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About Interim Restaurant & Bar

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 David Krog'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.

Executive Chef: David Krog

5040 Sanderlin
Memphis, TN 38117
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
American

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Monday - Sunday: Open at 5:30
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 2:30pm
Sunday Brunch 10:30 - 2:00pm

Cross Street:
Mendenhall

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(901) 818-0821

Website:
http://www.interimrestaurant.com/

Parking Details:
On site security.

Executive Chef:
Jordan Buchannan

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.

Private Party Contact:
Nichole Wages: (901) 818-0821

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Interim Restaurant & Bar Ratings and Reviews

5
4
3
2
1

4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.7

ambience

4.5

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

89% would recommend it to a friend

Good for Anniversaries (24)
Special Occasion (24)
Good for a Date (22)
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Creative Cuisine (22)
Business Meals (21)
Fit for Foodies (18)
Good for Birthdays (16)
Good for Groups (15)
Bar Seating (14)
Great for Lunch (12)
Romantic (12)
Neighborhood Gem (12)
Pre/post Theatre (11)
Quiet Conversation (11)
Cozy (10)
Local Ingredients (8)
Authentic (7)
Great for Brunch (7)
Fun (7)
Handcrafted Cocktails (7)
Vibrant Bar Scene (7)
Notable Wine List (6)
Worth the Drive (6)
Sunday Lunch (6)
Casual (5)
Seasonal (5)
Good Vegetarian Options (5)
Happy Hour (4)
Hot Spot (4)
Comfort Food (3)
Healthy (3)
Late-night Find (2)
People Watching (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Organic (1)
Vegan (1)
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 (Nashville)·Dined 4 days ago

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.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Memphis)·Dined 4 days ago

Excellent quality and service!!!!!

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 (Memphis)·Dined 5 days ago

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.

Tags: Business Meals, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Local Ingredients, Seasonal, Casual, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Bar Seating, Hot Spot
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 (Memphis)·Dined on February 14, 2018

Fantastic service

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 (New England)·Dined 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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 (New York Area)·Dined 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!

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Memphis)·Dined 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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 (Memphis)·Dined 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!

Tags: Good for Groups, Cozy, Romantic, Creative Cuisine
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 (Memphis)·Dined 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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 (New Orleans)·Dined 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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 (Memphis)·Dined 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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 (Memphis)·Dined 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.

Tags: Happy Hour, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Memphis)·Dined 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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 (Nashville)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Food was terrible

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on February 3, 2018

The triggerfish was excellent. Great waiter Bud.

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 (Memphis)·Dined 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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 (Memphis)·Dined 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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 (Memphis)·Dined on January 30, 2018

Excellent dinner with excellent attentive customer service.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Business Meals, Fun, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Memphis)·Dined 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.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Memphis)·Dined on January 27, 2018

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

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Bar Seating, Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Lunch, Handcrafted Cocktails, Late-night Find, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Disabled Access, Good Vegetarian Options, Local Ingredients, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food, Good for Groups
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 (Memphis)·Dined 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.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good Vegetarian Options, Great for Brunch, Sunday Lunch, Vibrant Bar Scene, Creative Cuisine
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 (Memphis)·Dined on January 27, 2018

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

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vip
 (Memphis)·Dined 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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 (Memphis)·Dined 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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 (Memphis)·Dined on January 21, 2018

Always fantastic! Every time I am there I forget how much I love it so return soon afterwards. I was there for brunch on Sunday so now returning for a business lunch on Wednesday.

Tags: Good for a Date, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Montreal)·Dined on January 18, 2018

Love that the kitchen is in plain view and sparkling clean. The portions are not over the top. Pork loin, salmon entrees were 5-Star. As were the fried oysters and cheese plate appetizers. Polite and professional service. Difficult to find a flaw.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine
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 (Memphis)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Sent rack of lamb back twice because of under cooked. Waiter took off check. But not an enjoyable evening

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vip
 (Memphis)·Dined on January 8, 2018

Interim has been our favorite date night restaurant for years. Great atmosphere, open kitchen, great food, great wait staff.

I did not realize that Chef Dave Krog had left... but the impact was dramatic and negative. Almost all of the wait staff we knew were gone as well. Food quality (presentation and taste) were definitely off compared to normal.

My hope is that the new ownership can get it back on track, but this was a very disappointing experience. Interim went through a bad patch a few years ago and Chef Dave was able to revive it to its former glory, and beyond.

My wife and I are so saddened... I'll likely give it 1 more try... but without significant improvement Interim will move from 1st to worst in East Memphis dining. So sad.

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 (Memphis)·Dined on January 6, 2018

I have eaten here before and each time they never disappoint. My date loved the food and could not stop talking about how good the Caesar salad with chicken added in was. She was amazed by the chickens texture and flavor. Overall this was definitely worth the money.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Casual, Cozy, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Great for Lunch, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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 (Memphis)·Dined on January 6, 2018

This restaurant is always wonderful. We like the changing menu
and the service is about the best in the city. We had a fabulous,
engaging waiter, Bud. He made great menu suggestions and
seemed very genuine. Can't wait to come back!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Late-night Find, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation
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 (Memphis)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Our family dinner on this particular evening was very good but still prefer this restaurant for lunch / brunch overall. The beet salads and soup of the day (French onion / potato soup combo) were all great. As far as main courses, several ordered, including myself, the pasta special that consisted of braised beef and a light cream sauce. Everyone commented it was good but somewhat limited, especially for the price. One member ordered the fish of the day and commented it was dry and extremely small. Although not on the dinner menu, my father was allowed to order the Interim burger. As is the story with every visit, I and several others wished we had done the same. I think Interim has the best gourmet hamburger in the city, but brings back the fact it can be enjoyed at lunch or Sunday brunch. Lastly, great kudos to our server who was friendly and professional and never let s drink get empty. Overall, it was a nice dinner but prefer this restaurant and the Interim burger during lunch and brunch.

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 (Memphis)·Dined on January 5, 2018

Dinner was excellent as always. Our Server Bud, presented the evening specials. Rack of Lamb for me and Wild Salmon for the wife. Everything was perfect.

Franck's Honey Cake finished the evening.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation, Comfort Food
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 (Memphis)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Fantastic overall. It was New Year's Eve and unfortunately were unable to find a sitter so we take a 12 and 8 yr old boys. Not a place for kids but they were great to them and the food and service is 5 star.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre, Tasting Menu
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 (Memphis)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Great experience as usual! Food and service was exceptional. Ben, the bartender, always makes the visit worth the trip.

Tags: Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Vegan, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Casual, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Vibrant Bar Scene, Worth the Drive
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 (Memphis)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Was overall pleased with the experience and meal, the ambience was what was disappointing, the whole restaurant seemed to have one lighting from bar to kitchen to dining room, and just felt it needed to somehow given a more elegant feeling to the dining room.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (Memphis)·Dined on December 19, 2017

Our favorite restaurant in Memphis for date night. Open kitchen allows you to watch as the food is being prepared. And the chef, Dave K is one of the best in Memphis. Wait staff excellent as well! Fish tonight (red snapper) was succulent. Awesome.

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 (Memphis)·Dined on December 18, 2017

Interim was very nice and the service was excellent. I had the lunch special with a salad, soup, half sandwich and mini dessert and I liked all the variations and the food was very good. Especially the salad and salmon sandwich. I would recommend it.

Tags: Fun, Business Meals, Authentic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Afternoon Tea, Creative Cuisine, Sunday Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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 (Memphis)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Excellent suggestions from server and service was perfect. Recommended.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Organic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 12, 2017

Good meal and attentive service. The fluke special was just ok

Tags: Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Fun
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vip
 (Nashville)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Wonderful servers & great food! We will be back next time we visit Memphis.

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