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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
Interim Restaurant & Bar reviews from OpenTable diners
69 reviews since July 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.4
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
97% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (42)neighborhood gem (38)fit for foodies (37)romantic (22)notable wine list (21)good for groups (18)vibrant bar scene (17)great for lunch (16)great for brunch (14)hot spot (10)late-night find (1)scenic view (1)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Payor
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    Need to do something about noise level. Hard to have a table conversation when there is a lot of people.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Interim is always great
    mmc12VIP
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    Hal is a great server and steers us in the right direction for our choices. Tenderloin, the Interim burger, pork chop, chicken are all perfect choices. Someone has to always order the fries, too. Crispy fried oysters and orange crème brulee were delicious. The bartender mixes a perfect French 75
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 1111
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    Ambience is great, food average, and service below par. Too many other good places to choose this again.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a safe bet
    TheLast
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    You can count on Interim. I recommend the Shrimp and Grits ...nice heat level..
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Very vibrant bar scene!
    bdpmVIP
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Not sure what was going on ...never saw such a noisy night in the bar and restaurant. Every one was having a good time. We eat there around 3 times a month. Great food
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner at Interim
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    Server was very attentive and knowledgeable. Food was excellent. Menu had a good selection of options to choose from and was well put together. Overall it was a great evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Food / Great Time
    BizDoctorVIP
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    We had not been to Interim in a while. The menu was shorter than expected, but still had a few of our favorites: fried oyster appetizer and that AWESOME burger. The pasta with short ribs was a surprise that would make you do a repeat as soon as possible. By the way, the drinks are reason enough for another visit... BEST Spicy Bloody Mary I have had outside New Orleans. BRAVO to the managemnt and staff. You guys continue to be one of our favorite Memphis restaurants!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ok but not up to usual
    LuvStoneCrabsVIP
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    The kitchen was a bit off. Their delicious was good and the bun served cold. The salad greens were limp and soup was not hot. When the soup was hot it was delicious Service was good
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dena's Birthday Dinner
    Bon22POV
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    This was a birthday dinner for my youngest sister. So my other sister and I wanted to do something special, something that our sister would never do for herself. An upscale dining experience was just the thing. I had gotten a $50 gift certificate to Interim at a fundraiser silent auction and this was the perfect occasion to use it. I heard nothing but good things about Interim from my friends, so I was really looking forward to the experience. We thorougly enjoyed everything! From the wine, to the appetizers & salad, to our main course. Our server was very nice and polite and professional. Looking forward to my next visit, whether it's for a special occasion, or to relax and enjoy some really great food!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • So fun!
    bdpmVIP
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Loved watching the kitchen prepare food. Also could see what was being prepared for the the next day!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ate in the bar area
    bdpmVIP
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    We were going for a hamburg."..because they are so great, but the fish of the day won us over. Sooooo good!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 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.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 41 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 2, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.5
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 505 reviews are from the Interim Restaurant & Bar reviews archive.
  • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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