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.
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
Our food was not as good as other restau ...
Our food was not as good as other restaurants at equal price points. An ingredient was substituted in the dish I ordered- peas instead of mushrooms. Dessert was way below expectations. Music was weird for atmosphere is food and restaurant atmosphere. Would not go back. Service staff was exceptional.
I am so glad we went to Iris. Our food ...
I am so glad we went to Iris. Our food was fantastic. I ate the duck confit. The duck and the beans were fabulous. My friend and I split two appetizers--the lobster knuckle sandwich and the foie gras, which I normally don't like. The foie gras is good that I almost ordered another one, and the lobster was great, too. Our waitress was wonderful. She made good suggestions but didn't hover. It was a great experience.
Celebrated anniversary just a few days a ...
Celebrated anniversary just a few days ago. Couldn't have been better. Appetizers were outstanding:Lobster knuckle sandwich and Brussels sprout salad were delicious. Surf and turf was amazing. Service was impeccable. Can't wait to go back.
Spending a few days in Memphis & looking ...
Spending a few days in Memphis & looking for a "nice" dinner. The menu was interesting. The experience was wonderful. The restaurant is lovely, quiet & comfortable. We opted for the paired tasting menu - food & wine. Each course had two options & we were able to share, doubling our tasting. Roasted Brussel sprouts with smoked bacon, marrow bone, steak with oysters and 2 sauces. Hillary, our server paired each course with an appropriate wine. I could go on but take our word wonderful barely covers it.
My wife and I both got out of work a bit ...
My wife and I both got out of work a bit early and made a last minute OT reservation at Iris. We could not have had a better experience. From start to finish the staff made sure we had a special evening. The service was spot on but not intrusive. We shared two appetizers that were very good. I had the surf and turf which was cooked perfectly. My wife had the grit gnocci with shrimp. I thought that was a chef using local ingredients( Hanna Farms Grits) to perfection in a unique way. Chef Kelly was also in house working the dining room. It is always impressive to see someone of his caliber with boots on the ground on a weekday. He has a special thing going and this visit blew us away. Thanks for a great meal and evening.
First time here. Atmosphere was amazing. ...
First time here. Atmosphere was amazing. Great wine list and awesome bourbon pours! Had the steak stuffed with oysters and blue cheese. And desert is something we rarely order but had the bread pudding and it was equally amazing! Will definitely be back.
My hubby and I have been so busy, but we ...
My hubby and I have been so busy, but we always make a point to support this outstanding restaurant. It's classy and the detail to quality is unmatched in Memphis. Keep doing what your doing. Thank you and see you next month.
I brought my daughter to Memphis for a f ...
I brought my daughter to Memphis for a foodie weekend for her birthday. The dinner was all that I could have hoped for, creative delectable food that made us both so happy. I am remiss that I do not recall my servers name as she was wonderful! Her recommendations were spot on and she treated my 11 yr old daughter so sweetly yet maturely. Not only was she knowledgeable and kind, but chased us across the street for a forgotten menu to commemorate our evening. The ambience was perfect; intimate, quiet, warm and inviting. I am so pleased we were able to experience an amazing meal in such a lovely setting.
Always a special treat to eat here. Chef ...
Always a special treat to eat here. Chef English is so personable and even pulled up a chair upon a patrons request to visit for a bit. So gracious and generous. The food is something to look forward to and aspire to replicate although just better to go back again. Garden District cocktail is like a spa drink! Enjoyed our evening.
Truly a wonderful evening. My wife and ...
Truly a wonderful evening. My wife and I went to Iris, and selected the 5-course "degustation". I have to say, this was an awesome experience, but make sure you are hungry. You won't leave stuffed, but there is a lot to try. My wife and I really enjoyed getting to try so many dishes. The next time we go back, we will probably chose a simpler option, but it was awesome. Our waitress was very knowledgeable, and the wine pairings were excellent. I have to say, if you like food, and you like the best service, then Iris is a Memphis gastronomic gem that you need to check out!
We were very well attended to, and the courses were spaced out perfectly. The waitstaff worked as a well oiled machine to make sure of that. Overall a superb experience, that we look forward to repeating.
They stay booked up so a reservation is ...
They stay booked up so a reservation is a must. Plan on making the reservation a few weeks out. The food, the wine list, and the service are all equally great. It can feel crowded but if fellow diners keep their conversations within their own table, it’s forgiving.
Save room for dessert....
Everything we had was amazing. Wound up ...
Everything we had was amazing. Wound up getting four appetizers and rotating them around the table - it was hard to pick a favorite!
My entree was the short ribs. I had trouble making conversation because the flavor was SO SUBLIME. You know when you're watching a romance movie, and there's a dance in the high school gym? And all of the sudden our characters' eyes meet, and all the other lights dim and time seems to slow down? That was me, eating those short ribs. Suddenly, nothing else mattered. I'm glad we came with a group of 4 or else my partner would've had nobody to talk to.
A very nice dinner out. Thank heavens t ...
A very nice dinner out. Thank heavens they have valet parking ($8) since parking would be difficult otherwise. The food was exceptional. The only downside was the music which, for the evening service, was suited more to a diner or much more casual place. Our wait person didn't rush us and knew the answers to all our dining questions.
We had been to Iris over the years. The ...
We had been to Iris over the years. The entrance and bar area was disorganized. The bar tender was very friendly but not sure about his skills. We wanted to sit at bar to have drink before being seated and only one stool. When asked about another stool- . sorry don't have one?. It almost seemed like the restaurant was running with no management. It used to be more of a special dining experience, but unfortunately it is now just another restaurant. I am real sorry to see the decline. The food was good. The experience was a disappointment.
Lovely evening. However, we were slightl ...
Lovely evening. However, we were slightly disappointed in the food. There wasn't much of it! My sea scallops were 5 on a plate with no starch such as rice or quinoa to round it out. The shrimp was excellent - my husband had that. Also, we thought the bread pudding was a bit too sweet - but that is our taste.
Our server was perfect and the ambience was excellent!
All round outstanding, lovely small res ...
All round outstanding, lovely small restaurant set in a house in the suburbs. Hostess asked specifically asked about choices for one guest who is lactose intolerant. This was the only case that this happened on our recent trip to Memphis though all restaurants booked through Open Table had been advised. Can we request that restaurants please take lactose intolerance SERIOUSLY!
The experience was wonderful as my wife ...
The experience was wonderful as my wife and I celebrated our 3 year anniversary. It so happened there were 3 other couples celebrating their anniversaries in the same room! The service was great, the wine was great and the food was incredible. All served timely with great passion and detail around the dishes. We'll be back and hope to visit more often.
We tried this restaurant for the first t ...
We tried this restaurant for the first time the other night. We had heard amazing things about Iris but hadn't had the opportunity to dine there. The ambiance was amazing and the staff was super friendly as well as knowledgeable about the menu and specials. The food, however, was even better! That was the best meal that we have had in a really long time!
This review may be tainted based on the ...
This review may be tainted based on the very high expectations we had going into this visit but have to say was not blown away by this experience. The place of course is a wonderful, cozy old house with each room having its own ambiance and flavor. Our waitress was very earnest and extremely knowledgeable about the food and menu but at times it was overbearing and a lot of information! (was there a test, was I supposed to be taking notes?) Ordered a bottle of wine and she appeared in a flash with an open bottle (guess she thought we said glasses?) Since this was a rare night out we wanted to take our time and enjoy the experience but start to finish they had us out of there in an hour! Way too fast with the food and pacing and at times felt pressured to order etc. Again top notch service but felt mechanical. Food was of course creatively done except my duck was way over salted and the sauce was as well and made for a less than perfect meal. (Lobster knuckle and shrimp with 7 spices were excellent)
Again the reputation of IRIS may have tarnished this experience but overall have to say this was just GOOD.
Food was excellent service lacked the lu ...
Food was excellent service lacked the luster of a 5 star establishment. Called and left message 2 days b4 and had to make a different reservation with #OpenTable. On top of that we told our server 3 times it was our 8 Year anniversary and she still brought out my wife's dessert with "Happy Birthday" On the plate and forgot to give her the gift I had given to b brought out with said dessert:( Making me look real smooth:(
My husband and I decided to visit Memphi ...
My husband and I decided to visit Memphis and consulted Opentable for a recommendation. Restaurant Iris was just wonderful! The Victorian Home is beautiful, the intimate dining rooms cozy, food and drinks perfection! The wait staff could not do enough for us.
Our only slight disappointment was the valet parking cost $18.00.
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