Enable JavaScript to run this app.
Skip to main content
OpenTable logo
  1. Home
  2. United States
  3. Memphis / West Tennessee

Diners' Choice: Neighborhood gem restaurants in Memphis

Red OpenTable logo
OpenTable
Updated June 05, 2024

Looking for the best restaurants that are the best neighborhood gems in Memphis? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favorite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!

A photo of Napa Cafe restaurant
4.9
4.9 (1763)
$31 to $50
American
East Memphis
About the restaurant
Open since 1998, Napa Café is tucked away in a pleasant corner of Sanderlin Centré. Owner Glenda Hastings restaurant has received numerous awards and accolades, including Best Wine List, Best Business Dinner, and Wine Spectator’s Award of Excellence. With its polished yet inviting interior, captivating artwork and distinctive cuisine, Napa Café elicits superlatives from first-time visitors, as well as from the guests who return again and again.
Top review
Fridayfourvip
Dined 5 days ago
Our dinners at Napa are always excellent! The food especially for us the seafood is great. The desserts are special and service is always great. One of our top 2 restaurants in Memphis metro. Highly recommend.
A photo of Tsunami restaurant
4.9
4.9 (760)
$31 to $50
Seafood
Memphis
About the restaurant
Located in the heart of Cooper Young, a historic Midtown restaurant and retail destination, Tsunami is a Pacific Rim-inspired restaurant where guests can feel like globetrotters from the comfort of their own table.

Award-winning owner and Chef Ben Smith fuses various ethnic cuisines—from Asia and the South Pacific to France and the American South—to create unique and flavorful small plates and seafood specialties.

The cozy restaurant, adorned with local art and handmade accents, offers a unique bar centerpiece with fine wines and liquors, local draft beers, and daily-rotating specialty cocktails.

Consistently named “Best Seafood Restaurant” in the Memphis Magazine and Memphis Flyer, coveted Tsunami entrées including a spice-crusted tuna with wasabi vinaigrette, beef tenderloin with smoked chile butter, and roasted seabass with black Thai rice and soy beurre blanc.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 6 days ago
The food and service at Tsunami were, as always, first rate. It’s also one of the few restaurants where the noise level is low, and you can talk to your companions without straining to hear.
A photo of The Beauty Shop restaurant
4.8
4.8 (2717)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Memphis
About the restaurant
Due to Covid regulations and our assurance of social distancing, we have decided to incorporate, The Beauty Shop, our sister music club, Bar DKDC, our newest Back Dō Oasis Patio behind the Beauty Shop and our patio out front of the Beauty Shop.

In addition to the two outdoor igloos, we also now have multiple greenhouses outside to assist in social distancing and outdoor eating even during cold or rainy weather. These can be reserved via outdoor table bookings.

This is one way we can keep social distancing in place and still give all of you a great experience when you come back to see us.
We are looking forward to seeing all of you! We are doing everything we can to make sure your dining experience is comfortable and safe.
Top review
MoCheeks
Dined 3 days ago
The Beauty Shop has been on my list to experience. Enjoyed Sunday Brunch and every dish was delicious, and the service was friendly. We sat on the Front Patio which was well shaded, but not very comfortable arrangement for a party of 4, the table legs are awkwardly placed. We plan to return and try the dinner menu.
A photo of Main and Monroe restaurant
4.8
4.8 (71)
$31 to $50
American
Lexington
About the restaurant
The musical crossroads of Memphis, Nashville, and Muscle Shoals.

At Main & Monroe, our concept on Friday and Saturday nights is to create a unique "listening room" experience for artists to showcase their compelling stories through music. Our primary aim is to foster a strong sense of community, all while offering an exceptional fine dining experience.

Led by Executive Chef Robert Bristow & Chef Lynn Johnson.
Top review
AlanaD
Dined on May 19, 2024
Cozy restaurant with live music on most weekends. Music is mainly local and newer artists and we have always enjoyed ourselves each time we go. Food is always delicious and beautiful.
A photo of Paulette's Restaurant at the River Inn of Harbor Town restaurant
4.7
4.7 (2625)
$31 to $50
Global, International
Downtown
About the restaurant
Combine guests’ favorite recipes of 46 years as a revered Memphis dining establishment with extraordinary chef-created offerings, and you have the popular, award-winning Paulette’s Restaurant.

Paulette's superb food, professional service, and warm atmosphere are consistent and unsurpassed. Tender steaks, fresh fish, Sunday Brunch, hot popovers with strawberry butter, and amazing desserts have afforded the restaurant national fame. As one food critic put it, “Paulette’s is a Memphis institution and for a very good reason.”

Paulette’s is known as Memphis’ most charming and attractive restaurant with an unparalleled ambiance and the most appealing river setting. It blends beautifully into the scenic, much acclaimed, planned community of Harbor Town. It’s accessible by way of oak tree lined North Parkway, which continues past the Pyramid and over the Willis Bridge spanning the Wolf River Inlet.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
Wonderful service and the food was delicious. I enjoyed it
A photo of Amerigo - Memphis restaurant
4.7
4.7 (1457)
$30 and under
Italian
East Memphis
About the restaurant
Amerigo is a casual, energetic, affordable neighborhood Italian restaurant serving a blend of traditional and modern Italian cuisine. Authentic pastas, hand-made pizzas, fresh seafood and wood-fired steaks offer something for everyone at Amerigo. Our restaurant is warm and inviting, with friendly yet professional service.

Amerigo offers several reservation options for date nights, lunch meetings, celebrations, and more. For parties of four or less, reservations are available via Open Table. For parties up to 14 guests in the main dining room, please call the restaurant directly for availability. We look forward to providing you with an unforgettable dining experience!
Top review
Beth
Dined 3 days ago
Always a lovely dining experience. Wonderful and abundant food, good drinks, and attentive staff. I have been many times and will continue to go back.
A photo of Folk's Folly Prime Steak House restaurant
4.7
4.7 (2630)
$31 to $50
Steakhouse
Memphis
About the restaurant
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
Top review
EdS43
Dined 2 days ago
Great food, Great Service. We enjoyed every minute and every bite.
Discover more
A photo of Char - Memphis restaurant
4.7
4.7 (2359)
$31 to $50
Steakhouse
Memphis
About the restaurant
Experience modern Southern cuisine and excellent service in a warm, inviting atmosphere at Char. Our specialties include USDA Prime and Choice cuts of beef, along with seafood and shellfish roasted to perfection. Open for lunch and dinner daily, with weekday lunch specials and brunch every Saturday and Sunday. Dine-in, curbside pickup and delivery are offered.
Top review
TammyB
Dined 2 days ago
It was, what it has always is, been and I trust always will be for me. A very great dining experience. Char has all the elements that woos me through the appetizers, straight to the “I’m in love”entree.
A photo of Wilson Cafe restaurant
4.7
4.7 (35)
$31 to $50
American
Wilson
About the restaurant
In harmony with the seasons, the cuisine at Wilson Cafe celebrates the exceptional local bounty of the Delta and its environs. Our menus honor the Delta land, farms, and wines from our Napa Valley vineyards with dishes that reflect the region’s diverse cultural influences and rich pastoral traditions. Our talented chefs pay tribute to the area’s remarkable agricultural heritage and mark the pace of nature with ingredients fresh from The Grange gardens and the surrounding communities.
Top review
Misty
Dined on May 24, 2024
Wonderful food and the best service you will receive anywhere!!! Our favorite place for a date night or special occasion meal.
A photo of Simon's restaurant
4.5
4.5 (145)
$31 to $50
American
Jackson
About the restaurant
Located in Bolivar, Tennessee, in the heart of Hardeman County, Simon’s provides an exceptional experience from the moment you walk in the door until the moment you leave. Our staff will provide excellent food, beverage, and service that will bring you back wanting more. Along with our menu featuring hand-cut steaks, shrimp, locally sourced catfish, and much more, we feature a full service bar with an extensive wine list, local craft beer selections, and spirits along with hand crafted specialty cocktails. For our warmer months, we have a patio which will feature local and regional live music.
Top review
TracyL
Dined on May 31, 2024
Food was very good and the staff managed the ordering of food in a timely manner. Great experience.
Explore Diners' Choice best of Memphis
Explore more Diners' Choice lists
Discover
OpenTable
  • About Us
  • Blog
  • Careers
  • Press
More
Businesses
  • Restaurant reservation software
  • Industry insights
  • Hospitality resources
  • Marketing resources
  • Operation resources
  • How to open a restaurant
  • For restaurants
  • For restaurant groups
Join us on
  • Privacy Policy
  • Terms of Use
  • Cookies and Interest-Based Ads
  • Do Not Sell or Share My Personal Information
  • Cookie Preferences
Copyright © 2024 OpenTable, Inc. 1 Montgomery St Ste 500, San Francisco CA 94104 - All rights reserved.
OpenTable is part of Booking Holdings, the world leader in online travel and related services.
Booking Logo
Priceline Logo
KAYAK Logo
Agoda Logo
OpenTable Logo