Blues City Cafe
The Blues City menu includes such favorites as our Famous BBQ Ribs, Southern Fried Catfish, Broiled Steaks, and the World's 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 Cafe 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. Come on down to Blues City Cafe and have a great meal and dance the night away on Beale Street.
Beale Street's Best BBQ Ribs
Tender, juicy pork ribs rubbed with our secret seasoning, hickory smoked & basted with our maple BBQ sauce. Ribs are slow-cooked to perfection so the meat slips right off the bone. Served with baked beans, steak fries, coleslaw and Texas toast
Gumbo Cheese Fries
Our cheese fries smothered in our World Famous Seafood Gumbo. NBA Great Chris Webber has tweeted about these babies
Golden Fried Catfish Plate
A generous portion of our "Simmons Brothers" Mississippi farm raised catfish, filleted and hand battered with our own cornmeal and spice breading, then golden fried. Served with coleslaw, new potatoes or steak fries, homemade tartar sauce, and Texas toast
We went during the week, although we made a reservation just in case as we were from out of town. Very casual laid back atmosphere, but you do not need fancy if you want great fall off the bone ribs! Side dishes were also very good.
Enjoyed our first experience here. Easy place to just lay back and enjoy good food. The ribs were delish, the service fast and the atmosphere fun.
Recommend by locals as some of the best gumbo in town.
The ribs were awesome, moist and tender and falling off the bone.
Great music. Best ribs in Memphis. Atmosphere soulful.. staff efficient and super friendly.
Only criticism... cook thin fries !! Or sweet potatoes fries. Not frozen steak fries.
Love this place ✊🏿❤️❤️❤️
Great location & cool ambiance.
The food was decent and our server was pleasant. I had a major problem with the front of the house host. I informed the host that I had a 7:30 reservation through Open Table. He is response was don’t worry and he sat us. I doubt he checked us off as arrived. In fact I didn’t see a computer at all.
was disappointed that we could not sit near the live music. French fries were not hot, but food was good.
There was a line out front and at first we were told our reservation didn't matter, but once we talked to someone else we got a table right away. It is noisy but that's part of the fun. Food and service were both great.
Ribs and sides were very good and similar to many of the rib places in Memphis. Many tables not cleared making it look unkempt.
The atmosphere is laid back. The beans were the bomb!
Had a reservation. Was sat in the hallway. No Bueno.
Hostess was s but rude.
Nevertheless received my Opentable points because she never checked us in.
Fried Catfish was excellent. Ribs were So-So.
The food & service was just OK! If you are going for the best ribs in Memphis you will be disappointed. The thing our table of 11 had was the grilled chicken.
Would not return.
Fantastic ribs! Chicken like you make at home! Good food.
Best ribs we ever had. Fast service. Classic Beale St. atmosphere.
Had a reservation but they seated us before we could tell them. When I did tell host, she wanted the name, but that did not effect where were seated. We asked for another table and server refused. They forgot our salads entirely. Food was ok but very overpriced. Band had an obnoxious singer. Neighborhood was very dangerous. Never again!!
Awesome. Though I visited there alone, I really enjoyed great ribs and gumbo with fun music live!
Great food. The ribs and catfish are amazing! The service was excellent. The beers were cold. The music was awesome. Was it too loud? Hell no, it's supposed to be loud!
Food was good, but wasn't as warm as I expect . I didn't ask for them to warm it up, but I think it would have been much better if warmer. The service was quick, though and the dessert was very good and large. The entertainment was Ok, but could have used more music and less chit chat.
As always the ribs are to die for. Best baked beans ever. The place to be on Beale Street.
Food especially the ribs were delicious. Definitely need to book at popular times but will need to show booking on phone to get in. Otherwise will be told to stand in line.
We came here specifically to see Brad Berkedahl. Enjoyed his show very much. The food was mediocre, and the drinks were OK. We happen to have a very good waitress, but we witnessed another waitress being extremely rude to a visitor from Denmark. She chased him out of the business and continued to stomp around for quite some time after the event. I don't know if there was no member of management around to witness this behavior, or they just didn't care. We travel frequently overseas and alway try to represent the United States in the best possible way. We are sorry that a visitor to our country had to experience what he went through.
Yes, I had a GREAT time at Blues City Cafe! Not only was the food delicious, but the service and atmosphere was perfect! Blind Mississippi Morris was a OUTSTANDING musician! I would recommend this stop for anyone that is in the area!!
We came here for the music, not the food. That said the food was fine. The music was great. Service was good too. We really enjoyed our visit.
The gumbo cheese fries were amazing! Ribs and catfish were also very good. Tamales just so-so. We were seated in the back with the bar and live music so the ambience was a great Memphis vibe
Great food, great atmosphere! Our server was very efficient, but he wasn't very friendly. He didn't "fit" with the atmosphere! But I would recommend going here anyway....you won't regret it. Good southern cooking.
Great food. Great service. Great Music!!! The ribs were some of the best I have ever had.
It had been a few years since my last visit but it was as good as always. Already looking forward to next time.
Very nice ribs and beans... wasn’t too sold on the cat fish. I would like more fresh cut fries in places like this.
Average at best
Waitress was awful. Had just one refill and it was put in a to-go cup in an effort to get us out in a hurry. She disappeared for 10 minutes at a time. Very off-putting and disappointing. I had high hopes for this place. The tamales and chili were both average.
On our way to Florida. Stopped on Beale street per tradition. First time to eat at Blues City Cafe. Made a reservation on Open Table. Too easy. Best ribs in my lifetime.
The service was great, however, the food was very poor. I will be going to other places in Memphis going forward.
Outstanding. Best ribs I’ve ever had
Best barbeque we had in Memphis. We made reservations for New Year's Eve and were seated promptly.
The food was incredible and the waiter was very attentive and personable. We were there New Year’s Eve, so it was extremely busy. Our order was out to us within 10 minutes. Overall it was a great experience!
The food was tasty but we were less than impressed with our seating and table experience. After making a reservation on this website, we were told by the hostess than other guests came in and they don't hold tables for anything. I was disappointed to hear this but it turns out we were seated fairly quickly but just be informed that your reservation may mean very little.
The reason I booked the restaurant was to hear music. Our table was a high top in the back bar area that is very away from the main dining area and even further from the live music. It was more like being in a sports bar than a music restaurant.
Overall the food was awesome and plentiful but be advised that this may not be the experience the restaurant leads you to believe it will be.
Scared to eat when we saw how gross the kitchen was - garbage all over, including a huge piece of fish. The ribs were good though and the bad was great - although we couldn't see them as we were seated far away.
Always a winner!
We had a great meal! The ribs were the best I’ve ever had-meaty, smoky, and falling off the bone.
Blues City Cafe does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Blues City Cafe also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (901) 526-3637.
Blues City Cafe is rated 4.2 stars by 174 OpenTable diners.
Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.