The Kitchen at Shelby Farms
415 Great View Drive East #101, Memphis, TN 38134
I was not compensated in any way for this review. All opinions are my own.
Last week I went to The Kitchen at Shelby Farms for my birthday with my husband and my kids! It was my second visit there.
The Kitchen opened in 2016, around the same time Patriot Lake was doubling in size and the front of the park was getting a major facelift.
The first thing I will advise is to go to the correct entrance. The first time I went to The Kitchen at Shelby Farms was in December (2017) with my mom, while Starry Nights was going on. I mistakenly went into the first entrance to Shelby Farms on Walnut Grove coming from Memphis and got caught in the Starry Nights traffic. It was a mess getting my car to the restaurant but it was my fault. I called The Kitchen at Shelby Farms to warn them I was running late and they were great about it.
This time there was no Starry Lights going on, and also my husband knew where he was going. And also there was an amazing flock of birds (YUGE) all along Walnut Grove that was fun to observe. And also there was a Super Moon.
We were shooting for 5:30p arrival and I’m glad we did because the view is awesome from The Kitchen at Shelby Farms. When I went with my mom in December, we had a later reservation and she is unfamiliar with the area and couldn’t even see there was a giant lake in front of us. (No light pollution at Shelby Farms!)
On its website, the description is:
Founded in 2004 by Hugo Matheson and Kimbal Musk [note: brother to Elon Musk who just launched a rocket into space yesterday!], The Kitchen Restaurant Group is family of restaurants with locations across America focused on sourcing and preparing real food at every price point. Its restaurant concepts employ hundreds of people with mission-driven jobs and source food from American farmers helping stimulate the local farm economy to the tune of millions of dollars a year.
I think I am resigned to the fact that we’re going to take our kiddos with us to most special events. I like the idea of a date night as much as the next person but the fact is also, I want my kids with me to celebrate, and, more so, my husband likes them to be with us.
The decor of the restaurant is awesome. I would call it “modern industrial farmhouse.” Lots of wood, awesome light fixtures, and plumbing/pipe hardware. There is a pretty patio but it was too cold and no one was sitting out there when we were there.
We got a table that had a bench on one side (with pillows!) and 2 chairs on the other side. I always think a bench contains kids just a little bit better than chairs and the pillows were a fun touch. I could see how they could be a pillow fight or disaster waiting to happen but our kids were fine with them.
As soon as we walked in, our hostess was “on it” with bringing crayons over. Our kiddos drew, colored, did a puzzle, and played with their Little Passports box.
We all loved the food. I had scallops, wine, and for dessert ordered the Sticky Toffee Pudding, pecans & vanilla ice cream – the best part of the whole evening. Here is a review by Jennifer Biggs January 2018. I agree with her that some of the food was a little salty.
Kids are officially allowed. I’m not sure if there are high chairs or boosters. I don’t remember the hostess asking me. Don’t forget I love this chair so much. Believe it or not, I didn’t go “potty” the whole time so I’m not sure if there is a changing table in the bathrooms.
There IS a kids menu that is picky-eater friendly! My kids had some very good chicken fingers, fries, and plain noodles with parmesan cheese on them.
Would people stare at you if a baby cried or if kids were loud? Possibly yes. There were not a lot of people in there during our meal (early dinner) but there are definitely business happy hours going on in there.
Are the servers super warm to children? Very. Very accommodating with the menu and drink refills. Friendly to the children.
Could you bring in a packed meal for your kids (we often do) and it not be super rude? I would think no. The children’s menu it thorough so should order off the menu. Baby food would probably be ok. I would have felt weird bringing in a peanut butter sandwich.
When your baby is super mobile but not yet walking is there somewhere not gross you could put him down? No definitely not.
I have a friend who frequently goes to The Kitchen at Shelby Farms for weekend brunch but only after she’s worn out the kiddo riding around Patriot Lake. This sounds like a wondeful idea, too.
Can’t wait to go back for brunch when it’s nice and sit on the patio. Or maybe for dinner to watch the sunset outside this time.