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Blues City Cafe

#14 of 1,199 Restaurants in Memphis
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
American, Southwestern, Bar, Barbecue, Pub
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138 Beale St, Memphis, TN 38103-3712 (2ND STREET)
+1 901-526-3637
11:00 - 03:00
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Sun - Thu 11:00 - 03:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 05:00
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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326 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 February 2016 via mobile

My first experience with Memphis BBQ ribs was Ok but not amazing. Came with sauce on which masks good flavour but they were tender and moist.

Thank GrantHay
Worksop, England, United Kingdom
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43 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 February 2016

We had a combo (cannot remember the name) where you got catfish and ribs. It was tasty and delicious. The staff were friendly and service was good. The food came out within 10mins. Would recommend.

Thank JennCapps
Sydney, Australia
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25 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 February 2016

Well best food ever and the catfish not ribs you have to try If you want authentic food from the south try this out Dessert Apple turn over and chocci brownie yummy

Thank Nelli K
Sydney, Australia
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34 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 February 2016 via mobile

After a few too many drinks on Beale St we came here to have some greasy food. We enjoyed our meals and they helped sober us up very quickly. My friend had a burger, my husband the HUGE steak and shrimp + cheese drowned fries and I had the sausage and cheese platter. The platter was great!

Thank RodsieJ
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31 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 February 2016

I'm sure most people go here for bbq and southern food, but for me I must have the marinated salad. It's really just a simple green salad, but the marinade is so delicious (and addictive). It's a light lemon garlic parmesan cheese mix and the flavors are spot on mixed together like that. It's a great break from all the... More 

Thank Bluezfan
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 February 2016 via mobile

We really enjoyed our time here. Terrific music by the Memphis 3. They played well and were friendly. The bartender Keith was awesome and the draft beers were great. We did have a few snacks and they were good but the bartender and band made this visit for us. We will return!

Thank Crystal C
Bradenton, Florida
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66 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 February 2016

was not so special. I had wanted to taste authentic Memphis BBQ, and BBC frequently gets high marks from guests, so I tried it. The IBC just happened to be taking place when I was there and so Beale Street and the surrounding area was jumpin! We had to wait to be seated since the restaurant was full. Our wait... More 

Thank travel56282
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5 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 February 2016 via mobile

Nothing fancy. Just down home cooking as expected. But, than again, I am from the south. So catfish and ribs are a staple in my diet. Worth the visit, but nothing spectacular.

Thank Alan J
Chi Town Baby
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9 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 January 2016 via mobile

Mouth watering ribs!! Loved this place, cant wait to go back! Cool blues cafe atmosphere! Tones of pics and things to look at. Wait staff was friendly too. Don't leave Memphis without eating here!

Thank LuvinCancun
Harrison, Arkansas
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 January 2016

We kept hearing that this was the place for ribs from all the locals. We only wish we had found this place on our first day in Memphis. Great service and the best ribs ever. Highly recommend!

Thank Larry J

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 15 - USD 15
American, Southwestern, Bar, Barbecue, Pub
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, Cheap Eats, Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
11:00 - 03:00
11:00 - 03:00
11:00 - 03:00
11:00 - 03:00
11:00 - 03:00
11:00 - 05:00
11:00 - 05:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 138 Beale St, Memphis, TN 38103-3712
    (2ND STREET)
  • Public Transportation: Bus and Taxi pick up and drop off are done directly across the street from our front door along with a Trolley Stop about one block away.
  • Location: United States  >  Tennessee (TN)  >  Memphis
  • Phone Number: +1 901-526-3637

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