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Memphis Soul Cafe & Bar

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2920 Bristol St, Costa Mesa, CA 92626-5914 (Randolph)
714-432-7685
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Today
8:00 am - 10:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun 8:00 am - 9:30 pm
Mon - Wed 8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thu - Sat 8:00 am - 10:30 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations

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Visitor rating
  • 17
    Excellent
  • 25
    Very good
  • 8
    Average
  • 2
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Good southern fare in Orange County!

This would have gotten five stars but the noise level was too high to have normal conversation. Food was very good and los of it. Mac and cheese with crunchy topping was so smooth. The muffuletta sandwich was very close to its original in New Orleans.

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 4, 2015
Suzie W
,
Roseville, California
via mobile
Good for:
  • Doing business
  • Families with children
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Roseville, California
Top Contributor
61 reviews 61 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015 via mobile

This would have gotten five stars but the noise level was too high to have normal conversation. Food was very good and los of it. Mac and cheese with crunchy topping was so smooth. The muffuletta sandwich was very close to its original in New Orleans.

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Grand Forks, North Dakota, USA
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113 reviews 113 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

For small plates of good southern food I highly recommend Memphis. For $7-9 per plate, I was able to have crab cakes, gumbo, mussels & clams, and a roasted beet salad. Parking is difficult-- small lot and limited street parking--but it opened up more after happy hour.

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Irvine, California
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76 reviews 76 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

The meatloaf sandwich i had tasted terrible, the mashed potatoes were a 4 out of 10, the gravy was awful. ordered uni bread, it was awful, the burger my daughter had was just ok she said. wife had mussels and clams, 5 out of 10 for that dish. i would not eat here again! i went for the fried chicken... More 

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Newport Beach, California
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57 reviews 57 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

This is another of those hidden gems in Orange County. Memphis Soul Café & Bar is a smallish restaurant that has those old school dinner table and chairs inside and a nice little covered outside dinning area. The place smells of BBQ and the staff are really nice. All that being said, the reason to visit is lunch. To be... More 

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Long Beach, California
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67 reviews 67 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015 via mobile

Met a girlfriend here for breakfast. Was a delicious twist on some breakfast favorites like eggs Benedict. Bummed we were not able to have a drink due to pregnancy but the cocktail list looked great! Great and attentive service!

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Argyle, Texas
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121 reviews 121 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

I like the menu at this restaurant. I particularly loved the green chili grits. It would have been my pleasure to sample each vegetable on the menu, but my stomach would not allow it. Any California restaurant that has hoppin' john has my respect. Aside from the grits, I had the crab cake hamburger. It was good. The rest of... More 

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Fountain Valley, California
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205 reviews 205 reviews
131 restaurant reviews
101 helpful votes 101 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

I don't know why I have noticed this cool joint before when in the area. We stopped in for lunch and I was so impressed. From the minute we walked in, the service was great and the staff was helpful and friendly. The dining room is cozy with low lighting, a bar that you can sit up to and eat... More 

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Atwater, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

We love that this was classic soul food with a healthy twist. They plated our dishes so that they were beautiful to look at, and taste like you want some mo! It's not a very large place, and nothing fancy but cute. The place fills up fast so be prepared to wait. But well worth the wait.

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Orange, California
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

Memphis is a great place to feel relaxed and have some reasonably priced food. You can go big or go small. Last visit I had a wonderful shrimp corn chowder and an order of their brussel sprouts. Were both great! The staffing is very cheerful, but they seem to be stretched too far in terms of numbers they have to... More 

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Carlsbad, California
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26 reviews 26 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

Exellent food and drinks. Lunch is fun, lots of locals stop in for great food and beverages. Dinner is good too. Tourists and visitors will find this not a common venue. Music at times is very good too. Will visit again. Joe

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 2920 Bristol St, Costa Mesa, CA 92626-5914
    (Randolph)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Orange County  >  Costa Mesa
  • Phone Number: 714-432-7685

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 18 - 30
  • Cuisine: American, Barbecue

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Doing business, Families with children
Open Hours
Sunday
8:00 am - 9:30 pm
Monday
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
8:00 am - 10:30 pm
Friday
8:00 am - 10:30 pm
Saturday
8:00 am - 10:30 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?