Try the catfish sandwich at The Port. Photo by Kerry Crawford.The Only Restaurant on President's Island - The Port. Photo by Kerry Crawford.Casual, tasty and inexpensive food at The Port. Photo by Kerry Crawford.

The Port Restaurant

1039 Harbor Ave.
Memphis, TN 38106

The Port started as "The Islander" in the 1960s, and very little seems to have changed in the building since then. The wood paneled interior and nautical wall decorations seem like they've been there forever and the menu also seems to have been frozen in time by offering sandwiches priced below $3.

A glass wall divides the restaurant in half in one of the more unique solutions to Memphis' restaurant smoking laws. The two sides are accessible through different exterior doors, and the smoking side (which also contains the bar) is 21 and up. The glass wall is tinted, which gives it a bit of a fishbowl / two-way mirror sort of vibe.

The menu is pretty simple – inexpensive sandwiches, salads and entrees. They've got daily specials like steak for $6.99. The catfish catfish sandwich with fries runs about $8 and is pretty great. It comes with a huge, breaded and fried piece of catfish on a toasted hoagie with lettuce, tomato and tartar sauce. The fries are the basic frozen crinkle fries, but whatever – the Port isn't a trendy gastropub, it's a divey, neighborhood joint.

The Port is open from 6 a.m. until 8 p.m., Monday through Friday. They've got a full bar and yes, they serve breakfast.

  • Average Entree Price
    • $ = <$15
  • COVID-19 Availability
    • Open
  • Cuisine
    • Seafood
    • Southern/Soul
  • Facility Amenities
    • Full Bar
  • General Information
    • Hours of Operation: Monday - Friday: 5:30am - 7pm
  • Meals Served
    • Breakfast
    • Dinner
    • Lunch