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Blues City Cafe

) #14 of 1,259 Restaurants in Memphis ₹₹ - ₹₹₹ American, , Barbecue
138 Beale St, Memphis, TN 38103-3712
+1 901-526-3637
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  • Excellent52%
  • Very good33%
  • Average12%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“catfish” (423 reviews)
“tamales” (168 reviews)
“ribs” (1,326 reviews)
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American, Bar, Barbecue
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138 Beale St, Memphis, TN 38103-3712
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Fall off the bone bar-b-que ribs. Food was very good. Courteous and friendly staff. Great price. Nice ambiance.

Thank Debra G
Reviewed 2 days ago

We chose to eat at the Blues City Cafe because of all the reviews on the ribs and we wanted to eat barbecue in Memphis and they did not disappoint us! We just happened to be in Memphis on the weekend of Elvis' 40th birthday...More

Thank Nancy P
Reviewed 2 days ago

Came for dinner and was satisfied. The food was delicious (especially ribs) and the sweet tea was great! Fun atmosphere and true southern comfort food. Looking forward to a return visit!

Thank Brendan P
Reviewed 3 days ago

The nice thing about Blues City Cafe is not only do they have great steak and BBQ and often good music, they are right on Beale Street, service is fast, food is good. I love the salads, red potato's in butter and also the tamales....More

Thank photographersabroad
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

I took one bite of the ribs and spit them out. I took one bite of the catfish and spit it out. A total waste of time and money. The place was rented out by a corporation most of the day so maybe I got...More

Thank Ebony H
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Seafood gumbo and tamales! Tamales may not be cornhusk-wrapped, but still very excellent. Top of the hill on the north side of Beale.

Thank Steve W
Reviewed 5 days ago

They have the best entertainment here. Robert Washington is a great performer! I had a wonderful time there.

Thank MiMi P
Reviewed 5 days ago

We enjoyed our dinner here. I had BBQ and my daughter had steak and my husband had a burger. the food was good. Well prepared, hot, and well seasoned. The service was fast and friendly. We went for an early dinner and got right in...More

Thank Karen N
Reviewed 5 days ago

Don't waste your time with the Tourist BBQ restaurants in Memphis, if you want the best Ribs, head to Blues City Café. Although it is on Beale Street, many locals eat here because they know they have the best ribs. You would not be disappointed...More

Thank John C
Reviewed 6 days ago

The ribs were out of this world, melt in your mouth. The best we have ever had. We were just expecting something average but got great.

Thank Catherine S
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Questions & Answers
1 March 2017|
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Response from Skeney57 | Reviewed this property |
Hi Tiffani, Blues City Cafe is in two sections, pure Cafe, sit down & eat , all welcome & next door fronting Beale Street is the Bar and Band section where you can also order meals ! it's a typical bar scene and would... More
Robert L
15 January 2017|
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Response from Rayswifeashley | Reviewed this property |
Steak and baked potatoes are gluten free unless made with certain marinades. So you should be fine.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 15 - US$ 15
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Bar Scene, Groups, Kids, Local cuisine, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 - 03:00
11:00 - 03:00
11:00 - 03:00
11:00 - 03:00
11:00 - 03:00
11:00 - 05:00
11:00 - 05:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 138 Beale St, Memphis, TN 38103-3712
    (2ND STREET)
  • Public Transportation: Bus and Taxi pick up and drop off are done directly across the street from our front door along with a Trolley Stop about one block away.
  • Location: United States  >  Tennessee (TN)  >  Memphis
  • Phone Number: +1 901-526-3637
  • E-mail
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