Best for Patio Dining

Looking for the most booked restaurants in Memphis? You’re in the right place. Each month OpenTable analyzes more than 400,000 new diner reviews. We sort the results by category to help you discover new favorites. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!

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Restaurants Great for Lunch

Looking for the best restaurants that are great for lunch in Memphis? You’re in the right place. Each month OpenTable analyzes more than 400,000 new diner reviews. We sort the results by category to help you discover new favorites. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!

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Best Restaurants that are Fit for Foodies

Best Restaurants that are Fit for Foodies

Looking for the best restaurants that are fit for foodies in Memphis? You’re in the right place. Each month OpenTable analyzes more than 400,000 new diner reviews. We sort the results by category to help you discover new favorites. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!

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80+ Places To Eat Brunch In Memphis

80+ Places To Eat Brunch In Memphis

Memphis Brunch! We’re obsessed with it! While our longer guides about where to get brunch in Memphis are under construction, below is a big list of places to eat brunch.

I’m making this list quick and dirty – actually no frills, with almost no comments – but you can click and call to find out about drink specials, hours, etc.

Midtown
Babalu Tacos and Tapas
Bar Louie
The Bayou
Lafayette’s Memphis
Local on the Square
Robata Ramen and Yakitori Bar
Stanley BBQ

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Trying Robata Ramen & Yakitori Bar

Trying Robata Ramen & Yakitori Bar

Kristina and I rarely take advantage of Overton Square, which is just minutes walking from where we’ve called home since Teach For America’s summer institute ended. With all the high energy of restaurants with live music, like Lafayette’s, and packed seating areas like Babalu with their infamous waiting times (but it was worth it, right?), Overton Square might not always be what we want after a day of being in rooms with 20 voices talking at once sometimes. 

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The Ultimate Memphis Patio List: 100+ Places To Eat and Drink Outside

The Ultimate Memphis Patio List: 100+ Places To Eat and Drink Outside

I’ve created this based on older posts herehere, and here, and more I added in March 2017. While those other blog posts give a bit more commentary on the patios and have more pictures, this post you’re reading right now is meant to be more of a big reference list.

I have added *dog friendly if the restaurants allowed leashed dogs on their patios. Some of these patios are big, some are tiny, some are just table or two, some are covered or partially enclosed, and some are not. I can’t control when a restaurant decides to open their patio or not, so call ahead if you have a doubt!

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Epicurious in the 901 - Robata Ramen and Yakitori Bar

Epicurious in the 901 - Robata Ramen and Yakitori Bar

Anyway, it delighted me greatly to learn that Memphis has a noodle bar as well - Robtata Ramen and Yakitori Bar in Overton Square of Midtown Memphis. Nestled in a charming yellow house, Robata is THE place for noodle bowls and really tasty Japanese food, not to mention a killer sake selection! My Friday lunch consisted of ebi gyoza (deep fried shrimp dumplings) and the Shoyu Spinach Ramen Bowl - thin cut noodles, chicken broth, spinach, marinated boiled egg, green onion, BBQ pork, bamboo shoots, and bean sprouts. The food arrived literally three minutes after I had placed my order and it was well presented. I quickly dug in and found myself unable to stop eating.

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Memphis' Best Neighborhoods for Eating, Ranked

Memphis' Best Neighborhoods for Eating, Ranked

Overton Square is the cool cousin of Beale Street. It’s the entertainment district where locals go to drink and dine, and there’s plenty to keep you busy all night. If you’re looking for fine dining, make a reservation for Restaurant Iris -- acclaimed chef Kelly English’s upscale creole and French restaurant (the five-course degustation menu offers diners a surprise meal prepared according to the chef’s whim). On a laid-back Friday night, grab a beer and a brisket grilled cheese at Local Gastropub, or order a tapas plate of tacos, guacamole (made fresh at the table), and a TC Iced Tea (sweet tea vodka, mint, and lemon) at Babalu Tacos & TapasRobata Ramen & Yakitori Bar offers up authentic Japanese-style ramen and meat and veggie skewers, plus it has a solid selection of sake.

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More Reasons to Visit Overton Square!

More Reasons to Visit Overton Square!

When we last featured Overton Square as our neighborhood spotlight in early 2014, there were a lot of restaurants and shops that had either just opened or were about to open. As of this writing, the Midtown entertainment district is not only thriving, it’s full.

Stores and restaurants have been opening like clockwork since we last featured the Square, so that means there are more reasons than ever to visit! Here’s what’s new since we last checked in.

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The Best Restaurants in Memphis Right Now

The Best Restaurants in Memphis Right Now

Memphis is brimming with heavy hitters in the restaurant scene, and it is high time to familiarize yourself with literally all of them. And to do the aforementioned familiarizing, you don't always have to go to the fanciest or most de rigueur of places. The restaurants on this list are new, old, and everything in between. So the next time you find yourself out wondering where to go, check this list. None of these places will ever steer you wrong.

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