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River Oaks

#73 of 1,259 Restaurants in Memphis
Certificate of Excellence
French, European, Contemporary
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5871 Poplar Avenue, Memphis, TN 38119
+1 901-683-9305
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11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Free Off-Street Parking, Full Bar, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Television, Waitstaff

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
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  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Halibut was better than I had in Alaska!

Absolutely delicious. Lovely atmosphere, excellent service. Delightful dining. Thoroughly enjoyed the evening

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Germantown, Tennessee
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English first
Germantown, Tennessee
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Absolutely delicious. Lovely atmosphere, excellent service. Delightful dining. Thoroughly enjoyed the evening

Thank Sophiefor38
Germantown, Tennessee, United States
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16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

River Oaks was great...again. Chef does an amazing job of delivering a consistently outstanding product. The menu with its roots in French Bistro simplicity is excellent. The servers are well trained and experienced. The food never disappoints.

Thank Paul K
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5 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Had a lovely dinner with family on the side porch. The ambiance out there is supposed to be romantic, but it was way too dark to see the menu. Bring your flashlight. In addition, it was very, very noisy because nothing is out there to absorb noise and the ceiling is not super high. One noisy table of four can... More 

Thank Cheryl B
Antarctic Peninsula
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I knew nothing of Chef Gutierrez before my brief visit to Memphis, but I will sing his praises to anyone who will listen. Intimate space, well-appointed. Very reasonably priced for the quality of food and dining experience. Would not hesitate to recommend this place. If you are near Memphis, I can't imagine anyone coming away disappointed. I'll be back next... More 

Thank cavalier_traveler999
Cordova, Tennessee
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1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Every aspect of the meal from salad to desert was wonderful. The atmosphere was excellent and the service was great.

Thank USMDude
Chattanooga, TN
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42 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2015

Really excellent, had chicken paillard. Great well made martini. Truly well above the typical on road meal. Came back to enjoy again next week. Just as good.

Thank Miasig
Memphis, Tennessee
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2015

The title says it all. Not very good service for such a class restaurant in my book. How dare you cancel out your reservations book (our was a large birthday party) simply because you got a bigger, higher paying, "entire restaurant" booking... Local word of mouth advertising my friends.. The is HORRIBLE ..

Thank charper1
Kennett, Missouri
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275 reviews
176 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 162 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

I have the eaten – or should I say have attempted to eat – at this restaurant for the last time. True, the chef prepares very good food. True, we followed the chef from Chez Philippe to Encore to River Oaks Restaurant. My wife and I live in Missouri so we don't get to Memphis often, but when we do,... More 

Thank Jim T
Memphis, Tennessee
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128 reviews
89 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015

I usually eat lunch at Riveroaks about once a week on business. They have a wonderful lunch menu. I heard they make Paella - a complicated Spanish dish just on Monday nights - and Paella is my favorite dish but nobody on Memphis makes it because it is complicated, as it has a lot of ingredients. I ate it last... More 

Thank Shep F
Memphis, Tennessee
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33 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

I think River Oaks is the best restaurant in Memphis. The menu is always fresh. The food is fantastic. The service is great too. I almost always get the TV dinner for lunch. It's a four courses on one plate. Don't think for a second that it has any semblance of supermarket food. This is a taste of the best... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 5871 Poplar Avenue, Memphis, TN 38119
  • Location: United States  >  Tennessee (TN)  >  Memphis
  • Phone Number: +1 901-683-9305

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 7 - 32
  • Cuisine: French, European, Contemporary


Open Hours
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?