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Little River BBQ

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8303 State Highway 73, Townsend, TN 37882-4308
+1 865-448-2500
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 August 2014

The food was ok but couldn't make for bad service. We were sitting in dining room and waitress ignored us. The hostess eventually took our order and was our server. The waitress showed up once. When she found out our hostess took not just drink order but whole thing she offered no apology and never came back. My food was... More 

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Murfreesboro, Tennessee
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96 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 August 2014 via mobile

We have eaten here before. It is a good barbeque place...very casual and laid back....but no cornbread and we had to buy hushpuppies that were not thoroughly cooked...sent them back. However they have the best fried pickles we have ever eaten!! They are a must!

Thank kade435
New Derry
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29 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 July 2014

My huisband and I enjoyed a rib dinner here while sitting on the porch looking out over the Little River. It's a rustic, typical ribs style place with decent service and prices. Coming from PA we are used to eating ribs that are all slopped up with sauce that is messy. We loved the rubbed seasoning and tenderness of these... More 

Thank Russer075
Knoxville, Tennessee
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131 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2014

Great for kids, right on the river...food is consistently great. Need to add draft beer...an IPA...local. Your food is too good to not have it accompanied by a good local brew! Love the onion rings too! Just needs tweaking to make it great!

Thank travelingmom5255
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 July 2014 via mobile

Had the ribs and pork. Ribs were the best I've ever had. You have to try the mild sauce. Great service and definitely worth the 20-30min drive from pigeon forge.

Thank Eric S
Chicago, Illinois
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 July 2014

This is THE BEST BBQ food I ever had. The taste, smell, flavor, atmosphere is amazing. I split full rack of ribs with my wife and our kids ordered pulled pork sandwiches. You can pick different sauces (all homemade). Staff is very friendly. We had a chance to speak with the chef herself, she made us feel at home. This... More 

Thank Tom K
Denham Springs, Louisiana
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33 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 July 2014

I didn't try everything on the menu but what I did eat, I liked. The food is delicious and the prices are actually a little less than I would expect to pay for a spot that gets a lot of vacationers. We were there with a large group of people and we heard no complaints. I will visit there again... More 

Thank MGolmon
Decatur, Georgia
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 July 2014

Ate here our first night. Nice view of a slow part of the river from the screened deck. Good barbecue.

Thank Travelincrabb
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72 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 July 2014

found this place late one evening glad we did had ribs and brisket great smoke taste melt in your mouth ribs service was ok price was average for area

Thank Mike B
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 June 2014 via mobile

I make sure we eat here every time we come to Tennessee. It's so good! Everything from the ribs to the brisket. One thing I've noticed is the portion sizes have slightly decreased over a couple visits. That would be my only complaint. Also, you have to eat on the back porch! It's big, screened in, and next to the... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
American, Barbecue
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Kids, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, View, Cheap Eats, Groups
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 8303 State Highway 73, Townsend, TN 37882-4308
  • Location: United States  >  Tennessee (TN)  >  Townsend
  • Phone Number: +1 865-448-2500

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?