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Central BBQ

147 Butler Avenue, Memphis, TN 38103
+1 901-672-7760
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  • Excellent58%
  • Very good29%
  • Average9%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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“pulled pork” (144 reviews)
“ribs” (495 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 today via mobile

This place was recommended to us by a friend and our hotel, The Windham. Had the full rack of ribs with fries and slaw. The ribs were perfect, and meaty!! The fries were good, and the slaw was average, I did not think the slaw...More

Thank tottercop
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Amazing BBQ! Had the half slab plate with green beans and potato salad. Laid back homey atmosphere with patio and inside seating. Too full to try a dessert!

Thank Lisa C
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Very busy right next door to the Lorraine Hotel but worth it. We both had the pulled pork and coleslaw sandwich which was amazing. Nice selection of beers and live music. Nice vibe. Can’t wait to go back again.

Thank Pekelo98
Reviewed 6 days ago

Lunch at the Central was excellent. You better be hungry if you get the large pulled pork sandwich. Baloney sandwich was just as advertised and made us think of our childhood home. Nice selection of craft brews on tap. Efficient courteous service. Couldn’t have been...More

Thank Mike H
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Our family was in Memphis visiting because our son had a football game there. We had been told by several people that when in Memphis you must go to Central BBQ....so we did. Ummm...maybe we went on a bad day (Saturday at 4ish) but I...More

Thank Dream642192
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Spent several hours visiting the Civil Rights Museum and went in for bite before starting back to Iowa. My husband and I split a rack and 4 sides. EVERY LAST BITE left NOTHING more to desire .... EVERY SINGLE BITE was PURE GOODNESS!!! Baked beans,...More

Thank Rebecca M
Reviewed 1 week ago

We stopped for lunch before visiting the National Civil Rights Museum. The pulled pork sandwich was just the ticket for lunch, along with a local draft beer. If you see a line out the door, don't be deterred. We got in line and had ordered...More

Thank Edward C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Fantastic food and atmosphere staff friendly and we loved our lunch here will return some day from the uk x

Thank aquillath
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

By the time we visited here it was about 5th BBQ I'd had in the USA and I was all meated out. My boyfriend wanted to try it though and so we came, I had the beef nachos half portion and I was worried it...More

Thank Buttondolly
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

While traveling through Memphis on our way out West, we stopped to eat at the highly rated Central BarBQ! Thank goodness we did! It was absolutely delicious! Locals were so friendly and happy to recommend dishes! We decided to share a meat combo dish and...More

Thank Pamela955
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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
Child-friendly, Groups, Local cuisine, Kids
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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