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River Oaks

#108 of 1,205 Restaurants in Memphis
Certificate of Excellence
American, French, European, Contemporary
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5871 Poplar Avenue, Memphis, TN 38119
+1 901-683-9305
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
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6 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our friends recommended this place on our return trip form the Belks Bowl. It was everything they said and more. The chef personally came our and met us and made sure our meal was perfect. The staff was very friendly. The food was so wonderful. We fill definitely be back.

Thank Sharron M
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30 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 3, 2016

This is a nice little place with a definite local fan base of the 55-plus crowd. The bar is tiny, and right in the space where one walks in, but on certain nights there are a few bartenders who offer a bit of hospitality and it has a little Parisian air about it. We want to like this place, but... More 

Thank Memphisfamily
Memphis, Tennessee
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 10, 2016

We have dined there many times over the past few years. It is our favorite restaurant in Memphis, due to the high quality of the food and the service. It is operated by Master Chef Jose Gutierrez, who was previously head chef at Memphis' #1 high-end restaurant, Chez Phillipe at the Peabody. Jose is always there, always in charge, and... More 

Thank WKAMC2
Batesville, Mississippi
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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 6, 2016 via mobile

Our first time going here. My wife ordered the pork tenderloin and i had the hallibut. Food was wonderful. Our server was very nice and knowledgeable. Can't wait to go again

Thank Mark C
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12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 6, 2016 via mobile

River Oaks is what you call a so call high-end quaint restaurant, however the service is poor and the food is mediocre.

Thank Tina M
Leawood, Kansas, United States
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43 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 1, 2016 via mobile

Had a salad and chicken breast at the restaurant twice in three weeks. Absolutely outstanding. Light. Flavorful. An absolutely incredIble meal.

Thank Paul F
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108 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 24, 2016

I have been to River Oaks before and even had them cater an event, but wow lunch was really good! A friend and I went to River Oaks for lunch yesterday, and the entire package was lovely! We started with the crabcakes-AMAZING!! Then a cup of pea soup with a drizzle of basil oil-YUMMO! Then I had the tomato and... More 

Thank newroad
Nashville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 25, 2016

Tired of your normal steak and salmon - this is the place. The tuna appetizer is a must have and I had the fresh fish over risotto. I have been to this restaurant at least 20 times and have never been disappointed. Good wine list and the servers are patient but very attentive. One of the best in Memphis.

Thank mike t
United States
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101 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 18, 2016

Though somewhat tricky to get to with the way the road is divided in that area, it's worth it. At lunch, the service was good and I loved everything in my "TV Dinner" which was a four-course sort of bento box so you get to try some of several different things. The rose wine was good. It's rare I like... More 

Thank moonslice
Collierville, Tennessee
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62 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 19, 2016

It had been several years since we dined at River Oaks and we were glad we went back. We ordered the Halibut and Wild Red Snapper dishes and they were absolutely wonderful. I must say, however, the creme brulee was disappointing. The taste and consistency seemed a little "off". Our server initially did not appear to be very friendly, but... More 

Thank Linda D

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$7 - $32
American, French, European, Contemporary
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Special occasions, Business meetings, Romantic
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
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 5871 Poplar Avenue, Memphis, TN 38119
  • Location: United States  >  Tennessee (TN)  >  Memphis
  • Phone Number: +1 901-683-9305

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