Restaurant Iris

4.5
1495 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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Neighborhood
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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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Memphis
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

I WAS a Hugh fan of Restaurant Iris. I frequented this restaurant numerous times before the remodeling. The ambience of the new restaurant as good but the character of the old place is missed. The service was always friendly and fun. The service tonight was just adequate. I should not have to ask if there are specials or what the fresh catch of the day is. The lobster knuckle sandwich and the Surf and Turf is no more. That is truly a travesty. The bread, which I had to pay $6 for was the best part of the meal!! The foie gras pierogies and the mushroom & chard borek we’re mediocre. The smoked salmon salad was good. The duck breast was cooked perfectly, but the rest of the dish was too busy. The grilled ribeye was a large steak and cooked well, but the polenta was runny. I was really looking forward to this experience, yet was throughly disappointed by the new menu and service.

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BS
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated a birthday and anniversary at Iris, and I would not have picked anywhere else! The atmosphere provided a lovely background of warmth and the wonderful cuisine made the night unforgettable! Would recommend to all!

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G
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 2

Was expecting more after the remodel and reinvention. Food was mediocre and lukewarm. Fish portion was very small. I liked the middle eastern influence to some dishes providing some variety to what is usually served at fine dining establishments. Service was great. Noise level was very high for a romantic evening out. Wine choices were overwhelming and overly expensive. Overall, disappointing after looking forward to it all week and having to choose a later reservation time.

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JS
Columbus
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hilary was awesome! Very knowledgeable about the menu. We will definitely be back next time we are in Memphis.

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JH
Memphis
3 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place NEVER lets us down. The food is always fantastic as well as the service! We no longer go there just on special occasions, we go there because the food is so damn good. Love it!

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AK
Memphis
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Had a great time here. The scallops were tasty, but just a little too sweet for my taste. Mushroom snack/starter is excellent. One of the drinks (we ordered 4 different ones) was so overpowered by banana liquor I couldn’t taste any of the other notable items (grapefruit etc), but the other three were great! The service and atmosphere are amazing.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Restaurant temperature was cold. Starter and appetizers (3 items) were all brought out at once. The starter should have been served initially. The glasses of wine we ordered were “auctioned” off meaning the bartender delivering the drinks to the table did not know what each seat ordered. The above is unacceptable service for a fine dining restaurant and a $145 bill for two people without desserts. The lacking front of the house service put a damper on the experience overall which is a shame given the quality of the food.

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m
Memphis
2 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Not special enough. We had good expectations, and the food was good, but not good enough.

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

Amazing dinner! Loved Jim, our server! Flavors were reminiscent of Marena’s. Really beautiful and exquisite place and food.

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AD
Memphis
6 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a lovely dinner for two. Our server offered excellent recommendations and the food was divine.

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ED
Memphis
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, newly updated menu. Wish there were more vegan friendly options but I still ate well!

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OT
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Great ambiance. Good food. Heard a lot about it, had higher expectations.

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e
Memphis
27 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was pretty good but i miss the old trout almondine and lobster knuckle sandwich. Seems like its headed in the New Orleans hotspot Shaya's direction?

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ED
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding dinner and our server Hillary was perfection!

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

The Iris is wonderful and amazing atmosphere!! The customer service is excellent!

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B
Memphis
6 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

This was our first visit to Restaurant Iris since the remodel. We were very disappointed with what we experienced. We arrived at the exact time of our reservation, 6:30 pm. No one met us as we entered the front door. The bartender finally came over from around the bar and took our coats to hang them up. He had to go in the back and find someone to seat us.

After being seated, we ordered cocktails. One member of our party asked for a Bombay Sapphire martini. He was told the bar did not stock Bombay Sapphire and told of the Gin selection of which he ordered one which he was told would be dry. It was not. Another of our party asked for Scotch with one piece of ice. There drink was served full of ice. Our other cocktails were full of ice and diluted quickly.

All of our food was very good. The decor was underwhelming. The service was ok. After we had signed our checks and were ready to leave, we had to go to the bartender and ask for our coats. We had to ask twice to finally get them. No one asked how our meal was or told us they appreciated our dining with them.

The "new" Restaurant Iris pales in comparison to the original and wonderful Restaurant Iris. So sad.

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WC
Memphis
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent dining -one suggestion . . . they were playing MoTown on spotify. I suggest quieter dinner music. They turned down the sound and were very friendly but didn't change the genre.

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RR
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

My wife and I celebrated our 35th wedding anniversary this week at Iris. We ordered three starters and they were delicious. I ordered the pork tenderloin for diner and it was over cooked and bland. My wife ordered the steak and it was good, not great and way overpriced. The menu was new and I would have to say it is not an improvement. So sorry, but will not be back :(

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PR
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We drove up for anniversary dinner and very pleased with the place. Food and service were awesome. Our server Nevada made some remarkable recommendations. Value was excellent. We had a semi-private table which made the setting romantic and quiet. No parking available so we used the valet option.

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SB
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

My wife and I attended Restaurant Iris on November 8, 2018 for an 8pm reservation - it was our 10 year wedding anniversary. The lights were a little brighter than I expected and my wife was disappointed that tablecloths were not present. Drinks: My wife ordered two drinks at ($16 a piece = $32) then settled on water. The two drinks I cannot remember the names; however, the names of the drinks did not taste how they should. Both drinks were not evenly balanced and one tasted like drinking straight pine water. I ordered the Jack and coke ($12). Appetizers: We order the bread with accompaniments ($6). The bread wasn’t hot, which made the cold cinnamon butter (a scoop of Country Crock, with cinnamon sprinkled on top) not spread evenly, and the apple spread (apple jelly) tasted like the apple jelly I have in my fridge at home. Main Course: My wife ordered seared diver scallops which came with pickled persimmons, heirloom carrots, nuoc cham reduction ($36). First off, what is a persimmon and nuoc cham reduction? I still don’t know. Report from my wife: scallops cooked perfect (needs more seasoning), no to the pickled persimmons, and the heirloom carrots was actually a puree that was not bad; however, the nuoc cham reduction was not for her. I ordered pork tenderloin with purple cabbage, spiced pears, pork croquettes, pink peppercorn gastrique ($32). The spiced pears were HARD. Let me say it again HARD. The pink peppercorn gastrique was a puree I guess to compliment the pears, which were HARD. The pork croquettes were AMAZING and hands down my favorite of the night. The pork tenderloin was lightly pink in the middle with the edges seared. No seasoning and, other than the direct middle, it was dry and borderline chewy. Maybe being from the south, I have become accustom to seasoning on my food, but I was disappointment. I am not a return customer, and cannot in good faith recommend Restaurant Iris to family and friends.

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LB
Memphis
19 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The barramundi was disappointing. It was string and tough. I eat barramundi every chance I can and this was below “just ok”. The starter and appetizers were outstanding. Next time, I will stop there and skip the main. It was very loud though. A little too loud but that might be a large group in a small room.

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OT
Memphis
2 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Prompt and attentive service. Delicious food. Great atmosphere for a special evening.

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

Arrived with table set for our anniversary and a card. The card was addressed to Mr/Mrs Cooley. But only problem is that we are two men. Major miss!

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SH
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

I thought the service pretty good. The food was delicious. I think we would have enjoyed the full effect of the different flavors of the meal if the food was hot. The food was warm because, I believe, the waiter wasn't watching for the food after it was completed by the chef. I say this because the center portion of the main course was hot. The chocolate cake and cappuccino were very good.
I did miss the old ambiance of Iris' but I didn't think the new décor was that bad, a bit modern. It certainly isn't something that would keep me from another visit. Again, food was delicious.

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CF
Memphis
10 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Iris is just not the same anymore... I was disappointed that all my favorite dishes are no longer on the menu. Service was awesome though...as always...but I come here, most of all, because of my favorite dishes. It will be awhile until I return again and try Chef Kelly's new dishes. New dishes are still good...just nothing I'm crazy about like lobster knuckle sandwich and surf and turf. :)

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DB
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All of the food was excellent. Presentations were attractive. Good service with attentive and pleasant server. Cool spot. Definitely recommend.

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MC
Memphis
7 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience.

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T
New Orleans
12 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

Menu is a little carb heavy but dishes were creative and tasty. More fresh vegetable dishes lower in carbohydrate would be welcome. Great new decor and bar!

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OT
Nashville
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful x 100

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ST
Memphis
2 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely restaurant, such a treat for our anniversary. The staff at Restaurant Iris were all professional, engaging, and fun. The background music, Otis Redding, and the like gave the atmosphere a special touch!

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MF
Memphis
11 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The last time I went to restaurant Iris the food was good but it was not spectacular. This time it was spectacular! I love Kelly English is new Decour and menu. Everything we ate was awesome. I highly recommend you going.

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CC
Memphis
48 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Decor is most inviting. Food was AMAZING! Favorites included brisket (Yum!), gnocchi (YUM! YUM!) and pork crochets (OMG! I would have slapped my momma but she was out of town!)
Enjoyed our anniversary. The table decoration was sweet.
Ask for Shelby, she was GREAT!

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WS
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

service was slow. Was served kale with steak.. There was sand or something in the kale. Totally ruined my appetite. Waitress was nice enough to give me a second serving to take home. It was sandy as well.

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BN
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We had a very nice evening at this restaurant - and I wish I could give 5 stars, but the food we ate just didn’t deliver the way we expected it to.
Excellent manhattans were served!
The Foie gras pierogis barely tasted like foie gras - and the pierogi was thick and overpowered the delicate ness.
My Cod was delicious but completely covered in onions and cherries - again overpowering
Husbands Pork tenderloin was cooked perfect, but the croquettes were too dense and the dish overall was nothing special.
I will say the portions were very generous and maybe we just ordered the wrong things...

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

The food, atmosphere, and service are all great! One of my favorite special occasion restaurants to go to. Quite possibly, My very favorite!

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GR
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 2

I’m sorry, I loved to old way better. But that’s my Opinion.

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FP
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The dinner was innovative and delicious. The service was unparalleled, and Chef English was so kind to solicit our opinion. Wonderful all around

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OT
Memphis
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 2

LOVED the new bar; however, the atmosphere of the new dining room felt cold and sterile. Missed the “romantic” feel of the original dining space. Food & service we’re excellent though! Shelby was wonderful!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best fine dining experiences in Memphis! The fall menu is to die for. The borek, the foie gras dish, the octopus, the cod, everything was DELICIOUS! Oh! And the cocktails, amazing!!!! I highly recommend this hidden gem. 5 stars to Chefs Kelly and Camron! Top Notch.

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SC
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Was a wonderful meal very unique and tasty entrees. The service was fun and gracious. Was just a very comfortable place for dinner!

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