Folk's Folly Prime Steak House

4.8
881 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Steakhouse
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.
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, Wine
What 881 People Are Saying
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Memphis
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simply the best in town. Special occasions can always be made better at Folk's Folly.

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RS
Memphis
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always...it was an incredible experience! We were there for our 3rd anniversary and we'll be there for all the rest.

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OT
Memphis
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and great service.

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AM
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 3

Went with my husband for our anniversary and they had balloons on our chairs and it looked very nice. Unfortunately, I overheard our server tell another server to take a drink to "the black guy", referring to another guest in the restaurant. I was ready to leave then but my husband told me to calm down and give it a chance. The food looked great when it came out but it was BLAND. My petite filet was cooked medium well as requested but it had very little if any seasoning. My husbands NY Strip was ordered medium well and only about half of his steak was cooked as such. The other half was medium and as he made it to the end of his steak it neared medium rare. My husband is a peace maker and has cooked in the kitchen of various restaurants and refused to send his food back no matter how many times I urged him to. I would say that the entire night was just bad.

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JH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Found restaurant on Opentable. Great find. Great food. Great service.

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OT
Memphis
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always get the 14 oz filet and it never fails. Our server was great and we had a great time!

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Tampa
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal. Great service.

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TP
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

I have been coming to FF ever since it opened, and this was the worst steak I have ever had. The meat was not of the usual quality, and it was not cooked properly. This will not keep me from returning. Everyone deserves one fumble in forty years. Service and ambiance was great.

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d
Memphis
85 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another excellent meal that all enjoyed yes it is expensive but very good and very old school

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Memphis
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Love the old school feel of this place. Cocktails, piano, leopard carpet. Food and service are fantastic. Consistently delightful.

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MF
Memphis
9 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Third visit...never disappoints. Valet service fast & top notch. Attentive wait staff. Great "specials" presentation. Food exceptional & always cooked to order. Nice variety offered - we have tried different dishes each time, and have enjoyed them all.

Anyone who wants to "bring a friend" will never have to apologize for the food/service/ambiance. Top notch!

We will definitely make reservations next time we plan to visit Memphis.

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CC
Memphis
4 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 5

Service was not as good as normal. Slow, not over friendly this time. Not the normal service I am used to there. The birthday caramel cake was delicious as usual.

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v
Memphis
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great place to celebrate my daughters birthday. Had to send steak back because it was over cooked but when returned...it was great!

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MT
Western NC
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our experience was wonderful. The entire staff were friendly and happy to welcome us for dinner. The food was exceptional. And the desserts were great. We will return soon.

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L
Memphis
9 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The only complaint I have is two of salads were drenched in salad dressing. A place of this caliber should know how to dress a salad. And you shouldn’t have to ask to just ‘put it on the side!’
Although, the waitress was very much attentive, sometimes you just want to enjoy your company with a drink before having to quickly order. It’s suppose to be a relaxing night. She was constantly coming back to the table asking if we were ready to order. We had to tell her twice to give us 5 minutes.

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j
Atlanta
41 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful meal in this Memphis staple. It’s warm and upscale. Service is exceptional. We went with steaks. One Fillet and a NY Strip accompanied by two sides, garlic potato casserole and grilled asparagus with lemon. For starters we had the house made caprese. Dessert was a perfect key lime pie.

Definitely will return again and again.

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

Clearly one of the best restaurants in Memphis! Service was perfect!

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l
Memphis
2 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful environment. Great food!!!! Fantastic service. We had a phenomenal first time visit.

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IZ
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great foods and service, we had very good time, will come back again.

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LR
Memphis
15 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful as usual. Folk’s Folly prepares the best filet in town! Service was top notch and they treated us very nicely for our anniversary.

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RA
Memphis
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We went on the referal of a friend. The ambiance was terrific. The meat was cooked to perfection and the taste was awesome. We enjoyed the restruant very much, it is definatly one of our favorites.

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D
Mississippi
6 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect Enough said !

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TR
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

THE STAFF WAS VERY WELCOMING MAKING YOU FEEL LIKE YOU WERE PART OF THE FOLK'S FOLLY FAMILY. THE FOOD WAS SUBURB ALONG WITH THE QUITE SOFT ATMOSPHERE OF A RITZY ESTABLISHMENT.

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CC
Memphis
2 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

steaks were smaller & not as good as previous visits. TOOOOOOO much garlic in shr crab soup

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JB
Memphis
2 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Looking for an excellent steak? Look no further, excellent food and service. There is a variety of sides and all of them we have tried have been delicious. They will treat the birthday guest with a yummy caramel cake. The service is always excellent and reservations for a group are handled separately and efficiently.

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OT
Memphis
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a treat. Very professional with delicious dining. And very attentive waiters and waitresses.

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J
Miami
10 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food and service! My wife and I couldn’t be more please with our meal and service!

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JO
Memphis
30 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

A very nice place for our birthday celebration. Enjoyed the festive dessert and balloons for the birthday guy!

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F
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The steak was tender enough to cut with my fork. She crab soup was perfect. We were seated in a private room. Beautiful and cozy.

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OT
Nashville
4 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My birthday was awesome. The food was everything! I will be back again soon and again after that!

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MW
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I must say I loved it I went for my birthday in August I took my wife for her birthday in October the service is beautiful the food is excellent

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p
Memphis
3 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great dinner and Norma did a superb job waiting on me and my family, including my 20 month old grandchild and my 8 year old daughter.

Food was hot, service was great. Even the servers helpers added to the occasion, keeping our glasses filled and giving us plenty of bread sticks.

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JD
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was honestly the best steak I have ever placed in my mouth period. Must try.

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DD
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb environment. Pleasant and assertive workers. The food was great!!!! Valet was great!!!! I would give more stars if offered.

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

Goodreally good

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L
Nashville
9 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful dinner. Service was to notch. I will be back as often as I can.

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JG
Memphis
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great steaks and even better service. From the bar to the host to the staff, everyone was great.

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

The NY Strip was outstanding and so was the Filet. The meat was melt in your mouth good and flavored just perfectly. By far the best steak I’ve had in Memphis. Great Place 👍

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

Lives up to the reviews as one of the best in Memphis

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WP
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great time. The staff was great and the food was delicious.

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