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Itta Bena

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Certificate of Excellence2015 - 2018 Winner

Food and ambience

Local cuisine, American, Cajun & Creole, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Groups, Bar Scene, Business meetings

Location and contact


Memphis BBQ
Slow braised pressed pork belly, pan seared foie gras, brioche, BBQ vinaigrette and southern slaw
Abita BBQ Shrimp
'Nawlins style barbecued jumbo shrimp, house made Abita beer bread
Duck Confit Grilled Cheese
Shredded duck confit, caramelized onions, hoison sauce, goat cheese, served on a French bread baguette
Fried Avocado Stuffed with Crab Meat Salad
Lump crab stuffed avocado deep fried golden brown, warm house remoulade, pico de gallo
Scallops and Grits
Seared jumbo scallops served on gouda Delta Grind grits, sweet corn crab cream sauce
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.
US$19 - US$55
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Dinner, After-hours
American, Cajun & Creole
Takeout, Valet Parking, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We had She Crab Soup for an appetizer. Excellent! Top notch service provided by McKenna. I had Shrimp & Grits. Husband had Grilled Salmon. Both quite tasty. We got complimentary champagne to toast my husband's birthday. The only reason I didn't give a 5 out...More

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank brad0528
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a hidden gem on the third floor of BB Kings BBQ restaurant. The first two floors were just loud - then you get to the third floor - and it is a totally different experience. There is a nice bar and the best...More

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank foodietravel73
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This place is a hidden gem. It’s not advertised on the street. It’s a word of mouth place. Above BB Kings club. Fantastic shrimp and grits. Local farm fresh ingredients. Based on reviews I went for the bowl of She-Crab soup. Devine. The setting is...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank BabsMinneapolis
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Whirlwind tour of Tennessee this past weekend found us wondering what to eat for dinner. As my husband is always up for a steak, we went online and found this location. It is located in the upper levels of the BB King Club and kind...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank daniescarlett
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This was a family dinner for four. We had heard great things about Itta Bena and so we were happy to give it a try. Our reservation was honored and we were given a nice table in the center (not to far away from from...More

Date of visit: October 2018
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Reviewed 13 January 2019

We are so glad we asked a Memphis native for his restaurant recommendation. He led us to Itta Bena and we are so glad he did !! We enjoyed such a delicious dinner in an atmosphere that is a combination of city cosmopolitan and bluesy...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank 2013Bill
Reviewed 5 January 2019 via mobile

A softer Jazz ambiance and the blue lighting from BB King’s makes for an amazingly romantic dinner. The food was delicious and a little pricey but we walked away very pleased. Staff is friendly. Highly recommend and will go back !!

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank elletw71
Reviewed 21 December 2018

We visited Itta Bena because the restaurant where we were supposed to dine lost our reservation, and we are SO glad that they did! Itta Bena is truly a jewel in Memphis. We had the BBQ shrimp and fried avocado apps and they were delicious....More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank vikingteacher
Reviewed 17 December 2018

Everything was very good. The service was excellent and the food was very good. Nice atmosphere, can definitely recommend

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank lucy55newyork
Reviewed 11 December 2018 via mobile

Great ambiance, food, location, drinks and service. Kind of has a Louisiana kind of feel. Good place for an impressive dinner.

Date of visit: October 2018
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27 August 2018|
Response from sheadogOregon | Reviewed this property |
I don’t remember but I would think that they’d be able to work something out to please you
27 August 2018|
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Response from crystal759 | Reviewed this property |
I'm not really sure, we didn't have any vegetarians in our group. I'm sure you could call & ask or check out their menu online.
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16 May 2018|
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Response from DB727 | Reviewed this property |
No need to dress up. Business Casual is perfect.
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