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Itta Bena at B.B. King's

Itta Bena at B.B. King's Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.ittabenamemphis.com
  • Phone: (901) 578-3031
  • Hours of Operation: Monday - Thursday: 5pm - 10pm, Friday - Saturday: 5pm - 11pm, Sunday: 5pm-10pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American, Southern
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, View, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Bring the best of B.B. King's Blues Club to your next catered event. From BBQ wild salmon to a beautiful filet mignon allow our talented chefs complete your experience by adding that delta flavor. We are also able to provide world class entertainment bringing the energy of B.B. King's to you.
  • Private Party Facilities: Welcome to your one stop entertainment venue. From the rich intimate setting of our Itta Bena room to the lively energetic B.B. King's Club down below we are able to offer everything you could ever want in a private event space. With the help of our full time Sales & Marketing Manager your special event is sure to be unforgettable. Food, fun & music all in one place.
  • Private Party Contact: Kelly Carter Smith (901) 578-3031
  • Entertainment: Itta Bena is located in a private room above B.B. King's Blues Club on historic Beale St. Live music enchants our guests and enhances the nearly surreal dining experience. On Wednesday nights, Ms DiAnne Price, a rare jewel of a performer, comments:"When I play, I’m telling a story, and no matter where I start, the audience goes along with me." And on Fridays and Saturday nights, Susan Marshall enchants her audience, being arguably the contemporary Memphis scene's most powerful and versatile pure singer yet (According to The Memphis Flyer). Visit our website to learn more.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Second
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet is available seven days a week with rates similar to the parking garages nearby.
A word from Itta Bena at B.B. King's
Located on the third floor of B.B. King's Blues Club overlooking historic Beale Street you will find Itta Bena "A unique delta experience". Whether entering from our private Second Street entrance via our valet service or walking through the secret hall from inside B.B. King's Blues Club, Itta Bena is sure to capture your senses. Modeled after the speakeasies from the 1920's, you are a true VIP as a friendly member of our staff escorts you to the third floor. The experience is further heightened when you step inside and find yourself surrounded by rich wood floors, vaulted ceilings, deep golden hued chandeliers and the faint sound of the bustling street below. Touching all the senses, we enrich your evening by offering a delta inspired menu of robust flavors and clean presentation. Itta Bena is a complete overwhelming of the senses that you must experience for yourself. Continued
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Diner Reviews
  • "This was a great dinner and a outstanding place to dine. The food was prepared perfect and the service was top notch. The only thing I would have liked to see that night at itta Bena is a to a specials?"
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "We wanted a nice dinner out on Beale street so came to Itta Bena. The only problem was trying to find it! You go upstairs from BB Kings, go immediately left through the EXIT door and up a nondescript door to a very nice restaurant. We had a good laugh at our adventure and had a great meal. Great food, good ambiance, very quiet despite being right over the blues club."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "Itta Bena at B.B. King's is a real find. My date and I enjoyed the Jumbo Shrimp & Grits after our appetizer which was a crab meat stuffed avocado. The waiter was attentive and we loved the rustic but elegant surroundings. We would definitely recommend it for a special evening."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Itta Bena always offers great food, drinks and ambience. So nice to sit quietly above BB King's, see the blue lights on Beale and be nestled into a warm place with many choices. Loved the lamb chops this time but we like to try new things. A great example of Memphis' eclectic atmosphere!!!"
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "My only complaint was that I didn't like what I ordered (Jambalaya Pasta dish) - wasn't that tasty. But my wife enjoyed her duck and the ambiance and service were very good. We will go back - I will just choose something different!"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "The only real negative for the night was my wife's filet was undercooked badly, to the point of her eating very little of it. We were on a tight time frame so we didn't sent it back. Suggest that explanations be made as to what "medium" constitutes for the amount of red in the filet."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "We had no idea this place was above BB Kings! It was a great find. We loved everything we ordered. Service was great. They had a menu for Orpheum patrons. Steak was excellent."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "We chose the fried avocado stuffed with crab and covered with pico de gallo as an appetizer. I then had she-crab soup and shrimp & grits. I have never had a more delicious meal on land or sea or any country."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "The food is good. The setting is imaginative. The music is wonderful."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "We arrived 45 minutes before our scheduled reservation planning to sit at the bar for a cocktail. However just after arriving the power went out and we were totally ignored along with another couple from Missouri. The staff was concerned more with their inability to work more than what was happening with their guests. Their first and foremost concern should have been taking care of guests needs...free water would have been nice or even a free cocktail but I couldn't even get the bar mistress to acknowledge me until after I went to the front and complained. It still took her 5 minutes to come take our order and could be overheard talking with another waiter saying..."don't they know we lost power", of course we knew that, we sweated too!"
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "First time in Memphis, local recommended, this "speakeasy" restaurant on Beale St. This place has no signage nor advertising which made it even more special. Nice atmosphere, a little loud considering its above BB Kings but the background live music wasn't a deal breaker. It seemed like a group friendly place but our party of two fit in just fine. Our meals were delicious. She-crab soup is a must!"
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "Itta Bena is one of our favorites for special occasions and to take visitors because of the great food and cool atmosphere. If possible, try to score a table by the window so that you can watch the activities on Beale Street!"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "This was our second visit to Itta Bena, and we plan to go again. The service is quick, efficient and friendly. The atmospheree is very pleasant. Every item we've ever ordered was delicious. Overall, a very nice dining experience."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "My husband took me here for my birthday. I can't tell you how perfect it was! Everything was beyond delicious ! Steak was perfect so perfect you could cut it with a fork. The service was over the top! We will be going back!"
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Once we found the right exit door to the hidden upstairs location above BB Kings club on Beale, we were greeted and treated to wonderful drinks at the bar, great food and a very pleasant server who made us feel right at home. The recommended appetizer of a flash fried avocado stuffed with crab and covered in Pico De gallo was heaven. Next try the scallops and grits (my wife's first try of grits and she now loves them done right)."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "Ambiance was great, service was great, food was mediocre at best."
    Dined on 6/2/2014
  • "We enjoyed our dinner at Itta Bena. It is unbelievable how quiet the restaurant actually was with the ear ringing scene just steps below you. The she crab soup was the best part of the meal- it had a ton of crab meat. Come here for the ambiance and the convenience of a relaxing dinner before you hit Beale Street. If you sit by the window you can also catch some awesome people watching looking down to Beale Street below. The live music was a perfect addition and drowned out the small amount of sound that crept up from the blues club below."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "It had been a while since I had been to Itta Bena and out of the blue it popped in my head when I had guests in town. The meal was outstanding and I don't throw around outstanding very often when it comes to restaurants...maybe a good...a great if it stood out but rarely outstanding. I originally selected it for the ease of being about to eat and then meander downstairs to BB's. As usual that did not disappoint, my guests loved it all. "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "We wanted a restaurant close to the Westin hotel on Beale St that offered an alternative to the very loud (but good) R&B bands playing there. Itta Bena is located above BB Kings restaurant but has an unmarked enterance so avoids the crowds on Beale St - at the weekend police search vistors for weapons at the entrances to Beale but Itta Bena is outside the cordon. The restaurant was not that busy on both occasions we went. It is dark and atmospheric and there is some music plus that coming from BB K's downstairs. Service was standard American. The food was good, although blackened fish with grilled onions is an acquired taste. We went back only due to heavy rain and its closeness to the hotel."
    Dined on 5/27/2014
  • "My husband and I made reservations here for our anniversary. I had read some good reviews about this place online however, we were highly disappointed with the food. I ordered the grilled salmon and I found it to be dry and under seasoned. Also, the creamed spinach was salty. My husband ordered the lamb chops and he felt that is was "ok". Nothing special and definitely not worth the price that you pay. The service was fine altho it took forever for us to get our food after we ordered (which was luke warm when it finally made it to the table). Overall I will not be returning to the resturant and I definitely can't imagine myself recommending this place to anyone else. "
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "The food was tasty and well presented. We asked for a gap of time between starters and main course, which looked like we had achieved. However, the food, as is typical for American restaurants, was already prepared ready for serving the instant we put down the forks on the starter and had clearly stood waiting and getting cold. One main course had to be returned as the veg and pasta were stone cold. For a Sunday night on Beale St the place was far from full and this reduced the atmosphere, although the sounds of BB Kings below could be heard."
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "I'm a native Memphian and can't believe that I've never dined here before. You must try the beer battered bread. Absolutely sinful! Loved the experience, and I'll definitely return."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "It was a bit pricey but the food and service was well worth it. Best Blackened Red Snapper I've had. "
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "Let me say this be sure u get directions to the correct entrance which is UPSTAIRS!Entered through the front door BIG MISTAKE.The hostess told us they didn't take reservations as rude and ignorant as she was I guess not. We were charged 9.00 and told to stand in line OH WOW it was so loud and the food that was passing me looked so disgusting it wasn't what was on the menu PULLED PORK and corn my friend asked for a manager who directed us upstairs THANK GOD we made it out the jungle that's exactly what that downstairs was Finally what I was looking for Alex was great totally different scenery food was excellent drinks were good as well Alex made up for the dreadful experience we had downstairs HIGHLY recommended just DONT go in the FRONT !!!"
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "My husband and I enjoyed our dinner. The lamb chops and parm risotto was excellent, the Duck and waffle was so-so. The duck itself was delicious, the confit was ok, but the waffle fell flat. There was no crispiness on the outside to signify it as a waffle and not a pancake. The blueberry hoisin sauce was spicy enough to override all but the smallest sense of sweetness. But overall, the entrees were still remarkable. For our apps, the filet bites disappointed, and were more like an expensive slider than something more decadent. Yet we certainly found that decadence in the Fried Avacado - it was unbelievable! Desserts - the cheesecake was tasty, and the creme brulee was absolute heaven on a spoon!"
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "My husband and I ate at Itta Bena and we were surprised how enjoyable it was. Our server, Jenny, was very spot on with recomendations. She told us of the history, and found time to talk to us while she was busy. She was such a delight. She kept us laughing. The duck, per her recomendations was great! Hats off to the chef, though it was a bit luke warm rather than hot food. The bread pudding was also very tasty. We will be back to vist Itta Bena soon and ask for Jenny!"
    Dined on 5/20/2014
  • "The location (above BB Kings) makes it feel like its a secret place that you need to know someone in order to get into. Once you are inside you quickly forget that BB Kings (which is very loud) is right below you, because it was so well insulated from the sound. I took some customers there and they really enjoyed it."
    Dined on 5/20/2014
  • "Ordered the salmon. It arrived extremely cold. Notified waitress that it was cold and her reply was that food was never served cold before. She finally offered to replace. Manager gave us free glass of wine which was nice. At end of meal she again brought up that food was never served fold before like I made it up . Not impressed. "
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "On this occasion I was there with a friend for "girls' night". The bartender was a bit slow taking our drink orders, but it was extremely busy, seeing that it was Memphis in May BBQ Fest weekend. I ordered a mojito that was delicious. I ordered the Crab Stuffed Fried Avocado; and my friend ordered the Fried Green Tomatoes. The avocado was fabulous! The light crab meat and chunky pico de gallo paired perfectly with the richness of the lightly fried avocado. This appetizer is highly recommended! The fried green tomatoes were good as well, but didn't touch the avocado. We both ordered a wedge salad, which was perfect, as always. The blue cheese dressing at Itta Bena is phenomenal. Another highly recommended menu item. Overall, I give an A+! "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "A co-worker recommended this restaurant she really had a lot of good things to say, she told me how romantic it was and about the secluded room called the cove, so that's what I reserved for. My husband and I had reservations for 8 p.m. we got there about 15 min late, but we did call to let the restaurant know we were running a little late. Once we got there our room was not ready, we were told another couple had been in there since 5 p.m. and they assumed they would be finished in 2 hours and they could not rush them out, I was very upset because I feel like what's the use of making reservations if you can't get the room at the time needed. I feel there should be a 2 1/2-3 hour limit in the cove when there are other reservations following"
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Food was awesome, great decor, and reasonable. The shrimp and grits were perfect, and the salmon special was spicy and delicious"
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Itta Bena was such an incredible surprise! It was lauded before we went, it was fantastic when we went!"
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Friday night on Beale St. in May is crowded, noisy and music everywhere. Itta Bena is on the 3rd floor of B.B. King's Blues Club which is a contributor to all this. But when we were escorted to the 3rd floor and the door closed it was quiet. All you heard was the soft jazz from the pianist and a guitar player. Excellent. My wife and I had a most enjoyable evening at Itta Bena's. And .... when the dinner is over you get to sit on the second floor of B.B. King's club and listen to some good blues. Just cannot beat this anywhere."
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "Very good food. She-crab soup is awesome but ours could have been warmer. Shrimp and grits was excellent and background blues music was very good too and fit the ambience perfectly. "
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "We had to wait at least 20 minutes past our reservation time for a table. It then took over an hour to get our food. I explained to our waitress that my wife was diabetic and needed, at least, some crackers while we were waiting. The waitress didn't even acknowledge the problem and just walked away. I had to stop a different waiter and he brought some bread. There were no dishes for bread on the table. Then the chicken my wife ordered was tough after it finally got there. This was a very disappointing experience."
    Dined on 5/14/2014
  • "This was my 2nd visit and both times my food was delicious.The wait for the food however, was a bit lengthy both times so please don't be in a hurry. In spite of informing the server at this visit that we were trying to make it to an Orpheum show, she never made any attempts to expedite our dining experience. We never received refills and we eventually had to ask a passing server to find her. Her whole personality and attitude was a complete disappointment and even when there was some confusion about the bill and a delay in receiving the bills and change, she was unapologetic. She actually said "there is nothing I can do about that", and lastly set the tickets and change down on the table and walked away without another word. "
    Dined on 5/14/2014
  • "Nice bar, great view of Beale, access to live music, good food"
    Dined on 5/13/2014
  • "My boyfriend, and I ate at Itta Beana for dinner on a Friday night. The food, service, and staff were all excellent. I've already suggested it to several of my friends, and co workers. "
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "Waited over 30 minutes for an 8:00 reservation, but once seated the food and the service was worth the wait. We sat by the window with the BB King sign and the blue light ambience was very nice. The food was excellent as usual!"
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "I had 3 customers looking at Memphis to bring 1,000 people. They made a huge impression on my customers. They loved the bread pudding! "
    Dined on 5/5/2014