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American Barbecue

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Railroad Ave., Rowley, MA 01969
+1 978-948-2626
11:30 - 20:00
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Sun 11:30 - 20:00
Tue - Thu 11:30 - 20:00
Fri - Sat 11:30 - 21:00
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Haverhill, Massachusetts
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36 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 November 2016

This place has some of the best BBQ around, although granted this is seaside New England, not the Deep South. And yet if you close your eyes, you might just feel transported. I have never had a bad meal here. The ribs and brisket are my favorite and melt-in-your-mouth good, and all of the sides taste freshly made with obvious... More 

1 Thank Matty2999
Ipswich, Massachusetts
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45 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2016

American Barbecue serves up Southern-style barbecue and, according to many who hail for Southern states, gets it right. Perhaps their secret is that they smoke their meats before serving them up. There are several different sauces, so most people's tastes will be met. And there are a variety of sides including corn bread that will make a simple barbecue sandwich... More 

1 Thank Priscilla H
Rowley, Massachusetts
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16 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016 via mobile

I have visited this restaurant many times and have never been disappointed. The menu offers plenty of options and the portions are very generous. I love their pulled chicken and my wife thinks their brisket is the best. The atmosphere is lots of fun and the staff is very friendly. Great for family dining!

1 Thank Herb G
Hampton, New Hampshire
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203 reviews
135 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 August 2016

A table of six and we all ordered something different and we all had an opportunity to sample each and every meal on the table. We were all looking to taste something cooked to perfection with a flare of originality " just didn't reach our expectations" . Can't say we didn't enjoy our food and we probably will return in... More 

1 Thank critic49
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 2016 via mobile

Perfect for when you want a home cooked feel to your bbq meal without the hassle of actually cooking. We order here often as it's quick, close by, and they have good food. Occasionally they are hurried when we call in takeout and the order comes out incorrectly (wrong sides, forgotten sauces) this seems isolated to one specific girl that... More 

1 Thank Sara H
Rowley, Massachusetts
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7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016

American BBQ is an excellent location, I go to the one in Rowley often. The pulled pork sandwiches, brisket, mac n cheese etc. The apple crisp is awesome. This place is very much on their game.

1 Thank JohnZ3364ZW
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100 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 July 2016

Small BBQ in the North Shore. Friendly Staff. Great selection on the menu. Nostalgic atmosphere. The BBQ was good, not amazing. Weird to see Mexican food on the menu. Would eat here again.

1 Thank Jason W
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10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 2016

I live down the street from the American Barbecue Restaurant in Rowley MA. My fiance and I went there for dinner and found the food to be the best we've ever had there!! The employees that took our order were so polite, and the cooks did an outstanding job on the food. Also, when it was a bit slow, the... More 

1 Thank Scott O
Topsfield, Massachusetts
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63 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 June 2016 via mobile

I encountered American BBQ when they catered an event at Nichols Village. I had the pulled pork sandwich. It was okay. But the thing that made me really squeamish is that the person handling the money was also handling the food. Isn't that against some law?

Thank CapeJennifer
boca raton
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260 reviews
183 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 June 2016

New England can't seem to get BBQ right. Brisket is decent portion but not fatty like I asked, it's a lean sliced cut. Mac and cheese is standard at best, honestly needs something added to it pepper or bread crumbs and southern greens are ok. Corn bread was just okay too. If you go there it won't be horrible but... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
American, Barbecue
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Groups
Open Hours
11:30 - 20:00
11:30 - 20:00
11:30 - 20:00
11:30 - 20:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Railroad Ave., Rowley, MA 01969
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Rowley
  • Phone Number: +1 978-948-2626

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