Itta Bena at B.B. King's

Itta Bena at B.B. King's

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.ittabenamemphis.com/
  • Phone: 9015783031
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday - Thursday: 5pm - 10pm, Friday - Saturday: 5pm - 11pm, Sunday: 5pm-10pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Southern, Contemporary American
  • 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.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
Itta Bena at B.B. King's reviews from OpenTable diners
97 reviews since May 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (69)romantic (63)fit for foodies (32)scenic view (31)neighborhood gem (26)good for groups (18)hot spot (18)late-night find (17)notable wine list (10)vibrant bar scene (8)kid-friendly (3)great for brunch (2)great for lunch (1)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    The service, food and atmosphere was outstanding! I would highly recommend the Appetizer, Fried green tomoatoes and for dinner The Blackened RedSnapper. Steven, our waiter, was courteous, studious, attentive, and timely! My only drawback is we did not get the corner room for our Anniversary on 09/19/2014.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Place!!
    LEELEEVIP
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    I loved this place! Great place to dinner and see Beal Street....
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Never disappoints
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    The entire dining experience is consistently exceptional!
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday Dinner
    Dinetime
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    We had been wanting to try Itta Bena for some time and decided my birthday would be the perfect time. We were not disappointed! The shrimp and grit (added scallops), lamb chops and jambalaya were all terrific. Our server also offered chicken tenders and fries for my younger son. This was not on the menu, but hit the spot for him. The service was top notch. Oh, I almost forgot the bread pudding, this was also very good! Awesome birthday dinner!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Awesome meal
    Southerngal
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Visited this restaurant during a girls weekend. Food was tasty and prices reasonable. The atmosphere was just right for conversation and a good time. Would highly recommend!!!!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Worth every moment!
    lovefoodwine
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    After missing some big celebrations, we wanted to treat my parents to a special dinner to show them we do appreciate them. This was the perfect choice. Dad (who is well traveled and has high expectations) was blown away by the food and service, topped off by the low light ambiance and music. We had to take our kids (not planned) and the chef brought out a wonderful dessert for them, treating them like princesses. The entire night was magical, I am not overstating. Ashely, our server, was brilliant in making our dining experience smooth and graceful! They will remember this night and we appreciate your efforts in making it a great gift for our parents.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome restaurant!
    Casey
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    We come to Memphis at least once or twice a month. Itta Bena is by far one of our favorite restaurants. Food, atmosphere and view of Beale cannot be beat!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hidden away
    GAfoodie
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    I LOVE being "in the know" mainly because I'm never "in the know" but a trip advisor review clued me in to this place - and a talkative local gave me exact directions! All I knew was that it was "above BB Kings" but nothing told me how to get to it. Finding the entrance (because there is no sign) felt like a treasure hunt! So exciting! And it WAS a treasure! I loved the decor complete with dark film over the windows so no one below could tell there was anything out of the ordinary going on up there! It gave Beale street an ethereal glow. The live entertainment was rich and dripping with soul - a piano and guitar duet singing everything from Norah Jones to Etta James. And the food was delicious and the portions extremely generous!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Anniversary
    welovefood
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    My Wife and I sent there last week for our Anniversary. It was our first time and we Will be back. The atmosphere was Awesome and the food was Devine.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Tourist Trap
    Foodie
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    This was my second time dining at Itta Bena. I had reservations for three at 5:00. There wasn't a warm reception upon entering. When I walked in two servers were sitting at the bar eating and took their time seating me. After I was led to a table, I asked if the curtains at our table could be opened and the waiter told me they don't open the shades until the sun goes down. Literally another group of four walked in twenty minutes later while the sun was still up and the waiter opened the shades for them. I was given a new waiter who was professional and pleasant. We ordered crab cakes, house salad, shrimp and grits, red snapper, and the avocado stuffed crab meat salad. The best thing we ate were the crab cakes. Everything else was blasé.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Always a treat...
    TKPeacock
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Itta Bena is consistently offers outstanding food, service and atmosphere. The blue windows reflect the calmness inside the restaurant and keep out the sounds of BB King's below and Beale Street. Worth every dollar!!!!
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Cool Location & Bar
    Midtowner
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    The hidden location on Beale above BB Kings is awesome. Feels like you are in a different world. I'd go back again for cocktails and a small plate or appetizer at the bar. It is actually pretty quiet and you can gaze through deep blue tinted windows and see a different view of Beale Street.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dinner on Beale Street
    tina
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    The food & service was very good. We enjoyed the wine list. Location on Beale street was very nice. Great place to go eat before any event on Beale or fed ex forum. We will be returning soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food and Ambience
    MemphisBelle
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    The food at Itta Bena is outstanding, and the She-Crab Soup is fabulous! The charm of downtown Memphis is right at your fingertips, but it is dulled by the lack of high quality service. Overall, it is a good experience, but the service could improve.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • private room
    Memphislocals
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    There was a large wedding party the night we were there , after a drink at the bar we were seated in a private booth with a closable double door, with lots of pillows. the service was very friendly and attentive. Food was better than average, we are food snobs and did not spend the entire night discussing how things could of been improved. It was a fun relaxing and fun time.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Memphis delight
    imDancinDan
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    A real treat on Beale Street. Upstairs (3rd floor) entrance via outside stairs. If you can't handle stairs you're out of luck. Food and service was very good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Easy on the lights
    Foodie
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    This was my second time in 2 weeks. Everything was good, however my wife couldn't determine if her lamb chops were done medium rare or not, due to the fact that the blue lights were affecting the overall vision. So I didn't think twice about it as I tasted her lamb chops and they tasted medium rare. I then looked and my pasta dish (jambalaya), it looked terrible, a gray or purplish hue came over the dish.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A very nice evening
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    We, my wife and I, were very happy with our evening at Itta Bena. The lamb chops over risotto were very well prepared. My wife's pasta was nicely done. Service was attentive and correct. Dessert was also very good. The Opolo Summit Creek Zinfandel, by the way, paired very nicely with the lamb chops.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Dining Experience
    Bibi
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We had a lovely experience dining with our family & out of town guests. Food was great & service excellent. The location & Ambiance are wonderful!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Spot and quiet
    Foodie
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Had dinner there with my two sons ages 23 & 25. One of my sons is a chef in the Northeast. We loved it and the blue lights inside gave it quite an eerie look. Background music was nice and zero noise from Beale street or the Blues Club right below. We talked about the Grilled Shrimp appetizer. My son then dissected the ingredients and quizzed the staff as to how it was prepared.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Beale Street Best-JJ
    jhjref
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Very good food nice atmosphere you get a great look at Beale Street and all the people the wine list above average.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Treated like royalty
    Thegirlf
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    IMPECABLE SERVICE and a beautiful, romantic, candlelit ambiance. I had the duck and waffles. The duck was great but the waffle was topped with a vegetable mix(carrots, chopped celery, roasted potatoes, in a sauce that reminded me of a light brown gravy) which made it extremely mushy and not very tasteful. After I pushed the soggy waffle aside the duck was very tender and perfectly seasoned. I will return but next time I won't look for any waffles :)
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    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?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • surprising find
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Hidden Gem on Beale
    FineDine
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a treat!!
    TKPeacock
    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!!!
    Special Features:
    romantic, late-night find, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very nice
    scrum
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    romantic, late-night find, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Filet Quality
    Jk1958
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic!
    swill
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Incredible Food
    ARtraveler
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    The food is good. The setting is imaginative. The music is wonderful.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Need Crisis Management Course
    NotaHappyCamper
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    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!
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Speakeasy Dinning
    DGNSPEATS
    Dined on 6/16/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • GermantowGirl
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Experience
    Tbone
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Words can't describe !!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • If you can find it GO!!!
    foodie65
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    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).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Laurie
    lk59
    Dined on 6/2/2014
    Ambiance was great, service was great, food was mediocre at best.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Quiet above the storm
    CDH8
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • It had been a while...
    twiz1
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate