The Kitchen | Shelby Farms Park

4.5
1083 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
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  • Scenic View
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Waterfront
The Kitchen is an American bistro with locally sourced food and striking lakeside views in the new eco-friendly Event Center, open seven days a week.

The menu will offer simple, seasonal dishes that feature fresh ingredients sourced from the community of farmers, ranchers and purveyors located in and around the Memphis area. We believe that gathering around the table and sharing good food and drink is what connects us as family, friends and a community.
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Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Seafood
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Hours of operation
Open seven days a week. Now serving brunch Saturday - Sunday.

Monday - Thursday: 11.00am - 9.00pm
Friday: 11.00am - 10.00pm
Saturday: 10.00am - 10.00pm
Sunday: 10.00am - 9.00pm
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(901) 729-9009
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AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Business Casual
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Memphis
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was my best friend’s birthday - she had only been there once for lunch so I decided to treat her to supper. It was amazing! Excellent service, delicious food, and there was even a birthday card for her that had been signed by all the staff :)!

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DF
Memphis
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful restaurant. Had a business lunch here on a week day. Can’t wait to go back with my hubby for a date night.

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d
London
126 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were staying in Memphis and found The Kitchen at Shelby Farms through Open Table. The pictures of the food looked nice and the views from the restaurant looked amazing. It certainly didn't disappoint as we sat outside and had a lake view and watched the sun go down. We had nice wine and the food was delicious. I struggled to choose from the menu as there were so many things that I fancied ! I ended up with lamb sausage for starter, scallops with cauliflower puree for main and eton mess for dessert. It was all amazing and if I lived closer I would be a regular to try all of the other options on the menu. If you are in the area you should go. If you are not in the area, take a trip to Memphis and go !

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DM
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First visit, will not be my last. As a vegan I was very impressed. I had the potatoes, college greens, and avocados for my lunch. Everything was perfect. The service was exemplary. Couldn’t have asked for better.

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PM
Memphis
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

We went to the kitchen for our anniversary. Each employee we encountered greeted us with, “Happy anniversary.” The also gave us an anniversary card signed by the hostess and our servers. The restaurant is small but beautiful. The scenery is gorgeous. It was so peaceful eating while looking out over the lake.

The food was very good and the portions were very generous. We will definitely go back.

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OT
Memphis
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 5

As beautiful and serene as the setting is on the back patio is, the food and service is just so disappointing. I’ve now been for a 3rd visit and I’ve yet to get something that was good. Bread for the chicken sandwich that was burnt, chicken that has been cooked in oil that fried more than chicken and was also overdone, and desserts that clearly came frozen and were still frozen when they came out of the microwave. And to top it off, it is incredibly expensive.

Make a picnic at home and bring it to sit on the many benches that overlook Shelby Farms😊

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WB
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

I loved the atmosphere! The wait for our food was pretty long but our server was attentive and the manager was helpful in resolving the matter.

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Atlanta
6 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lunch Bunch with 8 on the patio with a beautiful view! Food was delivered at a timely manner and was well played and very tasty!

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JE
Memphis
2 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely positively amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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D
Little Rock
3 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful brunch meal at The Kitchen! We can’t wait to go back!
Carnitas Benedict is very tasty!

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EC
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food is creative and very enjoyable. Our server was fantastic and always made us feel at home.

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t
Baltimore
12 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 5

Main course took a long time to arrive at table and was lukewarm to cool when it was served. This was true for both a pasta entree, and a ribeye steak served with roasted root vegetables...all barely warm. Both meals were returned to the kitchen and both came back lukewarm the second time they were served. Absolutely unacceptable.

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P
Dallas
19 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Good food and good service. Had to ask multiple times to turn down radio. Music so loud you could not have a conversation with people at table. Only reason not 5 stars. Will definitely go again.

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

Had a lunch with new friends we need and we very thing was pitch perfect. The entree's were well prepared and delicious.
Look forward to a return visit.

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OT
Memphis
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The portions were small yet delicious. The noise was a little loud to carry on a conversation.

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c
Memphis
18 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Would love to see more vegan or vegetarian entrees. Would also suggest varying the menu more. We always get the same farro dish since that’s the only option. Seems season options would be good.

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MV
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

Table water was not chilled, just room temp. Had the shrimp boil and added extra shrimp since there were two of us. The shrimp was plentiful but there wasn’t enough potatoes, corn and sausage. Wait staff was very helpful in explaining the menu but main course was a little delayed. Appetizer came out timely but had to wait a while for main course

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JO
Memphis
27 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great lunch stop with family after church.

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

Best balcony in the South. Phenomenal food & service.

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

Our family really enjoyed the food
Would have loved to eat outside though

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PC
Memphis
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a fun, lively, vacation-like atmosphere. I had the seared scallops and they were cooked to perfection, best I've ever had! After dinner, it was enjoyable to move outside and continue our conversations on the comfy sofas overlooking the lake.

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OT
Memphis
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A great meal in a lovely setting. Service was at a relaxed pace, but not slow. It somehow made the evening last and all the more enjoyable.

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OT
Memphis
6 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

I’ve been here multiple times. The space is one of my favorites and a nice place to take my out of town guests. Unfortunately tonight’s dinner wasn’t good. Usually have the bolognese and wanted something different. I had the roasted chicken and it was so over salted it was inedible. Not just the chicken but all of the accompanying veggies and potato. As if someone dumped a handful of salt over everything. I complained and was given a second plate but it too was quite salty. The manager came to my table and apologized and handled it professionally. When asked if the replacement was better I didn’t let her know about the second plate but it too was very salty. It’s the chef, not a one time issue. Also, I did not want to make a fuss; my guests had already finished their dinner. My experience was ruined.

Another issue is the menu has gotten stale. It’s the same fare that they served since it opened. No daily specials(at least the last few times I’ve been there). It will be a while before I consider returning.

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EG
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a pleasant surprise this place was - located in Shelby Farms overlooking a lake. Just a beautiful little gem.

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MJ
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff were all very friendly and extremely helpful. Drinks were great, view was spectacular with the sunset, and the food was perfect!

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J
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

First visit. We signed up online for the highly touted Shrimp boil noted to start at 3. We skipped lunch and arrived at three. We were not served till 3:45. I would have assumed that since the special event was listed as a 3pm that food would have been ready to go.

Service was excellent!!

Wish there was some cocktail sauce to go with the Shrimp.

Otherwise. Good

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CF
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 4food 1service 3ambience 4

Really enjoyed the lovely view from sitting on the outdoor patio for Sunday Brunch. There to celebrate a birthday and a milestone anniversary. Food was rather bland and disappointing; no one ate much! Service was pretty good. No salt in the salt shaker and warm glass of white wine. So go for the atmosphere, not the food.

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OT
Memphis
8 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Our server was Jade, she had a trainee in tow but didn't catch her name. Kitchen was slow but Jade kept us informed. Meal was Sunday brunch, and right off the menu, nothing special. Mimosas $8, coffee $3, breakfast sandwich, French toast. All were excellent when we got it. Great view of the lake and people boating, walking, biking, whatever... . Not our favorite place for brunch, but wife wanted to go there again. Great place for groups, outside seating is great, couches to sit for just drinks, tables for eating. $ to $$.

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AJ
Memphis
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Fabulous food. That edamame is insane..... good service - drinks took a little while, but were worth the wait

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J
Memphis
5 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I love the is place. Great setting. Attentive yet patient staff. Fresh tasting food. We sat outside to take advantage of the great weather. Our entrees were a bit off from previous visits (my pasta was a bit cool and daughter's scallops seemed salter then usual. I would still recommend and we would definitely return to this unique setting for a fun evening.

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RL
Memphis
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Had a wonderful time. Had drinks outside on the patio and watched sunset. Meals (7) were very good and it was very reasonably price

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OT
Memphis
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

The service was horrible and the food was lackluster. There were bones in the catfish and the chicken was very dry. Nothing special and quite over priced.

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KW
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I was celebrating my moms birthday. She passed away several years ago, and this was a special day for me and a close friend who knew her! Everything was perfect

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JS
Memphis
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was great and the setting was beautiful. The waitstaff was friendly and efficient.

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JH
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

Made reservations for us and some friends from out of town. We had to wait 20 minutes past our reservation time to be seated. Once seated, we waited nearly 10 minutes before our server came to our table only to be told that they were out of the one dish that our friend wanted to try. We said "thanks, but no thanks" and went to Flight instead, where we had a fantastic meal.

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T
Charleston
20 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

We requested outdoor seating, which was lovely and would have been perfection with a little more breeze or a fan that actually moves the air. Our hushpuppy appetizer was raw in the center so they needed to be remade. That was fine, and the server told us “no charge!” on those. The wine menu isn’t extensive and my husband asked about a few types of wine that weren’t on the menu. The waitress told us they didn’t carry any thing else that was similar to his request. Not 5 minutes later, the table beside us got one of the exact wines my hubby asked for. (Disappointing). My shrimp boil was delicious although spicy and my husband enjoyed his scallops. We shared the beignet dessert and lemon curd - delicious. Our bill did not reflect the removal of the appetizer. Overall, we will go back for cocktails on the patio and maybe dessert. It’s unfortunate that the service appears lacking and even somewhat complacent.

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f
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Went there for the Sunday shrimp boil. Food tasted great. Drinks service was extremely slow. While the food was good it was $39 per person for the special shrimp boil which seemed over priced. We ordered 2 for 3 people

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OT
Memphis
7 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Service was a bit slow today. Our drinks were smaller and smaller as we ordered them . Overall it was good.

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J
Nashville
23 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always love this place. The scallops were delicious. Great service and atmosphere, can’t wait to go back.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

I return to "The Kitchen" over, and over again. Best location for a restaurant in Memphis bar none!

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