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Dreamland BBQ

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5535 15th Ave E, Tuscaloosa, AL 35405-6816
(205) 758 8135
10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Closed now
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Sun 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
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23 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

The best bbq around. Very apparent why they have won so many BBQ awards. Great ribs, great food all around. Service was awesome and tons of historic photos and autographs on the walls- its a sight to see. As good as it gets...very busy on a game day, but well worth the wait. Its been great every time I have... More 

Thank awitchswim
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36 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

I love my BBQ! When a friend from Colorado recommended Dreamland I was skeptical- what does a coloradoan know about BBQ? Well this place didn't disappoint! Definitely a dive feel- which is what makes it feel so authentic. Backroads BBQ. Dark inside and t shirts stapled to the ceiling. License plates cover the walls. Paper plates are out down in... More 

Thank BuckleUpGirl
Eastaboga, Alabama
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12 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This was our first visit to Dreamland BBQ. We only had to wait approximately 25 minutes for a seat after the game on Saturday. Very nice, friendly environment for the whole family. Lots of stuff to look at while waiting for a seat. The food was very good! We will go again in the future. Roll Tide!!

Thank Michael M
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8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

All I can say is wow!! I was told not to miss this place on my trip to Tuscaloosa. The ribs were amazing, very juicy! Save room for banana pudding! Best I ever had!!

Thank Mike J
Tuscaloosa, Alabama
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21 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Delicious BBQ...stereotypical hole in the wall delicious food. If you don't like ribs, go somewhere else

Thank alr9284
Owensboro, Kentucky
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16 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The "hole in the wall" lack of ambiance is rather endearing, especially considering all of the Alabama football memorabilia on the walls!. Not to mention it affords them to ability to stick a table and chairs just about anywhere, even if it's outside. Makes for short wait-times even when their lot is packed! Food, as usually, remains fantastic and their... More 

Thank Michael J
Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were told by a friend to visit the original dreamland when in Tuscaloosa. What a treat! We love going to out of the way unexpected charming places like Dreamland. Don't let the unassuming exterior keep you away - the food and the staff will ensure you gave a great meal. Despite the limited menu choices at this original location... More 

Thank bethlanglois
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16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Used to come here a lot during college in GA. Visited last year and nothing has changed: WHICH IS A VERY GOOD THING! Food quality is above par, and you can count on their serving sizes and super friendly service! Go for their Sweet Heat Sauce on near everything. Cole Slaw is just how it should be. Everything fresh. Can't... More 

Thank Robert D
Moundville, Alabama
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17 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Delicious, slow cooked ribs (cooked on an open fire). A tradition in the Tuscaloosa area for many, many years.

Thank Jackie S
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17 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The staff is friendly, the atmosphere is down home, and they are cooking them ribs, briskets and pork butts in a hickory fired BBQ. Next best thing to open pit. Now them beans ---- ummm they are smoked, molasses sweet. The ice cold cold slaw is what its about. Now y'all top it off with some home made banana pudding... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
American, Barbecue
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Highchairs Available
Good for
Dining on a budget, Large groups, Families with children, Local cuisine
Open Hours
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
10:00 am - 9:00 pm
10:00 am - 9:00 pm
10:00 am - 9:00 pm
10:00 am - 9:00 pm
10:00 am - 9:00 pm
10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 5535 15th Ave E, Tuscaloosa, AL 35405-6816
  • Location: United States  >  Alabama (AL)  >  Tuscaloosa
  • Phone Number: (205) 758 8135

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