Global cuisine in the heart of Chattanooga.
Terra Mae translates to “mother earth,” a name that perfectly captures the far‐flung inspiration for our five‐star fare. Our menu isn’t dictated by region or style; no spice is off limits, no dish too exotic. We’re restrained only by our imagination and our adventurous spirit, our favorite flavors and those we’ve yet to discover.
American, Southern, Fusion / Eclectic
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Mon. - Thur.: 5pm - 9pm | Fri. - Sat. 5pm - 10pm
Sunday Brunch: 11am - 3pm
10th & Columbia
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Different music piped into bar & dining areas
Please inquire at the facility.
Street parking and public lots are available. Valet will be coming shortly
10th & Market
Shelley D. Cooper
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Terramae Ratings and Reviews
First visit under new ownership. The bar ...
First visit under new ownership. The bar area is much nicer. However the bartender and our server both had an attitude. Both myself and guest are local professionals. Our wives joined us. We eat at many comparable places in Chattanooga. The attitude of both the bartender and server were noticed by all 4 of us rather quickly. Outside of the service, the experience was great.
A friend and I had Sunday Brunch at Terr ...
A friend and I had Sunday Brunch at Terra Mae. We started with the Ploughman's Bounty, a wonderful charcuterie tray with meat, cheeses, pickles, bread, mustard and jam. It was very good. We both ordered the pork cheek benedict which was delicious, but turned out to be short ribs. A great place for brunch.
Excellent wait staff, no wait between co ...
Excellent wait staff, no wait between courses. Food was imaginative and delicious. A bit on the high side, price wise especially for Chattanooga, but as a special occasion it was worth it. Beautiful old building with a lot of history, comfortable seating and the music was a pleasant departure from the loud, upbeat sounds in many restaurants - love Frank, Dean et al.
My date and I recently visited Terramae ...
My date and I recently visited Terramae for the first time and we were really quite pleased with the entire experience.
The atmosphere is top notch--expect modern, contemporary, and cosmopolitan. You feel as though you've stepped into a trendy boutique hotel or restaurant in a much larger city. Both the restaurant and the bar are well appointed with a style that compliments each side of the building well and I'm sure the hotel comports as well, although we did not see the rooms.
The service was excellent. We were pleased with the service and felt as though we were treated quite well.
And, most importantly, the food and drinks were delicious. Although the menu is priced near the top of what I would personally consider the higher end of the Chattanooga market, the menu is quite diverse for the Chattanooga area and offers some excellent choices (i.e. an excellent wasabi pea crusted salmon). All in all, although we expected a good experience, we were pleasantly surprised with how we felt as though we'd stepped into a very distinct and well-defined locale.
Will certainly return and would certainly recommend to friends.
Had been looking forward for our third a ...
Had been looking forward for our third annual autumn visit to the "Appalachian bistro", but Terra Mae has changed its focus and its decor, if not its name. The look is mid-century with a touch of deco and a few hints of the old stone walls and dark wood floors from the previous incarnation. The food is contemporary and well-prepared but not especially memorable. It no longer has a unique angle as it did with "Appalachian bistro" cuisine. Sorry to see it change.
Creative dishes, plated beautifully. Lov ...
Creative dishes, plated beautifully. Loved the pork belly and cauliflower. Duck and short ribs were verrrrrry tasty. The beluga lentils that accompanied the duck may have been a teensy weensy bit "liquidy" but yummy none-the-less and there can never be too much foie gras for me. Our server was gracious with her suggestions and her knowledge of the menu. It was a lovely experience all-around.
This was our fourth visit to Terrmae. ...
This was our fourth visit to Terrmae. The food and the ambiance, the service and the attention to customer is what brings us back. Our server (Madison) was top notch and always treats us very well. We'll be back again and again!
My first visit since they reopened and i ...
My first visit since they reopened and it was delightful! So many good changes! They were very accommodating about everything we asked about, and the food was delicious! It looks lovely too, and the adjoining bar--Matilda Midnight--is a great find.
An evening at Terra Mae must begin with ...
An evening at Terra Mae must begin with cocktails in the Matilda Midnight bar. It's an excellent way to get the evening started. Friendly bar staff and a bar stocked with a great selection of wine and unique spirits. We enjoyed some of their tequila and mescal.
Dinner was also excellent. Our table had a variety of the apps and entrees and everyone raved.
This is becoming one of my favorite places in Chattanooga.
We have visited a number of Chattanooga ...
We have visited a number of Chattanooga restaurants and would place Terraemae close to the top. It has a more hip vibe than St. John's, and the food and service are as good as any place in town. I am pleased that another top-notch restaurant is now on the Chattanooga scene.
I wanted to surprise my girlfriend with ...
I wanted to surprise my girlfriend with a special date night while we were on vacation in Chattanooga The food, cocktails, and decor were outstanding. The staff made us feel special. Our waiter Travis was knowledgeable and attentive. One of the best dining experiences I've had.
Service was outstanding...enjoyed all of ...
Service was outstanding...enjoyed all of the creative dishes from chef...totally delighted. Only recommended changes: don't sit a couple celebrating their anniversary in a mini table for 2 along the wall so closely surrounded by others and have host/hostess stop asking "is it just the 2 of you" or "how many are in your party" when we had a reservation for 2 (should have acknowledged us by name, thanked us for the rezzie and instead asked if we were here to celebrate anything special). Great chef! Great server(s)! Oh, and please add large olives and blue cheese so that I can have my fav martini next time. Surprised you had no cheese and only mini olives. Else offer an interesting alternative.
What a disappointment. We are new to th ...
What a disappointment. We are new to theater but have eaten at Terramae at least 3-4 times prior (all in 2016), and had a great experience at all other visits but this was very bad. Apparently there is a new chef - also possibly new manager? We had a reservation, but when we arrived, the hostess told us that Open Table really doesn't keep up with their availability. What?? It worked fine all other times plus at 50+ other restaurants where I've used it. But it requires the restaurant to keep their availability up to date. I suspect that's the problem now at Terramae. So we had to wait about 15-20 minutes after our reservation time, even though there were tables open (where we eventually sat). Then the service and food. Awful. Our waiter was inattentive, slow, MIA, unfriendly. It took much too long for him to check on us for food orders, and my husband and I both ran out of coffee, and sat with empty cups for at least 10 minutes. Then we had to flag him down and ask for coffee - he never checked or offered. The food took 45 minutes to arrive, but then it was cold and bland. I ordered the BLT croque madame. It was flat, skimpy on fillings, cold and tasteless. My husband ordered the eggs Benedict which were tiny, and he left still hungry. The $18 charcuterie plate was about $5 worth of food. My son ordered the burger which was the only tasty thing there but cold as well. We are fit healthy people - so I'm not asking for a huge volume of food per person. Just a normal serving. It was the worst experience dining in Chattanooga so far. We will not go back unless I hear there is a new manager and/or chef. It's a new level of disaster, to be avoided.
I can't say enough good things about our ...
I can't say enough good things about our dining experience. My husband and I hadn't been to Terra Mae since the change in ownership. We've now been three times in less than 2 weeks. Everything from the food to the service to the ambiance was spot on.
We started with the Papaya and Prawn appetizer which was out of this world! The Prawn tasted as if it were pulled straight out of the Gulf moments before it was brought to the table. The combo of the Papaya, mint and peanuts was so unique and flavorful.
For our main dish, I chose the trout and my husband chose the scallops. Both of which were exceptional. Cooked to perfection while still maintaining all of the flavor. I wish I could offer some constructive criticism but I honestly would not change one single thing about either dish.
The best food in the world can't make up for poor service. Our server, Madison, was wonderful! She made our date night a truly delightful experience.
This is now one of our go-to restaurants. We've since told all of our friends to go and check it out. We can't wait to go back!
The renovations look great. Service was ...
The renovations look great. Service was friendly and fun. Sadly, the menu has completely changed and my favorites are no longer available. Terramae was once a brunch favorite, but I think the new menu has caused me to take it off that list.
We stayed at The Dwell and dined at Terr ...
We stayed at The Dwell and dined at TerraMae to celebrate our wedding anniversary. Every dish we had was excellent, and our server was attentive but not annoying. This was our only time to TerraMae, but it appeared to be a popular date and special occasion restaurant.
Restaurant and hotel have been recently ...
Restaurant and hotel have been recently remodeled. The space is beautiful and the brunch menu is, too. $4 bloody marys "with a little kick" were a great start. We also enjoyed the melon gazpacho, the plowman's platter, the croque madame, pork cheek benedict, waffles, and pancakes with duck. Everything was delicious!
We went for brunch and loved the atmosph ...
We went for brunch and loved the atmosphere, the host was great, loved the art and decor. We were really unimpressed with the food and our waitress wasn't great. It was a slow day and our waitress was never around at the right times. I think I actually was wondering if she was just tuning out googling stuff on her phone in the kitchen, haha. She was also not personable or helpful. I ordered a blt gouda sandwich which sounds amazing, but it was nothing like what I expected and it was just not good at all. It also came with french fries which it doesn't say on the menu which I thought was a super weird thing to come as a side for brunch. We also brought my 3 year old there and they didn't have a kids menu (or at least our server didn't tell us about a kids menu) so we ordered him a couple sides which ended up costing as much as an adult meal. One of the items was biscuit and gravy and the gravy tasted like straight up pureed raw onions and was Awful. And we asked for preserves for the biscuit and the they said it was house made and that was flavorless and the worst I've ever had... I definitely don't consider myself a difficult to please but I was pretty let down by the food and waitress... I'd probably come back and give it another try. Maybe with lower expectations this time.
This is our fifth visit to TerraMae. The ...
This is our fifth visit to TerraMae. The menu and ownership has changed several times just over the relatively brief period that we've been coming here (a year or so). Our first meal was outstanding but sadly it's been downhill since then until this last visit. The dining room has been really upgraded to a very beautiful space. And, the food has improved considerably -- my wife and I both had the Caprese Salad which was the tastiest one I've ever had. I then had salmon and my wife the trout -- both were quite delicious -- BUT like most restaurants in the South TerraMae suffers from portion overkill --" if one piece of salmon would make a nice satisfying meal let's pile on several more pieces." Go to the website for a Michelin starred restaurant and take a look at the portions served there -- the food WILL NOT be mounded up on the plate. Anyway, TerraMae has an improved menu, service and surroundings -- the chef just needs to realize that more is not better.
I hardly know where to start. Food? Serv ...
I hardly know where to start. Food? Service? Ambiance?
Food. You won't be disappointed here. We had a party of 20. Everyone seemed pleased to ecstatic with their dish. The presentation made each dish look like it came out of Food & Wine - all very Instagramy.
Service. Very professional. You almost didn't notice that they were there. They never mixed up who order what, re-filled coffee at just the right time, and many other small things so often missing in service today. They did bring out dishes as they were ready, so don't plan on being "polite" and waiting until every one is served.
Ambiance. High ceilings and marvelous interior design/decorating create a very enchanting space. Makes you feel that you are in for a special experience. The music seemed to be classic chamber the day we were there, thankfully making for low noise and easy conversation.
I didn't ask, but it looked like a couple of tables have privacy curtains (almost like Rod Steiger and Julie Christie having dinner in Dr. Zhivago). So if you want uber romantic, stop by before hand and talk to the manager.
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