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Blue Ribbon BBQ

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908 Massachusetts Ave, Arlington, MA 02476-4702
(781) 648-7427
Today
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Closed now
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Hours:
Sun 11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Mon - Sat 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Good for:
Families with children
Dining on a budget

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Visitor rating
  • 65
    Excellent
  • 60
    Very good
  • 18
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 4
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Highly mixed feelings about Blue Ribbon...

I have eaten, for years, both catered and take away Blue Ribbon food. Most recently I have taken to buying brisket and sides to go. Here's where things have gotten dicey. I have been through the South and the Midwest, and eaten plenty of BBQ. Their brisket is excellent. Period. Their sauces... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed March 22, 2015
Rick P
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Somewhere near Boston
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Dining on a budget
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Delivery
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150 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Somewhere near Boston
Top Contributor
61 reviews 61 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015 NEW

I have eaten, for years, both catered and take away Blue Ribbon food. Most recently I have taken to buying brisket and sides to go. Here's where things have gotten dicey. I have been through the South and the Midwest, and eaten plenty of BBQ. Their brisket is excellent. Period. Their sauces fantastic. Love love love their collard greens. Their... More 

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Arlington, Massachusetts
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26 reviews 26 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

I love to stop by here on the way home from work and pick up some takeout. The sit down atmosphere is really more fast food, but the quality of the food is beyond that. I much prefer the pulled meats and brisket over the ribs. There is also an excellent selections of sauces to go with your meat. My... More 

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Arlington, Massachusetts
Senior Contributor
31 reviews 31 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Consistent good quality and and accommodating service. Indulgent BBQ is true! Generous portions and wonderful sides. Kansas City burnt ends to die for! Great mashed potatoes--several local home cooks buy them at BR BBQ and pass them off as their own! Open many hours a day and all year long--even on many holidays-- it's the perfect winter soul food treat... More 

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North Reading
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231 reviews 231 reviews
184 restaurant reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

The seating is very limited. Went there for the first time today because I bought a Groupon. The food is GREAT !!! The place is small but there are a few small tables in there and some counter space. You will not get a better BBQ anywhere !!. Do not let the size of the place turn you away. Get... More 

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Arlington, Massachusetts
Senior Contributor
36 reviews 36 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

If you're looking for a quick, filling, tasty meal - I suggest you try the Blue Ribbon in Arlington. Although I'm not a fan of spices, the BR has plenty of options to burn your palate and taste buds. I love the cornbread, but not the pickles. I usually order one of the blackboard specials. I wish the took me... More 

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Arlington, Massachusetts
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Great food with lots of variety of vegetable dishes! Friendly staff. Quick service. Great iced tea and lemonade.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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29 reviews 29 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

Blue ribbon is my favorite place to get bbq. The sauces and vinegars they have on the side along with homemade pickles and corn bread with hearty servings of pulled pork, chicken, smoked sausage, you name it will have you coming back for more!

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Acton, Massachusetts
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259 reviews 259 reviews
156 restaurant reviews
123 helpful votes 123 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

Have been enjoying blue ribbon bbq for years. A southern friend has validated that it is good! Particularly like the ribs and sides in the platter dinner. The cornbread is wonderful Sometimes the chicken is dry is my only negative comment although at this meal my dining companion really enjoyed hers. Very limited seating so would advise taking out.

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Arlington, Massachusetts
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015 via mobile

BRBBQ catered a 90+ guest celebration for us last October. Set up went very well, plenty of delicious food; vegetarians also had options. Received many compliments from the guests on how delicious the meal was.

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Arlington, Massachusetts, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

The brisket is great; the pulled pork and/or chicken is fabulous, and the ribs are excellent. But the sides bear mentioning, too. The cole slaw is very good and the baked beans are out of this world. When you buy a dinner, it comes with corn bread that is the perfect accompaniment. They also sell pecan pie and key lime... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 908 Massachusetts Ave, Arlington, MA 02476-4702
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Arlington
  • Phone Number: (781) 648-7427

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 1 - 20
  • Cuisine: American, Barbecue

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm

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