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Central BBQ Summer

#106 of 1,268 Restaurants 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, Seating, Takeout

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  • 43
    Excellent
  • 23
    Very good
  • 18
    Average
  • 1
    Poor
  • 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
Great Sauces

My wife and I ate here while traveling through Memphis. The staff is extremely friendly and helpful. We had the smoked chicken wings and ribs. The wings were unique and very good. The ribs were average - too dry. Excellent choice of sauces. Seldom do I find a sauce that is spicy enough for... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Ronald T
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Watertown, Wisconsin
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Orangeburg
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41 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

After finding all the downtown rib restaurants closed because it was Sunday, we found another excellent one near our hotel. We chose Central BBQ because it was rated #1 by USA Today. They had delicious dry rub ribs with with 4 sides for $27. There were 14 ribs which is enough for two. This place definitely lived up to its... More 

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Thank Michael G
Memphis, Tennessee
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24 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

A customer and I decided to go to Central BBQ because it was central (npi) to our location. He got the sausage and cheese platter and if you've read some of my other BBQ reviews I like to try the briskets. This was a poor brisket...it had way too much fat and was sort of tough. Maybe you should try... More 

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Thank Lee L
Watertown, Wisconsin
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45 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My wife and I ate here while traveling through Memphis. The staff is extremely friendly and helpful. We had the smoked chicken wings and ribs. The wings were unique and very good. The ribs were average - too dry. Excellent choice of sauces. Seldom do I find a sauce that is spicy enough for me. Their sauce with habanero peppers... More 

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Thank Ronald T
Atoka, Tennessee
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181 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Overall the BBQ here at Central was very good. Service was quick and friendly, half off for military on Tuesdays which is fantastic! Definitely would go here again. No liquor though if anyone is dying for a drink.

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Thank Patrick P
Arkansas
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162 reviews
129 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I have been wanting to try Central for quite a while, but I found it kind of disappointing. It wasn't bad, but it's not a place I'll try to make it back to. I had the barbecue bologna minus the bun. It was tasty, but again, nothing special. I tried the pulled pork and brisket that the others in my... More 

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Thank Traceyyt
Covington, Kentucky
1 review
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2015 via mobile

The wings are good, other than that, the place is mediocre. You must have to be a local to enjoy this place, which is not a bad thing. The BBQ here is just not my cup of tea.

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Thank Harmon G
Gulf Shores, Alabama
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142 reviews
118 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2015

We ate there on Monday about 7 pm and it was busy but not crowded. There is a station right inside the door where you order your food listed on a board on the wall. There are people standing there trying to decide what to order, people standing there waiting for takeout, people leaving, and people coming in, very confusing.... More 

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Thank Mike L
Knoxville, TN
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27 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2015

Central BBQ is my favorite place to eat when in Memphis. Everything I have tried is amazingly good and all the sauces are great.

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Thank 7LifesATrip7
Glasgow, Kentucky
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108 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2015

We stopped in Central BBQ because of the good reviews we had read. They were really busy when we went in and our waitress was taking care of all the tables in the bar area. She was really friendly and did her best to keep up, she was being run to death! I got the half order of BBQ nachos... More 

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Thank Jalynn74
Killeen, Texas
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88 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015

This was my first try and Memphis BBQ. This place was recommended and it lived up to all the great things everyone had to say about it. I had the half-rack, half wet and half dry. They were delicious! Great staff as well.

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Thank Beth D

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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: Barbecue, American, Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children
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?