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Bar-b-q Shop Restaurant

#41 of 1,226 Restaurants in Memphis
Certificate of Excellence
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1782 Madison Ave, Memphis, TN 38104-2642
901-272-1277
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11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Reservations, Takeout

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  • 161
    Excellent
  • 61
    Very good
  • 24
    Average
  • 7
    Poor
  • 13
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Great stuff but not sure if #1 in USA..

Loved it and would go again....but given all the press about "#1 BBQ" in some TV shows it was a bit of a disappointment....must do if in area but dry rub at Peg Leg in Nashville and Killen's in Houston better...

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 19, 2015
CoachK2525
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Dedham, Massachusetts
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  • Local cuisine
  • Doing business
  • Families with children
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

I dined here this week for the first (and last) time ever. It was during lunch and it was not crowded. The service was awful. The food was NOT good. The price is too expensive. Awful service - The waiter was impatient and rude. Snatched the menu from me, he says 'so that I won't change my order'. He was... More 

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Kansas City, Missouri
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

I recently visited with a co-worker for lunch. The restaurant was not especially packed, but service was a bit slow. The rib tips plate was listed for about $12, if available. I asked the waitress if they had rib tips and she said yes so I ordered them. My lunchmate and I also ordered an appetizer which consisted of some... More 

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Dedham, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

Loved it and would go again....but given all the press about "#1 BBQ" in some TV shows it was a bit of a disappointment....must do if in area but dry rub at Peg Leg in Nashville and Killen's in Houston better...

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015 via mobile

GReat BBQ! Loved the ribs dry were the best, wet was good too just not as. All the sides there are great except the buttered bread was just not worth the calories-bland for buttered bread. The potato salad was that baked potato style salad. The greens were seasoned perfectly. I got the taste the spaghetti and it was awesome! It... More 

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Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

This place is famous for its bbq spagetti, ribs and pulled pork. Our solution? Try them all. Great service, great atmosphere.

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Mississippi
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015

The bar-b-q was good the brisket was my favorite. Didn't care much for the bar-b-q spaghetti but had to try it anyway for the novelty. Service was a little slow for the lunch crowd. It filled me up for sure.

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Greenville, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

If you go, get a chopped pork on Texas toast, with a side of spaghetti. And, the spaghetti isn't really, what you think... It's noodles, BBQ sauce, and a little bit of pulled pork. The noodles, are sweet, it's so different, it's a place for everyone. MUST COME HERE AGAIN.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015

best bar b que in memphis. my wife and I stop everytime we go. 1/2 chicken dinner is amazing. excellent service and it is a great atmosphere. highly recommend make the stop here.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015

Bar-b-q Shop Restaurant wasn't on my radar. It was highly recommended to me last minute. My visits to Memphis are few. I bypassed my other choices for this restaurant. I was told that I better get going because it's almost 11:30am and that they might run out of food. I got there at 11:30 and parked curbside in front of... More 

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Dallas, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015

After growing up in Memphis I've eaten a lot of Memphis-style bbq and we like to try something new with each visit back home. My sister recommended The Bar-B-Q Shop because she heard it was listed among the top nationally. Let's just say we were not disappointed.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1782 Madison Ave, Memphis, TN 38104-2642
  • Location: United States  >  Tennessee (TN)  >  Memphis>  > Midtown
  • Neighborhood: Midtown
  • Phone Number: 901-272-1277

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 10 - 10
  • Cuisine: American, Steakhouse, Sandwiches, Barbecue, Delicatessen

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine, Doing business, Families with children
Open Hours
Monday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?