Itta Bena

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$31 to $50
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Contemporary Southern
Located on the third floor of B.B. King's Blues Club overlooking historic Beale Street you will find Itta Bena "A unique delta experience". Whether entering from our private Second Street entrance via our valet service or walking through the secret hall from inside B.B. King's Blues Club, Itta Bena is sure to capture your senses. Modeled after the speakeasies from the 1920's, you are a true VIP as a friendly member of our staff escorts you to the third floor. The experience is further heightened when you step inside and find yourself surrounded by rich wood floors, vaulted ceilings, deep golden hued chandeliers and the faint sound of the bustling street below. Touching all the senses, we enrich your evening by offering a delta inspired menu of robust flavors and clean presentation. Itta Bena is a complete overwhelming of the senses that you must experience for yourself.
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1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just wonderful! My husband and I went here for our 5th wedding anniversary and had an amazing night, we’ll definitely be back! Great prices, outstanding service and delicious food and cocktails! Highly recommend the shrimp appetizer with beer bread.

B
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife treated me to my birthday dinner and this was the place I choose. What was so cool about it was, we’ve been to Memphis before but never knew it was another restaurant above BB Kings. There is not a sign and you have to enter the restaurant from the back fire escape which is so cool. Inside the restaurant was beautiful, dimly lit with blue shaded windows which created a effect in the space. My wife and I shared the barbecue shrimp and the lamb chops both dishes were delicious. We finished with the apple cobbler which was soooo good. This is are new favorite restaurant in Memphis hands down.

OT
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If i could remember our waiter’s name, I’d give him a shout out. Good service. My husband and I started with the crab stuffed avocado. He said they did a better job on that appetizer last time he was there, but it was still tasty. Loved my blues berry martini. I had 2 :) I ordered the Mahi Mahi special. It was very good. My husband got the salmon and was equally as pleased. We still had room for a light dessert. I’m glad for the potion sizes. We were full, but didn’t waste food.

CA
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We had a reservation and were seated immediately by a window overlooking Beale Street. John, our server was very attentive and would interject humor. I had the cornmeal coated avocado stuffed with crab as my appetizer. It was my favorite dish of the night. I also had the special which was Mahi Mahi over sucatash. It was okay. The vegetables in it were a little crunchy for my taste, but other people might like it that way. The white chocolate bread pudding was excellent. We also enjoyed the ambiance of the decor. It's like a hideaway of the old days. We will certainly go back.

OT
Mississippi
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were in town for the Bob Seger concert and decided on Itta Bena after a referral from a friend. Absolutely loved this place!! The food and service were both spectacular. I was impressed with the bourbon list and was excited to sip Blanton’s while eating a perfectly cooked steak. Also had some of the best She-Crab soup I’ve ever had. Dessert was something special. We got the white chocolate bread pudding and the apple cobbler with ice cream. My God. Can’t wait to come back! Highly recommended!

M
Memphis
4 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We always enjoy going to Itta Bena after the Orpheum performances. Martinis are excellent. We just wanted salads and appetizers. Very tasty. When we have had entrees, they were great, too! The atmosphere is always fun.

MM
Dallas
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is our new Memphis favorite. The atmosphere is wonderful and the food outstanding. We had BBQ shrimp starter and crab soup which were excellent. My wife had the shrimp and grits and I had a rib eye. For dessert we had bread pudding and an apple cobbler with ice cream. I don’t know how it could have been better. We can’t wait to go back.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Jeff, the server person, was knowledgeable, funny, knew just when to come back and just when to leave. He was amazing. The grits, comp’ed by the manager were nothing short of fabulous. My mahi fish dinner with succotash- brilliant! A definite reason to come back to Memphis! 10+

g
Memphis
17 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Live everything about this place

m
Memphis
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was AMAZING! Best meal I have had in a really long time. The chef knows how to put flavors together.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went here for a 2 year anniversary. Great Atmosphere, Great Food, and Great service

JS
South Dakota
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Outstanding atmosphere and great food

l
Memphis
10 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Itta Bena continues to provide superior service along with delicious food. The wait staff are helpful without being intrusive. We will continue to dine here regularly.

GJ
E. Tennessee
2 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were having a date night and had never patronized Itta Bena before. We were welcomed as we entered, seated where we requested and the wait staff (Johnathan and the server) attended to us very graciously and expeditiously. The music was enjoyable and not to loud and the food was excellent. We have found another date night place to dine in Memphis.

KD
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was fabulous! We had the crab cakes, short ribs, shrimp & grits and creme brulee. It was all delicious but I think the short ribs were our favorite! Incredibly flavorful and tender. Overall, it was a fun experience for our night in Memphis!

KR
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Along with a great top shelf bourbon selection, the service, from the manager who suggested moving us to a street side table, to our server who was always available but never overbearing, was outstanding. We plan to make this a new tradition when attending Orpheum shows.

AW
Portland
13 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Who would have thought such a lovely fine dining restaurant would be found on the third floor, accessed by fire stairs. It is above BB King's bar on Beale St and a real surprise. The food was excellent and when ask if they have a reserve wine list the manager came over and discussed wine with us for quite a time. He offered an excellent 2012 Cabernet that was amazing. Our waitress and the manager went over and above to make our experience the best it could be. When a downpour started out of the blue and we were 4 blocks from our hotel, they found an umbrella and gave it to us. Great restaurant, with outstanding staff and management.

OT
Detroit
5 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Was seated right away. But took over 10 min to have server come.
Food was outstanding. Atmosphere is great! Feels like speakeasy hideaway. Fun to do for special occasion.
Bar pours barely standard. Definitely not generous. But excellent wine and bourbon list

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

The food was outstanding, waiter was wonderful. All around great dining experience!

D
Memphis
4 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The food & atmosphere are very good.

LH
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a reservation at 8:30 for 6 people but instead came at 7:30 with 14 PEOPLE! 😳 They accommodated us immediately without a second thought and gave us all a glass of champagne while we waited. You don’t get that kind of service everywhere! High class-great food!

RM
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Outstanding food and ambiance. I found the service to be a bit rushed and somewhat mechanical

A
Yorkshire
12 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great find once you accept the surroundings and noise from BB Kings on the lower floors. Best meal we have had since arriving 4 days ago.

KD
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Such a wonderful atmosphere and the food was excellent!

D
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great! Martini, music, crab cakes, shrimp and grits. Loved it all - great view of Beale Street too!

OT
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We were seated in a special dining “nook” for 2 which was such a unique and romantic setting. Our waiter Mark and the manager Chris made us feel well taken care of. The BBQ shrimp appetizer was amazing and set the dinner off to a great start. The salad and entree were good, but not the level of culinary excellence I would expect for that price point. All in all, it was a fantastic experience but I would say the atmosphere and service were what stood out more than the food.

AN
Las Vegas
6 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food and great service

SS
Memphis
25 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The fried avocado and short rib entree were the big hits. Best and most reasonable wine list in Memphis! And Stephan made our Anniversary legendary with his impeccable service and charm.

J
Portland
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My first time to Memphis and Itta Bena, we started with a drink and live music downstairs at BB Kings and went upstairs and enjoyed a wonderful meal with a crabcake appetizer, Braised ribs, shrimp and grits, with a wine for our dinner. Live music played and we were able to talk without raising our voices! We will be back!

OT
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I took my sister and brother in law for a special dinner.

LR
St. Louis
10 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Starting with the unmarked entrance and climb up the fire escape set the tone for a special evening! Once inside, it feels like a whole different world from busy Beale Street below. Food and service were both excellent and we enjoyed a nice relaxing dinner. We definitely recommend the experience!

M
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed the experience at Itta Bena. Unique atmosphere and service was exceptional. The crab stuffed avocado was amazing! Our entres were terrific, boneless short ribs melted in your mouth and the asparagus was perfectly cooked! Loved it!

OT
San Francisco
54 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Upstairs above BB Kings Blues club, an uncommon downtown restaurant compared to the typical casual BBQ joints in Memphis. The decor and ambiance are more upscale, although some patrons were down-dressed. The music vibrates through the floor, but the place is otherwise nice. Very good service and food, with several seafood and veggie choices.

MC
Las Vegas
7 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We really enjoyed our dining experience at Itta Bena. The food was delicious and we liked the atmosphere. A very neat place for a date night!

SM
Mississippi
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Jon was a wonderful server that anticipated our every need. As it was my wife's birthday we were given a couple of glasses of champagne and a free dessert. Overall, we thoroughly enjoyed our evening together here.

NG
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great night out, Mark was excellent in making sure we were well looked after. Would definitely recommend to others.

Grits, scallops steak, pasta and stuffed advocado - all great, as well as the Pinot Gris!

a
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A wonderful evening, great location and staff. Will be back!!

TD
Memphis
22 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely. Excellent crab cakes and salads. Beautiful dining! Thank you.

RR
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing place. Service and ambiance was great- perfect date night spot. Honestly the best salmon I have ever had!

LB
Memphis
10 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Cousin’s 47th anniversary.

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