Big River Grille & Brewing Works is a longtime downtown Chattanooga staple that is within easy walking distance of major Chattanooga attractions such as the Aquarium, Ross's Landing, IMAX theater, Creative Discovery Museum and AT&T Park. There is no dedicated parking lot for the restaurant although there is a paid lot directly beside it. There is also metered street parking all around and multiple parking garages nearby. It is part of the Gordon Biersch chain of restaurants. This location is the original Big River location with another Chattanooga location near Hamilton Place Mall and the third in the Disney Boardwalk section of Walt Disney World in Florida.
I have been to Big River numerous times over the years. The most recent visit was on a weekday before a visit to the aquarium. The restaurant is fairly large and we had no wait to be seated. The inside is a nice mix of bricks and wood beams with multiple different seating areas. The food is good but I don't know if I have ever had anything that was outstanding. Our service on this visit was ok but somewhat underwhelming.
I wouldn't rank Big River as one of the best restaurants in downtown but it is a solid option with a great location.
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