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Itta Bena

4.8
4.8
3988 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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 38 times today
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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary Southern, Steak, Seafood

  • Hours of operation

    Daily 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (901) 578-3031

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Le'Shun Woods

  • Private party facilities

    Consistent with Itta Bena’s rich rhythm and blues history our Private Dining Room overlooks Beale Street through blue tinted windows, discreetly tucked away in the corner of our restaurant. Walls decorated with intricate woodwork and a curtained entrance offer privacy to parties of up to 200.

  • Private party contact

    Ansley Smith: (855) 533-0045

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown

  • Cross street

    Second

  • Parking details

    None

  • Entertainment

    Itta Bena is located just above B.B. King's Blues Club on historic Beale St. Live music captivates our guests and enhances the nearly surreal dining experience. On Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturday nights, Susan Marshall enchants her audience, performing arguably as the contemporary Memphis scene's most powerful and versatile pure singer yet (According to The Memphis Flyer). Visit our website to learn more.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Wine

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4.8
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  • 4.8Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.9Ambience
  • 4.6Value

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  1. KW

    KaitlinW

    Miami

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server Jonathan was amazing ! My fiancé and I visited because we were looking for a great place to host our wedding reception dinner. He took very good care of us and the food was absolutely delicious . We will definitely be back and look forward to enjoying the space with our families in the near future. ❤️
  2. M

    Michael

    Chicago

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A favorite spot for us when in town. Always a fine experience!
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Memphis/West TN

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Service and food was great
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Fayetteville

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    We had a great time celebrating our anniversary! The food was sooo delicious, some of the best. I was a little disappointed we didn’t get anything for our occasion, because the tables around us got champagne toasts and birthday desserts, etc. My boyfriend and I both work in the industry so we know how it goes. A candle would have been awesome :( Nevertheless, the ambiance was great with live music and we had a good time together.
  5. RW

    RachelW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    John was our server and he was the best would be going again soon . It was our anniversary and John made sure everything was perfect!!! 10/10
  6. SH

    SamuelH

    Memphis/West TN

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Was surprised the entrance was unmarked in the back of a building up a set of stairs to the second story, but ultimately added to its charm. All the food was delicious, but everyone should try the Abita beer bread that came with our Abita BBQ Shrimp appetizer - it's truly something special. We could also recommend the Lamb Chops and Cajun pasta - both the best we've had.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Memphis/West TN

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Music was loud, could barely hear server tell us specials. Seated right next to very chatty couple with nothing but a thin open wooden lattice between us. The food was delicious and the server was friendly, helpful and professional.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Memphis/West TN

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 18, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing as always.
  9. MC

    MaryC

    Memphis/West TN

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 18, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    The “she crab” soups should not be advertised as such. “She crab” implies that there would be crab roe present…. It wasn’t, not even close. The soup was essentially warm milk with a hint of crab flavor and a few pieces of crab meat, that’s it. So disappointing. Fortunately, the kind waiter removed the charge from the check. However, the lamb was delicious. The MOST enjoyable part of the meal was the musical presentation by the female singer and piano player the evening of Wednesday Jan 18th. She was delightful and soft vocals provided a nice ambience. Well done.
  10. TW

    TilopeW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service, food, an atmosphere! I would definitely recommend.
  11. KD

    KimberlyD

    Memphis/West TN

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was a Birthday dinner and thank you for the private room for 2. It was very romantic. The host was excited for me. My server was the best and very handsome. Beautiful restaurant and beautiful staff inside and out.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Memphis/West TN

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 9, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was spectacular, loved the music. It really added to the ambiance. The red snapper was the biggest fish I’ve ever seen, however the food was some of the best food I’ve ever had. The saxophone player sounded amazing, he really made the experience unforgettable.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 9, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really good!
  14. A

    Ashley

    Nashville

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is alway a must visit spot when I come to town! The servers always personalize the experience and the food is phenomenal. I've never had a poor experience.
  15. KK

    KayK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server was great, food was superb and we enjoyed our time there very much!!
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Memphis/West TN

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food3service5ambience5
    Our server Chris was wonderful !
  17. MB

    MarcieB

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was superb but what was stellar was our server,Jessica. She made our dinner experience so memorable. I wanted her to pull up a chair and eat with us. She deserves a lot of praise snd a big fat raise! We will definitely come back but only if we can sit in Jessica’s section.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Memphis/West TN

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 6, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went for our anniversary. Everything was perfect!
  19. A

    Amanda

    Memphis/West TN

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 3, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Randy was awesome!
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 3, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We sat at the bar and Cameron took care of us. He was the best bartender ever! He fixed me a special drink after I told him what I liked. It was the best drink ever!! I told him I was going to contact the management and tell them they needed to add “The Cameron” drink to the official menu. Love Itta Bena! Great place to get away from everything!
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 3, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing experience! Would definitely recommend.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Fayetteville

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 3, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a wonderful evening here. The venue itself is just filled with charming history and character and the staff is very friendly. The Tomahawk Pork Chop, Filet Mignon and the Beef Spare Ribs are faves and the smoked Old Fashion and chocolate martinis are worth the trip alone
  23. MW

    MattW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 3, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was amazing, server was amazing and super knowledgeable and helpful.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 2, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    BorthdY, server Courtney was excellent.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Memphis/West TN

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very enjoyable! The food and drinks were great and our server, Jocelyn, was amazing.
  26. NC

    NCMC

    Exclusive

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Good food, good atmosphere, GREAT service! I would go back!
  27. TM

    TrentM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    We dined at your place 2 of 3 nights in town. Excellent experience both times. Steven (sp?) was our server, and he was a true professional. The food was terrific. Excellent atmosphere of music and groups of folks enjoying a terrific meal.
  28. SS

    StewartS

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    New Years date
  29. KM

    KatrinaM

    Memphis/West TN

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and customer service. Definitely returning.
  30. LO

    LORI

    Fayetteville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Missing the valet parking - it was $20 due to a Memphis Tigers home game
  31. MA

    MAkindvm

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Itta Bena has become our favorite downtown restaurant. Great food, great atmosphere, and close to either Fed Ex Forum or The Orpheum!
  32. b

    ballhpa

    Tallahassee

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and service were perfect! They accommodated our late arrival with a smile on their face. The food was tasty and the ambiance / location was perfect
  33. DM

    DrMontamarta

    Miami

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    lovely space, perfect for conversation during dinner, great live entertainment with soft piano music and singer. did not give a 5 star due to two of our entrees. I like spicy food. Shrimp/grits were an unbearable level of spice. Server was gracious to offer an option. We were remiss to follow recommendation. Just a heads up to the kitchen for future reference. Pork chop was outstanding. So was the red snapper. it's a place to repeat
  34. CS

    CharleyS

    St. Louis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    If I could give this place 10 stars, I would! Between my husband and I, we had the she-crab soup, field green salad, filet mignon, shrimp and grits, and the bread pudding, and absolutely everything was excellent! I’m a tough critic when it comes to food, and I was beyond impressed! One of the best restaurants I’ve ever been to!
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went for dinner with the intention to leave and wander Beale Street. Our experience started with Johnathan. He was an exceptional waiter. Made excellent recommendations. We loved the crab cakes, our salads were fresh and homemade dressings, and our main entrees were amazing - the tomahawk pork chop with Brussels sprouts and sweet potatoes- wow! Susan Marshall at the piano drew us to sit at the bar and enjoy the music longer. The bartender, Paul, took care of us and made THE BEST CHOCOLATE MARTINI! I was so impressed with everything....the service, the food, the ambience, and the overall vibe. I highly recommend this place!!! Thanks to the team at Itta Bena for the wonderful evening. We will be back!
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Kansas City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service was excellent, Mark was our waiting and he could not have been more attentive. The food was great. I highly recommend to anyone visiting Memphis! Go Jayhawks!
  37. JC

    JanaC

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had an outstanding dining experience! What a gem of a restaurant!!! The food was incredible and the service was over the top! Shrimp and grits and she crab soup are a must.
  38. j

    james64

    Orlando

    52 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    52 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Had reservations for my daughter’s birthday. Loved the layout and live music. Service was amazing. The food was good. There was a bonus during our visit as a couple got engaged. It was very sweet! I would return to explore the bar experience.
  39. PM

    PaulM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A very pleasant surprise. Warm, cozy, romantic atmosphere. Service was excellent! We will make it a must when visiting Memphis.
  40. LB

    LynnB

    Memphis/West TN

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The dining experience was exceptional. Great cocktails, food, service from start to finish. My husband and I traveled sixty miles to have dinner there. I won’t hesitate to make the trip again.

Safety precautions

  • 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

FAQs

Itta Bena is rated 4.8 stars by 3988 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 38 times today
Google Map for Itta Bena

145 Beale Street, Memphis, TN 38103

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Second

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown

  • Hours of operation

    Daily 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary Southern, Steak, Seafood

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    None

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Le'Shun Woods

  • Entertainment

    Itta Bena is located just above B.B. King's Blues Club on historic Beale St. Live music captivates our guests and enhances the nearly surreal dining experience. On Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturday nights, Susan Marshall enchants her audience, performing arguably as the contemporary Memphis scene's most powerful and versatile pure singer yet (According to The Memphis Flyer). Visit our website to learn more.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Wine

  • Phone number

    (901) 578-3031

  • Private party facilities

    Consistent with Itta Bena’s rich rhythm and blues history our Private Dining Room overlooks Beale Street through blue tinted windows, discreetly tucked away in the corner of our restaurant. Walls decorated with intricate woodwork and a curtained entrance offer privacy to parties of up to 200.

  • Private party contact

    Ansley Smith: (855) 533-0045

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