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Central BBQ

147 Butler Avenue, Memphis, TN 38103
+1 901-672-7760
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  • Excellent59%
  • Very good29%
  • Average9%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“ribs” (489 reviews)
“pulled pork” (146 reviews)
“mac and cheese” (78 reviews)
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American, Barbecue, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
147 Butler Avenue, Memphis, TN 38103
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Reviewed yesterday

I know there are better BBQ restaurants in Memphis, but Central BBQ offers a decent example of local fare, in a convenient location, at extremely reasonable prices. We experienced no line in the middle of a weekday afternoon. Children are easily accommodated here.

Thank crimsonowl
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Ona recent trip to Memphis with church youth group we stopped in at the Central BBQ because of a recommendation by a friend. The food was pretty good and service fast. It was pretty busy and we had to sit on the outside covered dining...More

Thank Wyldecamp
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We Heard all the hype that Central bbq is the best? Not even close. We shared the 3 item combo. The ribs were dry, tasted on the verge of rotten. The brisket was dry and flavorless. The pork was choke dry. The mac and cheese...More

1  Thank cymomo
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Went to Central BBQ after visiting the Civil Rights Museum (which was fantastic). We knew we had to have it, as the 7 of us got out of the car and it was the first thing we smelled. We also heard they had band on...More

Thank Kaybee66
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

This place was packed when we visited. There was a long line, but the staff was great with organizing and getting us through quickly. I placed an order to go. Employee was very friendly. Food came quickly and was very reasonably priced. Establishment was clean...More

Thank 6isenoughforme
Reviewed 1 week ago

We planned on having Memphis BBQ on our last day in Memphis, and luckily this location was right across the street from the Civil Rights Museum, which we had chosen to see beforehand. Don't let the line out of the door deter you from eating...More

Thank TheAshleyDawn
Reviewed 1 week ago

As someone who does not eat beef or pork, BBQ joints do not always top my list. I will be going back to Central for its chicken. My goodness, it really was the best I have ever had. It was moist and succulent, not dry...More

Thank jillianjh
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We wanted BBQ while in Memphis and this hit the spot. It is within walking distance from the Beale Street area and adjacent to the Civil Rights Museum. There was ample parking at lunch time and the wait was not too bad. Brisk service with...More

Thank Yvonne N
Reviewed 1 week ago

This was excellent bbq. Ribs were tender but not fall off the bone. Well smoked with just the right amount of crispiness on the outside. I had dry rub and the spices complemented but didn't overwhelm the taste. This may have been the best ribs...More

Thank Kevin B
Reviewed 1 week ago

We heard good things about this place so decided to visit on our trip to Memphis. It is located right next to the National Civil Rights Museum. The parking can be tight when it gets crowded but it is worth it. The line moves pretty...More

Thank T_McGee123
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Darren P
19 March 2017|
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Response from FLgirl74 | Reviewed this property |
We walked from our hotel but it seems there was plenty of parking near by. The museum is just across the street and would be closed at that time on a Sunday so that could work.
20 August 2015|
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Response from vikngz | Reviewed this property |
yes, they have a sepaerate gluten free menu
Brenda I
13 August 2015|
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Response from Stan M | Reviewed this property |
There are additional rooms to reserve for groups.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Groups, Kids, Local cuisine, Child-friendly
Open Hours
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 - 9:00 PM
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11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 147 Butler Avenue, Memphis, TN 38103
  • Location: United States  >  Tennessee (TN)  >  Memphis
  • Phone Number: +1 901-672-7760
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