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Blues City Cafe

#13 of 1,187 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
Closed now
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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 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We had a great early dinner here. The garlic shrimp was so good we used the left over garlic/butter sauce to dip our Texas toast in. I also had a very good salad. At our table, we also had ribs which were reported to be excellent. A great place to eat on Beale St.

1 Thank Kim V
Peoria, Illinois
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21 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

This place is very busy they have really good food and you don't have a long wait to get in or get your food!

1 Thank Clarissa H
Memphis, Tennessee
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

This is one of my favorite restaurants on Beale. I've been coming here since I was a teenager. The good is still very good! You can tell by how busy they always are!

1 Thank MrsRDReeves
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Very popular eatery, but was able to get in within ten minutes. Nice atmosphere and very good service. The food was just fantastic...authentic Memphis style ribs, great catfish and unbelievably good French fries. Great easy to find location, right in the middle of where the action is

1 Thank Ron A
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Fun atmosphere and food was very good. Ordered bbq shrimp and it was heavenly. Loved the server and will definitely add this to my favorites in the downtown area! Good job!

Thank breeland
West Tennessee
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I thought for sure I had reviewed Blues City but found I hadn't. We really do like this place, but i bumped it down a star just due this one visit. We LOVE the steak tips cutup - really good this time - and usually the garlic and/or bbq shrimp. We ordered half dozen of each and they didn't have... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We were very lucky to get immediate seating & were right next to the cooking area. It was fun to watch the staff interacting with each other & putting out large amounts of food in a very short time. Out food was really good, especially the ribs. The catfish was a little dry. Several tables nearby had platters with a... More 

1 Thank aquamom1
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

I had been here 13 years ago and been dreaming about the great catfish I had eaten back then. The lines are long but worth the wait. The portions are smaller now but still plenty of food. Of course I ordered the catfish and my cousin the ribs. Sides were red potatoes and cole slaw. Great meal. We thought it... More 

Thank Darlene H
Edwinstowe, England, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Went here for late lunch we shared a meal as they were very large we had ribs they were beautiful really enjoyed it

Thank Lisa K
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We watched the line build at this famous spot on Beale Street, Memphis from across the street having a beer at the sidewalk patio of BB King's on the corner of Beale and Second. But, going back next night, early to snag a table and the place was average, over crowded, drinks (small!) in plastic (for the ability to take... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
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
Large groups, Local cuisine, Families with children, Bar scene, 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 have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?