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Itta Bena

4.8
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2834 Reviews
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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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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 2834 people are saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
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4.8
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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KarenJ
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant is a quiet gem perfectly hidden among the otherwise party-like Beale St atmosphere. The ambience is exquisite.

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vipLuvsushi
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Amazing food in a speak easy style atmosphere

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OpenTable Diner
Louisville
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely fabulous! One of the best dining experiences I’ve had. Service was courteous and prompt, food was delicious and atmosphere was extremely romantic. It’s definitely the best restaurant in Memphis!

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OpenTable Diner
Mobile
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and amazing cocktails!

MM
MemphisManager
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My daughter and I went for dinner. No special occasion. We loved the food, the atmosphere and the staff. We will go back. Do yourself a favor if you go and order the lamb chops.

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Visitor
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The service was exceptional at Itta Bena! Very sophisticated ambience!

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John
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great restaurant for a date night. Service and ambience are amazing.

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Acorn
Grand Rapids
9 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience5

The lobster bisque or she crab soup was watery. Very disappointed. The sea bass was a little undercooked . Above bb kings and bb kings were rude. Said they had an elevator but did not. They laughed at our request.

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MarkS
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Really cool atmosphere above BBKings, a hidden gem on Beale street. Waitress and manager stopped by numerous times to check on how we were doing. Threw in some champagne on the house for our anniversary. Highly recommended!

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LakeithaH
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was Amazing, Waitress Amazing, Highly Recommended

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Happy
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Itta Bena is the best restaurant we have been to in a long time. The whole experience was great from the food, wait staff, atmosphere.

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SummerS
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We visited this place on our vacation to Memphis. Crab cakes were the best I ever had!!!

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DaneleM
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food. Excellent service. Scallops were the best ever. Lamb chops n risotto a must. Caramelized onion dip n pita delicious . Fine dining. A gem that u didn't know existed. Will go back every time were in Memphis. From Chicago....I complement the service n food here

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JamesR
Memphis/West TN
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first visit, but we will definitely be back. Our server was very attentive and the manager checked to see if everything was good.

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vipDonaldH
Detroit
9 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great Location - near all of the action on Beale Street. Love the old character of the building and restaurant. Staff was amazing and very helpful on the menu selections. Food was very good - in fact it was one of the best steaks I have had in a long time.

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CiaraS
Memphis/West TN
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good choice. Our waitress Ashley was phenomenal. They allowed me a grace period after arriving a few mins past my reservation time. We were seated in a timely fashion. Service was attentive, clean, and efficient. I’ll definitely be eating here again.

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NomadRN
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Food was delicious! Service was friendly, attentive & courteous with the exception that while only about 60% through my meal, I felt a bit “hurried” by my server. Server asked if he could take my plate & asked if I wanted anything else (dessert or another drink) & dropped the check at my table before I was finished eating. It wasn’t rude but it wasn’t appropriate timing, especially for a fine dining establishment. Otherwise, a lovely, quaint place with excellent ambiance, pleasant esthetics & great menu. Well done in regard to current pandemic issues with spatial distancing of tables & staff using masks.

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RolandG
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience1

We were first time guest! Restaurant was nearly empty but they placed us in a secluded room. Restaurant and room was so dark I had to use my Iphone light to read menu. Waitress spent more time conversing with an adjoining area so we were not serve quickly. I will not refer this restaurant to anyone, it is over priced and lightning is so terrible.

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ShannonT
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was perfect! The sea bass and salmon were both exceptional and the bread pudding was to die for!!!

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KinnseyA
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had reservations for 8:30, we called to see if they had anything earlier. The wonderful host said to come in and they would seat us as soon as possible. We arrived around 7:30 were served champagne for waiting and were seated at 7:45! Our waiter was amazing!! Best attitude, amazing service, fun, upbeat we could not have asked for anything better. The lovely host came by a couple of times and checked on us. The drinks were amazing. The food was amazing! The staff was amazing! Absolutely BEST part of our girls weekend!

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Elisa
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a wonderful dining experience. We enjoyed every aspect of our evening. What a jewel!

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markl
Nashville
2 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This place was a good find. We are from out of town and it was recommended by a friend. Food was excellent and atmosphere good

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OpenTable Diner
Memphis/West TN
4 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service!

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EricaN
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb! Great experience ! I will definitely go back!

JR
JimR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I only wish more patrons were there to enjoy the service and food. I sincerely hope theY return soon!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Memphis/West TN
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Terrific birthday dinner with my wife. She has gluten allergies and our server went above and beyond!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Memphis/West TN
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service during these unprecedented times!

JP
vipJohnP
Dallas
25 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Freakin Incredible!

I’m a foodie - this is legit, completely solid!

Great Menu, Service, Knowledgable Wait Staff, Presentation and - “where the rubber meets the road”, food is fantastic!!

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Vette
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

My first visit was a great first impression. My waiter, John, was AWESOME and so was the food.

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ChelseeS
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely beautiful night. Tables was ready; food, drinks and service were awesome.

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IkeT
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Itta Bena is on our top list of restaurants. The vibe is happy and the food is delicious! Thank you, especially shrimp and grits with scallops!

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RhondaP
Memphis/West TN
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience4

We {somewhat} enjoyed my birthday dinner at Itta Bena. Let's start with the good... the restaurant has a beautiful ambiance and atmosphere. We were greeted and seated quickly by a pleasant hostess. Our server, Jocelyn, appeared in a timely manner and surprised us with champagne and happy birthday wishes. Lovely beginning! We ordered cocktails (the smoker box is a cool little surprise, but the drink inside was surprisingly ordinary) followed by appetizers. The she crab soup was wonderful. Sadly that was the end of the "good".
Unfortunately, as beautiful as my scallops over grits were, they were SO salty that I simply couldn't finish them, though I would note that the grits were cooked perfectly and had beautiful texture. Our dinners followed, the sea bass for me and the shrimp and grits for him. Again, the grits were outstanding (and I'm not generally a fan of grits) and both the shrimp and the fish were cooked to perfection. Additionally, both dishes were plated beautifully. However, once again, both of our meals were so incredibly salty that we couldn't finish them. I found myself needing to take drinks of water in between EACH bite. I would note that I'm not sensitive to salt, oftentimes adding salt to my dishes when served. This was excessive and a pure detriment to the meal.
Again, we very much enjoyed the ambiance. And I can't say enough positive about the service - Jocelyn was very informed about the menu and made several suggestions.

Also of note:
It is very dark in the restaurant, which may dissuade some visitors.
The wine list is fairly average.
And also, when the band started playing downstairs, it could be heard and was, at times, a distraction from the quiet, jazzy blues playing in the restaurant.

Overall, we enjoyed our evening, but because you come for the food... I can't say we'll be back.

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OpenTable Diner
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved Itta Bena. The service and food are fantastic and I absolutely love the ambience. A really great date night place!

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OpenTable Diner
Memphis/West TN
3 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this place. It’s like going to a special place and no one knows you’re there. The manager is very good and makes everyone feel like they are the most important person there. The food is consistently delicious but the very best is the she crab soup. Yum!!!,

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BEJfromtx
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a fun place, great service and food! A bit of elegance off Beale Street.
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RhayeStarks1974
Memphis/West TN
2 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Party of 8 visited to celebrate a birthday. Our experience was excellent from the time we arrived until the time we left. Our waiter John was awesome! The pianist was awesome. We will definitely return.

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vipJoAnnW
New Orleans
11 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our service was outstanding as were the cocktails and the food. Love this place!

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IzzyBMom
Memphis/West TN
9 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a great experience! My husband and I came to Itta Bena for my birthday. Though we came a bit early, they honored my reservation. The food was delectable, the atmosphere was calming, the service was efficient without being intrusive. I highly recommend a visit for a date night!

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lovenola
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful Atmosphere, wonderful food and wonderful drinks! Must try the smoked old fashioned! Our waiter Stevin was awesome and the Manager gave us some great recommendations on other places to visit in Memphis! Highly recommend!

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great place to sit down and look at all the lights on Beale street.

FAQs

Itta Bena offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (901) 578-3031.

Itta Bena is rated 4.8 stars by 2834 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.