We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Itta Bena

145 Beale St, Memphis, TN 38103-3713
+1 901-578-3031
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
  • Excellent59%
  • Very good27%
  • Average10%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“fried avocado” (18 reviews)
“jambalaya pasta” (10 reviews)
“lamb chops” (17 reviews)
Closes in 14 min
5:00 PM - 10:00 PMAll hours
American, Cajun & Creole, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
145 Beale St, Memphis, TN 38103-3713
All Details
Write a ReviewReviews (326)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year

1 - 10 of 319 reviews

Reviewed 6 days ago

Itta Bena is a hidden treasure on the top floor of BB Kings on Beale Street. Fine dining, nice atmosphere, great service. Reservations our recommended but seats are available at the bar as well. Piano player for entertainment. Seats overlooking Beale Street are available.However, the...More

Thank 49ll
Reviewed 1 week ago

First of all, it's an adventure to get to Itta Bene as there are no signs and one has to rely on staff at BB King's Club to help. One inside the restaurant (on the third floor above BB King's) you are amazed at the...More

Thank Prescott2007
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a gem of a restaurant and the ambiance is serene and almost ethereal. Maybe it's the blue light? The fact that you need to go through an unmarked door and up a secret stairway really adds to the experience. We would never have...More

Thank Liz S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had reservations for 6 that happened to be lost when we arrived. My husband showed the staff our confirmed reservation on his iPhone and they graciously and quickly accommodated us. The atmosphere is sophisticated, but very comfortable. It's great for a romantic dinner, or...More

Thank VicksVaporRub
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We loved the blues clubs in Memphis but were getting tired of the BBQ, french fry, cole slaw meals while there. Saw a mention of Itta Bena on one of the Trip Advisor reviews and what a find. We went to B. B. Kings and...More

1  Thank Southborough_Sue
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Above BB Kings bar, higher end style restaurant , does up market take on local dishes. You by pass queues for bar and can get back direct into bar afterwards. Food was great, service also, proper plates, glasses etc which is hard to find on...More

Thank Georgirose
Reviewed 2 November 2017

My friend and I were treated to a delicious meal at this restaurant before attending a Grizz Game at the Fed Ex Forum. Oh My Goodness! I have been coming to this area for many years, and had never noticed this place before. You enter...More

1  Thank Cathy B
Reviewed 27 October 2017

The restaurant is unique. The way the light comes in the blue tinted windows just gives it a warm cozy feeling. Everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves around the bar. We were there early and most of the tables were full. We were greeted by...More

Thank OLEMISS1985
Reviewed 25 October 2017 via mobile

This wonderful restaurant is located above B.B. King’s on Beal Street, but you have to know where you are going (look for the metal staircase to the side of the building). It is wonderful. Great ambiance - if you try hard you can feel the...More

Thank Spoofhound82
Reviewed 20 October 2017

Thank you tripadvisor otherwise we wouldn't have found this gem. This fine dining restaurant is hidden away on the top floor of BB King's place. The food and service are great - try the deep-fried stuffed avocado, sounds odd but it's awesome. Wonderful food, very...More

Thank Andrew M
Nearby Restaurants
Majestic Grille
912 reviews
.16 km away
B.B. King's Blues Club
2,920 reviews
.00 km away
Blues City Cafe
2,661 reviews
.02 km away
Nearby Attractions
Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum
1,849 reviews
.17 km away
Beale Street
6,316 reviews
.02 km away
Statue of Elvis
434 reviews
.08 km away
Memphis Music Hall of Fame
51 reviews
.06 km away
Ask a question
Questions & Answers
31 May 2017|
AnswerShow all 4 answers
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|
AnswerShow all 10 answers
Response from Cedar240 | Reviewed this property |
24 hours a day lobby and room. Made me so happy! Go!
25 November 2016|
AnswerShow all 9 answers
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
Improve this listing

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
Romantic, Groups, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Bar Scene, View
Open Hours
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
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.
Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more. Claim Your Listing