We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Payne's Bar-B-Que

Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Your filters are still active.
There are no pins in your viewport. Try moving the map or changing your filters.
Get directions
1762 Lamar Ave, Memphis, TN 38114-1737
901-272-1523
Improve this listing
Today
11:00 am - 6:00 pm
Closed now
See all hours
Hours:
Tue - Sat 11:00 am - 6:00 pm

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 58 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 34
    Excellent
  • 12
    Very good
  • 5
    Average
  • 6
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
They do one thing and they do it extremely well!!

This is not a fancy place - to say the least - inside or outside. The menu is very limited but once you taste the barbeque you'll be hooked. You order at an inside counter and then wait for some of the best barbeque you'll ever taste! The slaw was wonderful and we didn't have any, but I heard... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed November 20, 2014
Mary S
,
Charlotte, North Carolina
Add Photo Write a Review

58 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Any
English first
Memphis, Tennessee
Senior Contributor
34 reviews 34 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

As a self proclaimed bbq connoseur, I will drive 100 miles out of the way to go eat good bbq. At Payne's BBQ it's not in an area of Memphis i usually frequent but if you want the best tasting bbq sometimes you just have to go out of your way to find it. Nothing fancy about the place as... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Charlotte, North Carolina
Top Contributor
55 reviews 55 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

This is not a fancy place - to say the least - inside or outside. The menu is very limited but once you taste the barbeque you'll be hooked. You order at an inside counter and then wait for some of the best barbeque you'll ever taste! The slaw was wonderful and we didn't have any, but I heard some... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Kimberling City, Missouri
Senior Contributor
36 reviews 36 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

My wife and I came to Payne's to have one of their famous chopped pork sandwiches. When we arrived, Payne's looked just like we thought it would from all the descriptions on Tripadvisor. Nothing fancy here just plane down home hosptility, super service and great bbq. Our sandwiches were great. My wife had their famous chopped pork sandwich with spicy... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Naperville, Illinois
Top Contributor
119 reviews 119 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

For our introduction to "Memphis Barbeque" our friends took us to Payne's. At first glance you wonder what have I gotten into. But when take your first bite of a Payne's BBQ sandwich all your concerns go away. This is a fantastic "hole in the wall" place to get real BBQ in Memphis. Nothing fancy but real GOOD barbeque.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Cologne, Germany
Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

The picture say all you need to know. Tastes as fantastic as it looks unhealthy. From outside it looks like a garage...but hey...inside too! Best case of garage recycling I know of...awesome

Was this review helpful? Yes
Oceanside, California
Top Contributor
358 reviews 358 reviews
254 restaurant reviews
112 helpful votes 112 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

We sought out Payne's and I ended up disappointed with the experience. We heard about this place somehow and I looked up the reviews and saw they were good so we decided to make this the one food stop for our day trip to Memphis. I wish we would have went somewhere else. Be prepared that they are cash only.... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Tallahassee, FL
Senior Contributor
43 reviews 43 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

Otherwise two. My fiancee and I tried the two orders that get the highest praise, the chopped pork sandwich and the bologna sandwich. She liked (not loved) her bologna; I hate to say it, but my sandwich reminded me a lot of bland, mushy crock pot sloppy Joe. I liked the slaw, and the sauce was good... maybe we just... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin
Contributor
11 reviews 11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

This BBQ place was mentioned on Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimern. We made it a destination and it was worth it!! Quaint family run place. Excellent food. They are closed on Sunday and they close at 6 PM. If you love good BBQ and fried bologna sandwiches, don't miss Paynes in Memphis.

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
Contributor
11 reviews 11 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

Ive been going to Paynes since 1973. Nothing, and I mean nothing has changed....great BBQ, smoked sausage and decor. Still have the same planter hanging from ceiling. Best people ever. If you are a real BBQ addict, this fix is for you. I'm hungry just writing about it.

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Arlington, Texas
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

One of the best pulled pork sandwiches you will ever try , the mustard based slaw is so different and the sandwich just simply melts in your mouth ! A must try on any BBQ Crawl !

Was this review helpful? Yes

Travelers who viewed Payne's Bar-B-Que also viewed

 

Been to Payne's Bar-B-Que? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.

Manage your listing
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1762 Lamar Ave, Memphis, TN 38114-1737
  • Location: United States  >  Tennessee (TN)  >  Memphis
  • Phone Number: 901-272-1523

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American, Barbecue
Open Hours
Tuesday
11:00 am - 6:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 6:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 6:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 6:00 pm

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Payne's Bar-B-Que staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?