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Central BBQ

2249 Central Ave, Memphis, TN 38104-5507
+1 901-272-9377
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  • Excellent61%
  • Very good26%
  • Average10%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“pulled pork” (499 reviews)
“ribs” (1 425 reviews)
“bbq nachos” (162 reviews)
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American, Barbecue, Gluten Free Options
2249 Central Ave, Memphis, TN 38104-5507
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Reviewed yesterday

Best BBQ in Memphis. Reasonably priced. Good portions. Ribs amazing! Right near the Civil Rights Museum.

Date of visit: March 2018
Thank Michelle M
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

fantastic suggestion we received feom locals. delectable ribs-must get the baked beans, greens, baked mac n cheese and banana pudding!!

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank grifdawg
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We had the brisket and ribs! Amazing food, cool atmosphere, quick service. Can’t wait to go back again!

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank jessmtpat
Reviewed 2 days ago

We had a delicious and plentiful meal at Central BBQ. We had chicken, beef and pork and all were great. Fun atmosphere and friendly service. Looking forward to coming back again.

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank Jennifer A
Reviewed 3 days ago

What can I say? It's by far our favorite BBQ restaurant in Memphis....the secret is out! We have literally eaten everything on the menu and love it all. Want wings? They have the best in town....fried bologna sandwich -delicious...ribs or BBQ sandwich equally as good....More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Dreamer67808084552
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

I have eaten here three times now. I have a net two of their other locations many times. The service and quality of the food remains consistent. There are a lot of good choices for barbecue in Memphis and this is one of them.

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank G3677KHrobertb
Reviewed 6 days ago

I used to live in Memphis and now visit my friends yearly. This is by far the BEST barbecue in the City. Great atmosphere and great service. A Memphis Must Eat stop!!!

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Luxurykat
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Mmmm I got the pulled pork it was good. And my friend got the ribs . I liked the variety of bbq sauces too. We ate inside and found a table right away but it was crowded .

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank drexican
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Central is a place you cannot pass up. Very large tables can hold large groups. Have to start with the Nachos and anything else after is just meant to be. Great sauces and good times. Friendly place and kid friendly.

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank ridenhourd
Reviewed 1 week ago

Food is amazing. The meat on the pork ribs literally fall off the bone. Parking may be difficult but it is worth the effort.

Date of visit: March 2018
Thank Randall E
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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
9 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, Local cuisine, 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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