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Central BBQ

2249 Central Ave, Memphis, TN 38104-5507
+1 901-272-9377
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  • Excellent59%
  • Very good28%
  • Average10%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“pulled pork” (410 reviews)
“ribs” (1,111 reviews)
“bbq nachos” (133 reviews)
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2249 Central Ave, Memphis, TN 38104-5507
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We had the ribs and BBQ nachos with chicken. Rib meat melted off the bone and sauce was delicious! Best barbecue in Memphis. Locals we surveyed agreed.

Thank ChloeFatale
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

It was ok not the best I've had. Kind of pricey based on the portion size. Wouldn't go back To visit again. The location was convenient to the civil rights museum

Thank Effingger
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Had to try one of top rated BBQ in town. It's good, not as good as others and not inexpensive. Service is super quick and they rotate tables very quick.

Thank Usamargaritavile
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

It was very crowded and hard to find a place to sit. We had to sit outside in the sun. The food was good, but not the best BBQ I have ever had. Use lots of sauce!

Thank Debbie Y
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We arrived a little after 3pm so parking wasn't a problem. It took a few minutes for someone to come take our order and having never been there before we didn't have any clue as to whether to seat ourselves or just stand around waiting...More

Thank HoustonLibrarian
Reviewed 6 days ago

Great BBQ & great service. Very efficient and well organized. Parking lot attendant directs you to a space (no charge). When we visited (Saturday evening) the line was out the door by about 10 people but moved quickly. Plenty of seating both outside and inside...More

Thank Richard K
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

I can't speak to being in the restaurant, as an event I was at was catered by Central BBQ. We had plenty of food options: pulled pork, fried chicken, slaw, green salad, beans, rolls, sauces, and iced tea. I had green salad, pulled pork, and...More

Thank Mrsteacherlady
Reviewed 1 week ago

My son recently moved to Memphis and asked us to come and visit. Our first place to eat, Central BBQ. I did not want to leave. The BBQ was out of this world and really all the food was delicious - every side was WOW!...More

Thank changnma
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had lunch here before visiting the Civil Rights museum which is just across the road. Coming from the UK we found this to be an authentic American diner and enjoyed just watching the locals order. We had a pulled pork sandwich and beef nachos,...More

Thank Gary J
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Got to try it. We loved it don't believe the people saying it's overrated. There are plenty of bad places in Memphis to eat from our experience, but not here. Good value great taste, my 14yo daughter super picky loved the pulled pork sandwich. The...More

Thank Jon K
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Questions & Answers
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.
17 July 2016|
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Response from GeeBee207 | Reviewed this property |
I don't think they take reservations, but like others have said, it's a good-sized restaurant with indoor and outdoor dining options.
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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, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, 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 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
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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