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Restaurant Iris
Restaurant Iris

Restaurant Iris Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.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
  • "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"
    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."
    Dined on 8/27/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/21/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 8/19/2014
  • "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!"
    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."
    Dined on 8/18/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "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."
    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!"
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "Celebrated a birthday, food was wonderful, surprised us with birthday candle. Great evening"
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "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...."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "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 ..."
    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."
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "Our server, Hiliary, was personable, knowledgeable and fun. Each dish was exquisite and the wine amazing. I will going back very soon!"
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "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"
    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."
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "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"
    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."
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "The food was very tasty. My wife loved the shrimp and grits. The duck was perfect. Lobster knuckles delicious. No downside to this dining experience. My wife was totally pleased with Dinner at Iris serving as our 30th wedding anniversary event."
    Dined on 8/4/2014
  • "I have to say once again amazing food and service. We took my out of town family to our favorite Memphis restaurant and they where amazed."
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "my favorite part of restaurant iris each time i go here is my bill because i get to pay them in all six of the COINS! i actually enjoy paying my bill more than eating the food itself. i feel like a winner and not a loser when i go to restaurant iris because it is the number 1 restaurant in memphis, and i feel cool when going there. if it was not the number one restaurant in memphis i would not go there. if they would not take all of the six COINS i would not go there. i am obcessed with all six of the COINS, and love using them, because they make me feel unique, special, one of a kind. each time i go there the waiters say i am the only one in history who pays in all six of the COINS."
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "Great dining experience. Would go again when visiting Memphis. The steak with oysters was great and very enjoyable."
    Dined on 7/28/2014
  • "Great food and service. Our waitress Nevada was very knowledgeable about the food. We will certainly be back."
    Dined on 7/28/2014
  • "We went here for a special occasion and received top notch service as well as amazing food. Will definitely be returning again."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "I went with my wife for our anniversary. I had heard many people rave about this place for sometime, but I was always somewhat skeptical. I assumed the hype was more attributable to the restaurant being the "hip" place to go as opposed to a commentary on the quaility of the food. I considered the wait time involved with getting a reservation as ridiculous and could not possibly be worth it. I was wrong. The food was tremendous! I had the Lobster Knuckle Sandwich and the Surf and Turf along with the brownie dessert. I can honestly say I would rate it in the best 5 meals I have ever had. Well worth the wait. Also, I had anticipated the portions would be tiny like many en vogue restaurants you encounter. Wrong again."
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "Had the knuckle sandwich as an appetizer which was delicious. My husband had the red snapper with Creole seasoning & I had Shrimp & Grits. We were both very happy with our choices. Just the right amount of spice and flavor. It is a casually elegant place, great for a special anniversary or other celebration!"
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "Food was good and well presented. The Rosemary Creme Brulee was not well received by anyone at our table. We had some issues with certain service sectors."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "The food was excellent. The tables were a little close so it was hard to have a private conversation. But the food and service were fantastic. Definitely worth a return visit."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "Ultimate dining experience from the starter to the dessert and coffee! The service was impeccable! I would recommend Iris a hundred times over."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "I loved the flexibility shown by our server and by the chef. My honey and I love to share and I avoid eating most meat. Iris was happy to modify any items on the menu. I would never ask for a big modification, I'm easy to please and I trust the chef, but it was helpful that pork could be taken out of any of the (many!) preparations that included it. Our dinner was intimate and RELAXED at the same time. Great great great local tomatoes highly appreciated. Lighting was fantastic. Sound level was perfection. Unstuffy atmosphere but still a very special occasion."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "We ordered the 3 course weekend dinner with wine pairings. The food was excellent and the wine pairings were fantastic. The service was by far the best we have ever experienced. They were very attentive and truly cared about making it a enjoyable evening for us. I wish we lived in Memphis so we could go frequently!"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Not sure Kelly was cooking on July 5. Maybe he also left town for the holiday. Did not think the items ordered by my wife and I were up to the usual quality of Restaurant Iris. This was also the first time we had been back since Second Line opened. I hope that serving the masses there has not reduced the quality of Restaurant Iris."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "We chose the three-course special with paired wine and were very pleased."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "After an exceptional anniversary dinner last year, we booked Iris for our anniversary dinner again this year. The service was inadequate (we had to continue asking for more water and bread); and we were very disappointed with the food. I ordered the Surf and Turf, with the steak medium well. It came out very well done. There was no hint of pink and the meat was cooked to the point of toughness. Also, the fried oysters were cold and the sauce was barely present."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "A group of 8 of us went to Iris last week on the 4th of July. They were great the week leading up to the reservation, while I changed the number once, the time once, and then had to call the night of to make sure it was okay to come late due to some stragglers from the group. Olivia took care of everything during all of that with grace. Due to our size and the availability, they sat us in a private room in the back. Even the way the chairs were laid out with 2 to a side on the table was great. Our server, Rickie, was professional while showing some personality. It would be worth going back just for the service she provided. The food was fantastic as well. We ended up shutting the place down, as we were enjoying ourselves too much."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "Iris never disappoints. Service always the best. Nice Fourth of July treat!!"
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "Love the surf and turf. It is the only thing I have gotten every time I have eaten here. This time my wife suggested we do the wine paired tasting menu. It was a great idea! We got to try many different things on the menu and each was a surprise. The wines were delicious as well. We had a great evening."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "This was my first time to Restaurant Iris and it was all plus some of what I have been hearing for a very long time. Food, service, ambiance were all excellent. Definitely will be coming back."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "Thursday evening's dinner was my birthday celebration with my husband and another couple. I did not mention the occasion when I made the reservation. Upon learning the reason for the celebration out waitress brought ribbons and a rose for our table. We all loved out meal selections. My friend is a vegetarian. The kitchen prepared her a special plate since there is no vegetarian selection on the menu. My favorite dish that night was the raviolo appetizer. Of course, we all loved the lemon cake and ice cream dessert."
    Dined on 6/26/2014