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Memphis Soul Cafe & Bar

2920 Bristol St, Costa Mesa, CA 92626-5914
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Ranked #62 of 422 Restaurants in Costa Mesa
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Price range: $18 - $30
Sun 8:00 am - 9:30 pm
Mon - Wed 8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thu - Sat 8:00 am - 10:30 pm
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Families with children, Doing business, Outdoor seating
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Randolph
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English first
Los Angeles, California
19 reviews 19 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

A class member found this through Yelp and we tried it. He was interested in Cajun and he got it. The grilled Cajun salmon sandwich was excellent, as was the gumbo and pulled pork sandwich on brioche with cole slaw. It was very crowded at lunch, and our party of 6 sat at 3 adjoining tables, but the food was... More

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Moreno Valley, California
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41 reviews 41 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

We wanted a good breakfast place and we used Yelp to find this one. It was hopping on a Sunday morning very busy. The place is really a dive it looks like it had been there forever. We almost left because the air was very stale inside. We decided to try it since it was so crowded it had to... More

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Corona, California, United States
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32 reviews 32 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

Went here for Father's day, hoping to have some good southern food. Staff was good an atmosphere was okay but the food was not outstanding. Just middle of the road, same old stuff that you can pick up anywhere. We had a large group of people and no one's food was outstanding including the crab cakes and chicken and waffles.

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Erie, Colorado
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34 reviews 34 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

Being from the south, I was excited to get a taste of the South in CA. First off, they do not serve sweet tea....major fail for any restaurant that has Memphis in their name. The gumbo was not so good and the Po Boy just ok. (non of which are Memphis specials). Also very confusing. Maybe the name should be... More

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Newport Beach, California
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

My wife and I have been eating here for years and are never disappointed by the food or atmosphere. For lunch I like the Bison burger with gorgonzola and my wife sticks with one of the many salads. For dinner you cannot go wrong with the meatloaf. For a building that was originally a 50's bar with trapezoidal windows (think... More

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Tustin, California
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59 reviews 59 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2014

Came here with a couple of friends from work after having a good day. My boss had been here before and was eager to get me to try it! The place is located on Bristol Street in Costa Mesa a little past the 55 Freeway as you're heading north. The bar/restaurant is right next to 'The Lab,' a small hipster... More

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Costa Mesa, California
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43 reviews 43 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2013

I came here on a business lunch with an associate from work. The food was fine although, interestingly, I can't recall what I had. The atmosphere was ... interesting. That adjective seems to be coming up in my review as I can't really think of a better way to describe the place. Other patrons were having a good time, there... More

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San Diego, California
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27 reviews 27 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2013 via mobile

The food is delish! Generous portions. You do get what you pay for, I would like to have had a smaller portion at a smaller price, it was more than I could finish. That said, I look forward to my next (3rd) visit!

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Huntington Beach, California
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46 reviews 46 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2013

I've never ordered anything on the menu that I didn't like, I don't know how much better of a review I can give than that. A modern take on southern cuisine, anything from Mahi tacos to their famous gumbo, delicious! Sit on the back patio and order a specialty cocktail, you won't regret it.

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Newport Beach
4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2013

A great departure from the typical everyday chain restaurant, Memphis truly has soul. They serve brunch, lunch and dinner and the menu boasts everything from down home gumbo to southern meatloaf and a lot more. This is a small and simple restaurant (with an additional location in Santa Ana) but don't be fooled, they know how to prepare a mean... More

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