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Central BBQ

147 Butler Avenue, Memphis, TN 38103
+1 901-672-7760
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  • Excellent57%
  • Very good29%
  • Average10%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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“pulled pork” (141 reviews)
“ribs” (479 reviews)
“mac and cheese” (75 reviews)
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American, Barbecue, Gluten Free Options
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147 Butler Avenue, Memphis, TN 38103
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Reviewed yesterday

This is arguably the best BBQ in the Memphis market. It's a bit quirky in how it's organized. You walk into a reception area where you place your order including your drinks. Then, you sit where you want and place a number at your table...More

Thank Ken B
Reviewed yesterday

Everything is delicious here. I am a transplant to the South so am not an expert, but their barbecue is delicious. However, Central BBQ's banana pudding is the best I have ever had. It tastes homemade without fake ingredients. Their banana pudding beats out The...More

Thank globug_7
Reviewed yesterday

Enjoyed our meal to the last bite! Everything from the pork grinds, the baked beans-- so good, the insane wing that were delicious and the mound of nachos, which was my favorite, filled with everything you can imagine to the top of the jalapenos, it...More

Thank atastefortravels
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We were reccomend this restuarant by Simon at the Westin. It is a 5 block walk or so and so well worth it. Dutch has filled the staff with true champions. The kitchen staff never stopped. They make a pulled pork that melts in your...More

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 3 days ago

So may folks, and several web sites, said that a stop a Central BBQ was required if we were to Memphis. Was it "Good" BBQ? YES. Was it "Great BBQ" Not Exactly Is it the "Best I have Ever Eaten" and worth driving all the...More

Thank Weldon W
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

This restaurant was across the street from the Civil Rights. It looked crowded from the outside but the line to order moved quickly and the food came out hot and fast! It was delicious!! There were men in suits and ties as well as people...More

Thank Mamaperkins6
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

When we tipped up the queue for this place was around the block, so we decided to come back a few hours later (around 2:30) and walked straight in. The ribs and pulled pork sandwich were phenomenal and the waiters were great, had a really...More

Thank mlissaa
Reviewed 5 days ago

Everything is good! The brisket, the pulled pork. The sides are good too, but the best thing on the menu is the Ribs without a doubt. Get the full slab so you can have leftovers (maybe). We liked this place so well we went back...More

Thank mrst44
Reviewed 6 days ago

Central B.B.Q. has delicious bbq and sides. I really enjoyed my meal here (1/2 rack with green beans and slaw). It is affordable and fast! I’d definitely recommend Central to anyone.

Thank AllyLB
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Had a 1/2 slab dry with the hot bbq sauce on the side. Ribs were delicious and the best I have had in Tennessee. Sides of turnip greens and pork rinds were also delicious! Recommended

Thank MarkMyWay
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Darren P
19 March 2017|
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Response from FLgirl74 | Reviewed this property |
We walked from our hotel but it seems there was plenty of parking near by. The museum is just across the street and would be closed at that time on a Sunday so that could work.
20 August 2015|
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Response from vikngz | Reviewed this property |
yes, they have a sepaerate gluten free menu
Brenda I
13 August 2015|
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Response from Stan M | Reviewed this property |
There are additional rooms to reserve for groups.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Groups, Kids, Local cuisine, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 147 Butler Avenue, Memphis, TN 38103
  • Location: United States  >  Tennessee (TN)  >  Memphis
  • Phone Number: +1 901-672-7760
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