I have dined at Memphis at
I have dined at Memphis at least 4 times in the most recent 6 month period and have had an excellent experience each time. The service is wonderful, the food is fantastic, and the prices are very reasonable for the quality and variety of offerings.
3/27/2013 5:00:00 PM
We have been coming here for
We have been coming here for years and this time brought friends here who loved it and can't wait to come back. always good!
4/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
Not what you think
Memphis is a nice surprise, very small, slightly shabby, dark place. The food is amazing, good gourmet comfort type food. I love it. The service is great.
4/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
Food was great. Interior
Food was great. Interior dark but patio was nice. Outside needs sprucing up.
4/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
Excellent southern food, wonderful
Excellent southern food, wonderful service, in a funky bar setting.
4/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
We brought a German couple
We brought a German couple we met in Coachella who never had American Southern food and they loved everything!!
4/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
First time visitor & looking
First time visitor & looking forward to returning. Food was good, but what really made it for me was the staff. I had booked a group of 10 people. I arrived early & checked in with the hostess. The table was ready & waiting for us. I asked about their policy on splitting the check & they explained one check, but multiple payments ok. Perfect, I know & understand their policy. When our check arrived the waitress had separate checks for everyone. KUDOS! That is customer service. I will confess to being spoilt in the Midwest where they have no issue splitting checks. I understand it is not a California thing and that is fine, but this place clearly went above & beyond. Thanks for being accommodating. Little thing = happy returning guest.
4/23/2013 4:00:00 PM
Went there for my husbandds birthday. Our sons do not like "fancy" and my husband does not like ":expensive" so Memphis was the perfect choice. Our server was lovely and did not rush us at all while we waited for our sons and wives to arrive. She even suggested we order frrom the Happy Hour menu while we waited. We did not even know there was a Happy Hour menu.
On top of all that the food was yummy!
5/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
The bar was hopping. I was able to find a seat at the bar and ordered the southern style Eggs Benedict which uses corned beef instead of ham. It was great. Not the best Eggs Benedict I have ever had, the corned beef seemed to be a little dry, but good none the less. The addition of a mimosa topped it off just right and for only four dollars more than one mimosa, you could get unlimited. The service was nice and friendly, especially at the bar. Will definitely be going back.
5/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
Memphis has a great southern-inspir
Memphis has a great southern-inspired menu and a fun, casual vible. The cocktails and food are delicious. This is one of my favorite restaurants in the area!
5/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
As a first time diner, the
As a first time diner, the wait staff were engaging and helpful. Pork chops, fried chicken and ribs - good down home cooking!
5/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
I hadn't been to Memphis in years and I was certainly not disappointed. There were 5 of us and everyone had something different. But I think the Fried Chicken made the top of the list. Outstanding. One of us had the Soul Burger and she said it was the best burger she had ever had. We also ordered a side of greens and brussel sprouts and everyone loved those also.
We can't wait to go back and try something else of the menu.
The Ambience is horrible....maybe a bit of paint would help. But it didn't effect our appetites.
5/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
I've been here a few times with coworkers & found the food really unique & tasty. True Southern food. Many healthful choices, too.
5/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
Memphis is good!
Went for brunch with friends--definitely glad we made a reservation, as we had 9 ppl and the place is pretty small.
We were seated promptly, and everyone had a great meal. No complaints on the food, we tried pretty much everything on the brunch menu and it was ALL delicious.
Don't go in a hurry, bc they weren't the quickest. We were not in a hurry, and we had a great time. Plenty of nearby shopping/browsing to do to walk off your champagne buzz from the $11 unlimited mimosas.
6/1/2013 4:00:00 PM
Memphis is a favorite of mine. The Happy Hour is amazing and great before a play at SCR. The regular menu has the best pork chop dinner ever and the fried chicken is great also. Service is always perfect and the house red wine is fantastic.
6/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
good food and good vibe
energized place that offers delicious food and good service with an excellent happy hour
6/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Southern food has made it to CA!
As a native Louisianian, each time I venture into a restaurant claiming they know southern style food, I laugh! After eating the gumbo and buttermilk fried chicken at the Memphis restaurant in Costa Mesa, this native Louisianian was SOLD! The food at Memphis can truly be placed in the heart of New Orleans and no one would be the wiser. If you are looking for authentic southern food, a great staff, and a great atmosphere, the Memphis restaurant in Costa Mesa is the place.
6/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
I love their food. I would recommend sitting outside. The inside is a bit shabby....
6/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Father's Day dinner
We have been to Memphis a few times, and it is my husband's favorite which is why we went for Father's Day. The food is always great - we are never disappointed - and great options. Our daughter had the sea bass, my husband had the catfish and I had the blue corn salad. All we fabulous. Our server was friendly, provided great recommendations and was there when we needed her but not overbearing. Thanks again Memphis!
6/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
Tiny kitchen but wow, good stuff
We felt welcome from the moment our server brought us each a plate of warm cornbread. The bar offered plenty of options but not an overwhelming variety. Zuni flatbread and green chili grits got us in the mood for the weekend, and were perfect accompaniments to the meatloaf, cheeseburger, and ribeye that soon filled our bellies. Don't miss the incredible lemon ricotta cheesecake!
6/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Fried Chicken
Memphis serves a great fried chicken with collards, and mashed potatoes with gravy.
This dish is their Thursday night special. Half price on Thursdays.
7/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best Lunch in Costa Mesa
Great New Orleans-themed lunch menu at decent prices with excellent service from very CUTE waitresses!! What more could you ask for?
7/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
The nouveau flare of Southern classic fare was intriguing and delicious.
7/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Try the fried chicken. I thought cooked perfectly. Food is very good! Casual.
8/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
I had the Cornmeal Fried Cat
I had the Cornmeal Fried Cat Fish and it was great however the portion size for the "Hoppin John and Collard Greens was very small and I don't remember getting any of the jalapeño tarter sauce..
8/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
The patio is the way to go
The patio is the way to go at this establishment. Inside is dark, cramped, and small but outside is shaded and feels more open. The food is great authentic southern feel.
8/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
We have been to Memphis many times, but never for happy hour. We shared several plates off of thir Happy Hour options...everything was deliscious and fun to try several items...the skinny fries with gumbo were amazing!
8/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
still has it
this dive restaurant still has it. great food in a dive/eclectic setting, with a wait staff to match.
8/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Fried Chicken and Meatloaf
Good Food & Service...Indoor Seating area is smaller and gets loud when filled.
Would recommend to friends and family.
8/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Overall very nice experience
Overall very nice experience with good food and service. You can't go wrong with the Happy Hour menu, from the small plates to the drinks. We plan to come back shortly.
8/17/2013 5:00:00 PM
Always Excellent Food and Service
Have been here multiple times. Memphis never disappoints. Brought my older brother here for lunch and he thought it was great as well.
9/4/2013 5:00:00 PM
I love this place... The food is always good and the staff are always so friendly... Love it... and you will, too. Have the gumbo and drink from the bar. Heaven...
10/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
We both had the special...
We both had the special... Fried oyster sandwich! Unbelievable! Food id excellent!
10/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fun with nice looking, normal people considering the area
10/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Costa Mesa Dinner
I have been here many times with friends and family and this small funky and a bit sultry little restaurant never is disappointing. The menu has a slightly trendy twist on southern and cajun comfort cooking. The restaurant's patron demographics generally tends to lean towards late twenties to forties age group, although we are in the forties to fifty range and don't feel out of place. The bartenders tend to make a nice drink and are engaging. Fun way to start your night out with the gang before moving on as well. They do provide an outside area to sit that is comfortable as well. No views though.
10/17/2013 5:00:00 PM
Fun and different
Everything was great but if you want to be able to talk to your dinner companions without yelling, ask to be seated inside. The patio gets very loud when big groups are out there. The service was great.
10/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Really Fun Dining Spot
Our party of 7 had dinner this past Saturday night before seeing a performance at OCPAC. Memphis Cafe is tucked back at bit from Bristol St. so we drove right by the first time. We turned right around and though they have valet parking, we were able to find a place in on the side street. We were seated right away. I now know they have a patio area which I'd like to request next time in advance, but sitting inside was fine. Our waitress was very attentive and the place is really cute! Small and bustling with a fun vibe. The food was really good, southern with a modern twist! Try the fried chicken and shrimp tacos! Prices were reasonable too. Definitely recommend!
10/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Although the exterior of the building could use a little landscape clean-up and interior needs to be updated the food and service were delightful. Liz was friendly and courteous and ensured we enjoyed our meal. I enjoyed the lunch special Half a Shrimp Po'Boy and Gumbo. The Half Po'Boy was plenty of food. My wife enjoyed the Turkey Burger and Sweet Potato Fries. The burger was large and flavorful according to her.
10/29/2013 5:00:00 PM
Amazing Find in Costa Mesa
We heard of Memphis during a trip to Newport Beach from a group of locals who recommended it to us - our experience was excellent and the food was amazing! What a great gem that is off the beaten past for vacationers! We highly recommend everything (but especially the fried chicken:)
10/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good food & friendly staff
The food is good here; not necessarily authentic southern good but it is good. The gumbo is tasty, the catfish is well prepared, & the other menus items are good. This place is really loud so it is tough to have a conversation; not a good place for a business lunch. Parking is awful here; you have to park on the street most of the time. However, the staff is friendly & conscientious. I have food allergies & they are really good at paying attention to my needs. I've always appreciated their attention to detail & willingness to accommodate my needs.
11/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
Favourtie local restaurant
As locals in Costa Mesa, we love this popular little place... but there are pros and cons of Memphis. Pros - constantly good food and service... and great Happy Hour menu and drinks! Cons, parking, although they now have valet, so that helps... and being that the place is on the smaller side - the noise levels is hard to carry a nice conversation with other couples at the table. But that won't stop us from eating here!
11/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
I've had lunch and dinner here. Both are good. They always have a good draft beer selection and drink specials. The food is southern style and done right. The fried chicken is crispy and not greasy same with the catfish. The staff is nice and helpful.
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
A relaxed atmosphere to enjoy
A relaxed atmosphere to enjoy good food. Service was good. We dined early so the noise level was fairly low. I can believe, with the shape and size of the place that it would get loud. We opted for patio dinning and were comfortable even on a cold evening. I suggest checking the website for daily deals. We had half price on the bottle of wine Wednesday, which we enjoyed!
12/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
Southern cooking in SoCal
Consistently great food. Collard greens are luscious, as are the ribs, fried chicken, halibut and sides in general. Noisy when it is packed... but worth it. Service is great.
12/12/2013 4:00:00 PM