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Waldo's BBQ

#15 of 758 Restaurants in Mesa
Certificate of Excellence
$$$
American, Barbecue, Diner
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4500 East Main Street, Mesa, AZ 85205-7914
480 807 1645
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10:30 am - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 10:30 am - 8:00 pm
Mon - Sat 10:30 am - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch
Description: Best Local Barbecue in the State of Arizona. Smoked meats that make your...
Best Local Barbecue in the State of Arizona. Smoked meats that make your mouth water; side dishes that are never ending; and a friendly staff to boot! Come on down to taste it for yourself!
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  • 59
    Excellent
  • 35
    Very good
  • 11
    Average
  • 4
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Good BBQ in Mesa

The food was very good but the bbq sauce was too spicey for my taste but everyone else loved it and the atmosphere was very nice as well.

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 2, 2015
Linda D
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Mesa, Arizona
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Mesa, Arizona
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8 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

The food was very good but the bbq sauce was too spicey for my taste but everyone else loved it and the atmosphere was very nice as well.

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Chandler, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

Very good BBQ stop. Large menu of BBQ meats and many sides. There must be a dozen sides to choose from. My lunch included two sides and there was almost too much food. You won't leave hungry or disappointed. There are also different sauces to choose from. I had the house original and it was excellent. This place is definitely... More 

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Mesa, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015 via mobile

Just had THE BEST "lawstuh" in Maine at Boone's. WALDO'S is THE BEST barbeque in Mesa!.........If only they were closer, I'd be in heaven. The "Riblets" are to die for. The place is friendly and authentic.

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Littleton, Colorado, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015

Honestly, most BBQ meat is pretty similar. Smoked meat is smoked meat. It is all good, as far as I am concerned. What separates BBQ places, and makes them memorable for me is the atmosphere and the extras, like sides, sauce, etc. When you walk into Waldos you get smacked with that authentic, old-time BBQ atmosphere -- picnic tables, red... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015

This is my favorite place to eat dinner! The bbq is phenomenal and the way the restaurant is decorated is really cool! The people are nice and the food is made quickly but deliciously.

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Apache Junction, Arizona
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015

We have not been to Waldo's in a couple of years as it's not that close to where we live but the wife and I were in the mood for BBQ Ribs and figured, why not!! We got there about 5-5:30 this evening and it was kind of dead in there but hey, we figured that the service would be... More 

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O'Fallon, Illinois
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

We went to Waldo's today based on the high ratings received here. The atmosphere was great: Funny signs, intentionally "messy" floors, etc. But while the atmosphere would bring me back, the food was seriously lacking. I got the super sampler in order to try the ribs, pulled pork, brisket, and turkey. The ribs had no bark, no seasoning, and no... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

This is a neighborhood restaurant that offers good food. The cuisine is mostly pork ribs or brisket sandwiches. They offer chicken and catfish with different preparations for those not wanting pork. The food is plentiful. At times this restaurant can be very busy so they offer carry-out if you so desire. It is kind of funky with wood shavings on... More 

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Grove City, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

Look for the pink pig out front! The food was delicious and the portions were generous. It's not fancy inside - unique is a good descriptor!

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Ardrossan,Alberta,Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

The atmosphere was interesting and the signs on the walls were hilarious. Service was quick friendly and efficient. The food was not what we expected, watery western beans, rather bland. I ordered spicy fries and got lukewarm regular ones, obviously off of a pre done pile. The coleslaw and fried peppers were quite good, the ribs were nicely smoked but... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 4500 East Main Street, Mesa, AZ 85205-7914
  • Location: United States  >  Arizona (AZ)  >  Central Arizona  >  Mesa
  • Phone Number: 480 807 1645

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 4 - 65
  • Cuisine: American, Barbecue, Diner

Description

Best Local Barbecue in the State of Arizona. Smoked meats that make your mouth water; side dishes that are never ending; and a friendly staff to boot! Come on down to taste it for yourself!
Open Hours
Sunday
10:30 am - 8:00 pm
Monday
10:30 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
10:30 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
10:30 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
10:30 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
10:30 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday
10:30 am - 9:00 pm

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