Lafayette's Music Room Memphis

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Some 40 years after going dark, the legendary Lafayette’s Music Room returns to the heart of Memphis’ revitalized Overton Square. Once again, Lafayette’s Restaurant and Bar is the spot to enjoy great food, good local conversation, and some of the best live music in town, seven nights a week.

The original Lafayette’s Music Room was short-lived but still vividly remembered. During the 1970s, it was a small but influential venue rooted in the most happening corridor of Memphis. A key stop on the showcase circuit for up-and-coming touring artists, Lafayette’s played a significant role in launching the careers of such music superstars as Billy Joel, Big Star, KISS, Barry Manilow, J.J. Cale and Leon Russell, to name a few.

Today’s Lafayette’s Restaurant and Bar evokes that storied past. It boasts live bands seven nights a week, from local and touring acts playing rock ‘n roll to jazz to blues and everything in between.
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MM
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

New experience for us. Visiting from Vancouver Canada. Great music, food and service. Thanks a bunch

MM
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Really good food, service, and great entertainment!!

K
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our second visit here to see live music. Great music, great service, and the shrimp and grits was among the best I've had. Really good venue for live local music!

MP
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience4

We sat at our table for 10 minutes and no one took our drink order. We ended up leaving and eating across the street

RJ
Indiana
4 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Noise level was max but that's why we were there!!!!
Great band! Bloody Mary's were good but needed more vodka and spice.

MT
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place! One of the best places for Brunch and the music is always fantastic! :)

JB
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Great music and fun atmosphere. Enjoy the music. You can talk later.

K
Cincinnati
10 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Our food was very good, but the noise level was not. It was too much for my sensitive ears.

OT
Memphis
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Elton John concert

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h
London
2 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience4

Live music was of a very poor standard for this town

u
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Good music. Inefficient service.

H
London
19 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Bit of a drive from our hotel but worth the effort
Easy to park around the back
Air conditioning was far too cold - brrr!
Good menu
Pleasant service
Good Monday evening out listening to talented young bands

KC
Memphis
2 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Started out there for a little bit to eat for her Birthday. Enjoyed the live band and the food was great.

J
Dublin
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

They did not have our booking despite arranging same online and confirming online.

D
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience1

Food was mediocre for price. Manager messed you food delivery, didn’t even know menu items upon visual check. Server came by twice entire meal.

No music group was on stage which I find odd for a music joint, even a house band would have been great.

Overall disappointment considering the history for this venue. We had gone on a music tour that day and the guide raved about it so either he hadn’t been there in a while or has an advertising deal to mention the place.

Truly unhappy with the experience which was supposed to be a big family dinner on our final night in Memphis.

CP
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere. Came for the music, but the food was the best! Cheesecake is so worth the trip all by itself!! Highly recommend!!!!

OT
Richmond
10 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

The bloody Mary’s and mimosas were good. They were 5.00 and the bloody Mary’s had a build your on bar. The oyster por boy was way over cooked. The crab/crawfish Omlet and shrimp and grits were excellent!

OT
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere food and music. We will return!

LT
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall3food5service5ambience5

No music when we were there . Very disappointing indeed. Food was good.

MD
Memphis
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice restaurant. Myself as well my friends really liked the food, the atmosphere, and the entertainment. The staff was very friendly and complimentary. The waiter had a kind, pleasant disposition. I will definitely visit again.

OT
Memphis
11 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The waitress was fast, friendly, and new the menu well. Lunch during the week is surprisingly quiet.

JR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

I am very easy going but our experience at Lafayette's Music Room was less than ideal. We made a reservation LMR based on the reviews and the expectation of live music. We even called ahead to make sure there was going to be live music while we were scheduled to be there. We were told there would be and even what band would be playing. When we arrived there was no live music. The waiter was appropriately gracious but despite indicating no dairy on a salad it still came covered in cheese. I waited for his return to explain the mistake but it took far too long and I finally gave up and painstakingly picked out all the cheese crumbles. Dirty appetizer plate were never cleared and sat stacked up crowding the middle of our small table. I finally moved them to an empty table myself to give our dinner plates some space on the table. The food was adequate for the price but the service was not. On top of that, we received an email from OpenTable reprimanding us for not showing up for our reservation. We did show up but their promise of entertainment and quality service did not. We won't likely return.

OT
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and music.

OT
Memphis
2 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Loveland and Duran were GREAT!!
Wonderful day with friends

MS
Tallahassee
17 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a large party(17) celebrating a birthday at brunch...food and service were excellent! Tyler took great care of us! Music was a bonus!

OT
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

We were there to here a favorite local band. Jeffrey and the Pacemakers

NB
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Excellent band and service. Always much too cold from air conditioning especially near the bar. Uncomfortable for many.

RB
Memphis
3 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Jeffrey and the Pacemakers were FANTASTIC.

Be aware that there is a lot of crowd noise during performances. If listening to a lower volume performer, it is hard to hear.

DO
Memphis
3 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love having the convenience of having a reservation instead of worrying will we get a seat!

MK
Adelaide / SA
10 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another great Sunday afternoon at Lafayette's. Couldn't ask for anything more. I even brought my granddaughter, who enjoyed her Oyster Po Boy immensely. We even visited the gift shop and took advantage of a Lafayette hoody that was on sale. Our server Adrienne was outstanding as well. Please let her know how much we appreciated her great service and her friendly smile.

s
Memphis
68 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience4

The food is always good. We love the live music. There were lots of children here today, and they all seemed to enjoy the show. My 80 year old mom enjoyed it, too!

JB
Memphis
2 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great way to spend a Sunday morning. Joe and Art are great musicians. Service and food were good!

AB
Memphis
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our second trip to Lafayette's Music Room....it was love at first experience! The acoustics are phenomenal.....as is the food & staff (shout out to Charity). The Amber McCain Band was friggin awesome! The first trip we fell in love with Pulse. Our hometown of Oxford has a really great music scene but it's so worth the drive ❤😎🍷

AA
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

I made a reservation and got a great table. The food was ok. The wine $10 a glass. The entertainment was outstanding!! I would definitely go back.

OH
Memphis
2 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I will order the hush puppies again.

MK
Adelaide / SA
11 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food! Our server (Alec, a very efficient woman) hope I spelled her name correctly, was exceptional.
The entertainment made it that much better. Highly recommend this establishment.

DO
Memphis
4 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always, always, always an outstanding experience at Lafayette’s. With Jeffrey and the Pacemakers!

RW
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great time, first time being there and enjoyed every minute of it.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service. Great band. Great food. Really enjoyed our meal. Was able to sit outside and the noise was not bad, we were able to talk and enjoy the band!

SH
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience3

We were sad to miss out on the music - which stopped at 7pm on Sunday. The food was EXCELLENT. The service was poor, but the food made up for what the service lacked. Everything we ate was awesome: lettuce wraps, southwest chicken salad and gumbo!

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