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Bar-b-q Shop Restaurant

#46 of 1,285 Restaurants in Memphis
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1782 Madison Ave, Memphis, TN 38104-2642
901-272-1277
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Hours:
Mon - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Good for:
Families with children
Local cuisine
Entertaining clients

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  • 141
    Excellent
  • 50
    Very good
  • 18
    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
Most recent review
Some of the best BBQ I've ever had

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 22, 2015
treb312
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Marietta, GA
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Local cuisine
  • Entertaining clients
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Takeout
  • Late Night
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

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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55 reviews 55 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015 NEW

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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79 reviews 79 reviews
42 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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48 reviews 48 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 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
38 reviews 38 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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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Annandale, Virginia
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13 reviews 13 reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

On my second trip to Memphis, I was very fortunate to have a long-time friend who had recently moved to the city to show me around. On a previous trip, I had eaten at some of the city's more famous places, like Charlie Vergo's Rendezvous, but my friend, Jennifer, was determined to show me to some of the places in... More 

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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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21 reviews 21 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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27 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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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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?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?