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Interim Restaurant & Bar

4.5
999 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
Perfect For:
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Business Meals
  • Special Occasion
Opened on January 23, 2007 at 5040 Sanderlin Avenue, Interim Restaurant & Bar allows the guest to experience an open kitchen fused with the dining room to enhance the experience.
Chef Jordan Buchanan's stylistic food presentation, blended with the freshest local ingredients, will allow your pallet to be piqued as the savory aromas from the Chef's preparations spill out into the dining room.
Interim's climate controlled wine room is prominently displayed, occupying the entire south wall of the restaurant.
Visit us soon for brunch, lunch, or dinner, or have a cocktail in Interim's spectacular bar.



Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
American
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Monday - Sunday: Open at 5:30
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 2:30pm
Sunday Brunch 10:30 - 2:00pm
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Phone number
(901) 818-0821
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Jordan Buchannan
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Private party facilities
We have 1 private room that seats 16 and one semi-private room that seats up to 30. Room rental fee's may apply.
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Private party contact
Nichole Wages: (901) 818-0821
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Mendenhall
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Parking details
On site security.
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Specials

Mother's Day Menus & Specials

Celebrate Mother's Day with us! We'll have a 3 course pre fixe menu for $40/person. 1- Provencal Seafood Bisque, Smoked Salmon, or Spring Greens, 2- Beef Short Rib Benedict, Shrimp & Grits, Belgian Waffle & Chicken, or Roasted Vegetable & Gruyere Quiche, 3- Dessert. Kids options will be available.

Sunday, May 13, 2018

What 999 People Are Saying
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4.5
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4.7
service
4.4
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4.1
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81% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 7 days ago

We love the Interim lunch special! Yesterday it was a mahi half sandwich, yummy cup of seafood bisque, great green salad and small chocolate brownie. Interim has great food and service!

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

This is a wonderful restaurant. The food is always spectacular, as well as being a warm and inviting place. But the best part is Bud, the best waiter in the world!!!

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5.0Dined on April 10, 2018

This one of many trips I've made to eat here. It's my go to place with clients. Service is excellent and food is always well prepared.

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2.0Dined on April 9, 2018

We heard there was a new chef, and were hoping for an updated menu. It is a little different, but basically pretty boring, just as the old one was. The same great Mac and cheese for a first course, the same Interim Burger, ubiquitous shrimp and grits. The Mac and Cheese is nothing short of great, and has been a hallmark of the restaurant menu for may years. Same goes for the Interim Burger. There was just nothing exciting on the menu, or anything that makes me want to go back. I was mildly annoyed to see a "Roast Chicken Carbonara" on the menu. Carbonara is a classic Italian dish. The addition of roast chicken makes it another dish. Call it something else. But that minor annoyance summed up the menu to me. Boring. We won't be going back, either for lunch or dinner. We asked to see the dinner menu, and had the same reaction

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4.0Dined on April 7, 2018

We have been coming to Interim for years and have gone through many changes. Well they are going through another now. We will continue to go hoping to see them through this. The soup tonight was great but they do nor have the Ceaser salad which we loved. It is now a Romain salad....not so good. The meatball appetizer is just as great. We will see

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

I have visited Interim many times over the years, but this visit was the best yet. Excellent service, friendly and attentive. Superb cooking, with commensurate presentation. The whole evening was perfect.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

excellent . as always. nothing more to say. food . service. Ambience. Dessert!!

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

This is the first time we've been since the new menu. It's different and I wasn't sure about some of the changes. But my husband and I were both happy with our choices. Crab cakes were delicious. The roasted chicken fettuccine was a pleasant surprise. We'll go back soon. Still a treat to eat there.

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5.0Dined on March 15, 2018

Dined here multiple times and it has always been incredible. Try the Manhattan! I rarely order dessert, but do here.

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3.0Dined on March 11, 2018

The food was so just so bland. Each person order something different at the table, however; everything looked the same when it arrived. There was just nothing special about any dish. The cookies for dessert were good.

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

The food couldn’t have been any better. There are no condiments on the table, and none are needed. The service was impeccable. I had the filet of beef, and my husband had the seared salmon. For dessert, I ordered the chocolate cake with raspberry filling. It was in the top five desserts I’ve ever had.

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

The service and food were great!

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4.0Dined on March 3, 2018

Food was good. Avoid oysters. They still don’t know how to fry, waitress was outstanding. New chef came by and said hello. Will continue to improve under his guidance

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2.0Dined on February 28, 2018

Place came highly recommended.

We will and have paid good money for a great experience and great food all over the world.

This time - this visit - they missed the mark... and it was our 1st and last visit. Our waiter was very good but he cannot over come how underwhelmed we were with the food itself ... start to finish.

Sadly, the soup was the best part of our meal.

We get to Memphis about twice a quarter. we will not be returning. It was not worth the price we paid for the food we got.

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Zach is always friendly. He went the extra mile for us. The food is a lot better than it has been :) and we were happy to come back using our 2 yr+ gift card. Thank you for the changes you made, we could tell.

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Today’s brunch visit at Interim was great overall. The chicken fried steak with gravy and collard greens was tasty. The service was friendly and efficient. Lastly, it is always a cool restaurant to dine if you want to watch an open kitchen that is run like clockwork.

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4.0Dined on February 18, 2018

While I had been here before, it was the first time for my husband. Service was great. Our entrees were just the right size and they accommodated my need for no potatoes and just included more vegetables. My husband tried the cioppino and was pleasantly surprised. Coming from the San Francisco area where cioppino is outstanding, that's saying something. He said he would definitely get it again. We topped the night off with carrot cake which melted in your mouth. My only complaint was the tables are close together and the table next to us was extremely loud so it was hard to carry on a conversation. We will be back.

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

Excellent quality and service!!!!!

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

We have been devoted customers of Interim for 17 years, ever since it originally opened as Wally Joe's. The consistency of this restaurant is what keeps returning again and again. This dining experience is elegant, simple, beautiful, and not fussy in any way. The service is impeccable and attentive without ever being intrusive. The food is beautifully and artistically presented on crisp, white dinnerware. The cocktail and wine selections are ample and interesting. And for us the extra treat is the open kitchen concept, where we can see appetizers, salads, fish, beef, pork and chicken, and even the over-the-top desserts being expertly prepared. Indeed, Interim is our favorite restaurant in Memphis.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Fantastic service

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1.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Used to be one of my favorite restaurants but this was a terrible dining experience. Yes, it’s Valentine’s Day, but seating was poorly arranged, service was ridiculously slow , staff was rude, and food had to be sent back only to come back wrong again.

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4.0Dined on February 14, 2018

My husband's salmon was overcooked, but overall the food was really good! We liked the open kitchen concept - what fun!

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1.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Wife’s food was not well seasoned she had veal and couscous which was pasty, my filet which was medium well was charred on the outside heavily and was not cooked and not seasoned well. Manager try to say that it was the proper temperature, but I would not have received that anywhere else.

Our 2 kids had burgers that were good and the meal was over 200 dollars. We did have the valentines pre fixed menu and the lobster bisque and desert was good but only received one dessert for two 60 dollar prefixed meals...should have gone to Ruth chris or a chain if I was spending that much.

Very disappointed

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5.0Dined on February 13, 2018

My wife and I went in for an early Valentine's dinner and we were totally blown away. All these years its been there and we hadn't been. I could slap myself for that. The waitress was great and shared a lot of great information about the food and wine with us. They have a great bottle of Amarone there and it was very reasonable. We will be back for sure!

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3.0Dined on February 13, 2018

Interim, old standby favorite, until...Seated promptly. Discussed appetizer...fried oysters. Still thinking about entree and wine. Oysters arrive....hmmm, no wine selected, timing not good. Oysters on previous occasions were exceptional. This time, just average. Batter was much heavier. Entrees ordered, salmon with potatoes and asparagus and cioppino. Bread was delightful. White wine was brought to the table. An ice container would have been nice for the bottle. The potatoes were boiled and sliced...void of seasoning..any. Salmon, approached a poach. No sear, no smoke flavor, no seasoning. Nursing home bland. The cioppino is a fish stew with a ton of interpretation. This one had a tomato base with some depth of flavor. The prawn on top was not cooked. Sent it back. The second prawn was over done. The mussels, the only other seafood in the stew, were mostly over cooked. I was not expecting a Tadich (San Francisco) level...but oysters, clam, fish pieces, shrimp, crab...in this sauce would constitute a stew. The carrot cake by Chef Oysel, I think, was outstanding. The service was good and polite.
I understand there is new ownership. For the price in this City it just missed the mark by a wide margin versus numerous previous visits.

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4.0Dined on February 12, 2018

Early birthday lunch with friends. We had a great time, but the food wasn’t as good as other times I’ve been there.

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5.0Dined on February 9, 2018

We had a wonderful time! Chef Buchanan did a fabulous job! The service was wonderful and the desserts were amazing!

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5.0Dined on February 5, 2018

We were so pleased with our experience at Interim on this visit. We are regulars at this restaurant. They recently went through a chef change. We didn't have the greatest experience in our visit during the transition. But the new chef is in place now and the experience at Interim was wonderful. I believe the new chef is Jordan Buchanan. He visited the table and introduced himself. He was active in the kitchen working with the staff. Morale seemed good and the service was fantastic. So thankful Interim will remain a date night favorite.

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5.0Dined on February 3, 2018

Our favorite meal in Memphis because of the menu selection choices, freshest ingredients, flavors are spot on and the service is excellent.

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1.0Dined on February 3, 2018

Food was terrible

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5.0Dined on February 3, 2018

The triggerfish was excellent. Great waiter Bud.

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5.0Dined on January 31, 2018

Lunch was outstanding. It was appetizing and entertaining to watch the flow of the calmly paced but busy impeccable kitchen. But the real treat was dessert. Interim has their own executive dessert chef who works on display. Our chocolate cake and gelato was anything but as simple as it sounds. The presentation was pure elegance and careful creativity. This dessert turned an ordinary lunch date into a special occasion we won't forget. Thank you, Interim chefs, for viewing your work like it's an art you enjoy.

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5.0Dined on January 30, 2018

Took a friend for her birthday dinner. Lots of birthdays being celebrated that night. Barbara was our delightful and knowledgeable server. She’s excellent. We lingered over a fabulous meal and never felt rushed. Interim is a hidden jewel.

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5.0Dined on January 30, 2018

Excellent dinner with excellent attentive customer service.

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5.0Dined on January 28, 2018

Don't miss dessert by pastry chef Franck. The selection is always great and the desserts are the best in town.

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5.0Dined on January 27, 2018

As always, predictably delicious.
Pleasant, attentive service.
Solid neighborhood gem.

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5.0Dined on January 27, 2018

Delightful evening as usual. Our server, Joe, was attentive, but friendly. A variety of dishes were ordered and each got a thumbs up. We paricularly like sitting close to the open kitchen to watch all the activity. It is like watching an orchestra.

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4.0Dined on January 27, 2018

Great service...very knowledgeable waiter, mediocre food for the price, way too loud to enjoy dinner.

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3.0Dined on January 21, 2018

Unfortunately, we caught Interim on the week that the chef left. The food was just okay although one of our party said his steak was excellent. The 6 of us ordered 6 different entrees. The restaurant was also out of 3 choices for one of our party for his cocktail. I'm sure they're just going through a rough transition. Others have eaten business lunch there and said it was okay. It was just not outstanding for the cost.

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5.0Dined on January 21, 2018

Sarah was a great server. Very personable and right on time. We had steak and eggs, Belgian waffle and the American breakfast. All were pleased with their meals.

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