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The Bar-B-Q Shop

#44 of 1,209 Restaurants in Memphis
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
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1782 Madison Ave, Memphis, TN 38104-2642
+1 901-272-1277
11:00 - 21:00
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Mon - Sat 11:00 - 21:00
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Olive Branch, Mississippi
1 review
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

On January 21 after just recommending a couple visiting from Denver Colorado to eat at The Bar-B-Q Shop on Madison my group decided to go there also. I ordered a slab of ribs that came out mildly warm. I brought it to the attention of my waitress and she was very nice. Then the manager came over and said we... More 

Thank Sylvester T
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16 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Waited over an hour and a half after ordering for cold soggy food. Found out from manager that waitress had not put in our order. Still, did not get food in good condition. Maybe, they cannot handle a table with over 2 to 4 people. Watched couples come in, eat and leave while we waited. Couples seemed to have no... More 

Thank Darrell588
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67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

While staying in Nashville for the week had the opportunity to drive to Memphis and attend the Liberty Bowl and had one goal in mind: BBQ! Had set out to go to Central since it was by the stadium but the logistics to get there just wasn't happening so my second choice was the BBQ Shop. There was a small... More 

Thank JoeJoeVG
Oxford, Mississippi
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110 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2016

In addition to wonderful barbecued pork, this place has excellent sides, for instance the sour cream potato salad (not strictly speaking Southern, but so tasty nonetheless) and the barbecue spaghetti--I know it sounds terrible, but try it as one of your sides and I promise you won't regret it.

Thank manfrommaine
Knoxville, Tennessee
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10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 November 2016 via mobile

I know you probably haven't been but you're so wrong for not going! The Q is amazing and sauces are the best! Seriously check this place out and it'll be your new favorite!

Thank PharmMac76
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 November 2016 via mobile

Award really??? We waited an hour for our food. When it finally came my ribs tasted sour and dry. Cole slaw was swimming in liquid and the brisket was cold. Won't be back.

Thank EllenAbi
Lorain, Ohio
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 November 2016 via mobile

We were told by many locals theat this was THE place to go...the ribs were so so, not bad not great...the beans were good, the texas toast was soggy, the bbq spaghetti was unusual, I liked it...the service was not good for the three tables that were occupied..maybe my expectations were too high.

Thank 00Paula4212
Memphis, Tennessee
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8 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 November 2016

no, really. The bbq is great, beans r sweet and delicious and i do not know what they do to those fries, but they taste like fresh doughnuts. But the potato salad is the bomb.

Thank EvaAndrey
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 November 2016 via mobile

Mama always said if you can't say something nice then don't say anything at all. For me it's all about the ribs: however the BBQ Bologna caught my attention and we had ribs Positives Service was good Cole slaw was great Greens were good Negatives Ribs were average Would try it again for pulled pork

Thank Walter L
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148 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016 via mobile

This is my second time stopping by the Bar-B-Q-Shop. I love their Barbecue Spaghetti! I highly recommend trying it! Their pulled pork is very good! Love the mild BBQ sauce! I will return !

Thank danamarie31

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$10 - US$10
American, Barbecue
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Television, Highchairs Available
Good for
Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Kids, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1782 Madison Ave, Memphis, TN 38104-2642
  • Location: United States  >  Tennessee (TN)  >  Memphis>  > Midtown
  • Neighbourhood: Midtown
  • Phone Number: +1 901-272-1277

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