The Blue Chair Cafe & Tavern is where the community gathers, whether sitting back with a book or iPad (free wi-fi) and a great cup of coffee, or meeting a friend or business client over lunch, or even playing trivia on a Tuesday night with a craft beer.
What they're saying…
This place is like a place from days gone bye. It's like stepping back in time small bright colors only about 8 tables. Great customer service and food was outstanding as was the dessert's which are fresh baked with a large selection. Lunch special's had great selection and good prices as well as the soups.
Bob D. • Shreveport, LA Yelp Review
My Favorite local place to eat! Great sense of community and wonderful food. The atmosphere and events there are fun and it's as comfortable as home!
Coppretta57 • Huntsville, AL Yelp Review
What a great spot! My group stopped in for breakfast and we were very satisfied with the breakfast wrap, Tiger Bowl, and Bagel and Lox. The bagel and lox was loaded with delicious salmon - I would definitely recommend it! The chai tea and coffee were also top notch. The atmosphere, service, and hospitality are fantastic. An all around great breakfast spot! I would definitely come back at other times of the day to see how the experience shifts through the afternoon and evening.
Lauren V. • Austin, TX Yelp Review
I needed a breakfast order for a group and Blue Chair answered my email quickly to confirm they could provide the service. They were great over the phone, professional, and had many options. Great experience! Will visit them again!
Jan S. • Montgomery, AL Yelp Review
We arrived in Sewanee after a long day of traveling with a toddler from LA. It was 10pm and we were hungry and tired. The food was great and the hospitality was second to none. We were immediately welcomed by the owner himself and felt right at home. The beer selection is wonderful, lots of local craft beers to choose from. The burgers were delicious and cooked perfectly. Our daughter even received a giant cookie. Cannot say enough good things about the place or the people.
Jennifer W. • Walnut Creek, CA Yelp Review
The food is great! Best breakfast near sewanee. Best burgers in sewanee. Best beer on tap. It would be great to have a few more servers on busy nights but I don't want quality of food or prices to change. Well worth a few extra mins wait time.
K.H. • Lenexa, KS Yelp Review
Lovin' the Blue Chair! Popped in for breakfast last Saturday. The homemade Granola was fabulous (I got half Cranberry Coconut, half Honey and Oat) and the espresso was honestly the best I think I've had. Super fresh and with the slightest little delightful hint of spice. Can't wait to go back.
Biz M. • Columbia, TN Yelp Review
I went there with my niece. She told me it was the best wings she had ever had and my burger was good too! Great staff! Will return!
Lindsay G. Google Review
Great people. Great coffee. The black bean burger is excellent, and sweet potato fries are the best I've ever had.
Regina C. Google Review
The owners of this restaurant are some of the friendliest people I have ever met and the food is phenomenal. I cannot recommend this place enough and will be stopping by every time I'm in the area. If you are looking for a wonderful family-run establishment, this is it.
Corey, Google Review
The best food and great service. We sat outside since we had been hiking and had our puppy with us. They brought water to our pup and gave him a few organic treats. We all loved this place, especially Opie!
Danielle H. Google Review
My daughter and I went here for lunch. It was crowded (not a problem). Food was good and the desserts were delicious. Was in a cute and quaint setting.
Mark S. Google Review
Located in the quaint University village of Sewanee with good food and friendly service. They serve breakfast and offer take out at 7am with a lunch service menu too but they also have a cozy Tavern connected to them that serves food after 11am.
“Ess” Google Review
The Tavern has, hands-down, some of THE BEST chicken fingers I've ever had. I would highly recommend visiting if you're looking for a great meal with a wide selection of beers. 9/10
Jacob B. Google Review
I never miss having at least one meal at The Blue Chair. Everything I have ever had there has been delicious. Great breakfasts, incredible baked goods, terrific sandwiches and of course, Gary’s chili! It’s so quaint and comfortable, it’s like eating in Grandma’s kitchen, but the food is even better.
TheTravelHawks Trip Advisor
When going over the mountain in either direction, there are just a few independent restaurant options. On the way back home, Mom and I stopped at this cafe. I wanted a hearty breakfast before starting the full drive back. And I got it! I ordered the Tiger Bowl: a sweet cream biscuit with hash brown potatoes, scrambled eggs, sausage gravy, and cheddar cheese cooked on top. It was SO tasty! I've never tasted a biscuit like that and the gravy added a slight spice kick to the dish. It was a good sized dish too. It definitely fueled me for the day. The decor of the cafe was kitschy comfy. The staff seemed genuinely happy. The granola and baked goods available for sale were home made. We will definitely be back.
The best S'more brownie I have ever had! Absolutely delicious soft chocolatey goodness with graham cracker, marshmallow layer upon a huge mountain square. I truly longed to return and get the prized recipe. The bakery is a non profit that helps women so you can indulge guilt free knowing you've helped someone get on their feet. Friendly staff with a great selection of homemade goods atop a cute hill in Sewanee.
Jill A. Yelp Review
Today we biked The Goat and stopped in for lunch at the Blue Chair Cafe. The owner made our day with treats for our kids, sharing local stories, recommending the delicious sour cream pound cake, and he even let me and my 4 year old sit inside his warm restaurant on a cold day while we waited for my husband to pick us up with the vehicle (4 year old was done with bikes). Such a lovely place with wonderful food!
Susannah B. Yelp Review
Quite possibly the best catfish I have ever had along with the baked beans and greens…
Richmond M. Yelp Review
A group of 8 of us ate here at least one time a day while on our vacation in Sewanee. This place is amazing!! We created some beautiful memories here all shared while enjoying delicious food and drinks. I felt like that had a little bit of everything to please even the most pickiest eater. There are two buildings. 1 is the tavern where they have more bar type food and serve hard seltzers/beer. We especially enjoyed our Jackalope IPAs. Over at the bar we had burgers to eat. Others in our group had the patty melt, fried chicken sandwich and salads. The other building is more of a diner setting where they have grab and go fresh baked goods. We had a red velvet muffin with dark chocolate pieces and a marshmallow bar. Everything is homemade! I wanted to take the whole bakery in my pocket! You can also order from a small menu that consists of basic breakfast food such as eggs, biscuits, hash browns, etc. I had the tiget bowl and others had the breakfast sandwich. Outside they have picnic chairs to sit at and also a fire pit. As tourists we were extrememly happy to find out that the beer we were so enjoying was BOGO! The owner stopped and talked with our group a few times. He is a friendly man and with this place being a small family owned business we were so happy to support them during this time. If you are in the area and looking for a wholesome place with awesome food swing by The Blue Chair!!
January 2021 Yelp Review
We visited The Blue Chair Café for breakfast while staying in nearby Tracy City and now I can't wait to go back to their tavern next door. The breakfast was simple which is exactly what I wanted! They also have delicious coffee and lattés served hot or iced with flavor options as well. The owner was there and he was super friendly. He gave us a lot of great recommendations for hiking in the area! The outdoor seating in front of the café and tavern is very inviting. I'm excited to go back to enjoy their outdoor space!
Loren K. Yelp Review
Such a welcoming, lovely place! Delicious food and coffee, friendly staff. The outdoor dining has plenty of shade, making it comfortable most of the year. Last time we were there, the proprietor, Mr. Jimmy, came in and greeted all his guests. He complimented my three daughters (all under 5 yrs) on how well-behaved they were being and asked me if it would be okay if he offered them popsicles on the house. He chatted with me and my kids for awhile and treated them like their thoughts and opinions were worth hearing. After going to The Blue Chair for years, I now understand why the atmosphere is so warm and welcoming. How could it be otherwise with such a kind gentleman at the helm?
Jordan K. Google Review
The food is great and the customer service is excellent. One employee started a fire for us when we felt more comfortable sitting outside. When we were leaving, I was too rushed getting my kids to the car and left my purse. The employees left it behind the bar and went above and beyond to be helpful. This place and the folks who run it are top notch.
Natalie P. Google Review
Delicious lunch and great community vibe! The caesar salad with grilled chicken and beer-battered fries hit the spot. Jackalope Lovebird hefe and IPA beers were great - love that they ahve these Nashville brews. Also love the dog-friendly outdoor seating (they have water bowls and brought our dog a treat!). Will be stopping by next time I'm in Sewanee! Service was excellent.
Elizabeth S. R. Yelp Review
We loved this place so much. The food was delicious, but the kindness and friendly service we received meant the most. The world needs more places and people like this. The best cookies we have ever eaten!
Ashton G Yelp Review
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(To-go and curbside ORDERS by PHONE only please.)
(To-go and curbside ORDERS by PHONE only please.)