Erling Jensen The Restaurant

4.9
1173 reviews
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$50 and over
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Continental
Erling has fashioned our approach to cuisine: globally inspired, and classically executed, featuring the freshest, most seasonal ingredients to produce a meal of the highest quality and caliber. As the seasons change, we will reinvent our menu, creating fresh new challenges for us and pleasant little surprises for you. This approach, while founded in the French tradition, reflects our commitment to the healthy, imaginative eclectic and ethnically diverse cuisine of today.
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Continental
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Hours of operation
Dinner Nightly: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(901) 763-3700
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Erling Jensen
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Catering
Wedding receptions, rehearsal dinners, special events etc...
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Cross street
Poplar
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Parking details
Valet is available
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 1173 People Are Saying
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P
Savannah
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My wife and I went there for our anniversary and it was amazing. It’s a small location but the food and service were incredible. Chef Erling came by the table several times and the waitress was super attentive.

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BY
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Lovely restaurant where the chef comes to greet you. Wide variety of dishes from fish to steak to lamb to antelope as a special. Loved the spinach salad with the almond pecan brittle. Halibut was nice but a trifle overdone. The chocolate soufflé was to die for. The only negative was a big party of physicians being wined and dined by some kind of pharmacy or equipment rep - they were quite loud and everyone from the waiter to the chef apologized. It was not their fault. Otherwise it makes a lovely comfortable spot for conversation over a good meal.

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B
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every bite was beyond delicious, from the crawfish bisque, to entrees of elk chops and black angus filet, and finally finishing with the chocolate souffle.

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JP
Memphis
2 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 1

Service was ok. Knowledgeable but not friendly. Overpriced and food was cold. Dessert was the best part unfortunately.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything at Erling’s is the best! Perfect place for special occasion or romantic dinner.

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CA
Memphis
3 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Stellar service, flawless food, wonderful ambiance. What's not to love?
Erling Jensen is our go-to restaurant for special occasions and for impressing out-of-towners.

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EJ
Memphis
9 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

Good but not great! The mushroom soup with crispy leeks was a little disappointing; it reminded me of Gerber's baby food. I had halibut for my next course, and it was cooked perfectly and full of flavor. For dessert, I had the blueberry bread pudding with cinnamon gelato, and it was again, mediocre at best. The bread pudding was dry, but the gelato was delightful.

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JM
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I celebrated our 6th wedding anniversary at Erling Jensen last weekend. We had never been but will be back to celebrate future special occasions. The service, food and atmosphere were all excellent. We can't wait to go back.

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AC
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely exquisite! One of the finest dining experiences in Memphis.

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JS
Memphis
3 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another wonderful meal. Chose the fixed price dinner with wine pairings-simply superb. Best spot for a special occasion meal in Memphis!

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f
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have always been a fan of Chef Jensen. His creativity and attention to detail and exceptional quality produce an outstanding culinary experience. Our party of 3 did the Friday night wine tasting and each of the 4 courses and wines were excellent. Our favorite was definitely the fried Soft Shell Crab with a touch of curry and basil. AMAZING! The Dover Sole was delicious but the highlight for that course was the Paul Hobbs Chardonnay! The Sous Vide Buffalo tenderloin was succulent and cooked to a perfect medium rare.
The Fall spice cake was good...a bit difficult to eat due to the thick and hard white chocolate, but all was not lost due to the tasty Solera 1847 Cream Sherry. Erling, as usual, stopped by the table...even delivering one of the courses and the wait staff is always top notch. A wonderful evening~!

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LE
Mobile
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was only our second visit. Due to the fact that we live in Nashville. We went again just to see if it was as good as we remembered....well....OMG! I teach in New York every year for the past 15 years and believe that Erling Jensen rivals restaurants there!! Love it and recommend it to everyone!!

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D
Memphis
16 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and great service. Great atmosphere

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j
Memphis
6 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and outstanding service. Extremely reasonable corkage. Large portioned salads and appetizers. You easily over order if not careful, but you really need to save room for desert. And, do not miss the coffee--genuine Lavazza. Reservations a must for the main dining room, but they will take care of you in the bar seating area if you walk in.

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HH
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went there for an anniversary dinner. The food was phenomenal, the staff was excellent. The staff knew it was our anniversary and surprised us with a special treat.

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JP
Mississippi
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely phenomenal, as always! Never disappoints.

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A
Nashville
6 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This service and environment are elegant and the food is delicious. Although the prices seem high, the portions are generous. A great place.

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AC
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love dining at Erling's. The setting is so intimate and usually pretty quiet. This visit was a little louder than normal but the food was excellent as always. The service was a tad bit slower than our preference but we were with good friends so it wasn't a big deal. The halibut was cooked perfectly and the filet was heavenly. My husband also enjoyed the orange tomato soup special.

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OT
Memphis
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always hits the mark, and more often exceeds it! Tasting menu was fantastic.

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j
Memphis
46 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our favorite restaurant. The food is outstanding. I had the buffalo steak which was cooked to perfection. My husband had the sea scallops which were perfect. We both had the grilled romaine salad, yum. I had the peach crepe and he had creme brûlée . Our server was Shannon who treats you like family. Try the Asian Pear Martini, you won't be sorry.
From the time you arrive until you leave, everyone is so nice and professional.
Try this restaurant ........you won't be disappointed.

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G
Memphis
12 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently wonderful. Chef Earling Jensen has been recognized as one of the best our community has to offer. Deservedly so! Best Dover Sole ever!

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OT
Memphis
6 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect as always!

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LD
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First Visit. Staff was very welcoming. The personal attention from Mr. Jensen was not expected, but very notable. The fish was moist and flaky. The sauce that Mr. Jensen poured over the fish made the fish taste really good. The okra mixed in with the greens was served at the crispness that I like. Very enjoyable dining experience. Thank you!

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OT
Memphis
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was great

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b
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant could stand in any of the major cities in the world and compete with the best. The food was exceptional and the service attentive. A must when in Memphis.

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MA
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous from start to finish. This restaurant never disappoints!

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OT
Memphis
9 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always have an excellent experience at Erling Jensen. I called to let them know we were coming for my wife's birthday and when we arrived everyone from the host, the server and Erling greeted her by name and wished her a happy birthday. The food was awesome, as always. We had the crab cakes and filet which was cooked to perfection. Thanks, Erling for another great dining experience.

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OT
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service and food was great

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OT
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always wonderful!!!

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BR
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Erling Jensen is by far the best overall restaurant I been to in Memphis. My wife was celebrating her birthday and we both were blown away with the customer service. The food was superb. We will share our experience with all our friends. BROVO ZULU to Erling Jensen!

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DS
Memphis
5 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great from beginning to end. Our server did a fine job as well as the other staff. The Buffalo was delicious and the halibut was as well. EJ’s is the place to go if you want a fine meal in a romantic setting.

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JA
Memphis
4 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service were outstanding. Probably the best dining experience we have ever had in Memphis!

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OT
Memphis
9 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So above and beyond amazing.

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WP
Memphis
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome as always. Food and service area always wonderful and love the atmosphere.

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CW
Jackson Hole
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dear Chef Jensen and staff.
Thank you for a truly memorable evening. The service was perfect and the food absolutely delicious.
My compliments!

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FE
E. Tennessee
2 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

One of my favorite stops in Memphis. Great Cocktails. Wonderful creative food. Just the right amount of 'noise' to inject energy.

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SA
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

My husband and I LOVED Erling Jensen's! I opted to dine from the alacart menu (the Dover sole) while my husband chose from the chef's nightly meal/wine pairings. We enjoyed everything about the meal and will definitely dine there again in the near future.

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EH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this restaurant! We always enjoy eating there. It’s where we take our friends when we want them to have a great dining experience.

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KS
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the very best in Memphis!! The food is always fantastic and there is a great wine list!!

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CJ
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

Let me start off by saying Rachel went far above and beyond any expectations we had. The atmosphere of the restaurant was fantastic and the in between treats were a wonderful touch. I felt my food was very good, but my partner felt their main dish(Salmon Sunday Special) fell a little short. I would recommend this place to any of my friends looking for a great place for a date or special occasion and would recommend they all see Rachel to be their server. Thanks for the wonderful experience and we look forward to visiting again.

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