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Memphis Soul Cafe & Bar

Southern / Soul Food Restaurant, Cajun / Creole Restaurant, and BBQ Joint$$$$
Costa Mesa
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  • Don't forget it is Day after Thanksgiving today. You may want to call to confirm this place is open.
  • Alyssa H.
    "One of the best versions of an Eggs Benedict I've ever had."(4 Tips)
    @JaumePrimero
    "Recently sampled the Bison Burger and was pleasantly surprised."(4 Tips)
    James M.
    "Try the Shrimp and Chicken Gumbo - Great roux!"(6 Tips)
    Erin R.
    "Also have great bloody marys and bottomless mimosas."(2 Tips)
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  • May ♍.
    May ♍October 31, 2015
    Traditional southern style with a little twist at this hidden gem in Costa Mesa. Amazingly good food and a great liquor collection. A place for real people to dine in a fun funky environment
  • OC Weekly
    OC WeeklyAugust 4, 2014
    The "soul" in the title isn't misleading, but it's worth noting that the food at the mini-chain's darker, cozier, original location is as carefully thought-out as it is deeply felt. Read more
  • Mike H.
    Mike HaugheyFebruary 5, 2014
    Meatloaf is awesome at $17 on Tuesday it's it's half off so instead of getting a taco Tuesday come to Memphis for the meatloaf
  • Kirti D.
    Kirti DAugust 26, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Brunch or late night, Memphis has it going on. Try the Cappucini with brunch--made with real illy espresso & vanilla vodka, it's your dose of caffeine & hair of the dog, all at once!
  • Mark W.
    Mark WestOctober 13, 2013
    Sit on Patio. The Margarita is ok but the Vodka Bitters cocktail was better. Buffalo Burger a tad greasy. Gumbo was pretty tame. Love this place but bring hipster repellant in case you are allergic
  • ROBERT M.
    ROBERT MCALAINEApril 16, 2014
    Southern soul BBQ In the OC expertly done. Had the pork short rib platter. Liked. A lot. Next time I'm nearby The Camp, I'll seek to return to Memphis
  • OC Weekly
    OC WeeklyNovember 21, 2011
    Voted Best French Fries by OC Weekly's Best Of 2011 Readers! Add Cheddar cheese, chili, or both on top of your Cajun fries! Click the link to download the Best Of app and view more winners! Read more
  • Travel C.
    Travel Costa MesaAugust 7, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Food, drinks & live entertainment. This quirky roadhouse is a great gathering place. Get 20% off your food bill during #CMRW 2013!
  • @JaumePrimero
    @JaumePrimeroMarch 12, 2013
    Recently sampled the Bison Burger and was pleasantly surprised. If you are glutton, go for the chili cheese fries.
  • OC Weekly
    OC WeeklyJanuary 24, 2011
    Order the Meatloaf! The best way to experience it is on the happy hour menu's appetizer list, where it costs $5 and comes on a crusty baguette. Yum! Read more
  • M W.
    M WJuly 23, 2010
    Really great happy hour. Everything is yummy, you can't go wrong. Apparently the meatloaf is the thing, I loved the shrimp and the sliders. Slow but friendly service. Might become a regular!
  • Kirti D.
    Kirti DJanuary 1, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Brunch until 3pm on weekends, w/ bottomless mimosas for $11! The southern Eggs Benedict will make you sign away your firstborn. Trust me.
  • OC Weekly
    OC WeeklyMarch 13, 2013
    Listed as OC Weekly's Best Happy Hour of 2012, Memphis can provide you with a cocktail and three-course meal just around $20 during their happy hour!
  • Erin R.
    Erin R.June 3, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    Crawfish omelette, eggs Benedict, and their seasonal bread pudding are a few of my favs! Also have great bloody marys and bottomless mimosas.
  • Warren P.
    Warren PFebruary 15, 2015
    Chicken and waffles, checked and waffles, chicken and waffles, chicken and waffles, chicken and waffles, chicken and waffles!!!
  • Stephanie
    StephanieApril 12, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    check out " Build Your Own Burger" every Monday night - lots of veggie options for the vegetarian/vegan (Garden patty or portobello mushroom) followers
  • Isaac L.
    Isaac LienAugust 16, 2014
    The Meatloaf and Fried Chicken are the two most popular appetizers
  • Voice Places
    Voice PlacesJuly 2, 2012
    Our reviewers say: "Semi-swank, good menu, free parking, great Djs, and a nice place for a date." Read more
  • Hyuk K.
    Hyuk KangMarch 19, 2013
    One of the kind porkchop. Other dishes are just alright. I had jambalaya fried chicken and gumbo fries. Wish they serve bread w meals.
  • elle • g.
    elle • geezyMarch 10, 2013
    happy birthday Budner!! :D had a great time with a great group in the patio tonight.. had an RSVP and everything ran smoothly. :)
  • Jesse B.
    Jesse BlumaAugust 28, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    The flatbread was hearty, although if you are very hungry you may want to oder a bowl of their gumbo too. Read more
  • Kerry D.
    Kerry DaviesMarch 2, 2012
    The meatloaf sandwich is the perfect grab of a late night snack to go along with a few hoegaarden
  • Marcy O.
    Marcy OttMay 13, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Happy Hour 7 days a week - that's right, even on SAT & SUN! Make sure to order the Zuni Flatbread.
  • Eric I.
    Eric IwamotoAugust 4, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    This place serves great pancakes for brunch on the weekends. Get them with the mixed berries.
  • Rachel K.
    Rachel KDecember 3, 2013
    Decent mint juleps, except they use cubed ice instead of a wonderful mountain of shaved ice.
  • Jennifer M.
    Jennifer MareshAugust 3, 2012
    get the grits. you won't regret it. and i don't even like grits.
  • Alyssa H.
    Alyssa HigginsJuly 1, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    One of the best versions of an Eggs Benedict I've ever had.
  • Tammy B.
    Tammy BartelMay 8, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Wednesday and Thursday late night happy hour, 10-12pm. $5 apps, $3 cocktails, $1 off beer and wine. Soooooo good.
  • Marieke H.
    Marieke HenselJune 13, 2011
    Love this place! Each plate looked like a master piece and tasted like it too! :-) Read more
  • Gina W.
    Gina WeberJuly 18, 2012
    The fried chicken isn't yo everyday fried chicken...andouille sausage gravy and de-boned! What?!! Looovvee
  • Denyveau E.
    Denyveau EloitJuly 27, 2010
    I Love the Lunch special, half sandwich and half bowl of soup. YUM!!! Don't forget the cornbread. Read more
  • Allison
    AllisonSeptember 15, 2011
    The bison burger is the best! Ask for it if it's not on the menu—sometimes they'll still have it.
  • Rich D.
    Rich DNovember 30, 2010
    Have the pulled pork barbecue sandwich and feel like you've stepped into the deep south. Add hush puppies and you're there.
  • Missy B.
    Missy BissyJune 19, 2010
    Happy hour specials are amazing! Bring the kids for dinner - way better and cheaper than mc donalds
  • Sara M.
    Sara MartinezFebruary 8, 2015
    Cornbread, brunch, burgers I love this place!
  • Eric R.
    Eric RainesJuly 19, 2010
    Pulled pork sliders, meatloaf, beet salad, gumbo, and mac cheese all delicious.
  • James M.
    James MinorJuly 2, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the Shrimp and Chicken Gumbo - Great roux!
  • Adrienne J.
    Adrienne JacksonNovember 28, 2015
    Soup & sandwich or salad & sandwich lunch specials!
  • Robb R.
    Robb ReyAugust 8, 2010
    Loose the mayo or mustard and sub avocado for a tasty healthy substitute!!!
  •  Deon P.
     Deon ParconFebruary 20, 2013
    Bison Burger is my personal favorite...
  • Scott J.
    Scott JollyJune 7, 2010
    Half off on Sunday night for all those in the Restaruant, Bar, hair or hotel industry. Great southern food done right!
  • Rocky K.
    Rocky KSeptember 28, 2010
    Please complain about the fact that they serve soul food, but don't have sweet tea. Coming from the south, that's effed up...
  • Mark B.
    Mark BarronMarch 27, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Excellent raspberry mojitos! Unfortunately, its not on the happy hour list.
  • Lance M.
    Lance MoralesMarch 20, 2011
    The bar has a great selection of beers. I love that racer 5
  • Eric R.
    Eric RainesFebruary 24, 2011
    Green chile grits are great. Brisket, not so much.
  • Alptamise H.
    Alptamise Hailey-HindsDecember 10, 2011
    Try the Salomon Grilled - And Healthy!!!
  • AgentPair
    AgentPairMarch 25, 2012
    happy hour 3-6:30. cornbread & whiskey.
  • Justin M.
    Justin Moore-BrownMarch 23, 2010
    Get straight to the business. Go for the country fried chicken or the meatloaf. Go hungry!
  • jose r.
    jose ramirezSeptember 19, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    Saturday nights memphis turns dive bar with djs playing dance electro party jams all night long!!
  • John O.
    John OlsenAugust 18, 2014
    They know how to make a classic cocktail here
  • Annmarie H.
    Annmarie HillJuly 22, 2012
    Get the raspberry margarita!!! fresh raspberries!
  • Brittany P.
    Brittany PecinaMarch 6, 2016
    Eggs Benedict and mimosas!
  • James M.
    James MinorJuly 2, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the Fried Okra - Yum-e!
  • Nicole L.
    Nicole LloydMay 5, 2011
    Great Happy Hour! Grab the newest issue of NiteGuide Magazine!
  • Akiko I.
    Akiko IOctober 22, 2013
    I don't feel "soul" - it's a lot lighter version of Cajun food...
  • Tim H.
    Tim HaroldMarch 8, 2010
    Weekday happy hour is great, 3$ cocktails and half price apps!
  • Jon S.
    Jon SimpsonJanuary 22
    Been here 5+ times
    Good straight up gumbo
  • J C.
    J CJanuary 5, 2014
    Bloody Mary's are awesome here
  • Marco T.
    Marco TorOctober 29, 2011
    GREAT breakfasts, too
  • Timothy L. S.
    Timothy L. Shirley IIIJanuary 1, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    Funk, soul, hip hop on Fridays
  • Shell F.
    Shell FigOctober 19, 2013
    Memphis is small and I was not impressed with the service of the bartenders.
  • Jennifer M.
    Jennifer MareshAugust 3, 2012
    get the grits
  • Paul S.
    Paul ScottDecember 29, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Good food!!!
  • Chris L.
    Chris LohmanApril 18, 2010
    Great hushpuppies. Super frickin yummy
  • Michael C.
    Michael ChuOctober 22, 2009
    Been here 10+ times
    you can get the Cobb club sandwich on two slices of bread
  • John H.
    John HamptonOctober 23, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Eggs Benedict with a Bloody Mary.
  • Jammaster R.
    Jammaster RayAugust 5, 2010
    Been here 50+ times
    Well played Laurie...well played!
  • Gregg L.
    Gregg LillieSeptember 24, 2011
    BISON BURGER
  • Alex V.
    Alex VasquezOctober 3, 2011
    Fried chicken!
  • Nickey S.
    Nickey ShawMarch 3, 2013
    how do i check into places from these web pages?
  • sera y.
    sera yunDecember 4, 2010
    don't order fries after 12. guh. regrets.
  • Amy M.
    Amy MooreFebruary 3, 2010
    Pulled-pork sliders = yummy
  • Gary C.
    Gary CohenJuly 18, 2010
    Great food, terrible service
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