We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Central BBQ

2249 Central Ave, Memphis, TN 38104-5507
+1 901-272-9377
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
  • Excellent60%
  • Very good27%
  • Average10%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“pulled pork” (449 reviews)
“ribs” (1,308 reviews)
“bbq nachos” (154 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM Hours
American, Barbecue, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
2249 Central Ave, Memphis, TN 38104-5507
All Details
Write a ReviewReviews (3,378)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
  • More languages

1 - 10 of 3,318 reviews

Reviewed today via mobile

Stopped here for lunch. Food was great. Service was even better! Definitely get a great value! We had a large group and they were so efficient. Even if you have to wait, the food is worth it.

Thank Diana S
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Took our Youth group from Texas. Everyone found something the liked and no one was disappointed. Maybe doesn't quite have the atmosphere if Corky's but the BBQ nachos can't be beat! Ribs were excellent and the Mac and cheese was out of this world!

Thank Mark Y
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

For all of the good reviews, I was not impressed. The food was ok. My BBQ nachos were not anywhere near the best I have had. Part of the pork was cold, part was warm and the chips were greasy. I was not impressed, but...More

Thank Hope P
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Great barbecue. We had the 1/2 smoked chicken and the brisket. Both were very good. Sides were good too. The smell of the bbq smoke when you get out of the car makes you immediately hungry. Definitely worth a try when in the Memphis area.

Thank MadisonCPA
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

A great place to get Memphis BBQ! They were very busy but fast with our orders. The sides were average but definitely a great place for pulled pork or chicken.

Thank Gsheldon86
Reviewed 3 days ago

Popped in for an early dinner before leaving town. Nice deck that is dog friendly with plenty of fans on a hot summer's day. Walk in and place your order. Have your ID ready if you want to order a beer. Be ready to order...More

Thank luvtotravel1965
Reviewed 4 days ago

From Cali, so we don't get real BBQ that often. Small place, but tables turn quickly and they are well attended to. Ate here after Graceland. RIbs were off the chart good. I mean really good. Wow. Had the turkey, sausage, and brisket too, but...More

Thank Jon C
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Came after hearing good reviews, and we agree,this is good bbq! The ribs were delicious, very tender, got half wet and half dry. Both kept our group happy. Got a side of beans which were good. And we had a side of pork rinds that...More

1  Thank AandCtravels
Reviewed 5 days ago

A friend told me this was a "must" in Memphis so I dropped by for a quick bite. The parking lot was jammed but I found a spot towards the back. A security guard patrolled the property and there were signs everywhere cautioning about not...More

Thank Martin G
Reviewed 5 days ago

Central BBQ has all the "fixin's" for whatever type of BBQ you're in the mood for! Great pulled pork, wonderful 1/2 and full slab ribs - options for dry rub with BBQ sauce on the side and really good coleslaw. You will probably have to...More

Thank jdegglady
Nearby HotelsSee all 141 hotels in Memphis
The Midtown Inn by FairBridge
231 reviews
3.27 km away
Holiday Inn Express - Medical Center Midtown
89 reviews
3.46 km away
Best Western Plus Gen X Inn
497 reviews
3.53 km away
Econo Lodge
130 reviews
3.82 km away
Nearby Restaurants
soul fish cafe
280 reviews
.52 km away
114 reviews
.73 km away
92 reviews
.69 km away
Nearby Attractions
The Children's Museum of Memphis
243 reviews
.94 km away
Cooper-Young Historic District
85 reviews
.78 km away
Playhouse On The Square
41 reviews
1.00 km away
Memphis Made Brewing Company
23 reviews
.33 km away
Ask a question
Questions & Answers
Rebecca M
19 October 2017|
AnswerShow all 7 answers
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|
AnswerShow all 5 answers
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|
AnswerShow all 4 answers
Response from Ladyjb3 | Reviewed this property |
Large area and also a patio area which should be able to accommodate 20 people.
Improve this listing

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
Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
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
Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more. Claim Your Listing