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Central BBQ

2249 Central Ave, Memphis, TN 38104-5507
+1 901-272-9377
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  • Excellent60%
  • Very good28%
  • Average10%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“pulled pork” (425 reviews)
“ribs” (1,167 reviews)
“bbq nachos” (137 reviews)
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American, Barbecue, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
2249 Central Ave, Memphis, TN 38104-5507
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Reviewed yesterday

For a really great rack of ribs, Central BBQ is the place to go. They are cooked to perfection, tender and moist and the sauce is fantastic. The line may look long, but the wait is short because they know what they are doing. Order,...More

Thank CabanaWoman
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

If you eat ribs, this is the Nirvana. The ribs are some of the best that I have ever had, though I still can’t decide whether I like wet ribs or dry rub better. No problem, they serve both.The restaurant resembles a Dancehall. Your food...More

Thank Ed R
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Last night in Memphis and we wanted to compare BBQ joints. Small place, very very busy. We had pork plates that my wife and I enjoyed. Those plates had the meat sauced. The other couple got the three meat plate with chicken, brisket, and pork,...More

Thank SCTexan
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Stand in line outside, snaking your way up to the counter to order delicious traditional Memphis barbecue. Nothing fancy, but it doesn't need to be. Smoked pork with your choice of sauces you add yourself. Nice patio, too!

Thank jg1053
Reviewed 4 days ago

There are several places in Houston, TX where we are from that are similar in scope to and rustic motif like Central BBQ but being in Memphis I thought this place unique. Just really good BBQ and beer. Doesn't get any better. We stayed downtown...More

Thank Neal F
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

If you are in Memphis this is a place you must visit If you are bbq lover. The dishes are delicious and also immense, so in case you are alone, order for the 1/2 dish. I will certainly return.

Thank Flávio José F
Reviewed 6 days ago

Had a great business lunch at Central recently. Great slab of ribs! Mouth watering, meat falling off the bone Memphis BBQ.You have a lot of great BBQ choices in Memphis but don't miss this one folks!

Thank christopherdE9042LB
Reviewed 6 days ago

Great pulled pork and dry rub ribs. The home made BBQ chips are the best. Always great service. Really different atmosphere's at each of the restaurants.

Thank Thomas H
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We walked in and worried we were in an upscale wanna-be BBQ place, but the ribs are the best I've ever had. Ever. Meaty, tender with the most delicious crust on top. Will definitely go back!!! Variety of sauces to choose from, and good sides...More

Thank BKinMN
Reviewed 1 week ago

If you're wanting true, Memphis style BBQ with all the fixings, go here! Went the other day and had the pulled chicken, jerk chicken wings, mac n cheese! It has a great vibe, friendly staff and most importantly, delicious! Cold beer and warm bbq sauce!

Thank Bob H
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Questions & Answers
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.
17 July 2016|
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Response from GeeBee207 | Reviewed this property |
I don't think they take reservations, but like others have said, it's a good-sized restaurant with indoor and outdoor dining options.
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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
Kids, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Groups, Special Occasion Dining
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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