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Bar-b-q Shop Restaurant

#48 of 1,204 Restaurants in Memphis
Certificate of Excellence
$$
Midtown
American, Steakhouse, Sandwiches, Barbecue
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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, Late Night, Reservations, Takeout

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Visitor rating
  • 146
    Excellent
  • 51
    Very good
  • 21
    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
My Fave

I know arguing which BBQ is the best BBQ is futile. But, I love this place the most. They make them either dry, wet, or glazed - and the latter is totally worth trying. They also serve BBQ spaghetti, which is worth trying. I personally don't like it, but my brother comes once a year and eats that... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 26, 2015
floydtrane
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Memphis, Tennessee
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
  • Families with children
  • Entertaining clients
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Memphis, Tennessee
Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

I know arguing which BBQ is the best BBQ is futile. But, I love this place the most. They make them either dry, wet, or glazed - and the latter is totally worth trying. They also serve BBQ spaghetti, which is worth trying. I personally don't like it, but my brother comes once a year and eats that up. Great... More 

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Lilburn, Georgia, USA
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79 reviews 79 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

The bar-b-q here is very tasty and the sauces are amazing. There are lots of choices, but the staff is helpful in advising. The hot sauce (in the red ketchup bottles) is very good. Reasonable prices and flexibility in portions.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

We went to this place as it was near the Zoo and thank goodness we did! We ordered the sharing rack of ribs and chose to have half with sauce and half dry. It came with 4 sides and we had 2 x beans, greens and "slaw". This was served with Texas toast /bread and I have to admit EVERYTHING... More 

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Atlanta
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

We were told this was where the locals go for bbq. I'm a little doubtful after having eaten here. The bbq was good but sauces could have used a little bit more taste/flavor. Sides were ok. The service was slow-which is ok-if your server acts like you aren't bothering them by being there. Kind of puts a damper on the... More 

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Memphis, Tennessee
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015

We ate there for the first time tonight. We went early, being a Friday night, and that was a good choice. Their service was decent, but it did take quite some time to get our order. That is the only reason I gave 4 stars instead of 5 because the food was excellent. ****If you like meat with heavy smoke,... More 

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25 reviews 25 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

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
14 helpful votes 14 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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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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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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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

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine, Families with children, 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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