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Memphis Cafe

4.1
346 reviews
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$30 and under
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Southern
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  • Fit for Foodies (419)
  • Great for Lunch (242)

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About

Memphis Café is a Costa Mesa neighborhood mainstay in the heart of the SOBECA district.
Soon after opening in 1995, Memphis Café 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 comfort classics with signature dishes such as the Down Home Gumbo, Buttermilk Fried Chicken, Seafood Jambalaya and seasonal specials sourced locally with naturally raised meats, seafood, poultry and produce.
The roadhouse style bar at Memphis offers both classic call and crafted cocktails along with carefully curated beer and wine list.
Open 7 days a week for breakfast, lunch and dinner, Memphis Café also offers vibrant late night entertainment Thursday through Saturday.
Complimentary valet parking is available Thursday through Saturday night.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Southern, American, Comfort Food
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Hours of operation
BREAKFAST
Monday- Friday: 8am-11:30am

LUNCH
Monday- Friday: 11:00am - 3:00pm

DINNER
Monday- Wednesday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
Thursday- Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm
Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm

BRUNCH
Saturday & Sunday: 8am- 3:00pm

HAPPY HOUR
Daily: 3:00-6:00
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Phone number
(714) 432-7685
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Cross street: Randolph Avenue
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4.1
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4.2
food
4.1
service
3.6
ambience
4.0
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Hello (Las Vegas)
4.0
Dined on November 14, 2015

We found this restaurant online no decided to try it when we were in town. We just got small plates and appetizers. The brussel sprouts, and barbecued mushrooms were delicious. Hush puppies with the sauce were exceptional. Loved the chocolate cake- very light and refreshing. Will go there again next time we are in town.....

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Roselady (New York Area)
3.0
Dined on November 8, 2015

This is a very down-home place with so-so food that suggests creole influence. I felt the prices were high for the quality of the food. The portions were reasonable.

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DANMAN (Orange County)
4.0
Dined on November 8, 2015

Dined here once before, service was good, food awesome. Ignore the building and décor unless you love the '70s in some rural area. I personally didn't mind it-sorta cool and quaint. Having spent many years in the restaurant industry I am a harsh critic. The open kitchen could conduct itself better for appearance sake. I would dine there again when I am in that area.

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dbrid (Orange County)
4.0
Dined on November 1, 2015

The 4 of us went with a reservation to Brunch ....2 Chicken and waffles with the gravy on the side - the boneless chicken was breaded nicely and not over cooked...the waffles on the other hand were cold and tough like they were made hours before anticipating the rush....
The Club sandwich was amazing - fresh and stacked high , the fried potatoes with the eggs were unusual - like a pile of mashed potatoes and bunch of home fries all rolled into a log and crispy on all sides...although strange to look at was flavorful.
The service was great - from the arrival to the seating to the service - they all seemed to work well together and make sure we had everything we needed - including the Mimosa and hibiscus drinks for the adults !

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NancyL (Los Angeles)
4.0
Dined on October 31, 2015

So glad we ordered the special as it was a delectable brisket with beans and mac 'n cheese. We also got the fried catfish. Loved the tasty greens and yummy rice. Just recently spent some time in Memphis, TN and was so glad we didn't have to drive too far for that awesome Memphis experience!

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vipCarlos (Orange County)
4.0
Dined on October 30, 2015

My family and I love the food, the staff and the atmosphere. It's just the right blend of casual and special. The food is flavorful (and authentic) and the drinks are fun. We have become regulars and a week without going to Memphis is becoming rare.

We look forward to the next visit.

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Food143 (Los Angeles)
2.0
Dined on October 27, 2015

Customer service was okay, not great, not bad. Food was just okay, not very flavorful. I just tasted salt mostly. We ordered the seafood risotto, I think that was supposed to be the best dish we ordered that night, but I wasn't impressed at all. It tasted like the shrimp and scallop soup we had for the appetizer, but with rice. We also tried the meat loaf, which people on Yelp raved about. To be honest, I did not like it even with an open mind; I could not like it. I mean... it wasn't bad, but it wasn't good. It tasted kind of like regular hamburger meat from Carl's Jr. to me. (My first time having meat loaf.)
I did like the sliders and the fries we ordered for appetizer, though. That dinner was pricey, too. I won't be coming back.

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vipYummy (Los Angeles)
5.0
Dined on October 25, 2015

This place has been here for 20 years, though it was our first time. We do not live in the OC or I would say I will definitely be back. I will say that it is absolutely worth seeking out for a meal though! Food was good, pleasant atmosphere, and terrific, pleasant service. We were extremely happy.

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OpenTable Diner (Orange County)
5.0
Dined on October 25, 2015

Delicious food and a bottle of champagne on the menu for $12, not bad.

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Biskitz (Los Angeles)
4.0
Dined on October 9, 2015

Food was great and so was the service! We went in a Friday night and there was a live DJ...it was so loud we couldn't conversate but otherwise we enjoyed it!

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Hours, Transportation, and Details

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Southern, American, Comfort Food
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Hours of operation
BREAKFAST
Monday- Friday: 8am-11:30am

LUNCH
Monday- Friday: 11:00am - 3:00pm

DINNER
Monday- Wednesday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
Thursday- Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm
Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm

BRUNCH
Saturday & Sunday: 8am- 3:00pm

HAPPY HOUR
Daily: 3:00-6:00
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Cross street
Randolph Avenue
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Price range
$30 and under
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Phone number
(714) 432-7685
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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.

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Executive chef
Diego Velasco
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine