With millions of out-of-town guests visiting Memphis each year, hotel choices in the city have always been vibrant and varied, with an array of options from stylish comfort to eclectic boutique to high-end luxury. And with a population of more than 600,000 locals growing evermore food-savvy, it’s no wonder we’ve always been known as a great town for restaurants. Recently, we’ve noticed an intertwining of the two — as more hotels are opting to include a dining experience that features fabulous, locally sourced, top-notch dishes that are worthy of a special night out for the home team as well as visitors. We talked with two local chefs and one bar manager/mixologist to get their take on the hotel restaurants that Memphians love.

3 Memphis Hotel Restaurants Even The Locals Love

3rd & Court Diner

24 N B. B. King Blvd., Memphis, TN 38103 • (901) 930-0793
Hours: Sunday to Saturday, 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.

“There was a time when hotels looked at their food and beverage program as a lay-up to accompany their rooms. In recent years, more and more hotels are starting to realize that a nice restaurant helps make a guest’s stay even more enjoyable,” says Chef Ryan Trimm of 3rd & Court Diner in Hotel Indigo.

Hotel Indigo was designed with a retro Memphis music feel in mind, and 3rd & Court is a perfect complement. Inspired by 1950s-style diners, the restaurant offers locals, as well as guests, a place to feel comfortable and at home. “The design by Ann Parker, of Parker Design Studio, creates the ambiance. Our menu offers breakfast all day and an array of plate lunches to keep every traveler happy. Plus, it keeps our locals coming back for more,” Chef Ryan says.

3rd & Court sources ingredients from a wide array of farmers and purveyors in the area, and Chef Ryan likes to use fresh, locally sourced vegetables as much as possible. “Not just for the flavor,” he says, “but more importantly, to build relationships with our local farmers and stimulate the local economy.”

3rd & Court restaurant interior

If you are looking for delicious Southern comfort food with a modern flair, enjoyed in a cool retro diner, 3rd & Court at Hotel Indigo is the place to be! Image: Across the Board Restaurant Group

3rd & Court- The DIner Burger

The Diner Burger is the most popular item by far, and it is not hard to see why! Pair it with a milkshake for a meal you won’t soon forget. “The shakes are ridiculously good; don’t forget to get one,” Chef Ryan says. Image: Across the Board Restaurant Group

3rd & Court fried chicken, mac & cheese and sides

All of 3rd & Court’s plate lunches feature a hearty meat and two scrumptious sides. Fried chicken, greens and mac & cheese will stick to your ribs. Image: Across the Board Restaurant Group

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3rd & Court catfish fillets

These fried pieces of crispy goodness are catfish fillets. All the sides come from local farms. Image: Across the Board Restaurant Group

The Greyhound Bar

201 Union Ave, Memphis, TN 38103 • (901) 528-1540
Hours: Sunday to Thursday, 4 p.m. to 11 p.m., Friday to Saturday 4 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Located on the site of the old downtown Greyhound Bus Station, The Greyhound Bar at the Hilton Garden Inn Downtown offers a playful homage to Memphis, with drinks like Gin & Tonic Trolley and Memphis Grizz. The classy cocktail bar keeps locals happy with bites that go far beyond typical bar food, and a menu of signature and classic craft libations.

“The atmosphere of The Greyhound attracts Memphians as well as visitors, and the focus on gin-based craft cocktails has a lot of locals intrigued,” says Kendrick Cook, bar manager and mixologist. “And the location in the Hilton Garden Inn Downtown is great. It’s walking distance to Beale Street, AutoZone Park and everything downtown has to offer.”

Although the focus is on gin, The Greyhound offers a full selection of local beers, wines and other spirits. Kendrick stocks the bar from local partners Old Dominick’s, Memphis Made, High Cotton, Ghost River and Wiseacre. Why does he think The Greyhound is so popular with locals, aside from the novelty of being the first gin bar in Memphis? “Simple,” he says. “People enjoy good service, good food and good drinks.”

The Greyhound Bar

In the mood for a fantastic signature cocktail in a sleek and stylish bar? Stop by The Greyhound! Image: The Greyhound Bar

A line of drinks at The Greyhound Memphis

Whatever tickles your fancy, The Greyhound has a drink for that! Left to right: Mezcal Mex, The Keeper, Kel’s Bells, Memphis Grizz, Greyhound Station, and Three-Hundred Thirty-Eight Miles. Image: The Greyhound Bar

Southern Chicken flatbread

This Southern chicken flatbread looks mouth-wateringly delicious! Image: The Greyhound Bar

Honey hot garlic wings

Honey hot garlic wings are a perfect treat to accompany your new favorite cocktail. Image: The Greyhound Bar

Chez Philippe

149 Union Ave #4, Memphis, TN 38103 • (901) 529-4188
Hours: Wednesday to Saturday, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.

No story about fabulous Memphis hotel restaurants would be complete without one of our oldest and best known: Chez Philippe at The Peabody Memphis.

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“Chez Philippe is an ‘occasion’ restaurant for locals,” says Chef Andreas Kisler. “We’ve celebrated so many special occasions with our patrons — birthdays, anniversaries, proposals.”

Though the food has maintained a stellar standard of excellence for years, Chef Andreas says it’s not just about the food; it is the entire experience from the ambiance to the service. “We leave nothing undone to give our customers a wonderful experience. We want them to feel like they are a part of something special.”

The menu changes often to accommodate what’s fresh and in season. Local ingredients include vegetables delivered from local farms, Bonnie Blue Farm goat cheese, Sequatchie Cove milk cheese, and Marmilu Farms eggs and chicken. A current favorite is seared sea scallops with fresh mango, mint, red onion salsa, coconut tapioca and Harissa kisses. When asked his favorite dish, Chef Andreas responds, “You might as well ask, ‘what is your favorite child?’”

Chef Andreas feels the growth of good hotel restaurants is partly because Memphians have increasingly sophisticated palettes, and partly because hotel owners understand the importance of having a good restaurant that consistently attracts locals as well as visitors. “To be a great hotel, you have to have a great restaurant,” he says.

chez philippe

For a luxurious fine-dining experience, try the Mid-South’s only Forbes Four-Star- and AAA Four-Diamond-rated restaurant, Chez Philippe. Image: The Peabody Memphis

the peabody memphis

Memphians love going to Chez Philippe to celebrate events in a unique way. A traditional afternoon tea at The Peabody is a true delight, especially for Mother’s Day. Image: The Peabody Memphis

150th Anniversary Special — the Royal Wagu Truffle Burger

Check out this luxe burger — the 150th Anniversary Special Royal Wagyu Truffle Burger featuring butter-poached lobster, caramelized onion, Saint André cheese, huckleberry and gold leaf atop a melt-in-your-mouth Wagyu burger, served with Parmesan black truffle fries and a half bottle of Rombauer Cabernet Sauvignon. “We wanted to tie in with the Peabody’s 150th anniversary, so this is a $150 burger that we wanted to be worthy of the price,” says Chef Andreas. We’d say he succeeded! Image: The Peabody Memphis

dover sole

The very popular Dover sole is a standard on the menu, with the sides changing seasonally. Image: The Peabody Memphis

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