About McEwen's on Monroe
McEwen’s on Monroe is passionate. Passionate about food, passionate about wine, and passionate about creating a place you long to come back to again and again. An eclectic blend of styles with the largest emphasis on Southern food raised to new and unusual heights. Lunch offers a wide array of excellent sandwiches, salads and business entrees, while dinner leans toward the more elaborate and inventive. Our commitment to a relaxed atmosphere and charming personality has enabled McEwen’s on Monroe to become one of Downtown’s most comfortable restaurants. Employing a knowledgeable and attentive staff always at the ready. In addition to the bar and dining room, our wine cellar is available for parties up to 20 people.
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:30 PM - 10:00 PM, Friday and Saturday: 5:30 PM - 11:00 PM; Closed Sundays. Bar remains open (PM) 1 hour after dining room closes.
2ND & MONROE
$30 and under
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
McEwen's On Monroe specializes in lunch catering. Call 901.527.7085 or see catering description at www.mcewensonmonroe.com
Valet parking available Monday thru Saturday, 5:30 till close. Street and Public Garage parking available at all times.
Main Street Trolley stop is less than half block from restaurant entrance. Trolley stop located at Monroe and Mid America Mall.
Private Party Facilities:
Our beautiful wine cellar seats comfortably up to 20 people. Please see Cellar description at our website www.mcewensonmonroe.com or call the restaurant at 901.527.7085. For larger groups please call the restaurant for other options.
Private Party Contact:
Bert Smythe or John Littlefield: 9015277085
Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Delivery, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
Special Events & Promotions:
Please call McEwen's On Monroe at 901.527.7085 to discuss any special request concerning rental of entire restaurant for Special Events.
McEwen's on Monroe Ratings and Reviews
We always are appreciated of the attenti ...
We always are appreciated of the attention to detail at McEwen's in the food and service. Never had a bad time or experience!
They are trying hard to have a creative ...
They are trying hard to have a creative menu but dishes we had both fell short. Food average. Putting sweet mango sauce on steak didn't work well and was overpowering. Fish special was average. Waitress not knowledgeable and service average. For the money go somewhere else.
one word: fabulous. need to add 40 more ...
one word: fabulous. need to add 40 more characters...delicious, one of our best restaurants in town, always perfect.
The food and service were great, but it ...
The food and service were great, but it was too warm and a little too crowded.
I ordered the lamb. My meat was luke war ...
I ordered the lamb. My meat was luke warm at best when it reached the table. On top of that, it was a sinewy piece of meat. The mashed potatoes were coyingly sweet with way too much vanilla that was over-powering. The only good thing on the plate were the asparagus. Our waitress was rude and acted irritated To be there. Dessert wasn't any better. There are so many other restaurants in the city. This place desperately needs to be renovated. Do yourself a favor and eat somewhere else
Best restaurant in Memphis?
A gem of a restaurant. The food is really good. Can be loud when full. Recommend.
We had a group of seven for a business d ...
We had a group of seven for a business dinner, and we were given the opportunity to have dinner privately in the wine cellar, which worked out extremely well , and the service was very good.
Food was amazing! With the exception of ...
Food was amazing! With the exception of the biscuits. They tasted store bought. I had the Osso Bucco and was on heaven. Best in Memphis hands down. My Mom's catfish came out cold which was disappointing. Service was splotchy as well. We watched guests get there food and leave before we got ours (we were only a party of four) and we had placed our orders before they were there.
Food was outstanding. Vegetable plate wa ...
Food was outstanding. Vegetable plate was the best ever! The scallops were superb. This was one of our best meals in a long time - and this is from people who have dined in some of the top venues in the country. Highly recommended.
McEwen's was a great place to eat before ...
McEwen's was a great place to eat before an Orpheum show. The menu has great variety. We were able to enjoy an excellent meal and made the show with time to spare!
Nice for a quiet dinner
Nice, artistic feel to the dining room. Separate bar area. Have a large assortment of appetizers and small plates in addition to regular entrees and the waitress encouraged my idea of a few appetizers instead of one main dish so I tried three. The BBQ shrimp and grits were very good, but I was thrown a bit by having shrimp and grits in a BBQ sauce. Also had scallops which were cooked perfectly. And a salad with warm goat cheese which was also very good.
The beef tenderloin was incredible, as w ...
The beef tenderloin was incredible, as was the service and dining experience!
Maybe it was an off night, but the food was awful, the noise was loud enough that we couldn't have a conversation, it was sharply overpriced, and did I mention that the food was awful? We'll never go back even though it came highly recommended... We dropped $140 and had much better food for $4 at a food truck earlier in the day. The service was okay and the managers offered to make up for the bad experience, but there is no excuse for gross chicken covered in heaps of cumin on a bisquick pancake, or a $30 ribeye that's over cooked, grissly, fatty, etc... I could go on, but it's unnecessary. I almost never review places, but this was a serious disappointment - especially when I look back at the bill.
We grazed on appetizers and enjoyed the variety. Excellent wines by the glass. Room is very noisy and in need of some repairs as looking up to broken ceiling tiles with black spot was not appealing.
Still a great place!
Excellent meal, would go here more often if I lived closer to downtown. I don't think I have ever been disappointed here. Had the oso buck this week and it was fantastic. I've been several times over the years and what's impressive is the have maintained high quality through different chefs.
So good we had to go back a second time. Awesome mini plates. Rib eye was one of the best steaks I've had.
Food was fine, but it wasn't very crowde ...
Food was fine, but it wasn't very crowded on a Thursday night and we were seated and paid in 35 minutes. We had barely finished our appetizer and salad before the meal was in front of us. I still had my cocktail in front of me. A nicer restaurant should be able to pace the meal better whether it's crowded or sparse. Felt more like a fast casual restaurant that cost a lot more.
Arrived early - was seated and served - ...
Arrived early - was seated and served - arrived at our concert early as a result!
Gluten free options, GREAT food, & Super Service
My husband and I eat gluten free. Although they do not have a gluten free menu, the server was very knowledgeable about gluten free options and they were fantastic. My husband had the rib-eye steak and I had the fish special. Both were FANTASTIC!! I want to go back to have the rib-eye steak myself. Julie the manager was very friendly and had tons of interesting stories of different celebrities eating in the restaurant. On any given NBA game night you might get lucky and catch a glimpse of the San Antonio Spurs or Pop! They do catering too and do a great job. Make reservations, because the place is a little small, but definitely worth it.
Server was not real polite. It took a w ...
Server was not real polite. It took a while to get salad and appetizers. When we ask about receiving them she wasn't apologetic or anything. She never really came to check to see how our food was either. Another server did fill our drinks for us. Food was ok but not as good as it has been in the past.
We celebrated our 50th wedding anniversary at McEwen's on Monroe and it was everything we knew it would be and more. Our friends tried to get us to go to other new, fufu places, but we have always loved the food, service , and atmosphere at McEwens, and our expectations were exceeded. This place is the total package for us.
We had the lamb and beef tenderloin and ...
We had the lamb and beef tenderloin and it was perfect. Not a morsel left on our plates. Perfect evening.
Best Down Town
McEwen's has become the best destination for dining on fine food in an informal atmosphere for Downtown Memphis. The food is always good, and the rotation of at least the small plates, with featured soup and entrees daily, is appreciated in a city where so many restaurants choose not to alter the menu for years.
We had a great time! The food was delici ...
We had a great time! The food was delicious!! It is an elegant casual atmosphere. The service was excellent. The only downside was that there was a large party in the main room who were quite rowdy and loud. It did kind of take away from the ambiance, but the overall experience was still wonderful.
Not quite the same
We enjoyed this restaurant about five years ago. We returned this time for the sole reason of once again experiencing the fried oyster appetizer. Unfortunately the preparation was entirely different. The oysters were smaller, overly breaded and overlooked. Very disappointing. The rest of the meal was fine, and the service was great, but we may not make the effort next time through town.
My wife and I were celebrating our anniversary. We are always trying places we have never been before and did not know what to expect. We were very happy with our choice. The food was wonderful, she had the Catfish and I had the Osso Buco. The portions are very filling and prices very reasonable. The service was great and we even spent some time talking to one of the owners. Everyone was very nice and we could not have been happier. My wife declared it as one of her favorites and that we needed to go there more often. We will definitely be back and soon.
dark, noisy, but very good food & service!
dark, noisy, but very good food & service! Our first reaction to McEwen’s was definitely mixed. The restaurant has a mix of business people, couples, and small groups. It’s somewhat dark, but there are small lights at each table, and it’s somewhat noisy. However, McEwens’s is a popular place, and it’s easy to see why - the food is excellent! We were served some small flakey biscuits as we perused the menu, and thenI started my meal with the buttermilk fried oysters, and my wife started hers with the ver distinctive Tennessee purple hull pea hummus. Then I had the sea scallops, she had the wild salmon, and we shared cheese grits, green beans, her risotto, and grilled asparagus. We complemented our meal with an Adelsheim Pinot Gris. Our meals were excellent, and we had great service!
A great place. The osso bucco with chees ...
A great place. The osso bucco with cheesy grits and spicy collards was delicious. A funky space with a great soundtrack, heavy on vintage soul. When we mentioned we were heading to New Orleans, the owner pulled up a chair and gave us a half-dozen restaurant suggestions. Can't say enough about this casual gem. Bonus -- we stayed at the Residence Inn right next door.
The Pork with the cheese grits and colla ...
The Pork with the cheese grits and collard greens was incredible! Highly recommend it!
McEwen's on Monroe is a very charming, cozy ( we sat by the 'heater fireplace' on a very cold night), yet modern neighborhood gem. The menu selection was a perfect variety. I enjoyed the braised Kobe beef short ribs appetizer that was bursting with flavor. The service was excellent all around.
McEwen's is a very quaint place and very ideal for late dinners. The staff is very friendly and the food was good. Portions are generous and the staff is very attentive. I would go there with a group as well as on a date, but the romantic feel is perfectly suited for a couple. I would definitely come back .
I took my wife for a spur of the moment weekend night out and was very impressed. They have a great bar selection and the food and staff were wonderful. Pricing was low in my opinion for the amount of food and quality of service. We will definitely be back.
I had the Grilled Sea Bass. My wife had the Beef Tenderloin. We split a piece of coconut cake. It was all delicious. The cake had a very light frosting that was great.
My favorite restaurant in downtown Memphis. Menu for everyone in your group. My favorite is the mushroom beet salad. Having been going for 4 years with i in the group each time.Make reservations early.
talk about dropping the ball on new years eve
I have been here many times, and it's usually great. Unfortunately they really dropped the ball on New Year's Eve. After sitting at our table for 30 minutes we finally had to go to the hostess and ask if we could have someone take our order. The food did not come out together. Everyone was done with their second course before I even got mine. Nobody ever apologized or acknowledged there was an issue. I'm not sure what was going on. They seem to have had enough servers. They were just very unorganized. The bill for the dinner and 2 glasses of wine was 115 dollars. I would expect decent service for the price. For the record, the food was good.
Last Minute Menu Change Notification
Overall, I had a very good experience dining at McEwens. The MAIN issue I had that blessed my experience was the menu. I booked the NYE reservations weeks in advance and was notified on the 30th that the menu would not be the standard menu. If I had known this in advance, I would not have made the reservation. It was not only NYE, but my boyfriend's birthday and he has a favorite dish that he loves there. I made the reservation so that he could have his favorite. The four courses were nice, but that was not what would have been preferred. Because I wasn't notified until the 30th, there was no way I could get reservations anywhere else the day before NYE. I just wish this modified menu would have been communicated earlier.
Food and service were very good. First ...
Food and service were very good. First time visit for myself. Celebrating birthday.
This place takes care of it all. All 6 of us were very satisfied with our meals. Waitstaff was knowledgeable. The service was helpful without being intrusive. The atmosphere allowed for conversation. We just sat back and enjoyed.
Fogot how good this place is
We came here this week after months of forgetting how good this is. Had a quick dinner before a concert and returned for an after dinner drink. What a relaxed high quality restaurant. Will be back soon.
Excellent dining experience
The food was fantastic and in my opinion among the best in Memphis area.
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