tennessee

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Unfortunately, it was our first time there and it was fantastic only to find out that they’re closing in today. May 26 is their last day in business. The food was fantastic, the atmosphere was terrific, and our waitress (Sutton) was outstanding. I’m just sorry that Chattanooga is losing what we’ve discovered to be such an excellent restaurant Jamie. 

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  2. BeverlyS

    E. Tennessee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I loved Foodworks and have been there many times over the last 15+years. I’m so sad to see them close their doors due to landlords building apartments in the venue. Chattanooga and the surrounding area is soon going to be a place with many housing units and nowhere to go nearby for food or entertainment. I’ll miss foodworks!

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    E. Tennessee

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    I hope you can find a new place. We enjoy your dining experience, especially at Thanksgiving

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta Metro

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 19, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Good was really good. Service not so great. Seated at dirty table & just left there. Mimosa was not cold. We were never asked if we wanted water or if I we wanted another drink.

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  5. NikkiM

    Dallas

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 17, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    I had the braised ribs. Very tender and well seasoned. Alot of fat tho....no sides came with it. Brussel sprouts were delicious.

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  6. K2Dine

    Richmond

    12 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on May 16, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    Poor service and food wasn’t great……you can tell that they are going out of business.

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    E. Tennessee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    They did a really good job on a busy holiday.

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    E. Tennessee

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    Presentation is everything. The lighting was in adequate on salad and hot food line. The desserts that were placed were really under par. Nothing more than frozen item that were thawed out. Second floor buffet was entirely too tight to adequately have time to go through the line without being pushed by the people behind you. We understood that that the set was buffet style. But again, the presentation was not the Mother's Day experience my wife and I were looking for. Lance Dorsey 1pm reservation

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  9. Chrish

    New York City

    13 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Service great but ran out of entree selected Very kind and service crew was a real team

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    E. Tennessee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The shrimp and grits, and the grouper were both amazing! It was an incredible value for the food we had. We will definitely be returning customers

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    E. Tennessee

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 4, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    I booked a reservation with Food Works for a night out with my mother and mother in law. Our service was terrible. She would fill our drinks and then walk off immediately before we could order or ask for a side of ranch. Once we got our food after waiting for 47 minutes, the pasta was cold and then chicken and pork chops were burnt. We went to complain and were immediately declined. I was hungry and pregnant so for me to not like the food is very unlikely. We will not be coming back

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  12. DonAndRenee

    Nashville

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 27, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Waitress had too many tables to provide good service to her tables

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    Alabama

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Group of friends and I were in town for a show and we decided to book here based on a recommendation from a friend that lives in Chattanooga. We were seated right away and the staff was so friendly. We ordered the nachos as an app for the table and they were DELICIOUS!! Our entrees were just as tasty. Would definitely come back here if we’re in town again.

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  14. Skcthom

    E. Tennessee

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 21, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    I'm not sure why no one can serve warm waffles. My biscuit and sausage gravy was good and warm. My husband's omelet was delicious and hot. My daughter's chicken and waffles was stone cold. But, brunch was nice, otherwise.

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  15. Trev

    Greater Boston

    34 reviews

    3.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on April 20, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was flat, not a lot of flavor. My partner and I both ordered the salmon burger, and there was far too much breading in the burger, not really much salmon at all. Won't return. Sorry.

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  16. Dallasfriend

    Dallas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a good experience here. Good food and good drinks.

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  17. clp00

    E. Tennessee

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 20, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    We love coming for brunch! We sat in the bar area and enjoyed the $2 mimosas. I recommend the breakfast nachos and churro French toast.

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  18. ElleA

    E. Tennessee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Our server, Paris, was amazing. She was friendly, helpful, and professional. The food was amazing!

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We dined at Food Works for our wedding anniversary. We hadn’t been there in at least 10 years. It was so delicious! We felt it was a great value overall. We had the spinach dip appetizer, salmon and chicken fried chicken entrees, and the key lime pie dessert. Will be back soon:)

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  20. KelleyM

    E. Tennessee

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had the Easter Buffet. Our party of 7 was promptly seated (a little ahead of our reservation time). Our server was a delight! The table sampled pretty much everything from the buffet and agreed it was all delicious. Great job handling an Easter crowd!!

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    E. Tennessee

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 30, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    They need more service and cooks, the food took quite a long time. Otherwise good experience and courteous staff

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  22. Andy

    E. Tennessee

    4 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 24, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    At Sunday brunch both of us order their standard omelet without any alterations, and it took 45 minutes to get our food. Lots of people around us who were seated and ordered after us got their food before we did. That is both unacceptable and infuriating.

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  23. BethD

    Atlanta Metro

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 16, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 5
    Terrible service - it took an hour and 15 mins to get our food. The server was kind but it took entirely too long.

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  24. KimberleyG

    E. Tennessee

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 10, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    I would have gave a 5 star but our potatoes was cold. Everything else was great. We will be back

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  25. CharlesC

    North Georgia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful dinner experience during our 2nd wedding anniversary!

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  26. JessicaP

    E. Tennessee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our server was extremely attentive and communicative. We did not have to wait for anything and the food was delicious!! The bacon… impeccable!

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  27. NancyG

    Nashville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and service. Somewhat loud, but it’s probably due to the unique building. Overall, really enjoyed the experience.

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 3, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    The food was acceptable but drink and food service was incredibly slow. Luckily we had no plans after brunch…..

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  29. Gina

    Atlanta Metro

    72 reviews

    3.0

    72 reviews

    Dined on March 3, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    We had a group of eight that met for Sunday brunch—our experience was more than a bit disappointing because it was so much less wonderful than our past visits. It was a busy time of day, so we understood that. It still seems that some consolation should have been offered for the very visible curly black hair perched on top of one of our group’s egg dish, or maybe for the fact that I didn't receive my meal until about half our group had all but finished (one of their waffle makers was broken, we were told after we tracked down another server). No manager stopped by to inquire about our meal or experience. Food works has long been a favorite of ours but today took the shine off, we told our server and they basically said, have a nice day! Might be a while before we go back. Disappointed to say the least.

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  30. Meghan

    E. Tennessee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our server was wonderful and the food was amazing!

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  31. AngelaD

    E. Tennessee

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent wait staff. Food was delicious! I left a small gift at the table, and because I had made a reservation, they were able to call me to return and get it. Appreciate that extra customer service!!

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  32. KristinG

    E. Tennessee

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was delicious as always, our server was phenomenal and bc of our reservation we were seated immediately.

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    E. Tennessee

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Dinner was wonderful, cooked right, service excellent noise a little high

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  34. Cassidyb

    Charleston

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Subpar service. Started off great then our server disappeared for excessive periods of time, never cleared our plates (or others around us), never offered us dessert. Food was pretty good. I’d consider going back again in the future, but wouldn’t go out of my way. It’s nothing special.

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  35. ChadP

    San Francisco

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    We waited incredibly long for everything. Ordered drinks, 25 min minimum to get them. Tried to do a quick brunch, ended up taking 2 hours. Won’t go back.

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  36. IsaacT

    Exclusive

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food. So yummy. drinks and food did take a little longer to come out. Overall great

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  37. MoLo

    E. Tennessee

    22 reviews

    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a wonderful meal, including appetizer, main courses and dessert! The spinach dip was creamy and delicious and the butterscotch bread pudding was a big hit as well.

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great experience! They were busy but they handled it well!

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  39. SavanahM

    E. Tennessee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Came here for Valentine’s Day and we were seated quickly, served quickly, and those special valentines drinks were so good, especially for the price!

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  40. CynthiaR

    Atlanta Metro

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a party of 6 for breakfast/brunch. The menu offered many options and did not disappoint! $1 mimosas was a HUGE hit for us and generous pours. Our server, Farren (not sure about the spelling) took great care of us. She was friendly, personable and rolled with us changing tables. Totally recommend checking Food Works out when you are looking for a great restaurant!

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FAQs

Food Works does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Food Works also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (423) 752-7487.

Food Works is rated 4.4 stars by 1356 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 3 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Food Works

205-C Manufacturers Rd, Chattanooga, TN 37405-3253

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Cherokee Blvd
  • Neighborhood
    Chattanooga
  • Hours of operation
    Brunch Sat 11:00 am–4:00 pm Sun 10:00 am–5:00 pm Lunch Tue–Fri 11:00 am–4:00 pm Dinner Tue–Sat 4:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    American, Global, International, Contemporary Southern
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Parking is available in our lot along with a large public lot across the street.
  • Public transit
    A free electric shuttle bus stop is roughly 2 blocks away.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Troy Sutton
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (423) 752-7487
  • 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.
  • Private party facilities
    Food Works has a variety of options to host your private event. From small groups of 15 to larger groups of 100+, cocktail parties, rehearsal dinners, receptions, showers, business functions, etc., Food Works is the perfect spot to host your event.
  • Private party contact
    Megan McCandress: (423) 752-7487
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