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American Barbecue

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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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  • 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 BBQ

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.

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 30, 2015
Lcameron75
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Boston, Massachusetts
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Boston, Massachusetts
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34 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
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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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 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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 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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Rowley, Massachusetts
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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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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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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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