About Itta Bena
Memphis, TN 38103
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 Dining, 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 email@example.com.
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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
Started with an appetizer of fried green ...
Started with an appetizer of fried green tomatoes It was nothing more than a fried cornmeal patty with no tomato. Very dry. Next came the salad. Field greens with goat cheese crumbles and pecans. Salad would have been good but my salad only contained 2 pecans and 2 goat cheese crumbles. Can only surmise that it doesn't get ordered very often.
My main course of salmon with wild rice and green beans was a mixed bag. I had the salmon blacken. It was delicious. However, while the salmon was hot in temperature the rice pilaf was mildly warm. Made for and odd combination of tastes.
Overall the dinner was just ok. Not bad but certainly not a great experience. The staff was pleasant and welcoming, the ambiance of the room with the blue windows, very nice but the food....meh.
Great atmosphere, mediocre food. Field g ...
Great atmosphere, mediocre food. Field green salad was all lettuce. Only 1 pecan per salad, a few very tiny pieces of goat cheese. The crab bisque was just straight cream with a few pieces of crab at the bottom. Very dissapointing. Fried green tomatoes were bad, almost inedible. Shrimp and grits were good but shrimp was overlooked.
It was our anniversary. We had a reserva ...
It was our anniversary. We had a reservation for a specific table but the couple before us "lingered" a bit too long. The staff was so courteous to give us an option of waiting 15 more minutes or sitting at another, quite lovely table, by the window. Management also offered to move us to the more private table for our dessert if we wanted and offered the dessert on the house. That was very kind considering it wasn't really their fault. They brought us complimentary champagne for our anniversary. My husband had the lamb which was truly amazing. I had the shrimp and grits which was a little blah. Could have used more of the lemon beurre blanc I think. Still, we would love to go back again because overall it was a wonderful experience. The singer was super and very much what you want while enjoying dinner. Love the fun decor and the private dinner club feel. After dinner we went downstairs to BB's and danced. Great fun having the restaurant up the fire escape and special feeling, then switching to full-on music mode to top off the night.
Don't waste your time telling them you'r ...
Don't waste your time telling them you're celebrating a special occasion because they don't do anything to make you feel special. Our waiter was fine, but the hostess was extremely uninterested in making us feel welcome. While the wild mushroom pasta was very good, the signature she-crab soup, fried avocado with crab salad, and shrimp and grits were all below average. I think the bar downstairs would have provided a better experience for my 50th birthday.
Went for NYE- originally did not know th ...
Went for NYE- originally did not know they would have a set menu when we made the reservation but they did call to tell me about it. After looking at it and weighing our options, our group decided to keep the reservation. The menu went up $10 for the 7 pm seating and $20 for the 9- which we thought was weird and actually overpriced for the area. When we arrived they had given out slotted table away to a different group and had to redress something else for us. Awkward wait.
The appetizer course was delicious and the soup was solid. The main courses were lacking, as was dessert. Server was not very engaging and we had to ask for the champagne toast and favors that were suppose to be included in that seating. We were two couples and the ladies ordered the same drinks and the guys ordered the same drinks, yet when we asked the server to bring two separate checks (by couple), he put almost all the drinks on one of the tabs, and when we explained that we had literally ordered the same drinks, he was surprised when he brought ten tickets back with the same amount on each (um, duh?). Overall not impressed- we would have much rather tried their regular menu and wished we would have skipped on their overpriced set menu.
My husband and 4 daughters and I are her ...
My husband and 4 daughters and I are here on New Years Eve Eve. The staff were all very accommodating of our children and three different people told us about the kids items that weren't actually printed on the menu. Our server was very attentive and also just seemed like a nice, relatable, person. Food was good, but not outstanding over the top. The entire experience as a whole was wonderful. Would definitely go back.
Fantastic atmosphere is countered by the ...
Fantastic atmosphere is countered by the very poor food and service. Portions are fine, but food lacks flavor and presentation. The service was very poor in both attitude and follow up. It was not worth the money or time - too many other good options in Memphis. It's riding on coattails, but not sustainable if the food remains this bland and service has such an attitude with no follow through: Itta Bena will be Itta Been.
My honey wanted to do something special ...
My honey wanted to do something special and elegant for Christmas...It was such a great atmosphere.The food was Grand and the waiter Tim (went to HS with my Guy) he took great care of us...I loved it.Out reservation was for 730 we were early 645...WE WERE DONE EATING BY 730 .just sat and talked until after 10....I'LL BE BACK
I am from out of town and my date lives ...
I am from out of town and my date lives there in Memphis, but had never been there. What a classy place! The ambiance of the whole place, the music, the view, everything was superb! The waiter was respectful and kind to our privacy of being on a date and I give him (Alex) a 10 for a job well done! Enjoyed it very, very, much! I will not hesitaye to go again!
Enjoyed the evening dinner experience ov ...
Enjoyed the evening dinner experience overall. One of our favorites for special occasions. Unfortunately, two of us who ordered the lamb found it to be tough to cut and eat. All the appetizers and other meals were delicious.
Itta Bena's service was first class. Th ...
Itta Bena's service was first class. The food was good. But, the service was excellent. My husband and I were celebrating our wedding anniversary. The staff was attentive and made sure we were very comfortable. We were treated with champagne and dessert. I could not ask for more. Highly recommended for special occasions!!
This is our favorite restaurant in Memph ...
This is our favorite restaurant in Memphis and we come here on all occasions where we want to have a quiet celebration for the two of us. The Cajun influenced food is great and the service is impeccable. Desserts are "to die for."
We stopped at Itta Bena before going to ...
We stopped at Itta Bena before going to a show. The service was excellent. Our waiter was very helpful and attentive. The food was delicious! I had the wild mushroom pasta and ate every bite. I cannot wait to go back.
We drove 3.5hrs for a special birthday d ...
We drove 3.5hrs for a special birthday dinner. I was very disappointed. The restaurant did not have our reservation, which was a surprise because they called earlier to confirm. The food was cold and under seasoned,very bland. The only positive thing about the "experience " was the ambiance and beauty the restaurant held.
The lamp chops and snapper were deliciou ...
The lamp chops and snapper were delicious! The crab cake appetizer was small but also good. The shrimp on top of the fried green tomatoes tried to save this appetizer since the tomatoes themselves appeared to have no seasoning. Overall great ambience and perfect for a special occasion.
Server forgot to bring bread, then when ...
Server forgot to bring bread, then when prompted to bring it forgot to bring butter or oil.
No salt and pepper on table had to grab it from another table. Tea glass ran empty half way through the meal with no further refills. Was a slow night only 5 tables seated so service should have been stellar. Pork was very tasty but just a little dry (subjective). Croutons in salad were actually stale. Crab cakes were a little dry (subjective) with more cake than crab (flavor was more weak than delicate). That being said, its a nice place overall food was much more on the good side than bad. It, was a rainy Monday night so, I will give it another chance as it is a cut above the tourist bar food on the street.
I wanted a nice quiet place to celebrate ...
I wanted a nice quiet place to celebrate my birthday and this restaurant was definitely the place for me. The staff was friendly and welcoming. I would definitely recommend this restaurant to anyone looking for a nice and quiet place to dine. It's not as big as it seems online.
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