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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 $50
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Please call 901-590-2828 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
On-street parking and parking lot available.
Bar Dining, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Outdoor dining, Wine
Restaurant Iris Ratings and Reviews
The food was excellent as expected. When I say excellent I mean it would have been worth it if you had to eat on the sidewalk. The service was exemplary. These 2 facets of a dining experience are what it’s all about, and they were met spectacularly.
While the ambiance was quaint in the renovated house, the multiple room setup makes for an unusual experience because people just appear in the room rather suddenly. Also our table was almost directly across from the front door. On cold nights, as this was, it led to a chilly experience. To be clear we were never uncomfortable, but at this price point it could have been considered whether to place people there.
These are minor issues in an overall wonderful experience. I highly recommend this to anyone. If you are looking for a more casual experience check in next door at the Second Line. Another Kelly English Restaraunt with a New Orleans flair and fantastic food.
Outstanding service, they make you feel so special from start to finish. The food is phenomenal. My boyfriend and I celebrated his 30th birthday and they had given him an insert in the menu personally signed by Kelly English. Our waitress was knowledgeable and genuine and she made our experience perfect.
I love this place and always have since it opened. but the other night was a real let down. I know it was a set menu because it was nye and i'm fine with that, but 100$ per person is a little much. my wife and I can dine there with drinks, apps and main course for about 150$ so when our tab was 316$ for everything plus tip I was really shocked. now to the food, the salad course of broccoli was just horrible and my wife took only 1 bite and didn't eat anymore because of the fish sauce on it wow it tasted like someone poured the inside of a fish on the plate for a green dish, not good. I had the trout and it was really dry I mean real dry, the rice on it I guess soaked up all of the sauce that was supposed to be on the plate, only thing I can think of. all in all we had a good time because its one of our fav places in Memphis but the tab and let down on the food was a first for us here for sure. we'll be back for sure but never again for a set menu.
We loved Iris. We were sat down right away (had reservation). Very quiet & intimate. The server was very knowledgeable of their menu (ingredients, flavors, etc.). The food was excellent. We shared the Raviolo (the sauce was to die for) and as entrees, I had surf and turf and he had the pork chop. We will be back.
We were met by valet parking attendant which is of great value to me. The restaurant’s decor is cozy and it was quiet for our 8pm reservation. Our table had a red rose for my wife as it was our anniversary and our waitress was congratulatory, very pleasant and very knowledgeable of the menu. Dinner was outstanding from the cocktails, to appetizers and entrees.
Marvelous as always, a can't miss dining experience where elegance meets best chef, best service, best restaurant. Chef Kelly English, no stranger to excellence in his approach to food and the customer experience, shines. Our server, Mary Catherine was wonderful and always a treat to see Kelly in the dining rooms greeting customers. My resolution is to plan ahead so we can repeat often.
DH and I went to Iris for a pre-theater dinner. Mary Catherine was our server, and she was wonderful, explaining some of the newer items on the menu and making some recommendations. I started with the squash salad, which was a variety of squash in different preparations, garnished with some pomegranate seeds. Delish! For our entrees DH had the surf and turf with shirmp and gouda substituted for oysters and blue cheese. This is a HUGE dish, the steak was perfectly prepared (I had the rest the next day for dinner). I had the scallops with broccoli puree and beurre rouge. I had never had a beurre rouge before, and it accentuated the scallpos perfectly. I should have spread it on my dinner roll as well. For dessert we had a spiced bundt cake with a creme anglaise. The perfect end to another perfect meal. Thanks Iris!
I ordered the house specialty - a New York strip stuffed with fried oysters and topped with blue cheese. I was very disappointed. The oysters were good, but the New York strip was almost tasteless. I ordered the steak medium, but it had been cooked only enough to keep it from bleeding when I cut it. The steak also had a sauce that I think was supposed to be wine-based but tasted more like barbeque.
In addition, the restaurant was too hot. I will not return, and I will not recommend Restaurant Iris to anyone.
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.
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