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The Lobbyist
Corn Mash

Our mission is to create joyful moments for our guests by sharing our passion for our craft. Our values reflect our history as a small, humble restaurant that was built to share our art, food, and friendship.

"Top 20 Restaurants To Open Since 2020."

Commercial Appeal

"Top 30 Restaurants in Memphis."

"Best New Restaurant 2023."

Memphis Magazine

Commercial Appeal 

"The stunning interior matches the accessible yet diverse food from seasoned chef Jimmy Gentry.."

21 Memphis Restaurants For A True Taste Of The Bluff City

Best Places to Eat and Drink in Memphis 

The Scout Guide 

About Us


At The Lobbyist, we believe food tells a story. Our menu is a culinary exploration of our nation's rich cultural tapestry, blending global influences with the freshest local ingredients sourced directly from nearby farms. Picture enjoying locally raised meats and vibrant seasonal produce, transformed into dishes that change with the seasons. Whether you're a curious food enthusiast or someone who values supporting local farmers, The Lobbyist is a celebration of diversity in cuisine, culture, and flavors.

Kimchi Carrots


The Lobbyist is devoted to celebrating the era of grand hotels by transporting patrons back in time with a plethora of vintage accents, comfortable furniture, and gleaming golden details. Our cocktail program offers a glamorous experience through high-quality ingredients, with a focus on the classics that shaped the modern day bar, while adding that modern twist.



Step into a stylish time capsule. Opening in 1913, The Hotel Chisca was the largest hotel in Downtown Memphis. Throughout the years, amazing historic moments happened on this foundation including: Elvis’s introduction to the radio waves, Rick Dees in the early years, and one of Elvis's earliest live performances.


The Hotel Chisca has currently undergone renovations to revitalize that vintage

 look and feel.

Private Dining Room
Sample Special Menu

Special Events



Wine & Spirt

By the Bottle

After Dinner

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Hours of Operation


5 pm till 10 pm

Patio Happy Hour 

5 pm till 6 pm


You can book reservations online using Resy or call and leave a booking message if someone is not available to take your call at the moment. 

We also offer complimentary valet service located at the corner of MLK and South Main. 

Large party booking inquiries please email

272 S. Main St., Suite 101

Phone 901-249-2170

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