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About Restaurant Iris
Born and raised in Southern Louisiana, Chef Kelly English fell in love with the culture and food of New Orleans. Equipped with his training from award-winning Chef John Besh, English presents a unique dining experience.
Restaurant Iris specializes in French-Creole cuisine featuring local and seasonal ingredients. English infuses his endless creativity and passion for food into each dish. Whether indulging in his Oysters three ways, a "Knuckle Sandwich", or a dessert made just for you, one is sure to reap the benefits of English"s rich culinary background.
We invite you to experience Restaurant Iris, simplicity at its most elegant.
Please note: Due to the limited capacity of our dining room, we offer limited online reservation availability. For more information regarding availability, please contact the restaurant directly.
Memphis, TN 38104
Hours of Operation:
Brunch: Sunday: 11:00am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
$31 to $50
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Please call 901-590-2828 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
On-street parking and parking lot available.
Bar Dining, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Outdoor dining, Wine
Restaurant Iris Ratings and Reviews
This restaurant is a gem hidden in a lovely house away from downtown where we are staying. It is well worth the drive! Our server, Mary Katharine was wonderful and the food was absolutely divine. I had the lobster knuckle sandwich which was poached in tarragon butter and melted in your mouth follow by trout amandine on a bed of cauliflower purée and ending with a tarte tat in that was as good as the best one I have ever eaten in Paris!
We loved restaurant iris! I am originally from south Louisiana, so the food reminded me of an upscale restaurant in south Louisiana. The ambience was great, and the wait staff was very helpful and engaging. Thoroughly enjoyed our experience! It was also my wife's birthday, and the restaurant treated my wife wonderfully! We'll be back
What a wonderful restaurant! Granted, it's crazy expensive but the food is beautiful and delicious and the menu is not crazy big but has great options that didn't take forever to decide. The staff were knowledgeable and encouraging and we were treated like stars. Kelly English even came out to see how everyone was doing and didn't introduce himself or flaunt. Thank you for making our 8th wedding anniversary special!!!
It's not very often we have found someone serving Seared foie gras with a flair. Their foie gras was amazing. we both had it. Our server was very knowledgable and attentive to my wife's description of the type of wine she wanted and offered her a few samples. She arrived at a chardonnay by the glass she liked very much. The duck was perfectly prepared. My wife's mahi mahi special over risotto. It was a very nice dish. We didn't want to leave without trying desert and their bread pudding didn't disappoint. The selection of cheeses was a bit pedestrian but still very good. I would highly recommend Iris to anyone. Not our favorite in town but a close runner up.
This was my second dining experience at Restaurant Iris, and it by far exceeded my first visit based on food selection alone. On my first trip, I tried the bone marrow to start and the shrimp and grits as my entree. I was not a fan of the bone marrow, and I've had better shrimp and grits elsewhere in Memphis. The best thing I had was the sample steak tartare with a dollop of butter and bacon. This time, however, our table opted for the lobster knuckle sandwich to start, and we had the duck breast and surf and turf as our entrees. We were also given a sample of squash salsa. Everything was excellent. The lobster meat was ample and incredibly fresh. The duck breast was the most well-flavored and well-cooked duck I've yet to have; it practically melted in my mouth. And the blue cheese and fried oyster stuffed steak over a bed of potato hash with bacon was just as decadent and delicious as it sounds. Together, this was the best meal and dining experience I've had-- I just wish I would have saved room for dessert! The flavor combinations and textures that Chef Kelly English is able to incorporate into a dish are something that everyone needs to try.
Took my wife to celebrate her "Birthday Month". Restaurant Iris has been on our Memphis list for several years. We had been to and enjoyed, Second Line next door.
Parking isn't one of their highlights, though we were able to find a legal spot on the street not too far. However, the neighborhood portion of the sidewalk is in shambles. That's not the restaurant's fault, but something to note. Perhaps Iris could invest in repaving it as a gesture to the community?
The service was spot on. Everything we needed or wanted was pleasantly and promptly taken care of. We did have to reserve an 8:15 as the earlier spots weren't available, but when were seated, all four tables in our room were empty, and we walked past several other empty tables. Perhaps the earlier guests finished earlier than expected.
The food was delicious, and unlike many comparably priced places, the portions were more than satisfying. We ordered the toasted oysters as an app and they were light and crispy with great seasoning. She ordered the Braised Lamb Shank. She did have to add a touch of salt and pepper to it. We both really enjoyed the flavor, however, it wasn't really the right dish for her to have ordered. The pasta was fresh, but she doesn't typically eat carb-heavy foods. We should have paid closer attention to the description on the menu. I ordered their signature surf-n-turf, which is a 14 oz. NYStrip with the toasted oysters on a bed of hash browns with two sauces, hollandaise and tangy. I subbed the oysters for shrimp, since we had those oysters for the app, but that was probably a mistake. I can imagine the dish being perfect as it was listed. For dessert, we shared a caramel cheesecake which was uneventful, even though they were thoughtful enough to include a birthday candle. It tasted house-made, but was dry and not very caramel-y. The crust has an oddly wet texture for a graham crust.
In summary, it was a wonderful evening with nearly all of the mishaps not accredited to Iris.
I have been to Iris before and was very excited to bring my mother and father in law to "experience" the surf and turf. Unfortunately, the surf and turf was sold out -which in this instance was a very big let down. After finding alternative entrees the kitchen took awhile to deliver our food -which was mostly fish (2 scallop, 1 shrimp, & pork chop) and should have been quick to cook. The time was acknowledged by our waitress and our coffees and a glass of wine was waived from the ticket. In the end, we weren't upset just left with an experience that was lack luster. The highlights were the amuse bouche and the crab knuckle sandwich appetizers.
Thank you so much for a wonderful evening. I have lived in Memphis for nearly 10 years and always wanted to try Iris. We visited Iris for our 11th wedding anniversary on the 24th of Feb. In addition to wonderful service and fantastic food, the menu had a custom insert page printed wishing us a happy 11th anniversary and our table had a rose and a little festive confetti. Thank you Iris for making our dinner a hit!
Although I would like to give 5 stars to the chef and staff who are wonderful, we had to endure two loud patrons who made the evening intolerable. Rather than keep their conversation reasonable and to their tablet like the rest of us, they made sure that the whole room heard them discuss their various views about several subjects. This destroyed the otherwise potential wonderful experience. This is not an inexpensive meal. We would expect this behavior would not be acceptable in a high quality restaurant. I am sorry to have to give such a low review to such an otherwise wonderful restaurant with extremely great potential but would expect control of such behavior.
Had a great dinner with my fiance. The food was great. We were able to share most if not all the food family style as to try as much of the menu as possible. The only downside is once we ordered we ran out of table space quickly. Not a bad problem to have when the food is that good.
We were out of town in Memphis and our friend from home recommended that we try Iris. It was outstanding. Our server helped narrow down the choices (they all sounded great); and everything was delicious, fresh, complex flavors and sauces. I would highly recommend.
Had heard so many great things about Iris. It was good but not as special as I had thought.
No flowers on table. Server was nice but didn't wow us. Same thing with the food. Our party of 3 had different appetizers and entrees. They were good but nothing outstanding. Don't see us coming back anytime soon.
We went to Restaurant Iris for an early Valentine's Day dinner and we were so thrilled by the entire experience. Our waitress was friendly and had some great recommendations for us, the cocktails were delightful, and the food was inventive and incredible. We will definitely be back!
We have had a great experience in the past but was not as happy this time. The surf and turf was average this time. Appetizers and dessert was fine but for $50+ for the entree it should be amazing. Unfortunately, it was not. Chef English was not there that night and I know because he was leaving as we were coming in. Maybe that had something to do with it. The other two times we have been there he's cooked our meals and came out of the kitchen to say hello. However, I understand he can't be there every night.
This experience could not have been any better. The service was the best in Memphis and perhaps the best I have ever had. Before this night a local owned steak house was my all time local favorite - not anymore. Iris has moved to the front. Thanks Kelly English and family for offering this wonderful opportunity to Memphis.
We were in a table of six. We ordered the 5 course tasting menu with wine pairings. Highly recommend trying this. Our server made us feel very comfortable and mixed and matched dishes and wine all night. Fun to share bites with your neighbors. Of course, Mr. English lived up to his reputation.
I was very disappointed in this meal. I have been there many times but this time was not good. The steak came out cold and the shrimp was so salty I could not eat it. The server took the shrimp off and another steak was prepared. It was the first time for my boyfriend and it was his birthday so it was important that it was spectacular. I know Kelly English's reputation and the meal was disappointing.
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