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Ridgewood Barbecue

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900 Elizabethtown Highway, Bluff City, TN 37618
423 538 7543
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11:00 am - 2:30 pm
4:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 7:30 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 2:30 pm
4:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • 197
    Excellent
  • 51
    Very good
  • 28
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  • 10
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  • 8
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Best Barbecue

I've had the opportunity to eat barbecue around the country, and several countries around the world and Ridgewood is still my favorite. The food is consistently great. Some barbecue purists will criticize the pork because they smoke hams instead of butts. I love the pork. It's tender and smoked... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
Chad B
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

I've had the opportunity to eat barbecue around the country, and several countries around the world and Ridgewood is still my favorite. The food is consistently great. Some barbecue purists will criticize the pork because they smoke hams instead of butts. I love the pork. It's tender and smoked just right. They have a lot of other food on the... More 

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Thank Chad B
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Food is ok. Pricy. Meal platters will feed more than one person. Advise to split with another if ordered. Pork is smoked outside the restaurant and smells heavenly when driving thru. Wait staff could be more polite. Also advise to order ahead of time and eat at home or on the go.

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Thank Krish L
Bristol, Virginia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Great service to go along with all the great barbecue. I love everything they serve but do not miss the baked beans...quite special. The place is rustic but always clean.

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Thank kaningryta
Bristol, Virginia, United States
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is what you can get away with if you honest to God have some of the best barbecue in the whole south: fifties decor that looks like nothing has been upgraded since the 80s. Servers that don't fawn over you; just bury you in food and keep the sweet tea coming. Gravel parking on the side of a hill.... More 

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Thank Jill M
Paris, France
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Members of my family and I have eaten at Ridgewood Barbecue for the past 45 years. We remember back when Gracie was still alive, back when they still served a chopped barbecue sandwich, back before they added on space with the building to the left and the glassed-in section where people wait for a seat, back when they had lots... More 

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Thank Renee S
Linthicum, MD
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 145 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2015

We had been here some years ago, and thought that their bbq was some of the best we had ever tasted. On this visit, I have to say that it was not as good as I remembered. The only difference is that last time we ordered sandwiches, and this time went with the bbq pork platter. The meat is unusual... More 

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Thank JonesieLinthicum
CLINTWOOD,VA
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2015

There is nothing bad at this place...it's all good! It's not fancy but they serve mouth-watering food! And prices are very reasonable. Delicious is the word for the meal. From pork sandwich to fries and baked beans. The blue cheese dip is the best I have ever tasted. Parking is limited but well worth the effort . Very friendly service... More 

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1 Thank DEACON50
Nashville, Tennessee
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2015

This little "hole in the wall" place that's kind of out in the middle of nowhere has exceptional BBQ and great prices. It was packed when I was there. The food was excellent.

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1 Thank AV8R_Cy
Middleburg, f
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2015 via mobile

We were told about Ridgewood by local retired pastor who told us he would pay for our meal if we did not think it was best Bar B Q ever. Well he does not have to pay. Delicious is the word for the meal. From pork sand which to fries and baked beans. OMG. Place is packed every day as... More 

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1 Thank Robert M
Knoxville, Tennessee
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2015

Put a napkin around your neck and get ready for some serious eating! There is nothing bad at this place...it's all good! It's not fancy but they serve mouth-watering food! And prices are very reasonable. Check in advance because they are not open for breakfast and they close between lunch and dinner time plus some days there are long lines... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 900 Elizabethtown Highway, Bluff City, TN 37618
  • Location: United States  >  Tennessee (TN)  >  Bluff City
  • Phone Number: 423 538 7543

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Barbecue

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Dining on a budget, Families with children, Local cuisine
Open Hours
Monday
11:00 am - 7:30 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 7:30 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 7:30 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 7:30 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
4:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
4:30 pm - 8:30 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?