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Market Bar-B-Que

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1414 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403-2663
+1 612-872-1111
11:30 - 02:30
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Sun 12:00 - 02:00
Mon - Sat 11:30 - 02:30
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3 reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

This was okay but pretty bland overall. It filled the void but not much more than that. Probably would never go back.

Thank Tina K
Houston, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Had the chopped BBQ plate and it was very good. A huge portion. They brag about the macaroni and cheese but it's not that great and definitely not worth the cost. Would for sure order the BBQ again but be prepared for bad service.

Thank Jennifer M
Apple Valley
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Ate there with the Maj Jong guys. I had the half rack of ribs, French fries and cole slaw. The ribs were served dry and I had a choice of their classic BBQ sauce or their HOT BBQ sauce. The classic is more to my taste. Their home made cole slaw was outstanding! I'll be back.

Thank mah7925
Minneapolis, MN
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 January 2017 via mobile

We went here on a Groupon after not visiting for many years. Drinks were ridiculously expensive... over $50 for two beers and two cosmos. Ribs barely had any smoke to them and their sauce was like ketchup. The service was good, but that didn't make up for the mediocre food. There are much better BBQ options in the Twin Cities,... More 

Thank nemplsmary
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 December 2016 via mobile

Had the Groupon special and wow it was enough food to bring home for dinner. Each got a salad,1/2 slab of ribs,coleslaw and fries and we got a French silk slice of pie to share. This also came with drinks. The food was good and the quality was there too. Loved the atmosphere and we were able to talk and... More 

Thank Lisa Y
Saint Cloud, Minnesota
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 November 2016

Went here for a quick working lunch and was surprised and the quality of the meals and outstanding service. The waitstaff was absolutely the best. first class BBQ and a fair price for lots of food..

Thank GuyMoto
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2016

Old-time atmosphere with booths, happy customer photos on the wall, a digital jukebox, and middle-age and well-trained servers. The BBQ was outstanding -- succulent smoked meat with sauce on the side. The price was no bargain at $46 plus tip for two diners with one beer, but I'd gladly come back.

Thank Peter K
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2016

This is where you want to be for succulent meats! The barbecue was tender but not overcooked. Tasty with just the right amount of seasoning. The coleslaw-wow!

Thank Kad D
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2016

Charming old building with lots of fun memorabilia, I ordered the Brisket plate, which is an open faced brisket sandwich, coleslaw and french-fries. When the plate came the meat was drenched in BBQ sauce, once uncovered the brisket was of poor quality and at least a 1/4 inch of fat on almost every slice. The meat was sliced so thinly... More 

Thank Kay P
West Hollywood, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016 via mobile

You can't get better than Market BBQ for chicken or ribs. The Minneapolis Police Department has been eating here for 20 years and my father and I have been here for 30 years and they are Best BBQ Chicken & Ribs.

Thank Kevin O

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 10 - US$ 30
American, Barbecue
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar
Good for
Groups, Bar Scene, Child-friendly
Open Hours
12:00 - 02:00
11:30 - 02:30
11:30 - 02:30
11:30 - 02:30
11:30 - 02:30
11:30 - 02:30
11:30 - 02:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1414 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403-2663
  • Location: United States  >  Minnesota (MN)  >  Minneapolis
  • Phone Number: +1 612-872-1111
For more than 68 years, Market Bar-B-Que has been serving real pit smoked ribs. Back in the days of vaudeville, Market Bar-B-Que was famous for being the late night spot with great barbecue food. In no time at all, it became the Sardis of Minneapolis, an after hours haven for hungry show folks, sports personalities, and just about anybody who was anybody.

That was all back in the days when the Farmers' Market, our namesake, was located across the street. Vaudeville is gone, of course, and things have changed a lot over the years. But we still smoke our ribs just like we used to. And we still get all of the important people stopping in to enjoy our food.

Even you!

We are located at 1414 Nicollet Avenue. That is just 2 blocks south of the Nicollet Mall and 1 block west of the Minneapolis Convention Center. We have free parking behind the restaurant.

We accept reservation by calling the restaurant directly.

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?