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Nikki's Drive Inn

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899 Cherokee Blvd, Chattanooga, TN 37405-3311
+1 423-265-9015
09:00 - 22:00
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Sun - Thu 09:00 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 09:00 - 22:00
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Wooldridge, Missouri
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 December 2016 via mobile

I'm sad to say I wasn't overly impressed with this restaurant. The food was okay, nothing to write home about. I feel like the prices were a little high considering you have to pay extra for sides on sandwiches. I did like that the menu included tax in their prices. The waitress was efficient, but rather cold. Maybe she was... More 

Thank MCook215
Jackson, Mississippi
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12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2016

My wife's father would bring her to Nikkis when they still had car hops in the early 60s (she is now 56) and on special occasions she got to go inside and sit at the bar! I first ate here in the early 1980s (student at UTC). I love burger joints and this is one of the great ones. The... More 

Thank OleSouthWanderer
Dexter, Michigan
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 November 2016

An old drive-inn on top of a ridge. Cash only but womderful large Fried jumbo shrip (best i've ever had) and great southernfried chick for a very low price. Walking in to this drive-inn, one couldn't imagine how delicious the food would be. Great value...

Thank Roger H
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2016 via mobile

Have been eating at Nikki's for at least 60 years, as best as I can remember. Try to stop in every time we are in town. It is not just for the onion rings, which should be eaten with every meal...breakfast and dessert included. It is also for the fried shrimp, chicken, burgers, and cold beer. Oh heck, it is... More 

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Ringgold, Georgia
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13 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 August 2016 via mobile

It was my first time going here. I had the bacon wrapped chicken livers. It was something different from what I always eat. It was good.

Thank meloney w
Chattanooga, Tennessee
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158 reviews
112 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 August 2016

My 10 year old and I ate at the counter. Good diner food. We enjoyed watching the cook. The service was efficient and friendly. My child raved about the onion rings!

Thank Hubbynfather
Ooltewah, Tennessee
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73 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 August 2016 via mobile

Order the three jumbo shrimp yum yum yum! Comes with fries and small salad with their signature French dressing. These shrimp are huge and fried to perfection. My hubby got the big burger and loved every bite. Our son enjoyed a burger too. Our daughter had the old fashioned grilled cheese sandwich. We all got cokes in a bottle and... More 

Thank rockstreesminerals
Shelbyville, Tennessee, United States
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26 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 August 2016

A friend who is from Chattanooga told us to go eat here. Otherwise we wouldn't have ever found it and I'm glad we went. They are known for their shrimp and onion rings. The shrimp are HUGE and delicious. Everyone in the place had a plate of onion rings on their table. They were great without all the extra breading.

Thank Lisa B
East Ridge, Tennessee
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16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 August 2016

I Had not eaten here in forever and i went here with my grandparents and the food is so so so so so good. i had a hamburger and fries. and the bottled cokes are the main reason i come here. soo you have to come to nikki's. IT'S AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thank Halloween543
Nashville, Tennessee
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105 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 July 2016

Nikki's is a very old school diner/dive that harkens to late 40's. If you are not ready to fry, then you should pass Nikki by. I have had the occasion to not have to wait and want as I was longing for a seat or both, but that is rear. My favorite spot is the counter where all of the... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$7 - US$7
American, Seafood
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Kids, Cheap Eats, Local cuisine, Child-friendly
Open Hours
09:00 - 21:00
09:00 - 21:00
09:00 - 21:00
09:00 - 21:00
09:00 - 21:00
09:00 - 22:00
09:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 899 Cherokee Blvd, Chattanooga, TN 37405-3311
  • Location: United States  >  Tennessee (TN)  >  Chattanooga
  • Phone Number: +1 423-265-9015

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