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Restaurant Iris

#62 of 1,205 Restaurants in Memphis
Certificate of Excellence
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2146 Monroe Ave, Memphis, TN 38104-4229 (Cooper)
19015902828
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17:00 - 21:00
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Mon - Thu 17:00 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 17:00 - 22:00
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25 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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 

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Thank Cindystoner1
Celebration, Florida
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37 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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 

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Williamstown, Massachusetts
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158 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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!

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1 Thank Mark F
New York City, New York
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35 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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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Thank dorinf
Birmingham, Alabama
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016 via mobile

My husband and I ate at Iris last night for the 3rd time. This restaurant is located in Midtown in a quaint little house with individual dining rooms that have roughly 4 tables in each room making it cozy and quiet and a great place to take a date or just have a conversation. There is some street parking but... More 

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1 Thank foodienan2
Collierville, Tennessee
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106 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

We wanted to find a nice restaurant to celebrate the sale of our home with the recent relocation to Memphis. The starters (knuckle sandwich, fried oyster salad, foie gras) were all excellent. The main courses (pork and potatoes, scallops) didn't stand up after the wonderful beginning. We ended with the bread pudding, the highlight of the night.

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1 Thank James_Atl
Fresno, Texas
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3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

If you want "fine dining" without the valet and penguin suits, this is the place! This residential-home turned milieu of delight leaves you at a loss when trying to decide which alluring dish to experience. Chef Kelly est vraiment magnifique!

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Thank Kendrea B
Hannibal, Missouri
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118 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

My wife and I take out two boys everywhere!--including this restaurant. One could see that the waitress was a bit nervous, but by the end of the night, she was laughing and enjoying our company. This is one of the nicest restaurants in Memphis. Because of that, it's meant only for adults. However, my two sons enjoyed sharing our 5... More 

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Memphis
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360 reviews
264 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 102 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2016

If you are looking for a special occasion restaurant, Iris definitely fits the bill. The service and food are consistent and delicious. With a southern, N.O. flair, Chef English always delivers very tasty and creative dishes. Kudos to the bar as well!

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Thank SymnCwl
Toronto, Canada
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22 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2016

The staff were amazing, the food was phenomenal. I would love to go back to one of Chef Kelly's restaurants. Thank you for this amazing experience.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$31 - US$50
Cuisine
French, American, Cajun & Creole
Meals
Dinner
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
Local cuisine, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings
Open Hours
Monday
17:00 - 21:00
Tuesday
17:00 - 21:00
Wednesday
17:00 - 21:00
Thursday
17:00 - 21:00
Friday
17:00 - 22:00
Saturday
17:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2146 Monroe Ave, Memphis, TN 38104-4229
    (Cooper)
  • Location: United States  >  Tennessee (TN)  >  Memphis
  • Phone Number: 19015902828
Description
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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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?