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The Bar-B-Q Shop

#30 of 1,198 Restaurants in Memphis
Certificate of Excellence
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1782 Madison Ave, Memphis, TN 38104-2642
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Mon - Sat 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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15 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I am North Carolina born and bred. Give me some Lexington or Eastern style Carolina BBQ any day of the week. HOWEVER, I must give credit where it's due and say this was absolutely some of the best bbq I've ever had. Like top 3, easily. I will probably get kicked out of NC for saying it, but it was... More 

2 Thank Michelle M
Santa Cruz, California
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12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Food was great as was the service. This place is not near downtown, but well worth the drive. Lots of parking available if needed. The ribs were meaty and flavorful and the Texas toast was really good. Wish I would have gotten a pulled pork sandwich. Tried the pulled pork in top of the bbq spaghetti and the spaghetti was... More 

Thank KandJ44
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

To be fair, this was the only BBQ we had in Memphis. That said, we were completely satisfied with our visit. Our 10 year old daughter even loved the pulled pork. We bought two bottles of sauce on the way out. I'm sure there are other BBQ places that are just as good but this was a great sampling of... More 

Thank Rohn K
Bristol, Tennessee
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I'll start with the service. Our server was the most attentive and good-humored server we think we've ever had anywhere. He did an awesome job making us feel welcome and taken care of. The food was excellent as always. The Bar-B-Q Shop is always a favorite stop of our when we are in Memphis. I got the Pork BBQ sandwich... More 

Thank TNhillbillygal
Santee, California
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169 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I had been dying for some Memphis BBQ. I had been saving my appetite all day, so I ordered ribs, pork, beans, slaw, spaghetti, bread...the works. The BBQ spaghetti is really sweet. Neither my husband or I enjoyed it. The beans were good. The greens were very salty. The meat was decent, but a little dry. My waitress said I... More 

Thank Cassandra C
Millington, Tennessee
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13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

My family and in town guests went to the Bar-B-Q shop for ribs. This wasn't the first time that I had been there, but I usually eat pulled pork sandwiches, not ribs. We were slightly ahead of the evening trade and our party of six had no problem being seated. Our waitress informed us that they didn't serve mixed drinks,... More 

Thank DanDunAl
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41 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2016

I live over 600 miles away, but I would drive here just to have their Bar-B-Q. I have had it twice before, and we plan our travels around being able to stop here. It is rated the best in the nation for a reason.

1 Thank Ed B
Scottsdale, Arizona
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76 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016

this place is known for it's ribs and they are indeed among the best I've ever had. I'm generally not a fan of dry rub, but these made me convert. Moist and tender with big flavor and a slight kick. I had both the glazed (my favorite and highly recommended) and the straight dry rub. You won't go wrong with... More 

Thank Scott W
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2016 via mobile

After finding out that our favorite server works here we had to visit. My wife and I arrived on a busy Friday night but were warmly greeted by the hostess and seated immediately. Stacy (knowing what we like) brought us beverages and then explained the different dinner options for 2 so we could try everything. We got the slab of... More 

Thank foodretriever
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2016 via mobile

First experience was in May 2916, and went back in June , the Best BBQ I ever had! Highly recommend it if traveling through the area. The Sauce is awesome !

Thank stephene548

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$10 - $10
American, Barbecue
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Local cuisine, Families with children, Dining on a budget
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
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1782 Madison Ave, Memphis, TN 38104-2642
  • Location: United States  >  Tennessee (TN)  >  Memphis>  > Midtown
  • Neighborhood: Midtown
  • Phone Number: 19012721277

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