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/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
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.
My mom and I spent the weekend in Chattanooga for a quick getaway. I made a reservation here on a whim through OpenTable, so didn't really have any expectations. I absolutely loved all the decor - the wallpaper, the furniture, the paintings, the fixtures on the wall.... It was such a nice change from the standard cookie-cutter decor found in every other nice restaurant. I had the curried scallops for dinner and they were PERFECT. Not too heavy but still very filling and very flavorful.
I was very disappointed with the lack of ...
I was very disappointed with the lack of flavor. I felt like it should have been as tasty as Easy Bistro and St Johns but it definitely was not. The food lacked the pizzazz it should have for that quality of a restaurant. Beautiful atmosphere but very disappointing for the foodies that we are.
Quite a change
First visit to hotel and Terramae was two years ago. New owner has taken away the charm and feel of a good story. Fortunately the food is still wonderful even if the wine list is incredulously expensive and the redesign of the dining room is some weird combination of '50s drive in and bizarre funk. Charm has lost out to owner prerogative. Sad.
Very nice! It was our third visit to Terramae and the food has been excellent each time. The roasted beet salad was wonderful! The salmon was perfectly cooked. The New York Strip was very nice (although over-priced, in my opinion). The staff was very pleasant. We will definitely go back once it reopens.
We had dinner with friends and had not eaten at Terra Mae in a long time. The menu used to offer an eclectic mix of southern variations and we always knew we would be treated to "something" different. We visited on a Thursday night and the menu offered variations to choose from, but no choices for that memorable dinner. I was ready for the grouper that was posted on their menu on line, but it was substituted by Red Snapper. I not a fan! I just could not find anything that popped out at me. Atlantic salmon, duck with bar B que sauce, pork chop, chicken, pasta and 2 steaks. I ended up ordering a small filet and that is most unusual for me, along with a beet salad. The beet salad was very small and not worth the $10.00 we were charged for the serving.
The steak was cooked perfectly and was delicious.
The wine by the glass list was too limiting. Out of all the wine categories they offer, each variety only offered one choice. They need to offer additional choices.
Service was slow getting started. No bread was offered. We did not order desert.
The dining rooms are lovely. We were there on a very cold night, so we asked if we could move our table away from all the glass. They were most accommodating.
It is always nice to have dinner with good friends.
I would highly recommend Terramae. Great food and an excellent location. There is something for everyone and the service was excellent. The atmosphere is wonderful. We had brunch and it was perfect. The prices aren't too high and the wine list is excellent. A definite must if you want to try an intimate location with great food.
Still the Best
This was our second visit to TerraMae. After our first visit I considered TerraMae to be the best restaurant in town -- and after the second visit I still think it's the best. The food is thoughtfully prepared and nicely presented -- nothing is overdone including portion sizes. I had the poached salmon served over barley with whole baby carrots, sugar snap peas and what appeared to be oyster mushrooms all in a nice broth -- with all the several flavors delicately preserved. My wife had the red snapper which is usually served over cooked greens and sweet potato puree -- my wife doesn't care for sweet potato so the kitchen accommodated her by substituting a variety of steamed vegetables -- she said the dish was just right. Once again TerraMae saved us a trip to Atlanta or Nashville to experience fine dining.
Terramae is a find!
We were visiting Chattanooga for the first time and had been told that Terramae has a great brunch so we reserved a table for 11:00 AM on a Sunday. It was very easy to locate and was walk-able from the hotel where we were staying downtown. The staff that greeted and waited on us were very friendly and accommodating. There had been a large wedding party staying in the hotel the night before so the staff were wrapping up things for them but that had no impact on our experience. We found the decor unique and interesting and the dining room had a lot of natural light. We ordered the omelet, eggs Benedict, and cast iron bread pudding and were very pleased with our choices, excellent taste and portion size. Prices were very reasonable and we felt very satisfied with our visit and will be back the next time we're in town!
Good experience....Has even more potential
The menu hasn't changed much since our last visit In 2015 despite a new chef...the food is still excellent (despite an oyster app served perplexingly on clam shells), but it is time for the new owner and chef to move on and put their own imprint on things. Our service was great and the ambiance continues to put this in the top tier of fine dining in Chattanooga...I have no doubt that things will evolve...however, to generate repeat business, the menu cannot remain static
Worth Checking out
This was my favorite restaurant in Chattanooga until my last visit. The dessert menu had changed, my favorite things on the menu had been deleted. I'm hoping with expressing my concerns they will rectify this. They have new owners so hopefully things will not change to much.
Best in Town
To say TerraMae is the best restaurant in town is faint praise considering the town is Chattanooga -- home of greasy food and gigantic portions. That said, TerraMae is, indeed, a very good place to dine offering well thought-out dishes, nice presentations and attentive, knowledgeable service. I enjoyed the grouper served over sweet/sour spinach and a sweet potato puree. My wife had the scallops and said that they were perfectly cooked and delicious. All things considered we'd have to drive to Atlanta or Nashville to find an equal.
The food was very good, and waitress was very knowledgeable about the dishes. Nice atmosphere. We didn't spend time at the bar, but talked to the bartender on the way out, and he was very friendly. The prices were very reasonable for the high quality of food. An enjoyable evening.
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