Back Inn Cafe

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493 Reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
Located in a renovated Colonial Revival Mansion, Back Inn Café offers upscale global cuisine with an extensive wine list. The menu changes seasonally to provide our guests with fresh dishes and the latest innovations in fine cuisine. You may choose to sit in our peaceful library, one of two romantic sunrooms, or outside on the terrace overlooking the river.
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vipmichelleT
Orlando
39 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent!! We will be back!! Filet with crabmeat and the scallops over fresh pasta outstanding.

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OpenTable Diner
E. Tennessee
3 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an exceptional dinner this evening to celebrate my husbands birthday. Food and service was excellent. Would highly recommend this!

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GeorgeB
New Orleans
16 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Our experience was great and while I did not complain, and am not doing so now, the only thing that stoped my experience from being GREAT was that my steak was mostly lacking in flavor. Oh well, the Bourbon and wine was terrific. The service was just right and the ambiance was perfect.

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RobertW
E. Tennessee
2 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very pricey. If we didn't have the Kids First Coupon, we couldn't afford it.

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ToddS
E. Tennessee
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful Valentine's Dinner. Menu was creative and delicious. Well paced with great wine pairings. Service was attentive and helpful. Not intrusive or too chatty.

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OpenTable Diner
E. Tennessee
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Overall very good. The cheese plate had only 2 types of cheese and not much of it. Mostly toasted bread, olives and fruit. Kind of disappointed in that based on the name “cheese plate”. And the bread they served before the main course was extremely salty and we couldn’t eat it. Steak was amazing and service was very good. Great atmosphere.

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vipAmyM
Nashville
36 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience2

Very disappointing seating as well as very poor service

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great service. Waitress Kristen was excellent. The porterhouse pork chop was tough and not very flavorful though. The Ahi Tuna was ok. Had better and worse. Great location and views. Moderate price for the value received.

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OpenTable Diner
E. Tennessee
2 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful restaurant, Great Service, and Wonderful Food...,Thank you

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OpenTable Diner
Nashville
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Girls night out - Birthday outing

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vipColumbiaFoodie
Nashville
19 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Staff was attentive and polite. Food was average. The lobster bisque was rather bland and the peppered papradelle with scallops was somewhat flavorless. Our party ordered three filet dinners all medium rare. One was perfectly cooked one was medium and one was served medium well to almost well. Deserts were ordered, Heath bar bread pudding and Creme brûlée and they were both fabulous.

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scubscout
E. Tennessee
5 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our out of town friends were wanting a nice atmosphere for their anniversary. They were very pleased.

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Muralman
Nashville
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience3

We happened to have been seated next to an older 4-top that was quite loud. They were also in the back corner, so that acoustically anything they said was bounced back into the room, which amplified the sound even more. However, we had a marvelous meal, and very friendly staff, so overall, a most pleasant experience.

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Justin
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience5

This place is fine but I would recommend other places to friends. Other than the view (if you’re lucky to sit where there are windows overlooking the river), there is nothing that really stands out enough to warrant the prices.

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vipOpenTable Diner
E. Tennessee
7 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful place!

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vipKathleen
Chicago
63 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So pleasantly surprised. Was visiting Chattanooga and decided to go to art district and found this gem. The food was perfect!!! The scallops with pasta was amazing. The creme brûlée was phenomenal. The ambiance was warm and interesting decor with two fireplaces. It was a mansion converted into a restaurant. Next time we are in that area we will stop again!

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VictorM
Miami
6 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience5

While the restaurant was in a beautifully preserved mansion in a wonderful part of town and the ambiance was welcoming, luxurious and romantic, the attention to detail as a high end restaurant was lacking. From not having valet, not taking care of your coat, white napkins without being offered options, paper menus sitting on the table when we sat. The service was just ok. Wine glasses were not brought with our wine. The first course wine not removed. The wine sommelier didn’t come to our table to respond to our wine questions, I had to ask for a knife for my main course. And had to ask for sugar for my expresso. The food was also just ok. My salad included roasted chickpeas and cut up dried apricots that seemed like afterthoughts and didn’t blend well with the tossed arugula. The sautéd mushrooms were bland and seemed pre-cooked so also an afterthought. My main course was bland, cherry tomatoes had the tough skin. The flavor of the browned scallops was not rich and delicious like they can be. Heath bar bread pudding was excellent as well as the quality of the expresso. Great wine list and value. I’m being particularly critical of detail because Chattanooga needs to elevate their game in fine dining with such excellent establishments. I hope they improve.

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Sylvia
E. Tennessee
19 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We picked Back Inn because we knew it wouldn’t be loud and the food would be good... It is also very pretty, great lighting, white tablecloths.. A really wonderful dining experience.. I had the filet and it was excellent..

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is beautiful & delicious! Rarely does my husband say that was worth every penny. He said that about this restaurant.

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JessicaR
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing and the views were beautiful.

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Mike
E. Tennessee
15 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent!!

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DanaH
E. Tennessee
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience2

This was our third year in a row to go to Back Inn Cafe for New Years Eve. This was the first year we have had a problem with our visit, and it really colored our whole evening. Our reservation was at 5:30pm, and the restaurant was pretty much empty. We were seated at a tiny table crammed in a corner, and my chair protruded into the doorway to the room we were in. It was extremely uncomfortable and I spent the whole meal worried that my chair was going to trip someone who was passing by. The sad part is that there was a table with a better view just behind us; I didn't request to be moved because I assumed someone else would be seated there immediately, but the entire 1.5 hours of our meal, no one was. I guess I'll just have to ask for a better table when I make a reservation the next time. Otherwise, our meal was very good- food was cooked perfectly, service was prompt and courteous, and we had a nice meal.

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OpenTable Diner
Savannah
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Nice atmosphere and great service!

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oneof10
E. Tennessee
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

All was good, food service, ambiance. Appreciative of Michael’s assistance with the wine and honoring coupon.

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RickM
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We came for dinner on Christmas Eve and it was a wonderful meal in a beautiful setting.

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AveryC
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, location and food. Massive wine selection. Great place for a date night.

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RubenF
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

My wife and I had a wonderful dinner. The atmosphere was perfect for a nice romantic dinner. Food was great, well prepared and the service staff was attentive to our needs.

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TheColRetired
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great choice and exceeded my expectations. I will definitely return to this restaurant.

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MattM
E. Tennessee
2 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place - I keep forgetting about it and my wife told me "why don't we come here more often" - from now on, we will

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RobertA
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Donna our server was wonderful. The food was average. We had the pork porterhouse and the ahi tuna. They were enjoyable but nothing special. Fried green tomatoes for an appetizer weren't very good. They have a huge list of wine to choose from.

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Nonaluv
Birmingham
7 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food. Our server Andrew was great.

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TraceyP
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ordered the Farro salad, lobster bisque and filets, everything was delicious! Our server was very attentive. We were seated in the sunroom which offers a beautiful view of Chattanooga. The Bluff View Art District is one of the best places to dine in Chattanooga.

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vipDinewithme
Atlanta
15 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food, service & atmosphere-quickly becoming one of our favorites!!

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CRob
E. Tennessee
2 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my birthday. The service was excellent and so was the food. The staff worked around food allergies to provide the most enjoyable evening for my husband and I. We will definitely return.

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vipdcsapper
Washington DC
97 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were in Chattanooga for the weekend and wanted a nice dinner. My wife is an artist and was in the area when she found the Back Inn Cafe. She made a reservation for us immediately.

We were delighted at the locale; I'm a rower and was able to watch the crews racing in the Head of the Hooch from the bluffs before dinner.

When we entered the cafe we were astonished. It was just like going to dinner at a friend's house! we were greeted and shown into the Living Room, while the maitre d' checked on our table. We were then shown to our table in the Conservatory with an awesome view of the river again.

Our server was attentive and polite and never too intrusive. The food was exquisite and extremely good value. The other diners were respectful and quiet, so we did not have to raise our voices to talk to one another.

I cannot think of when we have had a such a nice pleasant meal that wasn't in someone's home!

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OpenTable Diner
E. Tennessee
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service and the view from the back deck was amazing!!

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FridayNightDiners
E. Tennessee
5 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely evening for our anniversary. Our server was knowledgeable, excited about the restaurant’s garden and food, and read our cues about the serving pace we wanted. The ambience of the restaurant itself was warm and intimate, and our food was very delicious and just the right portion.

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Peterkin
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I were thoroughly impressed with your service,food and restaurant. I loved the architecture of the manor. It was a wonderful experience and we will definitely be back. Thank you.

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vipFoodieDeb
Dallas
5 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Lovely restaurant. Very good service

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Back Inn Cafe offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (423) 265-5033.

Back Inn Cafe is rated 4.5 stars by 493 OpenTable diners.

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