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

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  • 15
    Excellent
  • 12
    Very good
  • 3
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  • 2
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
GREAT BBQ

If you look closely at the end of your table you will see a roll of paper towels hanging there for cleaning your hands. Believe me you will need them. From the fee popcorn to the large plates of BBQ this place is a great find. Never had a bad meal. Also, they make their own potato chips....just... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 2, 2015
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Beverly, Massachusetts
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English first
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18 reviews 18 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2015

Great food and decent prices. Authentic BBQ, specializing in smoked meats. Love the pulled pork - amazing! Nice varied menu for all tastes, big and small.

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Amesbury, Massachusetts
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17 reviews 17 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2015

This is our go-to place for barbecue, Last night we each had the 1/3 rib plate (4 ribs) which comes with corn bread and 2 generous sides. We have good appetites but we could eat only 2 of the ribs. They are very thick and juicy. They also put together packages for catering. I think they could create a dynamite... More 

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Nottingham NH
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56 reviews 56 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2015

This is a great find it is priced right, picnic tables outside if you happen to bring along your dog. Staff is friendly and very helpful. Just a nice spot to dine an unwind plus the BBQ is just great as is the cornbread!!! Will be back.

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Beverly, Massachusetts
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117 reviews 117 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2015

If you look closely at the end of your table you will see a roll of paper towels hanging there for cleaning your hands. Believe me you will need them. From the fee popcorn to the large plates of BBQ this place is a great find. Never had a bad meal. Also, they make their own potato chips....just the style... More 

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Methuen, Massachusetts
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10 reviews 10 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

I had been once before and thought it was excellent. I brought another very finicky/picky person and that person loved it! And can't wait to go back again.

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Newburyport, Massachusetts
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146 reviews 146 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

Sorry although they specialize BBQ, I had a haddock plate for $12.50 which the haddock was a large size, previously frozen filet. BBQ beans are doctored canned beans and cornbread comes along with each meal. Filling cooked prepared food. I'm open to try their BBQ since other reviews rate them well. A simply charming place to hang out for a... More 

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MA
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13 reviews 13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015

Cozy place with the best barbecued food! We had their half chicken which came with a choice of sides. Coleslaw is fantastic and the cornbread was the best I have ever had! Prices were great, and portions were large.

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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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Mass.
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9 reviews 9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

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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Additional Information about American Barbecue

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

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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, Barbecue
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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