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Bar-b-q Shop Restaurant

#47 of 1,291 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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  • 143
    Excellent
  • 50
    Very good
  • 20
    Average
  • 6
    Poor
  • 12
    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
If you want to have the real thing, here it is!

We wanted to have a taste of real barbeque and ran across this place, suggested by the NY Times. They got it right! I went full bore and got the Bar-B-Q shop Special - wanted to try all their meats. Every one was perfectly done. The plate came with the Bar-B-Q spaghetti - that you can pass on... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 16, 2015
Golliwobbler
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Silver Spring, Maryland
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Local cuisine
  • Entertaining clients
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231 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

Ate lunch at the Bar-B-Q shop twice recently with different clients who each suggested going. Though my food was good both times, there are a lot of good BBQ places in Memphis, and I wasn't impressed here by anything in particular. One of their specialties is serving BBQ sandwich on toast instead of a bun - tried it on my... More 

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Silver Spring, Maryland
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42 reviews 42 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

We wanted to have a taste of real barbeque and ran across this place, suggested by the NY Times. They got it right! I went full bore and got the Bar-B-Q shop Special - wanted to try all their meats. Every one was perfectly done. The plate came with the Bar-B-Q spaghetti - that you can pass on. Nothing special.... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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34 reviews 34 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

Some family friends brought us to their favorite BBQ restaurant. While I ate more than I expected, the pork was surprisingly bland. The slaw and beans were nothing to write home about either. I expected some smokiness, a spicy kick, but didn't get either. Was it an off night? Don't know and hard to say. Your experience might be different.

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Nashville, Tennessee
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

We saw good reviews about The Bar-B-Shop tucked away on Madison Ave. Servers were friendly. My husband and I ordered and shared the BBQ Shop Special which had a sample of BBQ Ribs, Brisket, BBQ, BBQ Spaghetti, Beans, Coleslaw and Texas Toast. Delicious!!!! We cleaned the plates off! I would recommend this spot for delicious BBQ!

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5 reviews 5 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

Being a Memphis Native, I've tried all kind of places in the city. So one day Googling around Best Bar B Cue in Memphis, this place pops up. I read the reviews and figure it's worth a try. 1st try=Pushed for time, place was crowded which was a good sign but didn't get to eat because of my time frame.... More 

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Marietta, GA
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56 reviews 56 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

I had some extra time for lunch while on business in Memphis, so I looked up some good BBQ. I was not disappointed. This is some of the best I've ever had and the sides, baked beans and potato salad were excellent. I think they put bacon in the potato salad - great. I have to come back because I... More 

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Wooster, Ohio
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45 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

I have tried them all and the taste of the ribs and sauce here are better than any other place in Memphis. The baked beans and coleslaw are also not just "sides". They are part of a great meal. Good service and nice casual place.

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Napa, CA
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49 reviews 49 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

We were in Memphis for a family visit and ate our way across town, mostly BBQ. The Bar-b-q Shop has been her family's favorite for many years. They say it's all about the sauce. We went for lunch. My pulled pork sandwich was really good. I liked the place alot (but) ... I just have to say.. personally, I like... More 

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Memphis, Tennessee
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Lived here all my life, never heard of this place. I found out why. Food is sub par level. Ribs dry as a rock. Appetizers are junk. If you like this place, you probably love McDonalds.

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Senior Contributor
43 reviews 43 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Dry glazed ribs were the best I've ever had. Love Texas barbecue but these ribs converted me to Memphis barbecue for life. Can't recommend the Bar-b-q Shop more highly. Excellent staff as well.

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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, Barbecue

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?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?