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
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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
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.
Birthday celebration for two. Very good ...
Birthday celebration for two. Very good. Not excellent, but I may have had expectations set too high.
It's the best in Memphis, but compared to NYC, SF, Boston, New Orleans, Miami, and several other big cities it has some improving. Excellent in ambiance, service, noise level, and value. Food wasn't quite as good as hoping. Beef Ravioli was slightly bland.
Lobster knuckle sandwich was little tough and I thought over cooked, lamb wasn't as flavorful as hoped. Maybe on a week night when the place isn't as crowded and they are not pumping out as much food. Service rocked and they did a very good job of making us feel welcome and comfortable. Nice Romantic evening
We were visiting Memphis with our brothe ...
We were visiting Memphis with our brother in law and sister in law and wanted a nice meal out for our last evening. It was everything we read about and more. I would highly recommend reservations at Restaurant Iris.
My wife had the signature stuffed rib-ey ...
My wife had the signature stuffed rib-eye and I had the amberjack.
The steak was good, but not great, it was cold, a bit dry and cooked beyond the requested medium rare. I am glad that we tried it since Chef Kelly English is famous for it... I would not order it again; don't see the value and the complicated preparation offers too much room for disappointment.
My fish was good, though a it over cooked and overly salty.
Our server was amazing; charming, delightful and present when we needed here without hovering. She was the highlight of our visit.
It may be time for the menu to be refreshed and the team to be re-inspired by Chef Kelly. The place seems to be resting on its laurels.
Beyond the control of the management was the fact that we had two very loud parties at the other tables in our room - just bad luck.
Glad we came; though I am not sure that Iris truly merits five stars.
Overall, it was overpriced and overrated.
We went here for an early five year anni ...
We went here for an early five year anniversary dinner and had a wonderful time. We did the five course tasting dinner with wine pairing. It was excellent and all the food and wine was paired very well. I especially enjoyed the lobster knuckle sandwich and the braised beef ravioli. Each course came with it's own paired wine, and five dishes with five wines was a lot and honestly too much for me, but still very enjoyable.
I have lived in Memphis for almost four ...
I have lived in Memphis for almost four years now and by far this has best restaurant experience I have had in this city. From the moment we were greeted to the time we got our check, this was an exquisite evening. We both are vegetarians so we let the restaurant know ahead of time and by the time we got there the server knew about our meal preference which made life so much easier. Superb.
We waited a month to get a Saturday even ...
We waited a month to get a Saturday evening table for 3, and I appreciated that they had set the table festively especially for me. The chef sent out free starters, too. We ordered two starters, four glasses of wine, three entrees and two desserts to share. It took about an hour an a half-- we were seated and served promptly and enjoyed our meal very much. We took home leftovers in a boxes that were festively decorated. It was great, but it would have been out of my financial range if not for the gift certificate my family gave me.
Wonderful experience for both my boyfrie ...
Wonderful experience for both my boyfriend and me. Our server was knowledgable with the menu and history of the restaurant. There was a great selection of wines. The food was delicious. The Art and restaurant scenery was beautiful. Compliments to the owner, staff and chef.
Iris is a very good restaurant, but the ...
Iris is a very good restaurant, but the problem with the hype of being the best dining in the state or top 50 in the country is that it is impossible to live up to such expectations. I enjoyed the patê and I had an excellent sazerac - that is definitely the best in town. I will not make a final decision on Iris without experiencing the tasting menu. The best thing that I ate all night was the amuse bouche - which was an amazing sample of the kitchen's ability. My company for the evening was a less adventurous eater, so I will definitely return to Iris to make a more informed decision. As of now, I can absolutely say that Iris is a very good dining experience.
We have been far and wide with high end ...
We have been far and wide with high end restaurants and would say Iris held its own very well. The food was outstanding, service was outstanding, and the setting quite romantic. We did the tasting menu with wine parings. The wines were spot on matches with each entrée. I would highly recommend Iris to anyone that respects the craft of fine dining. Bravo!
all four of us did the five course chef' ...
all four of us did the five course chef's selection. that was a fun thing to do and was an excellent choice. you tell them what you do NOT like, then , they go from there. the server's narrative on each dish was informative and interesting. at this price point you are looking for a unique experience and Iris delivers. well done.
The dinner was excellent. Besides the fa ...
The dinner was excellent. Besides the fact that the food tasted very good, the presentation was great too. Each wine paring was perfect for each course. I would highly recommend this restaurant for all foodies or a special occasion.
Appetizers were very good. We had Brusse ...
Appetizers were very good. We had Brussel sproit salad, grilled haloumi and knuckle sandwich. The entrees weren't as good. Redfish was very salty on a very small amount of puréed corn with hominy. The duck breast was a little dry. Bread pudding for dessert was very good. Excellent cocktails.
The wife and I have been here a few time ...
The wife and I have been here a few times but we took our son and his girlfriend since he was heading off to college soon. He couldn't stop talking about how good everything was and that it was probably the best meal he had ever eaten!! Everything was cooked perfectly as usual and some the new menu items we tried were outstanding.
Food was great, ambience is very quaint ...
Food was great, ambience is very quaint and our server was excellent. The ravioli appetizer is excellent. Ordered their signature dish for entrees the surf and turf and it was excellent. Dessert was just okay. Overall a great experience.
My first visit. While we were certainly ...
My first visit. While we were certainly in no rush, our server did not come to our table for 15 minutes after we were seated. Appetizer was tasty, but unexpectedly tough. Entrees were terrific as was the wine. Check arrived abruptly after plates were cleared, without offer of desert. That was different.
Will I go back? Sure. Maybe an off night for the server. Ambiance is wonderful, with food quality to match. Was it work almost $200. Maybe.
Restaurant Iris never disappoints! We ar ...
Restaurant Iris never disappoints! We are a loud family..we got a room in the back that was just perfect for us and for preserving the ambiance for the other diners. Food, service, decor always always stellar! go there and go again!
I have been to Iris four times, and I ha ...
I have been to Iris four times, and I have to admit, this was my most disappointment visit. For starters, we reserved a table over two months ago, but our table was literally the worst one in the house. It was wedged in a corner between the hostess station and the next dining room. As such, people kept brushing by us, and I could hear every conversation BUT my own.
The food was good but not as great as past visits. The lobster knuckle sandwich was kind of dry, but the heirloom tomato salad was perfectly delicious. My grouper was very good, but my husband's surf and turf, which he ordered medium rare, was WAY overcooked (as in well done on one side, medium on the other).
The meal also felt rushed--we had barely sipped our drinks before apps were out, then our food came out almost immediately after apps. Overall, we were there less than an hour!
Perhaps I'm being picky, but based on reputation, past experiences, and price, I just expect more than we got from Iris this time around.
My wife and I celebrated our 7 year wedd ...
My wife and I celebrated our 7 year wedding anniversary at Restaurant Iris. I've heard rave reviews from friends about Iris for years, but this was our first visit. I'll admit beforehand I was pretty excited, and I can honestly say Iris absolutely lived up to the hype. We had an emergency earlier in the day that delayed us, so we were running a couple minutes late to the reservation. Thankfully, the hostess and staff were completely understanding. The wait staff was terrific, and the food was truly amazing! We will definitely be back!
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