We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Rodeo City Bar-B-Q

Certificate of Excellence
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
204 N Main St, Ellensburg, WA 98926-3310
11:00 am - 8:30 pm
Closed now
All hours
Tue 11:30 am - 8:30 pm
Wed 11:00 am - 8:30 pm
Thu - Fri 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Sat 11:00 am - 8:30 pm
More Info
Add Photo Write a Review

83 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Showing 82: English reviews
Richland, Washington
Level Contributor
281 reviews
181 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Stopped in for some BBQ, the staff were very friendly and attentive, it was quiet, not a lot of loud background noise. The food came and it was very good, small portions really, but enough unless you are really really hungry. Good BBQ sauce delivered to your table so you can get as much as you like. We would eat... More 

Thank Ranbud
madison WI
Level Contributor
32 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Great barbecue in the middle of Washington state. On the Main Street about a half mile or so off the interstate. Pulled pork was sweet yet tangy. Beef tips just as great. A very good meal for a very fair price.

Thank madson15
Level Contributor
12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Super BBQ beef dinner. Waitstaff really attentive and knowledgeable regarding the menu. Food was fresh and portion seemed right on. Cornbread was interesting. Potato salad was nice.

Thank oceanhorses
Seattle, Washington
Level Contributor
16 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2016 via mobile

The food was excellent! We stopped out of desperation and found a BBQ joint that made BBQ sauce and smoked meats with a touch that reflects care and appreciation for quality. The decorations and the theme fit well in Ellensburg, the home of a well respected rodeo. I sent for several bottles of their original sauce and it comes highly... More 

1 Thank DanielJSlick
Level Contributor
32 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2016

This restaurant is the real deal when it comes to BBQ. Authentic western atmosphere and the best food around. Be sure to check out the Ellensburg Rodeo history in the banquet room. They even make and sell their own BBQ sauce. Awesome!

Thank jhwjr49
South Cle Elum, WA
Level Contributor
4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2016

My first time in this restaurant was excellent. The setting is very cowboy and very clean. The food was very good in most of the areas I rate a good barbecue eatery, the barbecue meat and sauce, the cornbread and the beans. The only negative was the coleslaw was bland.

1 Thank Carolyn W
New York
Level Contributor
111 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2016

Stopped in to the Rodeo City Bar-B-Q for dinner while passing through town. It was late in the evening, and I didn't have particularly high expectations. Wow, was I surprised! The BBQ was some of the best I've ever had. I think most, if not all, of the credit went to the sauce itself. The restaurant also sells bottles of... More 

1 Thank RunrDave
Ellensburg, Washington
Level Contributor
55 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2016

Great for large groups. Menu has a variety of choices for all. Good portion sizes and value. Love the cornbread and coleslaw for the sides!

Thank 509Smiles
Bowen Island, Canada
Level Contributor
241 reviews
119 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 220 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2016

To judge by the hotel and online recommendations, one would think folks should be driving from Memphis and Austin, Texas to eat. Sadly, not the case. Granted, mid-state Washington isn't the heart of BBQ territory, but there are enough examples around to provide a decent standard. Rodeo City, despite the name, just doesn't come up to the norm. Let's start... More 

1 Thank Peter F
Vilseck, Germany
Level Contributor
10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2016 via mobile

We went on a Thursday night, and the food was awesome! My husband was very satisfied with his huge plate of ribs and potato salad with baked beans and corn bread, and my burger and fries were just amazing:D We will be back whenever we drive by Ellensburg!! ❤️❤️

Thank Sarah C

Travelers who viewed Rodeo City Bar-B-Q also viewed


Been to Rodeo City Bar-B-Q? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$5 - $20
American, Barbecue
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff
Good for
Families with children, Local cuisine
Open Hours
11:30 am - 8:30 pm
11:00 am - 8:30 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 8:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 204 N Main St, Ellensburg, WA 98926-3310
  • Location: United States  >  Washington (WA)  >  Ellensburg
  • Phone Number: 509-962-2727

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Rodeo City Bar-B-Q staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?