Romantic Restaurants in Chattanooga

Chattanooga, Tennessee, showcases romantic dining for all occassions and preferences.Chattanooga, Tennessee, showcases romantic dining for all occassions and preferences.

When searching for a romantic dinner in Chattanooga, Tennessee, you can choose among a variety of scenic settings that include views of the Tennessee River, city views, a steamboat dinner cruise and a renovated historical hotel and brothel. Consider feasting on Strube Ranch Kobe beef steak, Pekin duck, prime rib, Japanese Bento Box, scallops, Jack Daniel’s Maple pork chops and fish creations prepared by innovative chefs. Live it up in Chattanooga restaurants with a choice of fine wines, champagne and refreshments.

Bluff View Art District

The Bluff View Art District is home to Back Inn Café, which is noted for exquisite dining in an intimate setting with scenic views of the Tennessee River, according to Southern Living. Back Inn Café is located one mile from downtown with a hilltop view, with a menu featuring Pekin Duck, Martin House steak stuffed with lump crab, Japanese Bento Box and Jack Daniels Maple pork chops. It was voted Cityscope’s most romantic restaurant in 2009.

Waterfront Pier 2

Enjoy a romantic dinner cruise aboard the Southern Belle at Pier 2 for a Valentine's Day that includes live music, prime rib, and Baby Bella chicken in fettuccine sauce, vegetable medley, salad, dessert and champagne. The cruise, entertainment and dinner are offered at an all-inclusive price. The Southern Belle offers lunch and dinner cruises primarily in the warmer months, according to the Southern Belle website.


St. John’s Restaurant is an historic hotel and brothel transformed by Chattanooga’s native son, Chef Daniel Lindley, into a first-class dining experience, according to the New York Times. Lindley prepares culinary masterpieces utilizing local farm goods that include Strube Ranch Kobe beef, porcini mushroom soup, free range chicken, beef fillet, venison and fish dishes, Southern Living refers to Lindley as a genius in the kitchen. Desserts include a huckleberry crème brulee, homemade ice cream and a butternut squash and pineapple bread pudding. St. John’s has an international wine list paired to the dinner menu.

Traditional Southern Cuisine

Chattanooga’s Mount Vernon Restaurant is a landmark and noted for its traditional American cuisine with a flare provided by its executive chef, Jeff Lopopolo. Mount Vernon is famous for its Amarillo pie, southern fried chicken and exemplary hospitality. The restaurant features a special menu for Valentine's Day and its third generation owner Jeff Messinger was awarded the Tennessee Hospitality Association’s restaurateur of the year 2009, according to the Chattanooga Times Free Press.

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Mary Anne Simpson's research and copy editing career began in 1995. She is a contributing author for PhysOrg and various other websites. She has a Bachelor of Arts in social ecology from the University of California, Irvine and a Juris Doctor from Western State University.

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