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Aug 4, 2004 04:43 PM

Romantic Dinner in Memphis

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I will be staying at the Hampton Inn on Beale St. next month. Any recommendations for a reasonably priced romantic dinner preferably within walking distance, but I will have a car available.

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  1. There's a Hampton on Shady Grove near I 240 and Poplar that's close to Erling Jensen's Restaurant, which is as nice a place you will ever find in Memphis....nothing near Beale but Chez Phillipe which is very expensive................Thinking back there's a nice restaurant in The Madison Hotel and another one that a lady opened on Monroe called Felicia Suzanne's which I hear is nice..........90l 523 0877........if you like it let us know............

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    1. re: Ike!

      The closest nice restaurants are going to be in the Peabody Hotel, which is on the next block over from the downtown Hampton.

      A few more blocks away (but still within reasonable walking distance) are Stella, McEwen's and Felicia Suzanne's. Felicia Suzanne's doesn't have a Web site anymore, but Stella's is and McEwen's is Unfortunately, I haven't been to any of these but my sources say McEwen's is the most relaxing, tastiest of the three.

      My recommendation would be to go just a little farther - you'll probably want a cab - and go to Cielo in Victorian Village. VERY romantic, great food, and attentive service.

      1. re: Al

        I definitely second the recommendation for Cielo! (But I also wouldn't walk). For romantic within walking distance I think your best bests are Chez Philippe or maybe Grill 83 at the Madison Hotel. McEwen's is great, but I wouldn't call it romantic. Sorry, I haven't been to Stella.

        1. re: Al

          mcewens does have very good food, and has the ABSOLUTE best Banana Cream Pie I have ever had!! Go there for dessert! Stellas is also very good. The owner of Stella's used to work at McEwens. Nice quaint resturants.

      2. STELLA STELLA STELLA sensory satisfaction guranteed. Very romantic, ask for a table on the mezzanine.

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        1. Stella is not the place to go - it's not reasonably priced and the one time I ate there, it was terrible... my first choice would be Encore - it's fantastic... run by the former chef at Chez Phillipe..beautiful dining room.. great food and service... in Peabody Place which is an easy walk from Beale Street - it's a winner!
          I would also recommend McEwen's. It is reasonably priced and has good food. Though it's not particularly romantic, it's a nice could walk there. Cielo would also be great - awesome setting and food - just a little on the expensive side.

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          1. re: prainer

            Cielo is no more. The owner, Karen Carrier, redesigned it. Now it's a tapas place called the Molly Fontaine Lounge. I think Grill 83 would be a good choice. I haven't been, but I've heard good things. Encore woudl also be my first choice. Encore is reasonably priced, delicious, and the service is always good. Great ambience! Their website is

              1. re: Its Still Mooing

                And it's a LONG walk to River Oaks from Beale Street, so I'd have to go with Encore on the reasonably priced/romantic front.

                1. re: Randal Cooper

                  Doh! Whoops! It might be worth the walk though...