The Second Line

2144 Monroe Ave, Memphis
(901) 590-2829

Recent Reviews

Edward Brown

Good food good experience great staff.

Sharon H.

This place is fantastic! Just across the street from where we were staying, so we had to check it out. Had the incredibly yummy shrimp, catfish piquant, spinach madeline, potato salad, and red beans and rice. All of it was terrific, and the service was equally wonderful. Great experience!

Araceli Garcia

The side of spinach was awesome. I regret not having more of an appetite when i was invited to go, so i didn't try any entrees. I had the oyster salad, but was a bit disappointed. It was just fried oysters on spring mix..... Granted it was only an appetizer. I did notice the menu wasn't overwhelmingly large which i appreciate. They had a decent variety of options still.

K Grisham

Way overpriced at $21 for an Oyster Po Boy sandwich. Not nearly as good as Roux Dat, in Santa Cruz, CA that charges half the price and is about 2000 miles further from New Orleans.

Kay T.

Excellent food! The bar-b-que shrimp appetizer was TO DIE FOR. Do not miss this! The atmosphere is cozy and quiet. My fried oyster po-boy was perfect! Side order of horseradish potato salad was excellent and big. Good wines and friendly wait staff. We had to valet park as street parking is hard to get. Overall a wonderful experience. Would most definitely return!

Anthony L.

This is my second business trip to the Memphus area. This restaurant is by far the best food I've had in Memphis. The red beans and rice are to die for!!!

Shacari S.

I came here for my birthday dinner yesterday and it was AMAZING!! The food was great and the service was outstanding! I love the decor on the inside. I had the gumbo and it was spicy and tasty! My only issue was with parking, we couldn't locate a parking lot! Overall, great experience!

Bonnie Daws Kourvelas

Absolutely delicious food. Great service and lovely building.

Mary E.

Upon a quick yelp search for a lunch spot we happened upon this Memphis gem! What a lucky find! This elevated southern restaurant is located in a cute, converted home. It far exceeded most of the meals I've had in New Orleans or Savanna! We had The irrationally good BBQ shrimp (appropriately named), the andouille crawfish pimento cheese fries (yep) and the best debris beef roast Po'Boy. I would honestly fly back to Memphis for the food here. Kelly English I need a cookbook please! The rich flavor of the BBQ shrimp appetizer was delightful, but the highlight in my eyes was the Po'Boy. It was moist, but not so much so as to disturb the construction of the sandwich. And the fries! Ohhhhh the fries. Andouille, crawfish, pimento... 3 of the best southern food words all on one plate. We left stuffed and hoping they'd open a Dallas location ASAP!

Tamara Rivera

We loved our meal there. Service great. It was crowded but the food came out in a timely manner. The catfsh almondine with brown butter sauce was heavenly. The jambalaya balls are the best appetizer!

Dena Pratt

Very comfortable for intimate dinners or large groups. food was great and being a Gulf Coaster I adored their menu. great bar and drink menu. convenient location.


We went here for a date night one evening and the wait time wasn't too long but we were very hungry so we decided to sit at the bar. It was a good decision because the service was fast and Aaron, the bartender, was very friendly. He gave some good recommendations and made excellent drinks. We will definitely be coming back for future date nights!


This is a great place to congregate with family and friends. Alcohol drives up the price you'll pay. You can easily eat here for $25/person before taxes. They had moved the famed Knuckle sandwich over here from Iris but alas, it is gone. :-((. I'm on a crusade to get Kelly to bring it back! So I'm posting it on ALL my reviews. Here it is!

Lenette Henderson

I had read great reviews and wanted to try this placs out. Well we sat down...5 minutes later someone came over so that we can order drinks. We received our drinks..she explained the menu, she said she would give us a minute to see what we wanted. We waited..and waited she finally came back 8 in 1/2 minutes later...and we respectfully decided to leave. So we didn't even get to experience anything due to the service. Oh, it was 6 other people there yet, they were already eating. So..I can't even blame it on that.

francine delahoussaye

Mostly Cajun food. small menu. The gumbo was great and the catfish good. Good atmosphere.

Joey B.

One of the best meals of my life. This place is Cajun themed. I ordered the catfish dinner plate w/ hush puppies and cheese grits and my wife ordered the grill shrimp salad and rice and beans. You have to try the cheese grits and beans and rice they rivaled anything we had in New Orleans. Their specialty cocktails are amazing too. Try the "Smokey and the bandit"

Tyrus Townsend

My wife and I were celebrating special night out. We heard about the great food the restaurant served. So not the case. The catfish platter was horrible. Rubbery fish, hush puppies were burnt and the waitress didn't even come back to serve us water. The manager or owner of this place tried to make us pay for food we didn't even eat. Will never refer anyone to this place. Thumb' s down

Josh Spickler

Solid. Consistent. Great value. Top notch staff. Can't go wrong here.

Susan D.

First stop was burger week so i had the "special". it was a half portion for $5.99/ regularly $9.00...cheeseburger served on a french role! I am kind of a burger purist but this one, a simple ( great burger blend, cheese, onion, pickle, mayo ) cheeseburger was excellent. I came solo, sometimes an unwelcomed occasion, however, Mary greeted me at the front door and was gracious and accommodating to a window seat...overlooking Monroe and Overton Square. Ferran, my waitperson, was also delightful. Attentive and available...he did not make me feel rushed, and exchanged my somewhat "soggy" fries with the extra crispy ones I had originally ordered. A never ending soda and water helped overcome the hot morning i had at the farmers market earlier. The menu looks yummy, nice beer selection, traditional and craft brews, med- to high priced entrees, brunch menu looks interesting...and the mixed drinks have creative concoctions and names...from what i have looks like i will be back to try a Po boy soon.

Kevin P.

One of my favorite restaurants in Memphis. Always get one of the Po'boys. The Cajun poutine, don't remember what they call it is fantastic. Service is stellar.


At here again last week. I had the shrimp po-boy, red beans and rice, and french fries. Warning the beans and rice are spicy. So. Much food, we all took food home.


At here again last week. I had the shrimp po-boy, red beans and rice, and french fries. Warning the beans and rice are spicy. So. Much food, we all took food home.


Used to love Second Line, but last visit was very disappointing. Had the roast beef poboy, the meat was tender, but a very small amount. The fried chicken livers suffered the same problem-all deep fried breading with tiny amount of chicken liver. On the plus side, the service is attentive and the room is very nice, but neither makes up for the subpar food. Wonâ??t be back.

Leighton K.

Do yourself a favor and visit this quaint little bar that serves some killer food. Start it off with the BBQ Shrimp. From there have fun! Amazing!

Jalissa Marshall

Just didn't do it for me. My server was very nice and attentive but the food was not what I expected. I had the andouille cheese fries with shrimp added and the only thing they were was spicy and bland. I also ordered the catfish Platter with cheese grits and the only thing that had seasoning or flavor on the plate was the tarter sauce. Nice restaurant but the kitchen needs some assistance.

Van Preston

I loved this place! Super cool restoration off a beautiful older home into a restaurant, and excellent food. I loved the fried liver appetizer


Recommended by a family member. We ate on a Friday night about 6:45ish. Got some fried jambalaya & a catfish platter with cheese grits. The restrooms seem a little small for a restaurant/bar that size. Womenâ??s room had one stall. Menâ??s had one standing stall & one sitting stall. Some out of town party of six got seated behind us (assuming it was a bachelor party) & they were loud & obnoxious. Way too early to have been that drunk (mainly one guy). The food & service were great, but it definitely feels like a 20-35 type place. I guess had we got there about an hour earlier we might have even gave this place 5 stars. Would still go back sometime.


This Downtown vibe at it's best. Easy,(as in Big Easy),relaxed, atmosphere. Food is clean, well prepared from scratch,even the( iced tea). Th e catfish is hands down the best I've ever eaten. It was fried, but the breading didnt overpower the taste of the fish. You should go!

Curt Workman

Amazing food and service, as you would expect. The atmosphere is what sets it apart. Relaxed and cordial. Amazing place!!


Where to start?! We were looking for a lunch spot that offered a Memphis vibe with authentic food, not a chain restaurant. A quick google search and we were on our way.Small venue in a house with an outdoor patio. It was nice so we opted for the ambiance out outdoors.Quick service with a lunch menu offering of southern cuisine. Started off with the irrationally good bbq shrimp, followed by splitting of a fried gulf shrimp poboy. It was more than enough for two!

Kurt Z.

Great food and awesome service! Not too many places have Blanton's bourbon so that was a pleasant surprise. The cheese fries were amazing too. Nice job everyone!!

Terence Alexander

Superb atmosphere. Great food. Great employees. I even met the pleasant chef. I highly recommend for an absolutely fabulous experience. My wife and I cannot wait to dine again there. Thank you.

Jody M.

Food Was Amazing!!! They were out of oysters which was sad, but what we had was very good. I had the beef & gravy poboy and husband had the shrimp poboy. We also had the crawfish & pimento cheese fries. Not impressed with the service...however we got there about 45 minutes before they closed so maybe they were just tired and ready to go home.

Janelle J.

Flavors on point! Catfish dinner, shrimp & oyster po'boys. The greens reminded me of my dad's, rice & beans are reminiscent of Popeyes but way better, wholesome. I forgot the name of those loaded fries with steak were good but I would've preferred my fries crispier to hold up to the (poutine). Always enjoy fresh lemonade from the bar too. This place pans out


Wow - I was stunned to see owner Kelly English watch over the outdoor patio as his staff struggled to serve customers. Undoubtedly, staff called in sick with a gorgeous Music Fest evening. When Kelly English showed up - i expected him to throw on chefs attire to help in the kitchen or at least clean some tables and help out the shirt staffed restaurant. Instead - he stood around in his white shirt and jeans looking over at unhappy customers. He and not a member of his management team ever dropped by tables to see how things were going. On this one night - the Second Lime was a terrible experience - with Kelly English standing around - looking pretty - as customers struggled to be served

Mark A.

I have been here now for both lunch and dinner and I have to say that it is one of my favorite places to eat in Memphis. I came here with a group for dinner and the fried chicken liver appetizer was an all-around favorite. I ordered one of the catfish dinners and it was good but not as good as my companion's po boys looked. After thinking about the po boys for a few weeks, I came back for lunch and ordered one myself. They are fantastic! The oysters were fresh and plump, not overcooked like most places. The sandwiches come with a side and I recommend the greens. The portions are pretty large, but don't let that stop you from ordering their bread pudding for dessert. Second Line is a nice relaxed spot with high-quality food. They have both indoor and outdoor seating and can accommodate groups. We saw a group having a birthday party there when we were having lunch - it looked like a great idea - maybe I'll do that this year. Check it out, you won't be disappointed.

Jason D.

This place. This place The Second Line! Stupid good. You don't want to work? I'm there. I got an idea. 74 degrees in April! Patio on a Tuesday. Let's get a local beer and The Verno! Braised chicken thigh po boy!!! It's so good you just want to suck on it! You can't do this too many days in a row, but you can do it today!

Daniel K.

Good experience. Food is well executed NOLA comfort food. Ambiance is clean and modernish but pretty undifferentiated and abnormally loud. Place was heavily staffed and service was acceptable. Food was good but priced significantly higher than typical rates for the level of quality / creativity. Not a bad joint but not a destination either.

Jocelyn A.

I went to New Orleans for the first time last year. One of the first things on my New Orleans bucket list was a shrimp po' boy. Despite all of my research on "the best" po' boys, I ended up leaving New Orleans highly disappointed in the sandwich. I thought maybe I just didn't like this style of sandwich until I went to Second Line in Memphis. The Second Line is just about as cute of a restaurant as you can get. Housed in a (literal) house in Midtown, you instantly feel welcome and at ease when you walk through the door. We went for lunch, and the all-day menu leans lunch, so that is when I would recommend going (although sandwiches for dinner are cool too). I have been wanting to try another po' boy since my disappointing experience in New Orleans, and The Second Line seemed to be as good a place as any to give it a go. Let me tell you, this shrimp po' boy was everything I was hoping for in NOLA, and more! The shrimp tasted fresh and were just lightly fried (meaning NOT greasy) and the sandwich was perfectly dressed. Others in our party had the oyster po' boy and loved it as well. Sides are really important to me and the Second Line has an excellent selection of tasty sides. In fact, we thought their greens were some of the best we've ever had. I would definitely head to The Second Line if you are in Memphis. They have a lovely patio as well, so perhaps opt to visit during patio season.


On a bitterly cold night, this place was warm and convivial. The cocktails are interesting, their bourbon selection is amazing, and the casual/eclectic decor was fun.