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Folk's Folly Prime Steak House

4.8
4.8
2111 Reviews
$31 to $50
Steakhouse
The Folk’s Folly story began in 1977 with unconventional origins, as the best stories often do.

Native son Humphrey Folk, Jr. was a prominent and shrewd developer, whose hard work carried him all over the country, cultivating his sincere appreciation of food and fine wine.

Undaunted by a complete lack of restaurant or culinary experience, he decided to convert a quaint and intimate house into a small eatery. His peers offered little encouragement, so he added the word “folly” to his own name, and Memphis’ Original Prime Steak House was born.

With only a gentleman's handshake to signify agreement, Humphrey Folk welcomed famed Memphis restaurateur Thomas Boggs as managing partner of Folk's Folly in 2003.

This partnership built the bridge to the next generation and Folk's Folly Prime Steak House remains a family affair.



*Please Note: All requests for private dining must be made by contacting the restaurant directly at
901-762-8200

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 2 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Steakhouse, Seafood, Steak

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Mon–Sat 5:30 pm–10:00 pm Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (901) 762-8200

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Max Hussey

  • Private party facilities

    All requests for Private Dining must be made by contacting the restaurant directly at 901-762-8200

  • Private party contact

    Heidi Pettyjohn: (901) 328-2233

  • Neighborhood

    Memphis

  • Cross street

    William Arnold Rd.

  • Parking details

    Complimentary valet parking on site.

  • Entertainment

    Live piano in the Cellar Lounge.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wine

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What 2,111 people are saying

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4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. b

    buzz

    San Antonio

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Kevin is an incredible waiter, he explained the entire history of Folks Folly and gave fantastic recomendations. Give him a raise and the food was fantastic as always!
  2. KB

    KeithB

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The whole staff was very friendly, the service was exceptional, and the food was great.
  3. CM

    ChuckM

    Charlotte

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Food and service was outstanding but the room we were in was very loud due to other guest and low ceilings which held in the noise level!
  4. o

    oftendiner1

    Chicago

    179 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    179 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Phenomenal food, great service and great spot for a business dinner. Love Folk's and always my spot at least every other month!
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    It was a very busy night, but it was well staffed. Our table helpers were excellent and the main server was good but not as attentive as the young guys helping. Our steaks were overcooked, and the food took quite awhile to receive, but the professionalism and atmosphere were great.
  6. S

    Sean

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Truly one of the very best restaurants in Memphis. Fantastic array of Steaks, Seafood and very interesting side options. My go to restaurant for upscale dining
  7. m

    markc

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was fantastic as usual
  8. M

    Martha

    Birmingham

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    From the balloons on the chair to the wine recommendation and to the birthday cupcake, it was a truly marvelous meal. Well worth a 25% tip to our server.
  9. RB

    RichardB

    Memphis/West TN

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Tha atmosphere and food was great. The staff was friendly and courteous from valet to hostess to waiter.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Memphis/West TN

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Incredible.
  11. SB

    SarahB

    Memphis/West TN

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was wonderful. Our server, Sarah, was so great. She gave great recommendations and was attentive. My steak was perfection.
  12. KT

    KathyT

    Chicago

    14 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience2
    Good food & service, but atmosphere & tableware are subpar.
  13. OG

    OmarG

    Memphis/West TN

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It lived up to the hype. The food was very good as was the service. The wait staff made me feel very comfortable. I would highly recommend, especially when celebrating a special occasion.
  14. J

    Jbird

    Memphis/West TN

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a wonderful evening. Thank you for arranging for us to have a private room.
  15. WH

    WilliamH

    Memphis/West TN

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My wife and I celebrated our 38th wedding anniversary by dining at Folks Folly. I made the reservation about a week in advance (highly recommended). Our table was not quite ready when we arrived, but was ready within 10 minutes. Our server Chay greeted us and proceeded to provide excellent service throughout the evening. Each course of the meal was served promptly and the food was prepared as we had ordered. My wife ordered the petite fillet and I ordered the 16 oz ribeye. The only downside to the evening was a loud group of men were seated near us about midway through our meal. Obviously, this was beyond anyone's control but the server at that table managed to contain their noise level as best he could. For future visits, I will plan to request a private dining area to prevent this from occurring again. Overall, the evening was extremely enjoyable and we will definitely return in the future.
  16. JM

    JayM

    Memphis/West TN

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Shauna was and always is excellent and takes great care of us!
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience2
    Very good steak. Sides overseasoned and overcooked - very heavy and rich, typical southern fare. Overall the experience and meal were good, but I was hoping for much better. We were seated in what appeared to be the center of the restaurant, which we now realize is the least desirable area - very high traffic and dimly lit with dated decor. Piano lounge is nice - overall the whole place is a throwback to the 1970s-1980s. This can be a very good thing if done well. Parking is very limited. In my opinion there is no such thing as a "complimentary" valet. You would have to be a real lowlife not to pay a valet anything at all. We decided to park in the Kroger lot right across the street.
  18. KS

    KSKS

    Memphis/West TN

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous! Ashley was fantastic!
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Mississippi

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I always have an excellent experience when I visit Folk’s Folly!
  20. MJ

    MemphisJack

    Memphis/West TN

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our waiter Alvis did an exceptional job as always
  21. L

    Ladybug

    Memphis/West TN

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Server Corinne was excellent!! Dinner was great as usual!
  22. JP

    JimP

    Memphis/West TN

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food wonderful as always. Service and atmosphere excellent. A Memphis gem.
  23. M

    Mcwilson2

    Memphis/West TN

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best Salmon in Memphis. Delicious aa always. Corrine is outstanding!
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Memphis/West TN

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The waitress Shaunna, was awesome...she was full of life! The ambience was nice..They moved us to nice table and the service was wonderful..The food was delicious.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Memphis/West TN

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Was an excellent dinner. Greg was a great server.
  26. M

    Mary

    Memphis/West TN

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I celebrated my anniversary/birthday and as always the food and service was exceptional!!! Jacklyn was our server and was very attentive. When asked about menu items she was very knowledgeable and suggested my marvelous after dinner drink!!! Always love Folks Folly
  27. KJ

    KayJay

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall4food1service5ambience5
    The ambience was wonderful and nice. I received great customer service. The quantity of the food was fine, but the food taste was bland. It had little to no season at all and my steak was burnt around the edges. I didn’t complain, but I will not be returning. The taste of the food is overrated by others.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Memphis/West TN

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Our server Shaylin was awesome! She made our anniversary dinner amazing. She was genuine & pleasant! We will be back and only want her! Kudos to you Folks Folly
  29. FM

    FredM

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great menu variety and excellent food. Wait staff and management Very attentive and friendly. One area for improvement is the list of daily specials were delivered vocally without prices. I’m sure prices would have been given if asked, but it is nicer if you don’t have to ask. A printed specials list with prices would be great.
  30. JR

    JoeR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best steaks in town and the sides are phenomenal! The service was amazing.
  31. MP

    MichaelP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My wife and I decided to treat ourselves to a nice restaurant for date night. Folks Folly never disappoints us. The staff is so friendly and the steaks are always amazing.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience2
    We drove over an hour from home to go to Folk's Folly. Was seated next to a very loud party of 13 people. Could not carry on a conversation at our table due to them being so loud. Medium rare steak was brought out at medium well. They did bring another steak, though. Server was preoccupied with the large part next to us. Steak was excellent but this was a one and done for us.
  33. MC

    MaryCaitlinZarecor1245

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We absolutely loved celebrating our 1 year wedding anniversary at Folks Folly Memphis. Wonderful staff with excellent manners and knowledge of the menu. We had complementary gold balloons decorating our chairs to celebrate our anniversary, along with a cupcake and candle. Highly recommend having a nice dinner here!
  34. P

    Papabear58

    Mississippi

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Folks Folly is our go to place in the mid south for great Steaks, superb cocktails and exceptional service.
  35. JL

    JeremyL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Phenomenal service was excellent food was just as good or better
  36. LE

    LewisE

    Des Moines

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Folk's Folly was one of the best dining experience you will have in Memphis. The atmosphere is lively yet perfect for a date for business. The service was attentive yet not overbearing. The food was excellent, and the steaks melt in your mouth good. I highly suggest to make your reservation and enjoy the experience.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Birmingham

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good food and good service
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience5
    Was really disappointed in this restaurant as it came highly recommended. Ambiance is nice but food definitely not worth the price. My husband and I both ordered filets medium and medium well. They were served almost rare and my husband was even butterflied and still very bloody. My baked potato was ice cold and our drinks were empty most of the night. Not impressed and won’t be back.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Memphis/West TN

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Celebrated my husband’s birthday and this was exactly what he wanted
  40. M

    Madeline

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 30, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    The food was good, but nothing outstanding. Mac N cheese lacked flavor and very difficult to eat shoe string fries. Steak cooked well, but not super flavorful.

FAQs

Folk's Folly Prime Steak House offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (901) 762-8200.

Folk's Folly Prime Steak House is rated 4.8 stars by 2111 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 2 times today
Google Map for Folk's Folly Prime Steak House

551 S. Mendenhall Road, Memphis, TN 38117

Additional information

  • Cross street

    William Arnold Rd.

  • Neighborhood

    Memphis

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Mon–Sat 5:30 pm–10:00 pm Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Steakhouse, Seafood, Steak

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Complimentary valet parking on site.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Max Hussey

  • Entertainment

    Live piano in the Cellar Lounge.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wine

  • Phone number

    (901) 762-8200

  • Private party facilities

    All requests for Private Dining must be made by contacting the restaurant directly at 901-762-8200

  • Private party contact

    Heidi Pettyjohn: (901) 328-2233

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