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Red Hot & Blue

Bar, Sandwiches, Barbecue, Chicken Wings
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541 E Market St, Leesburg, VA 20176-4113
703-669-4242
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11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Reservations, Takeout, Delivery
Description: Red Hot and Blue is a full-service, casual-themed restaurant chain and...
Red Hot and Blue is a full-service, casual-themed restaurant chain and caterer featuring delicious award-winning ribs, Memphis-style barbeque, smoked wings, and Southern sides and desserts. The atmosphere is steeped in legendary and contemporary blues music and delivers a large dose of Southern hospitality in a fun and entertaining dining environment. History: The first Red Hot and Blue restaurant opened in Arlington, Virginia in 1988, started by Lee Atwater, Don Sundquist and friends. Don Sundquist was from Memphis and served in the House of Representatives and as governor of Tennessee. The late Lee Atwater was an amateur blues musician and political figure that managed George H.W. Bush's successful race for the presidency. These men were friends who longed for authentic Memphis-style barbeque and great blues music. Unable to find that combination anywhere in the Washington, DC area they decided the only way to get it done was to open a restaurant of their own. The Memphis-style barbeque chain celebrated its 25th Anniversary in 2013 by partnering with a charitable organization at 24 different restaurant locations. The yearlong celebration culminated in the presentation of thousands of dollars in donations to local charities. The Name: The name, "Red Hot and Blue" is taken from the title of D.J. Dewey Phillip's radio show that that aired on WHBQ-AM in Memphis, Tennessee in the 1950s. This radio show launched the careers of Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis and Johnny Cash and broadened the audience for artists such as BB King, Muddy Waters, Robert Cray and Rufus Thomas. Red Hot & Blue Dine-In, Take-Out and Catering. Hickory-smoked Memphis-style BBQ, Ribs, Wings, Beef Brisket, Smoked Chicken, Seafood, Full-service Bar, in a Family-friendly atmosphere with a heapin' helpin' of Southern Hospitality!
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    Very good
  • 20
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Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Decent BBQ for a chain

The decor, music and atmosphere was excellent, but the ribs and bbq pork were only slightly above average. Most of our group from Wisconsin were

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 8, 2015
Tim H
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Waupaca, Wisconsin
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Waupaca, Wisconsin
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44 reviews 44 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

The decor, music and atmosphere was excellent, but the ribs and bbq pork were only slightly above average. Most of our group from Wisconsin were

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Rochester, NY
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15 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015 via mobile

Restaurant and service was good. I am pretty particular about my barbecue food and I would have to say theirs is average.

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Manassas, Va.
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220 reviews 220 reviews
157 restaurant reviews
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

A large group of us ate here today for lunch. Two of us ordered a lunch special of the Bayou Shrimp with fries, cole slaw and hush puppies. Both of us looked at our shrimp when it arrived and wondered why it looked nothing like the picture in the menu. There were too many of us to ask for something... More 

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Stephens City, Virginia
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79 reviews 79 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

I try to patronize this restaurant chain when I come across one. One of the best all around places to eat. Better prices, food and service versus Famous Dave's BBQ or Smokey Bones. Not a true BBQ joint (I's a chain), but it's as close as you can come without feeling uncomfortable (if you like Excellent BBQ and eat at... More 

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15 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

I remember when RHB was first founded 25 years ago by [the late] Lee Atwater and other republican luminaries. The Arlington, VA location was first and it was a political hot spot that served the best BBQ in the DC area. Their BBQ is still great, but they otherwise seem to have fallen behind the times. Worth a drive though... More 

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Cassie J, Guest Relations Manager at Red Hot & Blue, responded to this review

Hi, Thank you so much for taking the time to submit your review and feedback for Red, Hot and Blue in Leesburg. We would love to have a chance to learn more about your overall experience so that we can take our restaurant back to the roots it was founded in all those years ago. We know that understanding our... More 

Ashburn, Virginia
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56 reviews 56 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

Red, Hot and Blue is a classic barbeque restaurant offering an assortment of pulled pork and beef sandwiches, ribs and other delicious country fare. The potato salad is awesome. Watch your diet the whole week so you can enjoy the berry cobbler or one of their other delicious desserts. The Leesburg location is comfortable, casual and fun. This restaurant attracts... More 

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Sayre, Pennsylvania
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98 reviews 98 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

Very nice waitress. Surprisingly good vegetables, average collard greens and pulled pork BBQ. Good size portion. Very acceptable meal.

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Cordova, Tennessee
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78 reviews 78 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

A co-worker and I came here for lunch on a Friday. Immediately when we walked in I could smell the bbq and coming from Memphis it was a wonderful smell. I ordered the Red, Hot, & Blue BBQ Nachos with Pulled pork, Smokehouse Salad, and Bread Pudding. The nachos were delicious but very lacking. The plating of the nachos just... More 

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Alexandria, Virginia
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34 reviews 34 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2014

I went to this location with a friend and we were extremely disappointed with our visit. It's unfortunate because I've been to other locations of Red Hot & Blue and I've always enjoyed it. My friend and I were literally the only table in the whole place, but the service was excruciatingly slow. They messed up our orders...and we both... More 

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Arlington, Virginia
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62 reviews 62 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
182 helpful votes 182 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014

An Enjoyable Place My wife and I take short trips on nice days in our rag top. The second Sunday in May, we stopped at The Red Hot & Blue in Leesburg. WOW. Our meal was simple but very good. We both had the pulled pork with that fabulous potato salad. We go to the R H & B in... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 541 E Market St, Leesburg, VA 20176-4113
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Loudoun County  >  Leesburg
  • Phone Number: 703-669-4242

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Bar, Sandwiches, Barbecue, Chicken Wings

Description

Red Hot and Blue is a full-service, casual-themed restaurant chain and caterer featuring delicious award-winning ribs, Memphis-style barbeque, smoked wings, and Southern sides and desserts. The atmosphere is steeped in legendary and contemporary blues music and delivers a large dose of Southern hospitality in a fun and entertaining dining environment. History: The first Red Hot and Blue restaurant opened in Arlington, Virginia in 1988, started by Lee Atwater, Don Sundquist and friends. Don Sundquist was from Memphis and served in the House of Representatives and as governor of Tennessee. The late Lee Atwater was an amateur blues musician and political figure that managed George H.W. Bush's successful race for the presidency. These men were friends who longed for authentic Memphis-style barbeque and great blues music. Unable to find that combination anywhere in the Washington, DC area they decided the only way to get it done was to open a restaurant of their own. The Memphis-style barbeque chain celebrated its 25th Anniversary in 2013 by partnering with a charitable organization at 24 different restaurant locations. The yearlong celebration culminated in the presentation of thousands of dollars in donations to local charities. The Name: The name, "Red Hot and Blue" is taken from the title of D.J. Dewey Phillip's radio show that that aired on WHBQ-AM in Memphis, Tennessee in the 1950s. This radio show launched the careers of Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis and Johnny Cash and broadened the audience for artists such as BB King, Muddy Waters, Robert Cray and Rufus Thomas. Red Hot & Blue Dine-In, Take-Out and Catering. Hickory-smoked Memphis-style BBQ, Ribs, Wings, Beef Brisket, Smoked Chicken, Seafood, Full-service Bar, in a Family-friendly atmosphere with a heapin' helpin' of Southern Hospitality!
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?