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Restaurant Iris

#76 of 1,224 Restaurants in Memphis
Certificate of Excellence
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2146 Monroe Ave, Memphis, TN 38104-4229 (Cooper)
+1 901-590-2828
17:00 - 21:00
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Mon - Thu 17:00 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 17:00 - 22:00
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Buffalo, New York
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349 reviews
267 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

On our last night in Memphis, we had an excellent dinner at Iris, about a ten minute drive from downtown. Our server asked where we were from and what brought us to Memphis. My girlfriend told her that we had visited Graceland, Sun Records and the Civil Rights Museum, but that we were also going to Little Rock and Bentonville,... More 

Thank William N
Memphis, Tennessee
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great food. Great service. We had been to Second Line a lot, but never here. Would recommend for a special occasion. Was upscale, but not stuffy. I am a vegetarian and there was nothing on the menu really. I let the server know, and they created a great dish for me!

Thank Boscor88
Memphis, Tennessee
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131 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It's always a treat when we can land reservations at Iris, and my husband scored for my birthday this year. Really nice ambiance -- lovely decor, tables are not all jammed up together and you can actually hear each other talk. I always order the brussels sprout salad with Benton bacon, and it is to DIE for! Everything else was... More 

Thank DesigningWoman13
Bartlett, Tennessee
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91 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 April 2017

We enjoyed a wonderful dinner and we went through the entire menu. We shared the NOLA barbecue shrimp appetizer, perfectly cooked shrimp and a sauce that makes you ask for more bread to sop it up. We then tried salads, the kale and arugula salads. Delicious combinations of textures and flavors. Main course include the scallops and the grilled mahi-mahi.... More 

Thank PKPollard
Vienna, Virginia
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33 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 March 2017

This restaurant was mentioned in a NYT article on Memphis, so we thought it worth making the 15+ minute drive out from the town center and we were not disappointed. The restaurant is in a modern-looking victorian-style home. Others complained about noise from other diners--we had no problem in the other diners in the room that were were eating in... More 

Thank ptrjmaltd
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 24 February 2017

Although I would like to give 5 stars to the chef and staff who are wonderful, we had to endure two loud patrons who made the evening intolerable. Rather than keep their conversation reasonable and to their tablet like the rest of us, they made sure that the whole room heard them discuss their various views about several subjects. This... More 

1 Thank HisWay73
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26 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 January 2017 via mobile

I'm a huge fan of Restaurant Iris as I consider it the best in Memphis. I have to say I was disappointed in my NYE experience. I understand doing a set menu, but restaurants should stick to doing the dishes that they are known for. I started with the cauliflower soup. It was tasty, but cold. They took it back... More 

Thank Cindystoner1
Celebration, Florida
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37 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 December 2016 via mobile

Our son and his wife took us here for dinner. They were excited to take us as they thought this was a top 50 restaurant. Everything was horrible. Appetizer was a smoked trout ravioli that was terrible. I ordered red snapper that was dry and salty and fishy! Let me say that being from Florida I know what good fish... More 

1 Thank Blanca34747
Williamstown, Massachusetts
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187 reviews
109 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 December 2016 via mobile

We love to sample different and creative chefs' cuisines. Of course, Massimo Bottura's Osteria Francescana in Modena, Italy, will always be tops in our pantheon, but Chef English's take on creating a new twist on New Orleans' tastes is also a gustatory adventure. Worth the effort and expense!

1 Thank Mark F
New York City, New York
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33 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 November 2016

Interesting food in a lovely atmosphere. Good for a special occasion. We enjoyed the lobster knuckle and raviolo for starters and the duck and shrimp for our entrees.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$31 - US$50
French, American, Cajun & Creole, Gluten Free Options
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Valet Parking, Highchairs Available, Free Wifi, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Business meetings, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine
Open Hours
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2146 Monroe Ave, Memphis, TN 38104-4229
  • Location: United States  >  Tennessee (TN)  >  Memphis
  • Phone Number: +1 901-590-2828
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.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?