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Itta Bena

#14 of 1,225 Restaurants in Memphis
Certificate of Excellence
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145 Beale St, Memphis, TN 38103-3713 (Second)
+1 901-578-3031
17:00 - 22:00
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Sun - Sat 17:00 - 22:00
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Sanibel Island, Florida
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137 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Read about this restaurant in Trip Advisor and chose it for location and ambience. Situated two floors up from the BB King lounge, unmarked, it must fill its room with word of mouth recommendations and repeat customers. Our waiter was friendly, helpful and considerate. I noticed how carefully he listened to the dietary concerns of other tables around us. Commendably,... More 

Thank Vanessa D
St. Louis, Mo
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91 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

This restaurant is on the second floor above B.B. King's club. It has a wonderfully throwback decor. Despite our reservation, it took time to get seated. The waiter was superb. My duck confit was delicious. Wife's salmon so-so due to lack of any sauce without garlic. Staff was very gracious and attentive.

Thank RavJeff
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Amazing food and change of atmosphere for Beale. Nice little hidden treasure. The service was also great. We had the steak, it was perfectly delicious.

Thank Kathy C
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22 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Visited Itta Bena after reading reviews on Trip Advisor. It's certainly different that the rest of Beale St. The food was good so was the ambience, however it is more expensive than anywhere else we found. Although I have to say my meal arrived cold! I complained it was taken away and returned but was still cold! Third time lucky... More 

Thank John F
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724 reviews
455 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 258 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Once arriving at 145 Beale, enter the music venue and follow staff direction UPSTAIRS to the BLUE hued dining room. We were placed in a private dining cubicle for our ANNIVERSARY dinner, just the two of us. FLAWLESS. Excellent, all 4 courses, service perfect, unobtrusive. Star dish was the lamb chops, some say NZ, could be Ozzie, Itta Bena has... More 

Thank r s
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The food was excellently prepared by a chef; the service and music outstanding. The white chocolate bread pudding was to die for!!!! Don't be fooled when you can't find it because it is located on the top floor of BB Kings or you can come up the back stairs.

Thank HesaidIamblessed
Memphis, Tennessee
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have lived in Memphis all my life. I had a hard time finding Itta Bena but it was totally worth the effort to locate it. Fantastic food. Great atmosphere. You would never believe the hustle and bustle of people and loud noise are just below you on Beale when you step into the quiet darkly light elegant restaurant above.... More 

Thank BaileyGriffin
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40 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

When in Memphis take the time to FIND this restaurant- Upstairs in BBKings...2nd floor...follow a dark hallway...open the "Exit" door and then-You walk into one of the Best restaurants in Memphis! Cannot say enough about this place,the atmosphere,the food,the manager,the waiters! You don't even realize you are still on Beale Street! Defiantly make this a dinner stop on your trip... More 

1 Thank MA D
Bronx, New York
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11 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Walked upstairs from B.B. Kings. Great decor. Servers were nice. Bread is great and dinners delicious. Good portions too.

1 Thank dimaus
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68 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We thoroughly enjoyed our dinner at Itta Bena - its tucked away on the 2nd floor and you climb a dark stairwell to reach the restaurant. If anything, it sets the stage for a speakeasy type ambiance - a little dark, a little blue neon and soulful tunes being played on the piano. While we had reservations, we decided to... More 

Thank Carol R

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$19 - US$55
American, Cajun & Creole, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
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
Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Romantic, Local cuisine, Bar Scene
Open Hours
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
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 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?