Big River Grille & Brewing Works

BA SCORE
30.6%
Liked Their Beers
3.53 w/ 252 ratings
PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

222 Broad St
Chattanooga, Tennessee, 37402-1009
United States

(423) 267-2739 | map
bigrivergrille.com

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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BEER STATS
Beers:
24
Reviews:
76
Ratings:
252
Liked:
77
Average:
3.53/5
PLACE STATS
BA Score:
45.2%
Reviews:
23
Ratings:
42
Liked:
19
Avg:
3.75/5
pDev:
10.93%
 
 
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Photo of einman
3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Photo of Satorn
4/5  rDev +6.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of Boto
3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5

Back here for the first time in many years. Large, repurposed old building in Downtown Chattanooga. I think it may have been a trolley barn at one time. With the high ceilings, it tends to be a bit echoey, but not really any louder than similar places. Beers are decent, but nothing special. The food is pretty much what you’d expect: pub type fare with some steaks and other entrees. The Cajun Pasta is pretty decent. It’s a good stop if you are in the area.

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Photo of SlightlyGrey
3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.5

Photo of Krod03
4.16/5  rDev +10.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

Photo of schiltron
4.16/5  rDev +10.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Photo of mwar
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4.5

Kind of a "chain restaurant" feel. Good appetizers at a good price. Limited beer selection, but it is brewed on site. Worth a try!

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Photo of misternebbie
4.26/5  rDev +13.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

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3/5  rDev -20%

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3.64/5  rDev -2.9%

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

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3.52/5  rDev -6.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

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3/5  rDev -20%

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3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

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4/5  rDev +6.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

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3/5  rDev -20%

Photo of NewGlarusFan
3.61/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

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Photo of bamadog
3.55/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

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Photo of jadpsu
4.18/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

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Photo of ectomorph
3.75/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of 77suburban
3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

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Big River Grille & Brewing Works in Chattanooga, TN
Brewery rating: 30.6% out of 100 with 252 ratings
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