Just moved to Chattanooga in August of 2015. Found St. John's Meeting Place on line. So far, BY FAR, our best dining experience in Chattanooga, TN. Great food from the appetizer, entre, and desert! Everything was fabulous and this is no joke! Joe, our server did an excellent job of making sure we were taken care of. Great wine list! This is an EXCELLENT restaurant that I would recommend to everyone!
I fell for one of the oldest tricks in the book: Calling something a bistro so that you can charge three times as much for the food as you normally would.Don't get me wrong: The venue was beautiful. The wine rack was beautiful. The food was beautiful. Individuals with an overdeveloped sense of sight and no real taste differentiation should absolutely consider this as a hot spot. However, as someone who was hoping for more of a culinary than a visual feast, I was rather disappointed.It is my understanding that $36 bacon-wrapped scallops should feature sizzling, perfectly-crispy bacon wrapped around fresh, lightly seasoned scallops. However, Terramae's understanding seemed to be that at least three quarters of that $36 should go towards purchasing salt for the dish, which seemed to be designed to cover up the fishy taste of the scallops (and not the good kind of fishy, where fish tastes like delicious cold-water fish, but rather the kind where it tastes as though the fish has been raised off the shores of New Jersey and too frequently visits the underwater radioactive tanning bed). My mother's steak was also buried under a mound of salt sufficient to de-ice the streets of Nashville during this current winter blizzard.The food was not horrible--it was fine. However, for the price it cost, I expected a whole lot more than a pretty environment and some salt.