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Central BBQ

147 Butler Avenue, Memphis, TN 38103
+1 901-672-7760
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  • Excellent57%
  • Very good31%
  • Average9%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“pulled pork” (121 reviews)
“ribs” (401 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 - 21:00All hours
American, Barbecue, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
147 Butler Avenue, Memphis, TN 38103
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Reviewed yesterday

After 9 hour drive to Memphis, my fiancé and i were ready for BBQ. Central did not disappoint! We were there for early dinner (5pm or so) on a Sunday and did not have to wait for a table. By the time we were done,...More

Thank Cynm88
Reviewed 4 days ago

A line out the door so a wait. Ribs and pulled pork very well prepared. Sauces hot,sweet,vinegar and mustard were all pleasing. Shared a table with other customers. The food was good surroundings nice.

Thank richlee1975
Reviewed 4 days ago

One of the best places to eat in Memphis. Parking is usually not a problem. Perfect for Saturday or Sunday brunch.

Thank Pwardhan
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

It was good But didn't WOW me like I had hoped. Its a busy place. You order at the register then take a number and find a seat. They bring you your food but u need to get your own beverages and utensils. I had...More

Thank SMT1974
Reviewed 6 days ago

Delicious barbecue. Homey atmosphere. The midtown location offers a good spot, wigh usually no-wait for lunch.

Thank Irina B
Reviewed 1 week ago

I was staying at thise sweet lady's Airbnb and I felt particularly lonely. luckily she had the amazing idea to take me to Central BBQ and I must say, it was the best smorked turkey I've ever had.

Thank Eloise P
Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited the National Civil Rights Museum and were happy to find Central BBQ across the street from the parking lot. We were a little leery of seeing a line of people stretching from the door to the ordering window, but surprisingly, the wait was...More

Thank ZeelandScoutMom
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Had a very bad experience here. Planned a rehearsal dinner for a Friday night in June. Started the process in the prior September. Had 105 people approximately $3000.00. Spent another $1500.00 bringing in wine, flowers , candles and desserts. The service was horrible. Ran out...More

1  Thank planningvacation
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

That BBQ B some good @$$ food. I prefer dry ribs mostly, but they'll do half and half on a half slab. Having choices is always great when you first try a new place. Service, sides, food all good. I'd go back.

Thank alexkentphoto
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

After driving for 6 hours we were hungry for great barbecue. Central did not disappoint. The ribs were truly finger licking and good. We ordered a rack for two wet. My mouth is now watering!!! If ordering the sides, stick to the beans, and homemade...More

1  Thank Marcia R
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Questions & AnswersAsk a question
Darren P
How's parking? Someone said we can park at Civil Rights museum. Is this true? We plan on coming on a Sunday around 6pm.
19 March 2017|
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Response from FLgirl74 | Reviewed this property |
We walked from our hotel but it seems there was plenty of parking near by. The museum is just across the street and would be closed at that time on a Sunday so that could work.
What are the gluten free options?
19 August 2015|
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Response from vikngz | Reviewed this property |
yes, they have a sepaerate gluten free menu
Brenda I
What is seating capacity?
12 August 2015|
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Response from Stan M | Reviewed this property |
There are additional rooms to reserve for groups.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Local cuisine, Groups
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 147 Butler Avenue, Memphis, TN 38103
  • Location: United States  >  Tennessee (TN)  >  Memphis
  • Phone Number: +1 901-672-7760
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