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Diners' Choice: Lively restaurants in Memphis / West Tennessee

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Updated May 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants that have the most vibrant bar scenes in Memphis / West Tennessee? 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 The Beauty Shop restaurant
4.8
4.8 (2708)
$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
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 20, 2024
Always excellent! Amazing service and food. Fun ambiance
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.

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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 Tiger and Peacock restaurant
4.7
4.7 (451)
$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 on May 19, 2024
Food & cocktails were superb! Staff was delightful!
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4.6
4.6 (259)
$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
MaryB
Dined on Apr 13, 2024
It's a vibe and great experience at thrive everytime me and family comes
A photo of B.B. King's Blues Club - Memphis restaurant
4.5
4.5 (1863)
$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
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 6, 2024
The food was great. The music was even better. No every place you go does the band spend its brake circulating through the audience chatting people up. Pretty cool.
A photo of Esco Memphis Restaurant & Tapas restaurant
4.5
4.5 (128)
$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
Coupledining
Dined 3 days ago
Great time customer service perfect Music nice Food great
A photo of Owen Brennan's Restaurant restaurant
4.3
4.3 (497)
$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 2, 2024
Perfect spot for client lunches. Service and food never disappoint!
A photo of SupperClub on 2nd restaurant
4.3
4.3 (555)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Memphis
About the restaurant
A 2024 James Beard Award semifinalist, SupperClub on 2nd (SCO2) is a fine-casual urban bistro + cocktail kitchen in the heart of Downtown Memphis, located directly across from the world-famous Peabody Hotel at the Corner of 2nd & Union. The kitchen is headed by Executive Chef & Food Network television alum Chef Tamra Patterson, affectionately known as Chef Tam, SCO2 features soulful Southern delights combined with stables of the Memphis culinary scene freshly reimagined and refined.

A nod to the supperclubs on the 60s & 70s, SCO2 features two floors of dining featuring two bars, set in a backdrop of deep-wood, velour and brass finishes, plus visual art via laser projection as well as stationary artistic designs & lighting. Live music Thurs-Sat from 7p-9p and Happy Hour from 5p-7p. Fri & Sats, live DJs spin an eclectic blend of acid jazz, breaks and classics to keep your night on the right track.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
Everything was awesome! From the service to the food and the ambiance, it was all amazing. We will definitely be returning!
A photo of Reservations Bar & Bistro restaurant
3.4
3.4 (134)
$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 4 days ago
The food was amazing great customer service as well
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