Memphis Cafe
Memphis Cafe

Memphis Cafe

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.memphiscafe.com/
  • Phone: 7144327685x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Weekend Brunch: 8am- 3:00pm; Breakfast: Daily 8am-11:30am; Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm, Monday - Wednesday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Thursday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Comfort Food, Southern
  • Executive Chef: Diego Velasco
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Smoking Area, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Already acclaimed for its artful twists on traditional Southern fare, the Memphis Group's three Southern California restaurants, Memphis Catering & Events aims to bring the unique Memphis experience to events throughout Southern California.

    As a full-service catering and events service, Memphis Catering & Events consistently provides the highest level of service and quality to Southern California's most discerning catering clients. From start to finish, Memphis Catering & Events professional staff provides the casually elegant service the Memphis restaurants are known for.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Randolph
  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from Memphis Cafe
Memphis Cafe is a Costa Mesa neighborhood mainstay in the heart of the SOBECA district. Soon after opening in 1995, Memphis Cafe received a "5 star" review from LA Times food critic, Irene Virbilla, and has continued to earn critical acclaim and a loyal following ever since. Classically trained chef and co-founder Diego Velasco has created a distinctive gourmet interpretation of Southern home-style cooking with signature dishes such as the smoky gumbo and pulled pork, ethereal buttermilk fried chicken, savory seafood jambalaya and seasonal specials sourced locally with naturally raised meats and poultry. The roadhouse style bar at Memphis offers both classic call and crafted cocktails as well a carefully curated beer and wine list. Open 7 days a week for breakfast, lunch and dinner with late-night entertainment Thursdays through Saturdays. Complimentary valet parking is available Thursday through Saturday nights.
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Memphis Cafe reviews from OpenTable diners
60 reviews since June 26, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.1
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance3.6
    Noise LevelModerate
88% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (38)fit for foodies (25)great for lunch (22)great for brunch (15)great for outdoor dining (13)good for groups (9)hot spot (8)vibrant bar scene (7)kid-friendly (6)late-night find (6)special occasion (4)romantic (3)notable wine list (2)Show More
  • Memphis
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    Memphis was great as always! I have been to the restaurant on several occasions. I was pleased that when I asked if they did anything for birthdays.. they said no but they would gladly scrounge up a candle for me. They put the candle in a delicious cake and it was a nice way to celebrate my friend's birthday! The meatloaf was also delicious and it was half price for a Tuesday! BONUS. :) I definitely recommend this place to others. It is a great place to grab a unique meal; a nice change from the chain restaurants.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food!
    Admdavid
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    This place is always excellent. The menu has just about anything one could ask for and it's always top notch quality and simply delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Didn't hav reservation
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Everything was good and the bartender was very nice but the 6 of us had to eat at the bar because they didn't have the reservation we made using open table
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Memphis 9/30/14
    foodfriend
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    I visit this restaurant frequently as it is quite close to my home. The food as always was superb. My ribeye was perfectly rare as requested. The potato gorgonzola gratin was firm, but not undercooked. My companion had the always excellent soul burger with the delicious macaroni and cheese. His burger was perfectly medium rare as ordered.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • GREAT FOOD - Bad timing
    5stars
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    The food was amazing, the staff super friendly, really comfortable place. Get the grits if you are a fan! Great place Except for the HEAT which was completely out of everyone's control. Best time to go to Memphis is anytime it is not 95 degrees, there is just not enough breeze on the patio and the AC can not keep up with the heat. BUT honestly how often is it 95 degrees in Costa Mesa? Final word - The food is fantastic and the staff very nice - worth the trip!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Love!
    Hrgiff
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Amazing brunch, excellent cocktail menu, always a fantastic time
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great find in Orange County
    OCFoodie
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    My wife and I visited for our Anniversery. We wanted to explore and try something new and different. We chose Memphis Cafe and we were please with our experience. We will recommend to our friends and family.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love that fried chicken
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Small, casual, energetic, inside, outside, great corn bread, good bar, excellent comfort food desserts…we'll be back
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We are happy regulars now.
    CarlosVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We missed the last couple of weeks. It was good to come back
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    Calitucky
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Came during CM Restaurant Week. The staff lacked confidence and resulted in seeming unknowledgeable. The food: Gumbo- While it was rich, it was delicious. Perfect amount of rice to balance out the richness and the shrimp were perfectly cooked. Muffaletta- Hubby said it was a "symphony of cured meats". He did get bored with it and said it was kind of dry. The Cobra sandwich (friend chicken, bacon, cheddar cheese, ranch) - Executed poorly. Bacon was under cooked, chicken was chewy with actual slimy bits. The fry on the chicken tasted dirty, like they hadn't changed the oil in too long. Bananas Foster- underwhelming. Seemingly mass produced in a big pan, cut to serve. Parts were moist and delicious, parts were dry and unappetizing.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Chris Hansen
    Chrissy59
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We've been here a few times - great every time. Food is awesome and great little gem. Tables are a bit small and it's a bit crowded, but worth it for food and drink.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Noisy,long wait despite reservation
    luvbrunch
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Location was perfect for our Sunday brunch for family members flying out that day, but we were disappointed that our reservation didn't seem to make any difference to our seating time. Once seated outside we had to wait longer than expected for menus and service. The patio is still a noisy location, and it was crowded. Food was fine but nothing to rave about. We were disappointed, to say the least!
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice local spot
    cluelessinOrangeCounty
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Everybody was friendly and the menu is always interesting. We had the cat fish, chicken and brisket and it was all good. The cocktails are always generous. Where else can you have a nice dinner for 4, with drinks, for under $100 in central Orange County. A nice little gem.....
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great As Always
    wannabefoodie
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Been eating here for years and have never been disappointed. Great food and an amazing Perfect Manhattan or two....
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Soulfoodlovers
    Soulfoodlovers
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Service, ambiance was good. The food, however, was disappointing as it lacked flavor (particularly the catfish and chicken). Both dishes were deep fried, but REALLY lacked taste/seasoning. Note -- if customers are going to consciously make the "unhealthy" choice of fried food, they want to be rewarded with a high level culinary experience. Also, the gumbo had good flavor but seemed lukewarm instead of hot. Suggest that the owners visit a few authentic southern cuisine restaurants and taste the flavors that make the food stand out and keep people coming back. Other than the food, the restaurant has a good theme and a lot of potential.
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  • Great experience
    rmanakaVIP
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Our first time experience was outstanding! Great drinks and excellent food. The chili grits should not be missed!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Incredibly patient wait staff
    Lezhaveadate
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    We came to meet a few friends for brunch, and our friends were 45 minutes late. No one rushed us or made us feel bad that our friends were late and that we were keeping a table. The service was wonderful, our coffee cups were never empty. The music was loud, but it wasn't so loud that we couldn't have a conversation, plus the music was good, classics. I had the French toast and a side of applewood smoked bacon which was very good. It had caramelized apples on top and was filling and delicious. Everyone else in my group got a breakfast burrito which they thoroughly enjoyed. Overall a great experience and we would go back again.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lagunatic says Memphis Rules
    LagunaFriendsVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    I understand that in Orange County rent cost dictates what many restaurants have to charge. But rent cost has little bearing on whether or not a menu is clever & delicious, whether the servers are smart & happy, whether a Happy Hour is available 7 days a week, or whether the "decor" is comfy & cool or gag-me pretentious. My husband & I LOVE Memphis. Can you tell?
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dull lifeless food
    Foodme
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Have been to Memphis on many occasions, but this was the first time we were ever disappointed with the food quality. Cold over steamed greens, with (fried chicken which was excellent). Brought friends to celebrate a birthday for my husband. My ribeye was prepared perfectly, but was warm at one end, cold on the other. Tge cornbread was dry, and we were so looking forward to another delicious meal. Don't think we will be visiting again to done, but for your fantastic mint julep we will be back.
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  • music blaring, service very poor
    cabrioletgalVIP
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    I would not return although I liked the food choices - too many things I didn't like. We had to leave & go somewhere else because the noise level was so loud. I won't be returning.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Acceptable
    ValueMindedVIP
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    I can't say this was fabulous but, it appears to have a great "neighborhood" appeal. It's a small restaurant. I probably should have tried their fried chicken but, they don't serve it with dark meat. I had the sea bass special which was a bit overcooked. Could have had a bit more flavor too. Service was great!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We took friends and they loved it.
    CarlosVIP
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    We took old family friends to Memphis and they really enjoyed it. It is good fun introducing chums to your favorite eatery. It is best when they love it. Thanks Memphis!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 38 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 26, 2014
    • Overall Rating4
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance3.6
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 232 reviews are from the Memphis Cafe reviews archive.
  • Yummy breakfast
    jburkiVIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    I've had dinner and now breakfast at Memphis. The pulled pork breakfast burrito was just amazing. I highly recommend it.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Parking
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Parking is a problem for this place, which is why I only go there every other year.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yum
    ShannieD
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Went here for our anniversary dinner. Good food, great server. Thank you.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What a pleasant surprise!
    MarathonMom
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Tiny restaurant - lucky for us we had an early reservation. We contemplated leavingIn one word: AMAZING. We had a couple small plate appetizers for the table (6 of us): Duck quesadillas, mussels and clams. Great flavors! One diner required gluten-free - and the chef accomodated perfectly. My husband is still raving about the bison burger. Rib-eyes, Jumbalaya, and BBQ ribs - all notable. And the desserts - yummy! The service was great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • AWESOME!!!
    lizyapVIP
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    I'm originally from the South and really miss the Southern style food! This place actually has BETTER food than any restaurant I've been to in the South! Had their catfish this weekend and it was unbelievably good - crispy cornbread crust on the huge moist catfish filet - rock-star collard greens! I'll be back again SOON!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great service
    AHS60
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    We have not been to Memphis for years -- it was our anniversary, and we had our first date there 16 years prior, so decided for fun to go back. We are so glad we did! The service was great, yummy food, and delicious cocktails. When we shared about our first date, the staff made us feel very special. We will definitely not wait so long between visits in the future!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Memphis dinner
    Pennygwenny
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    My sister was in from out of town so I made a reservation at Memphis, a favorite local restaurant. I made the reservation through Open Table but when we arrived on Sat. March 25, 2014 at 6:30pm, the restaurant did not have our reservation. The ladies at the front assured us there wasn't a problem though and we were seated immediately. They did say this had happened before with Open Table. I had a confirmation number but they had no way to look it up. The service was great and the food delicious and well priced.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Memphis Love
    foodfriend
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Frequent visitor to Memphis. Surprised I could get a last minute brunch reservation on Mother's Day. Even though the restaurant was packed, the food and service were as good as ever. The staff never fails to make me feel welcome. I brought a friend for his second visit. They remembered us and made him feel like a regular. I love the crab cakes and duck quesadillas. I tried their eggs benedict for the first time, and was very impressed. I always try to sample something new, and have yet to be disappointed.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Trying something new
    BuffyMor77
    Dined on 5/5/2014
    Looking for a spot that was open for breakfast and came across Memphis. So glad I did! I had the crawfish omelet (never had crawfish before) and it was amazing! The staff was friendly and gave excellent suggestions. The restaurant was very clean and had a fun retro vibe. I will be going back to check out lunch, dinner and maybe just a drink at the bar!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great as always
    CarlosVIP
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    We are regulars and we keep coming back. Thanks Gina for serving us.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing brunch experience!
    AnnieFresh
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    Our Easter brunch experience was amazing! Despite it being packed, we had seriously some of the best experience we have ever received. My chicken and waffles were so dang good, and my husband's crawfish omelette was perfectly cooked. Constant friendly and fun service means we will be back for sure!
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food was delicious
    Holly1082
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    I am a big fan of this place, the food is always very tasty. I think that because it was Easter they were very very busy. One of our favorite things here is their coffee usually fresh and hot this time not so much but other than that I would definitely recommend.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, Great for Lunch, Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unique Offerings
    CDMdinersVIP
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    This wonderful OC gem never disappoints. The dinner and appetizer offerings are excellent, the service is quick and professional, and the wine list is also different but tasty. They only charge $10 corkage if you wish with no corkage with dinner entree purchase during some days. Suggest getting reservations as many locals know this place and frequent often.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Take on Southern Food
    BigEddy
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    As a former Memphis resident, I was impressed. Modern takes on Southern classics. We ordered four different dishes and loved all of them. Service was very friendly. They easily accommodated a late change in our reservations. Drinks were good. The only drawback was the chocolate cake -- skip that (very dry and not very chocolate-y). We'll definitely be returning.
    Special Features:
    Great for Outdoor Dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Casual, Affordable, and Unique
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    My husband and I dined for lunch on a Saturday. We wanted somewhere casual and affordable but unique. We enjoyed our meal and drinks! It's small and cozy so definitely not for a romantic meal but suited our needs perfectly.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Never Disappointing
    WhatsWithRick
    Dined on 4/7/2014
    Just call it home cooking with Louisiana flair. They feature a rock solid menu of great good food in a casual and funky atmosphere. The meatloaf is piled on fresh vegies with mashed potatoes with gravy and all is cooked to perfection with just a hint of heat in the after taste. Mouthwatering and beer worthy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Thought it was a dive bar
    4eats
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    I have lived in the neighborhood forever and always thought The Memphis was a dive bar. Was I wrong! Excellent food. I will definitely go back. There was a lot on the menu that i would love to try. What a find!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always fun
    CarlosVIP
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    My family and I love going to Memphis. It has become the Friday go-to place,
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.