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Itta Bena

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Sat, 4/20
8:00 PM

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Certificate of Excellence2015 - 2018 Winner

Food and ambience

Local cuisine, American, Cajun & Creole, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
Special occasions, Romantic, Large groups, Bar scene, Business meetings

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Crab Stuffed Avocado
Lump crab salad, cornmeal flash-fried, house remoulade, pico de gallo
Pimento Cheese and Caramelized Onion Dip
Served with pita chips
Abita BBQ Shrimp
'Nawlins-style' barbecue jumbo shrimp, house-made Abita beer bread
Scallops and Grits
Seared jumbo scallops, smoked gouda Delta Grind grits, corn crab cream sauce
Crab Cake
Louisiana-style jumbo lump baked crab cake topped with citrus mango salsa
Colossal Shrimp Cocktail
Horseradish cocktail, lemon
Up the fire escape above BB Kings Blues Club lies Memphis' "hidden gem" Itta Bena. Named for the town where legendary BB King was born, Itta Bena embodies the charm and inspiration of fine southern dining. Itta Bena restaurant and bar invites you in for a cool libation and southern cuisine with a Delta twist. From our Grilled New Zealand Lamb Chops to our Jumbo Shrimp and Grits and decadent desserts, Itta Bena has something for everyone. So come as you are - no jackets required, for great food in a relaxed atmosphere with unrivaled southern hospitality.
$19 - $55
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Dinner, Late Night
American, Cajun & Creole
Takeout, Valet Parking, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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Reviewed 6 days ago

We were lucky enought to get in early to dine without a reservation. The staff was wonderful - almost too attentive but who can complain about that? The ambience was perfect, a quiet location above the madness of Beale Street. Lovely quartet playing in the...More

Date of visit: April 2019
Thank Dee B
Reviewed 1 week ago

This place above BB Kings is a hidden wonder. The food was truely a treat. Fantastic wine and whiskey list. So much southern charm

Date of visit: April 2019
Thank P W
Reviewed 1 week ago

There's no sign and it's a secret! We both ordered steaks (I had the filet) and they were pretty good, though I've had better and for a lot cheaper. Their gouda grits were out of this world! The atmosphere is amazing, as is the restaurant...More

Date of visit: April 2019
Thank Blondie1965
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Food was really good. Drinks were excellent. Wine list wasn’t bad. Staff was friendly and simply adorable. A must for a real fine dining experience if you find yourself in Downtown Memphis, business or pleasure.

Date of visit: April 2019
Thank schu1966
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

feels like an old speakeasy...up some bac stairs. Had 2 appetizers which was plenty. In the midst of Beale Street.

Date of visit: March 2019
Thank SWM8421
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Best kept secret in Memphis. Located above BB Kings. You need to take a somewhat hidden staircase to this restaurant on the upper floor. When you are done you can take your drink downstairs to BB KINGS with free cover. Food has improved and is...More

Date of visit: March 2019
Thank MemphisMD
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Nestled upstairs and not really marked outside, we were happy to be advised to check it out. We didn't stay for dinner (menu was a bit pricey for us and limited in veg options) but the drinks were tasty and the bartender was really friendly...More

Date of visit: March 2019
Thank danders1999
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The entrance is on the side street and need to climb stairs up to restaurant. I liked the interior look / design of the bar and restaurant. There were six of us in the corner booth for a business dinner on a Monday night. I...More

Date of visit: March 2019
Thank tapinatl
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Great place to eat. Not many people know it’s on top of BB Kings. A lmore pricey than B.B. King‘s a lot quieter and more relaxed. I would highly recommend that she crab soup. I had it it was wonderful. Off the appetizers I also...More

Date of visit: March 2019
Thank Janie S
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I remember when they first opened, they were good but the food has gone down since then. I’ve been here a few times and the food is always of poor quality and bad, definitely not worth it specially when you can eat so well in...More

Date of visit: July 2018
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August 27, 2018|
Response from sheadogOregon | Reviewed this property |
I don’t remember but I would think that they’d be able to work something out to please you
August 27, 2018|
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Response from crystal759 | Reviewed this property |
I'm not really sure, we didn't have any vegetarians in our group. I'm sure you could call & ask or check out their menu online.
jan a
May 16, 2018|
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Response from DB727 | Reviewed this property |
No need to dress up. Business Casual is perfect.
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