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Leonard's Pit Barbecue

#103 of 1,232 Restaurants in Memphis
#107 of 1,331 Places to Eat in Memphis
Certificate of Excellence
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5465 Fox Plz Dr, Memphis, TN 38115-1501
(901) 360-1963
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11:00 am - 2:30 pm
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Sun - Wed 11:00 am - 2:30 pm
Thu 11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Buffet, Takeout

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Memphis BBQ

Did a BBQ tour from Minnesota to South Carolina. Heard about Leonard's on Triple D. I got a Big Leonard. It was good, but not special.

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 3, 2015
Hilton Head, South Carolina
Good for:
  • Large groups
  • Local cuisine
  • Families with children
  • Dining on a budget
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Chattanooga, Tennessee
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49 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2015 NEW

I was born and raised in Memphis so I am very picky about my BBQ. Leonard's use to be a small local chain and now they are down to one location. It is good, but not the best. The prices compliment the product. Every time I visit Memphis I usually go to my "go to place" - Germantown Commissary -... More 

Thank queenozma
Jackson, TN
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55 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2015

Visited Leonard's for a business lunch. The sandwich was piled high with delicious meat that was seasoned just right. The fries were freshly cooked. Service was speedy and the order was right. Never had to wait for a drink refill.

Thank w0lftracker
Chattanooga, Tennessee, United States
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55 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2015

Family brought me here and it was stated, nay, Underlined that this was the best cue to be had in Memphis. I'm sorry I listened. Yes the ribs were tender, yes the pulled pork was good and the beans as well. Yet, I've had this perfect combination at other restaurants across Memphis. The ribs were a bit too salty and... More 

Thank Jason-Racheal D
Vestavia Hills, Alabama
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2015

I'm being generous on the 3 star review. We had a party of 5. Service was good however the waitress had zero personality. We started with onion rings for an app. They were pretty good and homemade. We came for the BBQ that everyone had told us about. IT WAS NOT GOOD. Worst BBQ sauce I ever had. Sweet Baby... More 

Thank Hunter H
Hilton Head, South Carolina
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80 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015

Did a BBQ tour from Minnesota to South Carolina. Heard about Leonard's on Triple D. I got a Big Leonard. It was good, but not special.

Thank bsum73
Memphis, Tennessee
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59 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

I gave this place four stars ONLY because it isn't the best in Memphis. It isn't fair. I know. But, it is what it is. So, the dry rub was great. The food was plentiful. And, the homemade sauce was tasty. If you are like me, you want to try every BBQ place in the city. I recommend Leonard's sooner... More 

Thank floydtrane
Houston, Texas
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31 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

Having been born in Memphis we are very familiar with Memphis style pulled pork BBQ. Leonard's is one of the original BBQ restaurants in Memphis. The one in East Memphis is the only one left. We now live in Texas the home of BBQ brisket, but we always eat at Leonard's when we are in town. It is and always... More 

Thank CLTexasTraveler
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72 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

We went tnere after hearing about it on Diner's Drive-in's and Dives. It was excellant. We ordered the full rack of ribs for two. We had half wet and half just rub. I liked them both, but my wife can't stop raving about the rub only. The ribs fell off the bone and the portion was large. It came with... More 

Thank John Cathy B
Hendersonville, Tennessee
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3 reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015

OVER PRICED! the buffet I have to say i find Golden Corral better food , Ordered ribs brought out less then 5 min and it was not fresh very disappointing. left overs where taken back to the kitchen so that" Buffet leftovers" was not put in left over box. felt like being treated like criminals

Thank sferle
Bakersfield, California
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178 reviews
125 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

Food Network, Triple "D" had been there and we love to visit those places. Food was very good, we got the Ribs for 2 and had them cooked half dry and half wet. We both liked the wets ones better but must admit they were both very good. Coleslaw was very good baked beans, OK.

Thank altonjk

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 5465 Fox Plz Dr, Memphis, TN 38115-1501
  • Location: United States  >  Tennessee (TN)  >  Memphis
  • Phone Number: (901) 360-1963

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Barbecue

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Large groups, Local cuisine, Families with children, Dining on a budget


Open Hours
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm

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