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Diners' Choice: Lively restaurants in Memphis

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Updated July 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants that have the most vibrant bar scenes 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 Tiger and Peacock restaurant
4.8
4.8 (463)
$31 to $50
Cocktail Bar
Midtown / Cooper
About the restaurant
For parties of six or more please call 901-538-7313 to make your reservation.

You won’t want to miss the commanding views at our rooftop bar, situated right in the midst of all of the action. Like Overton Square below, this is a destination dedicated to celebrating the best of the Memphis way of life – the art, music, culture and soul. Showcasing ingredient-forward cocktails and approachable bar fare ideal for sharing, this is the place to take in all that Midtown has to offer.

Dress Code-Smart casual. Dress to impress. Baseball caps and beanies are not allowed and men must have on a collared shirt, sweater or blazer. All genders no athletic apparel (tank tops, spandex, or sweatpants). Undergarments should not be exposed.

Our parking lot is for overnight hotel guests only. Parking is located at the Overton Square Garage. Please bring a valid ID.

This is a smoke free and weapon free environment. We encourage synergy between all of our guests. We look forward to your visit.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
Date night was everything drinks and food was great!!
A photo of B.B. King's Blues Club - Memphis restaurant
4.7
4.7 (1874)
$30 and under
American
Memphis
About the restaurant
**NEWLY RENOVATED** Established in 1991, this is the original B.B. King’s Blues Club located in Memphis, Tennessee, the home of American blues music, legendary musicians, famous barbecue, historic landmarks and great basketball. With live entertainment every night of the week – from authentic blues to classic soul and rock and roll – and a menu full of Southern favorites, the club is a popular destination spot on Memphis’ historic Beale Street. The club offers a full menu comprised of a variety of the South’s most delicious comfort foods influenced by flavors from New Orleans all the way to the Mississippi Delta. You MUST stop in for our award winning ribs that are some of the best in town! The intimate restaurant and live music venue has some of the finest local entertainment in town live on stage nightly as well as national touring performers.

Please call the group sales line for large parties and catering/delivery needs at 901.202.9114.

Top review
Ddc52
Dined 7 days ago
My 29-year old grandson and I had a really great time there, while visiting from NYC. The band played excellent music that made me want to get up and dance. The food service was great. I would visit again.
A photo of Wilson Cafe restaurant
4.7
4.7 (37)
$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.
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JohnnyAvip
Dined on Jun 13, 2024
Lisa & I had a fabulous dinner in this very cute town of Wilson, AR. This restaurant was recommended to me from a few people on my Open Table App. I’m so glad Lisa & I took there advice because the menu changes with the seasons. I had their Crop Duster cocktail with asparagus salad 🥗 for starters. Lisa had the strewberry salsa smoked salmon & I had the braised short ribs with mashed potatoes and green peas.For dessert homemade butter milk pie & I had there piña colada pie and they do not cheat you the servings of their desserts. 
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4.6
4.6 (498)
$30 and under
Contemporary French
East-Bartlett / Collierville / Germantown
About the restaurant
Owen Brennan's is a family owned and operated restaurant dedicated to bringing the taste and tradition of New Orleans to Memphis. With an extensive menu and innovative nightly specials, Owen Brennan's is the perfect environment for a family get together, business lunch or just a relaxing evening on our newly renovated patio. We hope to see you soon. Laissez Les Bonnes Temps Roulez! (Let the Good Times Roll)
Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined on May 31, 2024
Very nice; frequented this restaurant very often when I lived in Memphis 20 years ago. Glad to see some favorites are still thriving.
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4.6
4.6 (261)
$30 and under
Cocktail Bar
Memphis
About the restaurant
THRIVE is a social bar located in the heart of Midtown Memphis. Our goal is to provide a unique experience in which our guests THRIVE in a relaxed atmosphere with great food and music. For parties of six (6) or more please give us a call @ 901-249-3927 to make reservations. Our tapas-style menu features the best in American cuisine. Whether grooving to our in-house playlist, vibing to the sounds of a DJ on the ones and twos, or listening to one of Memphis’ hottest local artists, you will surely THRIVE! So come…GET SOCIAL.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jul 13, 2024
We had a great time! Our food was served cold:( but our waitress was soooooooooo nice and patient with us!!!(Taylor or Tyla) Everything is was very very nice!!!!
A photo of Simon's restaurant
4.5
4.5 (150)
$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
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jul 13, 2024
Stuffed chicken and grilled shrimp entrees were delicious…only disappointment was blackened fish w/ cheese grits were not available tonight! Salad bar offered many choices as well as a variety of sides. Fast service!
A photo of Esco Memphis Restaurant & Tapas restaurant
4.4
4.4 (142)
$30 and under
American
Downtown
About the restaurant
Experience Culinary Excellence at ESCO Memphis!

Indulge in a culinary journey where dining becomes an art form.

Signature Dish: Delight in Chef P's masterpiece, Blackened Catfish, a culinary work of art that captures the essence of ESCO Memphis' creativity.

Nearby Landmarks: Located in the heart of the city, ESCO offers easy access to iconic landmarks like the Fedex Forum and steps away from Beale Street, providing a perfect backdrop for your dining experience.

Atmosphere: ESCO's ambiance is an enchanting blend of chic sophistication and inviting comfort. Whether you seek an intimate, romantic evening or a lively gathering with friends, our setting caters to all occasions.

Join us at ESCO Memphis and immerse yourself in a world where dining is elevated to an art form. Reserve your table now to savor the ESCO experience, where every meal is a masterpiece and every visit is a memorable celebration of taste and aesthetics.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jul 7, 2024
The food was great and the Customer Service Ke Ke provided was amazing! I’ll definitely be back!
A photo of Reservations Bar & Bistro restaurant
3.8
3.8 (138)
$30 and under
American
Cordova
About the restaurant
Reservations Bar & Bistro will offer a relaxed lunch, dinner, and late night menu, all provided by our executive chef D’mitri Wright . There will be a host of specialty cocktails, wine and beer to choose from at our premium bar. If none of that sound inviting, we can't wait until you see our main dining area that shows pure Memphis elegance. Whether you have a special occasion or a business meeting, we offer a private dinning room just for you and your guest(s). Let's not forget about the cigar lounge that is well ventilated in a room of its own! We can't wait to provide you with the ultimate Reservations experience.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 29, 2024
We were seated as soon as we walked in, waitress Trinity was very helpful throughout the whole service . Chicken and waffles was great !! With the eggs added on . Would recommend !
A photo of Cache 42 restaurant
3.7
3.7 (339)
$30 and under
International
Southeast Memphis
About the restaurant
Elevated Dining
Signature Dishes Include 40oz Tomahawk, Ox Tails, Lobster Mac & Cheese, Pasta, Lamb, Red Fish, Salmon, New York Stips and More.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jul 14, 2024
The food was AMAZING! And it was really nice inside and was a wonderful experience!
A photo of Benihana - Memphis, TN restaurant
3.0
3 (2714)
$30 and under
Japanese
Memphis
About the restaurant
Welcome to Benihana, a dining experience unlike any other! Our guests are seated at communal tables in groups, where your personal chef will perform the ancient art of Teppanyaki. Watch as we slice and dice, preparing a meal that will dazzle your eyes as well taste buds, whether you choose mouth-watering steak, tender chicken or succulent seafood. You can also enjoy sushi prepared by a talented sushi chef and indulge in a specialty cocktail.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
Great service and food! The staff was very attentive and friendly.
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