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River Oaks, Memphis, TN

River Oaks

4.5
4.5
196 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary French
River Oaks is a modern French-American bistro where the traditions of French cuisine meet the flavors of the American market with a menu reflecting the changing seasons. Executive Chef José Gutierrez is Tennessee’s only French Master Chef and an esteemed member of the Memphis culinary scene working for over 20 years at the prestigious Peabody Hotel’s Chez Philippe before helming River Oaks. Known for his Nouvelle Southern style, he features Southern bistro food with French flair. In addition to the delicious food and an award-winning wine list, diners are entertained with innovative plate presentations and the finest, freshest ingredients.

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary French, Contemporary French / American, Contemporary American
  • Hours of Operation
    Mon–Thu 11:00 am–9:00 pm Fri 11:00 am–10:00 pm Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (901) 683-9305
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Business Casual
  • Executive Chef
    Master Chef José Gutierrez
  • Catering
    Do your plans include more than 30 people? Our main dining room is the perfect space for larger events. The main floor is available everyday for lunch events and available evenings. Events in the evenings are subject to a food and beverage minimum in order to close for a private function. Can't come to River Oaks restaurant? Let us come to you. Call us about the possibility of our chef and staff preparing an intimate meal in your home, or office personally crafted to suit your tastes.
  • Private party facilities
    Our private dining room is the ideal place to host an extravagant wine event. River Oaks is perfect for serious tasters and casual enthusiasts alike. We begin with over 300 selections ranging in price and style to suit everyone's personal taste. In addition, river oaks staff will expertly care for your wines, decanting as necessary using European reidel crystal stemware for all wine service. Our Executive Chef Ben Vaughn, an eager enthusiast himself, will be happy to create a menu pairing your wine choices with his cuisine. Wine pairings for each course.
  • Private party contact
    Ben Vaughn: (901) 683-9305
  • Neighbourhood
    Memphis
  • Cross Street
    I 240
  • Parking Details
    Self Parking
  • Additional
    Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 196 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.5
4.5 based on all time ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

196 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Memphis

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Reviewed on September 28, 2017

    1. Overall 1
    I've tried it 3 times because friends have said good things about it. Well 3 strikes and it's out. How can you cover a very small strip steak (maybe 6 oz) in watery gravy, over cook the heck out of it and charge Flemings or Ruth's Criss prices. Our dinner for 5 ran over $350 without deserts. Started with their Beignets as the waitress suggested, bland and tasteless. The steak was a bad joke and everything from the bar was incredibly over-priced. Their wine prices are laughable. I just don't understand it's popularity at all.

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  2. JaegerNJos

    New Orleans

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2017

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As was expected, Chef José's food was outstanding and the ambience of the restaurant was perfect. When we arrived, the restaurant was almost full, but even with so many people there, once we were seated, it felt like we were in our own little corner of the world. I can't wait to go back again!

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  3. LindaS

    Memphis

    42 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    42 reviews

    Dined on May 31, 2017

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious and server was entertaining and very customer oriented !!!

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  4. GerryB

    Chicago

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on May 31, 2017

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    great service from my very amiable waiter; excellent food in both quality and presentation. looking forward to next visit

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  5. NaomiK

    Washington DC

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on May 27, 2017

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We were celebrating our daughter's graduation from high school. Our server Mary Beth was attentive, cheerful, helpful. The food was delicious and beautifully plated. We were 9 and they gave us a table in an alcove so it was quieter. Would go back in a heartbeat.

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Memphis

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2017

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    I always enjoy River Oaks...it is a very nice restaurant with a great chef. The TV dinners at lunch are my favorite!

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  7. NeelG

    Memphis

    13 reviews

    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2017

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    A rare off-night at RO...server and kitchen were slow

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  8. Peggyb

    Memphis

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 19, 2017

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful dinner and experience. Already planning a trip back. Salad with farro and basil was such a surprise. Can't wait to have it again. Fish special was perfect with every bite!

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  9. Bsol1

    Memphis

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 18, 2017

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always good service and great food! Great place for lunch and dinner. Not too crowded.

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  10. Lulu

    Memphis

    23 reviews

    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2017

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As always, the food and service were outstanding! We enjoyed our favorites as well as some new selections.

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FAQs

River Oaks offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (901) 683-9305.

River Oaks is rated 4.5 stars by 196 OpenTable diners.

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Google Map for River Oaks

5871 Poplar Ave, Memphis, TN 38119

Additional information

  • Cross Street
    I 240
  • Neighbourhood
    Memphis
  • Hours of Operation
    Mon–Thu 11:00 am–9:00 pm Fri 11:00 am–10:00 pm Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary French, Contemporary French / American, Contemporary American
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress Code
    Business Casual
  • Parking Details
    Self Parking
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive Chef
    Master Chef José Gutierrez
  • Additional
    Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (901) 683-9305
  • Catering
    Do your plans include more than 30 people? Our main dining room is the perfect space for larger events. The main floor is available everyday for lunch events and available evenings. Events in the evenings are subject to a food and beverage minimum in order to close for a private function. Can't come to River Oaks restaurant? Let us come to you. Call us about the possibility of our chef and staff preparing an intimate meal in your home, or office personally crafted to suit your tastes.
  • Private party facilities
    Our private dining room is the ideal place to host an extravagant wine event. River Oaks is perfect for serious tasters and casual enthusiasts alike. We begin with over 300 selections ranging in price and style to suit everyone's personal taste. In addition, river oaks staff will expertly care for your wines, decanting as necessary using European reidel crystal stemware for all wine service. Our Executive Chef Ben Vaughn, an eager enthusiast himself, will be happy to create a menu pairing your wine choices with his cuisine. Wine pairings for each course.
  • Private party contact
    Ben Vaughn: (901) 683-9305
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