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Itta Bena, Memphis, TN
Itta Bena, Memphis, TN
Itta Bena, Memphis, TN
Itta Bena, Memphis, TN
Itta Bena, Memphis, TN

Itta Bena

4.8
4.8
4588 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. 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 28 times today
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Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • 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: (901) 202-9114
  • 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

What 4,588 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.9Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Memphis / West Tennessee

    Best Overall

  • Memphis / West Tennessee

    Best Service

  • Memphis / West Tennessee

    Best Ambiance

  • Memphis / West Tennessee

    Hot spot

  • Memphis / West Tennessee

    Romantic

  • Memphis / West Tennessee

    Great for scenic views

  • Memphis

    Best Overall

  • Memphis

    Best Service

  • Memphis

    Best Ambiance

  • Memphis

    Hot spot

  • Memphis

    Romantic

  • Memphis

    Great for scenic views

4,588 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Memphis/West TN

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    The waiter promised a Birthday dessert at the end of the meal. He went MIA on us until we finally had to find him to get the check to the show on time. My friends kept having to ask him for more tea and water instead of him asking them. By the close of the meal, they were completely empty with nothing to drink. By the time we paid had to run to make the show! No dessert to celebrate and made us a bit stressed to make our commitment.

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  2. ZaneB

    Memphis/West TN

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    No question as to why this is my favorite restaurant in Memphis. The staff is awesome and courteous, and the atmosphere is great. The patrons are usually classy, which is an element that has declined in Memphis. The food is always the best. Thank you.

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  3. MonicaF

    Memphis/West TN

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely a must go! Pricey but well worth it. Server and literally everyone we encountered was amazing! Thoroughly enjoyed and planning on going again.
    Itta BenaResponded 3 days ago
    Thank you for the review, Monica! We're so glad you enjoyed your visit and we cant wait to see you again soon!

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Memphis/West TN

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great food and service! Highly recommend the shrimp and grits.
    Itta BenaResponded 3 days ago
    Thank you for the review! We're so glad you enjoyed your visit and hope to see you again soon!

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  5. KristiF

    Milwaukee

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It’s a hidden gem with no signage above BB King BBQ, once you walk through the doors the ambience and service is fantastic! The shrimp appetizer, she-crab soup, wedge salad and key lime pie were all amazing!!
    Itta BenaResponded 3 days ago
    Thank you for the review, Kristi! We're so glad you enjoyed your visit and we hope to see you again soon!

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  6. JackD

    Phoenix

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A Perfect experience. Our two bartenders, sorry I did not get their names, But it was the Saturday evening shift at 5:30 on April 13 were great. The music was absolutely spot on. Dinner? Perfect. The She Crab is to die for. The Cajun pasta was out of this world. My Shrimp and Grits was very, very good, maybe one or two many ingredients. As good as it gets. Totally recommend.
    Itta BenaResponded 3 days ago
    Wow, Thank you for the review Jack! We're so glad you enjoyed your visit and we hope to see you again soon!

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Memphis/West TN

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food and the atmosphere are always superb - the crab dip appetizer was amazing and the service was excellent!
    Itta BenaResponded 3 days ago
    Thank you for the review! We're so glad you enjoyed your visit and we hope to see you again soon!

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  8. LisaM

    Memphis/West TN

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Superb! A complete vibe and can't wait to go back!
    Itta BenaResponded 3 days ago
    Thank you for the review, Lisa! We're so glad you enjoyed your visit and we hope to see you again soon!

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  9. Derreck

    E. Tennessee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    All I can say is amazing. The food was delicious, and the service was top notch.
    Itta BenaResponded 3 days ago
    Thank you for the review, Derreck! We're so glad you enjoyed your visit and we hope to see you again soon!

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  10. Foodlover

    Central Coast

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on April 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Really nice restaurant in the Beale Street area. Actually right above the BB King restaurant. They have music, more mellow than BB King's, but, they have a "secret passage" to BB King's so you can go down there after eating at Ito. And, by the way, the food was excellent. I've had shrimp and grits elsewhere, but theirs was extraordinary. The signature soup is not to be missed. Server was also extraoridnary.
    Itta BenaResponded 3 days ago
    Thank you for the review! We're so glad you enjoyed your visit and we hope to see you again soon!

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  11. PhyllisF

    New York City

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful hidden restaurant. When you’re tired of all the fried and creamy food in Memphis, head here! Upscale, dim lighting, live background music. Fully recommend
    Itta BenaResponded 3 days ago
    Thank you for the review, Phyllis! We're so glad you enjoyed your visit and we hope to see you again soon!

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  12. KerryR

    New Orleans

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Itta Bena never disappoints! Food was delicious, atmosphere perfect, our waiter,Travis, wass attentive without being overbearing, and his suggestions were great! Itta Bena is our go-to place before or after a show at the Orpheum!
    Itta BenaResponded 3 days ago
    Thank you for the review, Kerry! We're so glad you enjoyed your visit and we hope to see you again soon!

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  13. SteveR

    Memphis/West TN

    34 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Stephan was an excellent waiter and the Abita Beer Bread and Shrimp was superb. Steve
    Itta BenaResponded 3 days ago
    Thank you for the review, Steve! We're so glad you enjoyed your visit and we hope to see you again soon!

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  14. PeggyC

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Literally a hidden gem - look for blue awning then go upstairs. Amazing decor, great music, very unique menu. Fried avocado crab salad was great. Top notch service with secret speakeasy below. Highly recommend!
    Itta BenaResponded 3 days ago
    Thank you for the review, Peggy! We're so glad you enjoyed your visit and we hope to see you again soon!

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  15. DrewS

    Hawaii

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always one of our favorite places to dine. Greg our server was great and Drew the manager was amazing as usual.
    Itta BenaResponded 3 days ago
    Thank you for the review, Drew! We're so glad you enjoyed your visit and we hope to see you again soon!

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  16. queenofalot

    Memphis/West TN

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Another fabulous meal at Itta Bena! Chris was an excellent server and made sure that we made it to the theatre in time.
    Itta BenaResponded 3 days ago
    Thank you for the review, Tina! We're so glad you enjoyed your visit and we hope to see you again soon!

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great time, great food. Great service. I would recommend this place to anyone.

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta Metro

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent from top to bottom! Highly recommend- can’t wait to go back!
    Itta BenaResponded 3 days ago
    Thank you for the review! We're so glad you enjoyed your visit and we hope to see you again soon!

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  19. statusk

    Washington DC

    82 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    82 reviews

    Dined on April 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great vibe with some mellow live music. Food was tasty and wine prices were reasonable. A nice respite from the typical Beale St loudness. Note the entrance is not on Beale street and you have to go up the side alley stairs.
    Itta BenaResponded 3 days ago
    Thank you for the review! We're so glad you enjoyed your visit and we hope to see you again soon!

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 4, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    We enjoyed ourselves. The ambiance was excellent. The food was good and the service was fine.

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    Memphis/West TN

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The atmosphere was amazing. The service was impeccable. The food was great. A true hidden gem!!!

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    Portland

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We loved the ambiance and the service was excellent. My lamb was really good and the mushroom soup was tasty. My partner got the shrimp and grits and we both agreed that a more traditional style would have been better. The broth was too rich and heavy and the grits were slightly overdone, but the shrimp were cooked perfectly. Overall the dish was great, but when it comes to shrimp and grits, less is more, and elaborate variations are simply not needed. Love all the artwork here and the pianist and vocalist were superb.

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  23. Jrgusa

    Jacksonville

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on March 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great restaurant right on Beale street. Hardest part was finding the entrance!

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  24. BartH

    Nashville

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Itta Bena is wonderful in everyway! A must stop in Memphis. Great food & drinks and a terrific staff!

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  25. COCO

    New York City

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on March 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was great! Wish they had an elevator but other than that, it was wonderful.

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  26. BruceS

    Raleigh

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on March 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Brandon was phenomenal, and we will miss him, but wish him the best in future endeavors!

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  27. RogerS

    Milwaukee

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on March 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The restaurant is challenging to find, but a unique restaurant on the second floor on Beale Street. Wait staff was enjoyable and engaging. The food was delicious and the live jazz added to the atmosphere.

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on March 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Mark our server was awesome with a great wine recommendation to pair with our dishes! What a great meal, vibe and service!

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  29. Collin

    Baton Rouge

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Super awesome food. Some of the best food I have ever eaten! Try the crab dip and the Cajun pasta. Great service.

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    Nashville

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely wonderful experience. Good and service is impeccable. One of my local favorites, now!
    Itta BenaResponded on March 25, 2024
    Thank you for the review! We're so glad you enjoyed your visit & can't wait to have you back!

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  31. MaryM

    Western KY

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My husband and I went here for my birthday dinner while on our Memphis getaway. I found this place during my research for the trip and am so glad that I did. It is a HIDDEN GEM. Seven was our server and he was just delightful - kind, suggestive, helpful. The food was delicious, from the Cajun shrimp appetizer to our entrees (lamb chops and herb chicken), to my (on the house) apple cobbler birthday dessert. The atmosphere was relaxing, romantic, and established. There was a love pianist and singer who set the mood even grander. We will definitely return if we ever find ourselves in Memphis again.
    Itta BenaResponded on March 25, 2024
    Thank you for the review Mary! We're so glad you enjoyed your visit & can't wait to have you back!

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  32. DarrellL

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantadtic location. The food and drinks were fab. Stephin was our waiter. Attentive. Polite. Everything flowed seamlessly.
    Itta BenaResponded on March 25, 2024
    Thank you for the review Darell! We're so glad you enjoyed your visit & can't wait to have you back!

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  33. JohnnyBoy

    Cincinnati

    53 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    53 reviews

    Dined on March 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent experience. Pork chop tomahawk was sensational. As were the brussels and the sweet potato casserole. Service exceptional. Excellent vibe. Really enjoyed it.
    Itta BenaResponded on March 25, 2024
    Thank you for the review Johnny Boy! We're so glad you enjoyed your visit & can't wait to have you back!

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As always I enjoy going to this restaurant because the food is very good and the wait staff are very friendly. The shrimp and grits was absolutely wonderful and so was the creme brulee.
    Itta BenaResponded on March 25, 2024
    Thanks so much for sharing your feedback with us! We can't wait to have you back again soon!

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    Memphis/West TN

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I love the atmosphere at Itta Bena. The service was great and the food was delicious as always!
    Itta BenaResponded on March 25, 2024
    Thanks so much for sharing your feedback with us! We can't wait to have you back again soon!

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  36. OpenTable Diner

    Memphis/West TN

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food and cocktails were amazing as always! Live music playing and always a fun experience!

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  37. AshleyA

    Dallas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This had to be, by far the most seasoned salmon I have ever tasted in my life. The food was amazing! Our waiter, Stephen, was very attentive, friendly, and up beat. I also enjoyed the music and how the downstairs portion led straight into BB Kings! We will definitely visit again!
    Itta BenaResponded on March 25, 2024
    Thank you for the review Ashley! We're so glad you enjoyed your visit & can't wait to have you back!

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food and service were outstanding and we will return again.

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  39. gregd

    Memphis/West TN

    37 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on March 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and service. Always our go to place before a show at the Orpheum

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    St. Louis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent dining experience for first time visitors to Memphis. The hostess was very accommodating and provided a table right at a window. Light jazz played in the background made for excellent ambience. Food preparation was excellent! Highly recommend 

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FAQs

Itta Bena is rated 4.8 stars by 4588 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 28 times today
Google Map for Itta Bena

145 Beale Street, Memphis, TN 38103

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Second
  • Neighborhood
    Downtown
  • Hours of operation
    Daily 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • 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: (901) 202-9114
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