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Itta Bena

145 Beale St, Memphis, TN 38103-3713
+1 901-578-3031
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  • Excellent58%
  • Very good27%
  • Average11%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“fried avocado” (14 reviews)
“lamb chops” (16 reviews)
Open Now
17:00 - 22:00All hours
American, Cajun & Creole, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
145 Beale St, Memphis, TN 38103-3713
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Reviewed 5 days ago

We had a company event there and the service and food were great. We had a limited menu because of the size of our group, but everyone had a great experience. The service was prompt and courteous. BB would be proud. This is a neat...More

Thank 73SouthernGent
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Any restaurant kitchen that can handle getting slammed by a group of 20 without any hiccups gets my vote! 👍🏻 Unique dishes, good flavours, excellent service plus live piano music made for a fun evening with colleagues. Itta Bena is above BB king's club via...More

Thank brucew266
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My wife and I were staying one day in Memphis before a Mississippi River cruise. I picked Itta Bena because of the great reviews. We were not disappointed. The food and ambience is wonderful. The restaurant is on the second floor above BB King's Blues...More

Thank TahitiChris
BBKingBluesClub, Manager at Itta Bena, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

We are so ecstatic to hear you had an amazing time at Itta Bena. We’re glad you had a five-star visit and that Mark was able to give you a memorable experience. Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review and we...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Made our reservation on open table the day before. We arrived about 15 minutes early and we offered to sit in the bar area which we did. Great bar service and drinks! Our food was very good however our service was just a bit lacking....More

Thank asbeyer
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Been coming to Memphis twice a year for a decade and just found out about this place. Simply Amazing! Will definitely go back!

Thank Kraft68
BBKingBluesClub, Manager at Itta Bena, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you so much for providing us with your positive feedback! We are so glad that you found our hidden gem and we hope to have the pleasure of serving you again soon.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This place was hard to find even though I read the reviews lol. Once we found the right door it takes you up a staircase into a really cool restaurant. Nice piano music in the background...very romantic! We were immediately served champagne because they knew...More

Thank Alisha R
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Finding this place is a slight challenge (out the back of BB Kings) but seems popular. There isn't live music on Sundays and Mondays so you can here the bands downstairs. Food is ok, nothing to rave about. We had the duck and waffles which...More

Thank paviourmark
Reviewed 19 August 2017 via mobile

I learned about this restaurant from friends and wanted to try it. I made a reservation for the private dining room about a month ahead. I knew the area in which the restaurant was located but I was not sure exactly where it was. We...More

Thank LiveLaughLoveT_08
Reviewed 7 August 2017 via mobile

I really enjoyed my visit! The food was good! I tried the She Soup that was very tasty and the Herb Chicken! The atmosphere is perfect for couples or a family! It is hidden, you gotta climb the flight of stairs just round the corner...More

1  Thank Cbjackson
BBKingBluesClub, Manager at Itta Bena, responded to this reviewResponded 11 August 2017

Thank you so much for leaving us with your positive feedback! We are pleased to read that you enjoyed our menu items as well as our atmosphere. We hope that you will be back for our She Soup again soon!

Reviewed 24 July 2017

When you get to BB King's on the corner of Beale St. you still have to look around for the hidden stairs that goes up to this restaurant. Once inside the atmosphere is very posh and the food is great! We had the jambalaya pasta...More

Thank Krow13
BBKingBluesClub, Manager at Itta Bena, responded to this reviewResponded 28 July 2017

Thank you so much for taking the time to provide us with your review. We are so pleased to read that you enjoyed our menu items, service, and atmosphere. We hope that you will be back to enjoy our hidden gem again sometime soon!

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1 June 2017|
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Response from Glenda R | Reviewed this property |
I am pretty sure we saw children there on at least one trip. You can go up the side entrance and never have to go thru the club.
lynda m
6 May 2017|
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Response from Cedar240 | Reviewed this property |
24 hours a day lobby and room. Made me so happy! Go!
25 November 2016|
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Response from Christopher F | Reviewed this property |
We were advised to book and did; but on the night it turned out not to be necessary as there were plenty of available tables
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$19 - US$55
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, Accepts Credit Cards
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Romantic, Local cuisine, Bar Scene
Open Hours
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 145 Beale St, Memphis, TN 38103-3713
  • Location: United States  >  Tennessee (TN)  >  Memphis
  • Phone Number: +1 901-578-3031
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 Grilled New Zealand Lamb Chops to our Jumbo 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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