Itta Bena

4.8
3106 Reviews
$31 to $50
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 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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  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
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  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
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  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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KeionaB
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner was absolutely amazing!! Our waitress was amazing and just the staff in general. We will definitely be back soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I loved Itta Bena. It’s perhaps my favorite restaurant in Memphis. The food was terrific and the staff accommodating and on point. I’ll certainly be back!

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ChrisP
Memphis/West TN
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food, Great experience, Waiter was great!!!!

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vipKirk
San Antonio
46 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food3service5ambience2

The drinks were very strong with some of the flavors. The smoked cocktail was incredibly smokey tasting. It was too dark at the table. Older people have a tough time seeing the menus.

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EllieMae
Memphis/West TN
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food5service5ambience5

My first impression of Itta Bena was the sticky handrail !!! Please have someone powerwash or sandblast it. Coming and going it was gross. Once I got to the top and scrubbed my hands, everything else was AMAZING!! Our new favorite place. Can’t wait to go back- with gloves!!!!

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vipDenaD
Mississippi
10 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Etta Bina NEVER disappoints! Our favorite restaurant in Memphis!

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vipDawggirl
Atlanta
26 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a great find!! Excellent food, drinks and service! Interesting shrimp n grits…they were so yummy. My husband really enjoyed his salmon. Would not get the shecrab soup again. The BLT salad was wonderful. The brownie with ice cream was amazing. Loved my old-fashion. Jon was very attentive and helpful. It is above BB Kings Club.

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Ashley
Atlanta
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We so enjoyed having Brandon as our server, and per usual, the food & drinks were fabulous. All staff are friendly, gracious & hospitable. Itta Bena has been a favorite of mine for years, & it's always fun to introduce out of town guests or new to town folks to it.

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vipdebtho
New Orleans
30 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent restaurant above the average Beale Street food choices. The She Crab Soup was outstanding. Excellent shrimp and grits. Perfect choice for any occasion

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

It was mysterious.

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Fatjoe
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What an amazing find. You would never know it was thr. Its above BB kings bar. Food and staff were amazing.

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Musiclover
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect spot for dinner - above BB King's. Entrance stairs were a little challenging, but the food was great and the live music was wonderful! Service was excellent!

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chan
Mobile
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing and fresh Wine. Great waiter and atmosphere .

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food and service. The restaurant was so pretty and the live music was so great. McKenna was an awesome server. We highly recommend the She crab soup, wedge salad, short run and shrimp/sausage pasta.

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Craig
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Itta Bena is outstanding. The customer experience was on-point and the servers were very attentive to the needs of our business dinner party.

The pan-seared sea bass with creamy spinach and red pepper Florentine was the right combination of delicate and flavorful. I can never pass over the parmesan risotto when I visit, so I had it as a side and it is consistently cooked to perfection. I'm keeping my fingers crossed on the chef will one day up the ante and add truffle to the risotto.

As native Memphian, Itta Bena will stay a favorite place for business meetings and after work socials when hosting visitors that want to experience Beale Street. My guests are always surprised when they've climbed the staircase leading to a rather inconspicuous door and, upon entering the restaurant, are greeted by an ambiance and dining experience that is worthy of 5-stars.

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall3food3service1ambience3

Upon arriving, we were seated quickly. Only there was only chair at our table for two. The hostess had to go look for another one. We waited quite a while for someone to come over and take our drink order. We went ahead and ordered our drinks and dinner together because of that wait for the drink order. Shrimp and grits, a glass of Prosecco, short ribs, a beer, and a Diet Coke. After about 5 minutes or so, our food came out. The person delivering it was not our server and I told her we still had not even gotten our drinks. She apologized and took it back. Then our server brings the food over after another five minutes or so. Still no drinks! He apologized and i asked him to please bring our drinks and take the food back so we could enjoy our drinks for a bit. We wait another 5 minutes or so and finally get our drinks. Then after about 10 minutes he brings our food. My husband ordered the short ribs and they brought him salmon. So We sat for another 15 minutes while they made the short ribs and my shrimp and grits got cold. He didn’t offer to take it back or have them re make it. So I had room temp shrimp and grits that had been baking under a heat lamp for 20-30 minutes prior to that. The food was fine but by this point I was so disenchanted. They never refilled our water, and the Diet Coke never arrived. We got the bill and I noticed they charged us for the salmon and the soda. I asked him to take it back and fix it, which he did. We came to Itta Bena after getting married on the River. This was a disappointing dinner after our small private wedding. We will not return. While the food and atmosphere were good, the service was completely unacceptable.

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KEONAN
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience5

Kelvin and the Manager was awful. They judged me as if I didn’t have the money to pay and treated me as such. I order sweet tea and he gave me a spoon in my tea with sugar. The manager was just as rude.

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CherylT
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We visited Memphis over the Memorial day weekend to celebrate our Wedding Anniversary. I googled recommendations for a nice restaurant and Itta Bena came highly recommend. My husband and I truly enjoyed the whole experience yesterday.. Great service and AMAZING food! Thank you for the complimentary champagne too! Our waiter was AWESOME! We hope to return soon. Kansas City, Missouri.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Cleveland
10 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

1st visit as I have never been to Memphis before
All food we tried was excellent
Great service from the hostess and our server!
Live music

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vipOpenTable Diner
Atlanta
10 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place was perfect....the best pork chops I have ever eaten!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was melt-in-your-mouth delicious. Ambiance was great - musicians on this night were exceptional. Waiter was quite attentive. All aspects were superior - as usual! Love this place!

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pagelynn
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such an amazing experience again! Our server, Josh or John...might be a memory issue here, but a long time team member; he was so attentive and humorous and professional...and the food was absolutely perfect. Every dish was just as we ordered, the champagne, the wine, the beers were all amazing! They never disappoint!

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LindaH
New Orleans
6 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Maitre D was friendly and professional and updated us on our table. Our waiter was professional and had a great personality. The food was delicious.

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BryantW
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hands down the best food and service I’ve had in the city of Memphis.

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MrzBuggz
Memphis/West TN
12 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

We heard lots of great reviews about this place so we decided to try it out. The service was great yet the food was nothing to get overly excited about. The short ribs were more of a good pot roast and shrimp and grits were were decent. It definitely more of an experience place to go.

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OpenTable Diner
Memphis/West TN
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is top-notch along with the staff. It’s the perfect laid back atmosphere for a wonderful dining experience. Never disappointed when we are there.

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Stevin was the best waiter ever!!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a hidden gem! Try the crab cakes!

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RubyM
Memphis/West TN
6 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Craig and Kelvin were great. The sea bass was amazing. Looking forward to next visit.

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CMPhillips
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Delicious!!!

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ThomasC
Memphis/West TN
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The sea bass was one of my wife's favorite fish dishes she ever had. The BBQ shrimp was great and the sauce incredible.

My lamb was cooked perfectly. The risotto was a bit lumpy but still tasty.

Overall, one of the best places in Memphis.

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vipKathyS
Philadelphia
45 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The service was simply outstanding, very attentive but not snobbish. The live music and singer were an unexpected enhancement to the experience and setting. Overall, the food was very good. The only misstep, in my opinion, was the parmesan risotto that came with my lamb chops. The risottos was gummy and overcooked and lacked flavor. I have made risotto many times & this was a disappointment. Otherwise, a wonderful dinner for our first visit to Memphia.

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vipElaineH
San Diego
43 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Husband & I had our anniversary dinner here as it had good reviews and was walking distance to our hotel. We were a little reluctant about the possible noise level as it sits directly over BB King’s supper club but decided to try it out. Itta Bena surprised us as it was quiet and the ambiance was what an upscale restaurant should be: romantic and comfortable. The saxophonist and piano/soloist provided wonderful music to enjoy with drinks and dinner.
We had the scallops and grits appetizer which was delicious, wanted to lick the plate! My she-crab soup and my husbands BLT salad were also very good. My husband ordered the sea bass and he said it was delicious. I ordered the tomahawk pork chop, it was decent but nothing special. I liked the sides of sweet potato purée and roasted Brussels sprouts better, they were very tasty. We ordered the apple cobbler dessert, my husband cleaned the bowl! John was our server, he was personable, attentive and efficient. In fact all of the staff, from the manager to the waitstaff work very well together to be sure that the customers needs are met. The manager delivers food to tables and engages the customers in conversation, ensuring that customers feel special. We did! Thank you for a wonderful evening, if we return to Memphis we will be sure to eat at your lovely restaurant.

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BonnieM
Minneapolis
8 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service and food were spot on. Our waiter John was great. His recommendations for wine and food met our expectations. Susan Marshal and her saxophone accompanist made for a very relaxing dining experience. Can’t wait to come back..

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OpenTable Diner
Memphis/West TN
2 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service. Sent the perfect birthday ambience.

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BillM
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our experience at Itta Bena was terrific in every way. The food was great, the service was personal and timely, and the atmosphere was just what we were hoping for, intimate yet personal with a Memphis vibe. Our waitress, Allie was knowledgeable and personable. Her recommendations were spot on. Thanks for a great experience.
Bill and Tina McRae, North Florida

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BarbaraR
Memphis/West TN
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Retirement get together. Enjoy the food and the service was excellent!!!

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ClayH
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were in Memphis for our anniversary and our original dinner plans had fallen through. A member of the Peabody staff recemented Itta Bena to us and we were beyond impressed!

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vipCorneliusH
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Paul is an awesome server. We always gave a great experience

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BRANDONB
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great and delivered at a great pace. Sea Bass and Shrimp and Grits were excellent. Wine and appetizer set the mood and the ambience was spectacular.

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 3106 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.