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American Barbecue

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

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  • 3
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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 local place!

The food is consistently good at American BBQ. The pulled pork and chicken are awesome and I love their Collard Greens and Mashes Sweet Potatoes! Their Beverly location is also just as good. The only negative is it is a bit pricy for a casual meal.

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 15, 2015
srussell621
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Ipswich, Massachusetts
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Ipswich, Massachusetts
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

The food is consistently good at American BBQ. The pulled pork and chicken are awesome and I love their Collard Greens and Mashes Sweet Potatoes! Their Beverly location is also just as good. The only negative is it is a bit pricy for a casual meal.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015 via mobile

Sure, I can get pulled pork anywhere. But I love this place because it's like they thought of everything. Paper towels at the table, to-go boxes so you can help yourself, nice selection of serve-yourself BBQ sauces, refillable soda fountain, Popcorn while you're waiting… The food is good too! Excellent selection of side dishes, Nice desserts, interesting selection of beers.... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015

Great local place for BBQ. The ribs and Mac and Cheese are great. Rice can be a bit dry. They have beers on tap as well. Portion size is good , Prices are reasonable, usually around $35 for two plates and 2 beers.

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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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15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 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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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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 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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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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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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?