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Ridgewood Barbecue

900 Elizabethton Hwy, Bluff City, TN 37618-4304
+1 423-538-7543
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  • Excellent71%
  • Very good16%
  • Average7%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible2%
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“baked beans” (45 reviews)
“pork” (56 reviews)
“sandwich” (50 reviews)
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900 Elizabethton Hwy, Bluff City, TN 37618-4304
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Reviewed 5 days ago

Well off the beaten path, Ridgewood is truly an American classic. The best BBQ in the region, it has retained its 1950s atmosphere. Well worth the drive and the wait!

Thank tim_b_toolman
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I have to admit that I am not a fan of Bar-B-Que that comes slathered in sauce right out of the kitchen, so my obvious bias puts Ridgewood at a disadvantage. Ridgewood cools and slices the meat first. Which I think robs the meat of...More

Thank Iluvlizbeth
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Visited Ridgewood BBQ for the first time this week. Had heard about it for years on the radio. Not the most convenient place to get to or to find without a GPS or knowledgeable friend onboard. A bit of a drive from most places in...More

Thank VolunteerTravel1225
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Thin sliced smoked pork is the meat for the BBQ. Their sauce is unique and flavorful. We send it to friends out of state. A new book about it's history (the Proffitt family has several generations of ownership/management). During peak mealtimes, parking is difficult and...More

Thank Henk1049
Reviewed 21 August 2017

We recently visited Ridgewood Barbecue while we were at Bristol Motor Speedway. It's nestled in the woods less than 10 miles from the track. We had a party of 8 and the service was fantastic and prompt - in fact our drinks were never empty!...More

Thank nikkim5112017
Reviewed 20 August 2017 via mobile

Well worth a visit, very nostalgic nestled in the woods, great unique bbq, not the same ole, pork or beef sliced and diced , get the blue cheese dip it is a must. Enjoy, go for lunch less of a wait

Thank Dominic P
Reviewed 9 August 2017

Great bar-b-que! Smoke flavour is right in there! And the sauce is their trademark! Pork or beef, I can not make up my mind. So get em both!

Thank timmj89
Reviewed 9 August 2017 via mobile

This restaurant has supposedly won awards for their food which makes me wonder who did the judging. Did we eat at the same place? I had heard of this place from locals but was so disappointed. I had sliced pork on a sandwich which was...More

2  Thank Dennis T
Reviewed 5 August 2017 via mobile

Definitely worth going! It is in the middle of nowhere. There was a wait but it went quick. You order a la carte. The sandwiches are huge. I got the BBQ beef which was fantastic. My son loved his hamburger, and my daughter loved the...More

Thank mangojuice4u
Reviewed 27 July 2017 via mobile

Can't believe all the negative reviews we have always found Ridgewood to be great. We live in Sevierville and Drive a couple of hours just to eat there and we have never been disappointed. We always get a pork sandwich, fries and baked beans. We...More

1  Thank Jim G
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8 June 2016|
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Response from Misscarribbean | Reviewed this property |
Sorry I don't know about Gluten free to know! They are known for great barbecue. They do not have ribs. Great Beans, homemade blue cheese dressing to dip crackers or fries in! No dessert! It's all about the barbecue!
Carrie H
7 January 2016|
Response from Austin P |
I would imagine the BBQ is gluten free.
Kenny L
4 February 2015|
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Response from tntwosome2013 | Reviewed this property |
I've never seen ribs served there. They have BBQ pork or beef platters with beans, fries & a roll. It is served sliced.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 - 14:30
16:30 - 20:30
11:00 - 14:30
16:30 - 20:30
11:00 - 14:30
16:30 - 20:30
11:00 - 14:30
16:30 - 20:30
11:00 - 14:30
16:30 - 20:30
11:00 - 14:30
16:30 - 20:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 900 Elizabethton Hwy, Bluff City, TN 37618-4304
  • Location: United States  >  Tennessee (TN)  >  Bluff City
  • Phone Number: +1 423-538-7543
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