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Honey Bears Barbeque

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2824 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004-1019
602-279-7911
Today
10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Closed now
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Fri - Sat 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch
Good for:
Dining on a budget

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Visitor rating
  • 25
    Excellent
  • 27
    Very good
  • 24
    Average
  • 6
    Poor
  • 4
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3 of 5 stars
Most recent review
An institution...

This place has been around for years and years. I love their BBQ and it can be messy, but certainly worth it. Of course, BBQ is like a religion and everyone is very dedicated to their own. This is my religion. CowBro beans, links and chicken are good too.

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 3, 2015
Richard B
Good for:
  • Dining on a budget
  • Breakfast/Brunch
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86 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
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304 reviews 304 reviews
217 restaurant reviews
122 helpful votes 122 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

This place has been around for years and years. I love their BBQ and it can be messy, but certainly worth it. Of course, BBQ is like a religion and everyone is very dedicated to their own. This is my religion. CowBro beans, links and chicken are good too.

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Eugene, Oregon
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30 reviews 30 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

The food was average at best, certainly not special. The service was great, the location was kind of cool, but the food was just average. We had ribs (below average, firm), BBQ brisket and pulled pork. All of it was just okay.

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Chattanooga, Tennessee
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259 reviews 259 reviews
211 restaurant reviews
83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015

Stopped in for a quick lunch, the place has that smokey aroma that a BBQ would be remiss to not have. I had the 1/2 BBQ Chicken, the meat fell off the bone, it was good. The sauce was runny and more on the tart side, not the same as a Carolina sticky sauce...but it worked. Be sure and show... More 

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Surprise, Arizona
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12 reviews 12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

Growing up in the south.. I have had lots of BBQ, and some of the best southern food available to man... LOL But I stumbled onto Honey Bears BBQ messing around one day... They Had some of the best Beans a person could make... Just love the Hotdogs in them....!! Haven't had that in many moons. Still just as good... More 

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Chattanooga, Tennessee
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56 reviews 56 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

Overpriced, occupy an old IHOP building, fast food bar-b-q, very forgettable meal. Go across the street to Panera or Lennys.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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16 reviews 16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Honey Bears BBQ is too strong smoky in flavor for me. There sauce is too thin and lacks real Southern style flavor. A number of other BBQ restaurants have moved into the Valley the last couple of years that serve traditional Southwest and Southern with great slow smoked flavor and tasty sauces.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

The BBQ was average. Nothing special. They ran out of macaroni and cheese and some of the sodas were out of order. But things like that happen any where you go so cant really complain about that. I took left overs home and honestly the BBQ tasted better cold than hot out the kitchen. Lol

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PHOENIX
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30 reviews 30 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

Not far from home but not worth the drive everything was just okay even the soda I would much rather go to Hap's Barbeque even though it's twice the distance.

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Miami
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61 reviews 61 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

All the food tasted wonderful and the man at the cashier was so friendly that he even came by and asked if I wanted extra bread because my sandwich was so soggy. Loved this place

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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12 reviews 12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Yuk. I've heard about this place for years and finally ventured 'downtown' to try it out using a Groupon. It was horrible. The meat was dry and tasteless, the buns on the sandwhiches were stale, table was filthy. I am shivering in disqust as I write this.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 2824 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004-1019
  • Location: United States  >  Arizona (AZ)  >  Central Arizona  >  Phoenix>  > Encanto
  • Neighborhood: Encanto
  • Phone Number: 602-279-7911

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 16 - 16
  • Cuisine: Barbecue, Steakhouse

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Dining on a budget
Open Hours
Sunday
10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Monday
10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Tuesday
10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Wednesday
10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Thursday
10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Friday
10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday
10:00 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?