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Blues City Cafe

#14 of 1,224 Restaurants in Memphis
Certificate of Excellence
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138 Beale St, Memphis, TN 38103-3712 (2ND STREET)
+1 901-526-3637
11:00 am - 3:00 am
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Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 3:00 am
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 5:00 am
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4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We were impressed by the friendly atmosphere, the music and the food. The ribs were delicious. We enjoyed our evening there so much we went back the second night.

Thank jswain84
Cleveland, Ohio
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63 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

This unpretentious juke joint, filled with locals, great food and memorable atmosphere, is the real deal. Blues drifting in from the adjacent club, excellent service, a vibe that says this is authentic Memphis. Don't miss it!

Thank CJSheppard
2 reviews
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Absolutely awesome! My new favorite place to eat in Memphis! Loved it! Will definitely go back! Loved the gumbo, skillet shrimp, ribs and brownie dessert. The place was crowded by still had excellent service. There was a bar with a band but it was sort of secluded so still a great place for my entire family. We all absolutely loved... More 

Thank Alison W
Bracknell, United Kingdom
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31 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We visited here, but unfortunately it doesn't cater for gluten free diners. Except for an 18oz steak! I don't think so. Shame as a great atmosphere.

Thank Nuggetsnews
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35 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Good place for lunch, but you have to ask for a lunch menu. Very casual atmosphere. My cheeseburger and fries were very good. My husband did not like his pulled pork sandwich (probably because it was cut into big chunks instead of pulled). I can see where it would really be hopping at night with the bar open.

Thank Charlene H
Neenah, Wisconsin
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11 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The ribs here were plentiful! This was our third meal of ribs in as many days, and it was by far the most generous in portion size and flavor! Also, we had to the awesome opportunity to listen to Blind Memphis!

Thank Lisa W
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10 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Outstanding food music. And.service our bar tender Keith is fantastic Above all music was mind blowing

Thank JayP C
New York
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88 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We were excited to try a classic Memphis eatery and Blues City Cafe was perfect. Our server, Matt helped us with selections and ensured we were having a good meal. Food was good. Ribs were super succulent, with a nice BBQ flavor that did not overwhelm the taste of the ribs. We ended with the apple dessert. Wow.... yummy, but... More 

Thank Susan O
North Aurora, Illinois
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54 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

This is an iconic eatery on Beale. The service is fine and the food average but if you want to feel like you went to a classic and historical diner while visiting Memphis, this is it.

Thank Carol D
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40 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Headed here after a few beers.. the portions are huge and so cheap. Get the bbq pulled pork chesse fries its so big and tasty would feed an army

Thank Mark R

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$15 - $15
American, Bar, Barbecue, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Kids, Families with children, Bar scene, Large groups, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
11:00 am - 3:00 am
11:00 am - 3:00 am
11:00 am - 3:00 am
11:00 am - 3:00 am
11:00 am - 3:00 am
11:00 am - 5:00 am
11:00 am - 5:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 138 Beale St, Memphis, TN 38103-3712
    (2ND STREET)
  • Public Transportation: Bus and Taxi pick up and drop off are done directly across the street from our front door along with a Trolley Stop about one block away.
  • Location: United States  >  Tennessee (TN)  >  Memphis
  • Phone Number: +1 901-526-3637

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Pocola, Oklahoma
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Collierville, Tennessee

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