Interim Restaurant & Bar

4.5
1283 Reviews
$31 to $50
American

About

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.
Our 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.



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4.5based on recent ratings
4.4
food
4.6
service
4.5
ambience
4.2
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrating a birthday at Sunday brunch! The staff was amazing especially given the circumstances with Covid-19. The server was very open about the extra sanitation efforts they were taking to keep everyone safe. The customers were well spaced across the restaurant and given options to distance themselves further from other guests.

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AnnaB
Memphis/West TN
3 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Ashley was fantastic. The bread is the best I've had in Memphis. The food was delicious and we enjoyed the atmosphere.

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AimeeC
Memphis/West TN
11 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and drink!!

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vipNicoleB
Memphis/West TN
6 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it. It was a great date night experience.

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CraigC
Memphis/West TN
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the open kitchen concept where you can see all the action.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very elegant. The food was great with excellent portions. We went for brunch..I had chicken n waffles and my husband had shrimp and grits. We both had salads: mixed green salad and kale salad. They both were great and not drowned with dressing. It was a nice Sunday experience.

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vipDavidS
Memphis/West TN
16 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Spectacular

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ConorS
Memphis/West TN
4 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent choice as always. One of our go to restaurants for special occasions and great food.

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Pecoscowgirl
New Mexico
18 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Recommend the crab claws appetizer with house made bread!

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vipLizzieB
Memphis/West TN
11 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service! And if you prefer a quieter restaurant, this is definitely your place.

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OpenTable Diner
Memphis/West TN
2 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time there for me. Everything was a 10!

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OpenTable Diner
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was delicious!

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EmilyW
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great time & perfect atmosphere for what I was wanting on a Friday night.

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JamieS
Memphis/West TN
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The crab claw appetizer was absolutely delicious!

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OpenTable Diner
Memphis/West TN
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall4food5service2ambience3

I have never had a better and more thoughtful vegetarian plate in my life! Normally you get an afterthought of sides but this was art!
Our service was slow for a Monday night. We arrived at 6 and didn’t leave until after 9. But the server was very pleasant.

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vipSusanH
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall1food1service2ambience5

We dine very often at Interim, but this past visit was not anything like what we expected. I booked the table 13 days prior to our reserved spot. My husband has ordered Merlot for the last 5 years, but we were told the restaurant no longer carried any types of Merlot. I ordered the burger, which is usually great, but was told that I would have to now be seated in the bar to have a burger--that it was no longer served in the dining area. Our server had to ask the manager for permission to serve one to me at our table. There were 4 of us at our table, and sadly 2 of the entrees had to be sent back to be cooked properly. A well done burger came out rare and the salmon was completely raw. We all shared the 2 entrees that came out correctly, and did not even take any of the 2 entrees that had to be recooked to go. I was curious when I got home and pulled up my credit card records to see how many times we had dined at Interim in 2019--it was 18 times!! Usually really good, but not planning on going back. We paid the bill for all 4 of us and it was $180.00 with the tip for essentially 2 entrees and a glass of wine my husband had that was not really his preference.

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OpenTable Diner
Memphis/West TN
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Me and my woman loved it

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JSG1
Memphis/West TN
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful time at Interim on Valentine’s Day!

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An absolutely phenomenal restaurant. One of the best wine pairings we have ever been a part of. Great service and knowledgeable sommelier. We went during Valentines but are planning on coming again often.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
9 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall1food1service4ambience4

Fixed menu for Valentines Day, not good choices. No choice as to soup or dessert, salad was either beets or kale (which was a bunch of kale with a vinaigrette, not even a tomato or cucumber). Poor value.
We won’t be back

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kelvinj
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have to say my wife and I enjoyed ourselves thoroughly . Service, food, drinks perfect.

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vipRazz
Memphis/West TN
31 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience2

So disappointed. Interim is one of our ‘regular rotation’ restaurants but the meal on 2-13 was not up to their standard. My tenderloin was burnt to the point the knife had difficulty and my husbands one solid piece of fat. It was not a total sellout but service was slow. Even dessert was a disappointment....choices were not up to what we’ve come to expect at Interim. I’m still shaking my head. It will be a while before we go back.

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OpenTable Diner
Memphis/West TN
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’ve been here a few times one of my favorite restaurants I’ll always order the chef special of the day which was redfish with the African sauce over couscous and carrot potato soup. Always make sure you order the soup to try even if you don’t think you’ll like it. it best soup you’ll ever have in your life! Bread service is wonderful. Dessert with their French press coffee at the table was a great ending.

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OpenTable Diner
Memphis/West TN
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was excellent.

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vipCIVAPres
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

The biscuits were not what we expected and were flavored. We expected traditional Southern style biscuits for brunch. The waitress was very gracious and took them off our bill, i.e. $8.00.

Interim Restaurant & Bar
Responded on March 3, 2020

Thank you for the kind marks on service! Our biscuits are very classic in recipe but do include a healthy dose of herbs de provence adding a savory depth to them, while the supplemental honey butter and seasonal jam take them to another level! We do take our guest experiences very seriously, and in this instance with a misunderstanding in regard to the biscuits were are happy to adjust the bill to reflect our commitment to your experience. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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NancyM
Memphis/West TN
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious and our server was great.

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vipTiffanyDG
Memphis/West TN
32 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely dinner and appreciated the ambiance of the Interim dining room. The lighting is warm, the dining room and kitchen are clean and orderly, tables nicely separated, service is attentive and food is carefully and wonderfully prepared. The kitchen is on full display for entertainment, if you like. The professional staff are composed and work with purpose in this pristine kitchen making the food even more appealing. The Interim is more than just a restaurant, it’s a food experience.

Interim Restaurant & Bar
Responded on March 3, 2020

Thank you for such kind words, we look forward to making every experience a special one and very happy to have found you.

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AdamS
Memphis/West TN
9 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently great experience. Restaurant ambiance is always top notch. Parking is easy and well lit. The wait staff is attentive and took drink orders quickly. The menu is straightforward and easy to understand (though it contains plenty of flourishes that set it apart from others). The open kitchen design is interesting/fun and adds to the experience for me. We were a party of 5 and the salads and apps were served together and received high marks around the table. Fresh, interesting, delicious, approachable ... all are words I heard around the table. Dinner ran the gamut from the burger to seafood for us and everything was served at the proper temp, together, and perfectly prepared and seasoned. I think their restaurant has had a culinary reawakening that most of Memphis has missed. It’s an understated, elegant gem hidden in plain sight. We’ll definitely be back.

Interim Restaurant & Bar
Responded on February 3, 2020

Thank you good sir!

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Service was slow one in our party got the incorrect dish and one in our party had incorrectly cooked steak. We have long loved interim and want to support the new chef but still definitely some kinks to work through. Service at the bar beforehand was outstanding with excellent drinks and knowledgeable bartenders!!

Interim Restaurant & Bar
Responded on February 3, 2020

You are correct, we haven't worked all the kinks and as we adjust for the future new obstacles will arise. We appreciate your continued support and the kind words for the new bar staff. Hopefully, the errors were corrected at the table though we are sorry for any damper that would have put on your evening.

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DCH18
Memphis/West TN
9 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were excellent. An extremely positive dining experience for dinner.

Interim Restaurant & Bar
Responded on February 3, 2020

Thank you for the high marks!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall1food1service3ambience1

Avoid Interim at all cost. They brought out our swordfish and it was not cooked at all. It was stone cold to the touch. They took It back, cooked it and gave us a free desert. The server was horrified but no apologitic visit from the manager. There was not a manager. No customers in the restaurant. I did not see a chef. Stay away. It will soon close.

Interim Restaurant & Bar
Responded on January 29, 2020

Private message sent

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OpenTable Diner
Memphis/West TN
3 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So glad to see the PO folks have landed somewhere!! We were big fans of Collierville but even happier they are in East Memphis now. The Service was fantastic as always, and Jimmy is a wizard with flavors SERIOUSLY! Had a halibut with an elote style sauce and Mrs. had salmon. Will be back for Brunch now that we know they are here.

Interim Restaurant & Bar
Responded on February 3, 2020

We are glad to back at what we do best- It was great to see you and we look forward to what the future holds!

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Christina
Las Vegas
6 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding Dinner all the way around! From service to food we left impressed. Crab claws had such a buttery taste! The liquid was perfect for the bread. My husband is a vegetarian and we were so grateful the chef was able to accommodate us with so many options. Do not skip out on the dessert. The presentation was absolutely beautiful.

Interim Restaurant & Bar
Responded on February 3, 2020

Thanks Christina, always appreciative when a guest takes the time to share a warm experience. We are so happy to have found you and look forward to many more nights out.

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OpenTable Diner
Nashville
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, the food, service and ambience were outstanding. The waffles were crisp and the coffee was kept hot. I love the exposed kitchen! I don’t know how they create so quietly! Love this place!!

Interim Restaurant & Bar
Responded on February 3, 2020

Thank you, Brunch is def one of our favorite meals- so glad you enjoyed everything.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall2food1service5ambience1

It was so noisy I couldn’t hear the people I was dining with. The salmon was mediocre for the price. Just not worth it. Our service was professional
And thorough. Won’t be back.

Interim Restaurant & Bar
Responded on January 28, 2020

Things can get a bit lively when the dining room gets going, especially with an open kitchen! Thank you for the kind words to service. I am sadden to hear that your visit will be the only one, as things are changing here with new management, though that does not happen overnight. We wish you the best and hope to see you again one day.

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vipHappy2go
Memphis/West TN
45 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Soup of the day (potato) was excellent. Birthday celebration, and amazingly enough the 3 of us ordered burgers and fries. Burgers were cooked perfectly...huge...two people can easily share. Creme brûlée...yum! Anna provided outstanding service.

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Petebear
Memphis/West TN
3 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall2food5service1ambience5

The food was awesome. Waiter was inattentive, split checks incorrectly and an ordered dessert was never delivered. Easily the worst service at a fine dining restaurant in all my nearly two decades in Memphis. Embarrassing because I had recommended Interim to my friends.

Interim Restaurant & Bar
Responded on February 3, 2020

Thank you for taking the time to discuss your experience with us, we have to learn from our mistakes and have taken this opportunity to teach and grow. We do thank you for the kind words on food and again apologize that the entire experience wasn't at the standard we expect.

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EEBB
Memphis/West TN
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience4

Food was excellent but service wasn’t the best. There were a good number of servers but drinks and food were slow to arrive, one order wasn’t complete and a condiment was very slow being brought to our table. Food and atmosphere were good.

Interim Restaurant & Bar
Responded on February 3, 2020

Private message sent

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CLW22
Nashville
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service! Highly recommended! For any occasion.

Interim Restaurant & Bar
Responded on February 3, 2020

Thank you, we appreciate the compliment!

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chocolat
Memphis/West TN
32 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Birthday dinner with three friends. We all opted for the burger which was excellent. Way too many slightly soggy fries.Good wine and dessert. The old desserts are really missed. Beautifully presented but not quite the standard Interim has set.

Interim Restaurant & Bar
Responded on January 15, 2020

Thank you for allowing us to celebrate with you! Sad to hear about slightly soggy fries, that should never be the case! Gotta be crispy am I right? Yes, the departure of our previous pastry chef has brought change to the pastry department and the new more finessed style is decidedly different, though we find them a wonderful compliment to the new styling of the dinner menu.

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Interim Restaurant & Bar offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (901) 818-0821.

Interim Restaurant & Bar is rated 4.5 stars by 1283 OpenTable diners.