Business Dinners: Six Restaurants to Impress

Planning an important business dinner, and have no idea where to go?  If you’re in Nashville, Dallas, Memphis, Portland, Kansas City or Juneau, check out our top recommended restaurants below if you’re looking to really blow the socks off of a client, partner, or coworker.

1. Nashville, TN

The Palm

This American Steak House is “the place to be” if you’re in business.  With high quality steak and seafood, this place is sure to tantalize the taste buds of you and your associates.  The average main course is $35, and the festive décor will keep the conversation flowing.

2. Dallas, TX


Abacus offers a formal and modern atmosphere, where 2008 Iron Chef winner Kent Rathbun serves up a lovely five or eight course meal Monday – Thursday starting at $40 per person.  Additional menu items have influences from around the world, from Asia to the Mediterranean to the Pacific Rim.  Meals here are exciting and innovative, and an extensive wine list will help you select the best compliments for each plate.

3. Memphis, TN

Restaurant Iris

Restaurant Iris is considered the best in fine dining in Memphis. Located in a house built in 1907, the restaurant is small, but perfect for a quiet business dinner.  Chef Kelly English prepares a menu that includes dishes like “surf and turf” of New York strip stuffed with fried oysters and blue cheese.  Over the weekend, a three course meal is offered with wine pairings for $65-$85. Regular entrees are available for $25 and up.

4. Portland, OR


The food will not disappoint your clients or coworkers at this lovely restaurant in the Pearl District.  Here you’ll find creative South American dishes – great for a small bite with cocktails or an entire meal.  If the soft live music doesn’t impress, the presentation of the food will; the calm, crisp atmosphere is complimented by attentive staff – you just can’t go wrong here! Don’t forget to split one of their interesting desserts, like the Chocolate Andino (quinoa flour brownie and rich chocolate ganache, served with chichi morada gelee, aji-amarillo pineapple sauce and candied pecans), for an tasty Peruvian experience unlike any other.

Kansas City, MO

Café Provence

This small family-owned neighborhood bistro is a hidden gem that takes hospitality to a whole new level.  If you’re looking for terrific French cooking in a comfortable atmosphere, go no further. Chef Philip Quillec has been named to the Best Chefs of America, with a dinner menu that includes items like Cote de Boeuf Braisee (braised kobe beef shortrib, brussel sprout leaves, butter potatoe puree, cipollini onion, natural jus and braised greens) and melt-in-your mouth Filet Mignon (Pan-seared creekstone beef tenderloin, blue cheese, Daniel’s potato gratin, bordelaise sauce, haricot vert, and carrot).

Juneau, AK

Zephyr Restaurant

Zephyr Restaurant offers ambience along with good food. Pastas, halibut, and steak grace the menu at $21 – $36, a decent price for any business meal. Don’t forget the wine list!

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