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Blues City Cafe

#13 of 1,197 Restaurants in Memphis
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
American, Southwestern, Bar, Barbecue
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138 Beale St, Memphis, TN 38103-3712 (2ND STREET)
11:00 am - 5:00 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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Fenton, Michigan
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18 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Excellent food and service. We were seated quickly and our orders were brought quickly. The orders were accurate and the server checked back with us several times. We did not feel rushed.

Thank Sue B
Biloxi, Mississippi
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108 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

It's squat on the end of the touristy block of Beale Street, a reason that I'd avoided it the last time I was in Memphis. This time I took the plunge, and do not regret it. Cool atmosphere, good service, excellent food. That last was especially surprising, because they serve such a constant stream of customers it may as well... More 

Thank HughMcAloon
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30 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

I love coming to Memphis because I love good BBQ, especially ribs. Tried this place out yesterday and I would place it in my top three for ribs. Not really a big fan of the steak fries they serve with the meal but the flavor and tenderness of the ribs were really good. It was really recommended by the locals... More 

Thank fishingtater
Russellville, Arkansas
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11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We were in a gift shop and asked where a good place was to hear some good music. the man working said there was a good local group playing here so we took his advice. Boy were we glad we did. The band was great. I was hungry and decided to eat while we were here. The stew is to... More 

Thank lilannie1971
Hobart, Australia
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4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Definitely a must try when on Beale street. The hot wings were amazing and was decently priced. Its a nice spot to catch your breath while on beale street.

Thank sully154
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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38 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

On the plus side: music, service, and ambiance. The band had a nice relaxed groove, and we were seated not too far from the stage (it was still possible to hear my companions). Our server was remarkably attentive, especially given how busy he was. We all felt the food left a little bit to be desired, sort of one note,... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Best gumbo and BBQ in the city... there are many cafes in Beale ave but this place seems to get a lot of attention due to great food and atmosphere!

Thank neoteric1
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117 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Blues City Café is a top place to eat at the top of Beale Street. Lots of action and noise from the kitchen chefs which adds to the atmosphere. The ribs are the best I've tasted along with excellent catfish. Service from our servers was terrific and friendly. Servings are good size and fresh and hot. Prices are good for... More 

Thank Perry W
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

It was a very busy place due to the location. The place was noisy and not a place to sit and talk. The food quality was okay.

Thank Yali L
Glasgow, United Kingdom
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30 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

When we arrived in Memphis , and started to feel hungry , this was the place we headed to , as everyone said this was a must visit . And it did not let us down , even although the cafe was always busy , the service could not be faulted , and the food is quite superb . I... More 

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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, Southwestern, Bar, Barbecue
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
Families with children, Local cuisine, Bar scene, Kids, Large groups, 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: 901-526-3637

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?