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Primo, Chattanooga, TN
Primo, Chattanooga, TN
Primo, Chattanooga, TN
Primo, Chattanooga, TN
Primo, Chattanooga, TN

Primo

4.9
4.9
173 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
Primo, which opened in the spring of 2014, is restaurateur Nathan Lindley’s tribute to his own North Chattanooga neighborhood, presented as a classic American-Italian neighborhood restaurant. Taking its culinary direction from the traditional Italian restaurants of the Northeast, Primo celebrates the rich and comforting dishes that were inspired by Italian cooking and influenced by American prosperity.
As a casual neighborhood bar and restaurant, Primo does not accept reservations for a specific time. A limited number of guests may guarantee a waiting table at the 5:00 opening each night. Also, throughout the night guests may call ahead to the restaurant at 423.602.5555 to be added to the waiting list. The dedicated staff and lively communal environment make for a short and enjoyable wait. Come see us soon.

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2 people

8:30 PM


Booked 3 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Italian, Contemporary Italian, Wine Bar
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Mon–Sat 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (423) 602-5555
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive chef
    Nathan Lindley
  • Catering
    Primo Caters! Contact Josh at 423.602.5555 for a catering menu and more information.
  • Neighborhood
    Chattanooga
  • Cross street
    Hanover St.
  • Parking details
    Large, attached private lot. Also, ample street parking.
  • Additional
    Beer, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wine

What 173 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.9
4.9 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.7Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • East Tennessee

    Best Overall

  • East Tennessee

    Best Value

  • East Tennessee

    Great for fine wines

  • Chattanooga / Cleveland

    Best Overall

  • Chattanooga / Cleveland

    Best Food

  • Chattanooga / Cleveland

    Best Service

  • Chattanooga / Cleveland

    Best Ambiance

  • Chattanooga / Cleveland

    Best Value

  • Chattanooga / Cleveland

    Hot spot

  • Chattanooga / Cleveland

    Neighborhood gem

  • Chattanooga / Cleveland

    Great for fine wines

  • Chattanooga / Cleveland

    Great for outdoor dining

  • Chattanooga / Cleveland

    Lively

173 Reviews
  1. WadeC

    E. Tennessee

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on March 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The fish special was perfectly prepared, as always! Fantastic restaurant!

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  2. NicoletteH

    E. Tennessee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great atmosphere and outstanding service! Food was excellent and staff were very knowledgeable!! I highly recommend this restaurant!

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  3. RenataC

    Tallahassee

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great meal as always! Great customer service. A bit noisy for my mom, but other than that a delicious meal.

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Mississippi

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great server who paid great attention to our table. Meal was delicious.

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Nashville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Great dining experience! Would definitely recommend and will goo again

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Mobile

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Good and service was very good. Would like to have garlic mashed potatoes as a side.

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  7. SallyK

    E. Tennessee

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 19, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Overall, we enjoyed our meal, but the food was not hot. The bread was cold and we had to ask for additional bread… it wasn’t offered to us….The waiter should have asked us about one or two tickets… he brought one and we had to ask him to split it.

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Wonderful food but pretty loud for a Thursday :)

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  9. MarkS

    Raleigh

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Always consistently good food and service! A family favorite!!

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  10. jeans

    Atlanta Metro

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Enjoyed the food and service. My salad was ordered with dressing on the side. As I ate it, it seemed to be tossed with dressing and topped off with more salad greens to hide the oops. Other than that, I enjoyed the salad just too much dressing for my taste.

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  11. WadeC

    E. Tennessee

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The food as always was outstanding! Service was great! Great neighborhood gem!!

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  12. TennRN88

    Nashville

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Primo is a wonderful neighborhood spot with great service and delicious food. We love coming here with family and out of town guests!

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 27, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Meats on C board were bad. Server was somewhat rude. Very NOISY!

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  14. RenataC

    Tallahassee

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great meal. We had the chicken piccata and the red snapper with polenta and Brussels sprouts. Delicious!!

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  15. WadeC

    E. Tennessee

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on December 16, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As always, the fish special was excellent and so was the service! We have never had a dish we did not love! Fantastic restaurant!

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  16. DAVIDS

    Orlando

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on December 8, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful. Food and service and price is excellent. One of our Chattanooga favorite places.

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  17. DAVIDS

    Orlando

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on December 7, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful. Going again tonight. Can I change my reservation tonight from 4 people to 2 and from 5 to 5:45?

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  18. SallyB

    E. Tennessee

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food is never a disappointment as well as all the servers. The menu may change seasonally but there is always something amazing to try. A real gem for the Northshore!

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  19. SLVH

    E. Tennessee

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious food and great atmosphere. Enough parking and things to walk to as well.

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  20. JMoore

    E. Tennessee

    50 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    50 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always our go-to restaurant in Chattanooga!!! We have never been disappointed by food or service.

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  21. ChrisC

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 2
    Fantastic food - great arancini, nice trout and salmon dishes and fantastic chicken piccata! This location in the north shore was packed - very busy - recommend you call ahead to reserve a table. The table we were seated at was not much to look at - more like a picnic table with wooden benches and chairs on both ends for our party of six. The one thing that was not so great - the ambiance - it was so loud in the restaurant and made it hard to hear everyone we were sitting with just a few feet away. This could have been much better. Not the place for a quiet or romantic meal …. But great food.

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  22. RichardS

    Coastal Georgia

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 14, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Il Primo is one of the area's best restaurants. The food is always consistent and very good. The house made Limoncello is also very good. We always enjoy our visit.

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  23. TNDOC

    New Orleans

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on October 5, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outstanding as always! Always good, always friendly, it is our go to.

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  24. MaryM

    Nashville

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 21, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    What a great experience. The food was awesome and our server was top notch. We will definitely return when we are back in town!

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  25. RichD

    E. Tennessee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 26, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Although the menu is not extensive, everything we ordered, from appetizers to desserts, was delicious.

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    Nashville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 26, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The potions are a little small. However the taste and experience is always wonderful

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    E. Tennessee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 12, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Loved it! Amazing food and service. Highly recommend it for anyone coming to Chattanooga for the first time.

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    E. Tennessee

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    One of my favorite restaurants. I have never had a bad meal or bad service. The noise level is loud at the North River location.

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  29. RandaC

    E. Tennessee

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 7, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We have just recently started visiting Primo. We love the atmosphere and the food. We have had someone different taking care of us each time; each time has been such a pleasure.

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  30. CharlesR

    Western NC

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 27, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food always great. Great, friendly staff! Always love fish special.

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  31. RichardS

    Coastal Georgia

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    This is a great restaurant the food and service are very good. It can get a little noisy at times but that is not a deal breaker.

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  32. ShirleyV

    E. Tennessee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 13, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of our favorite local restaurants with a great friendly and super efficient staff. The atmosphere is upbeat and fun and the food is always delicious. The lasagna is so good but you can’t make a bad choice when ordering any of their menu items. Try to get a reservation or arrive early because it’s busy every night. Love everything about this great place.

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  33. KaylaE

    E. Tennessee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 13, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was my first time, and I was very pleased. Great food, service was excellent.

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  34. KarenB

    Jacksonville

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 19, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food and service were phenomenal!! We will definitely be back!

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    E. Tennessee

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on April 13, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love this place. Not been there in a few years and so glad we stopped in. Started at. At with two perfect martini’s. The to cozy booth and had the feta bolognese sauce appetizer. Next was most incredible Lasagna and outstanding Caesar Salad. BOOM! Already l have plans to go. Ack in two weeks

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  36. Nana

    E. Tennessee

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Never disappoints. Great value. Excellent service.

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  37. JDEVS

    Hawaii

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    We love this restaurant! Food is excellent! However, our waiter didn’t seem very friendly. He was knowledgeable yet not very personable. We usually have a friendly server but not this time

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  38. JeanD

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 21, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Il Primo was excellent. The food and service was top knotch!

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    E. Tennessee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 11, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was our first time at Primo! Everything was great! Our good did take a LONG time to come out though. No worries. We loved the food, drinks, server, and everything else!

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  40. NancyM

    E. Tennessee

    5 reviews

    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 1
    Sat by the kitchen…too noisy!

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FAQs

Primo does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Primo also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (423) 602-5555.

Primo is rated 4.9 stars by 173 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

8:30 PM


Booked 3 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Primo

1100 Hixson Pike, Chattanooga, TN 37405

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Hanover St.
  • Neighborhood
    Chattanooga
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Mon–Sat 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Italian, Contemporary Italian, Wine Bar
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Large, attached private lot. Also, ample street parking.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Nathan Lindley
  • Additional
    Beer, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wine
  • Phone number
    (423) 602-5555
  • Catering
    Primo Caters! Contact Josh at 423.602.5555 for a catering menu and more information.
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