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Central BBQ Summer

#137 of 1,204 Restaurants in Memphis
#143 of 1,298 Places to Eat in Memphis
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4375 Summer Ave, Memphis, TN 38122
(901) 767-4672
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11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner

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  • 31
    Excellent
  • 17
    Very good
  • 14
    Average
  • 0
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  • 4
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Try all the BBQ sauces

We were there early for dinner on a Tuesday evening so we did not encounter a crowd. The server was very attentive and helpful. She brought us little containers of 5 different kinds of barbie sauce. Spouse had the ribs - 1/2 dry rubbed and 1/2 sauced, a suggestion by the server. He chose green... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 14, 2015
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Dayton, Ohio
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

10 best had this rated the #1 bbq spot in Memphis, so while on vacation we decided it had to make our to - eat at list. They were a busy establishment & the way you order is nice, since you go straight to the counter and are given a number to wait for your order instead of having to... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

My ribs were a bit overcooked and consequently had a heavy smoke flavor. I should have followed other suggestions and had the ribs dry. My wife had the pulled pork nachos and they were very good. We also had the brisket it needed some smoke flavor but was still very good

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Dayton, Ohio
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85 reviews 85 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

We were there early for dinner on a Tuesday evening so we did not encounter a crowd. The server was very attentive and helpful. She brought us little containers of 5 different kinds of barbie sauce. Spouse had the ribs - 1/2 dry rubbed and 1/2 sauced, a suggestion by the server. He chose green beans and greens as his... More 

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Memphis, Tennessee
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

Great food and great experience...the appetizer sampler was awesome!! We will be back to this location soon!

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Sacramento, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

absolutely amazing! Shared a slab of ribs with my boyfriend. half wet half dry. couldn't have been happier with how great they were. they had amazing flavor and fell right off the bone. The service was fast and super nice!

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Tallahassee, FL
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20 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

Fabulous barbeque. This time I got their barbeque salad. Comes with pulled pork on top. It was excellent! Before I ordered wasn't sure how the combination of barbeque and salad would be but it was very good. I was trying to eat healthy and this was a great compromise.

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Memphis, Tennessee
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25 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

I have been here many times for lunch, dinner and group meetings. The service, BBQ meal and value are always consistently great.

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Richmond, Virginia
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19 reviews 19 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

Pulled pork sandwich and beans - some of the best BBQ around. I always stop at Central BBQ when visiting Memphis. Some trips it has been the first stop after leaving the airport. You absolutely cannot go wrong with Central BBQ.

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Jefferson City, Missouri
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17 reviews 17 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Best BBQ in Memphis! We most recently were at Central BBQ over the Thanksgiving holiday and it was excellent once again. We have also eaten at the original place on Central. Dry rub wings are larger than most other wings. They make other restaurants' wings minuscule by comparison. Pulled pork is delicious either as a sandwich or just the pork.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

We got a huge rack of ribs, very tender, half wet, half dry. There was a lot of meat on it, had 4 sides with it, loved the cracklings, potato salad wasn't bad, the other two weren't memorable. But definitely worth a visit and reasonably priced. We had BBQ at another more famous place but this one was better and... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 4375 Summer Ave, Memphis, TN 38122
  • Location: United States  >  Tennessee (TN)  >  Memphis
  • Phone Number: (901) 767-4672

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American, Seafood, Barbecue
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?