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Big John's Alabama BBQ

#367 of 1,976 Restaurants in Tampa
€€ - €€€American, Barbecue
5707 N 40th St, Tampa, FL 33610-3859
+1 813-626-9800
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  • Excellent57%
  • Very good23%
  • Average12%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible7%
Travellers talk about
“ribs” (23 reviews)
“chopped pork” (4 reviews)
“baked beans” (5 reviews)
10:00 - 23:00 Hours
American, Barbecue
€€ - €€€
5707 N 40th St, Tampa, FL 33610-3859
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Reviewed 22 February 2018 via mobile

I lived in Tampa around 30 years ago & Big John’s was great then!! It didn’t disappoint!! I had built it up to my family & after dinner they agreed. Everything we ordered was great. Ribs, pulled pork, brisket, & sides. The only thing missing...More

Thank gocubs2764
Reviewed 19 October 2017 via mobile

I love barbeque. Really. I drive hours out of the way for truly good barbeque. (Ask the wife. No joke.) But I was mighty disappointed in Big John's Alabama BBQ. I got center ribs and "hot" sauce, beans and corn on the cob. The ribs...More

Thank Focht3
Reviewed 21 August 2017 via mobile

We have had BBQ many times but this was nothing special. They have many options and give you plenty of food but the ribs weren't too tender and the chicken a little dry. Sauce was like chicken wing sauce. Best thing was the macaroni salad...More

Thank Sheryl G
Reviewed 20 July 2017 via mobile

We stayed over in Tampa tonight whilst on vacation. Googled local BBQ places and found this gem. Long established and family owned, absolutely no frills but really gorgeous food and could see all the meat right there on the BBQ. Obviously a very talented and...More

Thank Hazz44
Reviewed 27 May 2017 via mobile

The BBQ is delicious! They have a gigantic smoker right in the restaurant and a huge pile of wood out back, so you know it's good! This is not fast food, you will probably wait a few minutes, but that just gives you more time...More

Thank Ethan_is_my_name
Reviewed 8 April 2017

Being from Vermont, I was hoping to find a BBQ that was what I had wished for. I did at Big John's. This place is awesome. Big grill right in front of you, and they know what they are doing with it. The atmosphere, is...More

Thank Dave H
Reviewed 26 February 2017

Maybe with my first visit, I felt as though I should have known the system without it been told where to order. There are no signs that indicate where to have your order taken or where to pay. After I stood for awhile, another customer...More

Thank Wrightwaytotravel
Reviewed 27 December 2016 via mobile

Whenever we visit Tampa, we go out of the way to visit Big John's. Everything is great. Slow smoked meats and homestyle sides. The staff is generous with the portions and are very welcoming. We've eaten at many many bbq joints across the country and...More

Thank Catrina S
Reviewed 7 December 2016 via mobile

The food is the absolute best all around Bar B Que in town. Im from around the area and have never as much or had better. Everything is perfectly flavored. Meats are tender where you want it and crispy where you want it. All the...More

Thank JacqueMike
Reviewed 19 October 2016

Have eaten here several times over the years. Used to be a hole in the wall but has rebuilt and quite a nice restaurant now but I liked the character of the old one. There needs to be more light in the place. I always...More

Thank William C
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Response from Bettye J | Reviewed this property |
On Sundays they serve soul food like: Chicken, beef stew, greens, cabbage, potato salad, chitterlings, chicken wings, beans and tea. There are other items on the menu but I can't think of all of them. They start serving at... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$6 - US$6
Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Kids, Local cuisine, Child-friendly
Open Hours
10:00 - 21:00
10:00 - 21:00
10:00 - 21:00
10:00 - 21:00
10:00 - 23:00
10:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 5707 N 40th St, Tampa, FL 33610-3859
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Tampa
  • Phone Number: +1 813-626-9800
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