Pontotoc

4.4
48 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Southern
Jazz in the air, inspired culinary artists get to work daily squeezing, slicing and prepping their product for your anticipated enjoyment
A well balanced menu of air, land and ocean meet storied and new age cocktails. Find us in the charming and rejuvenated South Main District
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Southern, American
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Hours of operation
Sat 11:00 am–12:00 am
Sun 11:00 am–5:00 pm
Dinner
Mon–Thu 4:00 pm–11:00 pm
Fri 4:00 pm–12:00 am
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Phone number
(901) 207-7576
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Chris Eure
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Pontotoc
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Public transit
Trolley Stops just block away north and South of our location
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 48 People Are Saying
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Memphis
112 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first visit. We came before the show at Orpheum. We were greeted and seated immediately since we had reservations. The owner was super polite, attentive and professional. He came by several times throughout our meal to check on us. He also thank us for coming when we left. Our server Jordan was awesome. She was friendly and efficient. We started with the tomato soup, spinach salad, duck breasts and poached pear tart for dessert. All were amazing. Presentation was very impressive. We will definitely come back. We had an amazing experience. We can't wait to try other items on the menu.

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JT
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Wasn't aware this was a sports bar. Loved hearing all the drunk idiots yelling at the tv. Food was overpriced for what you actually got. Apparently there is a shortage of menus as well. They were not equipped to handle more than maybe 10 people.

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F
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere, trio band was a wonderful addition. Service and decor was awesome!

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m
Memphis
16 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Disappointed in the menu. Very limited selections. Not the menu posted online. Had very nice cocktails though.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Wonderful food, all courses. The specialty drinks were great as well. We look forward to coming back when they play jazz.

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SB
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We went for Downtown Dinning week and everything was absolutely delicious! The salmon and pork-loin were to die for and the Bees Knees cocktail was AMAZING!

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KB
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 5ambience 5

The regular menu wasn’t available. Food was mediocre. I wasn’t able to order anything i actually wanted.

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CC
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very impressed with the food and the service was top-notch!

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SL
Memphis
17 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a wonderful place. Apparently it’s been only open for a year. I hope they do well and stay and stay. My husband and I went during “downtown dining week” and had a wonderful meal. Cocktails were awesome as well. The decor is beautifully funky and unusual. I’m very anxious to go back. Soon!!!

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D
Memphis
12 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

It took a while to get our food but it was really good once it arrived. They seemed a bit short staffed but it was in the middle of Downtown Dining Week, a very popular event. We had the salmon with risotto and the pork with brussels...delish! My one complaint about this place is that it is so loud.

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EO
Memphis
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

My husband and I went to this restaurant for our anniversary and enjoyed the drinks, the food, the atmosphere and the live music. It is a nice, quaint restaurant where the food is unique as well as the drinks. I would recommend this place for a nice, after work, happy hour type place where the crowd isnt large. The Chicharrone Nachos and Mississippi Pot Roast were to die for (if you like a little spice)

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J
Memphis
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Bloody Mary I have had in a very long time - maybe ever!

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AB
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Taylor was the Most Bestest!!!! (Bad grammer intended). Seriously, this was one of the best experiences. The smoked creme brûlée was to DIE FOR!

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BG
Memphis
6 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner before the play. We really enjoyed dining here; Taylor our waiter was attentive; the cocktails were well above average. Very nice experience!

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SC
Memphis
2 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner and dessert were awesome. Outstanding service from Taylor. Will definitely come back.

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AJ
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We had great service, I think his name was Taylor, and awesome cocktails! The potatoes were slightly under cooked, but everything else was delicious. Thanks for making it a wonderful date night!

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DT
Houston
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great time at dinner before our show at the Orpheum highly recommend it

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SA
Memphis
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere, great service, good food and drinks.

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K
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Service was extremely slow even though they weren't extremely busy. Food was great though. Also, we made reservation but a sign said seat yourself. There happened to be a table large enough for our party of 5 but it didn't appear they were expecting us.

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D
Memphis
12 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Food was really good. First time we have been since it changed ownership and name. Wide variety with a heavier menu. Waiter was adequate but not very engaging. The problem came when the music started. We could no longer hear each other talk. They sounded great but I prefer more of background music rather than having to text my friends at the table in order to communicate at dinner

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L
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Mississippi Pot Roast is a favorite. There was a great jazz trio that plays there on Thursdays. We loved the ambiance.

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LH
Memphis
9 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great night with excellent food and awesome cocktails. Bartender is wonderful!

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OT
Memphis
2 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Service! All the recommendations were on point. The bartender even created a spicy vodka based drink for me. Everyone was satisfied including the vegetarian, pescatarian and carnivores! Will definitely be back.

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OT
Memphis
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Booked a 10pm... they stop serving at 9

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D
Memphis
32 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 3ambience 5

Full menu not offered on Sunday. Was not aware of that nor that they stop serving food at 6:00. They were very gracious and served us some yummy pot roast around 7:00.

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DR
Salt Lake City
9 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

When we were there ,there was the most fabulous musical combo playing while we dined - a gentleman on a piano and another on a saxophone - they were absolutely wonderful !

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 1

The food was below average. The service was good but the noise was too much because they had a piano and guitar players during brunch time. It was too loud and we could barely hear each other talk.

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B
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

Super tasty food. Super spacey service. Super loud. Super cool chandelier.

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OT
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great sampling of southern food. My parents and I had dinner as we were passing though Memphis. My only complaint is that the restaurant seemed to be short staffed. Our waitress was also the hostess and she was clearly overwhelmed.

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b
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were so very happy with everything, but mostly the outstanding service we received from Tabitha! She is a gem. The food was delish! We plan on a return visit next time we're in Memphis! Thank you! Bettye & Mike

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J
Memphis
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Phenomenal Happy Birthday Celebration for me! Best features: our phenomenal server and the exceptional jazz band! We’ll be back!

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Memphis
4 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

My wife and I had high expectations for dining at Pontotoc. We wanted to explore some of the other restaurants near the Orpheum. We made reservations way in advance and instead of being seated at a table we ended up at the high table and chairs in the bar area. I ordered a Kettle and tonic but received some strange drink. Turns out they TRY to make their own tonic. I do not know what sewer water taste like but this is probably close enough you do not want to drink it. I tried a few sips but the taste got worse instead of better. We ordered an appetizer and 5 minutes after receiving it our entrees was brought to the table. My wife had the pot roast. She said it was okay. I had the red fish. I enjoyed it but it was bland so I added some salt. I would order it again. The waiter was kind enough to replace my mix drink with a glass of wine. My suggestion regarding the tonic, mention to your customer who orders a drink requiring tonic that you warn them you do not serve the industry standard tonic. Tell them you make your own tonic out "stuff" and the tonic is not carbonated. I will not dine here again.

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TO
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous bday party! Tabitha took such good care of us. Everyone had a lovely time, adored their meals and the cocktails are to die for. The redfish I had was outstanding.

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IL
Miami
76 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We really enjoyed our experience at Pontotoc! The food was tasty we ordered the Mississippi pot roast it was very tasty! it including onions potatoes and carrots it was simmered for 14 hours as we were told by our hostess—We had cocktails I enjoyed red wine and my husband enjoyed a signature cocktail the night was simply romantic while listening to jazz music played the night- it was a dream! :-)

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AB
Mississippi
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Booked this restaurant via OpenTable for a party of 20 employees. As an "out-of-towner," I was taking a chance and I am very happy that I did. The space is small, but they accommodated our party perfectly. The service was fast, but personal. The atmosphere was elegant, but cozy. The food was amazing. Each item was just as you would hope from a limited menu - impeccable, handcrafted and done with nothing less than perfection. Our group was crazy about the alligator fritters for the first course. Each entree was unique and most featured sauces that I only wish had been available to bring home. You cannot go wrong with the classic southern shrimp and grits turned upscale. Dessert. Sister Schubert's beignet's with sour cream gelato and raspberry coulis - what else should I say? Unforgettable. Check this place out if you're in the area or make it an itinerary item if you're planning a trip to Memphis.

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MC
Memphis
2 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was great! We had a reserved table inside. It was very loud.

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PB
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 4

I have been several times to Cafe Ponotoc. Had friends who wanted a nice dinner as their kids were at camp and they were looking forward to eating somewhere that we had raved about. First, half of the food on the menu was unavailable (holiday weekend it was said). Three of the four of us ordered the pot roast, which took over 20 minutes to get to us and it was tough and uneatable. The table next to us, they ordered chicken and they had to return it because both of the ladies chicken and blood running out when they cut into it. No, they were not busy. Only two tables were taken. Waiter was great ... not his fault.

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OT
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

We went in for brunch on Sunday. I don’t eat red meat or pork so there weren’t but 2 options for me on the menu. One savory option. One sweet option. The savory option was made with chorizo and I asked for it without; otherwise, I wouldn’t have had a savory option. Also, we found it strange that they didn’t have coffee. We went to a coffee shop after brunch for coffee. I liked our server and was pleasantly surprised to get a refill on my juice...that never happens.

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OT
Memphis
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My bff threw my 30th birthday party at Pontotoc and it was perfect! Beautiful atmosphere and amazing staff. Especially the bartender, Jonathan. What a freaking cutie. You should come in just for him alone! ;)
-Jessie

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m
Memphis
17 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Pontotoc has done a very good job with the new design, menu, and execution of food, ambiance, and on weekends, music. I eat here at least once every two weeks and it's a very good and consistent dining experience with a real nice environment. A neighborhood favorite!

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