The Arcade, Memphis' Oldest Restaurant. Photo by Phillip Parker.

Arcade Restaurant

540 S. Main St.
Memphis, TN 38103

It is no wonder that The Arcade is the oldest restaurant in Memphis. Their sweet potato pancakes alone have put them on the map – that and the Elvis booth.

The Arcade (opened in 1919) is a third-generation family-owned restaurant in the South Main Arts District on the trolley line. They serve generous portions of southern-style breakfast including country fried steak with eggs, breakfast casserole, and biscuits and gravy.

Lunchtime at the Arcade will give you the choice of a meat and two daily special, salads, sandwiches and the like. But, you must try their pizza. They use fresh ingredients and great toppings served on a crispy crust. The Downtowner has feta cheese, artichoke hearts and olives and is fabulous. Why not sit in Elvis' booth and order a fried peanut butter and banana sandwich?

Their longevity, great food and the fact that that Elvis' was a regular has made them a favorite of locals and the media as well. It has been featured in numerous movies: Elizabethtown, The Client, The Firm, and Walk the Line to name a few. Their southern-style breakfast has made them a featured restaurant on The Food Network and The Travel Channel.

The evenings are reserved for private functions except for Trolley Nights (last Friday of the month) when they serve dinner until 11 p.m.

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  • Area
    • Downtown
  • Average Entree Price
    • $ = <$15
  • COVID-19 Availability
    • Open
  • Cuisine
    • American
    • Pizza
    • Southern/Soul
  • Facility Amenities
    • Full Bar
    • Handicapped Accessible
    • Reservations Accepted
  • General Information
    • Hours of Operation: Sunday - Wednesday 7 a.m. - 3 p.m and Thursday - Saturday 7 a.m - 11 p.m.
  • Group Information
    • Group Menu
    • Maximum Group Size: 150
  • Meals Served
    • Breakfast
    • Dinner
    • Lunch
Meeting Space
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Private dining room for meetings and parties
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