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Little River real pit Bar-B-Que

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State Hwy 73, Townsend, TN
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Fairview, North Carolina
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19 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 119 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2016

Got into Townsend and was starving around 1:45 after riding my bike up from Deals Gap. I don't do well when I'm hungry.. I stopped at 3 places in the sleepy little town and all were packed with tourists waiting to be seated. I kept looking until I saw a little mom-n-pop place on the river called Little River Bar-B-Que.... More 

Thank NCPirate49
Ruby, South Carolina
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64 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 July 2016 via mobile

This is an average bbq joint. They have a good menu and good service. The food is average and a little overpriced. Our family of four cost about $70 after tip. Would not eat here again.

Thank wifshowfur
Jacksonville, Florida
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3 reviews
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 July 2016

Went to this place last Oct had a few drinks and had some great bar-b-que. So when we traveled back in the direction of Townsend we drove a bit out of the way to have another go round of some good meat. We should not have made the effort!! Either we were intoxicated the first time and that is the... More 

Thank grapeape7374
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14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 May 2016 via mobile

We found Little River BBQ on google and decided to give it a try. Since it is the off season, the restaurant was not busy but you can tell it gets busy during the peak season. The BBQ is connected to a canoe/kayak rental place and a go-kart track. We were seated on their screened in patio that faces the... More 

Thank Caitlin H
Holland, Michigan
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15 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 April 2016 via mobile

I gave this one star because our waitress was great. Ribs were terrible-dry and burned, and the plastic ware we were supposed to eat our dinners with?!! What a joke! Styrofoam cups? For two of us our bill came to $30+ and we were given plastic ware in plastic bags. The cheapest ones you can purchase. The beans were blasé... More 

Thank Sstarr345
Daytona Beach S
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76 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 August 2015

We eaten here numerous times for lunch when we go to TN. It Is the most consistent restaurant for good food and good service. It's always very clean and their staff Is friendly. Prices are good and food Is delicious. Will always take time to go there when we go to Pigeon forge or Gatlinburg.

Thank Ron C
Townsend, Tennessee
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35 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 May 2015 via mobile

We are local and this BBQ is definitely my favorite. The sauce is great, portions are good. Sweet potato fries, beans and corn are good side items

Thank Hazel T
Rose Hill, Virginia
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18 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 May 2015 via mobile

Ate there as we passed through Townsend. I had the rib plate with baked beans. They were average, good but average. Would probably eat there again.

Thank Kim L
Louisville, Tennessee
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32 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 April 2015

I've actually eaten here twice, but I probably won't be going back. Ate here on 4/18/15, & my table wasn't even clean. All I ordered was pulled pork & some potato salad, but it took at least 10 min or more to be served. The food is just average. Most people like to sit out back over-looking the river, but... More 

Thank KendraB1967
Lithia, FL
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35 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 November 2014

The BBQ pork sandwiches were served on the cool side but tasted good. Great hushpuppies but not too wild about the BBQ beans. Huge drink glass was a plus! The service was great, very friendly and quick. Prices were reasonable and the restaurant was clean and well lit. (it was cold out that day so we ate inside!)

Thank LegacyFL

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
American, Barbecue
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Waitstaff, Seating
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: State Hwy 73, Townsend, TN
  • Location: United States  >  Tennessee (TN)  >  Townsend

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