Interim Restaurant & Bar
Interim Restaurant & Bar

Interim Restaurant & Bar

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.interimrestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 9018180821
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Monday - Sunday: Open at 5:30
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 2:30pm
    Sunday Brunch 10:30 - 2:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American
  • Executive Chef: Jackson Kramer
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: We have 2 private rooms available. One seats 16 and the other seats 30. Room rental fee's may apply.
  • Private Party Contact: Lisa Franklin/Stephen Shumate 9018180821

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Mendenhall
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: On site security.
A word from Interim Restaurant & Bar
Opened on January 23, 2007 at 5040 Sanderlin Avenue, Interim Restaurant & Bar allows the guest to experience an open kitchen fused with the dining room to enhance the experience.
Chef Jackson Kramer's stylistic food presentation, blended with the freshest local ingredients, will allow your pallet to be piqued as the savory aromas from the Chef's preparations spill out into the dining room.
Interim's climate controlled wine room is prominently displayed, occupying the entire south wall of the restaurant.
Visit us soon for lunch, dinner, or have a cocktail in Interim's spectacular bar.

Executive Chef Jackson Kramer

General Manager Lisa Franklin
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
Interim Restaurant & Bar reviews from OpenTable diners
73 reviews since May 21, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.4
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (48)fit for foodies (40)neighborhood gem (39)vibrant bar scene (24)notable wine list (24)romantic (24)great for brunch (16)great for lunch (15)good for groups (15)hot spot (7)late-night find (1)scenic view (1)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Dinner at Eight
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Interim is consistently delicious. The kitchen happily accommodates special requests, the wait staff is consistently good, and in general a nice place for a special dinner out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nothing interim about it!
    Alex
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    I have been to Interim several times over the past few years, and it has always impressed me favorably, it's always a pleasure to return to it. The new menu is nicely updated, lots of great choices, everything else is very very good. I would only expand the wine selection to include more European, Australian, New Zealand, and South American options, that would make it top of the line in my mind.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food
    Garrett75
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Good food, good service, neat atmosphere but a little loud. Definitely will go back again.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our Favorite
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Interim is our favorite spot for Sunday brunch. We really like it at other times, too, but it is, by far, Memphis' best brunch.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent
    KAGermantown
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    A group of six from our company, including two European staff and a Middle East distributor, dined at Interim on September 2, 2014. The exterior of the restaurant was clean and presentable. The interior decor was modern, elegant and well-maintained. The open kitchen is a part of the dining area, and is an added attraction. The Executive Chef, Jason Dallas, was visible in the kitchen, as well as on the dining room floor. The food, which is "Farm-to-Table", was excellent. I recommend the tomato terrine with arugala salad - very unique. Our diverse party thoroughly enjoyed the ambiance and food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Interim is always solid
    MemphisCRE
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    What started out as an interim concept has turned into a great, long term restaurant. Food is always consistent and good with a nice ambiance and decor. The open kitchen is a plus along with competent waiters.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not enough of a good thing!
    Lovegoodfood
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Pleasant evening dining at Interim. Waiter friendly/ efficient. Fish & Beef Tenderloin good.. highlights: caesar salad.. delicious shaved parmesan & good croutons. Pear Blossom Martini also delicious. Disappointment came with the portion sizes. The custard dessert was literally just a bit lager than the circumference of a quarter.. no kidding .. in retrospect I should have taken a picture! Looking at it half-full I will say it was delicious.. but again.. it had a wonderful fruit glaze.. maybe raspberry or strawberry but I would have liked MUCH more glaze/sauce and a LARGER portion! Same with the DELICIOUS beets! 3 or 4 paper thin slices? REALLY? I wanted MORE!! Portions of some things are really not right! WANTED MORE!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Sunday lunch
    TNOw
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Made a last minute reservation and had a fantastic lunch.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Highly recommended
    mjr0774
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    We were promptly seated at our reservation time. Ordered crab cake and mac n cheese appetizers...fabulous. Duck and Beef Tenderloin were our main courses....great. Then came the dessert....wow! We had one of each. Chef Michael Williams is elite in his craft. These desserts were amazing! It's hard to share when they taste so delicious. Highly recommended!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Interim dinner
    Travelinfoodie
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    I immediately noticed the good atmosphere as I entered the restaurant! The choice list on the menu was too limited and entrees were fantastic, but they were too small for what it cost. Side items were limited as well. We paid $12 for a great salmon appetizer which was too small for what it cost; same goes for the dessert. We even inquired about if the dessert was big enough to split and we were told it was. We had difficulty understanding the waitress although the service was good. I would recommend it, but you have to go into it knowing you will have to splurge and spend lots of money.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Debbie
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Consistently good, but not great. Fish dish lacked seasoning.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I love Interim
    Susie2
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Sophisticated but laid back. Interim has a great wine list and unique appetizers and entrees. I like the bar area especially - Brianna is the best bartender and a great conversationalist.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Private Room Special Gathering
    FussyFoodie
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    We attended for Sunday brunch the weekend of Mom's funeral with our out of town family. We used to take mom there for brunch often. The staff bent over backwards to make our gathering special. They set up the private room on short notice in a simple and lovely way. They also provided amazing service and delicious food (like always).
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Interim Memphis
    gutsreview
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    The bartenders are very attentive and give you a good poor. The food was outstanding and the chef personally came out several times and chatted with us.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • chiqui
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Very nice experience, good ambience, I had an excellent duck dish, good wine list, and friendly service. I recommend Interim as a pleasant restaurant where you know you will eat well, reasonably priced, and without folks in shorts at least at dinner time. The open kitchen is also very attractive.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Look Out! Duck.
    Spideats
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    The Duck is one of Chef's favorites as well as mine. The duck was cooked perfectly on the light side of medium. Well seasoned with a fried gnocchi patty on the bottom and side. One of the party had a wonderful hamburger and the other had the pan seared redfish. Both loved their dishes. I paired the duck with a Malbec which seemed to compliment the burger and the fish. A very good adult dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not just another review.....
    bdpmVIP
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    This is the 10th review we have given this year.....which means we really like it. We mix it up between the dining room and bar depending on our mood. There soups are really good. I had the corn and habenero ....fabulous! The tomatoe turine salad was good but overrated and overpriced. The fried oysters are so tender and juicy. We'll be back again soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 2 nights in a row
    bdpmVIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    We like to mix it up...one night in the dining room and the next in the bar! The hamburgers are great. If there is a sports event you can enjoy the tv above the bar...if your In the mood for more dining style you can watch the chefs prepare the food in the more formal setting. Just fun!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great as usual
    bdpmVIP
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    We can depend on a great meal every time. If for some reason something is not up to its usual they make it right. The crab appetizer is great. So are the fried oysters....juicy and lightly breaded served over slivered carrots and asparagus you get the flavor!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • interim early dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Enjoyed dinner with a friend at this lovely spot. The crab cake appetizer was spot on and was delicious! My entree was one of the daily special fish and it was amazing! Service was attentive, atmosphere relaxing, and overall really enjoyed this place!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Is usually better
    Blue
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    I've been there enough times, to be disappointed in this latest meal. The duck was well undercooked and the server was poor. Maybe he is just new, but he was pretty clueless and not very attentive.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent evening
    Sharongee
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    During one-night stay at an East Memphis hotel, we looked for a restaurant that was open on Sunday night. Luckily, we found Interim. We shared a fabulous seared-scallop appetizer with a glass of really good Chardonnay. On advice of fellow diners, I selected one of three fish offerings – the Redfish, perfectly done and served with the most delicious couscous and spinach. Hubby chose the grilled chicken breast with potato galette and mushroom sauce, which he pronounced superb. Service was outstanding. Both the open-kitchen restaurant and the busy bar had a relaxed yet ultra-modern vibe. It made for an excellent evening.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner
    CTHfood
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Reservation was promptly ready when our group arrived. Drinks and Apps were great. Mac and cheese, cheese platter, and ravioli were perfect. My entree was Beef tenderloin and was tough at a medium rare temperature. Maybe a bad cut of meat? My husband's Mahi was bland. Server was friendly and attentive.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food
    Memphian
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Brunch was great. One of the best hamburgers I have ever had. Yep that's right I had a hamburger but it was superb. We ate brunch for fathers day. Fried oysters were amazing. Strawberry salad was unbelievable. My son had French toast. He loved it. All in all an perfect meal.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Enjoyed my visit
    Guest
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    First time going to interim but won't be the last. The food and menu selection was good and it also had a decent beer and wine list
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hats off to the Chef
    Melnstu
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Welcome Chef Jason Dallas to Interim! Inertim has always beeen a reataurant we liked to go to but felt food was average. It's now one of our favs. The food is outstanding! Loves the Cedar Plank Trout specdial! Hope it becomes a regular item on the menu The smoked salmon spread was so good we almost ordered a second, and the deserts...WOW! Thank you!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Outstanding as usual
    Kevin
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    This is a must eat place for us every time we are in Memphis. Service is top notch and the food is just amazing. Very full of flavor. The specials are always great and I recommend them when available. Pricing is spot on for what you get.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good location
    annieVIP
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Food less qualitative than before, service lacking attention despite not being busy
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Sets a high standard
    Wiil
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    Always dependable with a good menu, top service and a fine wine selection.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 44 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 21, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.5
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.6
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 493 reviews are from the Interim Restaurant & Bar reviews archive.
  • Foodie12
    Dined on 5/20/2014
    Probably my 7th time to eat there over the last 24 months. The menu has been pared down and the food was average. The service was the real problem. Glasses went unfilled and at one point the waitress came to the table on four occasions and failed to remove the dishes that were obviously finished. At one point we moved them to the edge of the table and still no attention to them. We will likely not go back.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Trees
    Tree1959
    Dined on 5/19/2014
    We have been to Interim several times, it is one of our favorite places to eat We celebrated my sons 26th birthday with a party of 5 and had a great meal and great time
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sunday brunch
    Tibby
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    Had daughter and her boyfriend in town and went to Interim for Sunday brunch. The entire experience was outstanding. The food was excellent, service was outstanding and enjoyed the entire experience. I will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/12/2014
    I enjoy the relaxed feel of Interim. I love watching the chefs preparing the food in the open kitchen. The service is friendly and very attentive! Their hamburger is delicious! The Beef Shortribs were amazing! They definitely have a knack for blending flavors.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mother's Day
    Ugadawg
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    As you would expect, busy for Mother's Day. Server was nice and professional. Service was slow out of the kitchen although there were plenty of staff in the kitchen busily working. We loved the decor. In addition to the server, everyone was very nice. This was our first visit and will give Interim another visit.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great dinner
    SophisticatedLady
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Interim has a wonderful ambience, with a sophisticated, softly-lit decor and nice spacing between tables. The wait staff is professional and well-informed. The clientele is an interesting mix of older couples and young professionals, with an occasional well-behaved child thrown in. The only reason we don't go to Interim more often is that the menu is somewhat limited, and includes several items we don't eat, such as lamb and duck. I'm sure if you are inclined to those menu items that they are well-prepared, because everything we had was delicious.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good
    aj210
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Food might have been a bit better for the price. Competently prepared and well presented, though.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A steady top notch restaurant
    Wiil
    Dined on 5/7/2014
    Seldom have we been let down. On this occasion it was a clean sweep, i.e. everything was superb. The menu offers an excellent variety of choices. My wife was very satisfied with an appetizer and I selected a red fish entrée that was prepared and presented very well. Wine choices by the glass to pair with seafood were sufficiently broad and fairly priced.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great place to celebrate
    JODBY
    Dined on 4/29/2014
    We brought our Memphis visitors here to celebrate a great visit. Everything was great- food, service, and ambiance.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a happy pallet
    travelingfoodie
    Dined on 4/29/2014
    After I eat at Interim, my mouth is literally happy! I usually go there when I'm in Memphis on business with my clients and everyone loves their food and wine and deserts. I always make a point of going there when I'm in town.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fantastic
    Memphisyank
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    We had a fantastic time, and the food was excellent. Bobby our server was attentive but not bothersome. I would reccomend this place highly!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.