Folk's Folly Prime Steak House

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947 reviews
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The Folk’s Folly story began in 1977 with unconventional origins, as the best stories often do.

Native son Humphrey Folk, Jr. was a prominent and shrewd developer, whose hard work carried him all over the country, cultivating his sincere appreciation of food and fine wine.

Undaunted by a complete lack of restaurant or culinary experience, he decided to convert a quaint and intimate house into a small eatery. His peers offered little encouragement, so he added the word “folly” to his own name, and Memphis’ Original Prime Steak House was born.

With only a gentleman's handshake to signify agreement, Humphrey Folk welcomed famed Memphis restaurateur Thomas Boggs as managing partner of Folk's Folly in 2003.

This partnership built the bridge to the next generation and Folk's Folly Prime Steak House remains a family affair.
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CK
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Seated promptly on arrival. Staff was great and food was outstanding. We usually come for special occasions but will try to come more often

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L
Memphis
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Asparagus we ordered was woody. The server replaced it with green beans. The green beans were nothing special. I have not been to folks folly in several years and I am sorry to say the quality of the food is not what it used to be.

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J
Western NC
27 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good service, fine steak and wine.

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OT
Memphis
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Megan was a wonderful server - she took good care of us and was very attuned to our group!

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A
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Collin and our server Connie were awesome. Service from coat check to management was top notch.

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KA
N. Ireland
5 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

As always, the staff was very professional, accommodating and nice. Nice atmosphere. The food was outstanding. Steaks are always consistently good and cooked to perfection. The truffle butter and lump crabmeat enhancers were delicious. The king crab was very very good as well.

The restaurant is consistently good

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B
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Excellent menu selection with good variety. Salads generous in proportion as are side dishes. Filets are truly prime cuts.

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MS
Memphis
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The entire staff was wonderful to us. We celebrated a birthday and everyone acknowledged the birthday girl who was part of the staff. It was a great family feeling environment.

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w
New England
2 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this local favorite is still around serving great food in a special environment perfect for celebrating or just enjoying a nice meal out. Our food delicious and there was something for everyone. We really appreciated the balloons and cake to honor our son on his birthday. Thank you!

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K
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Appetizer was not good but steak as usual was wonderful.
Do not eat ahi tuna there!

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JM
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an amazing time at Folks Folly. We were first timers celebrating our anniversary and the staff treated us very well. The food was amazing. Very quiet atmosphere. We'll be back!

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D
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 5ambience 5

Waitress, Dana, was outstanding. Two issues in food:
1. Ordered bone in filet medium well( with hopes it would be medium), but it was medium rare
2. Brought out wrong sides

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RW
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was one of the best dining experiences I have had in a very long time. We had one of the private rooms, and it was very nice. Our servers were excellent! The food was outstanding!The owner stopped by to check on us, which I thought was very classy. I definitely recommend Folks Folly.

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BB
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and food. This place is heads above other restaurants in the area.

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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was fabulous. We enjoyed having a round table and our own curtained off room for a loud hen party. Service was outstanding!!!!

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JW
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

It is a steak house but not many other items for non beef eaters.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mrs. Rose is the best and the food is always top notch.

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c
Tallahassee
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We came to celebrate our daughters 10th birthday here and it was devine! Great service/ Brandon was excellent! Yummy food! Even had balloons for her chair and a complimentary mini caramel cake for her after dinner! (We notified them when we made reservations that we were celebrating her birthday) will definitely eat here again if in the area. The filet was perfect and the twice baked potato was creamy. Calamari was some of the best we’ve ever had! Highly recommend this place!

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s
Memphis
9 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food , service and ambience was excellent! Great place for celebration or date nights!

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AF
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best steak I've ever had. Everything was fantastic!

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M
Memphis
42 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Filet and the lobster are always consistently delicious! Great service.

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MS
Memphis
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Have dined here often and they never disappoint. Steaks are always perfect. The service is always spot on. It is a pricey place but the value is always high.

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JW
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was phenomenal and Carlos Sejas was fantastic and made sure it was a fantastic evening

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KM
Memphis
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hostess, waitresses entire staff,A wonderful evening start to finish.

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OT
Memphis
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were there celebrating an 89th birthday.
Food, service and ambiance, exceptional!!!
Cliff was an outstanding server:)

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AT
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 1

atmosphere extremely noisy for an upper scale restaurant

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OT
Memphis
2 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I am a bit late in writing my post. But, I still remember my experience vividly. It was my anniversary. It was cold and uncomfortable outside. My boyfriend and I were immediately greeted with complementary valet and pointed in the direction of inside. We were greeted with a table decorated with balloons for our special day. Throughout the night, at least 3 staff members congratulated us. Rose, our serve. Phenomenal. We ate filet mignon, drank a delicious pinot noir, and had complementary dessert. Best restaurant experience. Loved it.

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OT
Memphis
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the best server...Elise. She took great care of us

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RJ
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best steakhouse in Memphis without question. Impeccable service. Folks Folly is incredible.

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TR
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I'm a man. I love steak. I asked around at work, I said "who has the best steak in Memphis?" All the rich folks behind the sales desk agreed simultaneously and told me Folks Folly. As soon as I heard that, in my head I immediately assumed I wouldn't be able to afford it since A: a bunch of people with money agreed on it, and B: they told me assume about $100 a person. They weren't wrong, but don't let that discourage you. That's what credit cards are for. Let me tell y'all, I went into debt over a meal and I'm not even mad. I took my wife for her birthday. She got this massive 16oz filet. It was alright, but I got the ribeye and let me tell you, I ate there like a week ago and I still think about that steak. I'm not a food junkie, I don't know what's wrong with me but I literally dream about that steak. It's like a drug but more expensive so be careful. When I cut into it, I could clearly see the different layers of cooking. I got it medium rare like a red blooded American should, and there were five layers of perfection in the cooking of that steak. If you have a special occasion or just want to treat yourself to the best steak of your life, this is the place to go. I've been to J Alexander's, Ruth's Chris, etc. and Folk's Folly is like Gordon Ramsey with the other places being the restaurants that he visits to make them not suck. Absolute perfection.


Only negative was that our waitress wasn't super knowledgeable and couldn't pronounce like 5 things on the menu, but that's alright. She still got her 15%.

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FS
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never disappointed!!! Always great steaks and good service

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L
Memphis
6 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

We were seated by the fire exit which was blocked by us which would clearly be a fire code violation.
Server was very attentive. I came for the king crab hush puppies and she crab soup. The hush puppies were raw. The batter was actually raw in a 4/5 star restaurant. The she crab soup was evidently just she she soup. There were tiny tidbits of maybe crab in the soup. Could not really tell they were so tiny. But the raw hush puppies basically done me in. Told the server and all she said was would I like something else. I would have at least expected a mgr to come explain to me why this happened.

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AM
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place to go for anniversary or any special occasion to have a great dinner with your wife or special person.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Fantastic 4 lb lobster!!!

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CC
E. Tennessee
6 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved everything about our experience at Folk's Folly.

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MS
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 1

Although the food was good as usual, service suffered due to large parties that monopolized our servers time.
There was a large party of very loud men who frequently used the f bomb along with every other impolite word to use in a quality establishment. Although there were families with young children right next to them management never asked them to consider others in the dining room. And everyone in that dining room heard them.
I’ll think twice before coming back due to our experience.

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LH
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 3ambience 5

We both got filet mignon—some of the best we’ve ever had! The Brussels sprouts were cooked just right but the green beans were almost raw. The cheesecake and hot fudge brownie were really delicious. The server was very pleasant but did not check our table much. Thankfully the steaks were cooked right because my husband finished his before we ever saw our server again!

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TG
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Consistently excellent food and service. Favorite place to eat.

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MT
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We go here on every visit to Memphis. Food and service is consistently great.

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W
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 3ambience 1

Terrible room and the service was nice but slow.

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