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Central BBQ Summer

#74 of 1,191 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
Closed now
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Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Oakville, Canada
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30 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

As first time visitor to Memphis, I was looking forward to some good BBQ. Overwhelming recommendation was Central BBQ The ribs were great. Tender, fall off the bone, nice flavor both wet and dry. Pulled pork nachos equally good. However, combo plate of pulled pork, brisket and chicken was good, but not great. Pork and chicken dry. With sauce a... More 

Thank Cfhandyman
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

One of the better BBQ places, and Memphis has a lot of them. You won't leave hungry or disappointed.

Thank TheValen
Marietta, Georgia
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94 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife, daughter, grand baby, and I stopped here for dinner on Aug. 13th, 2016. We have been to all 3 locations and I found this one to rank below the other locations. Parking was easy and getting a table was easy, I guess because it may not be as popular as the other sites. My wife had salad with... More 

Thank David J
Palm City, Florida
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574 reviews
346 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 161 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The beef brisket and chicken were great. Don't forget to stop by the bar with the sauces before you sit down, and don't forget your drink They are quick. You place your order at the counter, and take a number and choose a table. They will bring your food to you. They are also great and clearing your plates and... More 

Thank tedact
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31 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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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143 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks 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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4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks 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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39 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks 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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954 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 325 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2016 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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94 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2016 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 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
American, Barbecue
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
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?