About Itta Bena
Located on the third floor of B.B. King's Blues Club overlooking historic Beale Street you will find Itta Bena "A unique delta experience". Whether entering from our private Second Street entrance via our valet service or walking through the secret hall from inside B.B. King's Blues Club, Itta Bena is sure to capture your senses. Modeled after the speakeasies from the 1920's, you are a true VIP as a friendly member of our staff escorts you to the third floor. The experience is further heightened when you step inside and find yourself surrounded by rich wood floors, vaulted ceilings, deep golden hued chandeliers and the faint sound of the bustling street below. Touching all the senses, we enrich your evening by offering a delta inspired menu of robust flavors and clean presentation. Itta Bena is a complete overwhelming of the senses that you must experience for yourself.
Contemporary Southern, Steak, Seafood
Hours of Operation:
Open Everyday from 5pm - 10pm
$31 to $50
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Itta Bena is located just above B.B. King's Blues Club on historic Beale St. Live music captivates our guests and enhances the nearly surreal dining experience. On Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturday nights, Susan Marshall enchants her audience, performing arguably as the contemporary Memphis scene's most powerful and versatile pure singer yet (According to The Memphis Flyer). Visit our website to learn more.
Valet is available seven days a week with rates similar to the parking garages nearby.
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
Memphis’s most exquisite restaurant plays host to a myriad of rehearsal dinners, receptions, parties, and corporate events. Chef Kevin Quinnell will create a menu that will tantalize the taste buds of your guests as the ambience and service exceeds their expectations. Popular for intimate gatherings as well as large parties, Itta Bena can accommodate 130 persons for a seated dinner or 200 persons for a cocktail party or reception. Whatever your needs, our experienced event planners can create the best guest experience you could ever imagine! For more information, please fill out the form below or contact Ansley Smith at 901-578-3031 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Consistent with Itta Bena’s rich rhythm and blues history our Private Dining Room overlooks Beale Street through blue tinted windows, discreetly tucked away in the corner of our restaurant. Walls decorated with intricate woodwork and a curtained entrance offer privacy to parties of up to 200.
Itta Bena Ratings and Reviews
My friend and I took a last minute trip ...
My friend and I took a last minute trip to Memphis. It was his first trip to Memphis. Let's just say he is now looking for a condominium close to Itta Bena now. We had dinner there three nights in a row. Cathy, Billy, and the waiter with the accent (sorry, I can't remember your name) but you were all awesome! We'll definitely be back.
Very nice ambience and the service is to ...
Very nice ambience and the service is top notch. The manager was very friendly and went out of his way to make sure we were happy. The fried avocado and she crab soup are out of this world. I love this place and make a point of going every time I visit Memphis!
Loved everything about it! Was suggeste ...
Loved everything about it! Was suggested by a friend who had "discovered" it just the night before. I suggested it to 7 family members who were in town for a wedding and wanted to eat somewhere "special" and not at just the typical places to go in Memphis. Itta Bena was perfect and everyone praised my choice. We loved the fact that it was so unique! All 7 entrees were beautifully prepared and delicious!!!
AMAZING! We were able to reserve "The C ...
AMAZING! We were able to reserve "The Cove", which is a quiet little corner nook for 2 with doors that actually close with bench seats and pillows. We look for great places with romantic ambiance good for conversation and time alone, A JEWEL! The staff is very friendly and the food is absolutely amazing. This will definitely be on our "Most Favorite" places list for date nights and special occasions.
This place was a pleasant surprise!! We ...
This place was a pleasant surprise!! We had Scallops and Grits for an appetizer and it was amazing. The steak dinners were to perfection. Very intimate and cozy atmosphere. Chris, the manager, was very accommodating. Ashley, our server, was wonderful. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
I bought an old friend from Minnesota th ...
I bought an old friend from Minnesota that use to live in Memphis. He did not know you were there. I been several times with clients and with my honey. He really like the whole package. Wine was great as was the food and atmosphere. Two thumbs up!
Great find above BB King's restaurant. A ...
Great find above BB King's restaurant. A fantastic menu and also has live music, though on a quitter level than what is going on below you. I tried the duck grilled cheese, which was outstanding, the jambalaya pasta and the lamb dish. Worth a visit!
Not many people know about this gem loca ...
Not many people know about this gem located above BB kings! We took the secret entrance up the fire escape and that was really cool! Filet was tender and cooked perfectly. Definately worth going but make a reservation! The windows are tinted sky blue so it always looks blue outside, even at night.
Best restaurant in Memphis. The food is ...
Best restaurant in Memphis. The food is wonderful, but what makes this dining experience second to none is the exceptional service. At Itta Bena you are treated like an honored guest who is also family. The ambience and decor are beautiful, and the music is always fantastic. Don't leave Memphis without eating here. You won't regret it!
I had been to Itta Bena before and had h ...
I had been to Itta Bena before and had had a great meal, but our dinner on Thursday night fell short. I took my husband for a pre birthday celebration and the food was quite a disappointment. The fried green tomatoes we had for an appetizer were tasteless and hard. My husband's Gulf red snapper was over cooked and the andouille sausage Hash was also over cooked and even burned. He could not even eat it. They offered him a second entrée, and he chose the shrimp and grits. It was also tasteless. I had the lamb chops with spinach and risotto and it was good. However, I was not the one I was trying to impress. I tasted all of these entrées so this is personal experience. Unfortunately, we will not be going back to Itta Bena anytime soon. I must say that the service was wonderful. Our waiter was attentive and very courteous.
Loved the ambiance created by the evenin ...
Loved the ambiance created by the evening light through the blue windows, lending a soft blue cast to everything and bouncing off the white tablecloths! New Orleans barbecued shrimp appetizer was outstanding, although the dipping bread was too sweet -- needed a New Orleans baquette to sop up the wonderful broth. My entree was excellent -- can't go wrong with pasta, cream, and mushrooms. Dining companion loved his salmon. To reach the restaurant, you climb the stairs through the raucous B. B. King's Blues Club, or a fire-escape type stairway from the street. Melodious saxophonist provided the dinner music.
Food was OK. Nice atmosphere. Good servi ...
Food was OK. Nice atmosphere. Good service. Food was OK, not great, I was hoping it would be better.
I had the shrimp and grits, shrimp was good but the grits where gummy, and all was not very hot. My dinner companions all had a similar experience.
I had a wonderful experience at Itta Ben ...
I had a wonderful experience at Itta Bena celebrating my 40th birthday. I loved that finding the entrance was a bit of mystery, which also led to a quiet and enjoyable experience on the top of Beale. It was like our own little Memphis secret! The food was delicious and the service friendly and accommodating. They even threw in a lovely little birthday treat. Would absolutely recommend!
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