Arcade Restaurant

4.4
96 reviews
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$30 and under
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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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London
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
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

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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!

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

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

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KH
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a true Memphis experience.
Fantastic breakfast.

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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.

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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.

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Kansas City
13 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!!!

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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!!

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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.

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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.

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J
Washington DC
2 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.

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Memphis
3 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!

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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

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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.

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

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

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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!! 🌟 🌟 🌟

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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NY
St. Louis
2 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.

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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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d
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the sweet potato pancakes! Friendly service. Can see why Elvis liked it!

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S
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2018
Overall 1food 4service 2ambience 2

I had reservations but it didn't matter. They didn't have my info.

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MC
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This was my first time to visit. The food was good. We had reservations so we didn't have to wait long at all. It is a fun place to grab a bite to eat downtown. Love the history of the restaurant.

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EM
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We had reservations and were seated right away. The service was quick and the food was good. The atmosphere was fantastic.

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SG
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lots of good food! We had breakfast there the breakfast ham was superb. We were in Memphis on vacation and had seen the Arcade on tv.

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Memphis
2 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waitress was fantastic! She humored the chaos of this Elvis fan. Food was great, and lots of it!

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RN
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a fun experience! Food was great, our service was perfect! Really enjoyed the memphis memorabilia.

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LF
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food! Reminds me of an authentic old diner. Make a reservation when you go!

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Memphis
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Mother’s Day. It was great. Took our kids there for the first time. Food was great. Service was great. Kitchen backed up but we expected that. Our table was ready when we got there.

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SK
Central Texas
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is full of history. My friend and I went during Memphis in May for brunch on a Saturday. The French toast was amazing and it’s a lot of food. One of the best bloody Mary’s I’ve ever had! I recommend a reservation, it was pretty crowded. Everything looked awesome and we happened to get the Elvis booth.

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ES
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 3

Our food came out cold, but after waiting for so long to get it in the first place, we choked it down. Service was very slow and unattentive

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JC
Nashville
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

We made reservations for Easter Sunday lunch. After receiving multiple email confirmations and reminders, we arrived at the restaurant to find that it was closed for the holiday. Reading other reviews on this site, it seems like this is not the first time the restaurant has accepted reservations on a date that it is closed. Very disappointing!

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TG
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The best sweet potato pancakes - loved them. Plus the history there makes the well worn decor charming.

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SL
Memphis
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everyone was very friendly, and the food was great.

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New Orleans
8 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Trip to Memphis it was great

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1 review
Dined on March 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had my nephew from Canada, our two exchange students from Thailand and Italy here for a trip to Memphis for the weekend. A trip to the Arcade was so wonderful to do!

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Phoenix
25 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Brunch! Taylor is great!

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MW
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great go-to for a nice brunch. Cool Place. Great food at a low price!

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