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Central BBQ

2249 Central Ave, Memphis, TN 38104-5507
+1 901-272-9377
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  • Excellent60%
  • Very good28%
  • Average10%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“pulled pork” (426 reviews)
“ribs” (1,148 reviews)
“bbq nachos” (137 reviews)
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American, Barbecue, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
2249 Central Ave, Memphis, TN 38104-5507
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We have been living in the States for 18 months and this is our best meal to date, tasty ribs, great sides and help yourself to sauces. Amazing, if we came back to Memphis to visit again we would be back here first!

Thank muzza326
Reviewed 2 days ago

We visited for lunch and Central BBQ did not disappoint! One of us had the pulled pork sandwich and the other (being a non-meat eater- crazy to seek BBQ right?! ) had the portobello mushroom burger. We also shared the fries and found this was...More

Thank Sun S
Reviewed 4 days ago

We had the bologna sandwich,, pulled pork sandwich and ribs. All were fantastic. We shared them equally but I wish I could have had the bologna sandwich all to myself. Its the best.

Thank SoccerTease
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

I had the brisket plate with a salad and it was glorious! Memphis BBQ at its best. They give you a ton of food. We were stuffed. Everyone loved all their dishes. I will be back to try more for sure next time I'm here.

Thank JandCsMomma
Reviewed 4 days ago

It's not a trip to Memphis without a rack of dry rubbed ribs. Central BBQ is the place to go. Great selections on the menu and the food comes out fast and hot. Need to stop in while passing through or make it a stop...More

Thank 73SouthernGent
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Great BBQ. Great beer. Great service. Neat folk art. Just an awesome experience. Don’t miss it. It’s not the Rendezvous, but causal and again the service was lovely

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 5 days ago

Stopped here after a football game. Walking distance from Liberty Bowl. Great sandwhich and cold beer.

Thank misterjohnny
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

A very basic menu, but all the choices are absolutely fantastic. As often in simple things you can find the best experience! I love the pulled pork sandwich!

Thank RikyUnreal
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

There's a long line, but the food is worth it! Friendly staff and superior BBQ!! Some of the best ribs I've ever had!

Thank bransonlocal1984
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is what Memphis BBQ is about! The mac n cheese and greens are a perfect side choice. Make sure to save room for the phenomenal banana pudding! Amazing!!

Thank tkelly6
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Darren P
19 March 2017|
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Response from Danny R | Reviewed this property |
Any location of central b b Que is fine. But to feel the real ambience of where the birth place of this bbque , I prefer to eat at Central branch .
gail m
9 November 2016|
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Response from Ladyjb3 | Reviewed this property |
Large area and also a patio area which should be able to accommodate 20 people.
16 July 2016|
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Response from GeeBee207 | Reviewed this property |
I don't think they take reservations, but like others have said, it's a good-sized restaurant with indoor and outdoor dining options.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$6 - US$20
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Local cuisine, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2249 Central Ave, Memphis, TN 38104-5507
  • Location: United States  >  Tennessee (TN)  >  Memphis>  > Cooper Young Community Association
  • Neighbourhood: Cooper Young Community Association
  • Phone Number: +1 901-272-9377
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