Restaurant Iris

4.3
1550 reviews
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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.
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M
Charleston
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

We have been there quite a few times. I wasn’t as crazy about the menu this time around. The flavors were a bit bland and the ambiance was very dark.

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DA
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food.
Great service
Great atmosphere
I will be back

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SS
Memphis
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Food was great and atmosphere was superb

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RJ
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A very special evening from start to finish. Great service, food and atmosphere.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I had heard a lot about Iris. I was given a very nice gift certificate for the restaurant for my wedding. We finally got to go, and the food was really good. The service was top notch for sure. Of course, the restaurant is very expensive, but I was surprised how much drinks were. The drinks were as good as they could be, but no drink is really worth $17. we had craw-fish beignets for a starter, then we shared the asparagus salad. I like it, but my wife did not. I had the Kobe beef with potatoes, she had the scallops with all the beets. Both of us enjoyed our entrees a lot. The beef was as good as it could be. We shared the deconstructed lemon meringue pie. It was just perfect. I would not choose to go there if I were paying myself, simply because I didn't feel the whole experience was worth that much. I read a lot of reviews before going and was looking forward to trying some of the dishes mentioned in reviews. However, the menu had just been changed the day before we ate. I think a restaurant with this level of reputation should try to leave a few favorites on the menu. That way, people can look forward to trying the most famous of dishes. It was really good, but maybe didn't quite live up to the hype. In addition, the seating was not very comfortable in my opinion. The chairs are made so that we could not hang our purses on the back and they had to be placed in the floor, and the chairs are just not very comfortable for the type of dining experience where most like to linger.

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k
Memphis
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

First time there since renovations: Food was good/Bar with Parks was terrific-a real pro
Our server Jim was MIA most of the evening-our water glasses never got refilled. Couldn't find him to ask questions once the order was taken-he seemed to focus on another table that ordered wine. He forgot the salt and pepper. There was no bread served with dinner.
NOT a WHITE tablecloth restaurant any longer. Black formica does not warrant a $400 check for 4. Plus alcohol. Would go back for the bar,not so sure for the dining experience.

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S
Memphis
58 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first visit to Iris since the renovation and it certainly didn't disappoint. The place looks terrific and the food was sublime. Truly, every dish was a delight; from the polenta sticks and the crab Beignet to start, then on to the decadent risotto and the most buttery, delicate halibut I have ever had. No dish was overly fussy, and thank goodness, the halibut was not gooped up with toppings and sauces.
The wine selections were lovely, and we splurged on dessert - kind of a de-constructed lemon meringue pie that was the perfect end to our perfect meal.
While Iris is not cheap - this now ranks as one of my top-of-the-list favorite restaurants

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CH
Memphis
17 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

First time to visit the new Iris, before the renovation I thought it was the best restaurant in Memphis. Now? not bad but not great at all , everything was adequate but nothing special, service was ok at best food was ok but nothing special. A little bland, not much taste. No complaints just not good enough to go back considering the alternatives in Memphis.

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OT
Memphis
3 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 3

Disappointed in food - cod tortillas were flavorless with no complexity in taste; duck breast just average and sauce uninteresting. The potato pudding was surprisingly good. The cocktail El Diablo was very good, as was the wine, a vouvray, but $14 for a 3-ounce pour is steep.

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W
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Iris has moved away from the creole cuisine that helped solidify its reputation as one of the best restaurants in Memphis. The new menu leaves something to be desired. Nothing we tried was truly memorable.

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OT
Memphis
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A wonderful anniversary dinner!! The veal chop was amazing!

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b
Memphis
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

our waitress was phenomenal! She knew the menu and was eager to tell us about it. I rated the noise level like I did due to the tables being kind of close together and the people next to us didn't try to talk quietly at all. Overall, this is a great restaurant.

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SB
Memphis
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Not as good as previous visits. Miss the bbq shrimp, knuckle sandwich and Brussels. I should have paid more attention to the menu prior to our visit. I miss the old iris.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Not worth the price. The waiter was rushing through the menu in his explanations, it was cold and rainy outside but my wife’s chair was directly over a vent and the air conditioning was on. The chairs do not allow anything to be put in the back of them so my wife’s purse had to be in the floor. The table was pushed so far close to the wall that I almost tripped stepping into my chair which was against the wall. The flank steak was small and salty over a thin tiny serving of vegetables ($38). The grilled cauliflower was way underdone, and difficult to chew. My wife forgot her birthday present when we left, when she went back in, our waiter did not help her find it, just casually said “ oh, I didn’t notice”. This restaurant has gone downhill since the remodeling.

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OT
Memphis
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect ambiance (AND FOOD) for a special birthday dinner!

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JD
New England
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Stunning. From service to food. I’ve eaten lots of places far and wide and this place, two blocks from my house, ranks among the best. I’m sorry I waited so long. Thanks to the the staff and the chef for making our night

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TU
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 5

Interior design is done very well in an old house. The host greeted us very warmly and seated us immediately. Our wait person was not at all informative about the menu. She didn’t want to take much time with us, in contrast to another waiter at the next table.

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JT
Memphis
8 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 1

We LOVE Iris and dine there as often as possible. The food and service are impeccable—best in Memphis. The ambiance, however, has taken a turn for the worst since the renovation. It is LOUD now, and I have found it difficult to carry on a conversation or hear the server on our last two visits. It definitely puts a damper on an otherwise sublime experience.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Restaurant Iris never fails to blow me away. The atmosphere, service, and the food are nothing less than spectacular. Chef English has a remarkable talent of making every dish on the menu more exciting than the next. Give this restaurant a chance and I assure you, you will not leave disappointed.

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JB
Memphis
2 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, love the new look and new menu.

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j
Memphis
2 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Disappointing- New Orleans food had gone to Second Line. Nothing exciting about menu and way over priced compared to neighboring restaurants. Will it return- boring and overpriced!

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BW
Memphis
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Dinner was very good and service was attentive without being overbearing.
We will be back.

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D
Nashville
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Restaurant Iris is a very nice restaurant. The ambiance makes it perfect for a special celebration. It is on a higher end place, but totally worth it.

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JM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful time our waitress was good at explaining everything on the menu! Biscuits were delicious as was the rest of the meal.

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OT
Memphis
4 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Iris was outstanding. We had a dinner of 4 and got a variety of dishes, everything was delicious and thoughtfully prepared. Looking forward to dining here again soon.

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JG
E. Tennessee
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A late Valentine’s Day date brought us into Iris for the first time- and it did not disappoint! Our waiter, Caleb, provided exquisite service and did a remarkable job on describing the dishes to us. Everything came out in a timely manner, and he assured we had everything we needed for the meal. The ambiance was quite and romantic; the perfect place for a dat night. The cocktails were superb, and the wine list definitely met my expectations. We got the octopus to start, which was the most tender octopus I’ve ever eaten. The foie gras pierogies were to die for- delicate and flaky but packed with savory flavor. We also got the duck and the veal, both were to die for! Best dining experience I’ve had in a long time.

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DA
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The new decor is very inviting. The service was attentive without being overbearing. We were especially pleased with the sous vide octopus. While we thought we might miss some of the old menu items, in the end, the new menu and the new look make Iris better than ever.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love iris!

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MV
Memphis
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great staters and small plates but the entrees did not live up to those standards!

I love restaurant Iris though from the ambiance to the excellent service, but I was disappointed that the starters were the star of the night when it came to the food.

I still highly recommend the restaurant because it has set the bar high when it comes to a fine dining restaurant in Memphis.

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OT
Memphis
15 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From start to finish, the amazing people at Restaurant Iris made us feel like family! Our server, Shelby, is incredibly knowledgeable about both the tastes of the food and many wines available. It seems she is usually the one who takes care of our table, and we are so thankful for her. The thoughtful touches on the table, flowers and chocolates, were appreciated. We are so thankful for the care and love you all went to make a tasty vegetarian dish for Jocelyn! The starters and entrees were phenomenal, delicately assembled so key flavors shined, and the dessert was such a treat of berry flavors for this time of year. Every time, you make us feel like family, and we are so thankful for it! Until next time!

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OT
Memphis
3 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I feel compelled to leave a review in reference to the scathing review by “David A”. I was at the table next to him during his brief time in Iris. He arrived intoxicated with his wife, and was well into another Martini when the server informed him that the menu had changed with the renovation.

He immediately became belligerent toward the server, raising his voice and verbally attacking her. She repeatedly tried to appease him and maintained exceptional composure in the face of David’s rudeness, then he demanded his check.

Chef English came out and could not have been more polite. David A got increasingly volatile, now yelling and waving his finger in Chef English’s face. The latter apologized repeatedly and attempted to resolve the issue but David was inconsolable.

I have never seen a grown man act in such a childish and disrespectful manner in a dining establishment of this caliber. The only ego in the room was his... and the rest of the diners around us were laughing in awe at his tantrum.

The rest of the evening was fantastic, with food and service we have come to expect from the team at Iris. They have made no secret that the menu has changed... its fantastic. Go check it out.

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DA
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 3

Chef English has completely changed the restaurant. We have been going there for special occasions every year. It certainly appears that there’s an ego issue here and Chef English doesn’t remember who pays his bills. He came out and was confrontational because I didn’t like his new menu. How dare I, right? Well, he won’t be spending any more of my money, and looking at his Yelp ratings since he made the “change”, they’re going down fast. It’s a shame. He had a hit but couldn’t keep his ego out of the way. Chef Besh would have never behaved that way.

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OT
Memphis
2 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Changes have been made so don’t expect the place. The menu is way different too. All that said, food was still awesome. Great service as usual.

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GH
Memphis
4 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful early Valentine dinner.

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WK
Memphis
3 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Menu different from 3-4 years ago. Food is very good. Was told menu reflects the new chef. Enjoyed the seafood stew and waygu beef. Wife got the braised short ribs but it was more of a pasta dish with the meat pulled off bone and mixed into the pasta. Was warned ahead of time by server that it had pasta but it appeared to have much more pasta than meat. Meat was shredded. Would have preferred meat on the ribs and pasta on the side. Dessert for me was ok. Raspberry puff pastry wasn't what I expected. Wife got the some sort of chocolate doughnuts and that was a better dessert. Overall a very good experience. Would like to see some of the old New Orleans based recipes back on the menu.

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SA
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed all dishes that we ordered - octopus a la plancha, couscous risotto, halloumi, cod, flank steak, gateau mille fueille, and donuts. Each dish was prepared nicely, well-executed, and had balanced flavors.

The standout was the couscous risotto. A deceptively simple dish, it was prepared so perfectly that it felt like a warm hug. Perhaps a silly thing to say - it was soothing, creamy, slightly cheese-y, and simply delicious.

The cod that followed for me was cooked with a deft hand. Beautiful color, exquisite texture, and obviously prepared by someone that knew what they were doing. Excellent. Had it not followed that couscous, it would have easily been tops.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was my daughter‘s 18th birthday. Everyone did a great job, including accommodating my youngest daughter.

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R
Savannah
40 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 5ambience 1

Iris was my favorite restaurant. I was so disappointed in the lack of selection and the food itself. It is dark and drab inside. Parking was impossible and the valet was not there. It took a FULL 15 minutes to find a parking place. The light at the street-rather the lack of is dangerous.. I will not be returning. Instead of a special evening I was so disappointed. Not one old favorite remained on the menu. Our server was sweet and friendly and she was the best part of the evening. Bring back the old Iris!

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b
Memphis
41 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Nice renovation. Tables too close. Foie gras pierogies lacked flavor. Good bread, drinks and enjoyed the cod. Shrimp in the seafood stew hadn't been peeled completely. The veal chop was too rare, chewy and not hot and had to be returned for additional cooking.

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l
Memphis
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

the menu choices for fish was too limited. The service was excellent and starters tasty.

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