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Restaurant Iris
Restaurant Iris

Restaurant Iris Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.restaurantiris.com
  • Email: marketing@restaurantiris.com
  • Phone: (901) 590-2828
  • Hours of Operation: Brunch: Sunday: 11:00am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: French, Creole
  • Executive Chef: Kelly English
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Please call 901-590-2828 or email specialevents@restaurantiris.com for more information.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Cooper
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: On-street parking and parking lot available.
A word from Restaurant Iris
Born and raised in Southern Louisiana, Chef Kelly English fell in love with the culture and food of New Orleans. Equipped with his training from award-winning Chef John Besh, English presents a unique dining experience. Restaurant Iris specializes in French-Creole cuisine featuring local and seasonal ingredients. English infuses his endless creativity and passion for food into each dish. Whether indulging in his Oysters three ways, a "Knuckle Sandwich", or a dessert made just for you, one is sure to reap the benefits of English"s rich culinary background. We invite you to experience Restaurant Iris, simplicity at its most elegant.

Please note: Due to the limited capacity of our dining room, we offer limited online reservation availability. For more information regarding availability, please contact the restaurant directly.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Diner Reviews
  • "My husband took me to Restaurant Iris for my birthday. The lobster knuckle sandwich and the surf and turf were amazing. Our server was great. She was attentive but did not hover. I loved the "birthday menu" and the single rose. It was the making for a very romantic dinner. My only complaint was the noise. There was a table of about 5-6 people that were extremely loud so much so that I could barely hear what my husband was saying. After they left, we were able to have a conversation and could even hear the music that was playing. We will definitely be back because everything else was wonderful."
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "The night we choose to go to this restaurant our son had recently ended a long term relationship. We took him to Iris to cheer him up. The restaurant Iris did achieve! We left there with all our moods much improved. The food would excite any epicurean. We had a wonderful time. We plan to take all of our grown children as part of each ones next visit. "
    Dined on 4/16/2014
  • "I have been to Iris on several occasions. The service is always right on. Ask for Jaime! The food the last two times seems to be missing a beat. My friends steak was well done, not medium rare. My fish was way over cooked. The desserts tasted like the fridge. Although we won't give up on this place, we hope that the food can return to its original glory, That had kept us coming back. We know the service will. "
    Dined on 4/16/2014
  • "First visit. Exceptional quality food and presentation. Service was outstanding and the value was what we expected. I'll go again without a doubt. A bit hard to get a reservation but that speaks for it's success."
    Dined on 4/14/2014
  • "Iris is always a great place to eat. The food is wonderful and the service is fantastic. This is by far my favorite restaurant."
    Dined on 4/14/2014
  • "My husband heard about Iris from a friend so we planned our 18th anniversay dinner there. The food was outstanding and the service was awesome!! Server was very knowledgeable regarding the dishes which helped out a great deal due to it being our first time at Iris. We definitely will recommend to our friends and visit again!!!"
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Restaurant Iris, in my opinion , is the best restaurant in Memphis. The food, flavors, and menu selections are always excellent. The new duck preparation was outstanding and the dirty rice that accompanies it was the best rice I've ever eaten. If you go try to request Jaimie. All the servers are great, but she is hands down our favorite due to her knowledge, energy, and smile."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Iris was really kind and attentive to why I was dining there. They took the time to customize the menu just for me and my wife. The food was very delicious and I highly recommend the lobster knuckle sandwich for a starter."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "Several nights ago, my wife and I went to Iris to celebrate her birthday. We enjoyed a wonderful meal with great service and atmosphere. The dining setting is intimate and the food is outstanding. The expense is nothing compared to the satisfaction that we both enjoyed as we walked to our car afterwards. Iris is a must while dining in the city of Memphis."
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "Iris is our favorite restaurant in Memphis and Jeff is the best server and wine expert too! See you all again very soon!"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "I took my fiance to this fine restaurant for her 28th birthday! We loved the scenery, the New Orleans inspired dishes and their wonderful wine selection. This is a great place for any special occasion (anniversary, birthday, etc.) Our server was extremely knowledgeable about everything on the menu. I could tell that he shared my love for exotic dishes. We will definitely be back again!"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Celebrating our anniversary! Amazing service and food! We will def be back! Everything was reasonable! Can't wait to make our next reservation!!"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Loved this restaurant! Would absolutely go back! The food was incredible as was the service. Would be great for a couple or a group. Outdoor dining is available in nice weather."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "First, our server, and it am sorry that I cannot remember her name, was wonderful, helpful and unobtrusive. We were in a quandary about which wine to please all of the red wine drinkers. She asked my price range, then suggested a wine at a lower price with which all were pleased. The menu is tough. I wanted it all. Settled for some trout almandine and was very pleased. Also like the fried oysters of my companions. Sister loved her marrow and her bread pudding. Said that if it was not the best she had ever had, close to it. And did I tell you how accommodating they were when I kept adding numbers to our party?"
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "My wife's birthday is April the second, and I made reservations at Restaurant Iris in her honor. We had such an outstanding evening, dining on lobster knuckle sandwich and duck confit for appetizers, lamb for entree, and bread pudding and cheese plate for dessert. Along with the fabulous food we had several glasses of very tasty wine Jaime's service was friendly and very attentive. Before we left that evening, I booked a reservation for our anniversary, which is six months away. We have found our home for fine dining on special occasions."
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "This was my second time at Iris, I'm still impressed! The food we had was great I'm still talking about the lobster knuckel sandwich."
    Dined on 3/31/2014
  • "Great food, great service. Really enjoyed our experience there. They added the little touches to make the evening special."
    Dined on 3/31/2014
  • "There is a reason this place wins so many local, national, and international awards. The food, service, and atmosphere couldn't be any better. The little personal touches throughout the night make you feel special."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Unique choices on menu, food was excellent, server very attentive and did a great job explaining menu. Highly recommend trying this restaurant. Parking in this area is difficult, use valet service."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "To celebrate our 8th wedding anniversary, my wife chose to have dinner at Restaurant Iris. We gave them our name when we arrived, we were then taken to a table delightfully decorated with ribbons, with a letter from the chef enclosed wishing us a happy 8th wedding anniversary. The attention to detail was not taken lightly, we were already amazed before we even placed our order. A short while later, we placed our order and the food was absolutely PHENOMENAL! The Surf and Turf was nothing short of amazing! Service was great, the ambiance was great. We have absolutely no complaints! We have eaten at many fine dining establishments throughout the city of Memphis and Restaurant Iris may now be our favorite of them all."
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "A friend and I visited Restaurant Iris and we both decided to try the tasting menu. It was a fantastic experience with beautiful food and wine pairings. We are both eagerly planning our next visit!"
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "Reservations are a pain to obtain, but understandable once you dine there. Don't be afraid to call even if OPEN TABLE doesn't indicate availability. They sometimes have seating in reserve for contingencies. This is truly a top tier establishment where the presentation, service, and just taste was great. They wisely keep their menu small to ensure quality. The cocktails and liquor are actually a good value relative to cost as well. Staff is also top tier and obviously selected for their skill and experience. Looking forward to returning one day. Well done folks. You would be a welcome addition to any city that appreciates good food. Tom Sliski"
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "We went to Iris for our 37th wedding anniversary, and it did not disappoint! We had been wanting to go for a long time, and we received a gift certificate at Christmas. I have been watching Kelly English's rise on the food scene, and his food was superb. I would recommend this restaurant to everyone."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Slightly dissapointed the degestation is only available mid week but their three course with wine pairings was still excellent."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Best food and service in Memphis, and some of the best food and service anywhere. New on the menu -- the halibut was spectacular (better than the very good halibut I had recently in Seattle), the panko-crusted eggplant was wonderful, and we loved the lump crab salad with blue cheese. And the fried oyster salad --- so good that one (or both) of us always order it. Simply the best."
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "I chose to celebrate my 30th birthday at Iris, and I couldn't be happier about my choice. The food is always amazing, and the service is always fantastic! I would recommend Iris to ANYONE!"
    Dined on 3/17/2014
  • "Yes, it is, Churchlady. It's very special. Sarah was the perfect wait staff...knowledgeable, friendly, attentive, professional. Food was creative and tasty. Unlike other popular spots, you can actually carry on a nice conversation. A memorable evening. None of the 4 had dined here before. All will be repeat customers."
    Dined on 3/17/2014
  • "This was our first experience. We came for our anniversary. The table was decorated, we got personalized menus for the ocassion (which we got to keep) and our dessert said Happy Anniversary. What a nice way to celebrate! The food was divine! We got the lobster knuckle sandwich, salad with bleu cheese & pecans, surf & turf, halibut with spaghetti squash & bread pudding. We left full & pleased. I highly recommend Restaurant Iris!"
    Dined on 3/17/2014
  • "Dined with another couple and we all agreed, it was an overall exceptional experience! Great food and service without being stuffy or fussy. Worth every penny and we will definitely go back. Thank you Kelly English!!"
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "You can believe all the reviews about Restaurant Iris. I doubt they have ever had an unsatisfied customer. The food is awesome. The staff is awesome. We had the bone marrow for an appetizer...first time to try it. It moves to the top of the list as a favorite. Thank you Restaurant Iris for gem in the crown of Midtown."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Iris is hands down the most outstanding restaurant in Memphis, if not the entire south. From the Lobster Knuckle appetizer, to my Gouda covered steak and shrimp, to our outstanding dessert the food cannot be touched by anywhere else in Memphis. But Iris is so much more than its food, it's cozy atmosphere and inviting and knowledgeable staff make it obvious why there is such a long wait for a reservation at this hotspot. Kelly English and his crew have a Jewel at Iris."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "I've taken two groups of three others to Iris in the past six months (my only visits, since I live elsewhere). Only one person ordered a meat dishes and both times it was overcooked. Others ordered fish and were pleased. The BBQ shrimp were tasty as were the fried oysters. The wine list has some moderately priced, delicious choices."
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "Many great items on the menu: lobster knuckle sandwich, oyster salad, bread pudding. Ask for the bone marrow; you won't be disappointed."
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "We had heard a lot about the restaurant because it always makes the "Best of" lists but were only trying it this time because I received a gift certificate for Christmas. We were very pleasantly surprised. We were there on a Thursday night and pretty early because we were seeing a movie after so we practically had the place to ourselves. Service was great and the food was even better. The BBQ Shrimp appetizer and the Pistachio Cream Pie are a must try. I had the Mahi Mahi and he had the Pork Shank for our entrees. Both were incredible. It is a little pricey but definitely worth it."
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "Cannot beat the food. Lobster knuckle sandwich to this day is one of my favorites. Best bread pudding in town...all the entrees are rock your socks off amazing!"
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "Amazing and rare date with my wife.....champion of three kids! Food was amazing. Get the chefs sampler!"
    Dined on 3/11/2014
  • "First, we had a hard time getting a reservation...finally ended up on a Tuesday night in order to get a 730p reservation. The service was good, but my dish was terrible (veal). My BFF had the scallops and seemed pleased...so I was glad for that. The veal was served on potatoes and there was something green on the potatoes, but not sure what the menu said regarding that. Besides being not very tasty, the dish was very unattractive....more on the line of something I would "present" at home. I won't go so far as to say I will never go back, but with all the great resturants in Memphis, it will be awhile before I return."
    Dined on 3/11/2014
  • "We loved it! We made our reservation a couple of months ago and it just happen to be the 25th anniversary of our first date. It was a Monday night and I really wasn't looking forward to going out after a long day. I was so glad I did. We were treated so well by the entire staff at the restaurant. We had the 5 course dinner where the chef chooses your menu for you. It was amazing and we got to try so many things. My husband went adventurous and I went mildly adventurous. We were able to try several of the house specialties as well as some things the chef prepared for us."
    Dined on 3/10/2014
  • "Always a great meal -food is fantastic and the service is exceptional. The staff are attentive without being pushy. Go with the prix fixe - exceptional ffod adn a great value - we were stuffed! Love the little extra touches for my wife's birthday."
    Dined on 3/10/2014
  • "My new favorite restaurant in Memphis!!! Amazing food and excellent service!!!"
    Dined on 3/10/2014