McEwen's on Monroe
McEwen's on Monroe

McEwen's on Monroe

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.mcewensonmonroe.com/
  • Phone: (901) 527-7085
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:30 PM - 10:00 PM, Friday and Saturday: 5:30 PM - 11:00 PM; Closed Sundays. Bar remains open (PM) 1 hour after dining room closes.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Southern
  • Executive Chef: Keith Bambrick
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Delivery, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: McEwen's On Monroe specializes in lunch catering. Call 901.527.7085 or see catering description at www.mcewensonmonroe.com
  • Private Party Facilities: Our beautiful wine cellar seats comfortably up to 20 people. Please see Cellar description at our website www.mcewensonmonroe.com or call the restaurant at 901.527.7085. For larger groups please call the restaurant for other options.
  • Private Party Contact: Bert Smythe or John Littlefield 9015277085
  • Special Events: Please call McEwen's On Monroe at 901.527.7085 to discuss any special request concerning rental of entire restaurant for Special Events.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 2ND & MONROE
  • Public Transit: Main Street Trolley stop is less than half block from restaurant entrance. Trolley stop located at Monroe and Mid America Mall.
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet parking available Monday thru Saturday, 5:30 till close. Street and Public Garage parking available at all times.
A word from McEwen's on Monroe
McEwen’s on Monroe is passionate. Passionate about food, passionate about wine, and passionate about creating a place you long to come back to again and again. An eclectic blend of styles with the largest emphasis on Southern food raised to new and unusual heights. Lunch offers a wide array of excellent sandwiches, salads and business entrees, while dinner leans toward the more elaborate and inventive. Our commitment to a relaxed atmosphere and charming personality has enabled McEwen’s on Monroe to become one of Downtown’s most comfortable restaurants. Employing a knowledgeable and attentive staff always at the ready. In addition to the bar and dining room, our wine cellar is available for parties up to 20 people.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
McEwen's on Monroe reviews from OpenTable diners
71 reviews since July 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.6
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (41)fit for foodies (40)neighborhood gem (37)romantic (28)notable wine list (17)good for groups (11)hot spot (10)great for lunch (7)late-night find (3)vibrant bar scene (2)kid-friendly (2)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    Quiet, romantic location with excellent main course selections and sides and good selection of wines by glass or bottle. Leave room for the desserts!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Food in Memphis
    dcelliott68
    Dined on 11/10/2014
    We went for a birthday/ engagement dinner during our trip down to Memphis. This place was highly recommended by many locals and we completely understand why! The food was beyond outstanding. Delicious and we'll prepared. Much better than expected the oyster appetizer was incredible and I am not a huge oyster fan. The plating was very nicely done as well. The owner came over and greeted all tables and was exceptionally friendly. He also sent a desert for us to celebrate. I can not say enough good things about this place. If your in memphis I highly highly recommend you eat here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • connieVIP
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Excellent food, service and ambiance! Loved our entire experience !
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dining in Downtown Memphis
    Illiniguy
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    On a trip to Memphis with 7 couples, I selected McEwen's for dinner. They were able to accommodate our large party in the main dining room (they also have a wine cellar room for large parties), and were great to work with as I had to modify the attendee count several times. The food was incredible; whether it was steaks, fish, or fowl, everyone enjoyed their meals, and they can cater to the needs of those with a gluten free diet as well. They have a nice wine selection, and the waitress anticipated our need for more wine, and made sure she had enough bottles of our chosen selection on hand to serve everyone. Overall the staff and owner were great, and very "down home" and friendly with us. Great dining experience in downtown Memphis.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    My husband and I took our guests from Boston to dinner here and we all thought it was great. It had been highly recommended to us by our family and friends in Memphis. We will go back again definitely!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful evening
    julesandsteveVIP
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    We had a delicious dinner here with friends. Everything on the menu sounded great and the items that we ordered were fresh and excellent. Great service and nice event. We will return again soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never disappoints
    gray7103
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    In a city that sees restaurants come and go, McEwen's has stayed the course. Their food is consistently outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Steaks
    Mayberrycb408
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    I really enjoyed my New York strip. It was perfectly cooked. Our waitress wasn't exactly top notch service. Sides were delicious, atmosphere was very comfortable. I would highly recommend it to all those looking for a higher end dining experience. I made a reservation through open table and was seated as soon as I walked through the door in one of the best tables in the restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Dining Experience
    Janice
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    My two friends and I had a wonderful dining experience. The service was great and the food was Superb! We all agreed that we would be returning to McEwen's.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Service and food
    liv2eat
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Went to McEwen's on a recent visit to Memphis. Food was excellent, imaginative and reasonably priced. Espresso crusted lamb with vanilla sweet potatoes was delicious. Tennessee red pea hummus was superb; wonderful subtle flavors. Would definitely go back to McEwen's if I visit Memphis again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delightful evening
    ExDCVIP
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    Lovely warm service, imaginative menu, great plates for sharing -- the three of us ordered a bunch of appetizers to share, and had a very substantial salad as main course, and were full. Nice alternative to all the ribs, bbq and catfish menus in town.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing food!
    KrisandChris
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    McEwan's had the best food that we had in Memphis. The downtown location was close to our hotel and the environment was fairly casual/informal. However, the service was excellent and all of the food was anything but pedestrian. We are still raving about the tartar duo plate, 3 days later. A must try if you are in Memphis.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great menu
    Vance
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    I had the sweet potato crusted catfish and it was amazing.. And I don't like catfish..
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our McEwen's Experience
    out2eat
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    The food at McEwen's was exceptionally good and the dishes were attractively presented. Our waitress was very unfriendly but at least did make sure we had everything we needed. The restaurant is small, crowded, and extremely noisy. I would recommend going here in parties of 2 seated next to one another because it was way too noisy to communicate with each one in our party of 6 without yelling across the table. I would go here again with my husband but probably wouldn't bring out-of-town guests with us again. I would also ask for a more pleasant server.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Good find
    misskitty
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    It was our first trip to McEwens & we went there on a recommendation of a friend. Definitely will return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always consistently great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    I have been dining at McEwen's for many years, lunch and dinner, and can honestly say I have always had a great experience. From the valet service through the end of the meal, the ambiance, service and food are wonderful. Highly recommend; you won't be disappointed.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Carol
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    The food was delicious and creative. We celebrated our anniversary and enjoyed every minute and every bite.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The best place for dinner downtown
    pavs900
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    McEwen's on Monroe is one of the best restaurants in downtown Memphis. The chef's creations are delicious, I have never tried anything I didn't like. They have a nice selection of wines to compliment any dinner selection and the service is impeccable. Last but not least they always have an excellent selection of sweets to top off your meal so leave room. You cannot go wrong choosing this restaurant for your dining choice.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • awesome
    Oaklandites
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    the whole experience was perfect> noise level a little loud but it was a thursday night when lots of folks were unwinding. noise level reduced by 8 pm.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Pleasant Surprise
    TravelerVIP
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    I was planning dinner for a group of business travelers. Because folks were arriving from various locations, the number for the reservation kept changing due to flight delays. Worked with Brad to change the reservations and he couldnt have been more accommodating and flexible in handling our changes. The restaurant looks like a neighborhood bar and the building looks a bit rundown. But once inside, its aged charm shown through. We were pleased with the service, which was attentive without being hurried. The food was outstanding! We ordered a variety of meals from catfish to pasta. The entire group was very pleased with their meals. The seafood dinners got great reveiws and the Chicken Marsala is a fresh take on an old standby.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderful as always
    blowphi7
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Great dinner with clients and I nor the clients couldn't have been more please with the service and food.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Neighborhood
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    Not quite sure what the attraction is. I ordered the Seabass extremely fishy tasting and my Wife had the Rib-eye, been quite some time since She has had a rib-eye that tough and chewy. The wait staff was very attentive which did help out the quality of the food which was mediocre.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • localmemgirl
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Great experience from start to finish! Our group made a reservation for dinner before a concert downtown. When I arrived I realized that I left ALL of our tickets at my house. I asked the Brad, the very nice man that greeted me at the front door, if there was any way I could log onto a computer connected to a printer to reprint our tickets and he very kindly said, "follow me". It really saved the night! To continue about the restaurant and meal, the service is impeccable and the food was skillfully prepared at every course. I was eating with a few foodies that would all agree. We tried a very diverse set of meals and everyone was 100% pleased. Highly recommend to anyone looking for a great meal and wonderful service! We will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not a Special Occassion Spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    When we made our reservation on Open Table we noted in the comment section that we were celebrating my 40th Birthday. When my husband confirmed the reservation by phone he told the hostess that we were celebrating my 40th Birthday. At the restaurant no one offered Birthday Wishes. Not a big deal, but when we've informed other higher end restaurants of celebrations we have usually been greeted with warm wishes and occasionally a small treat. On the positive side, the server brought me carrot sticks when the hummus on the cheese plate we ordered only came with crackers. I am gluten-free (no crackers) but wanted to try the hummus. I thought that was nice of her. Overall, the food was very good and it was an enjoyable evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Quiet dinner
    McCrink
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    This was another restaurant recommended to us during a recent stay in Memphis. We enjoyed the meal. Nice pictures on the walls from a local artist. Worthwhile to add this to your list of three restaurants to dine in for a visit to Memphis.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Didn't disappoint
    Foodieand50
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Having only been to Oxford, MS location previously I was expecting a great meal but wow; my expectations were far exceeded. The meal was worth sitting in the over heated stuffy dining room; we couldn't determine if the HVAC was in ill repair or being overused. In fairness it was August in the south and humidity was abnormally high.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent find in Memphis
    Eataroundtheglobe
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Loved the vibe. Great food and service. Creative menu of soul food gone modern. Comfort food with a twist. The banana cream pie was historic.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Menu Choices
    JannyGVIP
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    My husband and I had a lovely meal at McEwins on a Monday night. Particularly enjoyed the great variety of menu choices. We both had small plates and found them perfect.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was fantastic.
    Patricia
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Second time dining here with 2 different groups. There were no complaints either time about any of the food ordered - everyone was very happy with what they got. The scallops were out of this world. The service was somewhat on the slow side, however.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Meal!
    Beaner
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Great meal and service. The reason for three stars on ambience, we had a 5:45 reservation, there was one table in dining room and we were seated at two top in the back. This would not keep us from returning.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • fresh take on southern favorites
    delighted
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Beginning with the purple hull pea hummus, followed by amazing heirloom tomatoes Caprese salad and lobster risotto all were very tasty prepared with care, beautifully presented. The definition. Of a great meal accompanied with a vinho verde and topped off with market fresh peach cobbler.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • hightaste
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    We stopped for dinner on our way across Tennessee. Cheese plate appetizer was good, esp. the "whiney" goat cheddar. The Caesar salad was good (I skipped the corn meal croutons, and asked for anchovies). The wild mushroom salad contained, so far as we could tell, no wild mushrooms at all---just some very domestic button mushrooms; we've had much better wild mushroom salads elsewhere. The pan-seared rib eye was also disappointing: a little gristly and fatty, without much flavor, though the grilled asparagus and the potatoes au gratin that came with it were excellent. Too many of the menu items, such as the duck confit, came with either celantro or its seeds (coriander), and so our choices were limited. Overall, just an okay dinner.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Intimate Dinner Spot
    jrmem
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    The wait staff was friendly and knowledgeable and the food was fantastic. I was looking for a nice date spot downtown and McEwen’s was exactly what I was seeking. I’ll be back again.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Eondrn
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Very enjoyable meal, great service and the food was exceptional. I had the sea bass and my husband had the lamb. Deserves a return visit.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Always enjoy
    Cornhead
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    We always enjoy coming to McEwen's. When I asked my love where she wanted to dine for our anniversary, she said McEwen's. It does not have to be fancy but you can be casual or dressed up and feel comfortable either way. McEwen's is just a quiet place to have great food and enjoy whoever you are with.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 36 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 23, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 661 reviews are from the McEwen's on Monroe reviews archive.
  • Our favorite in Memphis
    MrsinMemphis
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Anytime my husband and I have a special occasion, our first thought is to head to McEwen's. The ambiance is awesome, and the food is consistently delicious. When individuals ask us where to go in town for a great meal, we always suggest McEwen's. Thank you for providing us with a romantic evening last week to celebrate our 10 year anniversary as a couple!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tasty Moderately Priced dining
    MsAnn
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    The sevice is fantastic. Very friendly staff. I had the Sweet Potato Catfish along with mac n cheese and greens. Very tasty. Cozy private atmosphere .
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • amazing food
    jroushVIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    The food was amazing and the service was great. The waitress was very helpful with recommendations.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • AnitaTN
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    There were five of us having dinner together. We ordered a variety of entrees and all were very, very good. Excellent service as well. A wonderful meal and we will all be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Except for the host very good
    grtrxVIP
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    Exceptional bourbon/rye selections! Very good food, solid wine list especially if you like Pinot Noir and Chards. Table service very good, bartender great. Host, just didn't seem happy we showed up with 2 extra people (I swear to god I changed the reservation). We were fine with sitting in the bar, but trying to sit us at tables far apart in bar when 2 next to each other were open? Copping attitude and giving us dirty looks when we arranged tables to suit our group better? Come on, we dropped some serious money, Mr Host you should have been smiling. I recommend this one with some hesitation...
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.