Big River Grille & Brewing Works


111 Broadway,
Nashville, Tennessee 37201


closed for business sign


closed for business sign

First Visited

May 17, 2007

Committed to using only the freshest and finest ingredients, our restaurants showcase a passion for food with seasonal menus, daily specials and frequent changes to the regular menu.

Throughout the 19th century, the great riverboats of the Mississippi and Tennessee Rivers brought the freshest and finest goods from our nation’s heartland to cities along its banks. Big River Grille & Brewing Works was born out of a passion for fresh, hand crafted beer and premium, made from scratch regional cuisine. Our original location in Chattanooga, Tennessee is located in a historic trolley barn, just steps away from Ross’s Landing. Along the Tennessee River, in days gone by, it was here that fresh grains and produce were offloaded for use by local merchants including mills, markets and of course – breweries. At Big River Grille & Brewing Works, the riverboat’s heritage is echoed in our award-winning lagers and ales and innovative menu.

Big River Grille is one of the top restaurants in downtown Chattanooga. Opening in the early 1990s and located near the Tennessee Aquarium. Located in old electric trolley barn on the National Register of Historic Places, this local place has great food and the visitors love it as much as the locals do.

After almost 18 years as an anchor of the downtown dining scene, the parent company of Big River Grille has decided it’s time for a change. Back in 2010, Centerbridge Capital purchased Rock Bottom Restaurants, which was the operating company behind Big River and Old Chicago. They also bought Gordon Biersch at the same time, giving them a pretty respectable market share of the chain brewpub sector under the name Craftworks Restaurants.

It’s a fun business, but our brewers take the term “Craft Beer” seriously. It’s part art, part science, and part unbridled obsession that makes them devote themselves to making the best beer for our Big River guests. Each beer is made on-site by our on-site local brewer – it’s truly tank to table – and each beer has its own story. Come in, share a bite and pass a pint with us.

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