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Central BBQ Summer

#41 of 1,199 Restaurants in Memphis
Certificate of Excellence
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4375 Summer Ave, Memphis, TN 38122
+1 901-767-4672
11:00 - 21:00
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Sun - Sat 11:00 - 21:00
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I was near Memphis on a business trip and had to try out the BBQ. After searching on TripAdvisor I settled on Central BBQ by the Hotel I was staying. The food was pretty good. I wasn't less impressed by the dry rub (I got the half and half ribs). I would go back if I was in town again.

Thank Steven M
Rochester, Michigan
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195 reviews
109 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Nice atmosphere, BBQ was average. Maybe it was just expectations being first time customers but we were underwhelmed with the bbq. Still I'll give it 4 stars because the service and atmosphere are very good.

Thank J N
Princeton Junction, New Jersey
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118 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016

The ribs here melt off the bone -- best I've had. The large pulled pork sandwich is generous -- 7 ounces. And the man in charge was so friendly, offering us (clearly tourists) tips on Memphis.

Thank princetonarea
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11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016

This is my neighborhood Central BBQ on Summer Ave. No matter how busy the restaurant is, the service and delivery of your food is spot on. From the cashiers to the wait staff to the bartenders, the customer service is top notch. Now on to the food. Our favorite is the BBQ nachos. Whether you're having them with tortilla chips,... More 

Thank James W
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38 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016 via mobile

Stopped here for lunch heading back to Texas. Food was delicious! I had a chopped brisket sandwich and my husband had ribs . Made to order, huge portions and great flavor . Great Memphis BBQ choice!

Thank Martalovestotravel
Hartford, Kentucky, United States
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23 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016 via mobile

The food was good.. But the place was crowded and they needed more help... However, everyone was very nice and polite

Thank Lisa A
Memphis, Tennessee
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45 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

I love this place. I always either the smoked naked wings and bbq chicken nachos or the brisket plate. Both are pretty awesome. However I do wish they would switch to a different type of bread because that little roll you get with is so hard! I understand that the use recycled to-go boxes but OMG those things are worth... More 

Minneapolis, Minnesota
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65 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 September 2016 via mobile

Very nice atmosphere, not formal at all. Excellent waitress and the food was very good. Their claim is best in Memphis, all I know is the ribs were very tender and tasty, the baked beans were fantastic and the service was very good. I would go back without hesitation. Great casual dining.

Thank timp2124
Lexington, Kentucky
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5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2016

We ate at the other location the day before and took some back to the hotel but still hadn't reached our fill. We got the pulled pork sandwich Memphis style but with the slaw on the side because you get more that way. I had them put mild BBQ sauce on it then added hot BBQ sauce after I piled... More 

Thank Paul_and_the_family
Belleville, Illinois
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 2016 via mobile

The restaurant was clean and well lit. The waitress was very pleasant and very attentive. We were seated quickly and did not wait long for our food. The presentation was nice but after a few bites I knew I could not eat much. The greens were delicious but there was to much spice in the bake beans, and in the... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
American, Barbecue
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Child-friendly, Cheap Eats, Kids, Groups
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 4375 Summer Ave, Memphis, TN 38122
  • Location: United States  >  Tennessee (TN)  >  Memphis
  • Phone Number: +1 901-767-4672

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