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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” (490 reviews)
“ribs” (1,412 reviews)
“bbq nachos” (161 reviews)
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American, Barbecue, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
2249 Central Ave, Memphis, TN 38104-5507
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Reviewed yesterday

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 2 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 4 days 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 5 days 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
Reviewed 1 week ago

Came here to pig out (pun intended) after the St. Jude Race. Loved the atmosphere and lay out -- it was a beautiful afternoon on the patio. As for the food, it was just above average that day. The pulled pork was very good, but,...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Sat outside in the tent with our large group. Fast service and great bbq. If there is a line, don't worry it moves quickly and worth the wait.

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Linda R
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Good reviews so we tried it. I prefer a good smoke with sauce. The dry rub had a little kick, which takes away from good meat. It was OK, just not my kind.

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank gbr4
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had been told this was a "must try" place, and it didn't disappoint! Excellent BBQ and very tasty sides - the slaw was amazing!

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Ohio-traveler565
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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
20 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, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, 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
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
  • Neighbourhood: Cooper Young Community Association
  • Phone Number: +1 901-272-9377
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