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Waldo's BBQ

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4500 East Main Street, Mesa, AZ 85205-7914
480 807 1645
10:30 am - 9:00 pm
Closed now
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Sun 10:30 am - 8:00 pm
Mon - Sat 10:30 am - 9:00 pm
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Mesa, Arizona
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I had driven past Waldo's for a long time -- time wasted!! I finally went for lunch and the ribs were SO GOOD! I ordered the original BBQ sauce and it is wonderful. They give you a small pan full of sauce so you can put on as much as you like. The ribs were very lean without gristle or... More 

Thank Linda2181
Mesa, Arizona
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24 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

If you like BBQ this is the place to go. All the meats are slow roasted and are lean, no bits of squishy fat or gristle, very flavorful, and moist, moist, moist! They have wonderful side dishes and they are all you can eat. Believe me you won't leave here hungry. You can choose from sandwiches with pork, beef, or... More 

Thank TravelBug13283
Phoenix, Arizona
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27 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We like the sample platter , usually enough to share , and the sweet tea! Endless sides are a great bonus! We've been treated well on every visit. Will definitely go back.

1 Thank L Y
Iowa City, Iowa
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39 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Have visited before but never tried ribs. They were amazing. Friendly staff and great service. Liked that they let you put sauce on yourself.

1 Thank Farmwife1964
Mesa, Arizona
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4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

If you like BBQ you need to try Waldo's BBQ. It's a small hole in the wall place but the food is big time good and the portions are ample. Prices are moderate.

1 Thank cbunchbob
Mesa, Arizona
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32 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016

Waldos makes great BBQ. Pork, Chicken, beef...all good. The in-restaurant experience is fun, because to the quirky decorations, which adorn the interior. I see other folks lament less than sterling service. I have not had that experience. This is not a 5 stars dining establishment, folks. Its BBQ. As an additional comment-they offer that same great food as a catering... More 

1 Thank 775123455667775
Mesa, Arizona
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13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2016

If you like barbecue, don't miss this "hole-in-the-wall"! Food is really good and servings are substantial. The restaurant is not fancy, more of a country or "old stage coach stop" feel; prices are inexpensive to moderate. Reservations not required.

1 Thank Rtrudellsen
Mesa, Arizona
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288 reviews
194 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2016

When we moved into the area 20 years ago this was the hot place for good BBQ. I was on the run so decided to pick up some to go items. Let me just say that the brisket and pork smelled great in the box and I doused it with sauce to spike up the flavor. The pork had chunks... More 

Thank 2Travelers43
Sioux Falls, South Dakota
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38 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2016

This is my first time to Waldo's. Let me say that the chicken and ribs deserve a 5 star rating but the overall experience was a 3 for me. We were seated quickly- it looks like a tiny kind of rundown building and there isn't a lot of parking. We waited 10 minutes before the waiter came over to get... More 

Thank Tina R
Mesa, Arizona
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37 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2016

I enjoy Waldo's for 4 reasons: 1) It is not a chain restaurant, 2) the food is great!, 3) it is a really fun atmosphere with all the unique signs on the walls, and 4) great service!

Thank byuaceman

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$4 - $65
American, Barbecue
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Dining on a budget, Large groups, Local cuisine, Families with children
Open Hours
10:30 am - 8:00 pm
10:30 am - 9:00 pm
10:30 am - 9:00 pm
10:30 am - 9:00 pm
10:30 am - 9:00 pm
10:30 am - 9:00 pm
10:30 am - 9:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 4500 East Main Street, Mesa, AZ 85205-7914
  • Location: United States  >  Arizona (AZ)  >  Central Arizona  >  Mesa
  • Phone Number: 480 807 1645
Best Local Barbecue in the State of Arizona. Smoked meats that make your mouth water; side dishes that are never ending; and a friendly staff to boot! Come on down to taste it for yourself!

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