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Blue Ribbon BBQ

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908 Massachusetts Ave, Arlington, MA 02476-4702
(781) 648-7427
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11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Mon - Sat 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Delivery

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  • 72
    Excellent
  • 63
    Very good
  • 19
    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
Down home in Arlington MA

I missed good BBQ that I loved when in the South. Blue Ribbon satisfies my longing. Their beef brisket and St. Louis ribs are as good as they come anywhere. I also enjoy the smoked sausage. I haven't had any side that I didn't like, but the collard greens I always order and I like the dirty... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 9, 2015
WWRafter2014
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Woburn, Massachusetts
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  • Dining on a budget
  • Families with children
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Arlington, Massachusetts
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

Food always fresh and hot. Love the varied specials menu. Something for everyone. Best BBQ around and love that it is right here in Arlington!!

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Winchester, Massachusetts
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

Great food at a good price and a lot of it. If first ate here 14 years ago when I was looking for a lot of food on a budget. All these years later I come back just for the quality of the food. Brisket, ribs, pulled pork, burnt ends, and home made sausage are all good. You can get... More 

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Toronto
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

We ordered a Feedbag for 4 which was a great way to sample just about everything, chicken, pulled pork, ribs. Just good old fashioned BBQ and lots of it. There was way more food than we needed so we had leftovers. (We're not supersize eaters.) The gold sauce is to die for. We put that stuff on everything. The cornbread... More 

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Woburn, Massachusetts
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

I missed good BBQ that I loved when in the South. Blue Ribbon satisfies my longing. Their beef brisket and St. Louis ribs are as good as they come anywhere. I also enjoy the smoked sausage. I haven't had any side that I didn't like, but the collard greens I always order and I like the dirty rice. If only... More 

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Tewksbury, Massachusetts
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

We were just here, The best BBQ in we have had yet! We both ordered the Barbecue Trio Combo at ($17.49)- three meats: Pulled Pork, Smoked Sausage, St. Louis Ribs, With Burnt Ends an extra-(+50¢), with (2)-sides & corn bread. For the sides we ordered the Mashed Potatoes, Black-Eyed Corn, and Baked Beans. What can we say but everything was... More 

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Lihue
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87 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

Went for lunch. You check out the reader board over the order section and get number and wait. Quick service and except for one table someone had just vacated it was clean. There are only three tables and an eight foot counter inside to eat at. Outside there are more tables than in. With you order you get two sides... More 

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Arlington
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015

Blue Ribbon is some of the best BBQ in the Boston area. The shop is small, but you can sit down and eat your meal there, which outside of the rush hours is fine. The ribs are fantastic, and can be dressed with a number of unique sauces. The Kansas City Burnt Ends are pretty tasty, like a contract to... More 

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Melrose, MA
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015 via mobile

Ribs and pulled pork were great. Mashed potatoes were amazing. Serving fir 4 will feed my family all weekend. I tried 3 sauces sweet and hot were goid. Xxx hot was not that hot and not my favorite

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015 via mobile

Have tried BBQ in KC and Texas, was excited to try this place after reading the reviews. Corn bread was good but the meat was dry. Won't be going back anytime soon.

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Lebanon, New Jersey
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 338 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015

Tender? His stuff was easy to cut with a plastic fork while sitting on a Styrofoam plate. Plus great flavor. I had the triple-meat plate with baked beans and slaw. The burnt ends were very good – burnt ends in the north – awesome. Maybe a little heavy of sauce and light on crispy burnt parts, but I am being... 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 20
  • Cuisine: American, Barbecue

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Dining on a budget, Families with children
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?