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Central BBQ Summer

#72 of 1,194 Restaurants in Memphis
Certificate of Excellence
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4375 Summer Ave, Memphis, TN 38122-4038
(901) 767-4672
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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31 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Hands down, the best bbq I've ever had. And I'm from Arkansas, so I've had a lot of bbq. The ribs...oh my gosh. I want to go back and get more just thinking about them. I also had a chopped pork sandwich that was delicious. Baked beans were great, the coleslaw was very different than any I've ever had. I... More 

Thank Amy J
Huntsville, Texas
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My client told me "Best Ribs in town". Now I can't say they are the best in town but only because I haven't been to every rib place in town. I can say they are some mighty tasty ribs. I had the dry rub and they were delicious. The meat fell the bone and the flavor was delightful. The cole... More 

Thank Dale K
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

had ribs and bbq pork takeout. fast delivery, friendly staff and great food. only come to memphis once a year but this place is a "must"!!

Thank claudia w
Prescott, Arizona
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Upon asking 5 employees of the downtown Sheraton "where to eat?" The answer was without hesitation always Central BBQ. There was a line along the whole side of the building but it moved quickly. You order from a menu board, pay a cashier, and get a table. I ordered the pulled pork platter with 2 sides. The serving took up... More 

Thank Susan G
Cambridge, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I can see why their ribs have been voted #1 in Memphis. I had dry rub while my wife had 'wet' - cooked with sauce. Both were delicious, smokey, tender and cooked to perfection. It's our 2nd time at a Central restaurant and they have proved themselves to deliver great no-fuss food both times.

Thank otolith
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Came here from out of town for the first time. We were meeting other families which one lives in Memphis that recommended this. The restaurant was so cute. The cashiers were awesome with helping us all out. Food was so Delicious. The guy that brought the food out was super nice and even cleaned up the table for us. Me... More 

Thank Hailey2007
Atlanta, GA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had a pork bbq plate and also a chicken bbq plate with various sides. The food was delivered quickly and was outstanding. The staff was so helpful as they gave me driving directions. I would recommend this place for great bbq. The prices were also reasonable.

Thank jwmgsr
Memphis, Tennessee
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31 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We ordered bulk BBQ meat for our 4th of July get together.. It is always delicious and the staff is very helpful and friendly.. We always enjoy eating in their restaurants also.. We never have been disappointed with our choices from the menu.

Thank Carey M
Orangeburg, South Carolina
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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The locals recommend it however this stuff is not good. Most folks I saw eating had nachos or wings maybe we should have gone that way. The best of all time are slow hickory smoked pork ribs with a mustard based sauce......where Maurice's bbq any location in Cayce/Columbia, SC. Those are some finger licking ribs and other stuff too!!

Thank nailladyej
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

It may be because I had the chicken sandwich and had an amazing pork sandwich the night before at a different BBQ place, but I wasn't super impressed here. My chicken was dry, which seemed odd since I was there right after it opened. My friends got some BBQ nachos, which they seemed to love, but my food left a... More 

Thank Kate M

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
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    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
American, Barbecue
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Large groups, Families with children
Open Hours
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
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 4375 Summer Ave, Memphis, TN 38122-4038
  • Location: United States  >  Tennessee (TN)  >  Memphis
  • Phone Number: (901) 767-4672

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