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Moonlite Bar-B-Que Inn

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2840 W Parrish Ave, Owensboro, KY 42301-3312
(270) 684-8143
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9:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Mon - Thu 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 9:00 am - 9:30 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Takeout, Delivery, Buffet, Late Night, Dessert
Good for:
Families with children
Large groups
Local cuisine
Special occasions
Entertaining clients

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Visitor rating
  • 118
    Excellent
  • 70
    Very good
  • 33
    Average
  • 13
    Poor
  • 5
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Good bar b que. Excellent buffet

The buffet brings people in from all over. Surrounding states even cross country. Since the establishment gets tons of publicity it gets a lions share of the notoriety. The meats are good, sides and desserts rank right up with most upscale places. If you leave wanting more, it's your own fault.

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 18, 2015
Tom H
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Owensboro, Kentucky
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Large groups
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
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239 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Albion, Illinois
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21 reviews 21 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

After driving two hours and timing this visit to arrive during peak lunch service I was not blown away, considering the TV shows which featured this restaurant. Moonlite's claim to uniqueness lies in serving mutton. I love lamb but this was my first mutton tasting. glad I tried it and would again if offered but would not return on that... More 

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Philadelphia
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348 reviews 348 reviews
203 restaurant reviews
182 helpful votes 182 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015

We drove a couple of hours out of our way to go here and we are glad we did. It is a relatively famed southern buffet - all you can eat ($10 for lunch, $14-17 for dinner). A great stop for trying all kinds of local southern and KY food. They are most famed for the mutton (sheep) which really... More 

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Top Contributor
81 reviews 81 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

I heard for years now people talk about how great this place is. I finally just got the chance to go today and I wasn't impressed at all. Buffet was the choice we made and some of the sides were good and deserts were really good. BBQ was average at best! I've had a lot better BBQ over the years.... More 

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Owensboro, Kentucky
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

The buffet brings people in from all over. Surrounding states even cross country. Since the establishment gets tons of publicity it gets a lions share of the notoriety. The meats are good, sides and desserts rank right up with most upscale places. If you leave wanting more, it's your own fault.

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Owensboro, Kentucky
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015 via mobile

Decent buffet food, loaded with carb selections. Bbq is fair to good, but not what you'd expect from the name. Others in our group raved about the Mac and cheese and the coconut pie was excellent. Service was great, friendly staff. A bit over priced for a buffet as well.

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Owensboro, Kentucky
2 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015 via mobile

Tastes just like home cooking! Well worth the money! Best macaroni you've ever put in your mouth! Very fresh salad bar!

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3 reviews 3 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015 via mobile

Went with mom brother and sister in law as brother last night visiting. Wasnt busy night so promptly seated and service was good buffet had lots of food and was kept fresh so taste was good

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Huntsville, Alabama, United States
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22 reviews 22 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

Very good selection on the buffet. Thursday night featured all you can eat fried catfish, smoked mutten, smoked chicken, beef and pork. Had a great bowl of Burgoo! Friendly staff and very clean restaurant. A have to back to place to eat.

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Gainesville, Florida
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171 reviews 171 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

They are famous for there bbq, and let me tell you, they have tons of bbq. They have a great bbq buffet and everything is yummy there. The decor is dated, but not in a cool way. Just looks old, but who cares!? With BBQ this good, the decor doesn't really matter.

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Eden, North Carolina, United States
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22 reviews 22 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

Moonlite is actually the best place to get BBQ in Owensboro and therefore on a trip home, we made not one, but two stops in to enjoy the buffet. I was quite surprised at how fresh the food was coming off the buffet! Normally, you find foods on buffets that's sat around for long periods of time and crusts up... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 2840 W Parrish Ave, Owensboro, KY 42301-3312
  • Location: United States  >  Kentucky (KY)  >  Owensboro
  • Phone Number: (270) 684-8143

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Open Hours
Sunday
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Monday
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
9:00 am - 9:30 pm
Saturday
9:00 am - 9:30 pm

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