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About River Oaks

River Oaks is a modern French-American bistro where the traditions of French cuisine meet the flavors of the American market with a menu reflecting the changing seasons. Executive Chef José Gutierrez is Tennessee’s only French Master Chef and an esteemed member of the Memphis culinary scene working for over 20 years at the prestigious Peabody Hotel’s Chez Philippe before helming River Oaks. Known for his Nouvelle Southern style, he features Southern bistro food with French flair. In addition to the delicious food and an award-winning wine list, diners are entertained with innovative plate presentations and the finest, freshest ingredients.

5871 Poplar Ave
Memphis, TN 38119
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Contemporary French, Contemporary French / American, Contemporary American

Hours of Operation:
Monday - Thursday: 11:00am - 9:00pm
Friday: 11:00am - 10:00pm
Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm

Cross Street:
I 240

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(901) 683-9305

Website:
http://www.riveroaksrestaurant.com/

Catering:
Do your plans include more than 30 people? Our main dining room is the perfect space for larger events. The main floor is available everyday for lunch events and available evenings. Events in the evenings are subject to a food and beverage minimum in order to close for a private function. Can't come to River Oaks restaurant? Let us come to you. Call us about the possibility of our chef and staff preparing an intimate meal in your home, or office personally crafted to suit your tastes.

Parking Details:
Self Parking

Executive Chef:
Master Chef José Gutierrez

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Our private wine dinners are ideal place to host an extravagant wine event. River Oaks is perfect for serious tasters and casual enthusiasts alike. We begin with over 300 selections ranging in price and style to suit everyone's personal taste.

River Oaks Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

Overall Rating

based on all time ratingsThis restaurant has not received enough recent ratings to display a current ratings snapshot
food

4.6

service

4.4

ambience

4.2

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (177)
Fit for Foodies (156)
Neighborhood Gem (112)
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Great for Lunch (89)
Romantic (74)
Notable Wine List (74)
Good for Groups (60)
Good for a Date (57)
Good for Anniversaries (54)
Good for Birthdays (45)
Creative Cuisine (45)
Business Meals (41)
Hot Spot (35)
Vibrant Bar Scene (31)
Bar Seating (28)
Quiet Conversation (27)
Worth the Drive (24)
Cozy (23)
Authentic (22)
Local Ingredients (20)
Handcrafted Cocktails (18)
Casual (17)
Fun (16)
Pre/post Theatre (13)
Seasonal (13)
Healthy (12)
Good Vegetarian Options (11)
Great for Brunch (10)
Comfort Food (10)
Late-night Find (10)
Happy Hour (7)
People Watching (6)
Sunday Lunch (6)
Gluten Free Options (5)
Organic (5)
Outstanding Value (5)
Tasting Menu (5)
Kid-friendly (3)
Paleo Friendly (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Disabled Access (3)
Great Beer (2)
Scenic View (2)
Vegan (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Live Sports (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
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·Dined on September 28, 2017

I've tried it 3 times because friends have said good things about it. Well 3 strikes and it's out. How can you cover a very small strip steak (maybe 6 oz) in watery gravy, over cook the heck out of it and charge Flemings or Ruth's Criss prices. Our dinner for 5 ran over $350 without deserts. Started with their Beignets as the waitress suggested, bland and tasteless. The steak was a bad joke and everything from the bar was incredibly over-priced. Their wine prices are laughable. I just don't understand it's popularity at all.

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·Dined on August 4, 2017

As was expected, Chef José's food was outstanding and the ambience of the restaurant was perfect. When we arrived, the restaurant was almost full, but even with so many people there, once we were seated, it felt like we were in our own little corner of the world. I can't wait to go back again!

Tags: Seasonal, Cozy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive
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food5
ambience5
service5
value5

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 (Memphis)·Dined on May 31, 2017

Delicious and server was entertaining and very customer oriented !!!

Tags: Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion, Healthy, Casual, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays
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food5
ambience5
service5
value4

vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on May 31, 2017

great service from my very amiable waiter; excellent food in both quality and presentation. looking forward to next visit

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food5
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service5

 
 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 27, 2017

We were celebrating our daughter's graduation from high school. Our server Mary Beth was attentive, cheerful, helpful. The food was delicious and beautifully plated. We were 9 and they gave us a table in an alcove so it was quieter. Would go back in a heartbeat.

Tags: Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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food5
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 (Memphis)·Dined on May 20, 2017

I always enjoy River Oaks...it is a very nice restaurant with a great chef. The TV dinners at lunch are my favorite!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem
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food5
ambience4
service5
value5

 
 (Memphis)·Dined on May 20, 2017

A rare off-night at RO...server and kitchen were slow

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food5
ambience3
service3
value3

 
 (Memphis)·Dined on May 19, 2017

Wonderful dinner and experience. Already planning a trip back. Salad with farro and basil was such a surprise. Can't wait to have it again. Fish special was perfect with every bite!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Organic, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Good Vegetarian Options, Vegan, Seasonal, Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Memphis)·Dined on May 18, 2017

Always good service and great food! Great place for lunch and dinner. Not too crowded.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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food5
ambience5
service5
value4

 
 (Memphis)·Dined on May 13, 2017

As always, the food and service were outstanding! We enjoyed our favorites as well as some new selections.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails
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food5
ambience5
service5
value5

vip
 (Orlando)·Dined on May 12, 2017

Always high quality food, service and atmosphere for a great time with friends!

Tags: Good for Groups, Handcrafted Cocktails, Cozy, Hot Spot, Romantic, Great for Lunch, Fun, Seasonal
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food5
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service5
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 (Memphis)·Dined on May 11, 2017

Food was outstanding. Service was good. We will be back.

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food5
ambience4
service4
value4

 
 (New Orleans)·Dined on May 5, 2017

The crabcakes were some of the best I think I've ever had and I loved that salad that came with them. The citrus dressing on the salad was delicious.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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food5
ambience4
service2
value3

 
 (Phoenix)·Dined on May 3, 2017

We had a great date. The atmosphere was calm and soothing.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion
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food5
ambience5
service5
value5

vip
 (Memphis)·Dined on May 3, 2017

Lunch date and food took over 30 min from order to receiving it.

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food3
ambience2
service2
value2

 
 (New Orleans)·Dined on May 3, 2017

As always, everyone enjoyed their lunch choice. Our server was "on it" with a table of five chatty women. Love the food and atmosphere for both lunch and dinner!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic
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food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Memphis)·Dined on April 28, 2017

First time visit, the food was fantastic, service above average, drinks were strong! Overall we had a great time, will definitely go back.

Tags: Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date
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food5
ambience5
service4
value5

vip
 (Memphis)·Dined on April 24, 2017

Normally we sit at the bar and service is good. This time, we sat at a table and the service was horrible. We almost left. Food is good but will go back to sitting at the bar.

Tags: Afternoon Tea, Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation
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food5
ambience4
service1
value4

 
 (Memphis)·Dined on April 24, 2017

Always reliable food and service in a very pleasant atmosphere. A real asset in Memphis!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Business Meals, Worth the Drive
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food5
ambience5
service5
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 (Memphis)·Dined on April 24, 2017

Great service!

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food5
ambience5
service5
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vip
 (Memphis)·Dined on April 20, 2017

I ordered a birthday dessert in advance. Unfortunately ,it was forgotten. The server did not know about it. As usual, the rest of the meal was outstanding

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food4
ambience4
service4
value3

 
 (Memphis)·Dined on April 19, 2017

There were five of us at the table. We all enjoyed our meal. It's a favorite place for this group of friends.

Tags: Organic, Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Healthy, Local Ingredients
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food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Nashville)·Dined on April 19, 2017

Great place for ladies lunch!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Seasonal, Great for Lunch, Cozy, Authentic, Creative Cuisine
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food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Memphis)·Dined on April 17, 2017

Food was lovely. Restaurant nice but a bit noisy. Waitress seemed new, nervous, or unknowledgeable.

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food4
ambience3
service1
value3

 
 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 15, 2017

Really enjoyed the appetizers (crab cake and cheese beignets) and my entrée (crispy tuna) - YUM! My Bellini was delicious, too. The desserts were ok - apple turnover and cookie. Our waitress was new, but she was outstanding...I never would have guessed she just started. Very sweet, knowledgeable, and made good recommendations (the tuna!). The ambiance was nice and quiet as the restaurant wasn't packed. We really enjoyed it and will be back.

Tags: Business Meals, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation
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food4
ambience4
service5
value4

 
 (Memphis)·Dined on April 14, 2017

Relatively small menu but every dish is good. Specials are also very good n

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Seasonal, Fun
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food5
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 (Memphis)·Dined on April 13, 2017

Our server was outstanding. He was attentive, but not hovering. Food was excellent. I will definitely will go back!!

Tags: Special Occasion, Notable Wine List
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food5
ambience4
service5
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 (Memphis)·Dined on April 7, 2017

We both ordered the flounder special. It was absolutely spectacular!!!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem
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food5
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 (Memphis)·Dined on April 1, 2017

As always, dinner at River Oaks is a real treat. The tuna tartare and camembert beignets were as delicious as we expected and the lamb and halibut were perfect! It's our favorite "go to" restaurant in Memphis.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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food5
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 (Savannah)·Dined on April 1, 2017

I enjoy River Oaks but it is time for a new menu. It's noisie and cold in the back (porch) room.

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 (Memphis)·Dined on April 1, 2017

Food was very tasty and our waitress was very accommodating!!

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food5
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 (Memphis)·Dined on March 31, 2017

Always dependably fine food and delightful evening in this East Memphis gem.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies
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food5
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vip
 (Memphis)·Dined on March 27, 2017

Always fabulous!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Memphis)·Dined on March 24, 2017

One of the very best in Memphis! Always fresh, unique and interesting. A local favorite that would impress guest from anywhere!

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on March 18, 2017

Cauliflower soup was wongerful. Great consistency. One of their specialities is chicken pot pies. The pastry was great. One of the best restaurants in Memphis.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Vibrant Bar Scene
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food5
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 (Memphis)·Dined on March 18, 2017

Absolute best salmon I have ever tasted! Service was flawless. Cannot wait to return.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Bar Seating, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Memphis)·Dined on March 16, 2017

Whiteout question, one of the best dining experiences in Memphis! Maestro Gutierrez is at the top of his game! The roasted halibut is consistently outstanding, as are many other options.

Tags: Hot Spot, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on March 16, 2017

Our First time to River Oaks. We will go back...thought the lamb was a bit tough but very tasty...petite salad was disappointing , however the salad with goat cheese was excellent. Scallops were great. Our friends had the halibut which I will order my next time dining there.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on March 10, 2017

Enjoyed by our whole group and accommodating to our elderly parents. A very nice evening out.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Disabled Access, Romantic
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 (Memphis)·Dined on March 9, 2017

The best way that I know to rate a restaurant is to answer the question, will I go back again. My answer for River Oaks is that I will not be back. I have been there several times over the years, and in my opinion, it is beginning to look a little tired and needs updating. Our server was prompt, but not very friendly or outgoing. There were four in our group. Two "said" that their meal was good. But, my wife and I were very disappointed. I had the pork chop. I asked for medium. It was well done. It was tough as a piece of leather. It was difficult to cut. My wife had the lamb chops. They were loaded with garlic and very dry. To me, visually, her plate did not look very appetizing. I ordered the cookie with ice cream as a desert. It was suppose to be their specialty. The cookie was hard and not much better than buying one from Kroger and heating it up. This was a birthday dinner. We were disappointed. At this price range there are dozens of restaurants in Memphis that are much, much better. I will not be back. Sorry to say that.

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