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.
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.