Blues City Cafe
Blues City Cafe

Blues City Cafe

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.bluescitycafe.com/
  • Phone: 9015263637
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 2:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 11:00am - 3:00pm, Friday: 11:00am - 5:00am, Saturday - Sunday: 11:00am - 5:00am: Dinner Menu Only
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Steakhouse, Barbecue
  • Executive Chef: Larry Crawford
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: If you"re looking for incredible food, outstanding service and world class entertainment, you're at the right place! Blues City Cafe offers both in house and off site catering and event planning. We accommodate groups of all sizes on site in our world famous restaurant, Cadillac Room and Band Box, or off site in one of our large catering facilities! Allow us to organize all of your personal and business events. We provide food, beverage, entertainment, tents, security, etc. If you can dream it, we can take care of it! Please contact Goose with all inquiries and requests at 901.526.3637
  • Private Party Facilities: We have the ability and experience to professionally cater to the private needs of any size party up to 1000 people with the use of our different venues. We also have off-site options for parties larger than 1000. Just give us a call and we will get you set up with a once in a lifetime Memphis Style Dining Experience.
  • Private Party Contact: Jeff "Goose" Goss 9015263637

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 2ND STREET
  • Public Transit: 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.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: We have multiple parking lots and parking garages within a very short walking distance.
A word from Blues City Cafe
Enjoy the Best Meal on Beale at the Blues City Cafe in beautiful Memphis, Tennessee. The Blues City menu includes such favorites as our Famous BBQ Ribs, Southern Fried Catfish, Broiled Steaks, and the Worlds Best Homemade Tamales. Our friendly staff and world famous menu has drawn the attention of presidents and celebrities alike. We have been featured Nationally on The Travel Channel"s "A Taste of America", The Food Network's "Bobby Flay Show", Bon Apetit Magazine's "BBQ Issue" and HDNET's "Drinking Made Easy". Blues City also features nightly live entertainment in The Band Box. Everything from Rock-A-Billy with Hillbilly Casino and the Stunning Cunning Band, to Blues with Earl the Pearl, to a Sun Studio Revue with Gary Hardy and the Memphis2. Come on down to the Blues City Cafe and have a great meal and dance the night away on Beale Street.
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Blues City Cafe reviews from OpenTable diners
16 reviews since May 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.3
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
kid-friendly (6)fit for foodies (6)neighborhood gem (6)great for lunch (5)hot spot (5)good for groups (5)late-night find (3)vibrant bar scene (2)special occasion (1)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Don't Go for The Ribs
    Menehune
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    This is a poor tasting for what Memphis is famous.  The ribs were dry.  I've had better bbq sauce out of a bottle. I will say, the Texas toast and catfish were delish.  Catfish has never been a favorite of mine.  The one served here was very good.  Now, I know why it's a staple on Southern menus.
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  • Well worth the visit
    SoccerDad
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    We were driving up from Dallas and stayed overnight in Memphis. We had a hotel near Biele street and Blues City Cafe is right on the corner, so great location. This and very good BBQ Place and has a really nice casual atmosphere. The ribs were tender and the fried chicken exceptional. The portions were a little smaller than in Texas. We sat in the Restaurant section which is well lit and on the corner but too far away from the Bar section to really hear the Band (who were very good). My suggestion would be to go into the Bar section and then order. It's more crowded but has more of why people are going to the Blues City Cafe. The beer was very good. Margarita's not as good but the extra shot of Tequila helped.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, late-night find, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The food was excellent. Service ok
    nola504girl
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    I'm from New Orleans so to say the food was very tasty is saying a lot. The service could have been a little more friendlier. I think the waiter was a bit pre-occupied or not having a great day. We didn't have to wait long for our meal. The portions were more than enough. The hostess was very pleasant and helpful. There was live entertainment.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Blues City Cafe Rocks
    jandtcox
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    Right across from the Hard Rock Cafe in Memphis on Beale Street, the Blues City Cafe serves up some of the best food that the home of the blues offers. Choose an appetizer such as steak fries smothered in gumbo followed by BBQ ribs cooked to perfection so the meat falls right off the bones and enjoy the view of Beale Street while you eat. You'll need to walk it all off with a stroll down Memphis' famous block of blues fame! Don't forget to take home a bottle of the delicious BBQ sauce.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best ribs we found in Memphis
    MissM
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    YUM!!! BEST ribs we ate while in Memphis and we tried a bunch! Our server was very friendly and attentive (and not too much) and congratulated us on cleaning our plates :-)
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • amazing food
    jroushVIP
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    The legend of ribs in Memphis and the ribs we had were legendary. The service was very good with our waitress was energetic.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of my favorites
    KYdiner71VIP
    Dined on 5/27/2014
    Everytime I go to Memphis I head to Blues City Cafe. Huge BBQ fan, I've had BBQ in Kansas City, NC, TX, all great. But this is my favorite. Had combo this time, adding catfish to half rack. Catfish was great too. Staff is incredibly friendly as well.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 9 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 25, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance3.9
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 38 reviews are from the Blues City Cafe reviews archive.
  • Great spot on Beale
    Dido
    Dined on 5/1/2014
    This cool restaurant has great food and fun atmosphere. Located at the end of Beale street, it has the feel of being in the middle of what is happening.
    Special Features:
    Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was amazing
    OfficerLowe27
    Dined on 4/28/2014
    Food was good , waiter was ok, got the job done, and didn't bug you while you were eating! Food came out quick! Most amazing ribs I ever tasted! Restaurant is extremely dirty and could use a good cleaning ! Overall I would go back ! I was sent there by someone and I'll keep passing on!
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    Fit For Foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pretty Good, but could be better
    FellowMemphian
    Dined on 2/20/2014
    Overall, I gave a rating of "Good" because the food that my friends and I ordered food was tasty, came out quickly, and was correct. Only one person at the table didn't like her order - the tamales - because she said they were hard and tasted old. I'm not sure if they were, or if they just didn't "suit her fancy" but the server was gracious and replaced her meal promptly. We all ended up having fried catfish, fried chicken tenders, or rib platters and everyone seemed to enjoy their meals. Plus, the food prices were reasonable. However, I didn't give a higher rating because I thought the place was sort of grungy looking and could use some cleaning. I would not go out of my way to eat there again if I weren't already on Beale.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great time at blues city
    harold
    Dined on 2/6/2014
    We booked for a group of 16 on a saturday afternoon. We showed up with 18. No problem. Great service with a smile. No complaints from anyone. Every order was correct. Food was hot and tasted great. No long waits and nice folks.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just perfect!
    foodiekerri
    Dined on 1/24/2014
    We went to The Blues Cafe on a friend's recommendation and we LOVED it! We got a reservation and told them it was my mother's 70th birthday and when we arrived we had a FANTASTIC table right in the front window. The sausage and cheese platter is a must have if you are a first time Memphis visitor as we were and the pulled pork was delicious. The po boy was also fantastic. It is a MUST stop if you are going to Memphis for a visit.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun evening
    Ribeater
    Dined on 1/16/2014
    The dinning room was closed for an event, so we had seats at the bar. It was great, the bartender was fun to watch and very personable. They are known for their ribs, I now know why. They are the best I have ever had.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • New Year's Eve 2014
    Laura56
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    Had a group of 10 on New Year's Eve after the Liberty Bowl. Didn't expect a lot and were we surprised! Great food, great service! Will definitely go back!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It Was A Monster
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/27/2013
    We picked this restaurant before leaving the UK as I love T-Bone steak and it said you buy by the pound at 16 Dollars per pound,this I had to try.I can honestly say this is the best T-Bone I have ever had,and yes it was a monster! it was cooked perfectly by the Chef,The Cafe has a very warm vibrant atmosphere,pity the weather wasn't the same,I would certainly book again if I was to re-visit Memphis.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Spot on Beale St
    Nana
    Dined on 10/15/2013
    Ate at Blues City Cafe before a concert at the Fed Ex Arena. We enjoyed being able to eat & walk to the show. Great location! Courteous service in the midst of a rush crowd. Food was great. Not fancy, but really good! Cocktails to go, too. We loved it so much we stopped by late after the show for dessert. I'd recommend the apple dumpling!! Yum! Overall great experience! We had a child with us for dinner, & she enjoyed the food, too!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ribs Ribs Ribs
    rockfarmers
    Dined on 8/26/2013
    Best Rack of Ribs ever !!!! Absolutely Delicious ....Music in Bar was Great
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, scenic view, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
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  • Fantastic Ribs and More!
    lulu
    Dined on 8/23/2013
    My family had a reunion in Memphis last weekend, and we ate a lunch and the next day a dinner here that was perfect. While the ribs are fall off the bone fantastic, don't overlook their other menu items. I loved the shrimp served in an iron skillet with just the right seasonings and garlic butter, with toast to soak up the sauce. Some of our group ordered steaks, ribeye and strip, and raved afterward how it "was the best steak they have had in a long time." Our server, Chris, made sure we had everything we needed. They accomodated our group with good seating and even a space for the one baby we had in the crowd. Loved it!!! Will definitely be back some time.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, kid-friendly
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Should have had the barbeque
    LizM
    Dined on 8/19/2013
    I do not typically eat pork as I do not like it. So, here I was in Memphis at a place known for the barque and I ordered the chicken instead. It was good, very good. My son and I were chatting with a couple next to us, and they said the barbeque was the best they ever had so I broke down and tried their last rib. OMG!!!! I loved it. I wish I had ordered it. We unfortunately could not go back the next night so I was out of luck. It was crisp, not at all fatty (which is always my fear about pork ribs).
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was a B-
    JB27
    Dined on 8/15/2013
    Pleasant down-home atmosphere and good service, but the food was slightly disappointing compared to reviews we'd seen. It was plentiful, but only about a B-. Neither of us are interested in going back.
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  • Great barbecue food with great
    Linda
    Dined on 7/23/2013
    Great barbecue food with great location on Beale Street!
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    neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Catfish, EVER
    TrishiaK
    Dined on 7/5/2013
    At the managers recommendation, my husband and I each ordered the catfish plate. WOW, was it a lot of food. I had catfish, steak fries, slaw and garlic toast. The fish was so good and the portions so large, I bailed on the fries, so I could enjoy the fish. I am not a tartar sauce lover, but the sauce is homemeade and excellent. The catfish is the best I have ever eaten. Loved that there was more fish than breading. Already recommended to a number of other tourists we met.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious Ribs
    Exceptional
    Dined on 6/24/2013
    Had a superb meal whilst staying in Memphis, the ribs were fantastic and the service brilliant. Watching the food going to other tables was an eye opener as everything looked mouthwatering. We then moved to the bar to listen to the live band and spent the evening there drinking and having a good time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, kid-friendly, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lunch at Blues City
    djkriegerVIP
    Dined on 5/23/2013
    Had a group of four - great food, very busy at lunch.
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    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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  • High expectations
    Buffy
    Dined on 5/13/2013
    First time to memphis. Lots of great reviews about the blues city cafe, and the fact that we had to wait 3 days to get a reservation, made me think this was a really great place. Ribs were awesome, side dishes were tiny. Gumbo tasted good but was chuck full of fish bones - yikes! Didn't meet the, unrealistic, expectations. Don't get the gumbo - unless you're an alligator.
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  • ummm good
    JoelVIP
    Dined on 5/2/2013
    Best ribs and gumgo I had drung my 5 day stay in Memphis.
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    fit for foodies
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  • Food was absolutely fabulous.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 4/17/2013
    Food was absolutely fabulous. Our server helped us in choosing our sides, but we mainly came for the ribs. It was a large portion to say the least. Will definitely go there again when in Memphis.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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  • Typical tourist restaurant.
    2bthereVIP
    Dined on 2/26/2013
    Typical tourist restaurant. Food average. Back room dining area adjacent to bar & music. They really try to hustle you off the street to come in. There are other places on Beale St to try.
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    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I ate there twice in one day.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/15/2013
    I ate there twice in one day. Had ribs n fish gumbo.. awesome, then ate again after 6 hours of beale st.. can't remember but my buddy says cat fish was awesome as well. Highly recommend
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    neighborhood gem
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  • Wish we had gone to Rendezvous
    freddyT
    Dined on 2/13/2013
    We were disappointed by Blues City Cafe. The food was just OK and the service was efficient but not friendly.
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  • great live music with atmosphere.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/4/2013
    great live music with atmosphere. I was hoping the ribs would be better than they were.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not sure why the ribs are
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/21/2012
    Not sure why the ribs are award winning. mine were somewhat over done, I believe I make better ribs. ChiChi (sp?) gave reasonably good service, but had a very dry personallity, non-conversive, almost as if she didnt enjoy her job. An OK place over all, but I will try a different place to eat next trip to Memphis.
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  • Not recvommended
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/22/2012
    The bartender fixed my friends and I the worst drinks we have ever had. I would not return to this restaurant for any reason, I understand that the Beale Street location is a draw for many tourists but as a "foodie" I would not reccomend it and I was truly surprised that anyone could make a drink so badly. I made reservations from Virginia and was very disapointed in the overall experience.
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    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We had a horrible waiter.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/18/2012
    We had a horrible waiter. Our appetizer/soup did not arrive at the same time; waited 20 minutes for that. Then, all the other tables got their food, but us. Those diners came way after us. We waited another 30 minutes for our main meal after having to remind/wave to the waiter.
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  • Great service, ample portions.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/21/2012
    Great service, ample portions. Tender ribs, the juiciest chicken strips ever!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Hot spot -best food/entertainment
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/15/2012
    Some of the best entertainment on Beale st. They hound you for purchases.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, scenic view, great for lunch
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  • You go there for great ribs
    BBNM
    Dined on 7/18/2012
    You go there for great ribs and that's what you get. Great tender ribs. Good catfish. Worth a visit.
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  • There are two sections at
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/11/2012
    There are two sections at Blues City Cafe: the dining room and the bar/lounge area that hosts blues bands. While the dining room section is definitely family/kid friendly, the other section might be too loud for younger children. My boyfriend and I sat in the bar section. The ribs (dry rub, no sauce) were a bit dry for me but their overall flavor was good. Their tamales, drenched in their homemade chili, was the standout dish. The music was hot, the service outstanding, and overall it was a great first stop in my first visit to Memphis.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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  • The best BBQ ribs I ever put
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/10/2012
    The best BBQ ribs I ever put in my mouth!! Will compare all others to Blues City and everyone else comes up lacking.
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    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, great for lunch
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  • Not what I expected
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/20/2012
    The Blues City Cafe was smoky and loud. I met a girlfriend there for dinner before a show at the FedEx Forum. It was not anatmosphere conducive to carrying on a regular conversation. I ordered the catfish with steak fries and the catfish was very bland. I used the tartar sauce to give it a bit of flavor. Never touched the fries. Also ordered the stuffed mushroom caps as an appetizer. Very oily I've had better at Olive Garden which isn't saying much. It has a diner atmosphere and and was consistent with the hustle and bustle of Beale Street. If you want a quick meal but not concerned about atmoshpere, that is the place. I wouldn't return even for a quick meal. The best thing I had that night was my Corona. Waitstaff was very friendly
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