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Itta Bena

#24 of 1,211 Restaurants in Memphis
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145 Beale St, Memphis, TN 38103-3713 (Second)
+1 901-578-3031
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17:00 - 22:00
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Sun - Sat 17:00 - 22:00
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Memphis, Tennessee
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69 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife and I went to a show at the Orpheum and then to eat at Itta Bena. It is a very short walk from the Orpheum if that is of interest to you. It is upstairs from BB King's. You can either enter from the street or through BB's. The food was very well prepared and the service was... More 

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Thank Kelvin H
BBKingBluesClub, Owner at Itta Bena, responded to this review

Thank you, Kevin, for taking the time to tell us about your recent visit to Itta Bena. We are pleased to read that you and your wife were able to enjoy our menu items, service, and atmosphere. We look forward to serving you again on your next date night! More 

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13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Cool spot above Beale St. Fantastic food and amazing menu. However, don't go hungry or you'll leave hungry. Small portions for the price

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Wilmington, North Carolina
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38 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We stopped here after dinner but before hitting the blues scene. Martinis were great. Atmosphere was quiet and relaxing despite party downstairs. Bartender was attentive and personable...but not too chatty. Location and lack of advertising makes you feel like you are part of a secret society. Entrance is hidden but just ask for restaurant by name at blues club.

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Thank aNONYMOUSmIcKEY
BBKingBluesClub, Owner at Itta Bena, responded to this review

Thank you so much for the positive feedback! We are pleased to read that you enjoyed our drinks, music, and staff members. We hope that you will be back for another Martini soon! More 

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13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Food was good. I elected to go for soup and a salad to save room for dessert. I had the special, peach cobbler, and it reminded me of my grandmothers. It was delicious. The table also had pecan pie and the bread pudding. All were tasty, but the majority agreed the cobbler was the best. The scallops and crab cakes... More 

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CT
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44 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 129 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We stopped here during our recent trip to Memphis. We got reservations, day off... Which put us at a decent sized booth (just the two of us), a good ways from the piano and busy bar area. The drinks were great and well proportioned. The filet mignon was top notch. The fish (grouper i believe) was very good as well.... More 

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BBKingBluesClub, Owner at Itta Bena, responded to this review

Thank you so much for taking the time to share your feedback with us! We are pleased to read that you enjoyed our menu items as well as our ambiance. We hope to have the pleasure of serving you again soon. More 

Sydney
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96 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We found this via tripadvisor and although not sign posted anywhere door staff at BB kings will direct you upstairs where this hidden gem is located. The service was exceptional with the manager coming around to each table to introduce himself. Atmosphere is good with lighting and live music. Added bonus is you avoid cover charge for live entertainment downstairs... More 

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BBKingBluesClub, Owner at Itta Bena, responded to this review

Thank you so much for the encouraging review! We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed our service, atmosphere, and live entertainment. We look forward to serving you again soon! More 

Twin City, Georgia
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Visited Memphis for the first time. Enjoyed Beale St and Graceland very much! According to reviews on TripAdvisor we were looking forward to dinner at Itta Bena! The ambience was wonderful! Our waiter, Billy, was great even though we did have a little wait. But the meal was not good. I ordered the chicken Marsala and the potatoes and green... More 

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BBKingBluesClub, Owner at Itta Bena, responded to this review

Thank you so much for taking the time to tell us about your recent experience. While we are happy to hear that you enjoyed our staff and ambiance, we do apologize that the rest of your visit was not as enjoyable. Our Chefs work hard in hopes of pleasing all of our guests but it seems we missed our mark... More 

Houston, Texas
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

My husband and I celebrated NYE at a 9pm seating. We had a wonderful experience. Everything we ordered was absolutely delicious. Service was superior. Highly recommend!

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Needham, Massachusetts
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84 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 January 2017

The speakeasy theme makes it tough to find, until you realize it's above BB King's Club. Since our table was directly above the band, I was glad that we were there on Christmas Eve when the club shut early. It wasn't overly loud, but it was more relaxing when the music downstairs stopped competing with the piano player upstairs. The... More 

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BBKingBluesClub, Manager at Itta Bena, responded to this review

Thank you, Rachel, for taking the time to leave us with your review. We are honored that you chose Itta Bena to dine with on Christmas Eve. We hope to have the pleasure of serving you again soon. More 

Fairhope, Alabama
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15 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 January 2017

While visiting Memphis the Itta Bena was recommended and we made reservations accordingly. Tucked away above BB King we found this amazing restaurant. Of our food choices that evening the Fried Crab Meat Stuffed Avocado was the most unique and delicious treat! Service from the hostess desk to departure was very attentive but not intrusive. Can't wait to return!!

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Thank Gary C
BBKingBluesClub, Manager at Itta Bena, responded to this review

Thank you, Gary, for leaving us with such positive feedback! We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed your visit to Itta Bena. We hope that you will be back for more Fried Crab Meat Stuffed Avocado again soon. More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$19 - US$55
Cuisine
American, Cajun & Creole, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Meals
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
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, Romantic, Groups
Open Hours
Sunday
17:00 - 22:00
Monday
17:00 - 22:00
Tuesday
17:00 - 22:00
Wednesday
17:00 - 22:00
Thursday
17:00 - 22:00
Friday
17:00 - 22:00
Saturday
17:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 145 Beale St, Memphis, TN 38103-3713
    (Second)
  • Location: United States  >  Tennessee (TN)  >  Memphis
  • Phone Number: +1 901-578-3031
Description
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 16oz. bone in Ribeye to our 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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?