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Blues City Cafe

4.4
123 reviews
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$30 and under
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Barbecue
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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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Cuisines
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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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!
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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Neighborhood
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Cross street
2ND 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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Entertainment
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.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 123 People Are Saying
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4.3
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4.4
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4.4
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Great ribs, Great Catfish, and oh, don't ever forget the apple dumpling - SO good. The service was excellent and prompt. It was fun to be able to watch the excellent kitchen staff prepare the food and get it out. Great experience on Beale Street!

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5.0Dined on March 29, 2018

Delicious. Prices and quantity were of value.

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5.0Dined on March 29, 2018

The ribs are amazing!! Meaty and great BBQ flavor. I don't like my ribs with too much sauce so these were perfect however, I'm sure if you like them "saucy", you can request more BBQ sauce.

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5.0Dined on March 26, 2018

Amazing! The bartender was also our waiter, server and took our bill and the place was busy! He suggested how we should order and what to order and we loved our food.

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4.0Dined on March 15, 2018

Don't know why they offer reservations since they take first come, first served (depending on the size of your group).
We weren't cramped, but the sun shown directly in the face of one of us as it set...no effort to shade it.
Generally clean, but the hubcaps used as lampshades overhead were filthy.
Only one gentleman to serve our section; he did ok, but rarely checked on us which meant we had to flag him down a couple times for butter, water, etc. Food arrived in a reasonable time.
Enjoyed the meal with the Beale Street music/festivities right outside before walking the short distance to the Orpheum Theater. BBQ ribs and the shrimp were very good, and the sirloin steak was great!
They validate parking, supposedly where there is an attendant. However, which parking places those may be is a mystery. It's certainly not the Central Parking garage right next door (which had an attendant).

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4.0Dined on March 13, 2018

The band was awesome

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4.0Dined 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

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4.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on December 29, 2017

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

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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on November 15, 2017

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

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1.0Dined 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.

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2.0Dined 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!

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4.0Dined on October 26, 2017

Surprised no music in a Beale Street joint. Great BBQ

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5.0Dined on October 4, 2017

UNFORGETTABLE !

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 !

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1.0Dined 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!!!

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5.0Dined on September 11, 2017

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

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4.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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!

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5.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined 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!

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5.0Dined 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!!!

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5.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined 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!

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5.0Dined on May 1, 2017

What a wonderful experience! Keith the bartender was outgoing and fun, exceptional service! We enjoyed the seafood au gratin as an appetizer and full rack of ribs for the entree, OUTSTANDING! Live music was very nice!

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5.0Dined on April 20, 2017

We ordered tamales, stuffed mushrooms, shrimp skillets, and dessert. Everything was delicious. I'm already looking forward to my next trip. Very convenient to the Orpheum. The food came quickly and we didn't have any trouble getting to the show on time

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5.0Dined on April 10, 2017

We had an amazing meal at the Blues City Cafe! My mom and I were able to split a half rack of ribs and fried catfish plate. We were not disappointed. The fish was perfectly done and the BBQ ribs were stripped clean by the end of our meal. This place can get very crowded so plan ahead!

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4.0Dined on March 30, 2017

Staff was exceptionally friendly, food was delicious (the apple dumpling was oh so good), music entertaining and enjoyed for a few minutes after we finished our dinner. Reasonably priced - will visit again next time I'm in Memphis.

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5.0Dined on March 15, 2017

In the heart of what's happening, an overall delicious, fun & entertaining time!

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4.0Dined on March 2, 2017

Just real good food, period. Tamales, catfish and fall off the bone ribs as good as you will find.

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4.0Dined on February 8, 2017

Classic Memphis experience. Steaks are terrific especially their natural sauce.

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5.0Dined on January 19, 2017

Great place. Food was soooo yummy. Awesome options of local beers too. Waiter was so busy so he comp'ed us a free beer. They clearly know how to treat customers. Plus the live music and location were the cherry on the cake. Plan to visit again!

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5.0Dined on December 27, 2016

Food was amazing. Ribs so tender and falling off bone. Sauce Delish! Sides tasty and service fast and friendly!

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4.0Dined on October 12, 2016

We booked a food tasting tour and Blues City Cafe was one of our stops. We had the tamales and chili. Both were very good. Will be coming back on a future trip.

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3.0Dined on October 10, 2016

I reserved for lunch, but went for dinner. Disappointed that the wine and beer were in plastic cups. Kind of downer, but the food was really good.

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3.0Dined on October 3, 2016

Our reservation wasn't much of one, as we still had to wait 15 minutes after arrival for our table to prepared. Good ribs though.

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4.0Dined on September 20, 2016

The ribs were excellent. Accompanied by very good slaw and baked beans.
The music was exactly what we were looking for. Earl The Pearl- 80+ years old and still singing the blues.....

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4.0Dined on September 13, 2016

Really great steaks and ribs. Large portions. The Blues band playing was terrific too.

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