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Bar-b-q Shop Restaurant

#39 of 1,284 Restaurants in Memphis
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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: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Takeout, Late Night
Good for:
Families with children
Local cuisine
Entertaining clients

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Visitor rating
  • 137
    Excellent
  • 49
    Very good
  • 18
    Average
  • 6
    Poor
  • 10
    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
Most recent review
Did not meet my expectations

I ordered the Boss whole rack of ribs with the standard sides of baked beans, Cole-slaw and Texas toast. The ribs I ordered were dry rub and they were really dry, they were not jerky but not too far from it. I will be trying another Memphis BBQ joint again for another stab at perfection.

3 of 5 starsReviewed February 15, 2015
Steven P
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Thomson, United States
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Local cuisine
  • Entertaining clients
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Takeout
  • Late Night
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220 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Thomson, United States
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18 reviews 18 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

I ordered the Boss whole rack of ribs with the standard sides of baked beans, Cole-slaw and Texas toast. The ribs I ordered were dry rub and they were really dry, they were not jerky but not too far from it. I will be trying another Memphis BBQ joint again for another stab at perfection.

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Memphis, Tennessee
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18 reviews 18 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

In the last two months, we have eaten here twice. Both times were at off times and both were very enjoyable. I have eaten the chopped barbecue sandwich and the spaghetti. Both were great. My son and his wife love the ribs for two. I want to go back to try the ribs. Be aware that the shop has no... More 

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Oakland, MS
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39 reviews 39 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

We stopped by because we were looking for a nearby restaurant. The server Carl was very attentive. My husband had the half chicken which was awesome. Sides were fries and baked beans. The beans were very flavorful. Some places all you taste is bell pepper but these were very good. I had the Bbq beef sandwich. Very good and super... More 

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Fruitland, Iowa
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10 reviews 10 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015

We called ahead, walked over a mile from the rude trolley. All to experience that they were out of everything Barbeque at 7pm on a Saturday night. A couple of locals recommended this place. We got grilled sausage for 12 of us. A missed opportunity to gain our business. The food tasted like charcoal lighter fluid blahhhhh

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Kalamazoo, Michigan
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117 reviews 117 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

Seriously the most unpretentious little hole in the wall. The servers were great, but the sandwich was so damned good. Plain bbq pork with some slaw on it per the servers recommendation. Not that I tried it, but the guy I was there with said the vegetarian bbq burger was out of this world. For what that is worth.

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Memphis, Tennessee
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17 reviews 17 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

We were immediately seated. The restaurant was packed at three pm which was a good sign. The menu was simple and easy to read. My friends and I each ordered Sandwiches and drinks- the drinks stayed full and the server attentive. The food took about 45 minutes to arrive to the table which is not expected at a BBQ restaurant.... More 

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Fairbanks, Alaska
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

My wife and I were looking for good BBQ while in Memphis and we stumbled across this place. I have been going to Memphis for over thirty years and the The Bar-B-Q Shop has been the best. I hate greens but my wife convinced me to try hers (she said they were the greatest she ever had) and they were... More 

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10 reviews 10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014 via mobile

Only been here once because I'm never in the area! Although not my favorite bbq place it's def worth a try. The spaghetti was amazing.

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Louisville, Kentucky
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27 reviews 27 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014

The place was only half occupied when we entered in a Friday night, but after our order was taken, it was almost a half hour before the food arrived. The ribs were dry, as requested, but the exterior skin was tough and hard. My wife enjoyed the chicken, which was covered in a tomato- based sauce. This was the second... More 

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McCormick, South Carolina
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18 reviews 18 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014

Food is great. It is a bar atmosphere. Service is great. Parking is easy. Staff is very friendly. Can be crowded on week nights if they do not open the second seating area.

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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, Barbecue, Steakhouse

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine, Entertaining clients
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 have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?