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Bea's Restaurant

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4500 Dodds Ave, Chattanooga, TN 37407-3326
423-867-3618
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11:00 - 20:00
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Wed - Sun 11:00 - 20:00
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7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

The food here is delicious , nothing better anywhere, the restaurant is old, and maybe not so clean.. who knows.. but I have never gotten sick and it is well worth it!!

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Dayton, Ohio
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Came as early as 1957 and as late as 1968. Chattanooga was where parents lived until they moved with the Air Force. Bea's was always a treat. This time was a special treat. Hasn't changed much in 67 years, except expanding. Fresh food is served family style on a great big revolving table. We were given three meats, beans and... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Bea's is another long-standing, family owned restaurant in Chattanooga. The food is simple, wholesome and they feature great fried chicken. Served family style at large tables, expect to be seated with folks that you may not know. It's an all-you-care-to-eat restaurant and everything except the tip is lincluded in the price. The decor and seating arrangements are unique, like a... More 

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Gibbstown, New Jersey
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My niece and I were looking for some real soul food and we found this little gem. We were pleasantly surprised with the dinner selections. They were yummy. I especially enjoyed the catfish and chicken. It was delicious. I never had creamed potatoes. Included in the dinner were green beans, ma and cheese, baked beans, pulled pork, rolls, beets, peach... More 

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Holt, Florida
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

While in Chattanooga one of our family members wanted to eat at Bea's because he ate there often as a young boy with his parents, so ours was more a nostalgia trip than a dining experience. From what I can tell, Bea's was built in 1949 in what at one time was probably a busy area on the edge of... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We were passing through and a friend of ours recommended eating here. We stopped for lunch on a Friday afternoon around 2:00. Food was delicious and our server was attentive. We never ran out of food. The catfish and slaw was my favorite along with the green beans. For dessert, I sampled the banana pudding and the apple cobbler...YUM! We... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Great service. Great family style food. Food hits the table fast and lots of it keeps coming. Come hungry. Fried Chicken till you can't swallow any more. Down home comfort food.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Food was good. Service was great. Chicken was some of the best I've had. The dessert was banana pudding and very good. Place was busy but clean.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 February 2017 via mobile

If you're looking for a hipster place or you want a beer with your food, this ain't it. This is southern food at it finest. This place has been a staple for Chattanoogan's for decades. If you want to know what the best fried chicken in the south taste like then eat here!

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 February 2017 via mobile

We were surprised to sit down and not have a choice on what to order. I should've read reviews first. The only good think about the trip was the fried chicken. All of the sides were bland and cold. Tea was watered down. Location was sketchy. Won't be going back. Didn't get full but food was too gross to eat... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$6
Cuisine
American
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Buffet
Good for
Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly, Groups, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 - 20:00
Wednesday
11:00 - 20:00
Thursday
11:00 - 20:00
Friday
11:00 - 20:00
Saturday
11:00 - 20:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 4500 Dodds Ave, Chattanooga, TN 37407-3326
  • Location: United States  >  Tennessee (TN)  >  Chattanooga
  • Phone Number: 423-867-3618

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?