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Itta Bena

4.7
1786 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary Southern
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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 via our valet service 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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Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary Southern, Steak, Seafood
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Hours of operation
Open Everyday from 5pm - 10pm
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Phone number
(901) 578-3031
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Kevin Quinnell
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Second
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Parking details
Valet is available seven days a week with rates similar to the parking garages nearby.
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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.
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Special events & promotions
Memphis’s most exquisite restaurant plays host to a myriad of rehearsal dinners, receptions, parties, and corporate events. Chef Kevin Quinnell will create a menu that will tantalize the taste buds of your guests as the ambience and service exceeds their expectations. Popular for intimate gatherings as well as large parties, Itta Bena can accommodate 130 persons for a seated dinner or 200 persons for a cocktail party or reception. Whatever your needs, our experienced event planners can create the best guest experience you could ever imagine! For more information, please fill out the form below or contact Ansley Smith at 901-202-9114 or email at salesmemphis@ittabenadining.com.
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Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Wine

Private Dining

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.

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What 1786 People Are Saying
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4.7
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4.8
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4.3
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 18 hours ago

Everything we ate was wonderful! We especially loved the “Memphis BBQ,” which was pork belly with foie gras. My wife had the duck and waffles, and I had the lamb. Both were excellent entrees.

The blue window tinting really sets the mood.

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5.0Dined 20 hours ago

Great experience.

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Wonderful service and great food!

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3.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Slow service at start but picked up.

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4.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Everything is cooked to order so be prepared for the wait. The food was good, atmosphere was nice and server was attentive. It feels like a secret location the way you have to enter it though.

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4.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Our waitress, Maggie, did and excellent job serving us from providing a wine decanter for the bottle of wine we brought to assisting us with the menu and suggestions. The live piano music was a nice touch and not to loud since we were fairly close relative to its location. I had the Salmon. It was cooked perfectly except some of the underlying skin was burnt is spots. I did not realize this until I had taken a bite. It is a great option for dinner prior to a show at the Orpheum.

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Excellent food in a unique setting above Beale Street. Delicious fare and attentive wait staff.

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

The service and food were wonderful.

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

We love Itta Beena. Great atmosphere, service, and food!

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

BBQ Shrimp is awesome as was the Lobster Chowder.

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Itta Bena has been a favorite of mine since it opened. It's a secret unmarked door and up the long fire escape. The second I walk in, I feel like I'm in another place. The food is always great, as is the service. The wait staff are not particularly knowledgeable about the wine list, but the bartender usually is. Any fish dish is delicious, the duck confit is amazing. And you should try the fried avocado with crabmeat! Oh, and they had mussels the other night as a special and they were fantastic. I can't say enough about this restaurant. It's very impressive to take out-of-towners there. They are usually surprised to experience a place like this in Memphis.

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2.0Dined on April 10, 2018

The menu was very limited and kind of odd. If you're a picky eater, don't go there. The she crab soup was watered down and the shrimp and grits were too salty. It's also very loud. A private event was held there with only a flimsy curtain in-between the regular guests and them and they were spilling out into the rest of the restaurant and being very loud.

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5.0Dined on April 10, 2018

Brought a client for dinner before a show at the Orpheum. Waitress was wonderfully kind and attentive without being overbearing. Every details of the meal was delicious. The appetizer, salads, entree, and drinks were superb. Our waitress balanced the time of a leisurely dinner with clients and the need to make the showtime perfectly. We will be back!

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5.0Dined on April 10, 2018

Itta Bena never disappoints and is always the most wonderful dining experience. This is by far one of my favorite restaurants in downtown. The service, atmosphere and especially the food is the best and I would recommend this restaurant to anyone, anytime.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

We dined at Itta Bena for our anniversary/first overnight away since having our first child. Sneaking through a second floor exit up the stairwell to the ambient, blues-y restaurant felt adventurous, like we were entering a speakeasy. Our server was enthusiastic and top-notch, our food so delicious, and our experience memorable. We’ll be back.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

This place is a little gem. It’s so fun to surprise some of our guests who are from New England which gives them such a great feel for southern food. And of course the entrance is very dramatic! The She-crab soup is so good. If you are not sharing, the scallops and grits are my main course. Having the piano player and musician plying all during dinner is a real treat. perfect!

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

We visited here on April 7, 2018 for my husband's birthday. Our waiter was Stephan (?) and he was just wonderful! All of the wait staff were very attentive & aware of their customer's needs. The tables were cleaned off and set with clean cloths, etc. within 5 minutes of the customers leaving! Impressive! The food was fresh, tasted great and served hot. Everything was served quickly. We both had the 8 oz. Filet which was cooked to perfection and was so tender. The vegetables we chose were very good too. There was live piano music and singing which was very nice. Not too loud, not too soft. We love going to Itta Bena and highly recommend it to our friends.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Great place for good food, drink and Music downstairs on Beale street in Memphis.
The best resterant on Beale!

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

First time dining at Itta Bena and the rumors are true. Outstanding experience! Glad the entrance is hidden. The food was great and the service is world-class. Definitely recommending to others.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

One of the best restaurants in Memphis. Easily the best on Beale. Would highly recommend getting dessert. The ambiance and service are fantastic

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5.0Dined on April 4, 2018

Unbelievable food, service and ambiance!!!

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Great service

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2.0Dined on March 31, 2018

It has become more of a family restaurant and pears to be attracting more tourists. That may be a target market for the restaurant now. Historically, it appealed to a more adult market, with a quiet upscale ambience. On this occasion, our experience was characterized by upscale prices and more of an Appleby’s ambience.

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4.0Dined on March 29, 2018

Portions a little small but the food was excellent!

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4.0Dined on March 29, 2018

Food was excellent and the servers were extremely nice. I would just recommend expediting service a bit on drink service and food service. Overall excellent dinner!

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5.0Dined on March 28, 2018

The food was amazing! The wait staff was attentive and the ambience was awesome! Piano softly playing in the corner along with the view of Beale street is great!

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5.0Dined on March 26, 2018

Excellent food, piano music, wonderful service.

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5.0Dined on March 26, 2018

Great meal! Fried Avacado, Filet, Cajun Pasta, Cheesecake. All great. Service was even better - Danielle was a super server. Quiet, but was late on a Sunday night. Would expect slightly more noise on a Friday/Saturday.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

The atmosphere and service outshined the food. The Cajun pasta dish was a little bland and the avocado appetizer’s crab filling resembled cat food.
However, the she crab soup was so divine it made up for all the other dishes.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

We had a great time and the food is always good. Our reservations were at 930 pm, but our waiter was very inattentive. I will continue to go back always, but hopefully we won’t have bad service again.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

We loved our meal. Atmosphere was great. Service was perfect!

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

I requested Stephan - he is wonderful., friendly and never fails to check on us. As always, the She Crab soup was delightfully rich along with some amazing mojitos. Next, we had the red snapper over crawfish etouffee and the shrimp and grits. Both dishes were delicious and portions were nicely sized. To end the meal, we shared peach cobbler with vanilla ice cream. It was good but my favorite is still a toss up between the vanilla creme brûlée and the white chocolate bread pudding. The atmosphere was a bit more lively tonight but still able to carry on a conversation with no problem. We will be back soon. This is a great spot to before a show at the Orpheum, going to a ball game or just because.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Great food, table was ready and in a nice location. Server was very attentive.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

A little difficult to find, but once we got there it was outstanding! Could not have asked for anything more to celebrate our anniversary

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

The food was great! Our waitress Danielle was amazing! The kitchen was a little behind, but Danielle made sure we were fine and even gave us drinks on the house. Danielle even went beyond her duties to give us a list of breweries to try since we were from out of town visiting. A++++++ service

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Good food great atmosphere!

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Perfect night out!

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

We really enjoyed Itta Bena. The dinner rolls were delicious. The pork with smoked Gouda grits was incredible. Our server, Stevin, was so accommodating and friendly. The peach cobbler was the perfect sweetness and also delicious.

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

Wow- finding this place is tough- but well worth it. Truly the best dining experience in Memphis. Get there early when the sun is still up in the sky to get the full experience of the blue haze light from the windows-

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

Wonderful experience!

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