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Blues City Cafe

#34 of 1,226 Restaurants in Memphis
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138 Beale St, Memphis, TN 38103-3712 (2ND STREET)
Bus and Taxi pick up and drop off are done directly across the street from our front door along with a Trolley Stop about one block away.
901-526-3637
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11:00 am - 5:00 am
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 3:00 am
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 5:00 am
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Reservations, Takeout

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Great Ribs

Great ribs. Busy but seated quickly. The food was brought quickly. We split the full rack dinner was just the right amount. Prices ok, beer a bit overpriced. Very smokey, baba no cigarette. Overall a great experience.

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 25, 2015
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Porter, TX
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Local cuisine
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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40 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

My favorite ribs in Memphis!! We went to both Rendevous and Blues City Cafe while in Memphis. I really liked them both, but preferred the ribs at the Blues City Cafe--- more sauce. I thought the sides were excellent also! They had a band playing while we were eating, which was great! It is conveniently located on Bealle St.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

Great location on Beale St. across from BB Kings. This is the place I go when I am looking for ribs or catfish. The good thing is you don't have to choose because the offer both on one plate.

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Lawrenceville, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

Has been on the Food Network channel. Still looks like its from the 50's. Nice atmosphere. Good food with nice portion sizes.

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Lexington, Kentucky
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

This is a very good restaurant. We enjoyed every minute of it. The seating was quick as well as the service. Be prepared to take home a to go box!! Highly recommend the ribs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Rock Island, Illinois
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

We stopped here on our way through and had to stop back on our way home to eat more and get some to take home! Best bbq ever. The prices were decent too.

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Stockholm, Sweden
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

This is the place to be when you are in Memphis. Dont miss the Hot Rod evenings on wednesday. Take a to go mug of beer and wander down the streets and listen to excellent live music. Probably around 30 places with live music.

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Porter, TX
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

Great ribs. Busy but seated quickly. The food was brought quickly. We split the full rack dinner was just the right amount. Prices ok, beer a bit overpriced. Very smokey, baba no cigarette. Overall a great experience.

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Danville, IL
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

Six of us enjoyed dinner at the Blues City Café. The place was full but we were seated and waited on immediately. Our server gave great service. We all had catfish and ribs or a combination of both. Food and drinks came out quickly. Every dish was hot and tasty. I highly recommend this fun, friendly place.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW

This was an experience for Northern tourists. Good BBQ and beer. Really liked the catfish. Great service and atmosphere.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW

Awesome ribs, tasty battered catfish. Generous portions and very busy. However this is not for anyone with OCD cleanliness issues. Music next door was great and atmosphere was fabulous. I felt like the clock had turned back 50 years.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 138 Beale St, Memphis, TN 38103-3712
    (2ND STREET)
  • Public Transportation: Bus and Taxi pick up and drop off are done directly across the street from our front door along with a Trolley Stop about one block away.
  • Location: United States  >  Tennessee (TN)  >  Memphis
  • Phone Number: 901-526-3637

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 15 - 15
  • Price Range: $ $
  • Cuisine: American, Steakhouse, Seafood, Barbecue

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 3:00 am
Monday
11:00 am - 3:00 am
Tuesday
11:00 am - 3:00 am
Wednesday
11:00 am - 3:00 am
Thursday
11:00 am - 3:00 am
Friday
11:00 am - 5:00 am
Saturday
11:00 am - 5:00 am

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?