Try Downtown Memphis’ Best Restaurants At Downtown Dining Week 2020
Downtown Dining Week 2020 is here! From November 1-7, 2020, more than 60 downtown Memphis restaurants invite you to dine with them—this year they need our support more than ever.
Read on for details about which restaurants are participating in Downtown Dining Week, who’s offering specials, who’s offering takeout, curbside, or dine-in, and more tips to make the most of the week.
Tips & Tricks For Downtown Dining Week 2020
- Downtown Dining Week 2020 is November 1-7. Some restaurants might be closed on Sunday or Monday.
- Every year during Memphis Downtown Dining Week, you can enjoy discounts, special menu items, and three-course meals at all kinds of restaurants in the city’s downtown.
- Restaurants may or may not have their regular menu available in addition to any specials, or they may just have the regular menu and no extra stuff.
- For 2020, specials will vary by restaurant. The goal is to get #BackDowntown and support local restaurants who have struggled this year.
- I’ve put together a list of the restaurants below, including a little info about each one—plus any info about their specials and takeout options.
- You can find the list and links to menus and info on the Official Downtown Dining Week page.
- My biggest, number one tip for Downtown Dining Week Memphis is to make reservations and TIP BIG.
- Explore Bike Share is offering free bike rides downtown during the week! Just use code DDW20 when you sign up.
About Reservations, Takeout, Tipping, And Tax
Several years ago, I tried to do DDW and went to four places before I could get in for dinner. Rookie mistake! While some places may have room, why take the chance? This year, with dine-in and patio seating at limited capacity in some cases, this is even more important.
If you’re sticking with to-go food, most restaurants can accommodate you. I’ve listed any info I found, but even if it doesn’t say “takeout” or “curbside”, just give them a call and see what they can offer.
Another rookie mistake is forgetting that tax and gratuity are not included in most DDW deals—be prepared to tip your server well and definitely tip well on takeout food, too. JUST DO IT.
Here’s the list of Memphis Downtown Dining Week Restaurants 2020
Upscale modern steakhouse with a raw bar. They’re offering a $20.20 Pork Porterhouse special for Downtown Dining Week for dine-in. For $2.50 you can enjoy the special for takeout or curbside pickup.
Aldo’s Pizza Pies
New York inspired pizzeria with a large patio. They’re offering a three-course menu during Downtown Dining Week, which is only available for dine-in. You can, however, order their regular menu for takeout or limited-area delivery. Read more about Aldo’s.
Bedrock Eats & Sweets
Cafe with great gluten-free and meal plan options with a serious waffle game. They’re offering a $10 cinnamon roll waffle with bacon during Downtown Dining Week for dine-in, patio, to-go, or curbside pickup. Read more about Bedrock Eats & Sweets.
Speakeasy lounge with casual eats and a patio on Main Street.
Classic Memphis deli with soups and sammies, open for lunch.
Brinson’s Downtown Chicken Lounge
Hot wings, catfish, and chicken ’n’ waffles at this club, which also hosts open mics and live music.
Italian American “red sauce joint” dishes lwith a Main Street patio. They’re offering a sampler meal for $27 per person for Downtown Dining Week, plus wine and cocktail specials. Read more about Cocozza.
It’s a saloon! On Beale Street!
Cupcake bar where you pick the cake flavor, icing, and toppings, with a cute patio in South Main.
Fast, casual, affordable sushi, bao buns, and rice bowls for takeout.
Fannie Lou’s Chicken and Waffles—new!
It’s in the name: chicken—roasted, wings, in chicken salad—and waffles!
Upscale Southern restaurant with a gorgeous courtyard patio. For Downtown Dining Week, they’re offering a ton of specials, including appetizers, a three-course meal, a takeout-only menu, cocktails, and wine. All the specials are available for curbside takeout. Read more about Felicia Suzanne’s.
Posh restaurant offering food and wines in flights or full-sized entrees.
Relaxed cafe offering Greek favorites. They’re offering $20.21 meal specials for lunch and dinner for Downtown Dining Week; they have a dine-in menu (indoor seating by reservation only) and a take-home only menu (24 hours advanced pre-order required) plus beer and wine specials.
Gus’ Fried Chicken
World famous fried chicken with a kick. They’re offering $10.20 lunch specials and $20.20 dinner specials for Downtown Dining Week for dine-in or takeout. Read more about Gus’s Fried Chicken.
Late-night cookie and ice cream delivery chain on Beale Street.
King and Union Bar & Grocery—new!
Southern cuisine, meat-and-threes, and sandwiches. For Downtown Dining Week, they’re offering a free appetizer or dessert with purchase of an entrée and discounts on other items. Read more about King and Union.
King’s Palace Cafe
Cozy and classic restaurant on Beale with award-winning gumbo.
Burgers, poutine, drinks, and desserts in a comfy lodge-inspired restaurant.
Lew’s Blue Note Bar & Grill
Beale Street pool hall with tasty pub grub. For Downtown Dining Week, they’re offering $20.20 three-course meals for dinner. Reservations recommended.
Little Italy Downtown—new! Little Italy’s downtown location opened this year.
Memphis’s favorite NY-style pizzeria with pies, pasta, subs, and salads. They offer a large pizza and 2-liter drink for $20.20 and slice-and-soda special for $6.
Sprawling, dog-friendly outdoor space with po’ boys, smoked meats, and cocktails for dine-in (outside) or takeout.
Inventive Southern-inspired eats with an old-school schoolhouse vibe. For Downtown Dining Week, they’re offering $10.20 lunch special with an entree and a dessert for takeout and curbside only. Read more about Lunchbox Eats.
The best butter cookies, pies, and desserts in the land. For Downtown Dining Week, they’re offering $20.20 dozens, $7 pie-and-coffee, $5 18-packs, and more specials. Read more about Makeda’s.
Margarita’s Mexican Food
Tex-Mex and margs chain with crowd appeal.
Memphis Chess Club—new! The Memphis Chess Club just opened a few weeks ago.
Coffee shop and cafe serving breakfast, sandwiches, and pizzas in an elegant historic building, and plenty of chess boards. Read more about the Memphis Chess Club.
Exactly what it says: Southern soul food from fried chicken to oxtails to mashed potatoes to mac ’n’ cheese.
Mesquite Chop House
Traditional steakhouse with mesquite-smoked Angus beef and farm-fresh veggies.
Neighborhood bar with hearty breakfast, lunch, and dinner menus. For Downtown Dining Week, they’re offering a $20.20 special with a burger or chicken sandwich, corn fritters, fries or potato salad, and drink—the special is only available for dine-in. Regular menu still available for takeout.
Phillip Ashley Chocolates
Gourmet chocolate boutique with mind-blowing flavors infused in jewel-like candies.
Pig On Beale
Beale Street’s answer to a Memphis BBQ joint with hickory-smoked meats and more.
Glam craft cocktail bar with inventive Southern-inspired cuisine. For Downtown Dining Week, they’re offering a three-course dinner for dine-in or patio (reservations recommended). Read more about Pontotoc Lounge.
Signature barbecue restaurant tucked away in the alley. For Downtown Dining Week, Rendezvous will offer a $50 family feast for four people, available for takeout, curbside, dine-in, and patio seating.
River Time Market & Deli
Casual deli with sandwiches and hearty soups in Court Square.
The dance club known for salsa and swing serves up delicious Latin cuisine. Open for dine-in (the dining room is spacious) or takeout. Lunch Tue. – Sat. and dinner Fri. – Sat.
Rum Boogie Cafe
Barbecue and Cajun cuisine in a Beale Street club known for its nightly live music.
Beale Street’s Irish bar known for dueling pianos, diving goats, barbecue, Cajun dishes, and Diver drinks served in yellow buckets.
Slider Inn (Downtown)
Chill bar with a big patio serving up sliders, wings, lobster rolls, and Jameson slushies. For DDW, they’re offering some new featured menu items, including a. chorizo-beef slider, fried pickles, and pumpkin cheesecake; the specials are only available for dine-in. Regular menu still available for takeout. Read more about Slider Inn.
Dimly lit Italian hangout with wood-fired pizzas and entrees, pasta, and drinks.
STIX (Downtown)—new! STIX’s downtown location opened this summer.
Casual sushi and hibachi restaurant with an Asian fusion menu. For Downtown Dining Week, they’re offering a $20.20 sushi-and-hibachi entree special.
Terrace at the River Inn
A bar and restaurant with outdoor dining with a river view in Harbor Town. For DDW, Terrace is offering a $29.95 three-course dinner menu.
Downtown sports bar with an extensive gastropub menu. For Downtown Dining Week, they have a $10.21 Tasso-wrapped fried shrimp starter and a $19.21 pecan-crusted catfish and grits entree special.
The WKND Hang Suite
Upscale bar and lounge (with a dress code after 8 p.m.) offering drinks, wings, shrimp, and flatbreads.
Uncle Buck’s Fish Bowl
The Bass Pro Pyramid’s bowling alley, Uncle Buck’s, serves a casual menu in an underwater-themed atmosphere. Uncle Buck’s will reopen on Nov. 3.
Wiseacre Brewing —new! Opened this summer.
Wiseacre’s new downtown taproom is open for curbside pickup (order online), to-go beer, or onsite imbibing.