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Blues City Cafe

#13 of 1,211 Restaurants in Memphis
Certificate of Excellence
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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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59 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Great restaurant. I visit Everytime I visit Memphis. Great restaurant. It's worth the visit. Parking is horrible downtown. But it's worth the park around the block and walk. Def a part of Memphis history

Thank Jammie M
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Great food! I had the gumbo, excellent! My husband had the fried catfish and thought it was one of the best he has tasted. Cafeteria-type place, not fancy- but worth the visit

Thank Chanda S
New York City, New York
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132 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is a good solid restaurant for BBQ and Shrimp and Gumbo. I really enjoyed the Gumbo and the Grilled Shrimp in butter The service staff was great and very personable. Definitely some characters there:)

Thank AlcoholProf
New York City, New York
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42 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This place was crowded for good reason! the food was amazing- and they serve beer and wine. You can see the guys cooking and smell that sweet BBQ all the way down the street!! Would go back for sure! The service was great also!

Thank 3566kk
Waxahachie, Texas
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228 reviews
104 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We went to Blues City Cafe because we wanted to try their ribs, but enjoyed SO MUCH more than just ribs!!! The ribs are everything they are touted to be - so tender, great flavor, cooked perfectly! And the apple dumpling - amazing! There was a band playing as well - Brandon Cunning! Awesome!!! Great entertainer! And Keith is amazing!... More 

Thank woffer
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34 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We went here based on TA reviews for BBQ and were not disappointed. We split a full rack and it was plenty for two. The Only thing I would change would be more vegetables. The cole slaw side was very small and a small salad was good but cost $5.00.

Thank roadtripwoman
Calgary, Canada
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229 reviews
137 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Best venue on Beale for live music. Had a great show on and service was excellent. Bartender even played drums for one song behind the bar!

Thank Clint R
Jackson, Tennessee
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80 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

One of the best places downtown for a variety of food and music. Ribs, BBQ, fish, anything southern is tasty.

Thank Dustin J
Carleton Place, Canada
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69 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a very popular restaurant so expect a line-up. We shared a rib dinner which was a full rack with sides. The sauce was good and the ribs were tasty. The service is quick, you can tell they are experienced in handling large crowds.

Thank cordebo
Houston, TX
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39 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A hotel staff member recommended this place to me. Everything looked so good! I went there for lunch on Feb. 3rd before a Garth concert. I only had to wait a few minutes while they cleared a table for one. I had the fried shrimp and steak fries. I ate almost every bite and I normally only eat half a... More 

Thank txgbfan

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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
US$15 - US$15
American, Bar, Barbecue, Gluten Free Options
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
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly, Kids, Bar Scene, Groups, Local cuisine
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?