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American Barbecue

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Railroad Ave., Rowley, MA 01969
(978) 948-2626
Today
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Tue - Sun 11:30 am - 9:00 pm

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Excellent barbecue

A bit pricey, but that's because the portions are so large. My husband and I often get one entree with an extra side, and that's perfect for the two of us... especially if we're taking it home. If we're eating there, we'll order two entrees, knowing that we're taking a LOT of food home.. but... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 18, 2015
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Rowley, Massachusetts
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Rowley, Massachusetts
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

A bit pricey, but that's because the portions are so large. My husband and I often get one entree with an extra side, and that's perfect for the two of us... especially if we're taking it home. If we're eating there, we'll order two entrees, knowing that we're taking a LOT of food home.. but that's ok, because it's just... More 

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6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015

Hidden away in the outskirts of Rowley is a little place that offers true wood-smoked BBQ meals that do more than wet your appetite. The food is so tasty and moist that it feels like it melts in your mouth. They make everything on the premises in what they call a southern style bbq. All meals come with 2 sides... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015 via mobile

This place is an all time top hole-in-the-wall. We've been multiple times and are consistently shocked at how authentic and delicious their southern barbecue menu is. We've never had a bad meal, the price is right, and little spoken fact about this place: Their French fries are the best in New England. Go. Just go.

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Beverly, Massachusetts
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52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014

From the extensive menu, I picked two meats with two sides. The sausages were tender and juicy as were the ribs. My sides of home made potato chips and mac n cheese were just the right compliment to the meal. Add a cold beer and you have a great meal. Place is very clean. I love the fact that a... More 

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MA
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25 restaurant reviews
85 helpful votes 85 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

I write from the perspective of a former huge fan and regular customer of the restaurant. I got take out food on a Friday night at least once a month years ago before friends in Rowley moved away. I also have introduced at least 20 people to this restaurant over the years. I went for the first time in several... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts, United States
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143 reviews 143 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

Arrived in the midst of ferocious T storms; luckily though the lights flickered the cook persisted. The results were great brisket, pulled pork, and jerk chicken. Nice surroundings and friendly service.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

I was pleasantly surprised with how fantastic the food was. The meat falls of the one of the ribs. The corn bread is a large fresh moist portion of goodness. I highly recommend going here.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

Our family love American BBQ and are frequent visitors there. My husband and I go to Austin Texas often and are spoiled by the BBQ down there (Oh how I love that Franklin BBQ) but the best we've had in New England is definitely American BBQ. We have used them to cater numerous times and each time is better and... More 

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Rowley, Massachusetts
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

I've been here several times and have ordered a variety of the dishes offered. I especially like the ribs, pulled port and brisket. The side dishes are fresh and well-prepared too. It's an unexpected surprise here on the North Shore.

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Amesbury, Massachusetts
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35 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2014

We have been here multiple times!! This place is fantastic and we ALWAYS have a great meal! The options are great- so many ways from sandwiches to plates. Plenty of options for the kids too! The beef and pork are always great , I love the chicken! Would recommend this to anyone. As many times as we have been i... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Railroad Ave., Rowley, MA 01969
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Rowley
  • Phone Number: (978) 948-2626

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm

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