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American Barbecue

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Railroad Ave., Rowley, MA 01969
(978) 948-2626
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11:30 am - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Tue - Sun 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Seating, Takeout

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  • 17
    Excellent
  • 15
    Very good
  • 4
    Average
  • 0
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Great local place!

The food is consistently good at American BBQ. The pulled pork and chicken are awesome and I love their Collard Greens and Mashes Sweet Potatoes! Their Beverly location is also just as good. The only negative is it is a bit pricy for a casual meal.

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 15, 2015
srussell621
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Ipswich, Massachusetts
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Newburyport, Massachusetts
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33 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016

We love this place. Each and every item we've ordered at American Barbecue is always fantastic. And you should make sure that you come here hungry.. the portions are colossal! They have free buttered popcorn in a self serve kiosk for you while you wait for your meal. It's a great option for a family, bringing a date for a... More 

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Ipswich, MA
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49 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2015

I have heard many great reviews of this restaurant, so I would like to believe that my visit was unusual. The setting was crowded, noisy and more casual than I was looking for. The ribs certainly did not fall off the bone. I have lived all over the US and my family is Southern (South Carolina, which seems to like... More 

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Thank KathyIpswich_MA
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 via mobile

This is a wonderful place to bring the family if you have small children & would like a laid back atmosphere, but do not want to compromise the quality of your meal. We love to take the family here & have never been disappointed. The food is always delicious. In fact, I was hooked on the pulled chicken years ago... More 

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Thank Michelle M
Ipswich, Massachusetts
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015 via mobile

The food is consistently good at American BBQ. The pulled pork and chicken are awesome and I love their Collard Greens and Mashes Sweet Potatoes! Their Beverly location is also just as good. The only negative is it is a bit pricy for a casual meal.

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Thank srussell621
Boston
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015 via mobile

Sure, I can get pulled pork anywhere. But I love this place because it's like they thought of everything. Paper towels at the table, to-go boxes so you can help yourself, nice selection of serve-yourself BBQ sauces, refillable soda fountain, Popcorn while you're waiting… The food is good too! Excellent selection of side dishes, Nice desserts, interesting selection of beers.... More 

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Thank Babsarella
Boston, Massachusetts
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37 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 via mobile

Great local place for BBQ. The ribs and Mac and Cheese are great. Rice can be a bit dry. They have beers on tap as well. Portion size is good , Prices are reasonable, usually around $35 for two plates and 2 beers.

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Thank Lcameron75
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36 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2015

Great food and decent prices. Authentic BBQ, specializing in smoked meats. Love the pulled pork - amazing! Nice varied menu for all tastes, big and small.

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Thank AnchorAweigh
Amesbury, Massachusetts
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41 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2015

This is our go-to place for barbecue, Last night we each had the 1/3 rib plate (4 ribs) which comes with corn bread and 2 generous sides. We have good appetites but we could eat only 2 of the ribs. They are very thick and juicy. They also put together packages for catering. I think they could create a dynamite... More 

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Thank marj23
Nottingham NH
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63 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2015

This is a great find it is priced right, picnic tables outside if you happen to bring along your dog. Staff is friendly and very helpful. Just a nice spot to dine an unwind plus the BBQ is just great as is the cornbread!!! Will be back.

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Thank adapad
Beverly, Massachusetts
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137 reviews
112 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2015

If you look closely at the end of your table you will see a roll of paper towels hanging there for cleaning your hands. Believe me you will need them. From the fee popcorn to the large plates of BBQ this place is a great find. Never had a bad meal. Also, they make their own potato chips....just the style... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Railroad Ave., Rowley, MA 01969
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Rowley
  • Phone Number: (978) 948-2626

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Barbecue, American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday
11:30 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?