Chattanooga is known for its fabulous outdoor living. Whether you are an avid hiker, climber, paddler, fisherperson or just love nature there is truly something for everyone. We are also privileged to have nearly year round moderate temperatures. This also creates the perfect climate for outdoor dining and hanging with friends over a beverage. As spring continues to get warmer and the days get longer, you will find us on the lookout for the best patio hang with friends.
Our Chattanooga Property Shop favorites are as unique and varied as our team. Here are our personal favorites along with an extensive list of Chattanooga’s patios.
The Boathouse Rotisserie and Raw Bar is located overlooking the Tennessee River and is located on the Riverwalk bike path. Home to the famous Lawton’s margarita and their wood grilled meat and seafood, the views are amazing.
On the North Shore you will find a great patio overlooking Coolidge Park at Base Camp. With a casual, local hangout vibe, Base Camp is known for their burgers, house made pimento cheese and fresh salads as well as their extensive craft beer list.
State of Confusion is one of the prettiest patios in Chattanooga. The former home to Estate of Confusion, a “finders paradise” of junk, architectural elements and antique treasure, the restaurant retained some of the “finds” as décor and added interesting sculptures, games, firepits (and in the cooler months, igloos) creating a unique dining experience. Home to Chattanooga’s only ceviche restaurant, they are also known for their Sunday brunch.
Just down the block and around the corner, the sister restaurant to State of Confusion is the seafood forward restaurant Stir. Known for their pristine ice (trust us, it’s a thing) and delicious cocktails, along with their wonderful offering such as oysters Rockefeller, poke bowls and fish tacos, offering high tops and bar seating, the patio is located on the corner of Market and Station Streets in the Chattanooga Choo Choo complex and is a must for excellent people watching.
1885 Grill, located in St. Elmo and named for the year the historic district was founded, offers a leafy patio where you can hangout with friends and enjoy live music on Sunday’s and enjoy southern inspired coastal cuisine and cocktails with views of the Incline Railway and Lookout Mountain.
Located in on the compound of the climbing hostel (Crashpad) on Chattanooga’s Southside, The Flying Squirrel’s patio offers “be seen” and be hidden vibes. The windows to the bar open garage door style and offer outdoor bar seating with adjacent tables where you can be seen sipping custom cocktails or craft beers by the steady flow of people walking the area. Or, the cleverly designed landscaping on the patio offers a more discreet spot to gather with friends. Known for their creative recipes and small plates, the menu changes with the seasons.
While these are some of our favorites, they are just the start of dozens of excellent restaurants and bars offering unique outdoor seating and a place to hangout while enjoying the Chattanooga climate. Below is a sampling of local patios for you to enjoy!
St Elmo/ Lookout
The Tap House and Empyreal Brewing Co.
Boathouse Rotisserie and Raw Bar
Poblanos Mexican Cuisine
Cover photo cred: Whiskey Thief Website.