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Restaurant Iris

2146 Monroe Avenue, Memphis, TN 38104
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Ranked #7 of 1,264 restaurants in Memphis
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Price range: $31 - $50
Sun 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Mon - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Good for: Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Fine Dining
Cross street: Cooper
Description: Born and raised in Southern Louisiana, Chef Kelly English fell in love with the culture and food of New Orleans. Equipped with his training from award-winning Chef John Besh, English presents a unique dining experience. Restaurant Iris specializes in French-Creole cuisine featuring local and seasonal ingredients. English infuses his endless creativity and passion for food into each dish. Whether indulging in his Oysters three ways, a "Knuckle Sandwich", or a dessert made just for you, one is sure to reap the benefits of English"s rich culinary background. We invite you to experience Restaurant Iris, simplicity at its most elegant. Please note: Due to the limited capacity of our dining room, we offer limited online reservation availability. For more information regarding availability, please contact the restaurant directly.
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171 reviews from our community

92% Recommend
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Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Any
English first
Top Contributor
51 reviews 51 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW via mobile

If you're going to eat one meal in Memphis , eat at Restaurant Iris. It truly is fine dining at it's best with southern style! make your reservation early, a weekend seat can take a couple months planning. It's small, stylish and delish!

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Memphis, Tennessee
17 reviews 17 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

We have thought for years that Iris is the best restaurant in Memphis. On a recent visit (August 12) we were disappointed. The food was very good, but not outstanding. The service was not very good, not excellent. All in all, we were not wowed with the experience and will check out many other places before we return to Iris.

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Rome, Italy
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73 reviews 73 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

really nice atmosphere, indeed. really nice service, indeed. good food, indeed. on the other hand, though, the food doesn't keep up with rest. it's just okay, but not superb as the check would require. it might appear as a trap for tourists, a place where you eat reasonably good, in a very good location, but pay way too much for... More

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Louisville, Mississippi
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35 reviews 35 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Let me say in the beginning the more that I critique restaurants, the more I feel I must be totally truthful and not go with the flow. When I am honest with you, I am giving you my straightforward opinion and we all know opinions are based on many factors. Since my family and I have eaten pretty much all... More

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Memphis, Tennessee
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

Restaurant Iris is a very special restaurant and Overton Square is lucky to have it. I have had some of the best food I have ever eaten during my visits to this restaurant. First of all, make reservations way in advance because they are booked weeks in advanced and some people book a year in advance for holidays. Also, be... More

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Kansas City, Missouri
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8 reviews 8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

We chose Restaurant Iris for the first night of vacation, and we kind of wish we'd saved it for last. Of all the delicious places we ate---(some top-rated ones on Trip Advisor)...this was our favorite. Upon entering, the hostess asked us if we'd made reservations...which we had not. I didn't think it would be necessary on a Thursday night. But... More

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Memphis, Tennessee
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59 reviews 59 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

Restaurant Iris is not a restaurant you go when you visit Memphis It's a reason to come to Memphis -but you better have a reservation. I won't say that everything I've ever eaten here is unforgettable but 3 of the best things I've ever eaten in my life were at Iris: scallop latte, surf & turf (not your father's surf... More

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Kingston Springs, Tennessee
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549 reviews 549 reviews
545 restaurant reviews
150 helpful votes 150 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

Located in what formerly was a residence, this beautiful eatery is small and intimate. The waitstaff are friendly and knowledgeable about the food and beverages. Menu is well rounded with small and large plates. I had a three course dinner starting with lump crab and avocados on local tomatoes. Amberjack on tomatoes and gulf shrimp was my entree. Creme brûlée... More

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Holbrook, New York
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166 reviews 166 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
98 helpful votes 98 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

We came here on Saturday night and all in our party of 4 were pretty impressed. I have always been a fan of dining in an old charming and quiet house like this with its small rooms and creaky floors. The dim lights, candles, cool artwork and the sounds of the waitstaff's footsteps hustling around all night provided a comfortable... More

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Batesville, Mississippi
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2014

This was our second visit to Iris and it was almost as lovely as the first. We had a great table by the fireplace and the ambiance was quiet & romantic. The fried oysters’ app was fantastic. My husband had the BBQ shrimp app & he said it was great. His New York strip was very tender with great flavor.... More

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