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Itta Bena

145 Beale St, Memphis, TN 38103-3713
+1 901-578-3031
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  • Excellent62%
  • Very good25%
  • Average9%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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“fried avocado” (29 reviews)
“lamb chops” (23 reviews)
“red snapper” (18 reviews)
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American, Cajun & Creole, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
145 Beale St, Memphis, TN 38103-3713
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Reviewed 6 days ago 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
1  Thank 9,013,345
Reviewed 1 week ago

We booked a table well ahead of our visit (me, my wife and 2 of our friends) which is worth doing as it was VERY busy when we arrived. It’s just above the BB Kings Blues bar and the guy on the door will guide...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank DavidLF
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My wife found reviews of Itta Bena on Trip Advisor. It is tucked away on Beale Street above BB Kings Blues Club. Not a lot of indication of where it is located. The meal was great, I started with the She Crab soup, which was...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank jeffr321
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I have never been to Beale Street before, so the whole experience was a new one. In that regard, to eat on the street itself doesn't usually lend itself to being a worthwhile experience. However, this place is an exception. Above BB Kings, it has...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank beachatthedoor
Reviewed November 6, 2018 via mobile

What a great little restaurant. You have to know it’s there because there is no signage. Upstairs from BBKings, overlooking Beale St. Reservations strongly recommended and request a table by the window. The ambiance is perfect for couples and the food is amazing! We eat...More

Date of visit: February 2018
Thank Z1977MNkarenm
Reviewed November 4, 2018 via mobile

There is very little signage so it’s not easy to find without knowing where to look. Thanks to Trip Advisors reviews it was easy. Right above B.B. King’s. The fried avocado appetizer is a must. Not to spicy just plain good. We had Cajun Pasta...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank 661rickyc
Reviewed October 31, 2018 via mobile

Slim pickins’ when it comes to finding a restaurant open on a Sunday evening - if you’re trying to avoid a hotel. But this is a goodie! I just had soup, salad and a glass of wine and it was delicious. Tons of seafood in...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank CatheAtlanta_GA
Reviewed October 30, 2018 via mobile

You will normally need a reservation but we managed to just turn up and get a table for four on a Sunday evening. Staff were extremely friendly and knowledgeable about the dishes, the food was all really good, although a little pricey, but the ambiance...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank BSW_101
Reviewed October 28, 2018 via mobile

We were looking very forward to dinner for our 25th anniversary, even let them know when we made reservations. However, our server, Madison, was completely unaware when she finally came to our table 10 minutes after we had been seated. She then brought us two...More

Date of visit: October 2018
1  Thank ChucktownDJ
Reviewed October 25, 2018

We took our office group here. Nice place! it is not a cheap eat. $$$$ for sure, but quality and service are on par! It is hidden...not even sure if it has signs. It is above BB Kings place.

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank briancE8554LD
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August 27, 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
August 27, 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.
jan a
May 16, 2018|
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Response from DB727 | Reviewed this property |
No need to dress up. Business Casual is perfect.
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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
Bar Scene, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Groups
Open Hours
5:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
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5:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
5:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
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5:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
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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