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Central BBQ

2249 Central Ave, Memphis, TN 38104-5507
+1 901-272-9377
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  • Excellent60%
  • Very good27%
  • Average10%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“ribs” (1,337 reviews)
“pulled pork” (459 reviews)
“homemade chips” (73 reviews)
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2249 Central Ave, Memphis, TN 38104-5507
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Reviewed yesterday

Went for lunch.place was very busy. Was not impressed with the place or the food. Employees were friendly . It didn’t look very clean. The BBQ was just OK. Been there done that , probably won’t be back. Area is historical , across the street...More

Thank Laura P
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We ate here after visiting the National Civil Rights Museum and enjoyed a good meal. Four of us shared the following: pork sandwich, chicken nachos, and 1/2 slab of ribs. We were full and had some left. The meat on the ribs fell off the...More

Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Great ribs with very good sides. A Memphis must. I don’t think you can go wrong with anything there.

Thank Todd R
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Our experience at Central BBQ was top notch! We ordered a full slab of ribs for 2 with mac’n cheese, potato salad, green beans and turnip greens. Our son ordered a pulled pork sandwich and our daughter ordered a half slab of ribs. There was...More

Thank Lori R
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Pictures say it all. Memphis bbq is hands down the best. Not too Smokey and the Memphis sauce with the vinegar cannot be bear! We waited in line for about 30 minutes after Checking out the National civil rights museum at the Lorraine Motel across...More

Thank sabearfan12
Reviewed 5 days ago

It's a big, blue building that looks suspiciously like a warehouse. There will always be a line at the door. You order and pay and then proceed into a circus of tables and chairs all jammed in together. It looks hopeless, but eventually you'll find...More

Thank Vacation People
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

The wait was very short, even though the line was long. We had the BBQ Nachos, Brisket and Turkey sandwiches. It was amazing. The staff was awesome, polite and courteous. It was a great experience with awesome atmosphere!

Thank ajanderson10
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

For together with a group of friends and ate at Central. Pulled pork, ribs, and sandwiches were all wonderful. Once again we had great service at the counter and food was great.

Thank David D
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

My husband ordered a half slab of ribs with sides while I had a brisket sandwich with mild bbq sauce and coleslaw. Oh my! Wonderful is all I can say. The only down side to our stop was the mountain dew was out and they...More

Thank jennifernu
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Food was outstanding. Service was good and prices were fair. Had to eat outside because it was so crowded on a Wednesday afternoon but worth dealing with the Tennessee humidity for this delicious food.

Thank RiverCoupleAZ
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Rebecca M
19 October 2017|
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Response from Ed R | Reviewed this property |
Don’t know, but I’d recommend a visit to the restaurant to experience the ambiance.
Darren P
19 March 2017|
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Response from Danny R | Reviewed this property |
Any location of central b b Que is fine. But to feel the real ambience of where the birth place of this bbque , I prefer to eat at Central branch .
gail m
10 November 2016|
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Response from Ladyjb3 | Reviewed this property |
Large area and also a patio area which should be able to accommodate 20 people.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 6 - US$ 20
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Child-friendly, Groups, Kids, Local cuisine
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 - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2249 Central Ave, Memphis, TN 38104-5507
  • Location: United States  >  Tennessee (TN)  >  Memphis>  > Cooper Young Community Association
  • Neighbourhood: Cooper Young Community Association
  • Phone Number: +1 901-272-9377
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