Restaurant Iris
Restaurant Iris

Restaurant Iris

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.restaurantiris.com/
  • Phone: 9015902828
  • 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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Restaurant Iris reviews from OpenTable diners
167 reviews since May 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.7
  • Food4.6
    Service4.7
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (150)romantic (121)fit for foodies (102)notable wine list (63)neighborhood gem (55)hot spot (33)good for groups (10)late-night find (9)great for outdoor dining (8)great for brunch (6)great for lunch (5)scenic view (4)kid-friendly (3)vibrant bar scene (2)Show More
  • Great Romantic Dining Experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    We went here for our anniversary. The food was excellent and the service was pretty good. I would definitely recommend this restaurant for a special occasion. Reservations are hard to come by, so book early!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • spice is nice
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    The spices and the cooking win over the taste of the food so that you experience the chef's sauces and spices over the main ingredients. Not the way I like to cook, but a fun experience with excellent spices and sauces. Next time I go I'll remember that the restaurant dining rooms are cozy enough that I not only can hear everything my date is saying but the other tables conversation is there for me to enjoy as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Iris- for a wonderful evening
    finedining
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    I was recommended to try out Iris for my marriage anniversary by my friend. I was not disappointed and the restaurant lived upto its expectations. The wines that we chose were excellent, the atmosphere was perfect for a romantic evening. The service staff are excellent and they really take great care in helping us choose our menu and answered all our questions. The food was extremely well prepared.. In Memphis, this is the best that I have seen. I would definitely recommend it to people!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic!
    AlliP
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    As usual, everything was fantastic at Iris. Our server, Jamie, was excellent. She was incredibly knowledgeable of the menu. It was a perfect way to celebrate my boyfriend's birthday!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Reputation well deserved
    ProudMemphian
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    My wife and I came in for our anniversary. We had heard a lot of good things about Iris and were excited. I was surprised how incredible the food was. It is not cheap, but you get more than what you pay for. I am a very proud Memphian and could not be more proud to have this establishment in our city. The reputation is well deserved, but you will not understand until you have experienced it for yourself. We did do the five-course tasting menu. I recommend for first-timers to get an overview of the menu, as we go the opportunity to sample almost half the menu between us. The ambiance is cozy, but not overdone. The service is good, but not stuffy. Will definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 5 course meal was awesome.
    Foodiebydaysdrunkbynight
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    I initially hesitated about the 5 course meal option with wine pairings because of price, but my wife and I each had different courses except one, where we shared (so 9 total courses). The wine pairing was picked well and brought out the wine and the food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 1000 dollars spent all in coins!
    1888severinklosowski1888
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    This is my 8th time at iris and my grand total is 1000 dollars all in coins! It is excellent to feel like a winner and not a loser. I spent this all by myself for just 8 meals.Alot of people have not done that, because they can't. Next time I am going to bring someone else whether it be man or woman and have them experience what it is like to be at the number 1 restaurant in Memphis.What is going to be even more impressive is that I am going to spend more on me and them than what some people would spend on their spouse or their child, and that is pathetic because I just view the people I bring as not even friends, but business associates. Next time instead of bringing 50 dollars in pennies I am going to bring 75 dollars in pennies for fun.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Iris exceeded expectations
    Crowreview
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    We have heard the gossip that Iris was the best restaurant in Memphis. It is often tough to get in but we managed it last Friday and we were not disappointed. Pimento cheese stuffed picked okra, scallops and the surf and turf were huge hits. We topped it off with the bread pudding which is a must have. We will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Promising Experience
    BelgianDuo
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    We were filled with anticipation and were not dissappointed upon admiring the decor and being shown to a perfectly set table in a signature side room. Unfortunately upon ordering the 5-course "Chef surprise" menu with wine pairings the evening quickly unwraveled. None of the wines were worthy of note (two were barely drinkable), the fois gras selection was the only item we specifically requested be included...the waitress forgot it! The stuffed steak main course appeared delicious; however, was tough to the point that it required an unusual amount of effort to cut it - neither of us attempted more than a few bites. The valet parking is a plus but it will be unlikely for us to return.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect for that special evening!
    mthammer11
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    I treated my wife to a fabulous meal at Restaurant Iris for her birthday. We had been looking for an excuse to try this acclaimed midtown gem for a while, and were not disappointed. I had the staple surf and turf, and it lived up to its' accolades. It was a "flavor bomb" from the first bite. My steak was a little overcooked, but that didn't deter me from eating every bite. My wife had the snapper (ponchartrain). Compared to my selection, her's was much lighter and more delicately flavored dish, but it was also excellent. Our only small complaint was the lack of chocolate on the desert menu. The bread pudding was good, but it's still not chocolate :) I should also mention that our service was excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Harry
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Wonderful experience; easy to locate; warm welcome; very helpful and knowledgeable staff; food was outstanding and servings were generous; good selection of wine by the glass.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Pleasant Experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    I picked this restaurant for a post-engagement celebration dinner. I wanted something nice with good food to celebrate a special occasion. My fiancee and I were not disappointed. We each selected a glass of wine from the fair number available (I don't recall which wines specifically, but we ordered by the glass because we had champagne at home). For an appetizer we had the foie gras. I had never had it before and wasn't too keen on the taste, but she said it was pretty good for foie gras. For entrees, she had the halibut, while I had the surf and turf with a NY strip and oysters. I had one taste of the halibut, which was delicious, and my meal was very good also, though quite rich. We topped it off with the lemon cake and raspberry icecream
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Distinctive Offerings for Memphis
    Carmen
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    Iris always presents cocktails, starters and main courses that are seldom seen in Memphis and everything is prepared and served "just right".
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The best
    Brian
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Simply the best in Memphis. Great food, terrific service. Truly special.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Restaurant in Memphis
    steaknbacon
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    The food here is just incredible. These chefs really know their culinary craft. Out of every restaurant in Memphis, the mixture of flavors here wins. Definitely try the 14oz surf and turf. After a raviolo appetizer, it's easily enough for two people to share.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A Taste of New Orleans
    Luvgoodfood
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Restaurant Iris absolutely exceeded my expectations. The ambience and food were amazing. I've been raving about it to everyone.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bigwes
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Without a doubt the finest restaurant in the entire Mid-South.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Memorable Evening
    MemphisFoodie
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    What a wonderfule evening spent celebrating my wife's birthday. The personalaized menus for the table were a nice touch. As expected, all of the food was fabulous. I was personally thrilled to have a glass of hard to find Pappy Van Winkle Bourbon; an unexpected surprise.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Special Evening With Friends
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Over Labor Day Weekend we had friends visiting from out of state. They love great food and are something of gourmet cooks themselves. They loved Iris and we had a fabulous evening with our friends. They were especially impressed by the variety of unique menu items you just don't normally find on fine dining menus.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • angel
    Angel
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    excellent food and service. very unique in nature.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • very disappointing
    Frenchouillard
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    The atmosphere is nice, the restaurant is quiet and you have some intimacy BUT the price is very very expensive for a poor quality of food. We were very disappointed and paid way too much for what we got. All the French meals on the menu are not what they mean. The foie gras is in reality a very cheap foie pâté (and you pay a lot for it!) And the desserts menu is very poor. We tried the frangipane dessert and it wasn't frangipane at all (and on top of it out was burnt). Overall too expensive for what they offer. But we are French so maybe we had too high expectations. Although I'd rather go to Flight or Texas de Brazil for a very nice dinner! At least when you celebrate your anniversary they offer you some complimentary drinks or desserts
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Expectations met and then some
    Nottafoodie
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    My wife and I had been looking forward to our night at restaurant iris for some time and it was worth the wait. Food was fantastic and service was excellent. Thanks for a great night out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My sixth time at Iris!
    1888severinklosowski1888
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    My grand total of all six times going to Restaurant Iris is 750 dollars! It was all in COINS! I feel like such a winner going to Iris and not a loser. It is the number one restaurant in Memphis, and that is the only reason why I go there. They have this place called the second line right next door to Iris and I will never go there because it is not the number one restaurant in Memphis, and I would not feel like a winner going there. When my friends tell me that Iris is a place for special occasions, like wedding aniversaries, birthdays, taking their friends, parents, or significant other, that makes me happy because that does not apply to me because I go there just to go there, to feel cool and i do feel cool, to be different, and a winner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Grits and Knuckle Sandwich!
    martini59
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    We read about Iris and made our reservation about a month in advance. Then we saw Chef Kelly on "Knife Fight" (and won) and learned his signature dishes were his Grits and Knuckle Sandwich. The folks read our Open Table notes, that we were celebrating an anniversary, and sat us in a room which was romantic and they had decorated the table and the menu had an Anniversary Greeting at the top. Candace waited on our table and was very attentive and informative. Our meals were unbelievable! We asked if we could thank the Chef. Candace made that happen and we were excited to meet Kelly English and let him know how much we enjoyed our entire experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Evening at IRIS
    klmerlot
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    We started with the lobster "knuckle sandwich" which was excellent! (Should have had a repeat for the entree.) However for the entree, we had halibut. We asked for a substitute for the "corn and tomato succotash" which covers the fish. We ended up with Brussels sprouts. The fish came on a bed of spinach and sweet potato. The fish was a nice portion but was overcooked and not moist as it should be. The Brussels sprouts were lightly cooked and were essentially raw (like small rocks!). The spinach was VERY salty; the sweet potato was OK. We did not have dessert. I believe IRIS is totally overrated. There are MANY very good restaurants in greater Memphis with much better food at half (or less) the price. Forget IRIS!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great place for a romantic dinner
    Dutchy
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    I would rate restaurant Iris among the very best! Great place for a romantic dinner or to bring friends from out of town and show that Memphis has more to offer than great BBQ!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A "must" in Memphis
    RoadWarriorVIP
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Iris had a wonderful charm. The service and food were impecable. The foie gras appetizer and scallop entree was prepared in a very unique manner that had me wanting for more. As a person who is on the road every week and searches for regional gems to dine, I can honestly say that I will come back to Iris as often as I am able.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • service was great, food ok
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Not sure I would go back, based on my experience. I just had a much higher expectations of the food. The german chocolate cake was obviously dry. The lobster sandwich was pretty good, but over cooked. My shrimp and grits were salty and the shrimp were over cooked as well.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best Food in Memphis
    Kpd40830
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    I'm from Louisiana and every bite reminded me of home. It was the best meal I have had since moving here. We had the pleasure of trying 3 different apps and 3 main courses. Every one of them were mouth watering and cooked to perfection! This is definitely a place to return too. Amazing expirence.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • jleni
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We went for a special Birthday celebration. There was a special greeting for my son printed with the menu and decorative ribbons on the table when we arrived. Very nice touch! The food was amazing, the service friendly and attentive. What more can anyone ask for? We'll be back!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Celebrated a birthday, food was wonderful, surprised us with birthday candle. Great evening
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Iris Exceeds Expectations
    HappyCanuck
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    We recently vacationed in Tennessee and Iris was recommended by someone as the 'must go to' place in Memphis. We were fortunate to get a table - and so glad we did. By far the best meal of our vacation - memorable, delicious food with lots of unique flavours and textures. I would not recommend this restaurant for people with small children but we have two girls aged 11 and 14 that are pretty adventurous eaters and they loved their meals as well. Book in advance though - with only 14 tables (many of them filled with special occasion diners), you need to plan this one ahead. You won't regret the choice....
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Frenetic & Unattentive Service
    LoveGoodFoodVIP
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Iris has great food and is a lovely setting for a night out or for something special like the birthdays we were celebrating. But it was a disappointing night. Our server was clearly experienced but had too many tables and seemed distracted and rushed. (Not her fault necessarily- more people needed? someone didn't show?) We waited quite some time before we were able to give our initial drink order, waited for bread and eventually poured our own wine. The server's rushing around inside this small restaurant gave off a frenetic, harried vibe which definitely detracted from the ambiance and our dinner. Very disappointing given the type of service expected for this level of food. Will give Iris a rest for a while ...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Foie Gras
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    I really enjoyed the food and ambience but I was thoroughly disappointed when I saw foie gras on the menu. Im not a crazed animal nut....I live with my husband and 3 sons that hunt deer, duck, squirrel, rabbitt, turkey...so it isnt about that the act of force feeding an animal for a food seems very inhumane and irresponsible.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Wonderful Dining Experience
    EJD53
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Our server, Hiliary, was personable, knowledgeable and fun. Each dish was exquisite and the wine amazing. I will going back very soon!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Yum
    Drh10
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    The raviolo was out of this world. We had the veel sweetbreads which were good but I wouldn't get them again but my husband liked them. The snapper was very good and so was the surf and turf. We chose very rich dishes and it was all a little too rich for me. Might make a few different choices next time we go! All in all this restaurant lived up to it's reputation
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    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • DanielleW87
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    We were truly satisfied with our dining experience at Rretaurant Iris - We would recommend it to anyone. The place itself is so cozy, homey, and yet elegant. The location was an art in itself. It was so unique, so different. My husband and I are huge foodies and loved everything we tasted. We could not have been happier that we had choosen Restaurant Iris to end our last night in Memphis.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great meal at Restaurant Iris
    CACK
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Had a special occasion to celebrate, so booked a weekend table at RI two months in advance. It was a memorable evening. Our server fully explained the menu and never steered us wrong. A member of our party has a food allergy; because I included this information on our OpenTable reservation, the restaurant was fully prepared to accomodate this person and had even procured some specific ingredients for our party that did not include the allergen. Recommend: the lobster knuckle sandwich and the crab and tomato stack as appetizers. Favorite entrees were the red snapper, halibut, and trout dishes. The surf-and-turf portion is huge - be forewarned! Bread pudding dessert is outstanding - skip the dry chocolate cream cheese brownie.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday
    smooth
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    We celebrated 2 birthdays. We had reservations but had to wait about 20 minutes but they gave us a round of drinks and it was really not the fault of the restaurant. The food was absolutely wonderful and we had very good service. Love this place
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Par excellence!
    uscanuck
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    This was our first time at Restaurant Iris....reservations have to be made well in advance here due to its popularity but definitely worth the wait. We decided to try the the five course "degustation" as everything on the menu sounded delicious, it would be so hard to choose! We were not disappointed. Each course was fantastic and the wine pairings were spot on. The ambiance was wonderful and our table was nestled near the fireplace in the first room on the left. Our server was extremely knowledgeable and very attentive and friendly. The owner/chef also paid a visit to our table to ensure we were enjoying our experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate