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Central BBQ Summer

4375 Summer Ave, Memphis, TN 38122-4038
+1 901-767-4672
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  • Excellent52%
  • Very good30%
  • Average14%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“pulled pork” (29 reviews)
“ribs” (125 reviews)
“potato salad” (22 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM Hours
American, Barbecue
$$ - $$$
4375 Summer Ave, Memphis, TN 38122-4038
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

The employees were friendly and efficient. The food was just ok: nothing special about the pulled pork or sides we had. Also, you basically have to serve yourself....get your own drinks, sauces, and silverware. The food is way better at Corky’s, and so is the...More

Thank 4Bubbles
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Lots of choices for BBQ in Memphis-don't miss this one! The meat is fall off the bone perfect and the sides are great! Try the nachos with kettle cooked chips substituted for the tortilla chips. Great choice suggested by a local.

Thank lovetotravel597
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Full of flavor. Love the mild aromatic mix of pecan and hickory. Fantastic taste that doesn’t hang with you all day. Meats come with a delicious sauce that doesn’t overpower the meat. So order yours dry if you prefer. Extra sauces are self serve. Abu...More

Thank PapaKoolKat
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I love ribs and had heard about the ribs at Central. Had to try to see what all the hype was about. Simple place, nothing fancy, this location does not have all the tourists. But the ribs-! omg sooo good!, don't even need any of...More

Thank Gardenlover31
Reviewed 6 October 2018

I go here about once a year and stopped this year on the way back home. Ordered some brisket, turkey and ribs. The turkey is some of the best you will every eat. They got the ribs order wrong and I did not find out...More

Thank lagiant
Reviewed 5 October 2018

I found the menu pricey for portion size. BBQ was good but I was underwhelmed based on the hype. Very busy and efficient service.

Thank briancE8554LD
Reviewed 22 September 2018 via mobile

Wow. Can’t believe how good this food was. And the process is pretty good. An example of slow cooked food served up quickly. This is actually of the brand new location.

Thank dennisf918
Reviewed 6 September 2018

Stopped in based on a recommendation of a former Memphis resident. It didn't disappoint us. The food was excellent and service was fast!

Thank Leon J
Reviewed 5 September 2018

Tried to go to their new location on Poplar and line out the door. We and some others headed to Summer instead. No wait. Hostess and another guy had an argument on whether we could have table seating or not as he thought the waitress...More

Thank benskie
Reviewed 29 August 2018

I am not sure what I was expecting but everyone told us we had to try Central Barbecue. I thought it was ok. the meat was dry, not moist. Sauces available were mustard based ( vinegar) and Ketchup ( sweet) Personalized t-shirts available for purchase....More

Thank bailey04
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Peggy C
23 May 2018|
Response from Michael D | Reviewed this property |
I don't think so. Most BBQ restaurants don't get into discounting.
Cindy R
27 September 2016|
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Response from nailladyej | Reviewed this property |
Sorry didn't visit that location, shouldn't need one the atmosphere is pretty casual....its BBQ girl ; )
15 June 2016|
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Response from RalphCIII | Reviewed this property |
It has been my experience that the heat builds with each bite you take. I like the mild a lot. The hot is going to have more intense heat. Just don't put the mild rub on too thick. That is the only way I can think of that... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, 有泊車位, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Local cuisine, Groups, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Kids
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 - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 4375 Summer Ave, Memphis, TN 38122-4038
  • Location: United States  >  Tennessee (TN)  >  Memphis
  • Phone Number: +1 901-767-4672
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