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The Bar-B-Q Shop

#43 of 1,212 Restaurants in Memphis
Certificate of Excellence
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1782 Madison Ave, Memphis, TN 38104-2642
+1 901-272-1277
11:00 - 21:00
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Mon - Sat 11:00 - 21:00
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Waxahachie, Texas
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228 reviews
104 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

If anyone is thinking of going to Rendezvous for ribs - DON'T!! Come here instead!!! Amazing ribs, fall-off-the-bone tender!! Great flavor! I think I liked the glazed best, but the wet were amazing too!

Thank woffer
memphis, tn
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20 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My favorite ribs in Memphis. Their dry-rub ribs are delicious and always very meaty. They do not disappoint!

Thank toltecs
Memphis, TN
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126 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I dont eat meat, but I had heard that the veggie burger was supposed to be exceptional. So when you live in a meat eating city like Memphis, you got to find a good veggie burger. The Friday night we dined there, I inquired about the veggie burger only to be told that they had switched providers. But I decided... More 

Thank filisann
Seattle, Washington
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46 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Bar-B-Q Shop is easy to miss and drive right by because the restaurant is connected to other buildings - it's not a stand-alone building. The restaurant has a classic Midtown and BBQ joint feel. Customer service was great and so was the food.

Thank Paul K
Memphis, Tennessee
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15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have lived here all my life and just recently went to the Bar-B-Q shop. I have been missing out!!! The ribs were delicious! I will be going back very soon!

Thank heathermarshall1227
Jacksonville, Florida
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70 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I wound up here after finding hour-long waits at the Central Barbecue locations downtown and in midtown, and was glad that I tried it. I had the brisket sandwich, but the party next to me had the ribs and they looked delicious.

Thank sjgatl
Olive Branch, Mississippi
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 January 2017 via mobile

On January 21 after just recommending a couple visiting from Denver Colorado to eat at The Bar-B-Q Shop on Madison my group decided to go there also. I ordered a slab of ribs that came out mildly warm. I brought it to the attention of my waitress and she was very nice. Then the manager came over and said we... More 

2 Thank Sylvester T
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16 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017

Waited over an hour and a half after ordering for cold soggy food. Found out from manager that waitress had not put in our order. Still, did not get food in good condition. Maybe, they cannot handle a table with over 2 to 4 people. Watched couples come in, eat and leave while we waited. Couples seemed to have no... More 

1 Thank Darrell588
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70 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 January 2017 via mobile

While staying in Nashville for the week had the opportunity to drive to Memphis and attend the Liberty Bowl and had one goal in mind: BBQ! Had set out to go to Central since it was by the stadium but the logistics to get there just wasn't happening so my second choice was the BBQ Shop. There was a small... More 

1 Thank JoeJoeVG
Oxford, Mississippi
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110 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016

In addition to wonderful barbecued pork, this place has excellent sides, for instance the sour cream potato salad (not strictly speaking Southern, but so tasty nonetheless) and the barbecue spaghetti--I know it sounds terrible, but try it as one of your sides and I promise you won't regret it.

Thank manfrommaine

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 10 - US$ 10
American, Barbecue
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Television, Highchairs Available
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, Cheap Eats, Child-friendly, Kids
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
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1782 Madison Ave, Memphis, TN 38104-2642
  • Location: United States  >  Tennessee (TN)  >  Memphis>  > Midtown
  • Neighbourhood: Midtown
  • Phone Number: +1 901-272-1277

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