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Central BBQ

2249 Central Ave, Memphis, TN 38104-5507
+1 901-272-9377
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  • Excellent61%
  • Very good26%
  • Average10%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“pulled pork” (493 reviews)
“ribs” (1,415 reviews)
“bbq nachos” (161 reviews)
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American, Barbecue, Gluten Free Options
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2249 Central Ave, Memphis, TN 38104-5507
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Reviewed yesterday

Great local BBQ with a nice selection of ribs, BBQ, and different sides. Grab a Beer and just kick back and relax. Very casual atmosphere here, almost bar like but good for families, couples and friends alike. A must stop for someone looking for a...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank brianminshew
Reviewed yesterday

Returned to Memphis and had to come back to Central BBQ. Great ribs! Huge slab. Sides were good, but dwarfed in comparison. But I went for BBQ, not the sides.

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank manateev
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We stayed with the basic pulled pork. Good food and fast. The ribs and brisket looked good too, others in our group had them and said they were delicious.

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank jonsJ8803NT
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Central Barbecue is a must stop for barbecue lovers. The smoked wings completely won me over! The atmosphere is very laid back and the staff is warm and friendly and eager to answer your questions.💯

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank 204claricel
Reviewed 5 days ago

Recommended to us by a local, this restaurant tucked behind the Civil Rights Museum, was the bomb. Once inside this large historic building, you order food and then find a seat. Servers bring your food to the table. It was delicious BBQ with wonderful sauce...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank 816jeanettemb
Reviewed 6 days ago

went to the Central BBQ with daughter and two grandchildren. I had the pulled pork with BBQ beans, daughter had large pulled pork with collard greens. The kids had chicken sandwiches with mac N cheese. great food, fantastic service. Will go back again...

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Stephen M
Reviewed 1 week ago

We were told about this restaurant so we drove downtown and gave it a try. This eatery is directly across the street from the Lorraine Hotel where Dr. King was killed, now a museum. The ribs were fall of the bone good as was the...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank P5652RRkareng
Reviewed 1 week ago

After spending the afternoon at the Civil Rights Museum, we wandered across. The upbeat atmosphere was uplifting after the somber museum and we all indulged in great ribs, nachos and wings. We enjoyed it much better than Rendezvous which was a stop the day before.

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank chockel
Reviewed 1 week ago

Dry ribs and brisket with no flavor whatsoever. Service was prompt and good. And the peanut pie was quite good.

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank sbhat2017
Reviewed 1 week ago

After researching BBQ joints in Memphis, we decided on Central BBQ since it has good reviews. When we got there, it took us a while to decide what to get as there were many things we wanted to try. We decided on the pulled pork...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank DisneyDave808
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Rebecca M
19 October 2017|
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Response from Ed R | Reviewed this property |
Don’t know, but I’d recommend a visit to the restaurant to experience the ambiance.
Darren P
19 March 2017|
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Response from Danny R | Reviewed this property |
Any location of central b b Que is fine. But to feel the real ambience of where the birth place of this bbque , I prefer to eat at Central branch .
gail m
10 November 2016|
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Response from Ladyjb3 | Reviewed this property |
Large area and also a patio area which should be able to accommodate 20 people.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$6 - US$20
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Large groups, Local cuisine, Kids, Families with children
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
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2249 Central Ave, Memphis, TN 38104-5507
  • Location: United States  >  Tennessee (TN)  >  Memphis>  > Cooper Young Community Association
  • Neighborhood: Cooper Young Community Association
  • Phone Number: +1 901-272-9377
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