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Ridgewood Barbecue

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$$ - $$$
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900 Elizabethtown Highway, Bluff City, TN 37618
+1 423-538-7543
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Sunday
Closed
Hours:
Mon - Sat 11:00 - 14:30
16:30 - 20:30
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Johnson City, Tennessee
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15 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

My apologies to the locals that grew up thinking this is what BBQ tastes like, but this is not what BBQ tastes like. It is not anything like BBQ. Just warmed up sliced ham. Throw in a couple of eggs...call it breakfast.

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Thank g w
Kingsport, Tennessee
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Ridgewood is somewhere you must eat if you're ever in the Tri-Cities area of East Tennessee. The food is delicious!! The BBQ is so good and the homemade Bleu Cheese dressing is to die for. Be sure and check the hours before visiting because if you show up between 2:30-4:30, you'll be disappointed. You may have to wait, but the... More 

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Thank Spewbang
Central Florida, Florida
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134 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I have been coming here since I was in my mothers womb. This is a place that does it pretty much like they have for 30+ years. I don't know what their secret is but it keeps people coming back year after year

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Thank Monica E
Piney Flats, Tennessee
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25 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

this place has been around for ages . locally owned and operated.we used to hike the appalachian trail and stop by for eats before heading home . good food for the money and always interesting to meet up with friends for a good meal.

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Thank ann v
Jonesborough, Tennessee
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103 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

First let me start by saying....I don't usually eat BBQ. Ridgewood is the only BBQ I will eat! Beef or pork sandwich, both are great. The baked beans are a must! If you order French fries they will feed at least 2 people. The blue cheese dip is amazing, and I don't like blue cheese. Don't let the looks of... More 

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Thank Sydmo8299
Dallas, Pennsylvania
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105 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a great place to enjoy barbeque. The Blue Cheese Bowl with crackers ($4.85) alone is worth the visit.

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Thank SeamusOmaoflhbhail
Kingsport, Tennessee
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70 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

this place never disappoints , so yes it is very much worth the drive. the smell of pork BBQ roasting before you pull in the parking lot says it all. yes this place is always busy, that is a good sign. we decided to try show up on our last visit 30 minutes before they opened , we was 10th... More 

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Thank doug c
Atlanta, Georgia, Usa
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67 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017

People in different parts of the country always rave that their local BBQ is the "best". Having eaten all different styles and sauces, I can say in my own personal opinion that none is better than that at Ridgewood BBQ in Bluff City, TN. Expect a wait at any time of the day but the wait is worth it when... More 

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Thank Robb G
Check, Virginia
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141 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017

I've eaten here once before, many years ago, and wanted to come back. It's a small, well known place. Driving there, if you're not familiar with the area, you think you're heading the wrong way, but it's located out in the country. The staff are friendly, and don't waste any time coming to see you. Small menu, but all people... More 

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Gordonsville
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86 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2016 via mobile

Still delicious. Always swing by when I'm in the area. I have had better but not often. Ridgewood is still in the top 5.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Barbecue
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Kids, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
Monday
11:00 - 14:30
16:30 - 20:30
Tuesday
11:00 - 14:30
16:30 - 20:30
Wednesday
11:00 - 14:30
16:30 - 20:30
Thursday
11:00 - 14:30
16:30 - 20:30
Friday
11:00 - 14:30
16:30 - 20:30
Saturday
11:00 - 14:30
16:30 - 20:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 900 Elizabethtown Highway, Bluff City, TN 37618
  • Location: United States  >  Tennessee (TN)  >  Bluff City
  • Phone Number: +1 423-538-7543

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?