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Little River BBQ

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8303 State Highway 73, Townsend, TN 37882-4308
+1 865-448-2500
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33 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 August 2014

They sold us food tickets at River Rage tubing for the Little River BBQ next door and said they could be used for the kids menu as well. When we go to eat they wouldn't let us use the tickets for the kids menu even though the price was the same! We are a family of seven and my husband... More 

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Townsend, Tennessee
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32 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 August 2014

This is one of the best places to just sit out & look at the river & relax, but the quality of the food & the service have gone down in the past several years. Used to be that the smell from the smokehouse would get you as you pulled into the parking lot; now we're all pretty sure it's... More 

Thank Smokymomma
Clarence Center, New York
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13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 August 2014 via mobile

After day of hiking in the park, stopped here for dinner with a large group. BBQ ribs, pork, and brisket were perfect. Service was friendly and helpful, and atmosphere was terrific on the porch. Thanks for a great experience!

Thank Michael L
Cleveland, Tennessee
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80 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 August 2014

On our way through Townsend with family we stopped here for an early lunch. The pulled pork sandwiches were great. I personally tried all the sauces which I liked, especially the hot. The hushpuppies and sweet potato fries were great. Our lunch was very enjoyable with a peaceful view of the river out back and good food in our bellies.... More 

Thank Vickie K
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125 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 August 2014

The food was ok but couldn't make for bad service. We were sitting in dining room and waitress ignored us. The hostess eventually took our order and was our server. The waitress showed up once. When she found out our hostess took not just drink order but whole thing she offered no apology and never came back. My food was... More 

Thank hkay_h
Murfreesboro, Tennessee
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101 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 August 2014 via mobile

We have eaten here before. It is a good barbeque place...very casual and laid back....but no cornbread and we had to buy hushpuppies that were not thoroughly cooked...sent them back. However they have the best fried pickles we have ever eaten!! They are a must!

Thank kade435
New Derry
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29 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 July 2014

My huisband and I enjoyed a rib dinner here while sitting on the porch looking out over the Little River. It's a rustic, typical ribs style place with decent service and prices. Coming from PA we are used to eating ribs that are all slopped up with sauce that is messy. We loved the rubbed seasoning and tenderness of these... More 

Thank Russer075
Knoxville, Tennessee
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132 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 July 2014

Great for kids, right on the river...food is consistently great. Need to add draft beer...an IPA...local. Your food is too good to not have it accompanied by a good local brew! Love the onion rings too! Just needs tweaking to make it great!

Thank travelingmom5255
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 20 July 2014 via mobile

Had the ribs and pork. Ribs were the best I've ever had. You have to try the mild sauce. Great service and definitely worth the 20-30min drive from pigeon forge.

Thank Eric S
Chicago, Illinois
2 reviews
Reviewed 19 July 2014

This is THE BEST BBQ food I ever had. The taste, smell, flavor, atmosphere is amazing. I split full rack of ribs with my wife and our kids ordered pulled pork sandwiches. You can pick different sauces (all homemade). Staff is very friendly. We had a chance to speak with the chef herself, she made us feel at home. This... More 

Thank Tom K

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
American, Barbecue
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Cheap Eats, View, Child-friendly, Kids, Local cuisine, Groups
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 8303 State Highway 73, Townsend, TN 37882-4308
  • Location: United States  >  Tennessee (TN)  >  Townsend
  • Phone Number: +1 865-448-2500

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