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Luella's Bar-B-Que

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501 Merrimon Ave, Asheville, NC 28804-3407
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Closed now
All hours
Sun 12:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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10 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

It was a Sunday and just finished a tour of the Biltmore. Four of us looking for some good BBQ. Found Lella's. Great, friendly service. Ordered a little of everything off the menu and we all agreed it was the best barbecue of our week long trip! Highly recommend.

Thank AudiS4Avant
2 reviews
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

So disappointed! We went in on a Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. Waitress was not very friendly. Had to flag her down repeatedly for refills and a knife. She seemed upset that we even asked for one. They were not busy so I really didn't understand. Chopped pork was good but cold. Ribs were undercooked, and the brisket was very dry.... More 

Thank Jerri H
Cincinnati, Ohio
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Good service, had a platter with turkey and brisket, neither had much of a smoky flavor. Nice selection of beers.

Thank Bill N
Brooklyn, New York
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife is a vegetarian, so BBQ is not a top choice for us often. However, we really wanted to try this authentic, locals-hangout BBQ place, and it was amazing! Sarah (my wife) generally does not enjoy seitan, but she had their seitan and LOVED it. I had the brisket sandwich which was cooked perfectly. Hush puppies rock! Quick and... More 

Thank dreymatthew
Hickory, North Carolina, United States
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40 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Recently ate at Luella's with my wife. I ordered brisket, pulled pork, and sausage along with Mac n cheese and okra. It was a solid experience but wasn't out of this world as many other reviewers mentioned. Service was good. They really talked up their sauces but I thought they were just okay. I liked the sausage but wasn't impressed... More 

Thank Nathaniel W
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Not much variety, but the service and hush puppies are out of this world!! Overall pretty good. We'd probably go back.

Thank SSSandMar
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It's hard to take a vegetarian to a BBQ joint but this place has it covered. My wife is vegetarian and I am a carnivore which sometimes makes it difficult for a compromise. Luella's makes it happen with a tempeh BBQ sandwich that is outstanding! I had their pulled pork and ribs. The meat was tender and so flavorful I... More 

Thank scubamyk
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We enjoyed a pork BBQ loaded baked potato and a 3 meat plate (ribs, brisket, chopped pork) at Luella's for a casual Saturday night dinner. The sweet potato chips appetizer was excellent also. The menu provides some slightly unique options for a BBQ joint but they do a great job with the classics also. Eclectic, fun environment and fast service.... More 

Thank LIzWaters
Gaithersburg, Maryland
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We tried chicken, beef, and turkey excellent. We tried fried okra, baked beans, slaw. All were excellent. The mac and cheese was a little bland.The hush puppies were very good. The service was friendly and very fast. mac an cheese

Thank charlie525
Flat rock, NC
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The food is always good here. The barbecue is excellent. They also have Brunswick Stew which I order every time I go. One of their appetizers is deviled eggs which is good too. There is always a good selection of craft beer which is brewed locally. Great place for dinner.

Thank Joseph C

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
American, Barbecue
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Kids, Large groups, Families with children, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
12:00 pm - 8:30 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 501 Merrimon Ave, Asheville, NC 28804-3407
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Mountains  >  Asheville
  • Phone Number: 828-505-7427

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