Arcade Restaurant

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The Arcade Restaurant is Memphis' oldest cafe, since 1919! Family owned, breakfast is served all day with daily plate lunch specials Monday - Friday and specialty brunch and breakfast items available Saturday and Sunday. The Arcade Restaurant has been featured in numerous movies, television shows, and documentaries and has been featured on The Food Network and Travel Channel as well as several local, national, and international publications! Hand made pizzas, home cooked meals, large breakfast plates, and a 50's style interior welcome you into the restaurant. Whether it's family breakfast, business lunch, or a private party, we will provide you with a warm and inviting atmosphere perfect for your family, group, or outing!

NOTE: Only half of the restaurant allows reservations. The remainder of the restaurant is for walk in traffic.

Reservations may not be allowed on Saturdays and Sundays prior to 12:00 pm. Call the restaurant for additional details!
Walk-ins are always welcome!
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Memphis
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great experience! An annual get together with one of my friends from up north. We enjoyed the food and beverages, as well as the nostalgic feel when you are at the Arcade. Will definitely visit again when in town.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Cold food sent back, poor service

P
Sacramento
39 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent breakfast and plentiful. Sweet potato pancakes were great.

SP
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was amazing we sat in the Elvis booth which had been reserved for us. The breakfast 🥐 was absolutely delicious 😋 the staff were very friendly and happy 😊 thank you thank you thank you 😊

MT
Sydney / NSW
13 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Went for the diner experience which it was kind of but part of the Restarant is just regular chairs and tables. We reserved a table but should have said ‘booth’ please. My side of sautéed spinach was Party Aly good accomplishment to the eggs bacon and biscuit combo.
Waitress was a bit disinterested but I think it’s hard to get top staff in the city.

OT
Dallas
16 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We wanted to visit the oldest cafe in Memphis and were thrilled that we landed on their 100th Anniversary celebration. Turns out, it was more of an event rather than just drinks and dinner! And although it rained that day, nobody's spirits were dampened with added entertainment; the live music was brought indoors for everyone to enjoy while eating. There was a limited menu on this special day as we shared two small pizzas and Greek salads which were excellent. Kudos to the staff who were so friendly and accommodating that this landmark deserves a return visit when we're in town again.

k
Western NC
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We ate breakfast here 3 days in a row. Everything was excellent. We even got to sit in the Elvis booth!!

DL
Birmingham
6 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Really good basic breakfast. Nothing fancy but it tasted homemade. If you like sweet potatoes definitely try the sweet potato pancakes. Very good biscuits and gravy. Cute neighborhood.

OT
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed eating at the arcade and learning about the history. Our waitress was so nice and the food was tasty. The coffee was outstanding! We were in Memphis celebrating my husband’s birthday!

OT
Memphis
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Atmosphere was cool but the food was average. My food in particular came out Luke warm with little to no taste. We came for breakfast so perhaps lunch or dinner is better. Would not go again for breakfast.

OT
Memphis
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Upon arriving, I was greeted and was immediately taken to our table. The food was good and every employee I encountered was extremely nice. Will definitely be back!!

TP
Birmingham
9 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Finished off our trip to Memphis with breakfast at the Arcade. The food was good but the sweet potato pancakes were amazing!!

EM
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It is a MUST DO in Memphis❣ BEST breakfast ever❣ Don't forget to check out Elvis's table❣And they take reservations online❣

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food and plenty of nostalgia!

OT
Naples
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love it! So glad we went while in town!

R
Nashville
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

A reservation means nothing at this place, food was just ok definately nothing special. Would not go back

OT
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 3

The food was amazing! The sweet potatoe pancakes were out of this world, but it did take almost 45 minutes to get my meal and I was by myself.

AN
Essex
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food great history, sat in the ELVIS booth. Perfect.

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 2

Really not worth the trip. Food was so substandard it's not even worth mentioning. Put a little more effort in

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Food was good just took kind of long to get my pizza. they forgot to put the chicken on the pizza so had to wait even longer and they she kinda forgot about it. So overall good not the beat i ever had but the strawberry cake was the bomb!

y
Calgary
6 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Love the sweet potato pancakes. Very friendly and efficient service.

KH
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a true Memphis experience.
Fantastic breakfast.

LR
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

We got there early and they seated us despite it being very busy. The French Toast "Arcade Style" was amazing - deep fried toast with a fantastic pecan tasty syrup. My son said it was the best burger that he's ever had! Enjoyed seeing all the history there and very glad we went to the oldest diner in Memphis.

OT
Memphis
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went there before our tour of the King’s home Graceland and even was able to eat in his booth 😁 the service was awesome the staff was so friendly and the food was amazing! Would absolutely recommend stopping and grabbing a bite in this iconic diner.

S
Kansas City
15 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a must if you are in Memphis..we sat in the Elvis booth and had a grilled peanut butter and banana sandwich for breakfast...awesome food and history here...highly recommend you stop here and eat!!!

M
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food and atmosphere were excellent-- probably the best pancakes I've ever had in my life. However, I was a little disappointed when our waitress didn't come back at all after delivering our food to refill our drinks or ask how everything was tasting. This is just a minor complaint, but it was frustrating to look over and see her on her phone instead. Overall though, it was excellent and I will definitely be back!!

OT
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent considering remodeling going on with restrooms outside. Restroom had no water.

AH
Memphis
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Ask for Lucy to be your server. She’s amazing and has great taste in music. If you love retro diners, this is your place. Super cute and fun.

J
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

Went there to try their fried peanut butter banana sandwich buy was horrible. For $9 I could have gotten a decent food somewhere else.

OT
Memphis
4 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Took a group here the night before our big Christmas gathering and it was a good choice.
Memphis original, simple foods, dated restaurant, but a good time.
Would go again!

EW
Memphis
5 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

GREAT PLACE. SWEET POTATO PANCAKES WERE GREAT.

EGGS AND GRITS NOT SO GOOD.

OUT OF BANANAS SO COULD NOT GET FRIED PEANUT BUTTER AND BANANA SANDWICH

CO
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great historic restaurant! Great for brunch. Will go back when in Memphis.

JS
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and a great experience. We sat where Rlvis sat!

E
Glasgow
6 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Nice authentic American diner - someone told us that it was Elvis' favourite place. Could do with a good dusting tho.... 😂 All in all well worth a visit!! 🌟 🌟 🌟

CH
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

We arrived at the Arcade for the full Elvis experience as we were in town to tour Graceland

LA
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 5

Was really looking forward to this to complete our girlfriends trip to Memphis. After visiting Graceland that morning we came here to have the famous peanut butter, banana and bacon sandwiches. Very disappointing I'm afraid. Order took forever to get to us, sandwiches were cold, and they forgot to put on the bacon! The waitress gave us an order of bacon after we told them of the error. Sandwich seemed to be pressed and more well done, also we thought the bananas would be smashed into the peanut butter, they were just sliced however. The potato salad was the best part of meal. We sat in Elvis's booth, so that was fun.

LK
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fun atmosphere. Good food. Loud at the bar area. Neat local spot.

ME
Memphis
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

we had a wonderful experience! took a friend there for her birthday. got to meet the 4th generation owner who shared some history. our waitress was delightful. food was very good. breakfast is served all hours. an iconic, fun place to go for a real taste of Memphis history.

NY
St. Louis
4 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

The Arcade Restaurant is infamous in Memphis, that is why we went, will still go and will recommend. However, the day we went, we waited at least an hour (no exaggeration) for our food. I felt our waitress could have visited us more to inform us of the situation instead of us asking for her to question about the long wait on just a small stack of pancakes. Others were getting their food before us even though they were seated after us. The manager was nice enough to give us a small discount for the inconvenience. Unfortunately, not the best for our first time there.

S
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Slight renovation improvements may be needed. Food was tasty, but service was a tad slow.

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