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Leonard's Pit Barbecue

#76 of 1,212 Restaurants in Memphis
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
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5465 Fox Plz Dr, Memphis, TN 38115-1501
+1 901-360-1963
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
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Sun - Wed 11:00 am - 2:30 pm
Thu 11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We got there shortly after the Sunday lunch crowd. It was a bit of a wait but when the food was served.... wow!!! The best barbecue sandwich ever! The service was fantastic and when I'm back in Memphis I will definitely stop here again.

Thank bamawolf2001
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

My husband and I ate lunch at Leonards today and it was amazing! We ate from the buffet, fried catfish, beef brisket, pulled pork, smoked sausage, assorted veggies and homemade Lemon Icebox Pie MMMMM MMMM! Every bite was better than the last! Leonards is listed in the top 10 BBQ spots in Memphis and rightfully so. The staff are very... More 

Thank Laura B
New York City, New York
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This was our first bbq place of a few we visited in Memphis. We came for lunch and I got the brisket platter and others got the buffet Food overall was good. The chicken on the bone on the buffet was very tasty as was there cole slaw

Thank AlcoholProf
West Valley
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The barbecue is great, the all you can eat buffet has almost everything you can think of from Catfish to pulled pork. Greta service and SWEET Tea. What more could you ask for.

Thank arthurf894
West Memphis, Arkansas
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11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 10, 2017 via mobile

Best BBQ around. Limited hours 11:00-2:30 Mon-Thu and a little later on Fri-Sun. Buffet Mon-Fri and Sun plus menu. No buffet on Saturday Buffet is loaded with choices Great BBQ, BBQ beans, fries, tater salad, catfish, rolls, green beans, slaw, BBQ spaghetti, lemon ice box pie plus more. Some days there is wet and dry ribs. Ribs are tues, thurs,... More 

Thank debug013
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 27, 2016

We were late getting into Memphis so by the time we got to Leonard's we ended up with the buffet. It was on the tail end of the buffet and a lot of the food looked like it had been sitting there a while. We sampled everything and decided the BBQ was ok, fried catfish was really good and the... More 

Thank 5aRBy6
Bristol, Rhode Island
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 23, 2016

I grew up in Memphis and come back occasionally to visit friends and family and everyone always talks about Corky's and some of the other BBQ spots around town. Well, we've tried them all over the years and not one of them holds a candle to Leonard's. The ribs and pulled pork are perfect, but the sides are the best... More 

Thank Michael O
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 7, 2016

The ribs are among the best BBQ Ribs in Memphis. In addition the BBQ sandwich is a real winner! Don't let the neighborhood or building surroundings deter you from enjoying some of the best BBQ in the USA

Thank David P
Jacksonville, Florida
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42 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 8, 2016

Simply the best. This is BBQ at its finest, and most refined. THE definition of BBQ. I say this as a BBQ fiend who has lived in Texas, North Carolina and Memphis (if I ever move to Kansas City, I'll have the BBQ Capitals all locked up). I didn't have ribs this visit, but I have in the past and... More 

Thank TGilmer75
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 3, 2016 via mobile

Excellent pit BBQ. The slaw on the sandwich had just a touch of mustard, which was a first for me, but loved that bit of tang. Onion rings were homemade and delicious. So many the two of us could not finish. A wonderful check mark for our Diners, Drive Ins and Dives tour!

Thank Jeanine6

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
American, Barbecue
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Buffet
Good for
Local cuisine, Large groups, Dining on a budget, Families with children, Kids
Open Hours
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 5465 Fox Plz Dr, Memphis, TN 38115-1501
  • Location: United States  >  Tennessee (TN)  >  Memphis
  • Phone Number: +1 901-360-1963

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