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
165 reviews since June 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.7
  • Food4.6
    Service4.7
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (150)romantic (117)fit for foodies (105)notable wine list (58)neighborhood gem (56)hot spot (35)great for outdoor dining (11)good for groups (11)late-night find (7)great for brunch (6)great for lunch (5)kid-friendly (4)scenic view (4)vibrant bar scene (2)Show More
  • Always a delight
    AlyceM
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Reservations aren't easy to get at this great little restaurant. We made ours several weeks ahead for our anniversary and had an excellent dinner. Talented Chef Kelly English always seems to be able to put something a little extra even in traditional dishes. All four of us agreed it was one of the best dinners out we'd had in ages!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Food is not as good as people make it out to be. Not worth the money
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • LMB4
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    I would say this is probably the best restaurant in memphis.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great
    GirlsNightOut
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    The menu was a little overwhelming, thankfully our server was fantastic and had patients enough to answer any and all questions. This was a fun experience for our Monthly Girls Night out! Great food, Great drinks, Great service! Would definitely recommend.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Anniversary Dinner
    MemphisCuisinePlease
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    Very friendly staff, knowledgeable servers, and food that may exceed your expectations. Chef Kelly English does great job of making table visits and makes his presence known to all his guests
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special celebration spot
    Lovefood
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    Great food. Loved the lobster knuckle sandwich! Peanut butter Creme brûlée was to die for! Kelly English should be very proud of this place. Will return again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Iris
    luvtodine
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    This is one of our favorite restaurants!!Food ,service and ambience is superb!!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderful Experience
    laspalmeras
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Came here with my fiance for a romantic dinner - it was just that, and more! We recently moved to Memphis and heard great things about Restaurant Iris. It was fantastic, just as we'd been told and like we read. I will be having dreams of this restaurant until we return again. Definitely worth the splurge to celebrate something special. The cocktails are reasonably priced, nice wine list, excellent service, and outstanding food. You won't regret it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fab in Midtown
    Fabat50
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    My husband and I celebrated our 19th wedding anniversary at Restaurant Iris. Our waiter was wonderful. We put our wine selection in her capable hands and she paired it perfectly with out entrée choices. You must have the sprouts for a beginning-YUM. My ONLY complaint, and this is minor, too heavy handed on the almonds for the trout almandine. I left a good 1/2 cup on the plate. The flavor was wonderful, just too many almonds. My husband had the NY strip stuffed with blue and oysters- FILLING. We could have split the steak and each been very full.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Blackwater
    Blackwater
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    The food was outstanding. Service was great & fast. Especially liked Kelly English coming out of kitchen to visit with diners.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Restaurant in Memphis
    Will
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    My wife and I absolutely love restaurant Iris. In our opinion, Kelly English and Jeff Frisby are geniuses. If you can get a reservation, give Iris a try. You will not be disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • always excellent
    Anniversry
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    Iris is awesome. Great food, service, atmosphere. We tried some different dishes on this visit, and loved everything, as always.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Food and service were great! I had the weekend special and it was delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Elegant and delicious
    littleradhen
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    We were celebrating a family birthday and wanted a very special restaurant for the occasion, so we chose Restaurant Iris. My husband ordered two appetizers because he wanted to taste both the fried oysters and the pimiento cheese stuffed okra, and the rest of us chose one, and we all shared bites because there was so much nuanced flavor to experience in each dish. Everyone was in a seafood mood, so we ordered the trout, halibut, and shrimp and grits. We loved the interesting spicing and preparations. I particularly liked the baba ganouj with the halibut, and the mascarpone cheese in the grits. This was our second visit, but we will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 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
    eatingout
    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
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    • Ambiance
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • Ambiance
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    • 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
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great experience
    GreatPlace2dine
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    We had 10 people in our reservation for a birthday celebration. The dining area, the food, the wine/alcohol, and the waitress were all exceptional.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 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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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not for me.
    Jeremy
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    This restaurant showed promise. I've been wanting to try this place for about 2 years now. I've heard great things about this place and its food. I wanted to like it, but the food and ambiance is not for me. The food was not terrible, it simply did not fit my taste.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 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
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    • 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.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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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
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    • Ambiance
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    • 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
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    romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • 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
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    • 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.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • 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
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    • 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.
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • BigwesVIP
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Without a doubt the finest restaurant in the entire Mid-South.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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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.
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    special occasion
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    • 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.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • angel
    Angel
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    excellent food and service. very unique in nature.
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    special occasion
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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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  • 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.
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    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion
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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
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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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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.