Alchemy

4.3
162 reviews
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$30 and under
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American

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Located right in the heart of the Cooper & Young historical district, Alchemy provides it's guests with a delightful new american style menu created and prepared by Chef Nick Scott and Chef de Cuisine Scott McQueen. Two chefs that have created some of the most appealing menus in the city time and time again. The dinner and brunch menus are accompanied by an array of craft cocktail selections prepared by Alchemy's trained mixologists that range from today's infused libations as far back as favorites from the prohibition era.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
American, Tapas / Small Plates
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Hours of operation
Mon–Thu 4:00 pm–10:00 pm
Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–12:00 am
Brunch
Sun 10:30 am–2:30 pm
Bar
Mon–Thu 4:00 pm–11:00 pm
Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–1:30 am
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Phone number
(901) 726-4444
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Nick Scott
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Young Ave.
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Parking details
We have a private parking lot as well as complimentary valet parking. Valet parking is provided for Dinner Service Thursday-Saturday starting at 5:00 p.m.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.3based on all time ratings
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4.2
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4.3
ambience
4.0
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Western NC
4 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Great ambience but a little noisy. Great drinks!

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Memphis
2 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was really good. The portions are not big but but the presentation is perfected and the flavor. Those devil eggs with the salmon in it was to die for. The drinks were awesome.

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GE
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

We enjoyed a fine dining experience with good service by Chelsea. The food was nicely presented, hot and tasty. The wine I selected was just right. The salad was fresh and good. We enjoyed a delicious dessert. We have been to Alchemy times before and will definitely return.

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Memphis
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 4

Disappointing.

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CY
Nashville
3 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The hostess was not very friendly. I had booked on open table and put we wanted low sitting when she took us to the high setting area I asked her if we could be moved and that I requested low sitting she seemed very put out.. after that it was all up hill . Our waiter was wonderful and food was good..

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NK
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We all shared small plates. As vegetarians we found a lot of choices.

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Dallas
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always enjoy Alchemy! The food and drinks are always awesome and the experience is always great!

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

One of the best restaurants in Memphis!!!

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FG
Atlanta
35 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brilliant concept...cozy but vibrant. Server was terrific.

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Memphis
4 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

We love Alchemy. The menu is fantastic, and the ambiance is great for midtown. Our server was very nice.

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Charleston
20 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrating friends being in town for the weekend, we chose Alchemy and it was spot-on! From drinks and appetizers, to dinner and dessert, the food was fabulous. Many of us ended up sharing or at least trying each other’s food choice. The only problem we had was not being able to choose a favorite. We were seated in the back of the dining area and had no problem hearing one another at our table of 7. The No Name #4 cocktail of watermelon purée and champagne was delightfully refreshing. My shrimp tacos were delicious. My 16 year old loved the soup and grilled cheese. The steak was perfect, the potatoes yummy and very different, and the shrimp and grits was an excellent southern choice. We will definitely return SOON!

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Little Rock
3 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Food was good but a bit pricey for the portions but the quality was good. Service was a bit slow at times yet felt rushed at other times

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OT
2 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious; drinks were amazing; enjoyed trying something new

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Memphis
5 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 1ambience 5

Alchemy was amazing! Great food and drinks.

The only thing missing was service. Our waiter (I think Justin was his name) was VERY inattentive to our table of 4, and it was very frustrating. If it was a packed house I could understand, but it was even near packed. So I hope something is done in regards to that.

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TP
Memphis
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Alchemy is one of the only places in Midtown that will take reservations for Sunday Brunch. My party was somewhat fluid--people coming and going--so we shared the small plates. The staff was super accommodating and the food and service were wonderful! First time I have had brunch there and I will definitely be back!

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CK
Memphis
2 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First beautiful weekend in Memphis with no rain. Love having brunch here. Always wonderful.

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NF
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I do love this place. Everything were so nice. Their happy hour offers are outstanding. Great beer selection and very delicious tapas.

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Dallas
13 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Popped in here on a business trip to Memphis, quite by accident. Late Friday evening and this was the first place that looked good. Excellent find. Food was very good with some interesting choices that were tasty. Drink menu was interesting as well. I found myself trying to come up with an excuse to go back, throughout the weekend.

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MB
Memphis
2 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

My wife and I chose Alchemy for our anniversary dinner based on the recommendation of friends. We arrived at 1900 and were seated at a high top immediately. The waiter was prompt and attentive, and the drink menu is extensive. Our chosen seasonal cocktails arrived promptly and were delicious. They are moderately expensive, but no more so than any number of similar establishments in the area. They get an A+ as a cocktail/tapas bar. The dining menu, on the other hand, was somewhat lacking. Perhaps it was lack of research on my part, but I expected a more extensive menu. Instead, the best options were small plates to share, which was fine, but not what I'd hoped for as an anniversary dinner location. I think you'd be safe with any of the small plates and drinks, but I would opt to dine elsewhere for a proper dinner. Simply my opinion, and as with most things, your mileage may vary.

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ML
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

THE FORMER ALCHEMY HAD LOTS OF CHARACTER--NOW ZILCH--I AM A FOODIE AND IF I
SAY THE FOOD ,ESPECIALLY , THE FRIED CAULIFLOWER, WAS TERRIBLE , IT WAS.
THE MUCH TOUTED FRITES WERE TASTELESS AND HEAPED-TOO MANY FOR TWO
VERY UNATTRACTIVELY. A BAD CHOICE FOR AN OUT OF TOWN VISITOR,S INTRO TO
THE MEMPHIS FOOD EXPERIENCE. MARGARET LESTER--MEMPHIS

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JS
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Enjoyed their Sunday brunch service. Everything was excellent, but special mention must be made of the Breakfast Potatoes. Crispy and flavorful and topped with a poached egg, Benton ham, and hollandaise sauce. Best potato dish in Memphis!

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Memphis
8 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service!!!

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Memphis
98 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Our server was Taylor and she was terrific

Food is mediocre at best
Sliders had stale buns
Wedge salad was no big deal
Fish tacos were best

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HH
Memphis
4 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simply and always a wonderful meal and experience!

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JG
Memphis
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Had a great time! Can't wait to go again. Happy hour is the best in town.

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R
Memphis
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 4

Grilled cheese and tomato soup were excellent. Chris was great to us. I've been here a few times and enjoyed them all. Only downside: it's a little noisy, not that I can reasonably expect y'all to fix that.

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Memphis
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Easter Brunch. Very average food and very overpriced. Service was slow.

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

Excellent brunch!! Loved all the food and drinks!!!

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SC
Memphis
2 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Went to alchemy for Easter brunch. They had a price fixe menu. Food was tasty, service was exceptional and brisk. I tried a drink that they had for brunch that I really didn’t care for and they gladly took it off the bill.

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A
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 1

Both the menu and the cocktails are promising. Great location

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Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great server, delicious food and good ambience and prices

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Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great brunch! The food and drinks were really good, and the manager Justin was extremely nice, welcoming and helpful! He really pushed our experience over the top!

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JM
Memphis
2 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

I've heard great things about Alchemy and finally got a chance to get over there on Saturday. I really wanted to like it, but overall it just didn't excite me. The service manager was polite and attentive to other guests, but our server was just "mailing it in." No specials were mentioned and we were given the "Fall and Winter" cocktail list --which was uninspiring at the end of March. The chile fish tacos were ordinary shrimp tacos and the sliders were room temperature. Dessert was ok, but nothing about this evening was exceptional. No one wished us well on the way out and as I sit here I can't think of a reason to go back.

It was a slow Saturday; I'm sure the staff was just ready to get home but I expected so much more and they let me down.

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SH
Memphis
9 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a wonderful wonderful place. Had a Girls Night out & saw this place on line, WELL It was FABULOUS..... The appetizers were the Best part...
will go again for sure

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Memphis
6 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service

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Nashville
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Cocktails are great. Food always on point. Never disappoints!

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1 review
Dined on March 3, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 3

The service was great. The food was very okay. We had 3 small plates (Brussels, truffle deviled eggs, and crab fondue) and then their “steak.” Brussels tasted steamed with little to no flavor at all except the random bits of bacon. The truffled eggs we okay but kinda dry and the crab “fondue” was very much a dip... it was in no way a fondue. The steak said it came with an onion glaze, friend onion, and blue cheese butter. The steak came with a thick gravy on top of it and it tasted like a hungry man Salisbury steak from the frozen food section and the onions were stale.

I had a whiskey flight, which was very good, but then after that my date and I decided to try a specialty cocktail. She enjoyed hers and I enjoyed my first one. However, the second time I ordered the same drink it was completely different.

Besides the service I was extremely disappointed with the drinks and food as a whole. I may come back for a cocktail and just hope I don’t get hungry.

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E
Memphis
18 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great time. The food was terrific. The atmosphere was electric. The service was top notch. David, Justin, the manager and Bethenny our server went above and beyond to provide us the best experience. We'll be coming back often. Thanks!!

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Memphis
8 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

My wife and I decided to try this restaurant for brunch after church Sunday. Once we were seated, our waitress brought us water and we asked a couple of questions about the menu. When she came back to take our order we asked for straws for our water. Ten to fifteen minutes later, someone brought over crab cake Benedict’s to our table and we informed her that we did not order that. She took it back and then came back a few minutes later and said that there was a mixup in the kitchen and that my wife’s order (Fried chicken Benedict) would be up shortly. Right after she left the table my order (Pan Seared steak and eggs) came out. I ordered my steak medium rare and this steak was either not fresh or it was over cooked. I’m 99% certain that it was just simply not fresh because the beef was a dull red instead of a bright red. I managed to finish my entire meal before anyone ever came back to our table to update us on my wife’s meal. When the young lady, who brought out the first incorrect meal, realized that my wife still had no food she stopped and asked “You still haven’t gotten your food yet.” She then proceeded to go check on it and about 5 minutes later it was out. By this point both of our experiences were ruined. My wife cut into her chicken that was dry and hard and decided that she could not eat it. There was never any apology of any sort for our lack of service we received on our visit nor for the horrible food. We will not return to this restaurant.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Very nice place and we enjoyed the atmosphere and service but the was a little off this night.

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