Pontotoc

4.4
36 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 2:00 pm–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 36 People Are Saying
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4.3
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4.4
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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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
4 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
1 review
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
9 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
31 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
19 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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TN
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
71 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
1 review
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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OT
Memphis
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Mother’s Day

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Indiana
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Place was basically empty except some people at the bar and a two top that had finished their meal and was just talking. We had to clean off our table of dirty dishes and after sitting around for a while and never receiving service we got up and left. Went down the street to Mary and Catherine’s and had an amazing meal and service!

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JU
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great service and we liked the food very much. The music (David Holguin and band) was fabulous!

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EH
Las Vegas
7 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We went to Pontotoc prior to the Foo Fighters concert. We were seated immediately and water was brought out. The menus was diverse. We ordered two apps: trout deviled eggs were creamy and perfectly seasoned. The queso fundido nachos were good but the eggs were better. Oxaxca cheese is best used in this dish. For dinner we had shrimp and grits and redfish. Both delivered! Dinner was blackberry Sister Schubert’s beignets with gelato. Very unusual but delicious. Loved the music and service was very attentive without being intrusive. Loved this place and will be back.

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FC
Memphis
2 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

The biggest problem we had was they were out of the two entrees we wanted. And with such a small menu that was pretty disappointing. Also the music was a little loud... Or maybe I’m too old. But the service was great and we did enjoy the food we got.

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MN
Memphis
7 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Went for Sunday brunch. Trendy ambiance inside. Mimosas were great! Took awhile to receive food and drink refill even though it wasn't near full capacity inside. However, once we alerted them about being on a time constraint, they were very accommodating. Food was okay (bagel & lox on one order and breakfast platter on another). Had better, had worse.

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BH
New England
3 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

What a find! This place on So Main hit all the right notes for a couple vacationing from MA—convenient, walking distance from our downtown hotel, exceptional, yet reasonably priced food (we can recommend the perfectly prepared Bee’s Knee’s cocktail, gator fritters app, the light but lovely fettuccine with bacon cream, mushrooms and argula, and possibly the best shrimp and grits with andouille I’ve ever had) and an excellent, while not overwhelming, trombone and drum duo that provided just the right ambiance. Highly recommended!

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OT
Memphis
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Understaffed. Appeared to be 1 waiter/bartender and 1 cook serving 25+ patrons. So it took over 30 minutes from order to receipt of 2 routine entrees. And there was an overall lack of basic service expected at a restaurant in this price range. The one guy was overworked. The food was actually fantastic. Shrimp and grits. Redfish.

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