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Moonlite Bar-B-Q Inn

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
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2840 W Parrish Ave., Owensboro, KY 42301
+1 270-684-8143
09:00 - 15:00
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Sun 09:00 - 15:00
Mon - Thu 09:00 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 09:00 - 21:30
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18 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

OMG this place was amazing. Everything from the BBQ right down to the homemade mac and cheese. There was something for everyone so most all tastes will be met. CLEAN! I've never seen a buffet so clean. They have a person posted at each bar for clean up alone. Yet another person ordering food from the back to keep the... More 

Thank Joboxer69
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239 reviews
171 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 102 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

It was a cloudy dreary day when we drove to Owensboro to enjoy Moonlite Bar-B-Q. It has been 25 years since we last enjoyed it. As said above, it has only gotten better. The place is much expanded from the 30 seat restaurant we ate in years ago. I am sure it will seat 200 or more today, but the... More 

Thank Broke-and-Hungry
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98 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Such an awesome restaurant. Food is soooo good. Named one of the "happy places" around the world in a CNN report January 2017. Great variety ( you can order from the menu but I just prefer to get the buffet). Excellent vegetables, meats, and desserts. Great variety and all so good. I don't know what more could be said. if... More 

Thank AlreadyBeenThere
Brownsville, Kentucky
2 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We ate dinner here one night of our stay in Owensboro. I would have liked to see more vegetables that did not have meat in them. I am allergic to red meat and my daughter is vegetarian and we had difficulty finding options for us at the restaraunt due to a lot of the vegetables having meat in them for... More 

Thank thm2lau
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409 reviews
249 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 228 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I greatly respect the tradition of long-standing local restaurants, and for that I gave them 3 stars. But, the food wasn't all that great....perhaps the reputation is earning them higher than deserved marks. Ribs were burnt, pulled pork was really fatty, the coleslaw tasted slightly "off", and the buffet lacked freshness and variety. I wouldn't go out of my way... More 

Thank Mjldly
Owensboro, Kentucky
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11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Moonlite... it's simply the best in Owensboro. Even if you don't like BBQ you'll find something you like. Talk about home cooking! Momma can complete with Moonlite, sorry momma. There's times I don't even eat the BBQ because I fill up on all the extras. The BEST mac n cheese EVER! And I don't eat mac n cheese anywhere else.... More 

1 Thank Kim B
bluegrass state
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459 reviews
233 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 214 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Came on a Saturday afternoon around 3:30 pm when the buffet started. We walked right in. The restaurant was already busy. They have a big take out business. That is separate to the side of the entrance. The buffet was large. It had BBQ ribs, chicken, mutton, sliced beef, fried shrimp, chicken tenders. All were delicious. I tried a small... More 

1 Thank phislamajama
Greenville, South Carolina
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3 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A $ 19.00 per person buffet is very pricey but did have a huge variety to choose from. Order one of the sampler plates instead.

Thank robertbR5706RN
Alpine, Texas
2 reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 January 2017

The staff is friendly and welcoming. The atmosphere is rustic, yet clean. The barbecue is just average though.

Thank alexhardison
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105 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 January 2017 via mobile

Was my second time there. Kind of disappointed. Salad okay but lettuce too big. Not real impressed with meat. Catfish and shrimp good. All desserts great. Pecan pie was delicious. Baked beans good. Waitress very good. Area clean.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
American, Barbecue
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Buffet
Good for
Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
09:00 - 15:00
09:00 - 21:00
09:00 - 21:00
09:00 - 21:00
09:00 - 21:00
09:00 - 21:30
09:00 - 21:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2840 W Parrish Ave., Owensboro, KY 42301
  • Location: United States  >  Kentucky (KY)  >  Owensboro
  • Phone Number: +1 270-684-8143

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