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Big River Grille & Brewing Works

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Beer Stats:
Active Beers: 21
Beer Ratings: 154
Beer Avg: 3.46

Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
BA SCORE
86
very good

29 Ratings
Ratings: 29
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 11.8%
$$ - reasonable


[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

222 Broad St
Chattanooga, Tennessee, 37402-1009
United States
phone: (423) 267-2739

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @bigriverchatt

Notes:
Owned by Gordon Biersch. Some of the recipes are identical to those found at the Gordon Biersch restaurant chain, but have merely been renamed.

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NewGlarusFan

Illinois

3.61/5  rDev -3.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.5 | $$

Went to the one in Nashville

Food is basic nothing to rave about and the same goes with the beer. I had a burger with sweet potato fries and my women had shrimp pasta which was very good. We did the beer flight and brews were simple and basic. I do not think i would go back unless it was for a work party. It was very crowded and service was outstanding for how packed it was.

08-28-2013 13:34:01 | More by NewGlarusFan
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bamadog

Kentucky

3.55/5  rDev -4.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4 | $$$

Stopped by here to meet up with some friends while at a conference. Not bad by any stretch, but certainly not an "OMG I need to get back here" moment.

Atmosphere: About what I've come to expect from restaurants that have the brew pub identity (whether or not they actually brew on premises is always a matter of debate); nice, big and open dining areas with plenty of booths, separate bar areas on both ends of the building, one complete with pool tables.

Quality: Not bad, the beer was "so-so" and nothing too mind blowing (I managed to get the IPA and Scotch Ale while in town), but the food was pretty solid.

Service: I enjoyed the waitress -- she was really cool and found time to joke around with us and make recommendations on the food. She knew the menu very well and worked to be sure people were taken care of.

Food: As mentioned, it was quite solid -- I had the jambalaya and was pleased.

Value: Definitely a bit pricey -- I only had one beer and dinner and my tab was about $22... Like I said, not an "OMG I need to get back here" moment.

02-20-2012 22:37:48 | More by bamadog
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jadpsu

Georgia

4.18/5  rDev +12.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$

Did a lot of business in Chattanooga over the years and went to the Big River at least a half dozen times. I used to stay out at Shallowford road so more often ate at the restuarants near Hamilton Place (read Bonefish).
Went back to Chattanooga last weekend to attend a retirement party. Party was held at the Big River.
Big River is my kind of place. Informal, has option of games (pool), their own Micro-brewery and food that I am familiar with (not high end fancy) that is prepared well and served timely.
A little too noisy for stories at a retirement party, but otherwise an atmosphere I am comfortable in.
Service on this night was good, and friendly.
There were 14 in the party and we ordered a half dozen appetizers, and an equal # of desserts to go along with everyone oredering their own entree. I myself had 5 Irish Reds, and I would say only 3-4 [people abstained from anything with alcohol)
Bill was still around $550.00 or about $40.00 per.
Don't think that as being pricey.

03-29-2011 23:06:34 | More by jadpsu
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ectomorph

Tennessee

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$$

I enjoy Big River's food probably more than I do the beer, but that isn't to say the beer is bad. To me the house IPA is quite nice, and I'm actually surprised it isn't bottled and sold in stores like the Vienna Lager (meh) and the Red (double meh).

Nice atmosphere (downtown), but the prices are little high IMO. Good place for appetizers and brews before a show at Rhythm Brews built in behind it.

Some of my favorites are the cajun chicken pasta, with the IPA or any sandwich and the Irish Red Ale. With a very limited selection of "brewpubs" around Chattanooga, this is an easy choice.

08-13-2009 15:03:40 | More by ectomorph
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77suburban

Ohio

3.58/5  rDev -4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4 | $$

Very cool place - you can sit at the bar, at a booth, or a table, even the patio. My food was excellent. They managed to make the jambalaya spicy enough to be respectable and the cold leftovers were still tasty after an evening of imbibing.

The beers were decent to good, but not much more than that according to my taste. I don't want to ruin this place for you by basing my review on personal preference so I'll just say that the beer list was a bit heavier on lighter beers than I'd like. Lagers, pilsners, pale ales, a hefeweisen. Only one stout and it was a sweet stout - good for the category, but I'm not a fan of sweet. No porter. Boo! It is a bit bothersome that the hefeweisen was as clear as can be. Apparently someone filtered off all of the hefe, oops!

This place is surely worth a try. Beers aren't stellar, but good enough to put a few down.

07-23-2009 02:42:48 | More by 77suburban
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lehows

New York

4/5  rDev +7.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$

Stopped in here on a recent business trip to Chattanooga. We came here around 9PM on a Tuesday night and it was surprisingly packed. The place was huge and the outdoor space was nice. The bartender was friendly and knowledgeable and the selection covered all your usual brewpub suspects. They had a lemon lager which was interesting and the beers I had were pretty good. We had already ate but the food looked and smelled very good. Definitely worth a stop if youre in the area, located right near the aquarium and utilize the free electric shuttle if youre hopping around town.

05-18-2009 18:20:25 | More by lehows
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TheEclecticGent

Georgia

3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$

On a recent trip to visit my sister, my girlfriend and I stopped by the Big River Grille & Brewpub. This was my second trip to this location. Even though this brewpub belongs to the same chain folk that bring us Rock Bottom and Gordon Biersch, it has a local flair. The décor and beer names been modified to reflect Chattanooga and that goes a long way. Also, and more important - they offer beer above and beyond the standard brewpub lineup of Pilsner, Red, and Porter/Stout. We just missed their Winter Warmer by days. Most of their beers I have tried here are better than the standard brewpub beer. The food is good too and the portions are large. The location is large enough that it rarely seems too crowded. However, the background noise can get a bit loud in some of the areas. The atmosphere is very nice and even though I don't currently own any, their swag looked good too.

12-30-2008 20:24:35 | More by TheEclecticGent
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Conrad

Ontario (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$

We stopped in for a late lunch during the week, so it was not crowded. The wait staff was very attentive. The head beer guy gave me a run down on all of their current stuff, and I had the sampler tray. the head on one of the glasses had settled to leave only a half ration. When I pointed this out to the waiter, he brought me a full one plus an extra to make up for the shortage. I loved the samples, but did not take notes. Suffice it to say, it is a good range of beers, and you should be able to select a favorite quite easily. The food was excellent. My wings were big, well cooked, well sauced (hot) and nicely presented. My companions were also pleased with their selections. I recommend the Big River, but I don't think I would become a regular if I lived in the area. A bit too pricey, and probably too busy in the evenings and weekends. I am most comfortable in a quiet laid back place.

10-30-2008 19:55:59 | More by Conrad
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jushoppy2beer

Tennessee

4.83/5  rDev +29.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$$

This is my favorite restaurant in the Chattanooga area, and one of my favorite brewpubs anywhere.

Atmosphere is great if you like crowded bustling busy spots with a wide range of ages and groups, from college students to families. On weekend nights it can be a bit overwhelming

Everything is high quality, from the furnishings to the food, and especially the beer.

Service is friendly and personable, but can be a bit slow at times.

Great food selection, from pizza to pastas to salads to unique entrees. Drink selection is great, with 5-6 regular microbrews always on tap, along with 1-2 seasonals. Bottled beers from the basic American standard brewers for diners who don't really like beer.

Not a bad price scale, but you will not come away feeling like you stole your food.

07-29-2008 17:42:06 | More by jushoppy2beer
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MMAJYK

Georgia

3.86/5  rDev +3.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$

I am actually from the Chattanooga area, but never visited this place for their beer while there. I went there with some friends before and shot pool and drank swill, but never for their Microbrew.

I really enjoyed the view of the brewery behind the bar. That was a clean set up and very cool locationing.

I first asked for a sampler flight and they brought me out all 7 beers they were currently serving. I found the two I liked most were the IPA's. I purchased a growler of the House Brand IPA. Cannot wait to tap into that one.

I did not have any food at the time, so I cannot speak of it, but they did bring me some plain chips for palate cleansing when I asked for something. That was nice.

I will definitely go back when I am back up that way visiting friends and family.

01-28-2008 15:48:54 | More by MMAJYK
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Big River Grille & Brewing Works in Chattanooga, TN
86 out of 100 based on 29 ratings.