The Beauty Shop

4.7
1278 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
Chef/ Restaurateur- Karen B. Carrier famed for -The Mollie Fontaine Lounge, Do Sushi, Another Roadside Attraction Catering opened Beauty Shop Restaurant in what was once said to be Priscilla Presley's curl-and-dye spot. It's a camp wonderland where the facade is Jetsons-era Vitrolite, a bar replaces the wash sinks, and choice seating is offered beneath hooded Belvedere hair dryers. Carrier is a mad genius of sorts. The restaurant's motto is "Look Good, Eat Good," and while the place makes you want to look good, you will eat good at The Beauty Shop. The menu is widely varied ~ a down -home American stance with world-beat tints and edges. The Beauty Shop is about the coolest, hippest restaurant around. It screams "Memphis", yet does so with ingenuity and originality; it plays a wacky theme to the limit but doesn't stream beyond the pale- It makes you feel good to be there,part of the fun; part of the animated crowd and leaves you well-fed to boot. What could be cooler that that?
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CB
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Surprising and delicious flavor combinations. Excellent wines and decadent gelato selections!

CS
Denver
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Delicious meal; however, the hostess shooed the four of us out after 1 however, we would have gladly stayed to visit over dessert another 1/2 hour, but sadly, it wasn't meant to be.

C
New England
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Excellent food - high quality and fresh.

OT
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a fun place to stop on our 24 hours Memphis visit! The food was delicious, especially the BLT-type sandwich (but SO much better, even without the bacon) and the coconut cake.

EC
Birmingham
5 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere and great fish and soup. It was a little loud but not bad. Maybe a bit overpriced for what you got.

PB
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great little place to have lunch. We arrived before our reservation time and they happily seated us.

HR
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious! Service was wonderful! The decor is so much fun!

m
Miami
6 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Unique setting combined with delicious unique food made for a memorable experience

OT
San Antonio
4 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was perfect!!!!!

EM
Bedfordshire
80 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best menus I’ve ever seen and the food was phenomenal. Great location and the staff were perfect.

a
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was fantastic! The grilled romaine salad was outstanding!

OT
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday dinner for my girlfriend was awesome

LS
Memphis
28 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

We love Beauty Shop But kitchen was extremely slow.

SF
Atlanta
6 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was great but felt there was one too many flavors hitting my palate at once. Very well cooked & very creative use of ingredients & flavors. Interesting wine list but didn’t see much wine on tables. Craft cocktails seem to be the choice of drink. All looked and sounded wonderful. The atmosphere is great & very unique. Service was good and quick.

SC
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

It took awhile to get our meals. Professional wait staff, just not enough of them, or perhaps not enough in the kitchen.

WS
Memphis
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite place in Memphis to eat hands down! Have been multiple times and will go again,

DL
Birmingham
7 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A wonderful meal in a unique setting! Service was friendly and attentive. Food was all high quality, with many dishes combining flavors in unexpected but delicious ways. Loved the grilled eggplant, monkey bread, cheese plate and dumplings appetizers. Root vegetable and kale salad was full of different flavors and textures. Save room for dessert! Strawberry cake was to die for. Coconut cake and chocolate crepe also got high marks. Unusual gelato flavors were intriguing and would love to try on a future trip.

FR
Memphis
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Sunday brunch, the noise level was deafening. We could not converse with our friends. If we had not met friends, we would have left.
The food was good.

RF
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 3

Service was great. Food was cold when we received it. It was extremely loud and difficult to communicate due to the poor acoustics.

OT
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious!!! Servers know their stuff when asked for their opinion

KL
Baltimore
38 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent restaurant! Very creative menu with exceptional service!

OT
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The service was great. Nice establishment in Cooper-Young area.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary

OT
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was great as always. We loved the butter and sugar crepe and the peach marscarpone gellato.

HM
Memphis
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I gave our service 4/5 stars only because it sometimes took a while for our server to notice when we needed her for a box, our checks, etc. however everyone was and has always been professional and extremely upbeat here—they treat you like a friend or family member at dinner.

My ribeye steak was slightly over cooked (I ordered rare+ so I don’t hold it against them) but was flavorful, supremely tender, and the fact that it was medium rare+ didn’t keep me from enjoying it one bit. Menu always excellent and I’ve never had a bad meal here.

I did think that, for the size/strength, my hibiscus gin martini was quite expensive ($12 for probably 3 oz total beverage) but I could simply be out of touch with the price of the liquor.

Thank you for a marvelous-as always-experience!

P
Memphis
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

This was my first visit and I plan on returning very soon. The food was great!

OT
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great vibe and delicious food!

V
Memphis
38 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

Appetizer of flatbread was tasty. The whole fish dinner was over cooked and dry. Chocolate cake was delicious.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

Very slow service

KW
Memphis
13 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Fun place with a eclectic menu. Lots of interesting speciality drinks. Service was spot on.

OT
Denver
8 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 1

We were in from out of town and wanted a fun table to enjoy date night. We were sat close to another table in a long row of table with a chair on one side and bench on the other. And it turns out they had a large group in the bar area. As a result we couldn't even have a conversation across the table the party in bar was so loud. Very unenjoyable. Food was okay. Was looking forward to a fun evening and honestly I couldn't wait for dinner to be over and leave. Bummer.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was great! Food was great waitress was super friendly and helpful with answering questions on what to order

OT
Memphis
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always have a 1st rate meal at The Beauty Shop! Innovative menu & great ambience!

CC
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Nostalgic experience but the service was painfully slow. Food was just okay.

i
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The decor and history is charming. I got to sit in the "hair dryer" chair which was more fun than comfortable. It was a bit noisy on a Saturday at lunchtime and I had to concentrate on my lunch partner to hear.
The food was delightful and creative--not your average lunch fare for this area. The prices are good. I had the jamaican fish club which was slightly sweet from the cole slaw, with tomato, bacon, and avacado. It was delicious! It came with homemade potato chips. For dessert I had the Mango gelato that was the perfect size and really yummy. I would definitely come here again!

E
Indiana
10 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and a super waiter. Will eat here again!

JS
Memphis
2 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was amazing and exceeded my expectations.

MF
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was fabulous!! Yeah, it’s pricey, but did I mention fabulous? Wait staff was super friendly, BUT a couple of items we ordered didn’t make it to our table. One, we had to ask for, the other we just gave up on. It’s not enough to keep us away...unless it happens again. Oh yeah, the food was wonderful!

LF
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great times and service. Would recommend to a friend.

C
Mississippi
3 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

I enjoyed our visit to this restaurant. It was a unique setting with lots of interesting food choices. I didn't the really small portion sizes. The design and decor was fascinating and very unique, but the food did not hold up. It feels like the food plays second fiddle to the decor. It was good food but not excellent.

I would go back for a fun gathering but I would not go there if I were interested in a foodie experience. I should clarify that the menu sounds like it goes there but the execution doesn't live up to the hype.

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