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Waldo's BBQ

#16 of 751 Restaurants in Mesa
Certificate of Excellence
$$$
American, Barbecue, Hamburgers, 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: Breakfast, Dinner, 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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Visitor rating
  • 57
    Excellent
  • 34
    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
Old School, Authentic BBQ

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 5, 2015
Rob G
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Littleton, Colorado, United States
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Littleton, Colorado, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015 NEW

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 62 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 19 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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

Quick service, quirky atmosphere, hot food and Good. Spouse had pulled pork skillet and I had Tennessee Sampler. Juicy, tender, tasty and ample serving for pulled pork as well as the sampler. The sides are unlimited - Sweet potato fries fresh and hot, fried okra okay probably frozen, beans spicy with after bite, but mashed potatoes had been cooking for... More 

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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

Very good food and very popular place. We waited over half an hour, but was worth the wait. Staff are friendly. Big open room, so can be somewhat noisy, especially when it's crowded.

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

I've been to this funky place multiple times over the last several years. In my book no visit to Mesa would be complete without at least one trip here. It's all about the baby back ribs for me. Definitely not fancy and you may be seated at one of their large communal tables. They bring you corn bread with green... More 

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Additional Information about Waldo's BBQ

Address: 4500 East Main Street, Mesa, AZ 85205-7914
Phone Number: 480 807 1645
Location: United States  >  Arizona (AZ)  >  Central Arizona  >  Mesa
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
Average Prices: USD 4 - 65
Cuisine: American, Barbecue, Hamburgers, Diner

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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, Hamburgers, 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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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?