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Restaurant Iris

#79 of 1,223 Restaurants in Memphis
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2146 Monroe Ave, Memphis, TN 38104-4229 (Cooper)
+1 901-590-2828
17:00 - 22:00
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Mon - Thu 17:00 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 17:00 - 22:00
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Hannibal, Missouri
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163 reviews
89 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
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 

1 Thank anderson213
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374 reviews
273 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
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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23 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 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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134 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
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
Reviewed 18 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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66 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
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
Zurich, Switzerland
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 August 2016

We have been to Iris on a Friday night. Unfortunately, we have been fully disappointed with the experience. The mood was set upon arrival with a $8 fee for the valet. I mean, seriously? If you want to be that fancy place and put your best service awards first thing on your homepage, a free valet should be naturally part... More 

2 Thank jenscp8700
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63 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 August 2016 via mobile

My daughter and I went to Restaurant Iris last night. Neither of us had eaten there before. After the meal I thought,"I wish we had just had appetizers and dessert and skipped the entrees." The problem was the errors in execution on both our entrees. I had the Grilled Snapper with sweet corn purée and hominy. Surprisingly the fish was... More 

Thank 1horsie
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67 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 June 2016

To be honest I was not as impressed with Iris as I had anticipated. Service was good, not anything extra, appetizers were good, but $18 for the Heirloom Tomato salad which consisted of one large slice of tomato and dressings was a little too much. The other appetizer that we ordered sounded interesting with crispy chicken skin...it was thick and... More 

Thank Julie and Tom M
John C, Director of Operations at Restaurant Iris, responded to this review

I am sorry to hear about your less than excellent experience at Restaurant Iris. We pride ourselves on our food and the flavors that Kelly uses. I hope you will choose to give us another chance to create a great dining experience for you. Please let me know if you would like to come back and give us another chance... More 

Boca Raton, Florida
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72 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 June 2016

Saved this restaurant for our last night in Memphis. It came highly recommended, reservations required. I don't eat spicy food, so Chef and Owner visited our table to make certain his food had been enjoyed. This is a quaint old house converted into small dining rooms. Absolutely wonderful food and service. I would certainly revisit and highly recommend!

1 Thank NanM01

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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, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
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
Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, 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?