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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 email@example.com 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
We have been wanting to try Restaurant Iris for quite some time, so I was excited to surprise my husband for his birthday. I called ahead after booking my reservation to let them know it was his birthday and they made it so special with ribbons, a rose, and a personalized menu! The only reason we gave the ambiance 4 stars instead of 5 was due to the temperature inside. It was so hot. The amazing waitress explained that it's an older house and harder to cool, and I also understand it was very hot outside that day, but sweating while you eat is rough. That being said, I'd do it again because everything else was perfect!!
You know the evening will be special when you arrive and are warmly greeted by the Chef/ Owner Kelly English. We came with high expectations from previous reviews. Our experience at Iris that evening was superb. You can feel the level of engagement from everyone that served our table. They are a proud, committed team of people who care passionately about serving outstanding food. Chef English menu that evening was memorable. His signature shrimp in a dark creole sauce was a one of a kind dish. My pan seared Snapper was outstanding and my wife's Rack of lamb was perfect. Without a question Restaurant Iris is Memphis's best choice for a fine dining experience.
Inventive food, fantastic service and lovely ambience make Iris a prime place for a special occasion. Standout selections were the mahi-mahi and Brussels sprout salad. And if they have the off-menu fried oyster salad, order it. Fantastic.
I had alerted Iris, via Open Table, that it was my mother's 90th birthday, and they did not disappoint. We were lead to a private back room of the house, table decorated with confetti curls, quiet enough for all or us to hear each other. Service was gracious and good humored.
The food was divine and our waitress was very informative. People should realize that this restaurant's menu pricing is competitive with any restaurant for fine dining in the Memphis area.
My friend was from out of town and thoroughly enjoyed himself. I know he will be back again.
My favorite resteraunt because the food is the best I've ever had. Service was a bit slow getting started after we were seated but was great after service actually began. I was disappointed there was no special in addition to the regular menu. Overall, Iris is still my favorite restaurant and consistently has the best food I've ever tasted. We will definitely be back!
Impeccable service! Our waitress was very knowledgeable about the menu. She was also very attentive. The chef and owner was welcoming guests. We were enjoying a date night with some of our best friends from college- perfect place. The Brussel sprouts are the best I have ever eaten. The surf and turf is a must! The bread pudding is heart warming and delicious!
We were celebrating a very special occasion and the staff at Restaurant Iris went to the trouble of decorating our table and making a special menu to commemorate the evening.
The food and wine selection was spectacular and our server really helped make the evening enjoyable and memorable.
As you would expect in a restaurant of this calibre, Kelly English visited with every table during the seating to make sure we were all happy. How could we not be happy? The food was outstanding from the palate warm-up to the mouth-watering dessert. I'd be embarrassed to order the 'surf and turf' in another restaurant. Not here. Innovative pairing on the strip steak stuffed with fried oysters, bleu cheese and tasty tiny bites of pan-fried potatoes. The scallops were perfectly done and aimed at the lighter fare diner. As such, my surf and turf ended up being a shared experience with my wife. The wine list was simple yet of high quality. Our server was personable and helpful without being over-bearing - just the right amount of visits to keep the table cleared of unwanted items without us feeling rushed or pushed toward the door. One of the best meals and dining experiences I've had in Memphis. Half bottle of wine, starters, meals, shared desert - at around $200. Not often you can call that a value and not regret signing the check. If I knew Kelly better, I'd give him a platonic hug. As it is, the brief review will have to suffice. Get on the reservations list - it's worth the wait.
Excellent experience, just as our first visit roughly 6 months ago. Food and service are excellent. I recommend either the foie gras or bone marrow appetizers. Surf and turf has been my choice of entree both visits, and it likely will be again for any future dining with Iris. Highly recommend.
Our visit to Memphis was highlighted by our meal at Restaurant Iris. We chose this restaurant out of a list of recommended places and we were thrilled to hit the jackpot. This quaint spot serves some of the best food we have had in a long time. From bone marrow to rack of lamb and hanger steak, every dish was delectable. Although we were stuffed, we opted for a few bites of dessert and ordered the bread pudding. That was THE BEST bread pudding we have ever had. Do not leave the restaurant without ordering it! We will be back next time we are in town.
Excellent food from the appetizers through the entire meal. The food was creative and extraordinarily tasty. I recommended the restaurant to a couple friends immediately after leaving. The service was perfect, no hovering, thoughtful descriptions, courteous... I would recommend Iris to anyone looking for exquisite food and a great dining experience.
Absolutely amazing on every level. My wife had the chef's 5 course with win pairing. 5 for 5 on everything. I tried several types of meat that I've not liked in the past but at this place they were outstanding. Never thought I would not only like but love duck? Bone marrow? Amazing! The Chef came by twice to the whole place to ensure everyone was having a good time and food was great. Service was fantastic as well. Use the valet parking though.
First time visiting the establishment and was not disappointed from the reviews of others. Delicious meal with the right ambiance for two, generous portions that was cooked to the liking. The menu is variable enough to cover just about any taste, but not overwhelming with too many choices. Great attention to detail all around and thoughtful of the restaurant to treat the occasion with such attention. Would recommend if you haven't been before.
We had a wonderful experience at the Iris restaurant , the service was first rate and our waiter extremely knowledgable , the head chef came to our table and asked how the meal was. They even went as far as to recommend restaurants on the next leg of our journey.
Let them know about anniversary, they had colorful ribbons on the table, flowers, personalized menu. Food was excellent, drinks yummy, service was perfect. Server was local, recommended authentic places for music, food (bar-b-cue, biscuits,) drinks away from the tourist places. Overall a great choice.
Best Restaurant in Memphis. Probably the best restaurant in the mid-South. I asked for a vegetarian option and they did not disappoint. Kelly's kitchen created one of the best vegetarian meals I have ever tasted.... grilled cauliflower on top of a mushroom ragout. My wife's meal (halibut) was equally spectacular. Great job as always!
From the curled ribbon on our table, to the special flowers, and finally the special menu letter commemorating our wedding anniversary, the team at Restaurant Iris thought of every little detail to make our dining experience incredibly special. The food and wine pairings were incredible of course as well.
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