Memphis Soul Cafe & Bar

Southern / Soul Food Restaurant, Cajun / Creole Restaurant, and BBQ Joint
2920 Bristol St (Randolph Ave), Costa Mesa, CA 92626, United States
Open until 10:00 PM (Show more)
  • Mon–Wed
    • 8:00 AM–10:00 PM
  • Thu–Sat
    • 8:00 AM–10:30 PM
  • Sun
    • 8:00 AM–9:30 PM
$ $ $ $
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Happy Hour
Beer, Wine, Full Bar, Cocktails
Credit Cards:
Yes (incl. Discover & Visa)
Outdoor Seating:

Based on 184 votes

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  • What you need to know
    "Recently sampled the Bison Burger and was pleasantly surprised."(4 Tips)
    Erin R.
    "Also have great bloody marys and bottomless mimosas."(2 Tips)
    James M.
    "Try the Shrimp and Chicken Gumbo - Great roux!"(5 Tips)
    M W.
    "Apparently the meatloaf is the thing"(8 Tips)
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  • happy hour
  • Southern food
  • cocktails
  • meatloaf
  • gumbo
  • bison burgers
  • fried chicken
  • cornbread
  • sandwiches
  • good for a late night
  • grits
  • breakfast food
  • brunch food
  • DJs
  • outdoor seating
  • beet salad
  • fried okra
  • crawfish
  • french fries
  • wine
  • Kirti D.

    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!

    Kirti D · August 26
  • Warren P.

    Chicken and waffles, checked and waffles, chicken and waffles, chicken and waffles, chicken and waffles, chicken and waffles!!!

    Warren P · February 15
  • Sara M.

    Cornbread, brunch, burgers I love this place!

    Sara Martinez · February 8
  • John O.

    They know how to make a classic cocktail here

    John Olsen · August 18, 2014
  • Isaac L.

    The Meatloaf and Fried Chicken are the two most popular appetizers

    Isaac Lien · August 16, 2014
  • OC Weekly

    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

    OC Weekly · August 4, 2014
  • Robert M.

    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

    Robert McAlaine · April 16, 2014
  • Mike H.

    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

    Mike Haughey · February 5, 2014
  • J C.

    Bloody Mary's are awesome here

    J C · January 5, 2014
  • Rachel K.

    Decent mint juleps, except they use cubed ice instead of a wonderful mountain of shaved ice.

    Rachel K · December 3, 2013
  • Akiko I.

    I don't feel "soul" - it's a lot lighter version of Cajun food...

    Akiko I · October 22, 2013
  • Shell F.

    Memphis is small and I was not impressed with the service of the bartenders.

    Shell Fig · October 19, 2013
  • Mark W.

    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

    Mark West · October 13, 2013
  • Travel C.

    Food, drinks & live entertainment. This quirky roadhouse is a great gathering place. Get 20% off your food bill during #CMRW 2013!

    Travel Costa Mesa · August 7, 2013
  • Alyssa H.

    One of the best versions of an Eggs Benedict I've ever had.

    Alyssa Higgins · July 1, 2013
  • Hyuk K.

    One of the kind porkchop. Other dishes are just alright. I had jambalaya fried chicken and gumbo fries. Wish they serve bread w meals.

    Hyuk Kang · March 19, 2013
  • OC Weekly

    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!

    OC Weekly · March 13, 2013
  • @JaumePrimero

    Recently sampled the Bison Burger and was pleasantly surprised. If you are glutton, go for the chili cheese fries.

    @JaumePrimero · March 12, 2013
  • elle • g.

    happy birthday Budner!! :D had a great time with a great group in the patio tonight.. had an RSVP and everything ran smoothly. :)

    elle • geezy · March 10, 2013
  • Nickey S.

    how do i check into places from these web pages?

    Nickey Shaw · March 3, 2013
  •  Deon P.

    Bison Burger is my personal favorite...

     Deon Parcon · February 20, 2013
  • Paul S.

    Good food!!!

    Paul Scott · December 29, 2012
  • Jesse B.

    The flatbread was hearty, although if you are very hungry you may want to oder a bowl of their gumbo too. Read more

    Jesse Bluma · August 28, 2012
  • Jennifer M.

    get the grits

    Jennifer Maresh · August 3, 2012
  • Jennifer M.

    get the grits. you won't regret it. and i don't even like grits.

    Jennifer Maresh · August 3, 2012
  • Annmarie H.

    Get the raspberry margarita!!! fresh raspberries!

    Annmarie Hill · July 22, 2012
  • Gina W.

    The fried chicken isn't yo everyday fried chicken...andouille sausage gravy and de-boned! What?!! Looovvee

    Gina Weber · July 18, 2012
  • Voice Places

    Our reviewers say: "Semi-swank, good menu, free parking, great Djs, and a nice place for a date." Read more

    Voice Places · July 2, 2012
  • James M.

    Try the Fried Okra - Yum-e!

    James Minor · July 2, 2012
  • James M.

    Try the Shrimp and Chicken Gumbo - Great roux!

    James Minor · July 2, 2012
  • AgentPair

    happy hour 3-6:30. cornbread & whiskey.

    AgentPair · March 25, 2012
  • Kerry D.

    The meatloaf sandwich is the perfect grab of a late night snack to go along with a few hoegaarden

    Kerry Davies · March 2, 2012
  • Kirti D.

    Brunch until 3pm on weekends, w/ bottomless mimosas for $11! The southern Eggs Benedict will make you sign away your firstborn. Trust me.

    Kirti D · January 1, 2012
  • Alptamise H.

    Try the Salomon Grilled - And Healthy!!!

    Alptamise Hailey-Hinds · December 10, 2011
  • OC Weekly

    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

    OC Weekly · November 21, 2011
  • Marco T.

    GREAT breakfasts, too

    Marco Tor · October 29, 2011
  • Alex V.

    Fried chicken!

    Alex Vasquez · October 3, 2011
  • Gregg L.


    Gregg Lillie · September 24, 2011
  • Allison

    The bison burger is the best! Ask for it if it's not on the menu—sometimes they'll still have it.

    Allison · September 15, 2011
  • Eric I.

    This place serves great pancakes for brunch on the weekends. Get them with the mixed berries.

    Eric Iwamoto · August 4, 2011
  • Marieke H.

    Love this place! Each plate looked like a master piece and tasted like it too! :-) Read more

    Marieke Hensel · June 13, 2011
  • Erin R.

    Crawfish omelette, eggs Benedict, and their seasonal bread pudding are a few of my favs! Also have great bloody marys and bottomless mimosas.

    Erin R. · June 3, 2011
  • Marcy O.

    Happy Hour 7 days a week - that's right, even on SAT & SUN! Make sure to order the Zuni Flatbread.

    Marcy Ott · May 13, 2011
  • Nicole L.

    Great Happy Hour! Grab the newest issue of NiteGuide Magazine!

    Nicole Lloyd · May 5, 2011
  • Stephanie

    check out " Build Your Own Burger" every Monday night - lots of veggie options for the vegetarian/vegan (Garden patty or portobello mushroom) followers

    Stephanie · April 12, 2011
  • Mark B.

    Excellent raspberry mojitos! Unfortunately, its not on the happy hour list.

    Mark Barron · March 27, 2011
  • Lance M.

    The bar has a great selection of beers. I love that racer 5

    Lance Morales · March 20, 2011
  • Eric R.

    Green chile grits are great. Brisket, not so much.

    Eric Raines · February 24, 2011
  • OC Weekly

    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

    OC Weekly · January 24, 2011
  • Timothy L. S.

    Funk, soul, hip hop on Fridays

    Timothy L. Shirley III · January 1, 2011

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