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Restaurant Iris

#47 of 1,200 Restaurants in Memphis
Certificate of Excellence
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2146 Monroe Ave, Memphis, TN 38104-4229 (Cooper)
+1 901-590-2828
17:00 - 22:00
Closed now
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Mon - Thu 17:00 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 17:00 - 22:00
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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 weeks ago

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.

Thank dorinf
Birmingham, Alabama
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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 

Thank foodienan2
Collierville, Tennessee
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106 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 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.

Thank James_Atl
Fresno, Texas
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9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
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!

Thank Kendrea B
Hannibal, Missouri
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99 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 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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336 reviews
249 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 98 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!

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.

Thank Travels_With_A_Baby
united states
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126 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2016 via mobile

This place impressed me from the starters all the way to dessert. We had 3 starters: bbq shrimps, fried oysters and fried brussel sprouts. . All superb! I ordered the Surf & Turf for my main course. It's a classic dish for them. It's a sirloin steak stuffed with cheese and shrimp which were substitutes for blue cheese and oysters.... More 

Thank pestman
Collierville, Tennessee, United States
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19 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 August 2016

We went to Iris for a belated birthday dinner. I was skeptical but can honestly say our meal lived up to the hype. The food was exquisitely presented and tasted amazing. Portions are typical for fine dining. The place itself is in a victorian house. It feels small and private- in a GOOD WAY! Do NOT go to Iris without... More 

Thank Brooke W
Collierville, Tennessee
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61 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 August 2016

We were with a group of 18 people that I had organized. Twelve of us were in a private room, and the other six were in a separate room where there was another table for 6. The service was outstanding and everyone raved about their meals and desserts. I ordered the Amberjack which was delightful. Others at our table ordered... More 

Thank Linda D

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$31 - US$50
French, American, Cajun & Creole
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
Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Romantic
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 allow dogs on the outdoor patio?