Restaurant Iris

4.5
1448 reviews
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$31 to $50
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French
in April of 2008, restaurant iris opened its doors in midtown memphis as the lifelong dream of our chef and proprietor Kelly English and along with an amazing team achieved a special relationship with our community and helped usher in a new era of restaurant culture, along with our colleagues and friends in our town and industry. Our goal is to know not just how but why food ended up on a table and where and who it came from.

in 2018 we have taken a new look at who we are as a team and our collective vision of what restaurant iris is and should be. With a completely new lens through which we view our charge, we are excited to bring you restaurant iris, brand new again. We invite you to experience restaurant iris, simplicity at its most elegant. Please note: Due to the limited capacity of our dining room, we offer limited online reservation availability. For more information regarding availability, please contact the restaurant directly. Brunch available only select dates.
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
French, Creole
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Hours of operation
Dinner
Mon–Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm
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Phone number
(901) 590-2828
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Kelly English
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Catering
Please call 901-504-8400 or email catering@chefkellyenglish.com for more information.
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Cross street
Cooper
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Parking details
On-street parking and parking lot available. Valet is available; Cash only.
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Outdoor dining, Wine
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JH
Memphis
2 reviews
Dined 15 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was the first time we've been back since the renovations and it was just as delicious as always. We have been there a few times now and have yet to be disappointed. It's that good!

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OT
Memphis
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 4

The menu was terrible. Had a party of 4 couples and all the girls ended up ordering the eggplant because nothing looked appealing. I ordered the flank steak and spent more time cutting it than I did eating it. I could go on but there is no point. How you can take an incredible restaurant and turn it into what it is now is crazy.

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OT
Memphis
6 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

Change is good, sometimes. The menu is limited. The food was average. The service wonderful. Atmosphere, loud and music was made more for a "bar scene" than a fine dining restaurant. Most disappointing part, the food. The Chef is talented, it's been proven, but something has gone amiss.

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SP
New Orleans
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Most awesome food I have had in a long time. Truly what I consider fine dining. I had the octopus which was a starter but it plenty for an entree and my husband had the quail which is a regular menu item. Super. The only issue I had, not a big deal, but the wine choices are pretty pricey. The cheapest bottle I think was $44. Good wine choices but only high end available.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The experience was great. We were celebrating our 29th wedding anniversary.

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BB
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Still good, but old menu was better. Love the new decor and bar.

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RE
Memphis
4 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

My wife and I have eaten at Restaurant Iris in twice in the past. We loved the five course tasting menu. When we showed up this time, we were surprised to find the restaurant renovated and the menu revamped. The food was good, but not nearly as good as the previous menu. My wife and I were disappointed. Don’t get me wrong. The food is good. It just wasn’t at the same caliber as before. We learned later that local celebrity chef Kelly English was no longer crafting the menu. Again, the food is good. It just doesn’t appeal to us any longer.

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GM
Memphis
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

This was our first time back since the remodel. Our waitress was outstanding. The new look is very nice. We had the ham hock hush puppies for a snack and we did not care for them. For the starter we had celery root gnocchi and it was excellent. My wife had the porchetta for her main and I had the char siu quail. They were both very good. We will be back.

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

The renovation was beautifully done and the relaunch was brilliant! The hush puppies are surprisingly delicious! (Anything with that much pork should be) His new menu has a more creative fusion feel with a lot of Asian highlights, but is still unmistakably Kelly English. The new bar is well done and I can’t wait to go back for cocktails and tapas. Well done Chef!

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NG
Memphis
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

The re-model was great. I really like the new look, but i am sorry that the menu has had a drastic change. I really miss the old appetizers and the special on the night of our visit was way beyond adventurous, 5 octopi in sauce. Didn't hate my experience but in no rush to repeat it, especially, at those prices.

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p
Memphis
17 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Don't know if they are having trouble with their reservation system but after we got it worked out everything was very good. Four of us in the group and everyone enjoyed their meal.

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OT
Memphis
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner at Iris for my birthday was exceptional in every way. The renovation is stunningly gorgeous! Modern and sleek with an 1920’s Art Deco feel; beautiful deep emerald green and dark gray tones that feel sexy, romantic, and alluring. The new bar area is a great place stop in for a drink or stay and eat from the bar menu or the main restaurant menu. If you go with a couple of friends, be sure to get a punch bowl! There are two or three to choose from and they are served in a cool vintage antique glass punch bowl service set! The new food menu is creative and fresh and still genuine to the friendly southern spirit that makes Iris legendary. We had the toasted crawfish ravioli, the celery root gnocchi (omg!), the garden tart, the honeycomb beet dish, the crab avocado salad, the beef short rib, the harissa eggplant dish, the oysters muffuletta, the quail, the Kobe beef...and every single item was truly outstanding. I can’t wait to go back and try everything else! (The desserts look so good!!) If I could hand out Michelin stars and James Beard awards I would heap them all on Restaurant Iris.

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TG
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were celebrating a birthday and haven't visited this place yet. I was very impressed with the presentation and flavors the dishes had! We enjoyed ourselves and will visit again in the future!

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RP
Little Rock
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A great restaurant made even better! It's my favorite in Memphis.

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B
Charleston
11 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

I don't like the more modern look they went with. The chairs, especially, are exceptionally uncomfortable.

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m
Memphis
5 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Service was excellent, food was delicious. Would recommend for the atmosphere and experience.

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P
Memphis
93 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

New menu brought interesting items
Nothing on menu is traditional

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GP
Nashville
3 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed our dinner at Restaurant Iris. I had the quail, it was really good and not something you see just anywhere. Loved the location, in a historic home and would highly recommend this restaurant.

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

Food was phenomenal! We enjoyed our visit to this fine dining restaurant.

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OT
Memphis
8 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

Disappointing.

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G
Memphis
13 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 5

Read it on Yelp

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LC
Memphis
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent restaurant for Memphis the new changes are beautiful but the sound level is too loud maybe add tablecloth to soften the noise level

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MB
Memphis
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 2

New menu is a disappointment. I’m all for a restaurant trying new foods yet overall the new food menu was just not good. This was one of our go to restaurants in Memphis yet not anymore. There are so many great restaurants now in Memphis but Restaurant Iris is not on that list anymore for us.

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SB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful service
Great new menu
Excellent meal
Beautiful new decor

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M
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was inventive and original but most importantly it tasted great. Chef English did an amazing job reinventing his flagship hotspot. The cocktails were amazing the wine list on point.

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

Amazing! Love the new look and menu!

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JA
Memphis
3 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was with some sadness that we bid farewell to the Restaurant Iris of old, but Kelly's reinvention of both space and menu bodes well for the future. While I still miss some of the old standbys, we thoroughly enjoyed the new offerings. We did cheat after dinner and head next door to Second line for bread pudding, which my wife simply could not do without.

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GR
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 4

The food was really disappointing. 2nd night after reopening but some of the missteps/mistakes were inexcusable for a chef like KE.

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Food was wonderful. As always Kelly English’s team executes to perfection whatever they do. Our server was also lovely. The only reasons for the four instead of five stars are: (1) we were unaware that the weekday tasting menu we hav experienced in the past and loved so much was not available on the weekend- that truly makes the five star experience for me and is what I had prepared our guests for. (2) the sommelier snubbed her nose at our requests to sample two wines before choosing. I understood the reluctance but man! We’re at Iris! Anticipating and excited for the best service and food in Memphis. It didn’t look good for our wine enthusiast out of town guests. (3) Other tables also were offered amuse bouche but we were not. It left us feeling a little left out.

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N
Memphis
9 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Five stars all around!

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

We had a lovely evening, celebrating our anniversary. Service was excellent. We both enjoyed the spinach salad. I had the redfish, which I really enjoyed. My husband had the jack, which he said was pretty good. Bread pudding and strawberry cake were tasty. This was a wonderful experience, and I cannot wait until Iris reopens!

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DP
Memphis
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

When driving from Jonesboro, AR, this is still our go-to for the best dining in Memphis!

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IF
Memphis
3 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our favorite Memphis restaurant never disappoints, and the chef and staff made it especially memorable for our recent 50th anniversary celebration.

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m
Dallas
46 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

As always, Restaurant Iris does not disappoint. The food was amazing and the service was great. The drinks were so so, but that's not what I come here for. We ordered a few things on the menu and each dish was delicious. Appreciated the large servings as well. Great experience! Kelly English has still got it!

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MW
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience! I took my girlfriend for our anniversary and the table was set for the occasion with ribbon along with an insert in the menu. Our server was incredibly knowledgeable about everything on the menu and the chef came out to check on us as well.

The food was nothing short of incredible. Certainly one of the best meals I've ever had and it was made even more special by recognizing our anniversary in such a considerate way.

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M
Memphis
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was really great. Food, drinks, service was outstanding. It is a little pricey, but we always enjoy ourselves.

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AE
Memphis
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this place. Good prices for what you get. Amazing fine dining experience.

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k
Memphis
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The only complaint I have is if a dish is spicy,it should be noted on menu.My
"mouth was on fire,I was unable to eat it. Another item was made for me
"redfish pontchartrain "it was perfect.

The too spicy dish was "grilled jack with a harissa "cafe au lait"and gulf shrimp.

Linda M.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Candace was a great server and Kelly English food is always perfect!

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K
Memphis
11 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From start to finish, utter charm and delicious food and cocktails. It was my wedding anniversary and we found a lovely letter inside our menus. It was a nice touch.

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