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Blues City Cafe

117 reviews
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$30 and under
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  • Comfort Food
  • People Watching
  • Fun
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 Travel Channel's "A Taste of America", 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 Blues with Earl "the Pearl" Banks and Blind Mississippi Morris, to Rock-A-Billy with Hillbilly Casino and Brad Birkedahl, to a Sun Studio Revue with the Memphis 3. Come on down to the Blues City Cafe and have a great meal and dance the night away on Beale Street.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Barbecue, Steakhouse, Seafood
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Hours of operation
Walk-ins are always encouraged.

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
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Phone number
(901) 526-3637
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Larry Crawford
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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.
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Private party contact
Richard Magevney: (901) 526-3637
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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!
We provide food, beverage, entertainment, security, etc. If you can dream it, we can take care of it!
Please contact Richard with all inquiries and requests at 901.526.3637
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Cross street
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Parking details
We have multiple parking lots and parking garages within a very short walking distance.
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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.
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Blues City Cafe offers nightly live entertainment in our famous Band Box. Dance the night away in our live music room located right next to our restaurant! The fun is just beginning when you finish your meal at Blues City Cafe.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 117 People Are Saying
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4.1  based on recent ratings
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70% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (Richmond)
4.0  Dined on January 30, 2018

We went there the first time to hear some blues and found the acoustics pretty good for a restaurant/bar/ with live music and no cover! What we found was awesome music and great fair priced food and drinks. Went there 3 times in one week because if it ain't broke don't fix it! Never were disappointed all the music was different but excellent

OpenTable Diner (Minneapolis)
4.0  Dined on January 1, 2018

The ribs were very tender, but not smokey like I like them. My husband had the shrimp and they were very good. It's a fun atmosphere right on Biehl Street in Memphis.

OpenTable Diner (Des Moines)
5.0  Dined on December 29, 2017

We reserved for 6 but more showed. No problem, more chairs. Very friendly service and food was great.

IowaFoodie (Charleston)
5.0  Dined on December 29, 2017

This place was hopping but then again there were 25,000 ISU fans in town for the liberty bowl. We were seated promptly, had great service and excellent food.

OpenTable Diner (Birmingham)
5.0  Dined on December 1, 2017

In town for St Jude marathon. From the moment we walked in, I knew we had made a great choice. Best ribs that I’ve ever had, wonderful catfish fillet, and honestly the best baked beans I have ever had! Our waiter, Matt, was awesome. All around, a great experience.

maryd (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on November 15, 2017

Great food. Great service. Great entertainment. The Brad Birkedahl Band was amazing!!

OpenTable Diner (Memphis)
1.0  Dined on November 14, 2017

The "special" was a strip steak. The steak I received was not a strip, was pre sliced, had a lot of gristle...just poor quality . The appetizer was initially overlooked, but was good when it did arrive. The dessert service was very late (I15+min.) after the main was cleared. The staff did their best but were undermanned. There is no excuse for offering the inferior steak that was served. This place was once known for their steaks. I would have appreciated it more if I'd been told that the meat served would be a substitute, so I could decide to try it or not. This may satisfy our tourists, but I have too many better places to go and will do so.

Janis (Phoenix)
2.0  Dined on November 14, 2017

The music was great. The food was just ok. But serving the wine in cheap plastic water glasses like you see in motel 6 is totally unacceptable. That was a deal breaker and we won't be back. It was so embarrassing to have brought a friend and business associate with us. Very disappointing!

OpenTable Diner (Naples)
4.0  Dined on October 26, 2017

Surprised no music in a Beale Street joint. Great BBQ

OpenTable Diner (Memphis)
5.0  Dined on October 4, 2017


The place is the best to listen the real american music. Good food and drinks, the best Memphis players. I'll be back, for sure !

vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
1.0  Dined on September 27, 2017

Terrible treatment. I had a reservation in the saloon with live music, and they said I couldn't´t be accommodated because they had a group of 40. Not my problem. Then, why did I make a reservation? It´s nonsense. Never more!!!

OpenTable Diner (Orlando)
5.0  Dined on September 11, 2017

Food was Amazing!!!! Loved everything and we'll definitely visit again!

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on August 16, 2017

Food is fantastic. Live music in the secondary room. We were there for Elvis Week and sat under the pink Cadillac w Elvis pix everywhere.

OpenTable Diner (Tulsa)
5.0  Dined on July 25, 2017

It was great. I had ribs and a cup of seafood gumbo based on user reviews and was not disappointed. My wife had chicken tenders and they, well were chicken tenders but nothing special which is why I gave 4 stars on food. That in no way should take away from their specialties. The place had a great diverse ethnicity mix does not allow smoking and kids can go. The nightly music was Earl the Pearl who played and sang the blues. It was a great all round experience.

Nancy (Memphis)
5.0  Dined on July 10, 2017

This was a great place. Truly enjoyed the band. The food was awesome. Our waitress London was the best. A fabulous evening in Memphis!

Woody (Cincinnati)
5.0  Dined on July 6, 2017

The. Best. Ribs in Memphis: hands down! Get the special that has ribs, catfish, cole slaw...the works. We now try to go every year just for the food and we live in Kentucky! The band that played was awesome too.

MealsMakeTheMemories (Nashville)
4.0  Dined on July 3, 2017

Met out-of-town friends for a "Memphis Meal" before a Redbirds game...their first exposure to Memphis ribs. Was a good meal and perfect location for a pre-game bite. Portions were huge, food was hot and tasty, beer was cold and service was great!

OpenTable Diner (Birmingham)
5.0  Dined on June 22, 2017

We loved Blues city cafe! We were there 3xs in 3 nights. We actually left our reservation across the street our last night after appetizers so that we could catch our gumbo and pecan pie and music again. We found our happy place!!!

OpenTable Diner (Dallas)
5.0  Dined on May 25, 2017

Great food, great music, great local beers!! What more could you want? Favorite place to eat when we are in Memphis.

OpenTable Diner (Toronto)
4.0  Dined on May 11, 2017

Great place to eat on Beale, then just walk through the inside passage to teh room with all the blues music...great!