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Itta Bena

#25 of 1,206 Restaurants in Memphis
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145 Beale St, Memphis, TN 38103-3713 (Second)
+1 901-578-3031
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17:00 - 22:00
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Sydney
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96 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We found this via tripadvisor and although not sign posted anywhere door staff at BB kings will direct you upstairs where this hidden gem is located. The service was exceptional with the manager coming around to each table to introduce himself. Atmosphere is good with lighting and live music. Added bonus is you avoid cover charge for live entertainment downstairs... More 

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Twin City, Georgia
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Visited Memphis for the first time. Enjoyed Beale St and Graceland very much! According to reviews on TripAdvisor we were looking forward to dinner at Itta Bena! The ambience was wonderful! Our waiter, Billy, was great even though we did have a little wait. But the meal was not good. I ordered the chicken Marsala and the potatoes and green... More 

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Houston, Texas
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

My husband and I celebrated NYE at a 9pm seating. We had a wonderful experience. Everything we ordered was absolutely delicious. Service was superior. Highly recommend!

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Needham, Massachusetts
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84 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The speakeasy theme makes it tough to find, until you realize it's above BB King's Club. Since our table was directly above the band, I was glad that we were there on Christmas Eve when the club shut early. It wasn't overly loud, but it was more relaxing when the music downstairs stopped competing with the piano player upstairs. The... More 

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BBKingBluesClub, Manager at Itta Bena, responded to this review

Thank you, Rachel, for taking the time to leave us with your review. We are honored that you chose Itta Bena to dine with on Christmas Eve. We hope to have the pleasure of serving you again soon. More 

Fairhope, Alabama
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15 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

While visiting Memphis the Itta Bena was recommended and we made reservations accordingly. Tucked away above BB King we found this amazing restaurant. Of our food choices that evening the Fried Crab Meat Stuffed Avocado was the most unique and delicious treat! Service from the hostess desk to departure was very attentive but not intrusive. Can't wait to return!!

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Thank Gary C
BBKingBluesClub, Manager at Itta Bena, responded to this review

Thank you, Gary, for leaving us with such positive feedback! We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed your visit to Itta Bena. We hope that you will be back for more Fried Crab Meat Stuffed Avocado again soon. More 

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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is one of my Fav's!! We love to enjoy this food & atmosphere , before our broadway 🎭 show!! It is a hidden dining area , above BB King's...elegant & romantic

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Thank Wendy M
BBKingBluesClub, Manager at Itta Bena, responded to this review

Wendy, thank you so much for leaving us with your positive review. We are so happy to hear that you were able to enjoy our food and atmosphere before your Broadway show. We hope to have the pleasure of serving you again soon. More 

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6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and I have been a few times. The food is delicious. The drinks are amazing. The cove is a great spot to be away from everyone else. Makes you feel very important. And frisky. 😜

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39 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Whether you enter thru BB Kings place and take the stairs to the side or enter off the side street you will get the feeling of the proabition era! Itta Bena is just such an unpretentious treat. Once you enter the door you travel into a world of understated elegance. From the very attentive and knowledgable wait staff to the... More 

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BBKingBluesClub, Manager at Itta Bena, responded to this review

Thank you, Rosemary, for taking the time to leave us with your review. We are pleased to read that you enjoyed our atmosphere as well as our menu items. We hope that you will be back for more Chicken Marsala again soon! More 

Spokane, Washington
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44 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 December 2016 via mobile

Named after BB Kings hometown you will not see a sign for this place located above BB Kings Blues House on Beale. We loved it. The service was great and everything we ordered was fantastic. Nice piano playing during dinner that was not too loud. Definitely will go again.

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1 Thank Bermanfiver
BBKingBluesClub, Manager at Itta Bena, responded to this review

Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us with your review. We are pleased to read that you enjoyed our menu items as well as our pianist. We hope to serve you again in the near future. More 

Oakland, Maryland
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 December 2016

We celebrated our 33 anniversary here. The food is always tasty, and the atmosphere is fantastic with the live music. This restaurant is loaded with character, and the service is always good. The wedge salad is the best as well as the bread pudding! convenient location as well. Can't wait to return

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1 Thank Alyson W
BBKingBluesClub, Manager at Itta Bena, responded to this review

Thank you, Alyson, for writing your review and sharing your dining experience. We are so happy that we could help make your 33rd Anniversary celebration special. We can't wait to see you again. Thanks for the feedback. More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$19 - US$55
Cuisine
American, Cajun & Creole, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Valet Parking, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Bar Scene
Open Hours
Sunday
17:00 - 22:00
Monday
17:00 - 22:00
Tuesday
17:00 - 22:00
Wednesday
17:00 - 22:00
Thursday
17:00 - 22:00
Friday
17:00 - 22:00
Saturday
17:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 145 Beale St, Memphis, TN 38103-3713
    (Second)
  • Location: United States  >  Tennessee (TN)  >  Memphis
  • Phone Number: +1 901-578-3031
Description
Up the fire escape above BB Kings Blues Club lies Memphis' "hidden gem" Itta Bena. Named for the town where legendary BB King was born, Itta Bena embodies the charm and inspiration of fine southern dining. Itta Bena restaurant and bar invites you in for a cool libation and southern cuisine with a Delta twist. From our 16oz. bone in Ribeye to our Shrimp and Grits and decadent desserts, Itta Bena has something for everyone. So come as you are - no jackets required, for great food in a relaxed atmosphere with unrivaled southern hospitality.

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