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Ridgewood Barbecue

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$$ - $$$
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900 Elizabethton Hwy, Bluff City, TN 37618-4304
+1 423-538-7543
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
4:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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Mon - Sat 11:00 am - 2:30 pm
4:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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Kingsport, Tennessee
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
Reviewed February 22, 2017

Ridgewood is somewhere you must eat if you're ever in the Tri-Cities area of East Tennessee. The food is delicious!! The BBQ is so good and the homemade Bleu Cheese dressing is to die for. Be sure and check the hours before visiting because if you show up between 2:30-4:30, you'll be disappointed. You may have to wait, but the... More 

Thank Spewbang
Central Florida, Florida
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134 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed February 14, 2017 via mobile

I have been coming here since I was in my mothers womb. This is a place that does it pretty much like they have for 30+ years. I don't know what their secret is but it keeps people coming back year after year

Thank Monica E
Piney Flats, Tennessee
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25 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed February 13, 2017

this place has been around for ages . locally owned and operated.we used to hike the appalachian trail and stop by for eats before heading home . good food for the money and always interesting to meet up with friends for a good meal.

Thank ann v
Jonesborough, Tennessee
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104 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed January 29, 2017 via mobile

First let me start by saying....I don't usually eat BBQ. Ridgewood is the only BBQ I will eat! Beef or pork sandwich, both are great. The baked beans are a must! If you order French fries they will feed at least 2 people. The blue cheese dip is amazing, and I don't like blue cheese. Don't let the looks of... More 

Thank Sydmo8299
Dallas, Pennsylvania
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108 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed January 25, 2017

This is a great place to enjoy barbeque. The Blue Cheese Bowl with crackers ($4.85) alone is worth the visit.

Thank SeamusOmaoflhbhail
Kingsport, Tennessee
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70 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed January 22, 2017

this place never disappoints , so yes it is very much worth the drive. the smell of pork BBQ roasting before you pull in the parking lot says it all. yes this place is always busy, that is a good sign. we decided to try show up on our last visit 30 minutes before they opened , we was 10th... More 

Thank doug c
Atlanta, Georgia, Usa
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67 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed January 4, 2017

People in different parts of the country always rave that their local BBQ is the "best". Having eaten all different styles and sauces, I can say in my own personal opinion that none is better than that at Ridgewood BBQ in Bluff City, TN. Expect a wait at any time of the day but the wait is worth it when... More 

Thank Robb G
Check, Virginia
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144 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed January 4, 2017

I've eaten here once before, many years ago, and wanted to come back. It's a small, well known place. Driving there, if you're not familiar with the area, you think you're heading the wrong way, but it's located out in the country. The staff are friendly, and don't waste any time coming to see you. Small menu, but all people... More 

Thank Jason K
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86 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
Reviewed December 29, 2016 via mobile

Still delicious. Always swing by when I'm in the area. I have had better but not often. Ridgewood is still in the top 5.

Thank gordonsvillegal
Jefferson City, Tennessee
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324 reviews
260 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
Reviewed December 17, 2016 via mobile

As the review states, Merry Christmas and Happy Eating. It's over an hour from our house in Eastern TN, but it's worth the drive every time. That's why my mouth & belly think it's Christmas. We come about six times a year. The Proffitt Family knows a thing or two about BBQ. It's not pulled pork, it's smoked, sliced pork... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Dining on a budget, Kids, Families with children, Local cuisine
Open Hours
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
4:30 pm - 8:30 pm
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
4:30 pm - 8:30 pm
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
4:30 pm - 8:30 pm
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
4:30 pm - 8:30 pm
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
4:30 pm - 8:30 pm
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
4:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 900 Elizabethton Hwy, Bluff City, TN 37618-4304
  • Location: United States  >  Tennessee (TN)  >  Bluff City
  • Phone Number: +1 423-538-7543

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?