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Central BBQ

2249 Central Ave, Memphis, TN 38104-5507
+1 901-272-9377
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  • Excellent61%
  • Very good28%
  • Average9%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“pulled pork” (402 reviews)
“ribs” (1,080 reviews)
“bbq nachos” (127 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

This was my first local BBQ in the Memphis area and I'm glad I went. Great service. Great food. The dry ribs had great smoke flavor. The baked beans and pork rinds complemented the ribs. I would go back.

Thank Chris F
Reviewed 2 days ago

This was one of our objectives during our road trip to Memphis and it didn't disappoint. Knowing we would only be able to visit once, we opted for the sampler platter so we could taste everything. Ribs and brisket delicious, pulled pork a little dry,...More

Thank Toni B
Reviewed 2 days ago

When we are headed through Tennessee, my wife and I both know that we are going to stop in Memphis for some Memphis BBQ. We have tried several BBQ spots. In honesty, the best has been Cozy Corner. However, I am always searching for a...More

Thank DrGreen2009
Reviewed 3 days ago

Great food and service. They have a order at the counter system, and literally 3 minutes later your food gets delivered to your table. The food was so good, we ended up going there twice - to the EAST, 4375 Summer restaurant

Thank Melinda B
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We ate at the Central Avenue location and loved everything we had - ribs, mac and cheese, green beans, Cole slaw and chips. We had the full rack for two and felt it was a great value. It's casual, but comfortable. It's where I'll go...More

Thank Vicki C
Reviewed 3 days ago

I ordered the ribs and they were very good. Not as good as Kansas City MO, but a close second. The service was great and our server was fantastic! I would defiantly go back.

Thank Nanabgl
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Once again we had Central BBQ for Fathers Day dinner and it was superb. The dry ribs were great! We always order some dryrub wings. Those are good. The BBQ chicken is very good. We load up on sides of greens, mac&cheese, beans, slaw and...More

Thank MemphisZ
Reviewed 3 days ago

This is true Memphis BBQ! Along with some other great menu items. One of our favorites is the Smoked Turkey Salad.

Thank Jim W
Reviewed 3 days ago

We had lunch at the Central BBQ on Central. He had ribs (dry, yummy); I had portabello mushroom sandwich (yes, with slaw and BBQ sauce -- somehow missed the gouda cheese that was supposed to be on it). Both were terrific. Sat outside. Definitely worth...More

Thank kdmc
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Best BBQ by far in Memphis. Great craft beer selection - including all the best local beers. Atmosphere is just plain cool!

Thank ckelley54
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Darren P
Do you recommend this location or another for wait times on a Sunday, parking and Memphis vibe?
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
Can you accommodate a party of 20 and is there a separate room for this party?
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.
Do they take reservations ?
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
Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Groups, Local cuisine
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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