The Best Restaurants in Memphis for Date Night

All the couples out there, both old and young, are getting ready to set plans for date nights all across town. If you’re looking for your Date Night venue for appetizers, dinner, or dessert, look no further. Here are a few of Jones Aur’s top recommendations for the best restaurants in Memphis for Date Night!

Cocktails & Appetizers

Kicking off your evening are a few local favorites: BarWare and Knifebird. These classy venues are big on ambiance and know how to emphasize the simple elegance of a good drink and healthy hors oeuvres selection. Stick around for their dinner portion or leave room for more at your next stop – either way, you can’t go wrong starting your night at one of these Memphis favorites. 


Our Favorite Feature: Live Music 

Nothing says romance like candle lighting, good drinks, and live music, and this place has all three. With a simple and delicious menu selection self-described as “small plates” and “big plates,” BarWare gives you the option to chow down or keep it light. The restaurant is really known for its artisan drinks and live music selection, and ordering a cocktail while tuning in to local musicians is a great way to kick off a 901 Date Night. 

For couples who love the South Main scene, BarWare is always close at heart. Located adjacent to the Arts District, this restaurant resides at 276 South Front Street across from the Old Dominick Distillery. Its location makes it perfect for a quick drop-in before heading to your dinner reservations downtown, and for the appetizer portion of your night, there’s no better place. 

Knifebird Wine Bar

Our Favorite Feature: Cocktails & Mocktails

Ambiance is key at Knifebird. The restaurant’s bar seating and cafe-style tables make for an intimate Date Night with close discussion over elegant finger foods. Everyone loves a charcuterie board, and with a fine selection of cheeses, meats, and fruits, Knifebird will surely be a hit with the date. 

The cocktail menu features a wide range of aptly-named drinks, but what’s really eye-catching is the mocktail selection. So for those who want an espresso martini and those who loved their Dry January enough to keep it going through Valentine’s Day, there’s a drink for everyone at Knifebird Wine Bar. 


Dinner reservations are where the night really begins, so if you’re moving on from your appetizers and cocktail hour to another location, be sure to check out Hen House, Magnolia & May, or Kami Ramen. Each of these venues offers something different, so depending on your style as a couple, there’s one on this list for you.

Hen House

Our Favorite Feature: Picture-Worthy Decorations

If you and your date are hungry for a cozy, intimate dinner, Hen House in East Memphis is the date-night location for you. You’ll love the selection of classy drinks and elegant meals, and this ritzy atmosphere makes for the perfect photo op. Sit at a table indoors (or outside, weather permitting), lounge on one of the couches, or gather around the bar! No matter what you choose, Hen House makes for a perfect date night. 

Hen House is also a great place to host your girl’s night out for Galentine’s Day. With Instagram-worthy style and a long wine list, there’s no better place than Hen House to celebrate. 

Kami Ramen Bar

Our Favorite Feature: Laid-Back Atmosphere

For a more easy-going experience, try Kami Ramen Bar in East Memphis. This intimate restaurant packs a lot of punch on style and taste, and the best part is you can come as you are. Enjoy the wide variety of appetizers, buns, and ramen while spending quality time with your date and trying new things.


For those of you who still have room left for dessert, it’s time for the last course of the night. Our top picks for dessert are Crumbl Cookies and Milk Dessert Bar, both of which offer a curated sweet tooth experience that will leave you craving more. 


Our Favorite Feature: New Menu Items

As anyone who has been to Crumbl knows, this cookie establishment knows how to keep things fresh. Each week, they churn out a new six-flavor set of creative new cookie options that will keep you on your toes for the next week ahead. Uou can try their confetti or original M&Ms to round out the evening. 

Milk Dessert Bar

Our Favorite Feature: Variety of Sweet Treats

Located on the edge of Germantown, Milk Dessert Bar is a versatile cafe that is sure to satisfy any sweet tooth. Whether you’re looking for an after-dinner coffee, edible cookie dough, or one of their custom, hand-spun milkshakes, you and your date are in for a treat. Milk also fills custom orders, so feel free to call ahead of time to get a beautiful cake or special treat to ensure Date Night ends on a sweet note. 

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