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Itta Bena

4.8
4.8
3664 Reviews
$31 to $50
Contemporary Southern
Located on the third floor of B.B. King's Blues Club overlooking historic Beale Street you will find Itta Bena "A unique delta experience". Whether entering from our private Second Street entrance or walking through the secret hall from inside B.B. King's Blues Club, Itta Bena is sure to capture your senses. Modeled after the speakeasies from the 1920's, you are a true VIP as a friendly member of our staff escorts you to the third floor. The experience is further heightened when you step inside and find yourself surrounded by rich wood floors, vaulted ceilings, deep golden hued chandeliers and the faint sound of the bustling street below. Touching all the senses, we enrich your evening by offering a delta inspired menu of robust flavors and clean presentation. Itta Bena is a complete overwhelming of the senses that you must experience for yourself.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 39 times today
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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary Southern, Steak, Seafood

  • Hours of operation

    Daily 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (901) 578-3031

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Justin Kruckman

  • Private party facilities

    Consistent with Itta Bena’s rich rhythm and blues history our Private Dining Room overlooks Beale Street through blue tinted windows, discreetly tucked away in the corner of our restaurant. Walls decorated with intricate woodwork and a curtained entrance offer privacy to parties of up to 200.

  • Private party contact

    Ansley Smith: (855) 533-0045

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown

  • Cross street

    Second

  • Parking details

    None

  • Entertainment

    Itta Bena is located just above B.B. King's Blues Club on historic Beale St. Live music captivates our guests and enhances the nearly surreal dining experience. On Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturday nights, Susan Marshall enchants her audience, performing arguably as the contemporary Memphis scene's most powerful and versatile pure singer yet (According to The Memphis Flyer). Visit our website to learn more.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wine

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4.8
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  • 4.8Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.5Value

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Memphis/West TN

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As we got there we were instantly seated and our waiter greeted us and was very attentive but not hovering. We sat in a secluded room the lighting was dim, and there was a pianist overall the experience was excellent incredibly you cannot hear the noise from downstairs we will definitely be going there again. One of the best places I’ve ate at and we go out often
  2. BR

    BRIANK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Short rib and she crab soup are heaven and so was the bread pudding
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Memphis/West TN

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was our anniversary & they were super outstanding & accommodating. We arrived early & it was no problem & were seated promptly & even given a private table called the “cove” and a complimentary glass of champagne for the special occasion. Great experience & we will put this at the top of our list for downtown dining.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Birthday dinner
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Memphis/West TN

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a wonderful time at Itta Bena! Cassie greeted us at the host stand with a big friendly smile and made us feel welcome right away. Followed by John's outstanding service and the excellent tasty dishes, our night couldn't have been better.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Fayetteville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very good food and service. We will be back. Outdoor stairway entry is steep. But worth the climb.
  7. AS

    AugustS

    Austin

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Excellent service and food. Noise level was okay. Ambiance was a little dumpy. I guess Memphis chic. Overall I would highly recommend and definitely go again.
  8. MT

    MichaelT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Courtney was wonderful! I will definitely come back and ask for her.
  9. JJ

    JamieJ

    Atlanta

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a great place. It’s really a VIP experience from beginning to end. Very cool atmosphere, welcoming staff, well-edited menu, and service that makes the experience seamless. Food and drinks were delicious, the live music was relaxing, and the after-dinner trip downstairs to the BB King Blues Club made for a complete evening in Memphis. Reserve. Go.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Memphis/West TN

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience as always the biggest contribute was the outstanding waitress I hate we can’t remember her name!
  11. S

    Sally

    Memphis/West TN

    76 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    76 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Nice wine selection - our waiter was very knowledgeable and helped us select some great bottles. Food and service was terrific. It was a fun evening with family from out of town.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very nice ambiance and excellent service
  13. LG

    LeslieG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding restaurant in every way. I am not new to fine dining and this is definitely one of the best restaurants I’ve ever been to in my life. Wouldn’t recommend the pimento/onion dip app but everything else was just spectacular - from cocktails to entrees to wine list. Thank you for a wonderful evening, Itta Bena!
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 22, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    I found this place on open table and it was walking distance from my hotel. Based on the pics of the food, I didn’t expect it to be as loud as it was. It worked out though. Kelsey was amazing with customer service. I asked for a mocktail mojito and it wasn’t perfect the first time and I didn’t mind but she insisted they get it right. And they did! The food was amazing!
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Memphis/West TN

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very nice ambiance. The only downfall is the walkway to the restaurant if you’re wearing heels. 4.5/5 stars
  16. BP

    BettyP

    Oklahoma City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of the best dining experiences we have had!!!!
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    The ambiance and food were both outstanding! Our food took a minute, but it was piping hot when we did get it. Service could’ve been better, but we had a late reservation and came right before closing, so I get it. We also had issues with dirty silverware and wine glasses, but it was handled promptly! The servers seem to work really well together so that helped! I definitely recommend. We will be back.
  18. JM

    JenniMo

    Austin

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Food was excellent and atmosphere lovely. Will definitely go back again next time we are in Memphis!
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Nashville

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wow!! My experience here was incredible. Chris, our server, was so so so professional and sweet. We loved him. I was there for a birthday dinner and never been there before. He helped me make a selection off of the menu and I LOVED everything he suggested. Management checked in on us and everyone was just so sweet and amazing. Seriously loved my experience here and I will be back!!! I told Chris I like sweet drinks but I wanted something red and he recommended the red sangria for me and it was incredible. He also recommended the Red Snapper special for me and I loved it, it was so amazing. Itta Bena may just be my favorite Memphis restaurant now! (Also try the pretzel bread! It’s so good)
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was awesome. Food was great. Will definitely be back! Not sure why it’s taken me so long to go.
  21. SM

    SosaM

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall4food2service5ambience5
    Nice place , great customer service, Food was not satisfying.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything is always great!
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service and food was great.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Oklahoma City

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Service was amazing, food was spectacular! This will be a must every visit to Memphis!
  25. B

    Bewtiful

    Memphis/West TN

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I love the ambiance at Itta Bena.
  26. C

    Chyzenss

    Montreal

    25 reviews

    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and service was exceptional.
  27. S

    Sophia

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Perfectly nice dinner for two. The food was very good, good service, nice music. Good mix of clientele.
  28. J

    Jonathan

    Memphis/West TN

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, ambiance, and service. Other than trying fo find it, everything was excellent.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall3food5service5ambience4
    After researching several options, I planned my mom's birthday dinner at the restaurant. We're from Michigan so I called to ask about parking. No one mentioned the restaurant does not have any accommodations for handicapped patrons. My mom uses a cane and has limited mobility. NO ONE advised customers have to walk up a steep set of steps to get to restaurant. There is no elevator or chair lift. There was no notification provided when I made the reservation. My mother struggled to make it up the stairs. She was short of breath and in pain. She was barely able to stand, not one staff member offered assistance. I found someone to bring her a chair. Even though the service and food was good, the fact that the honoree suffered before she could enjoy the plans we made for her ruined the experience.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was outstanding. Shrimp and grits, she-crab soup and the pork chop were out of this world.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Memphis/West TN

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was wonderful including our awesome server. Best food and service we have received in a long time.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Memphis/West TN

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Jessica was amazing. Ambiance was worth every penny
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    A bit disappointing knowing their reputation. Food—Inconsistent quality. Some dishes were very good, some just average. One plate had temperature issues: very hot salmon, tepid and undercooked green beans, and nearly cold rice. The salads had too much dressing on them. Service—Good. Our server was chatty and attentive. Ambiance—Great space. Live music volume made it hard to hold a conversation. Value—3/5
  34. AG

    AndyGator

    Atlanta

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Truly a memorable dining experience...and we get around. Somehow we were seated in a private, windowless, romantic alcove where we could see the other diners outside the doorway. Servers were friendly and efficient. My cajun dish was excellent with just enough kick. Most tasty cocktails. The place is located above B.B. King's Blues Club, but there was no noticeable noise coming from below. It really felt like we had stepped off Beale Street into another world. We'll be back.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Great and attentive service by Stevan (sp?). Cocktail, dinner and dessert were spot on. Ambiance was perfect. Left feeling not full, very satisfied, and memories to last. Thank you, Itta Bena!
  36. PC

    PamelaC

    Memphis/West TN

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always great food and service!
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Memphis/West TN

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 6, 2022

    overall4food3service3ambience5
    Our server was super friendly but could use a little more training. Luckily she had great teammates around her that checked on us as well to ensure our expectations were being met.
  38. S

    Seadog

    New York Area

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding! Superb food especially the avocado appetizer. The shrimp and grits were excellent and the pork chop terrific. Jonathan was a great and lovely responsive waiter.
  39. DB

    DerrithB

    Dallas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love the live music. First time to visit but definitely not the last. Everything was beautifully served. It was so unique and delicious. Also, our waitress Sam was superb. She is outstanding and made super selections for all of us when I asked. Can’t wait till the next time. I’m telling everyone I can have fabulous this restaurant is !
  40. CN

    CraigNblytheville

    New York Area

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Tomahawk pork chop was amazing! Bbq shrimp are a must get!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Itta Bena offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (901) 578-3031.

Itta Bena is rated 4.8 stars by 3664 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 39 times today
Google Map for Itta Bena

145 Beale Street Memphis, TN 38103

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Second

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown

  • Hours of operation

    Daily 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary Southern, Steak, Seafood

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    None

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Justin Kruckman

  • Entertainment

    Itta Bena is located just above B.B. King's Blues Club on historic Beale St. Live music captivates our guests and enhances the nearly surreal dining experience. On Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturday nights, Susan Marshall enchants her audience, performing arguably as the contemporary Memphis scene's most powerful and versatile pure singer yet (According to The Memphis Flyer). Visit our website to learn more.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wine

  • Phone number

    (901) 578-3031

  • Private party facilities

    Consistent with Itta Bena’s rich rhythm and blues history our Private Dining Room overlooks Beale Street through blue tinted windows, discreetly tucked away in the corner of our restaurant. Walls decorated with intricate woodwork and a curtained entrance offer privacy to parties of up to 200.

  • Private party contact

    Ansley Smith: (855) 533-0045

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