Romantic Restaurants in Downtown Memphis

South of Beale
••• Lance Wiedower

Thinking about a romantic night out in Downtown Memphis? There are plenty of romantic restaurants in Downtown Memphis to consider, from the casual trendy spots to ones with sexy settings in historic buildings.

The restaurants in Downtown Memphis are located on or near Main Street, either in the South Main Historic Arts District or the Downtown core near the Beale Street Entertainment District.

If you’re looking for a romantic restaurant in Downtown Memphis for a special night out, anniversary or first date, these restaurants should hit the spot.

Rizzo’s Diner:

Rizzo’s Diner is in the heart of the South Main Historic Arts District on G.E. Patterson Avenue, just east of South Main Street. Rizzo’s was started by chef Michael Patrick, who has some 20 years in the restaurant business. Patrick serves up stylish comfort food in the cool space at affordable prices. Menu highlights include the lobster pronto pup, slow roasted duck confit, chorizo meatloaf, scallops and grits and Cajun-seasoned chicken pot pie. Dinner entrees are generally priced at $20 and less. The restaurant is also open for lunch and weekend brunch.

Grawemeyer’s:

Grawemeyer’s is a German-American restaurant at 520 S. Main St. that has food created by chef Michael Patrick of Rizzo’s. The mood is set at Grawemeyer’s with live music Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights, and Saturday and Sunday afternoons. Menu items include German platters, sandwiches and more.

South of Beale:

South of Beale is the city’s original gastropub that celebrated its five-year anniversary in August 2014. The restaurant is one of Downtown’s go-to spots for drinks, pre-theater meals or just a nice night out. The menu changes seasonally, but mainstays include burgers, bar pies, salmon, duck fried rice and salads.

Majestic Grille:

Majestic Grille is a great place for a pre-theater meal on nights touring Broadway shows are playing at The Orpheum Theatre. The restaurant offers special pre-theater meals, as well as a consistent menu in a space that once housed a movie theater. The outdoor seating on the Main Street trolley line is one of the city’s best patio spaces.

Bleu Restaurant & Lounge:

Bleu Restaurant & Lounge in the Westin Memphis Beale Street hotel is in one of the best spots in the city. The restaurant is just across Third Street from FedExForum, just off Beale Street. The restaurant’s menu changes seasonally, and many of the ingredients are sourced from regional producers who also sell their produce at the Memphis Farmers Market.

Flight Restaurant and Wine Bar:

One of the interesting aspects about Flight Restaurant and Wine Bar is diners don’t have to settle on one menu item. Diners can choose one entrée-size portion of an item, such as veal, Gulf red snapper or quail and dumplings. But the restaurant is best enjoyed when ordering a flight of three small plates. You can go with fish, steak, feathered or seafood, or choose an item from three different categories. The restaurant also has one of the city’s best wine selections, and wines are offered in flights as well.

Felicia Suzanne’s:

Felicia Willet has brought her Arkansas roots with New Orleans style to Felicia Suzanne’s, one of the top romantic restaurants in Downtown Memphis. The old building with giant ceilings is a big part of the romantic feel. But Felicia Suzanne’s oyster dishes and other Southern delicacies, not to mention desserts and wine selections, make this a top choice for a romantic night out in Downtown Memphis.

Bluefin:

Diners looking for sushi will find it at Bluefin, along the Main Street Trolley Line just north of Peabody Place. Bluefin is in one of Downtown’s sexy spots, with plenty of spots for romantic meals or fun groups. There is also an outdoor seating that seems straight out of Manhattan with plenty of comfortable couches.

Chez Phillipe:

Possibly the only French restaurant in the world not to serve duck thanks to its location at The Peabody Memphis hotel, Chez Phillipe is the city’s grand French restaurant.

This spot is a little more upscale, but worth it for those looking for the white tablecloth treatment.