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Leonard's Pit Barbecue

#92 of 1,268 Restaurants in Memphis
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5465 Fox Plz Dr, Memphis, TN 38115-1501
(901) 360-1963
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11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
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, Buffet, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • 71
    Excellent
  • 37
    Very good
  • 15
    Average
  • 9
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Even the Meatloaf is great!!

Our family has eaten at Leonard's BBQ for many years. Sure the BBQ is good, but today I had some of their meatloaf - Yes Meatloaf - and it was Fantastic!! Moist, loaded with many "more-than-just-ground-beef" ingredients. I had to have 2 helpings. They have even been featured on "Dinner... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed October 25, 2015
David E
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Memphis, Tennessee
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Pasadena, California
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56 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Leonards has been around for over 90 years! There is a reason - the food is down-home good! Excellent variety of good 'ole boy barbecue, chicken, pork, ham, fried steak, desserts and atmosphere, too. Try to sit near their signature restored green 1954 DODGE truck with the "Leonard's" name displayed on the side. Where else can you sit next to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2015 via mobile

Luckily for me, my flight was delayed and my family and I were able to enjoy this gem! It was Sunday and we all got the buffet with so many delicious choices! I hope that I have the opportunity to come again!

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Thank Mandy M
Memphis, Tennessee
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100 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2015

Our family has eaten at Leonard's BBQ for many years. Sure the BBQ is good, but today I had some of their meatloaf - Yes Meatloaf - and it was Fantastic!! Moist, loaded with many "more-than-just-ground-beef" ingredients. I had to have 2 helpings. They have even been featured on "Dinner, Drive-Ins and Dives" - and for good reason. The food... More 

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Thank David E
Chattanooga, Tennessee
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59 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2015

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 

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Jackson, TN
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65 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 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.

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Chattanooga, Tennessee, United States
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69 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2015 via mobile

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 

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Vestavia Hills, Alabama
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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 

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Thank Hunter H
Hilton Head, South Carolina
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83 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 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.

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Thank bsum73
Memphis, Tennessee
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104 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 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 

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Houston, Texas
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33 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 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 

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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: Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm

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