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Folks Folly Prime Steakhouse

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(21 Reviews)

551 S Mendenhall Rd, Memphis, TN 38117

(901) 762-8200

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Today: 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
41
YEARS
IN BUSINESS
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General Info

Locally owned and operated since 1977, Folk's Folly Prime Steakhouse is Memphis' Original Prime Steakhouse. We offer our guests the option of 7 distinct dining rooms and 12 private dining rooms, accomodating 2-80 guests. Serving USDA Prime meats, imported lamb, premium pork, veal, duck and all-natural chicken in addition to fresh seafood. Our menu is derived from our "from scratch" kitchen. Weekly special offerings are introduced on Wednesdays and run through the following Tuesday. Our Cellar Lounge is the area's only intimate piano lounge, offering live music Monday through Saturday. Our retail store, The Prime Cut Shoppe, opened in 1989 in response to patrons requests for take-home dining and mail-order gift packages. Our tenured staff await your arrival to spoil you with Southern hospitality.

BBB Rating
A+
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Hours

Regular Hours

Extra Phones

direct line for mail order: (901) 328-2245

Payment method
visa, master card, amex, discover, check
Price Range
$$$
Location

Conveniently located in central/east Memphis. 20 minutes from the airport, Germantown, and downtown.  2 blocks north of Poplar on Mendenhall Rd.  2 blocks west of The Clark Tower.

Categories
Party & Event Planners, American Restaurants, Meat Markets, Steak Houses, Wedding Reception Locations & Services, Meeting & Event Planning Services, Restaurants, Wedding Supplies & Services, Banquet Halls & Reception Facilities
Other Information

Parking: Lot, Valet, Private

Wi-Fi: Free

Bike Parking: No

Attire: Dressy

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Takes Reservations: Yes

Outdoor Seating: No

Specialties: American Restaurant, American, American Food

Good For Groups: Yes

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sophie3566

03/30/2012

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midtown38104

10/11/2011

Overall
Folk's is No Folly!!

Very pleasant staff. Not a chain!! A bunch of different dining rooms, even large parties. Steak was superb, cheaper than most big chain steakhouses but the best part was the piano bar. Highly recommend

jcrawford0831

08/18/2009

Overall
Best steak ever

Best steak in the memphis area. Yes the cost is higher, but the atmosphere and quality are well worth it. I had the fillet mingon and can't wait to go back for more!

samanthabailey

06/18/2008

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Good steak

Steak was cooked well. Great service. Good desserts. Loved the specials. Website was user friendly. Would recommend it, best steak in Memphis.

aodhan51

07/26/2006

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Slightly overrated

The steaks are good, and the rest of the food is okay too. The waitresses are all older than God, and rather cavalier about the service they provide. Still it's somewhat overpriced, but would be worth it if they lived up to the price. But the people of Memphis (generally speaking) are unsophisticated regarding restaurants, and they have no idea what fine dining is. Hell, they think Red Lobster is the best seafood in town. Is that sad or what?

gregjones

02/27/2006

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It's BACK!!!

I read the posted reviews and it seemed like there was not a consensus. But I went because I love steak. It was as good as anything I have EVER eaten. cooked perfectly, very pleasant staff, unique suroundings (it's in an old house). From the dates of the other reviews posted I think it's time that everyone go back...they were proudly displaying all of the awards they won last month from the two leading magazines in town, the place was PACKED, but still accomodated me without delay. It had energy but was not too noisy for conversation. Whatever transition they went thru, it's over. This is truly one of the top steakhouses in the country...I've lived in 12 cities...this is where I now ship out my gifts from.

awesomeadmin

02/27/2006

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Folly Experience

I have been dining at Folk's Folly for the last 11 years with my family. I recently had dinner there and had probably the best experience ever! The service was outstanding and the staff could not have been more fantastic ....from the great greetings from the guys outside to the smiling faces at the front door. I've noticed a remarkable improvement with the consistancy and overall service! Keep up the good work!

luxetpax

11/13/2005

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4 star ?

It was worse than fast food. poor cuts of meat. inexpensive, but not worth the over all experiance. There are much better restarunts.

cthill62

03/12/2004

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great change

I've noticed a DEFINITE improvement in food and service since Thomas Boggs (who also owns Hueys) purchased this restaurant from the original owners. On a recent visit I tried Crab cakes which were GREAT and had a perfectly cooked filet (oh and a PERFECT Dirty Martini...). Prices are still high...but not any higher than other Steak Houses of this genre. Just wish I could afford to go more often!

stoutdoctor

07/18/2003

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stoutdoctor

NOTHING SHORT OF THE BEST STEAKHOUSE EAST OF THE MISSISSIPPI(IN MEMPHIS, ANYWAY)..RESERVE A PRIVATE ROOM..TRY THE FILET ""SWARTZCOFF"" STYLE--STUFFED WITH REAL BLUE CHEESE..SALAD--SO,SO..BROWNIE--SO FINE!

lpk300

02/01/2003

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It is not the best STEAK in town!!!!

we ate there because of the ratings it had received, but found out they did not live up to those standards. We ordered our steaks ""medium / medium rare"", but they came back charred on the outside and red on the inside. The service was lacking for those prices also. I found Side Porch to have fabulous steaks at less than half the price of Folly's. If these guys can stay in business all these years and serve bad steaks at their prices, then there is a chance for all of us to open a restaurant and succeed.

eborden1122

01/13/2003

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The Best Steak in Town

The best steak in town. The service was great but the food was better. Try the shrimp cocktail, crab cakes and 14oz filet. It is a little to nice to bring kids and infants. This place is expensive and people do not want to pay alot of money to listen to screaming kids. We left ours at home and so did everybody else. To sum it up - It is a nice relaxing place to enjoy great food.

jgall01

01/06/2003

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Not quite there

The food is a bit pricey. It should probably run about ½ of what it does. The butterflied filet was the best we've had at Folk's Folley. The Porterhouse was a bit tougher than one would expect for 30+ $'s. The sauteed mushrooms were clothed in way too much pepper. The fudge browning topped with ice cream was good.

charlieliddell

01/03/2003

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Fantabulous

Very good atmosphere in which to dine and enjoy.
The cuts of meat are beyond expectationsfor taste, tenderness, and were cooked ot perfection.

ribtips

01/03/2003

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folks

not bad...everything is ala carte
a bit too snooty for a steak that's not the nearly the best in memphis

mlkc

01/03/2003

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Overall
good but...

Good steak house but...

not as good a ruth's chris

disbarred

12/19/2002

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Folks Folly?!

Folks Folly is not very good at all. When I was a child a loved it but for the last five years the steaks have always come out burnt and the quality of meat doesn't seem near as good as it used to be. Also, it's absurdly expensive.

kumite_56

12/04/2002

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over priced and over rated

The food is mediocre at best but the price commands a huge premium. You will have a far superior experience at ruth Chris or even the butcher block.

I don't desire to go here even if on expense account. Its just not worth the effort.

lutherjeanne

10/21/2002

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elastic-pants-worthy

Crabmeat appetizer with hollandaise - wonderful. Wine list great. Steaks hot, buttery, sizzling, juicy. Great.

uhIcouldntthinkofone

10/03/2002

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not that great

I don't think Folk's Folly is the best steak house. I had much better at Buckley's. Plus, Folk's Folly is VERY expensive, and Buckley's, which I think is better, is only about 11 dollars for an 8 oz steak with garlic mashed potatoes