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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.
Memphis, TN 38104
Hours of Operation:
Brunch: Sunday: 11:00am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
$31 to $50
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Please call 901-590-2828 or email email@example.com for more information.
On-street parking and parking lot available.
Bar Dining, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Outdoor dining, Wine
Restaurant Iris Ratings and Reviews
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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!
It may have been an off night considering it was Monday Night and the Chef is normally off. My main dish was not good. My daughter's was excellent. Appetizers were good. I think my palate and the chef's don't match. I love scallops and could not eat them. I think they were a mistake too early and held. We come to Memphis on check ups. I liked another small restaurant much much better.
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