Itta Bena

4.8
3127 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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Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 3127 people are saying
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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NellK
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service all around with nice ambiance

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ZacharyJ
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food was extremely delicious and portioned perfectly so that I was full but did not waste any food. The soup was amazing. They server gave us complimentary champagne, which was honestly the best I've ever tasted. My date requested a tart drink and the bartender made her a drink on the spot that was also perfect. Highly recommend!

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Walter
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful meal and good service. Would highly recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
Memphis/West TN
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food1service4ambience4

Father’s Day...I wanted to take my husband somewhere different. He ordered the salmon and I had the chicken. All of the food was salty and my chicken came out RAW!!!!!!! The waiter took the chicken back to the kitchen. They gave me another chicken plate but by that time my husband was done eating. I bit into the new chicken and it was super salty. Cool restaurant with horrible food. We won’t try them again.

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JameyK
Atlanta
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant was a find! The ambiance was unique and awesome! The food was amazing! The staff was very nice! Glad we were able to get a reservation!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food1service5ambience5

It was a Fathers Day experience. Me nor boyfriend enjoyed the food. First of all we both had lamb chops not season at all. Very bland.

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MatthewM
New Orleans
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Stevin our server was outstanding. We hadn’t been to Itta Bena in a while due to a poor experience but this time was excellent.

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DianneH
Little Rock
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I are from out of state and this was our first visit to this restaurantI. I felt fortunate to book a table on short notice, even though we had to eat early! We listened to our waiter’s recommendations on what to order and he did not disappoint! From the appetizers, wine choices, entrees, and after dinner drinks, the entire experience was excellent! The music was very enjoyable! We will definitely add Itta Bena to our dining list!

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KenC
Memphis/West TN
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

EVERYTHING was perfect! Chef offered to make a slight addition to a dish…far exceeded my expectations! Entire experience was phenomenal! Mr Freeman should be proud.

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BruceH
Atlanta
16 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our experience at this restaurant was extremely good and I would highly recommend it.

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KristaL
New England
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely delicious food. We stared with salads-the green and the wedge. Both very tasty. I had the sea bass and my husband had the pasta. Both were outstanding. The service was impeccable. Highly recommend!

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PeterG
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, friendly atmosphere with exceptional food.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

nice environment

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Dana
Mississippi
5 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great treat! Food and service was very good! We will return.

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vipKeithH
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2021
Overall3food5service4ambience4

I had a very good experience - the staff at the bar were very friendly and hospitable and the food was excellent. My only drawback was that despite the restaurant being laid out with six feet of distance and and lower occupancy overall, the Maitre ‘d sat two women right next to me at the bar with no gap or distance and never bothered to ask if I was ok about it. I had to rush the rest of my meal and leave I felt so uncomfortable. Disappointing way to end an otherwise nice meal.

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OpenTable Diner
Memphis/West TN
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely loved everything! Service and food were exceptional…

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OpenTable Diner
Memphis/West TN
2 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came here for a friend’s birthday, and the staff here went above and beyond! Jen the host made sure to seat us at one of the best tables to look out onto Beale street, and Mark gave us INCREDIBLE service. We both work in the industry so we know that these people love their jobs and love making their guests’ experience off the charts. Food was fantastic as well (we both cleaned our plates.) Will definitely be coming back very soon!

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MyKenzie
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the best time at Itta Bena! We got a private booth and our waitress, Jessica, was amazing! Food was fantastic!

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AngelaD
Springfield
2 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, attentive service and nice ambiance.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Everything was great! Food portions are so small but also delicious!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter was absolutely amazing! He was attentive and surprised our bride to be with a round of desserts. The piano and guitar we lovely, and just the right volume!! We had a table of 10 people and ever single person loved it!!!

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vipDianem
Atlantic City
18 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

loved everything about our dining experience last night. Our server Brandon did a great job. The food we ate : copped BLT salad, salmon, short ribs were all delicious. Even the brownie dessert was outstanding. Highly recommend this restaurant

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KeionaB
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
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 on June 11, 2021
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 on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

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vipKirk
San Antonio
46 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2021
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 on June 9, 2021
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 on June 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Etta Bina NEVER disappoints! Our favorite restaurant in Memphis!

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vipDawggirl
Atlanta
26 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2021
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 on June 7, 2021
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 on June 7, 2021
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
10 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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JenniferZ
Minneapolis
4 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
3 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.

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 3127 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.