Folk's Folly Prime Steak House

4.7
772 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Steakhouse
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  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Good for a Date
PRIVATE ROOM AND LARGE PARTY REQUESTS MUST BE BOOKED AT THE FRONT DESK AT (901)762-8200.

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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Delivery or takeout
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Steakhouse, Seafood, Steak
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Sunday: 5:30pm - 9:00pm
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Phone number
(901) 762-8200
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Max Hussey
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
William Arnold Rd.
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Parking details
Complimentary valet parking on site.
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Entertainment
Live piano in the Cellar Lounge.
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wine
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1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We’ve never been here before and had received a gift certificate for Christmas. We chose to use on our Anniversary. It was an absolute perfect night all around. From the time we were seated till we left. The best steak we’ve ever had! I recommend to try it at least once! In fact my brother and sister-in-law are going tonight for their Anniversary!

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LW
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first visit to Folk’s and it was a great experience. The food was great but the service was outstanding—our waiter Kevin took great care of us.

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MH
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great as was our waitress, June. Will be coming back.

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HB
Memphis
4 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

The service was great! We got there early and they seated us anyway, or offered to let us wait in the bar until we were ready. The wait staff was efficient and courteous. The kitchen staff delivered the food hot and cooked the way we wanted it. The only big fail was that the food flavors did not stand out, especially against the price of the food. I would have though a $49 steak would have had a distinct flavor, but unfortunately not only the steaks, but the rest of the food did not offer anything more than I could have gotten at a restaurant at half the price.

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Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always an excellent dining experience at a local Memphis favorite. Best steak in town and beyond as far as I’m concerned. Bone-in filet. Good ole southern dining experience.

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a
Memphis
10 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Waitress was outstanding and so was the food.

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MS
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Greg (our waiter) was great. Food was also great. Coming back

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LS
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

This was our 46th wedding anniversary and we enjoyed the night very much. The food was good, but our choice wasn't the best. We have had entrees at the restaurant that we enjoyed much better. The service was impeccable and our server was awesome. We were also lucky enough to be seated in a area with other folks celebrating anniversaries. Everyone was cheerful and very pleasant. The atmosphere made for a very fine evening. The night was very special for us and there is no other place I would have liked to have been on our anniversary.

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DL
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I really enjoyed ourselves. The food was so delicious seasoned very perfect. We will be dining back soon.

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PW
Memphis
7 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The filet I ordered was absolutely a tender cut and cooked perfectly to my liking. The sides are consistently great, as is the service. Love to celebrate here!

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OT
Memphis
2 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A wonderful experience, as always, with truly exceptional service!

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my first experience at Folks Folly! It was a very good experience, the steaks were perfect. The sides were amazing. Especially the jalapeño Mac and cheese. It was my nieces birthday great choice for a special occasion.

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JH
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great experience. Food was great, service was great.

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BF
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was wonderful. The service was amazing, the ambiance was great, and the food was delicious!

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St. Louis
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

Was over priced for the quality of the food. The specials were good, but for a steak house the steak was unimpressive.

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JC
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Received a warm welcome from hostess and was actually seated ahead of reservation time. Waitress/server was helpful and attentive, at least initially. She became more absent as meal progressed. Nice menu and range for food selections.
Cost is major issue I have; $181.00 for just one to eat??? Mushroom appetizer was 4 small stuffed caps for $12.00??? A $10.00 bowl of soup, $8.00 for half a wedge salad, $90.00 surf and turf with &16.00 oscar topping, $9.00 piece of cheesecake—-quickly becomes expensive. Good, but difficult to justify that amount of money for that return.
Recommend in only the absolute best situation

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S
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

We enjoyed a great meal and had a great server named: Norma. We would recommend for a great dinner date.

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SA
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Folk’s Folly never disappoints. I took 3 Folk’s Folly first timers, and they were so impressed with every single thing from the cozy atmosphere to the outstanding service. One person ordered the delicious heirloom caprese salad, and she asked about the different types of tomatoes. When the server came back, she had talked to the chef and knew the types of each tomato. The wedge salad with blue cheese is my favorite! The steaks arrive on sizzling hot plates. Our table had a bone-in filet, a ribeye, a strip and the beef medallions. They were delicious as always! I can’t wait to go back soon!

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a
Memphis
8 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was excellent and so,was the dinner.

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SG
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

The food was not worth 200.00. I took my husband for father's day and it was just ok! The seating was tight and you couldn't speak without everyone in your area hearing you conversation. I wanted to go to stoneyriver steak house and grill in germantown but my husband wanted to try this! It was a mistake! I will never go back!

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Memphis
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Recently celebrated my birthday with dinner at Folks Folly. Wonderful experience. Nicolette, our server, was attentive and amazing. She made wonderful suggestions and even bought me cake to celebrate! It was a wonderful experience from the valet to the hostesses and our server!

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Memphis
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Father’s Day

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MM
Memphis
50 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 3

We could have eaten anywhere for Father’s Day, we chose Folk’s Folly. Our server was fabulous, the noise level was fine. I was so excited to see tile fish on the menu, what a treat! We had two orders, took a few bites and stopped. Clearly the fish was previously frozen, and cooked mediocre. Frozen flavor. Sent it back. Taken off our bill. Thank you. I can go anywhere for a good steak, not sure we’ll be back anytime soon. Sad we came here. Might try the burger in bar, heard it’s good but hard to get in,

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TT
Memphis
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I sent my parents and they loved it! First time they have ever did fine dining.

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal friendly staff food was nice and hot no complaints

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k
Memphis
2 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Best steak in Memphis! Hands down. Hubby and I went here for our anniversary and went all out- appetizers, entrees, dessert, cocktails, and wine. We had an amazing server, Chelsea. Highly recommend the bone in ribeye, the pork chop (seriously tastes like straight up delicious bacon), and the frangelico & chambord ice cream dessert cocktail. One of our very favorite romantic restaurants for sure! We will go back time and time again!

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Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food, service all first rate.

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SM
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

Unfortunately this place did not meet our expectations. We ordered the cowboy ribeye, medium well. It came out well down and had a burnt taste around the edges. I wanted to send it back, but opted not to seeing that I had already sent back my garlic potatoes due to the fact that they were swimming in sour cream. We won’t be returning.

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Memphis
257 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I always enjoy my visits to Folk's Folly. The service is always friendly and professional. The atmosphere is always upscale and inviting. I also appreciate the private room table request being honored for this particular special occasion. Lastly, the food is always prepared with great detail and tastes just as great as it looks. This occasion was no different!

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KD
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was a drive for us, however, it was totally worth the 20 minute Uber ride. The food was absolutely amazing, the service was incredible and the atmosphere was priceless. My husband and I were on a road trip for our anniversary and they treated us like royalty. They set balloons out at our table and even gave us a Carmel cake for dessert. This is a must visit restaurant whether you’re a local or passing through, take this recommendation. You will not be disappointed.

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TF
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Very friendly "Folks" and the food was delicious!!

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AW
Memphis
12 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

Friday evening June 15th 2018 7:15 PM

They sat my wife and I right by the stairs going down to lower serving area and traffic was horrible and 6 inches off our table. Waiter fell going up the stairs and broke a wine glass on my wife's foot, tray and all. The waiter staging area was 4 feet away and watched everything going on in there.
When food came it sat in that hallway for about 5 mins before serving but in that time 25 people walked up and down the area passing over our food.

The steak was my fault 14 oz filet well crusted but had a raw center and that's why I order steaks mid-well but I thought hey let’s have a masters do it right, Wrong at least for me. My baked potato “loaded” was cold (yes, really, COLD) and chunky, butter didn’t melted and was just bad. Mushrooms were great best I've had in a while. Calamari was good.

I had a cocktail "old Fashion" muddled (fruit was chopped) orange cherry and was the worst I've had in years. Lacked that sweet citrus smell/taste.
Over all a bad experience and dropped $240.00 includes tip. Will not be back. On getting home found out waiter did not pack the begat bread we payed $4.00 for. Found out from family that they were not changed for their bread. Who does that????????????

Waiter was fantastic.

I know. Hey why didn’t you let the staff know, Just not my thing and don’t want to ruin it for my wife too. She was annoyed by the traffic already.

Andrew and Nancy

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Memphis
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great service. Very prompt and clean

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t
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was great and my wife was over joyed for her birthday great job!

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o
Chicago
63 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I always enjoy taking my customers to Fox Valley. The service and quality of food is second to none in the Memphis area.

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JH
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Booked reservations on line with confirmation immediately. Follow up text and call was received. Atmosphere was nice along with steaks and sides.

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

All was pretty well. Not a great selection of wines by the glass. Spinach casserole wasn’t a casserole. Just steamed spinach w mushrooms in it....so sauce or anything spectacular. The filet mignon was delish! Also, so was the lamb!!!!

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p
Memphis
7 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated our 7th wedding Anniversary at Folks Folly. The food and service were excellent!

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Indiana
4 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for anniversary. The restaurant made sure to make the evening special for us. The food was amazing. Worth every dollar.

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BH
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We live out of town and came to Memphis for our anniversary. Curt was our head waiter and did an awesome job. The tomahawk ribeye was the best steak I ever had, even counting Bobby Flays. We will be back again.

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