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Blue Ribbon BBQ

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908 Massachusetts Ave, Arlington, MA 02476-4702
(781) 648-7427
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Closed now
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Sun 11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Mon - Sat 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Friend was in town from NC and wanted to go to Blue Ribbon. He used to live nearby and missed the place. Nothing had changed, $10 for lunch and food was great. I love their green beans.

Thank Brad F
Arlington, Massachusetts
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We've been Blue Ribbon regulars for years and were sad when we had to eliminate some of the choices when we were diagnosed with celiac disease. Blue Ribbon has recently started sourcing only gluten-free ingredients for their sauces and we're very happy to be able to enjoy burnt ends again!

Thank Kristin N
Arlington, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The ribs and pulled pork at Blue Ribbon are fantastic, as are the baked beans and mashed potatoes. Desserts are also terrific - my favorite is the key lime pie. This is a small place with only about four tables, but there's also outdoor seating and it's great for take out.

Thank burnettkw
Arlington, Massachusetts
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

You will love this place. A local favorite. The sauces are superb. The meat cooked to savory perfection.

Thank Chris N
Arlington, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It is always a treat to take-out from Blue Ribbon. The pulled pork is fantastic! It is better than Red Bones although there is little place to sit - I.E. no atmosphere. You will love it.

Thank liveinarlington
Lexington, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2016

I think I can definitely say, I would be 10 lbs lighter Blue Ribbon were no on my way home from work! The guys behind the counter are fun, helpful and know their BBQ well. Try the pulled pork! Cole Slaw! And all the different sauces!

Thank JLZW
Cranston, Rhode Island
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14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2016 via mobile

Blue Ribbon has a good variety of meats, sides and sauces. I enjoyed their burnt ends and potato salad. However, my favorite part of the meal was dessert! I had the key lime, which was rich and creamy with a graham cracker crust that had the right amount of crunch. I left with a full, but satisfied tummy:)

Thank rkspencer
Boston, Massachusetts
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204 reviews
112 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2016

Finally got to try BRBBQ. Went to the Arlington store. Great ribs and good sides. Fine lemonade too. I found their ribs and pulled pork just a tad spicy, but I am not a fan of hot foods, so most folks will like this place. Funky atmosphere.

Thank Buppa1
Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2016

Just the smell alone as you walk up to the restaurant tells you everything you need to know about this place. Have been there a lot and have yet to have a bad meal

Thank Traveler02476
Boston, Massachusetts
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355 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2016 credit card Amex Card Member Review

These guys do a nice job. I'm a big fan of their burnt ends and their sausages. They also have a killer sauce bar that includes chipotle mustard. The sweet tea is great too. I've never loved their sides, but I don't really go here for the sides, so that's okay.

Thank Kipp7272

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
American, Barbecue
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Delivery
Good for
Dining on a budget, Families with children, Local cuisine
Open Hours
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 908 Massachusetts Ave, Arlington, MA 02476-4702
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Arlington
  • Phone Number: (781) 648-7427

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