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Itta Bena

4.8
4.8
3897 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 57 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
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.5Value

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  1. B

    Bethanne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Itta Bena is one of my all time favorite restaurants. It’s always delish and the atmosphere is perfect for a date night with the hubs or dinner with friends.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Anniversary
  3. PS

    PamS

    Birmingham

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food, service and especially the atmosphere were all amazing! Definitely recommend. We loved every minute of our evening at Itta Bena.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I really enjoyed my experience at Itta Bena! The food and drinks were exquisite and our server was nice, funny and attentive. I will definitely be visiting again!
  5. PN

    PatriciaN

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful restaurant even when a band is playing at BB King’s Blues. Always have a wonderful dinner that is a bit expensive but the quality is well worth the price. Always try to eat at Itta Bena when we are in Memphis.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I was passing through Memphis and found this restaurant. My server Kiana and bartender Paul were both incredible. They had excellent recommendations, so attentive, kind, and I had the best shrimp and grits ever! Amazing dining and service experience.
  7. MC

    MichelleC

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place to have dinner in Memphis. We had a great meal and we had a wonderful time.
  8. SE

    SarahEats

    New York Area

    42 reviews

    5.0

    42 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A wonderful meal in this hidden gem of a restaurant. Really tasty she-crab soup, shrimp and grits to die for! Yummy cocktails too. Fabulous experience all around! Thank you.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Memphis/West TN

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our waitress Kiana was exceptional! She took care of us from start to finish. The food was amazing and the wine selection was fantastic! We celebrated my boyfriends birthday and he loved it from start to finish. We loved it! Would recommend to anyone looking for a great place with excellent ambiance, food and service!
  10. JM

    JoeyM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great atmosphere, very kind hostess and outstanding service with Chris. Excellent dinner night
  11. JB

    JessicaB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Got seated in the cove for our anniversary. Didn’t expect it, but it was really neat! Was given complimentary champagne too! Was shown the back stairwell to the 2nd floor of BB Kings and enjoyed awesome music, after our 5 star meal. SUPERB experience! Jonathan was a great server as well! Thank you, Itta Bena, for a memorable evening!
  12. DL

    DonaldL

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall2food1service5ambience4
    First off I want to say it takes 45 minutes to get your food. Once my food arrived it wasn't seasoned at all. Now I must say that the appetizers were very good but a couple of their entrées were horrible. I would not recommend them to anyone.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    We made it really late in the evening and assume the food not being as on point as it usually is to that fact. It was still really good and our waiter was on point as always.
  14. DD

    DavidD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food. Friendly server. Expensive but worth it.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Memphis/West TN

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect as always!
  16. SP

    SteveP

    New Orleans

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service and food. Very quiet allowing for great conversation.
  17. RD

    RachelD

    East Sussex

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 15, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Lovely place to eat, great food, fab service, lovely atmosphere- and great location for pre dinner drinks & music downstairs at the BB King Blues Bar
  18. a

    ampop29

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The best shrimp and grits ever. Tasty, good texture, beautifully presented. Highly recommend.
  19. BL

    BrianL

    Chicago

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I live in Chicago, but work in Memphis, so I'm here weekly and keep a small condo. I dine out a lot. I've been to most of the high end spots in town. Itta Bena has been on the "to do" list for a while. My wife and I were going to a show at the Orpheum, and this restaurant is only 1 block away, so we decided it was time to try it. This is truly the only place in Memphis I've been to that has its act 100% together. Food, service, ambiance. It's the whole package and would be a great restaurant in any city anywhere. Our food was not only good, but pretty amazing. It was served fresh and hot and didn't come so quickly that we felt rushed. The room is beautiful with lighting that makes it feel more intimate. The service was friendly, seamless and unobtrusive. They knew there was was a show at the orpheum, what time it started, and they made sure we were out the door in plenty of time. Drinks were re-filled without us asking. New silverware was delivered between courses. The live music in the restuarant was a piano and guitar that were at a logical volume level to allow for conversation. The only hitch is that the blues club music from downstairs does seep into the room. Go to this place! We will absolutely be back.
  20. AT

    AliciaT

    Memphis/West TN

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I hadn't been to Itta Bena in awhile, but the location was great for our other plans that evening. I love the atmosphere and had forgotten how much until last night. We had the crab cakes, she crab soup, snapper, filet, Brussel sprouts, and loaded mashed potatoes. I ordered the filet medium rare and it came out closer to well done. I told our server who immediately took care of it for us, the manager came over and spoke to us, and when they brought out the new steak it was PERFECTION. The loaded mashed potatoes, she crab soup, and crab cakes were all also very good! We found the sprouts to be a little too sweet for us, but thanks to great customer service, great bar options, and cool ambiance we will put Itta Bena back on our favorite list!
  21. R

    Randall

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, great service! Couldn’t recommend enough!
  22. L

    Leslie

    Memphis/West TN

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful private room for a birthday dinner with the misses. John was exceptional.
  23. AT

    AmandaT

    Orlando

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    The level of service was top notch. Our server was very attentive. She asked about our timing and made sure we were finished in time to make our event at the Orpheum. Steak and lamb were cooked exactly as ordered. Very impressed!
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience2
    The waiter would be absent for way too long. They never brought our appetizers. They added about $200 to the check that required 30 minutes to straighten out. So embarrassed that I brought out of town guests to “impress” them with a cool memphis restaurant that turned out to be a nightmare.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wow! First time dining in Memphis and this is a must! Don’t laugh but the BLT salad was recommended as a share and it was terrific!
  26. SJ

    SamJ

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Itta Bena is an outstanding restaurant with terrific service, nice menu selections and high quality food.
  27. L

    Leslie

    Salt Lake City

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on November 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic restaurant -- food, service, even great live blues. If I could give higher rating than 5 stars, I would.
  28. DC

    DonnaC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 10, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    The she-crab soup was my favorite part of the meal. All the food was delicious. The host honored my table request and she was lovely. Our waiter was well informed of the menu items and very attentive. The only negatives were the overhead lighting was very bright and their was no longer valet service. We would visit again
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 10, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Loved the live music from the saxophone and pianist. The lamb chops are excellent but were cooked more on the rare side this time. Overall it is always a great experience!
  30. LM

    LisaM

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 10, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Food was ok for the value. It gives off former speak easy vibes.
  31. SB

    SusanB

    Nashville

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great atmosphere and service. Location and view from second story location was excellent.
  32. S

    Salbok

    Birmingham

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The staff was very friendly and the food was excellent. We thoroughly enjoyed our first experience and cannot wait to come back!
  33. KB

    KimberlyB

    Little Rock

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience5
    ALWAYS GREAT FOOD AND GREAT SERVICE, BUT THIS TIME THE CAJUN PASTA WAS COLD AND THE CHICKEN WAS DRY. WE DIDN'T HAVE TIME TO SEND IT BACK, AS WE HAD PLANS SOON AFTER DINNER.
  34. TD

    TimD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Dang. That was some good eatin. Our server was a cool cat.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Western NC

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 3, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Amazing ambiance, go for the experience! Ask for Steven!
  36. K

    Kesee82

    Birmingham

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My husband and I visited on our anniversary and EVERYTHING about this place, was great!
  37. GG

    GrahamG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious anniversary meal. Great service and jazz music (that wasn’t too loud)!
  38. M

    Meghan

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 1, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    We had a great evening at Itta Bena. The food and the ambiance were 10/10, and it the overall experience was great. The service could have been a little friendlier, however. The host/waiter were nice, but I’ve had more enthusiastic service. Excited to visit again!
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on November 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Grits were amazing and short rib was delicious. Specialty cocktails are not to be missed. Presentation of the smoked drinks is fabulous.
  40. K

    Kilkee

    Atlanta

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food and better service. Definitely a must for folks visiting Memphis.

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 3897 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 57 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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