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About Restaurant Iris

Born and raised in Southern Louisiana, Chef Kelly English fell in love with the culture and food of New Orleans. Equipped with his training from award-winning Chef John Besh, English presents a unique dining experience. Restaurant Iris specializes in French-Creole cuisine featuring local and seasonal ingredients. English infuses his endless creativity and passion for food into each dish. Whether indulging in his Oysters three ways, a "Knuckle Sandwich", or a dessert made just for you, one is sure to reap the benefits of English"s rich culinary background. 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.

2146 Monroe Avenue
Memphis, TN 38104
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
French, Creole

Hours of Operation:
Brunch: Sunday: 11:00am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm

Cross Street:
Cooper

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(901) 590-2828

Website:
http://www.restaurantiris.com/

Catering:
Please call 901-590-2828 or email specialevents@restaurantiris.com for more information.

Parking Details:
On-street parking and parking lot available.

Executive Chef:
Kelly English

Additional:
Bar Dining, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Outdoor dining, Wine

Restaurant Iris Ratings and Reviews

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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.6

ambience

4.7

value

4.4

Noise

Quiet

95% would recommend it to a friend

Good for Anniversaries (46)
Special Occasion (46)
Good for a Date (39)
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Romantic (36)
Creative Cuisine (34)
Quiet Conversation (32)
Fit for Foodies (30)
Good for Birthdays (26)
Neighborhood Gem (20)
Authentic (18)
Worth the Drive (17)
Pre/post Theatre (15)
Notable Wine List (13)
Cozy (12)
Tasting Menu (11)
Local Ingredients (10)
Business Meals (8)
Handcrafted Cocktails (8)
Fun (5)
Seasonal (5)
Hot Spot (5)
Great for Outdoor Dining (3)
Disabled Access (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Comfort Food (1)
Great for Lunch (1)
People Watching (1)
Spicy (1)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
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·Dined 6 days ago

We would love to dine at Iris more often, what a special space indeed. Time and finances don’t allow anything but the one or two times a year occasion. But when we come it’s always a delight.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Authentic, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on November 14, 2017

I was very disappointed in this restaurant. We read so much hype and were expecting something special. The food was definitely not special. It was very overpriced for the quality and quantity that we were served.

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 (Memphis)·Dined on November 14, 2017

My wife and I were celebrating my birthday and have only read great reviews about Restaurant Iris and were very excited about visiting here for the first time. We were not impressed. I hate to be so critical but there was nothing great about the food here.
The appetizers were the best part of the night and they were just okay.
We ordered the shrimp and grits and the surf and turf at the recommendation of our server (who was outstanding and very knowledgeable) The shrimp and grits had a very smokey smell and taste. Maybe that's what they were going for, they succeeded. It was unlike anything we have had and not in a good way. If you like that campfire smokey taste then... order the shrimp and grits. The surf and turf was just not good and this was their signature dish. I ordered the "strip" medium and it was cooked okay, very charred. The problem was the meat. No flavor. And I don't think it was a good cut of meat. Maybe the worse steak I have had anywhere. Maybe just a off night, being a Monday, don't know. I just know that we didn't finish either entree and were disappointed at our choice of restaurants. We are just not a fan of the full smokey flavor of shrimp and grits and that may be just a preference. But no excuse for the strip being that bad.
There are many great reviews so it is difficult to write this one, but wanted to give our opinion.
We live close to Memphis and frequent many restaurants there. We have traveled many places and have had great meals from Seattle, New York to London. Don't think we would return.

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·Dined on November 5, 2017

Great food! Great atmosphere! Caleb was our server!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive
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 (Memphis)·Dined on November 4, 2017

We had a wonderful dinner. The atmosphere was absolutely wonderful. Our waitress was very kind, professional, knowledgeable and personable. She knew drinks, food and the restaurant history. The building was decorated wonderfully. The drinks were strong but not overwhelming. The food was prepped to every expectation. The portions were not so huge that I was miserable stuffed but perfectly full. The desert drink we ordered was one of the best I have ever had. Thank you to this restaurant for a wonderful dining experience.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Romantic
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 (Memphis)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Our anniversary dinner was amazing. We chose the 5 course chef's choice . Every entree was delicious and beautifully presented. We had great service and left with our tummies full and satisfied. We can't wait to go back. We would highly recommend.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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 (Memphis)·Dined on November 1, 2017

A wonderful experience every time. Food is creative and cocktails always excel. Our favorite place.

Tags: Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on October 29, 2017

The food was good, but for the length of time it took to get a reservation, I was expecting a truly spectacular meal. While the meal was OK, it wasn't worth the 6-week wait to get a table for a Saturday night seating at a decent time.

The service was quite good starting with a charming valet parker. The hostess was very accommodating--especially since our 4th dinner guest had to back out just before we arrived at Iris. Our waitress, Shelby, was extremely kind and patient & did a great job at taking care of us. And we really enjoyed the warm rolls.

The cocktails were good. The wine list was fair but there weren't many offerings under $60 per bottle, which seemed inconsistent considering the menu wasn't that pricey.

The menu was eclectic; we really enjoyed the starters--especially the lobster sandwich and the short-rib stuffed ravioli. For dinner, one friend ordered the duck, which he requested with very little salt. When the duck arrived, it was far too salty to eat--it seemed like the request for less salt was met with defiance or at best simply ignored by the kitchen. My other companion had the steak stuffed with shrimp. It was a very large serving. I had the same, and while tasty, it too seemed salty. Over-salting sends up a red flag that either the meat is inferior or there's a lack of creativity with other flavors or seasonings.

For dessert, we had the bread pudding and chocolate crème brulee. The brulee was very good, but the bread pudding was dry--even with the sauce. The best part of the meal was the after-dinner drinks. They do a wonderful iced cream Brandy Alexander and they have a good selection of cognacs.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Cozy
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 (Memphis)·Dined on October 25, 2017

Disappointing pork chop
Chef left a majority of the surf out of the Surf and turf.
Our server was outstanding!!

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays
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 (Memphis)·Dined on October 23, 2017

Fantastic dining experience. We chose the 5 course "chef selection" - which is the way to go! You can try 10 different items from the menu (if you and your date will share) paired with some really nice wines. This was a wonderful date night - Thanks so much

Tags: Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion, Tasting Menu, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Amazing restaurant and would highly recommend! Recently celebrated my husbands birthday at Restaurant Iris and loved everything about it!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List, Local Ingredients, Romantic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 19, 2017

One of the best meals I every had!! Visited Memphis on business !

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 (Memphis)·Dined on October 19, 2017

As always, one of my favorite restaurants. Kelly English does an awesome job.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Good for a Date
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·Dined on October 19, 2017

Fantastic dining experience. Was lucky to get a table.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Creative Cuisine
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 (Memphis)·Dined on October 17, 2017

Iris was the best possible place to celebrate a new job. They had amazing service and incredible food. I couldn’t have asked for anything more.

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 (Memphis)·Dined on October 17, 2017

An excellent high-end Restaurant. Iris is located in a renovated house and has two small rooms with small-mid sized tables, making for a very intimate feel to the atmosphere. There is valet service, and the Overton Square parking lot is right across the street. The wine list is impressive, and though it focuses mostly on Domestic wines (from various parts of the US), these will not be your typical run-of-the-mill wines you'll find most anywhere else. Expect a bit more depth and character. There is also a fine selection of featured cocktails (and presumably beer too, though we stuck with the wine).

The food is french-creole influenced, and so you can find exotic items, like Bone Marrow or foie gras, on the Menu, which we were given the impression changes quite regularly. Of course, there were plenty of non-exotic items, involving beef, lamb, fish, etc., as well. We took advantage of a special 5-course tasting menu, offered on week-nights, which consisted of a salad (this will not be an iceberg lettuce and cucumber affair), two appetizers, a main course, and dessert. The menu is not set, and the waitress will ask about your particular likes and allergies to tailor the menu items to you individual taste. They always brought out different options for each course, meaning we could swap plates if we discovered one of us preferred the dish initially given to the other. The food was all exceptionally well prepared, with plenty of attention paid to the fine details, and the pace of the evening very relaxed but never delayed. An all-around amazing restaurant. Just keep in mind, the price matches the quality, so you may need to reserve this restaurant for special occasions, and be sure to reserve a week or more in advance, as they fill up even on a weeknight.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on October 16, 2017

One my favorite places to eat in town. Look forward to returning......

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Memphis)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Excellent food.
Service was even better.
Ms. H. took care of us - very pleasant , knowledgeable & very professional - with a great smile!

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 (Memphis)·Dined on October 12, 2017

Scallops were life-changing! Lobster knuckle sandwich appetizer and shrimp & grits were memorable. Great wine list. My new favorite place to dine in Memphis!

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 (Memphis)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Food was a solid OK. Service was pretty good. Staff was friendly-ish. Hoped for more based on the long term buzz around this restaurant. Has something changed???

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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 (Nashville)·Dined on October 5, 2017

Best meal we have ever had!!

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·Dined on October 4, 2017

It was my first time eating at Restaurant Iris. My mom was visiting me and I took her as a belated birthday dinner. We both chose the tasting menu and every course was absolutely fabulous. I can't recommend this place enough.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails
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·Dined on October 3, 2017

Perfect. Shelby and the staff made my lady friend's birthday very special. If you have the chance, eat here, you will not regret it.

Tags: Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on September 29, 2017

It's always great. It's pricy but parr on cost with others like it. 24th anniversary. Thank you Iris.

Tags: Romantic
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 (Memphis)·Dined on September 28, 2017

Anniversary

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·Dined on September 28, 2017

Our dining experience at Restaurant Iris was a unique one. The cuisine was unforgettable along with the wine pairings. Chef Kelly came out to the guest which was very unexpected! Again, best dining experience to date!

Tags: Romantic, Cozy, Hot Spot, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Authentic, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 25, 2017

Truly a delightful evening. This date night for my wife and I turned out to be quite special. The food, wait staff, parking valet, softly played/largely Memphis-based music soundtrack and total in-house ambience added to an experience that will be remembered for a long time. We recommend a visit to Restaurant Iris to anyone living in or traveling to the Memphis area.

Tags: Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Afternoon Coffee, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Spicy, Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals, Worth the Drive
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 (Tampa)·Dined on September 23, 2017

A local recommended we try Iris the next we were in town so we did and we were not disappointed. The food, service and atmosphere were all wonderful. We look forward to dining here again!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies
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 (Indiana)·Dined on September 22, 2017

First time visit, chose it from online reviews and was not disappointed. Food was excellent, unique items and presented well. I enjoyed the quail and they presented my dessert complete with birthday candle and no singing, thanks, appreciate that. The table had ribbons and a rose on it. Nevada, our server was personable and attentive. We would dine again when in the area.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Cozy, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on September 19, 2017

Surf and turf was outstanding--NY strip stuffed with fried oysters with secret sauce. Red snapper also fantastic. Service top notch. Very small dining area in old house converted to restaurant. Only thirteen tables--a little crowded in two small rooms, but still okay. Recommend valet parking otherwise you'll have to walk across busy street. Outside of restaurant may not give best impression, but inside and food excellent. Driving from downtown not best neighborhood, we were having second thoughts about going, but turn out wonderful.

Tags: Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Romantic
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 (Memphis)·Dined on September 19, 2017

My husband and his guest was from Charlston loved Restaurant Iris. They were both pleased that Kelly English came out to visit. My husband brought home bread pudding for me, which is my favorite. I can't wait to try the lobster knuckle sandwich.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Authentic
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·Dined on September 10, 2017

Food was so excellent and restaurant was quaint but nice. Chef/owner even came and checked on us and said hi, which I though was very cool!

Tags: Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Authentic
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·Dined on September 10, 2017

Excellent food and enjoyable atmosphere. Service was also excellent.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Memphis)·Dined on September 3, 2017

Food was delicious, but server was lackluster. When I dine at a fine dining restaurant, I expect the server to be passionate about the food, and that just wasn't the case. I specifically asked about specials not featured on the menu, and was told there was nothing else but what was on the menu. I then heard the server next to us (who was clearly more passionate about the food) discuss 2 dishes which were not listed on the menu. To be quite honest, this ruined the rest of the evening for me

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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 1, 2017

Pre-theater dinner on a visit to Memphis was an outstanding experience. Food was creative, tasty and well-prepared. Lovely old house was a perfect setting. Hillary was an incredible server--unfortunately, all future servers will be measured against her! We dine out at some of the best restaurants in Chicago, and this was easily a match for most of them. Highly recommend.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on August 25, 2017

Great great great. Wife loved it, which means I loved it. My apple infused cold beverage was outstanding! Our food was superb... Our service was phenomenal with a knowledgeable, friendly, and charismatic server! Deserts were to die for....!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Mississippi)·Dined on August 23, 2017

This was by-far the best dining experience I've had in Memphis! And if you know anything about Memphis dining, that's saying a lot! From the host desk, to the wait staff, and down the hall to the chef, it seemed like everyone took pride and great joy in their work. Restaurant Iris is for food lovers and life lovers! Their tasting menu served us fascinating variety of kitchen favorites and those soon-to-be! We hope to 'comeback' and have many more wonderful experiences!

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vip
 (Phoenix)·Dined on August 22, 2017

The fiod is good, not great, and a little disappointing. Preparation and presentation are not well thought out. Service was nearly absent, slow and unwelcoming.

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 (Savannah)·Dined on August 16, 2017

Outstanding as usual... Never a dissapointed. Been there several time... Worth the money and time.. Nice quiet romantic spot away from the crowd

Tags: Authentic, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Handcrafted Cocktails, Tasting Menu, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on August 15, 2017

Restaurant Iris always hits it out of the park. It is our favorite go to spot for very special occasions.

Tags: Disabled Access, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Gluten Free Options, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Tasting Menu, Fun
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