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Baby Blues BBQ

118 reviews
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$30 and under
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  • Neighborhood Gem (137)
  • Great for Lunch (93)
  • Good for Groups (90)

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For traditional barbecue in Philadelphia, Baby Blues BBQ is the place to go. The owners aimed to create a place to get authentic Southern barbecue when they opened the doors of the first restaurant in 2004. With a down-home atmosphere, friendly staff and upbeat music, it's no wonder why Baby Blues BBQ was voted one of USA Today's top 10 home-style restaurants.

The food at Baby Blues BBQ is the true star. Southern barbecue dishes are the focus of the menu. Items like beef brisket, baby back ribs and the famous pulled-pork slow cooked in Guinness are all popular. Pair any meat with a side like the macaroni and cheese, collared greens or corn on the cob. Complete your meal at Baby Blues with its signature banana pudding.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Barbecue, Comfort Food, American
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Hours of operation
Lunch and Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 11:30am - 11:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 11:30am - 12:00pm
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Phone number
(215) 222-4444
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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We offer full service catering for most any size parties. From 20 people to 500 people, we can cater your wedding, birthday party, graduation party, or any special event! We can cater onsite, or offsite, and can bring our smoker to cook to order onsite. Please go to and review our Catering section for more details.
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Parking details
There are several options: 34th & Chestnut Parking garage 36th & Walnut parking garage Street Parking
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Public transit
We are in walking distance to 30th St Station. We are 1/2 a block away from the "EL", so you can travel to all Philly sports stadiums within minutes.
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We have live music every Wednesday evenings through the summer from 9-12PM. Come visit us and watch some of the best blues/jazz, rock and reggae sounds in Philly!
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Special events & promotions
Baby Blues BBQ hosts many events. BBQ challenges, outdoor/indoor events with live music, and fund raisers. Check our website for more details.
Banquet, Beer, Counter Seating, Delivery, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wine
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3.8  based on all time ratings
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81% of people would recommend it to a friend
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CDC86 (Atlantic City)
4.0  Dined on October 5, 2015

I made reservation for 6 people , was seated right away. Food was good, so was the service. I will be back.

Rock (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on August 29, 2015

They welcomed our big group for lunch by opening their secret room! It was perfect! We tried all the home made sauces . The XXX was extremely potent!

vipJennNYC (New Orleans)
5.0  Dined on August 14, 2015

Driving home from Philly we decide to pit stop for diner, I jumped on the open table app and accidentally found this restaraunt and WOW we were glad we did. It was the best food we had the whole trip. Excellent food, service, and accommodating.

Definitely will be returning to this returning when I visit again.

OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on July 26, 2015

Everything was GREAT!!! A nice dining experience.

JacquiM (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on March 21, 2015

Space is way bigger than I thought. My group of 7 was sat downstairs. We had plenty of room and a great waitress. If you come here try to reserve their secret room. There is a false wall and behind it is the VIP dining room which you can reserve. We didn't dine in it but it looked really awesome when we peeked.

Mike (Los Angeles)
1.0  Dined on July 24, 2014

The food was average for a bbq place in Philadelphia, but the service was horrendous. We were sat and after waiting 20 minutes for anyone to even ask for our drink order, I asked the hostess if we had a server? Someone came over, took our drinks and food. We never saw him again for an hour. Then, another server came up (who I guess WAS supposed to be our server) and asked if we needed anything. By that point, we had been done eating 30 minutes, did not receive the dessert we ordered and just wanted to leave. Oh, to top it off, as we're walking out there is a guy standing INSIDE the restaurant clipping his nails. I will never go here again.

Duck4u11 (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on July 20, 2014

Scheduled a table for a date with my girlfriend and we chose the eat outdoor option. We tried out the University City Dining Days deal and boy did the food fill us up quick. We enjoyed our time outside in the quite Sunday evening and were completely satisfied with our experience. Would go back again.

vipEdHooker3 (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on July 18, 2014

As we were used to southern bbq, it was great to find a place in the heart of University City that had authentic bbq. Great portions, awesome side dishes, fantastic deserts.

Ladybug (Philadelphia)
1.0  Dined on July 18, 2014

While the location and the ambience were terrific the food was not. I had the pulled pork with okra and mashed sweet potato. The pool of grease on my plate was disgusting. I could not put the meat in my mouth without first putting it on a paper towel first. Nasty.

CATaylor (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on July 15, 2014

This is one of my Favs. I had to make a last min location change to celebrate a special someone's birthday, and this place was the answer. Everyone had a great time and they real enjoyed the food. I will be coming back to this restaurant.