Bari
Bari

Bari

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.barimemphis.com/
  • Phone: 9017222244
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm -10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm, Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Italian
  • Executive Chef: Jason Severs
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Call us for catering information.
  • Private Party Facilities: Contact us for private party information
  • Private Party Contact: Rebecca Severs 9017222244

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Madison Ave.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Parking is available behind the restaurant, on the side, or across the street.
A word from Bari
Bari Ristorante Enoteca is the city's only Southeastern Italian restaurant and wine bar. Creating the regional cuisine of his family, Chef Jason Severs' renditions of antipasto, salads, meats and seafood, over 20 Italian cheeses, plus homemade pasta, bread, and desserts, give diners a true taste of this Italian Region. Whether you order a multi-course meal like they do in Italy, or only one or two dishes, you will love the simplicity and freshness of Bari's food and excellent Italian wines. The Enoteca is open an hour before and after the dining room, offering and extensive all-Italian wine list.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
Bari reviews from OpenTable diners
56 reviews since June 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (38)romantic (34)special occasion (30)notable wine list (29)neighborhood gem (29)vibrant bar scene (17)late-night find (6)good for groups (4)hot spot (4)kid-friendly (3)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Nice neighborhood restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Not a chain! Locally owned! Serves authentic Northern Italian cuisine! Real tablecloths and linen napkins! Menu and wine list not so extensive that it takes an hour to read!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Something Lost
    thetruth
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    This is my 5th time going to Bari, and my first experience has never been matched. It was not that busy, yet our server seemed in the weeds. I did not eat my entree (too much lemon and butter) and the server did not even ask to replace or substitute the dish. I guess my expectations might be too high for a 25 dollar al a cart piece of fish.
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  • Great Find
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002VIP
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    As visitors to Memphis we found this a delightful place to dine. The cheese menu was wonderful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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  • Excellent
    Steven
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Our dinner at Bari was very good! 4 stars. Would have given it 5 stars if the ambiance had been as good as the food.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Service
    memphislawgirl
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    This is one of my favorite Memphis restaurants. Authentic Italian. The service is fantastic and the servers are very knowledgeable about the menu and can help you choose cheeses from their wide variety.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Meal
    SuziinTNVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    As always, we had an outstanding meal here. They have added 3 new items to the menu, and all the old favorites still remain. Great cheeses, drinks, food ... and outstanding service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Italian elegance
    Susie2
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Bari has, hands down, the best selection of exotic cheeses anywhere in the city. The sheep's milk varieties are spectacular. The wine list is extensive and varied and the specials are always creative and a good balance of traditional and modern cuisine.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    My new favorite in memphis. They always have a great menu and the specials are always truly special.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cierra Martin
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    I loved the atmosphere of Bari and was very impressed with the level of service. However, I thought the food was average and served in extremely small portions. I will pay highly for delicious food, but I wasn't in love with any of the dishes I tried, and I had an appetizer, salad and pasta dish.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • siempre es un placer!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Para los amantes de la pasta casera, les sugiero orecchiettes a la pugliese...es mi plato favorito!... Es una cocina simple y noble. Agradezco tener a Bari en Memphis!.....
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just ok
    Steve
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We have been coming to baris for five years. It has been very good in the past. We only come once a year for our anniversary. In fact we live in Huntstille Alabama, visit Memphis and Tunica. Got the lamb, it was just ok. Wife hot the scallop....all three of them. She had a house glass of wine, I had a martini. The tab was 115.00....with appetizers. We love the location and the small dining area...
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    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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  • Bari is great!
    David
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We took my in-laws to Bari Saturday night. Once again, Rebecca was an amazing waitress. We had the three cheese goat plate from the bar with bread and it's still amazing. The salads were great and the rigatoni is still out of this world. We all had the special, pan seared tuna, which was wonderful. They even had a chardonnay that I liked and I don't like chardonnay. For dessert, the blueberry vinaigrette pie the lightest we've ever had. Thanks Bari!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • our time out
    Germantown
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    My wife and I have been to Bari multiple times and although we enjoy trying new places and food, when it comes to a special evening when we get to take time out from the kids this where we want to go. Amazing food a great time to just be together and impeccable service! They have gotten it right every time and we will be back. Thank you Bari staff for not letting me down!!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Exactly what we requested
    Melalise
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    I used OpenTable and in our reservations description, requested a quiet location, a loud but sweet and patient server because my grandmother can be edgy and is hard of hearing and they did exactly what we requested! The food was great and so was the service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Squint! & imagine yourself in Italy
    KarenS
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    This restaurant is such a treat! Intimate and unpolished yet beautiful. The food is divine-Authentic Italian Mediterranean coastal cuisine. This is NOT Olive Garden... If you don't appreciate the subtle fineries in life don't bother.... But if you do, you just found a gem. Tip: let the wait staff lead, they are very knowledgeable , take their recommendations for wine, and a pre dinner cheese tray- I doubt seriously you will be sorry .
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of my favorites
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    Bari is an outstanding Italian restaurant with light and authentic cuisine. My favorite dish is the Bistecca, but they also have lovely fish and pasta dishes. The cheese list is unusual and extensive and all of the ingredients are very fresh. The wine list features a large variety of Italian wines and the wait staff are very knowledgeable and enthusiastic about the entire menu. i would highly recommend Bari to anyone.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • MJohnson
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    I enjoyed the restaurant. The appetizers and salads were much better then the main course. Next time I go, I'll strictly just get the apps. The mussels were unique and great - love the thinly sliced garlic and the combo of citrus. The Lattuga Salad had a wonderful balance of flavors. Overall great salad. The Orecchiette Pasta - great flavors as well. Anchovie is sutlbe and not over powering. The pasta is homemade and a little thicker then I'm use to for orecchiette, so some of the pieces weren't fully cooked. Sauce was delicious The wine was inexpensive, but very tasty - both the Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Grigio
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    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 39 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 24, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.7
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 646 reviews are from the Bari reviews archive.
  • Delicious!
    ILoveFood
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Server was helpful but not pushy. Mussels, salami, cheeses were great. Good wine at reasonable price. Specials were cooked perfectly. Worth the money.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • June 2014
    imatooplain
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    Small portions and big prices. Food was very good except the Wife didn't care for an exotic vegetable. We tried it and liked it but will probably seek a better value elsewhere. Maybe our tastes are not sophisticated enough. One's tastes may need to be, uh, "adventuresome."
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    romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • So so
    trapper29
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    Overall I was disapointed with Bari. I thought the service could have been better (empty water glass most of the meal). We went on a Tuesday and the place was empty. The cheese courses were good though small. The entrees were small and expensive. My wife had the scallops and she was served 2 scallops on a small bed of shaved leeks, no sides for $20. I had the ribeye that was the nightly special, small ribeye with no sides for $35. Ordered the sauteed mushrooms as a side Seems a bit spendy. We dined at the Capital Grill the week prior, comparing the 2, we should have gone back to the Capital Grill. If you are a fan of Italian wines and cheeses its an excellent choice. I would go back but just for the wine and cheese.
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    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing food
    LittleC321
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    My husband and I are from a town right outside of Bari, Italy. We were hoping the food from Bari Ristorante would be authentic, and we were not disappointed. This is not your typical Italian-American Cuisine; the dishes are light, void of the heavy sauces that tend to overwhelm and obscure individual ingredients. The quality really comes through. Our waiter was very attentive and knowledgeable. The owner came to talk to us, and we had a great conversation. Highly recommeded.
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    romantic, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
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  • Great meal
    SuziinTNVIP
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    This is one of my favorite restaurants. The small plates, outstanding food, and excellent service make it a very enjoyable experience. The scallops are GREAT, and make sure you let them select some cheese samples for you. This is a great place for couples, groups, or even eating alone.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Awesome as always
    Jimmer0
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Bari is one of our favorite places to go, whether we sit in the bar on a weeknight or in the dining room on a weekend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bari-stic!
    Kat420
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    I have passed Bari many times and never had a second thought about it. I was missing out! After first looking over the menu I began to think I was in over my head. Very intimidating if you are not accustomed to authenic Italian food. Thankfully our server was use to our reaction lol! He was very patient and knowledgable of the menu and wine list(which is outstanding!). Cozy(only seats about 40ppl), romantic unpretentious atmosphere. We couldn't believe we hadn't tried Bari out by now. You should not sleep on this place folks!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • shelmadine
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    I spent over a hour, writing a review that continually missed the mark...too many characters. You all were amazing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • True Italian Flavors
    CSP1
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    This authentic Italian food with extremely high quality ingredients. Unfortunately the night I was there there were three tables with babies two of whom were very well behaved. It's a very small restaurant and I'll say no more. Out waiter made some recommendations all of which were excellent. the carbonara is the best in the city. I had the cauliflower and it was not worth $7. It was the only thing that fell short. The meats and cheese that you can select from are amazing yet the portions are quite small. It is pricey but really good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great vibe
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    Bari has exception seafood and great service. Looking for an intimate place with great service and great food where you can talk and relax and enjoy your friends or family? Go to Bari!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    delicious dinner and great service! I enjoyed the wine the waiter recommended now that ichi bana is off the list. The salad was fresh and soup delicious!
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    special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good cheese
    tomlink
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    The grilled calamari appetizer was s little cold but the cheese and antipasto was fantastic.
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    romantic
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food is always excellent!
    MikeA2006
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    We have eaten here twice so far, and the food has always been amazing!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Neighborhood Gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    If you are a cheese lover this place is perfect! Excellent wines and reasonable prices. Bartender and server knowledgeable.
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    fit for foodies
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  • Love good food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    We have been going to Bari since it opened. It is relaxed with a very good wine list and terrific simple, Italian food - our favorite way to spend an evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Midtown Dining
    Kneeps
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    I chose Bari for our wedding anniversary/Mothers Day celebration and we weren't disappointed. We have been there before and we were treated to another great dining experience. Bari has a very well done menu and execution is excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 8th Anniversary
    David
    Dined on 5/7/2014
    We celebrated our anniversary here and loved it! The three cheese plate was amazing before dinner and the Rigatoni was truly out of this world. We ordered it because another reviewer went nuts over it and he was right. Our waitress nailed it on each of our wine recommendations after finding out what we liked. If you want, just go for wine and cheese sometime, as there are plenty of amazing options for both. Even the potatoes were memorable. We will definitely go back. Thanks for a great anniversary Bari!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • MaggieL
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Bari is a small intimate restaurant with wonderful food and excellent service.
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    Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic, as always
    Doug
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    Bari never fails to deliver. Intimate atmosphere, excellent service, and inspired cuisine. The rigatoni is ridiculous (and by that I mean ridiculously good). I grew up in New York (where I ate my fair share of Italian food). I have also made it a point to check out Italian food in some of the more famous areas of the U.S. and in two parts of Italy. Among all of this, Bari's rigatoni is the BEST I have eaten anywhere. We live about 90 minutes from Memphis and Bari is a place we eat at on almost every trip. This trip was to celebrate our one-year wedding anniversary, so we considered doing something above-and-beyond. But after considering numerous 5-star restaurants, we decided we'd rather be at Bari and we were not disappointed.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Bari Dining
    Starry
    Dined on 4/30/2014
    The food is outstanding. Try the balsamic-marinated funghi! The banana dessert is off the charts. Great service and the best hearth bread in town.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    Excellent food and service. Had a wonderful vegan meal.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always Special
    BritJunkie
    Dined on 4/24/2014
    Bari costs too much for my husband and I to do often, but when we have the opportunity, it's always one of our favorites. The selections are always beautiful, tasty, simply done, and just regal. I love the spot, the staff, the bar, the ambiance, the food -- everything!! Bari is a one-of-a-kind experience that everyone should find a way to treat themselves to every now and then.
    Special Features:
    Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Will be a regular diner
    AmyMc
    Dined on 4/23/2014
    My husband and I dined there for the first time the other night, and were extremely impressed by the whole experience - food, service and atmosphere. I like that the bar is separated from the main dining area. That also provides options for some who may just want to gather for some excellent cheeses and wine. We're definitely adding this restaurant to our regular rotation.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.