Itta Bena

4.8
3356 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
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  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
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viprick
Little Rock
25 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a really cool place above BB King’s! We had a drink & listened to great Memphis blues, then upstairs to the well hidden & almost secretive Itta Bena! The whole meal was spectacular from the handcrafted cocktails( get the smoky old fashion!), to the scallop & grits appetizer, the scrumptious she-crab soup, to the fabulous lamb chops! Service was top notch.

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LauraA
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Our server was fantastic! Wish I remembered his name.

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KirstenF
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a great dinner. I loved the location. It was like sneaking into a speakeasy when you went up the stairs at the back of BB King! I loved the whole feel of the place. The food was great! I had the roasted chicken and the flavor was amazing! My husband had the sea bass and it was great but he could have used another side! We had the brownie for desert and it was so good! We will be back!

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NicoleP
Memphis/West TN
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first experience was wonderful! My husband and I celebrated our 10 year anniversary! Our server, John, provided exceptional service. Food was fantastic. The lamb chops were delish! The ambience was like no other. Highly recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Great experience!

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tbax
Little Rock
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waitress, Vada was excellent! Our food was also excellent and the live music was perfect- piano and soloist. We had a very private and cozy table and enjoyed the evening.

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Lexie
Memphis/West TN
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was an absolute pleasure dining at Itta Bena’s.. The food, service and atmosphere was perfect! If you are searching for a 5 star experience please give this restaurant a try.. It will not disappoint!

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AElm
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Once seated, the ambiance of the restaurant was extremely nice coupled with live music. Our food and drink experience was amazing and the server suggested many different drinks and entrees with expertise. Everything tasted lovely. The staff were friendly and personable as well.

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AlishaP
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were seated right away. Service was very attentive! Food came out in a timely manner and was delicious. Loved the atmosphere and the music.

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Ricky
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Would recommend the short ribs and wedge salad. Live music is really good.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Good food, great service, fun environment.

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MarcT
Memphis/West TN
2 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent! It was a perfect date night to go along with a show at the Orpheum (walking distance). We had a very patient and attentive server. Looking forward to the next time!

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OpenTable Diner
Memphis/West TN
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jessica was awesome !!!

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DavyC
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never disappoints!!

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Foodforthought
Indiana
3 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Can’t go wrong. Just book it and go.

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HeatherB
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful atmosphere, great service and outstanding food. It is my favorite restaurant in Memphis.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the atmosphere, beautiful setting and excellent service. The food and cocktails were amazing. And the complimentary birthday dessert was a plus.

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KirkH
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food, atmosphere, and service was excellent. We arrived early for our reservation and were seated without a wait. Our waiter was John (excellent server) who recommended the BBQ shrimp appetizer, and it was a hit. My wife and I shared a Caesar salad and she had shrimp and grits, and I had the lamb chops. Food was excellent. Live music playing not to loud but just right. Definitely a great place to eat in Memphis! Will certainly go back.

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KF87
Memphis/West TN
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was amazing!! I had the sea bass and we had the Abita BBQ shrimp for an appetizer. The food was amazing. The service was impeccable. I absolutely recommend this restaurant for a classy night in downtown Memphis.

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vipmelhams
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was wonderful!!! The food was delicious. The shrimp & grits are always a hit! Drinks mixed perfectly. And Stephen is the greatest waiter!

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JulieW
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very pleasant experience.

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vipTonyT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent and our server, Stevin, was a true professional. His attention to the details of a great dining experience was noteworthy. We always bring our visiting friends to Itta Buena and this place never a fails to impress.

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kelceyofmemphis
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a reservation but were 10 minutes late; they seated us immediately and were very friendly and professional. Our waiter was awesome, knowledgeable, and attentive. He made great suggestions and our food was cooked perfectly - steak temps were exact.
I'll be back.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

BES TIME!!

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service, even better food!

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vipCharlesH
Chicago
41 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great atmosphere and even better service. The menu is a bit limited, but everything was perfect.

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OpenTable Diner
Memphis/West TN
3 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cameron was a wonderful and very attentive server. Best service we have had in quite a while! Food was immaculate as always.

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Borts
Memphis/West TN
3 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jessica was our waitress and went above & beyond for us. The food was truly amazing - including a special order for 2 vegan diners. This place is our all time favorite - it never disappoints. It truly is a magical place!!!

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EbonyC
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was absolutely amazing. Ladies be prepared for your heels to possibly get stuck while going up the stairs. A little loud but overall good experience.

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JesseS
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Awesome as usual!!TY!! Had a group of 6, we had a blast!! Jess

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IlaB
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience5

It was our anniversary. The hostess and server made it very memorable and pleasant. Our server Russell was great! We had the pleasure of dining in "the cove", a private, enclosed corner in the restaurant set for 2. The ambience was satisfactory. Our cocktails were nice. One of the best lemon drop martinis I've had. The only downsides for us were 1. There is no sign outside for the restaurant itself. It was a little confusing and odd climbing metal stairs from outside on the side of the building. 2. The food was tasty but nothing to write home about. 3. True of most restaurants that have the beautiful ambiance, the prices reflect on the menu. However, ordering bacon wrapped shrimp appetizer for $17 and getting 3 shrimp was a little odd. My sea bass was nice but very small portion. The experience was nice and Russell really made our experience memorable.

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OpenTable Diner
Memphis/West TN
5 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Reserved a table for four for my husbands early 70th birthday celebration. The food and ambiance were great. Better than I remembered, as we had not been in about 2years. Excellent service by Stevin. Highly recommend. We will be back.

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
7 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a wonderful time! Halsey and our server made sure we had a wonderful experience!! We will definitely be back!

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vipChowhound
St. Louis
49 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time at Itta Bena, visiting from St. Louis. Awesome experience. Great food, great service - thank you, McKenna! Highly recommend.

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LeslieB
Dallas
34 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love the ambiance at Itta Bena, and our food and service was excellent. I had the sea bass and it was prepared perfectly - the spinach was delicious! My friend had the lamb chops and she said they were prepared perfectly - and the presentation made them look good.

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Chris
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The meal was delicious and the service was excellent. We had a party of 6 and everyone raved about their food. Some top items were the scallops & grits appetizer, lamb chops and sea bass. The cocktails were also excellent.

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vipOnofrioC
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food , atmosphere and service. Waiter Steven was exceptional

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literateman
Cleveland
27 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great comfortable atmosphere…..Dim lighting and soft live jazz at one end of the restaurant. Friendly helpful staff. The downside was that the food was ok- good but definitely not great. stuffed avocado appetizer was kind of dry and bland, barbque shrimp appetizer was very hot though I liked it but would have preferred for the spice to be toned down some. Btw, I love hot and spicy food….Chilean sea bass was very good……crab bisque had pretty good flavor but not even a little crab meat….expected more for the price of the meals….will not likely return…..

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vipRobinJ
Memphis/West TN
5 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was wonderful and we hated to leave so soon but had tickets to the Lion King. Definitely will be back.

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vipLauraP
Memphis/West TN
6 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely wonderful. Have no idea why we have never gone here before. We will definitely be back. John was the BEST waiter

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 3356 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.