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The Purple Daisy Picnic Cafe

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4001 Saint Elmo Ave, Chattanooga, TN 37409-1301
+1 423-822-6477
11:00 - 16:00
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Mon - Fri 11:00 - 20:00
Sat - Sun 11:00 - 16:00
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4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Exceptional food and very friendly servers and staff! I only wish we live closer so that I could have the option of trying more of the delicious looking menu items.

Thank Trackdog98
Williamsburg, VA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

After taking the Incline Railway from the top of Lookout Mountain, we really enjoyed lunch at the Purple Daisy (located across the Incline parking lot at the base.) Funky decor (purple daisies, purple pigs) & fabulous BBQ made for a yummy lunch. My brother had the BBQ platter while I enjoyed their homemade coleslaw & a vegetarian loaded baked potato... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Friendly staff, good food, great service! We're from Florida and we're surprised by how liquidy the BBQ sauces were.

Thank Ashley R
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We stopped at the purple Daisy Cafe after visiting Point Park on Lookout Mountain. We loved the pork nachos, the chili pie with fritos (yum!), ribs, and tacos. Everything was wonderful. Service was terrific! Very cute place would recommend highly.

Thank Theresa C
Chattanooga, Tennessee
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The Purple Daisy Picnic Cafe is located in St Elmo, TN at the foot of Lookout Mountain. The location is convenient to attractions such as the Incline Railway (right across the street) and Rock City(right before you go up the mountain). We went for lunch on a weekday at 11:15 and there was only one other couple eating. But it... More 

Thank GoVols79
Chattanooga, Tennessee
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Purple Daisy never disappoints! I highly recommend their original “Rainbow Sandwich” and fruit tea. The food is delicious and filling and the staff are friendly and provide the highest level of service.

Thank agrubbs927
LaFayette, Georgia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

So, let's start with desert. It took 10 bits to figure out the ingredients of their Banana Pudding. My average is 7. All 3 of us on this adventure agreed. It is the best Banana Pudding we've eaten in any restaurant in Chattanooga. But it's not the best we ever had. I had ribs, baked beans, slaw & Texas toast.... More 

Thank Bj S
Chattanooga, Tennessee
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 January 2017

We've gone a few times over the years and always feel just kind of blah when we're done. There's nothing wrong with the food, there's just nothing spectacular either. They do have good hot dogs!

Thank MustangCaliTenn
Frederick, Maryland
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2017

If you like barbecue, this place is worth a stop. Casual atmosphere,eclectic decor, kid-friendly, reasonable prices, and...good food. A winning combo.Our toddler particularly enjoyed the treat which came with the kid's meal. I would highly recommend the baked beans as a side to whatever main dish you choose. They are seriously delicious.

Thank H6551XMsharon
Columbiana, Alabama
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2016 via mobile

We visited Chattanooga with the family and stopped by The Purple Daisy Picnic Cafe before boarding the Incline. The atmosphere was fun and eclectic. Nice casual spot for lunch. We ordered for two kids and two adults. Menu is limited, but the adult meals were really good. My husband ordered a large bowl of chili, which he really enjoyed with... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$2 - US$10
American, Cafe, Barbecue
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Highchairs Available
Good for
Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Kids, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
11:00 - 16:00
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 16:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 4001 Saint Elmo Ave, Chattanooga, TN 37409-1301
  • Location: United States  >  Tennessee (TN)  >  Chattanooga
  • Phone Number: +1 423-822-6477
A cozy little BBQ restaurant next to the incline railway at the foot of Lookout Mountain.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?