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Red Hot & Blue Arlington - CLOSED

1600 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22209-2511
+1 703-276-7427
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  • Excellent30%
  • Very good42%
  • Average19%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible3%
8 Mar 2015
“Local chain”
23 Dec 2014
“Memphis BBQ in Arlington”
Restaurant Hours Closed
Bar, Barbecue, Pub
$$ - $$$
1600 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22209-2511
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Reviewed 9 March 2015

Good quality BBQ, they put out some superior pulled pork as well as the usual sides. Memphis wet ribs, and good catfish too boot. Nice experience, great food.

Thank PetePope1
Reviewed 24 December 2014

Having grown up one hour from Memphis means I know a thing or two about real Memphis BBQ. The pulled pork was tender and moist. The sweet sauce was the best of the four at the table. Service was superb. The location is within walking...More

Thank DH_on_the_Gulf_Coast
Reviewed 4 December 2014

Good food, good service, and for Arlington, good prices. Each of our group tried a little different item. Dry rub ribs -- meat fell right of the bone, great flavor, rub mix, and reminded my buddy of a really good Memphis BBQ place he was...More

Thank Scott C
Reviewed 28 November 2014

This is wonderful place for those who loves pork ribs. Very tasty, with different sauces. Locally brewed beer is a perfect complementary to food. Located in Virginia, but Pretty close to K bridge and 10-15 minute drive from downtown DC (not during traffic). Worth visiting.

Thank Davit K
Reviewed 25 November 2014

Even the smallest portions - half slab of ribs, half loaf of onion rings - is enough for two meals. In that case, the price is a bargain. As a single meal, it's just too much. The beans average and the cold slaw, not my...More

Thank LA4man
Reviewed 16 October 2014

Had a late lunch on a Wednesday afternoon since we were famished after our flight. It was not far from our hotel and BBQ sounded good. Bad hunch. We were only one of two parties in the establishment, but granted 3:30 p.m. isn't a typical...More

Thank CozAl
Reviewed 12 October 2014

We were dying for barbecue food and one of the locals told us about this restaurant. It sounded like it was right up our alley. Here is what I liked about it. I loved the atmosphere. It definitely feels like a southern barbecue place with...More

Thank holllywood38
Reviewed 23 September 2014

That's how I felt after wasting one of the few nights I have in Arlington, VA eating at such a sub par restaurant when there are so many excellent restaurants there. I was in the mood for really good, bar-b-que and unfortunately decided on this...More

1  Thank frackme
Reviewed 19 August 2014

The sweet tea served in a pitcher, the sweet bbq sauce - no wait - the spicy sauce - better yet - both together!. The meat is juicy and tender, the portions are large and well prepared.

Thank Grammy L
Reviewed 9 August 2014

Food was great. Service was great. Value was great. Brunswick Stew was fantastic! Had a tough time choosing where to go from all the places in the area. So glad we went here.

Thank Barbie619
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Restaurant Details

Average prices
US$8 - US$15
Bar, Barbecue, Pub
Good for
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1600 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22209-2511
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Arlington
  • Phone Number: +1 703-276-7427
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Red Hot and Blue is a full-service, casual-themed restaurant chain and caterer featuring delicious award-winning ribs, Memphis-style barbeque, smoked wings, and Southern sides and desserts. The atmosphere is steeped in legendary and contemporary blues music and delivers a large dose of Southern hospitality in a fun and entertaining dining environment. History: The first Red Hot and Blue restaurant opened in Arlington, Virginia in 1988, started by Lee Atwater, Don Sundquist and friends. Don Sundquist was from Memphis and served in the House of Representatives and as governor of Tennessee. The late Lee Atwater was an amateur blues musician and political figure that managed George H.W. Bush's successful race for the presidency. These men were friends who longed for authentic Memphis-style barbeque and great blues music. Unable to find that combination anywhere in the Washington, DC area they decided the only way to get it done was to open a restaurant of their own. The Memphis-style barbeque chain celebrated its 25th Anniversary in 2013 by partnering with a charitable organization at 24 different restaurant locations. The yearlong celebration culminated in the presentation of thousands of dollars in donations to local charities. The Name: The name, "Red Hot and Blue" is taken from the title of D.J. Dewey Phillip's radio show that that aired on WHBQ-AM in Memphis, Tennessee in the 1950s. This radio show launched the careers of Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis and Johnny Cash and broadened the audience for artists such as BB King, Muddy Waters, Robert Cray and Rufus Thomas. Red Hot & Blue Dine-In, Take-Out and Catering. Hickory-smoked Memphis-style BBQ, Ribs, Wings, Beef Brisket, Smoked Chicken, Seafood, Full-service Bar, in a Family-friendly atmosphere with a heapin' helpin' of Southern Hospitality!
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