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River Oaks

#90 of 1,226 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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5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Free Off-Street Parking, Full Bar, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Television

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  • 35
    Excellent
  • 20
    Very good
  • 4
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Taking food to art form.........

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 4, 2015
Shep F
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Memphis, Tennessee
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Kennett, Missouri
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266 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 159 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 

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Memphis, Tennessee
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 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 

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Memphis, Tennessee
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28 reviews
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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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Russellville, Alabama
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

We travel to Memphis for a doctor appointment and I found this restaurant while waiting to see doctor. It was EXCELLENT. Beautiful surroundings the cauliflower risotto with balismatic reduction was wonderful as were our entrees. My husband had the tv dinner which was mahi mahi and I had the pasta both were excellent. Will come back on every trip.

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Memphis, Tennessee
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

This is not a showy, glitzy restaurant, which makes it a perfect place to have gourmet food with colleagues, friends or family in a pleasant atmosphere. Their complete menu with several combinations of interesting food is a testament to the chef. I ordered the Chef's TV Dinner for lunch - a surprise name in such a nice restaurant! The plate... More 

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Memphis, Tennessee
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46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

I went here with a business collegue for drinks and a light dinner. The service, food and aatmosphere are all very good. It was also very busy (at least I thought so) for a Thursday. The steamed mussell appetizer is a must if you like them. The food is all fresh and well prepared and the srvers are beautiful and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

So delicious! So welcoming. Had a light solo meal at the bar. The crab, apple and papaya salad was so fresh and full of flavor, and the cauliflower risotto made me swoon. Lindsey and Megan made it all the more enjoyable with their thoughtful and natural hospitality.

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Memphis
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

Came back for business lunch and quality of food is comparable to dinner. Definitely an E Mphs business crowd at lunch. Prices for lunch are reasonable, service is good, it's a little loud and crowded, but definitely worth it. Can't go wrong with Chef Jose for lunch or dinner!

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Plymouth, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

Restaurant was near my hotel and close to the highway. The atmosphere there is very cozy and warm. Love the food, especially the cauliflower and cheese risotto. Our waitress, Rachel....was very friendly and we had excellent service.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

We enjoyed a long, leisurely dinner for four here recently. The appetizers (bignets and charcuterie) were delicious. The steak and frites are consistently good, the salmon was tasty, the pork shank was a little dry and the fish tacos were quite good. Everyone was well satisfied with their dinners. Desserts were SUPERB! The service was good and the waiter respected... 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 to 32
  • Cuisine: French, European, Contemporary
Open Hours
Monday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?