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Blue Ribbon BBQ

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
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908 Massachusetts Ave, Arlington, MA 02476-4702
+1 781-648-7427
11:00 - 21:00
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Sun 11:00 - 20:00
Mon - Sat 11:00 - 21:00
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Boston, Massachusetts
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Great spot for a hot home-cooked meal. Cole slaw and collard greens are so delicious! I usually do take-out or sit outside in the summer. Place is small.

Thank tracy7575
Arlington, Massachusetts
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The BBQ here is outstanding! Ribs are top notch. Side dishes are also excellent. Service was quick and courteous. Atmosphere is that of a BBQ joint, unpretentious, so seating is limited and not fancy, but you will come back

Thank H9017AWjohnt
Arlington, Massachusetts
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10 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This little place puts out really good food. The ribs and chicken are aways good. They have different sauces to select from for the ribs and tasty side dishes. I have had them cater two back yard graduation party. Always great service.

Thank Teresa R
Watertown, Massachusetts
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9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Now, every barbecue addict has a favorite genre of the cuisine -- and that, for them, is the only true BBQ. So, there will, of course, be people who say that Blue Ribbon is not real barbecue and not that good. As I am not originally from barbecue country, I appreciate all barbecue that is well prepared and my opinion... More 

Thank mk02472
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It is a nice option for a tasty meat meal. We liked the tables outside. The only minor issue is that food is too spicy for some of us.

Thank Antonio F
Boston, Massachusetts
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I have been to Blue Ribbon BBQ a number of times. Really good quality. The sauces you can choose from make a huge difference. Highly recommend if you are in the area.

Thank matthew d
New York
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394 reviews
267 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 180 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Three of us stopped in for lunch. The line was short, service quick and food great. Been here many times and this latest visit is what I've come to expect. Will be back!

Thank skgbos
Arlington, Massachusetts
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29 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Blue Ribbon is a really good BBQ takeout place in Arlington. Their ribs are tender and sweet and plentiful. Burnt ends are great and their pulled pork is juicy and yummy. Sides are traditional comfort food - collards, mashed potatoes, green beans, baked beans etc. prices are reasonable and service is fast. A good go-to for a mid week dinner!

Thank gchasan
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26 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2017

This place is a local gem. It's a funky little cafe style place. No table service. You order at the counter and pick up on the other side. Inside seating is limited and sort of like a take out place. In the summer time there is outside seating on the sidewalk. Needless to say, many people come in to take... More 

Thank Jolize S
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 December 2016 via mobile

Great food! We are a regular at this place and love it every time. The ribs and the burnt ends are amazing!! The only downside is it is a bit short on space to sit so would recommend takeout if that would be an option

Thank Subhrangshu D

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
American, Barbecue
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Delivery, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Local cuisine, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 908 Massachusetts Ave, Arlington, MA 02476-4702
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Arlington
  • Phone Number: +1 781-648-7427

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