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Itta Bena

145 Beale St, Memphis, TN 38103-3713
+1 901-578-3031
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  • Excellent58%
  • Very good27%
  • Average11%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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American, Cajun & Creole, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
145 Beale St, Memphis, TN 38103-3713
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I really enjoyed my visit! The food was good! I tried the She Soup that was very tasty and the Herb Chicken! The atmosphere is perfect for couples or a family! It is hidden, you gotta climb the flight of stairs just round the corner...More

1  Thank Cbjackson
BBKingBluesClub, Manager at Itta Bena, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you so much for leaving us with your positive feedback! We are pleased to read that you enjoyed our menu items as well as our atmosphere. We hope that you will be back for our She Soup again soon!

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

When you get to BB King's on the corner of Beale St. you still have to look around for the hidden stairs that goes up to this restaurant. Once inside the atmosphere is very posh and the food is great! We had the jambalaya pasta...More

Thank Krow13
BBKingBluesClub, Manager at Itta Bena, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you so much for taking the time to provide us with your review. We are so pleased to read that you enjoyed our menu items, service, and atmosphere. We hope that you will be back to enjoy our hidden gem again sometime soon!

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you didn't know it was there you would probably miss it altogether. And that would be a terrible shame. This is one of the best kept secrets in all of Memphis! Finding it is half the fun. The food is amazing and the variety...More

Thank Randy T
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I think people don't realize this restaurant is present and it does have a speakeasy feel that requires entering the touristy street side bar (or fire escape like steps on the back of the building by the parking garage) and going through an unmarked side...More

1  Thank Natalie H
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was our second visit to Itta Bena. The atmosphere is lovely and elegant without being snooty. The hostess and server were very polite and friendly, and had honored my request for a table by the window. There is always good music here, soft piano...More

Thank EnigmaSinger
BBKingBluesClub, Manager at Itta Bena, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you so much for sharing your feedback with us! It is always a pleasure having the chance to read about our guests recent dining experience at Itta Bena and we are so glad that you enjoyed your time with us. Thank you again for...More

Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Had a business dinner here and arrived early. I was told about the hidden entrance but still when I walked into BB Kings I mentioned I was there to eat at Itta Bena. I was told to go up the stairs thru the door, up...More

Thank lv777777
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

My husband, 6 year old daughter and I had the pleasure of dining here recently. We were blown away by this hidden gem nestled above BB Kings on Beale st. We order the snapper, shrimp and grits, fried green tomatoes and the chicken. The food...More

Thank modernclassic
Reviewed 10 July 2017 via mobile

Nothing revolutionary but the food is good and well presented. The service was friendly too. With the blue-tainted windows, we enjoyed a quiet moment on a very lively street.

Thank fee_marjorie
Reviewed 9 July 2017 via mobile

Absolutely magnificent food atmosphere and music A up market restaurant for a special occasion On top of bb kings Fantastic would definitely go there again

Thank Nelli K
Reviewed 26 June 2017

The surroundings are overall quite tired inside and the entry which is under a rather grubby blue walkway at the side of BB Kings is a fire escape up the back of the building - this is not very clearly named and certainly could have...More

Thank Tigersouthernbabe
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1 June 2017|
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Response from Glenda R | Reviewed this property |
I am pretty sure we saw children there on at least one trip. You can go up the side entrance and never have to go thru the club.
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7 May 2017|
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Response from Cedar240 | Reviewed this property |
24 hours a day lobby and room. Made me so happy! Go!
26 November 2016|
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Response from Christopher F | Reviewed this property |
We were advised to book and did; but on the night it turned out not to be necessary as there were plenty of available tables
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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
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Groups, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, 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 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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