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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
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Delivery

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Visitor rating
  • 67
    Excellent
  • 60
    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
Great Take Out Place

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 17, 2015
Mike S
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Arlington, Massachusetts
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Dining on a budget
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153 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015 NEW 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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952 reviews 952 reviews
819 restaurant reviews
346 helpful votes 346 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

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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Cambridge, Massachusetts
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29 reviews 29 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

I tried turkey, chicken and Kansas Burnt Ends sandwiches. The portions are huge! Sandwiches come with 2 delicious choice of sides. They have house made BBQ , hot sauces and pickles : all to die for ! One of my favorite places to eat in Arlington.

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Somewhere near Boston
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65 reviews 65 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

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
6 helpful votes 6 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
32 reviews 32 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 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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240 reviews 240 reviews
193 restaurant reviews
73 helpful votes 73 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
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42 reviews 42 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 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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5 reviews 5 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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33 reviews 33 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 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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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: 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?