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River Road BBQ

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3017 River Rd, Louisville, KY 40207-1012
+1 502-592-7065
11:00 - 20:30
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Sun - Mon 11:00 - 18:00
Tue - Sat 11:00 - 20:30
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70 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Lunch time visit - food was fresh and plentiful - small seating area but they package food ready to go! They have outside seating also when the weather is good. They are worth visiting!

Thank Loutravel
Jeffersonville, Indiana
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97 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017 via mobile

Always great BBQ. Just wish there was a little more of their delicious sauce when ordering a pound of meat.

Thank Michael B
Mississauga, Canada
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 February 2017

First time eating here so had no expectations other than the reviews. Had the smoked chicken with slaw and beans the chicken looked weird until I realized that the chicken is batter coated and smoked very crispy exterior and tasty inside. The BBQ beans were tasty and the slaw is a very typical home made style with a simple vingerette... More 

Thank Canadian1521
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 January 2017 via mobile

Being originally from Kansas City I know some good barbecue and this place is right up there with the best of them. The menu is straightforward and there's not a bad thing on it. If you have the chance try the smoked fried chicken it is out of this world!

Thank R G
Louisville, Kentucky
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526 reviews
361 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 130 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016

Stopped and picked up BBQ for supper. The staff is helpful and prices are reasonable. It is worth a stop.

Thank betagirl67
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15 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016 via mobile

Easy stop off the highway between Frankfort and Louisville while visiting local bourbon distilleries. Decided to try it and so glad we did! We're accustomed to good BBQ living near Lexington NC, but this BBQ was amazing! Sandwiches were huge. Staff was very friendly. Obviously a local favorite which is always a good sign when looking for a restaurant. Highly... More 

1 Thank Twinkle_NC
Jeffersonville, IN
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34 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 September 2016

Sonya and I ate at River Road BBQ on River Road in Louisville, KY. It is easy to find, between Kingfish and the Water Tower on River Road at Zorn Ave. I was not impressed. That being said, it takes a lot to impress me regarding BBQ. I am very serious about BBQ. The brisket tasted like pot roast, same... More 

Thank 967andy
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7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016 via mobile

Was on my way to King Fish for a fish sandwich. Saw they were open and FINALLY stopped in. I've been to other Louisville BBQ spots -- Shack in the Back, Momma's, Feast, Dickies, that place on Frankfort Avenue ... always get brisket. RIVER ROAD BBQ blows them all away! SO tender it melts in your mouth, but still has... More 

1 Thank BaristaGrrrl
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 August 2016 via mobile

Ribs and brisket were delicious! So we're the coleslaw and beans. Great atmosphere in a beautiful area with not many other buildings around near the river. Wife and I are from Texas. We found it on our way to the airport. Somewhat out of the way but close enough to the highway and totally worth it.

1 Thank John S
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6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 July 2016 via mobile

Beautiful, mouth-watering ribs and brisket. Good price. Great sides. Quick service. We hear the chicken is also great. We will be back!

Thank GordonKitchener

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$5 - US$12
Barbecue, American
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Takeout, Parking Available, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Accepts Discover, Outdoor Seating
Good for
Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
11:00 - 18:00
11:00 - 18:00
11:00 - 20:30
11:00 - 20:30
11:00 - 20:30
11:00 - 20:30
11:00 - 20:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3017 River Rd, Louisville, KY 40207-1012
  • Location: United States  >  Kentucky (KY)  >  Louisville
  • Phone Number: +1 502-592-7065
Family owned and operated, specializing in smoked pulled pork and beef brisket

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?