The Gray Canary

4.7
310 reviews
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$30 and under
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Seafood
The Gray Canary hopes to add to the Renaissance of downtown Memphis. Stepping into The Gray Canary, we hope to create a captivating experience, cementing a moment in time, a memory of meal painted in vivid colors. The menu explores the way in which techniques can influence flavor, from raw to cooked. From acids to smoking, grilling, and one pot cooking, the way ash and embers can coax flavor from produce and proteins, our chefs will experiment with techniques as diverse as South American asado cooking and familiar as a back yard barbecue.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Seafood
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Hours of operation
Sunday Supper
Sun 3:00 pm–9:00 pm
Dinner
Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm
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Phone number
(901) 249-2932
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Michael Hudman and Andy Ticer
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Pontotoc
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Parking details
We offer complimentary valet services through Guardian Valet.
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 310 People Are Saying
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B
Memphis
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious evening

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s
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love having Crystal as our server! Always fun sitting by the windows too. Another great evening at Gray Canary

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d
Memphis
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went here for a birthday celebration and we were delighted with the service and the food quality we received.

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C
Memphis
9 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Seriously? I have been a vegetarian for 26 years. Never have I had a server say, "Oh! We have a vegetarian menu! Let me get it!" to return with the SAME menu everyone else has with a marker line drawn through the meat dishes. As if I don't know what items are non-vegetarian. To make it even funnier, under the four main entree choices was a handwritten "vegetarian entree". When asked what that was that evening, the response was "the chef just assembles what he wants" (translation: takes all of the veggies already on the menu and plops them on a plate). Don't say you have a vegetarian menu when you don't! (side note: Chorizo is a meat product, so draw a line through that dish, too).

Food we had was good. Beets and okra were excellent. Meat eaters enjoyed the two beef dishes. Turnips were a miss as half were hard and half were soft. Flavors were on point and sauces were all excellent.

What I could have used help with was the bar menu. Now that needs a dictionary. We closed our eyes and pointed and were happy with what we were served.

Service was speedy and responsive when we said we were headed to a show.

I would go back. It was a fun spot. And it does have vegetarian dishes. Just don't expect to be underwhelmed by the Vegetarian Menu!

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

As the server said, too much “salinity.” Pretentious and over priced.

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b
Cincinnati
22 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

There craft cocktails alone would bring me back over and over. Incredible service thought the restaurant.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

I liked the Sunday Supper theme

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DU
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best dining experiences we have had in Memphis!

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JH
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 3

After hearing such great things about the food, it was a disappointment that it didn’t deliver. Our server was wonderful and accommodating. The farro looked and tasted awful and while the oysters were good, they were hardly a value at $4.00 each! I wanted to like the octopus but it was tough and lacking flavor. The Parkerhouse rolls were the highlight of the meal.

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WB
Memphis
21 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our first visit and it went down as the meal of the year we decided. Our server, Gina or Jenna was so much fun and knowledgeable. We also lucked up and it was a night when their wine somm was there. Both were top notch. We started with deliciously crafted cocktails and oyster vodka shooters (G Bones) with their fish dip and house made chips. For dinners we had the octopus paired with the okra and the Spinalis paired with the sweet potato. We shared a blueberry crostini dessert. Sipped a Turley Zin with every delicious bite all night. Our best culinary experience anywhere.

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RL
Memphis
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, drinks, service and overall experience.

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s
Memphis
3 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Food was great, service was fantastic. Nice wine and cocktail selection. Great ambiance, but was a slow night so not much of a vibe going on. Pretty quiet place...that night anyway. Overall I'd certainly recommend to others.

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CT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The spinalis was heavenly!

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NC
Memphis
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dinner and service! We will be back! Can’t be the atmosphere.

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r
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent food and atmosphere. We love chefs Andy and Michael and frequently eat at their restaurants. The Gray Canary is a must if you haven’t tried it! The country ham is my husband’s favorite and the farro is amazing.

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OT
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server, Dakota, was awesome!! Food was exceptional.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible dinner. We were helped by many of the staff to make sure we got our seat in time and our food.

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KP
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Stumbled on Gray Canary and it knocked our socks off. Hard to pick a favorite dish or cocktail. Service was impeccable. Food was delicious - especially the country ham and the rolls. Highly recommend you check this spot out.

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GH
Dallas
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Gray Canary was fantastic. The service was excellent, and the food was exactly as described by our waitress. Drinks were great, and we will definitely be back.

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DS
Nashville
13 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This is a neat little restaurant on Front Street near the famous Gus's Fried Chicken and Ol Dominicks Distillery. Neat vibe with a strong group of mixologists making some great cocktails. This is a great place to share tapas style fare that is eclectic and flavorful. Additionally they have a nice selection of seasonal oysters.

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l
San Francisco
38 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were visiting Memphis from San Francisco, looking for good fresh food with a local twist. And boy did we find it! We ordered a series of small plates for dinner, and everything was delicious. Favorites were the monkfish, the octopus on garbanzos, sweet potatoes with chorizo and pecans, greens with preserved lemon, smoked fish dip with housemade squid ink crackers. That covers everything! Then, luckily we saved room to try the housemade soft serve ice cream with nuts that were soaked in red wine and coated with chocolate. Yum!

I have to also mention the stellar service. Our server was not only attentive and informative, but she also organized the pacing and the order of our dishes perfectly.

If I lived in Memphis, I would be a regular here!

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LK
Memphis
2 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved our Experience and Service on our Wedding Anniversary. Incredibly fun night. We loved it and will be back!

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OT
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic service. Excellent sommelier great food

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AS
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delish! Our server was great and very helpful with the menu and suggestions. Very accommodating to dietary restrictions (pescatarian).

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CD
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful! Great service! Great food! Wonderful ambiance!

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S
Memphis
4 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

The service and food were both uneven. All ranged from fine to good. I wouldn't NOT go there again but they'd have to up their game before I made them my first choice.

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AM
Tallahassee
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great first experience trying the gray canary . Our waitress was fantastic and was very knowledgeable about the menu and describing it to us. Loved the fun bar & Hope to get a table with a view next time !

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s
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was unique and most of it fantastic. Service was exceptional- very informative. I could stand to hear a bit less about Andrew and Michael as part of the food spiel.
The okra dish is inspired. The mushroom dish had WAY too much sauce that overpowered the mushroom.
The cobia was superbly prepared - I could have a full sized entree of that!
The cocktail menu is also fantastic!
We came back the next night with my brother and sister-in-law!

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B
Memphis
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 5ambience 5

Where is the food? Horrible menu.

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

Thank you to the team for a great dinner.

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

Our city is blessed to have a place like this to experience. Thank you.

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

This was my first time eating at The Gray Canary and it will not be my last. The staff was professional and very courteous. I arrived early and sat at the bar for a drink and the scene was so laid back that I found it easy to chat with my neighbors and the bartenders. When my guest and I were seated the wait staff was knowledgeable and friendly. I would have eaten everything on that menu even though I didn't know what some of it was. The flavor combinations were creative and delicious and I never felt rushed to finish my meal. It is truly a dining experience worthy of the price.

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LR
Memphis
2 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time and delicious with excellent service all the way around

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MG
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is awesome! Service top-notch! Didn't do anything special for the birthday noted on my reservation, which surprised me, but we'll be back!

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CW
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Andrew and Michael have another hit.
The food was amazing. Outstanding flavors and intriguing dishes. Simply remarkable. Great downtown location.
Different from their other restaurants but with the same high quality type of ambience.

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FG
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a really great dining experience at The Gray Canary. The food was tasty and different. All the wait staff was friendly and knowledgeable. Will definitely return for another great experience.

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AC
Memphis
2 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dakota is an excellent waiter and really explained the whole menu and what the restaurant was about. The atmosphere was great and the hostess and everyone who worked there were very sweet. Will definitely be coming back with more people. Thos place is a gem

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SM
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The Grey Canary was great. Our meal was excellent - we especially enjoyed the smoked tuna spread and the fish entree. The small plates that we tried were all extremely good and interesting and each a reasonable portion for two to share. My one complaint is that their wine-by-the-glass menu was titled quite expensive, especially the reds and the restaurant itself is quite noisy. But it was really good and we will be back.

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MM
Memphis
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was delicious and the service was great but the restaurant is very loud and echoey .

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Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great cocktails, Very good meal. Decent service. The space is awesome. Industrial chic with exposed brick walls. Food is very good and different. The tapas style and the variety is acceptable. We wish there were more protein tapas. After several dishes we still craved some protein and ended up ordering the spinalis which at 5 oz probably should have been on the small plates section. Highlights were the farro and shishito peppers. G bone shooter was a waste, we should have skipped it. Service was good to above average. Overall very good and we will most likely go again.

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