Hu. Diner

3.9
42 reviews
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$30 and under
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Comfort Food
A diner featuring dishes that hint at Southern nostalgia blended with global flavors and modern technique. The restaurant and patio serve a menu from lunch to dinner, offering a high-energy, approachable atmosphere appropriate for any occasion on the picturesque Main Street of Memphis.
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Memphis
17 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

The grits were super yummy. We definitely enjoyed having bottomless mimosas. ☺️

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OT
Memphis
3 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

What a wonderful brunch. Everything we had was fantastic.

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KH
Memphis
5 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had a friend visiting from out of town, and I wanted her to see the wonderful interior of this restaurant. The food is also delicious, and everyone in our party was pleased. We sampled the burger, the catfish, the spinalis, and wings along with a few sides.

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RC
San Diego
39 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Fun restaurant. Went for lunch, great bloody Mary's , friendly staff, order their fried Chicken!

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KL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Hu failed to notify me that there were maintenance issues that prevented the Diner from being open. My guests showed up to see the restaurant closed and when I called to confirm there was no remorse for the inconvenience. The unprofessionalism of simply checking to see if there were persons who had a reservation and giving a courtesy call to inform me made a terrible first impression from a new restaurant in the city.

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OT
Memphis
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 4ambience 4

Nice service and atmosphere, but with the exception of the parker house rolls, which are delicious, the rest of the food was mediocre. With so many other great places to eat in Memphis, I probably wouldn’t go back there for a full dinner. I’d go back just for drinks and rolls though!

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b
Nashville
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great music and ambiance. Small, very well done menu. Go!

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SC
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was great! The food was exceptional!! The ambience was perfected by the music played by the d.j. Thank you for a beautiful Mother’s Day!!!

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CF
Memphis
3 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

DELICIOUS!!!! The crawfish mac and cheese is to die for!

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LS
Memphis
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 4

Service was slow, wine list and bar options are very limited

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R
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

While visiting Memphis, I went for dinner to Hu Diner. My friend and I were so pleasantly surprised! We expected a very casual no frills meal- the food was delicious and exactly what we were looking for. The fried chicken was amazing- moist and tender, the outside was crisp and not greasy at all. We decided to share the large portion and the price was very fair for all of the food that we got. The real standout was the ambiance and service! While I waited for my friend, I sat in the outdoor bar seats (so cool!). I ordered the "Aretha" it was a light, citrusy/spicy whiskey drink. I chatted with the bartender Nia about good places to go to in the area. When we sat down, our server, Stephanie was the essence of Southern hospitality. She was friendly, gave us suggestions on the menu (thanks for the suggestion of Champagne with the chicken!), and brought our food quickly. We finished the meal with a very grown up creamsicle milkshake- vanilla ice cream and orange liqueur- DELICIOUS! We can't wait to come back again!

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OT
Memphis
3 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, great food and most importantly in a good location

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BA
Nashville
66 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very nice upscale diner. Excellent service and great menu choices. We had brunch - Eggs Benedict and a Hu burger.

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JM
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, good service, pleasant experience.

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e
Memphis
2 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

The menu is a little weird and not many options for a hotel restaurant. I like the ambiance and it would be a great place to get a drink and a bite to eat, but octopus and grits? The food I had was good, but would have liked more options.

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JK
Memphis
2 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious. Very nice atmosphere with cool design and ambient lighting. I love the square bar set-up, with half the bar counter/stools set-up outside with windows to access the bar.

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KP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We’ve been wanting to try this since it opened and finally made it. Everyone was so welcoming and the food was amazing. We will definitely be back!

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DJ
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great little spot that was walking distance from our hotel. Absolutely loved the catfish. Toughest part was picking a side, so we went with basically all of them!

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CD
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hu Diner on Main Street was a great spot! We were staying at the Hu Hotel, so it was convenient. Service was great and the food was awesome. This place is brand new and the ambiance and decor are really well done. Will return!

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JA
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Girlfriend and I were in town for a wedding and stayed at the Hu. “Diner”I guess is their restaurant. We actually ate their twice. At lunch, she had a pimento sandwich that she liked very much and I had a catfish sandwich. As pretty much a city guy, was at first kinda reluctant but have to say, the catfish was delicious. Service was very good and our waiter was friendly and knowledgeable. We went again a second night with another couple and family and just ordered a bunch of things to share. Had Mexican style corn, fried chicken, Brussels sprouts and catfish that was prepared a different way. Pickled drinks were new for us and had fun trying a few of them. Loved the staff too, super friendly. As a Chicagoan, afraid I won’t make it back soon but I know our Memphis friends and family will return for sure.

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WP
Memphis
2 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We 3 really enjoyed dinner and like Hu a great deal. The food was good and the menu items were a good selection of choices. Our server, Stephanie, was wonderful and did a great job taking care of us; and our host was very personable and pleasant. We'll be back.

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AM
Nashville
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love the atmosphere. It is dark and cozy with a modern decor. Very good fancy southern food.

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OT
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Nice lil spot

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S
Memphis
62 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

I had such high hopes for Hu. Diner Have tried it twice and found the place looks great, the staff tries somewhat but could use some enthusiasm. Yet, I have found the food so disappointing - the menu is limited, the selection odd, and food is not well presented. The fried chicken is fine, the burger is fine (although mine was only lukewarm when served), the octopus is served with about a tablespoon of grits and it looks dreadful on the plate. The root vegetables came all chopped up in little pieces in a bowl - just looked so unappetizing.
I live downtown and we need Hu. Hotel and The Diner to be successful - someone please do something quick.

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RG
San Francisco
39 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

Three of us went to Hu Diner on Friday night. Good first impression.....ended there. The service was incredibly slow. First our drinks came (after 15 minutes and only one of three that we had to return as it was awful)....I had to go to the hostess and get her to find our drinks and when they came, the explanation was that the bartenders had to find out how to make a Negoni.
15 more minutes passed and finally we were able to give our orders. To a request to substitute a vegetable or another, the chef refused. We ordered chicken livers with the express note that they not be cooked too much as they get hard...they came...hard...
I had a great bibb lettuce salad...the end.
We won't be back. There is no valet parking and it's on a dark block and the only parking within a two block area is a parking garage that is not staffed and when I went to get my car, I did not see one person in that garage.
What a shame.

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RT
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 4

First time at the restaurant was for brunch yesterday. I asked for the pancakes and I was told that the chef had just 86’d them because they were short staffed.
So I ordered the sausage and biscuits... the biscuit was hard as a rock.. like shaking the table to cut it.. and the gravy was cold. The flavor was good Though. The bacon, fruit and grits were delicious. Our server must have been having a rough day and in his defense...he was one of two servers in the entire restaurant. Hi diner has a lot of potential, but they will have to step it up on service.

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MA
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

The service was slow, but to give them the benefit of the doubt it was also valentine’s weekend so it was pretty busy. We ordered the rib eye which was the smallest piece of rib eye I have ever had (the menu does not specify the size), on top of it it was cold. The rest of the items we ordered were good (crawfish Mac and cheese and specially the coliflower dish was delicious). The cocktails were not great, you are better off ordering wine. Nice place with good ambience but I am probably not coming back.

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Mississippi
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

I only gave service 2 stars. Would have given negative if the executive chef and the floor manager had not spoken with us assuring us they are working towards making this place what it can be. The food was amazing!!! Drinks were great! It is rarely new so understandably kinks are being worked out. We will go back after a few months to see the progress in service. The waiter we had was very rude and took forever. We booked an open table for 6:30 but hostess forgot about us and never apologized. We finally sat down at our table at 7:45. The floor manager and executive chef was overly kind with apologies and comped some food items. Again, food was amazing!!!

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D
Memphis
7 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

My friend and I were excited to try new restaurant in downtown Memphis. Overall experience was just ok. Food was nothing special: I tried Hu burger with salad and my friend fried chicken sandwich with chips. Salad was over dressed and boring. Burger was over cooked. Seating arrangements were rather awkward. I do not think I will visit again. There are better spots in downtown for sure.

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OT
Memphis
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for Orpheum night and late Valentine’s Day. Awesome food, service and ambiance!!

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JB
Denver
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

It was Valentines Day and I am not sure they were prepared for such a large crowd - it is a newer place so maybe all the kinks are not worked out yet. The staff were all very friendly and food was great.

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MC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 4

Felt that they are still working the kinks out on the service. Looks like some need more training. The food was very well presented but was also very small portioned. And the prices seemed very high for what you actually got. I had the octopus and grits, which tasted great, but had three small pieces of octopus and a small amount of grits for $17. Felt like it should have been listed as an appetizer for about half that price. We went somewhere else for dinner #2.
It is a very nice looking restaurant though and seems like a great place to grab a drink after work and a quick appetizer before going somewhere else for dinner.

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OM
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Cool place, but portions were extremely small . I ordered the red snapper, and honestly, it was about 4 bites. When it arrived, my guest and I were like, is this an appetizer or small plate dish? Also, ordered the pecan pie and was a very thin slice of about 4 bites. Not sure if it was a busy night and they were rationing out food, but small portion sizes with big prices are not a draw. I would mainly suggest this place for drinks, but not the best for food. I would head to Hu for drinks, and then head to Paulette’s or Majestic where you get a lot more food for the price.

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C
Memphis
4 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

I was excited to try out this after the buzz I'd seen on social media, so I made reservations for me and an out-of-town friend. The overall experience was subpar. The menu is hard to read (extremely small print, faint gray font, and weirdly formatted), esp. for a dimly lit restaurant. Also, it had a confusing layout; the double spacing in the menu columns were supposed to delineate the "small plates" from the entrees, but that wasn't noticeable.

Next, our waiter gave unhelpful, halfhearted suggestions when asked what she'd recommend, even though she said all the waiters had tried everything. She also seemed to know little about the wine selection, and the pinot noir that my friend ordered tasted as if it'd been sitting in an open bottle for a week (nearly rancid). Friend asked if she could swap it for another glass, and the waiter acted like she couldn't do that without charging for both. Fortunately, the waiter checked with the manager and made the swap.

The waiter had another waiter training with her, and the trainee was better at the job than the trainer. I felt bad for the trainee because she had to "make up" for our main waiter's apparent lack of restaurant experience. On top of that, we had several other employees (not sure if they were hosts or food runners) coming up to our table in addition to our two servers, so it felt really unorganized.

Friend wanted to order the octopus, but the waiter said one of the ingredients (the romesco) wasn't ready. Shouldn't the ingredients for all entrees be made before a 6:30 reservation on a Friday night? And one other menu item, the seafood boil, was unavailable, too.

After another employee told us the romesco was available, my friend ordered the octopus as her entree. She liked it but some of the tentacles were burned and hard. I ordered the pan roasted catfish, and it was pretty good.

I'd like to cut this place some slack (new restaurant kinks), but I prob won't return. Too many other good restaurants in Memphis.

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EH
Las Vegas
10 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The restaurant is stylish and a bit eclectic. Menus was minimal. The appetizers were sparse but tasty. The octopus and grits were very flavorful. The grits were creamy. The country ham and biscuits portion was very small. The pan seared catfish was tasty. For the price, the servings could have been a little more substantial. If Hu. Is trying to be a small plates venue, the menu needs to be beefed up some. There are a few other restaurants in the area with a more varied menu and larger portions.

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AN
Memphis
4 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The decor is lovely and booth seating extremely comfortable! Our server, Stephanie, was attentive but not over-bearing. She paid attention to detail when it came to drink refills as well as utensils for dessert. The chocolate peanut butter milkshake was delicious! The creamsicle milkshake had virtually no orange flavor to it. Would be great with grand marnier. Food walked the line between decent and good. There's still room for improvement. The meat on the pastrami sandwich is very tasty, but the sandwich overall resembled a pulled pork sandwich far more than a true pastrami. It was a confusing dish. The potato salad is delicious! They should use the dill mayo with their buttermilk ranch. The ranch was far too runny and made that salad quite watery. Portions are sufficient for lunch and good value as far as price goes. I would like to see a type of french fry on the menu. The cocktail list needs work. $14 for the apple julep that had zero spice or body or cider taste to it. It tasted like whiskey and water on the rocks far more than what the menu described. That cocktail is worth $10, $11, max. Cocktails are overpriced and bar service slow for how few guests were seated at that time.

I think Hu.Diner is worth a visit to see for yourself. There are certainly tasty items and friendly faces that present themselves between things that need work. They also need signage by their two restrooms. They look like closet doors without any markings. The dinner menu appears to be much better than the lunch. Lunch menu could use 1-3 heartier options for those with a bigger appetite at that time.

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Denver
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the decor food was very good

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KH
Memphis
6 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

My husband and I really enjoyed our meal at Hu. Both the interior decor and the food were great!

Hu. Diner
Responded on February 5, 2019

KatieH, Thank you so much for your review. I'm sorry a few things took a bit too long, but we're working out the kinks! Hope to see you in soon and make a regular out of you. Rachel

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 2

Facility required much needed help service wise as it took forever just to get drinks. The place was loud and would benefit just by lowering the volume and possibly obtain consultation on how to absorb the noise that was detrimental to ordinary conversation.
The food was very good but could have been better without too much stimulation and certainly serving food at a more appropriate pace!

Hu. Diner
Responded on February 5, 2019

You joined us on our first truly busy night as a new restaurant and we’re so happy to have had people in like yourself - but we know we have work to do. There’s always a learning curve, however I'm very sorry you experienced the climb of that. Sometimes it's more seamless than others and that's not okay. We’re two weeks in and hope to exceed your expectations if you’d give us another shot. Please reach out directly to diner@huhotelmemphis via email if you’d like to make a reservation.

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OT
Memphis
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Creative menu, excellent Sloe Gin Fizz cocktail, wonderful service and ambiance.

Hu. Diner
Responded on February 5, 2019

Thank you for your great review! So glad you enjoyed your meal and the cocktails. Hope to see you in soon. Rachel

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