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Bari Ristorante Enoteca is the city's only Southeastern Italian restaurant and wine bar. Creating the regional cuisine of his family, Chef Jason Severs' renditions of antipasto, salads, meats and seafood, over 20 Italian cheeses, plus homemade pasta, bread, and desserts, give diners a true taste of this Italian Region. Whether you order a multi-course meal like they do in Italy, or only one or two dishes, you will love the simplicity and freshness of Bari's food and excellent Italian wines. The Enoteca is open an hour before and after the dining room, offering and extensive all-Italian wine list.
Memphis, TN 38104
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm -10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm, Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
$31 to $50
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Call us for catering information.
Parking is available behind the restaurant, on the side, or across the street.
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Bari Ratings and Reviews
I went here with my girlfriend for our second anniversary last week, and wow. This was one of the greatest restaurants I've been to in a while. The food was absolutely incredible, the waiter was attentive and very knowledgeable about the menu, and the atmosphere was absolutely perfect.
Bari never fails to deliver. My wife and I live 90 minutes away and when we come to Memphis for anything, we make it a point to eat at Bari every single time. We've tried restaurants across Memphis from top to bottom and this one delivers an outstanding experience every single time... so we don't bother revisiting the fancy places we've hit before or even trying new ones: Bari never lets us down.
Bari is always a great choice. The food is always excellent, and the owners make a point of using a lot of fresh local ingredients and sticking to healthy ingredients. Unlike most restaurants in Memphis, you know what you are getting here. Healthy oils (olive oil), good quality ingredients, a focus on keeping the food simple and elegant, and consistency. The wine list is excellent, and the cheese menu is easily the best and most extensive in the city. The atmosphere on the weekends is great: it's busy and the bar is hopping, but there is no loud background music thankfully. That's the worst mistake most restaurants make. When you go to Bari, even when it's packed, you will experience a relaxed atmosphere that's rare not only for Memphis but also for the surrounding area (Overton). Thanks as always for creating such a wonderful space in Memphis! Also try the upstairs bar. Really unique, and Vince makes EXCELLENT cocktails. He always has great recommendations, and my friends usually end up branching out and trying something new. Recommended.
I really enjoy going to Bari. The food is always great and healthier than other restaurants and has the right portion. I love their seafood dishes and antipasto. The prosciutto di Parma is liked being in Italy.
They have a wonderful assortment of Italian cheeses and wine selection.
Most importantly the service is always outstanding.
The calamari dish needed to have more calamari and less spelt, less sardines. Plus one of the fish I bit into had bones. It was disgusting.
The steak loin was also terrible. No flavor. Never before have we wanted to put salt on a steak like we did that night. Had the food been excellent, then the value would have been worth it.
We eat out frequently and are quite picky about where we eat. Having now dined at Bari well over a dozen times, I can tell you that they are consistently very good. Service is always very friendly and approachable. Try a cheese plate appetizer and let your waiter/waitress pick two to four cheeses for you. They have over a hundred options!
Pastas are fantastic.
The scallops, whole fish, and specials are often very worthwhile.
The food and service at Bari is always outstanding, among the very best in Memphis. They serve cheeses and salumi that are nearly impossible to find outside of Italy, and their wine list is likewise very good. Although the decor could use some updating, Bari offers a great dining experience.
It's been a couple of years since I'd been to Bari, so I was looking forward to visiting again. The food is as good as I remembered it - not incredibly creative, but really well executed and flavors/textures were all how they were supposed to be. Pricing is a little high, but as we'll come to later in the review I imagine this is down to low-volume issues.
Service was fine, but at this price-point I expect the non-tableside service to be better. Our waitress was really nice and knowledgeable, but she also appeared to be the only one working the hostess stand and dining room at 8:30pm on a Thursday - granted we were one of only 3 tables in the restaurant. Never saw a manager or chef, which again is something I would expect, even if it was just in the background walking around.
The ambiance was poor, and I really think Bari needs a remodel/interior design shakeup if it's going to survive. There was music playing, but it was so quiet that we couldn't make out what kind of music it was. Lighting is poor - it's too bright, and spotlights in restaurants is something I expect to find at a casual-dining place, not at a romantic, chef-driven place. The bathrooms weren't 'dirty', but certainly weren't clean.
We dropped just under $200 for 2, and I think Bari has some way to go to make that feel like good value.
Overall it was a great experience. I would recommend for any special occasion. The service was great and wasn't intrusive. Don't expect to eat pasta just because it's Italian. It's actually more of a seafood place. I had "bronzini" which was great. It had a head and tail but was nicely descaled. My date had fish also which was a filet but i still wouldn't trade my bronzini for that. Manhattan was legit, as a guy I actually appreciated that it didn't come in a martini glass :)
The food & wine were superb..as good as any we got while traveling in Italy. Could we suggest that you find a way to cover the window in the dining room? It was in our eyes for ⅓ of our dinner until one of the other servers figured out how to cover it with a napkins. Despite that..we heartily recommend Bari..not to be missed on a visit to Memphis.
Bari is consistently one of our favorite restaurants. The food is always excellent and the service is great. They were very helpful in accommodating some special needs for our guests: food allergy and hearing problems. Our friends were very impressed with the special treatment.
An excellent dinning experience. A different take on traditional Italian food. The server was so knowledgeable and explained in great detail how each dish was prepared. Food was delivered on time and in order. We loved the Muscles in garlic with white wine sauce and pasta carbonara! Excellent wine selection as well.
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