Folk's Folly Prime Steak House

4.8
908 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 908 People Are Saying
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MT
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

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

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JJ
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Food was fine but not the best steak by far. So for that I would say it’s over priced. Plus sides are just ok, nothing amazing and each are $9 per side. Overall, it’s a nice place good food but nothing to write home about.

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

We had an amazing experience for our first time at folks folly! We were given one of the private dining rooms, which was an amazing upgrade to our reservation. The perfect date night!

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r
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Amazing food, wine, and service. My husband ordered the best steak (NY strip) we've ever had. I wish we had been seated a bit more privately, though we hadn't requested it. Our table was on a main thoroughfare for wait staff and incoming guests. Other than feeling that sense of sitting in heavy traffic, it was an outstanding meal to remember. We will be back!

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D
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Everything was super. Our server was very nice and polite. She may have simply been overwhelmed because it was a very busy evening, and we had a table of 8.
We all had a lovely time, and I will plan future business dinners at Folk’s Folly.

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DW
Palm Springs
3 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

always great food and service. Folk Folly is truly a Classic!

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

Great Service all around. Great for romance dates or anniversary

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y
Memphis
4 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

The atrium room lights are too bright. If feels like a cafeteria. The other rooms are much nicer.

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MM
Memphis
4 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tried Ruth's Chris, tried Fleming's, tried Capital Grille. Nada! Folks Folly beats them all. Been going to Folks Folly since it's inception. It's the best steak house around. Thanks for being so consistent y'all.

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WS
Tallahassee
6 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was excellent. Our steaks were both prepared perfectly. My NY strip was extremely tender and very large. Our server was very good. The $18 wine corkage fee seems a little excessive.

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OT
Memphis
4 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We totally enjoyed our dining! Outstanding service, food, and a great place to dine anytime.

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

We dined here while visiting Memphis. Everything about his place was exceptional. We will definitely dine here again. Their personal touch along with the food was over the top fantastic!

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

Don’t miss this if your in Memphis

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J
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It was my husband’s birthday and the staff took such good care of us! The only bummer was a group of women who sat right next to us who were loud and made several rude comments to us.

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Houston
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Carlos Sejas did an amazing job. We all felt welcomed. Great dinner.

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FK
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food is always fantastic. Staff was absolutely over the top. Ms Z is the best.

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Nashville
2 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Top notch steak house! You’re not going to find any better in the mid south.

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D
Memphis
11 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had been once before for a large anniversary party and wasn’t that impressed. Now I understand why Folk’s Folly has such a good reputation. The steaks were outstanding, the sides were delicious and the service was perfect. Definitely a place for a special occasion price wise but we will be back.

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S
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I reserved a table for 7 people and they gave us our own room. The service was absolutely amazing. Our waitress was very knowledgeable of the menu and wines. She had an excellent attitude and made the table laugh on several occasions. The food was outstanding as usual. The Petite Filet is my favorite steak. The bottle of wine was a special and was heavily discounted. I would never have tried such a good bottle of wine had it not been recommended by the waitress and discounted. My only complaint is that the cost of the food is pretty high (I knew that before we went). I would recommend for a nice occasion. Overall the experience was fantastic.

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G
Tallahassee
45 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Have dined at this restaurant on numerous occasions. Always excellent food and service.

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C
Memphis
9 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really great food and service. Our waitress
Was really good and always on top of everything. We will go back for a special occasion.

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KZ
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I haven't dined at Folk's Folly in over 20 years. I was happy to see the interior had been updated but they kept the aquarium and Leroy Nieman paintings-Yay ! I was hoping to hear Charlotte on the piano but was told she recently retired. Fortunately Larry is still playing but he was off on our visit. The menu is bigger and better than I remember and the food was even more memorable. We were celebrating my 4 sons' birthdays and it was a GREAT night. Our waiter was attentive without hovering and did a nice job recommending items. The crab cakes were our favorite appetizer, the jalapeno mac and cheese is a must do side dish. My mom and sister loved the surf and turf. Our private dining room for 13 was a little tight but it felt cozy. We don't live in the area but when we come back to Memphis we will come back to Folk's Folly.

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D
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Folks Folly was the usual ....great! We believe that Folks Folly is the very best steak house that has many other options in close proximity. The attention to details and quality of food and service are superior to the others! We recommend Folks Folly regularly!!

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TF
Memphis
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday- ask for caramel cake. It’s the best

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R
Memphis
40 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Folks Folly has always been a favorite but we haven’t been lately. When this group got together at a competitor steakhouse a month ago and had a horrible meal, we knew we needed to come back to tried and true. My petite filet was cooked to buttery perfection. My husband said his crab legs were great too. We will always continue to come back. A Memphis jewel!

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SP
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic meal and anniversary. Steak was wonderful.

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SH
Memphis
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2018
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 on November 12, 2018
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 on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and great service.

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AM
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
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 on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a great meal.

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OT
Memphis
2 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
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
3 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
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
89 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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