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About 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 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.

138 Beale Street
Memphis, TN 38103
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Barbecue, Steakhouse, Seafood

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

Cross Street:
2ND STREET

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(901) 526-3637

Website:
http://www.bluescitycafe.com/

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.

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

Parking Details:
We have multiple parking lots and parking garages within a very short walking distance.

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.

Executive Chef:
Larry Crawford

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:
Richard Magevney: (901) 526-3637

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Blues City Cafe Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

3.8

service

3.8

ambience

3.5

value

3.7

Noise

Moderate

70% would recommend it to a friend

Fun (5)
Great for Lunch (3)
Bar Seating (3)
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Comfort Food (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Worth the Drive (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Creative Cuisine (1)
Good for Groups (1)
Live Music (1)
People Watching (1)
Scenic View (1)
Seasonal (1)
Good for Birthdays (1)
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·Dined on November 15, 2017

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

Tags: Happy Hour, Good for Groups, Bar Seating, Hot Spot, Comfort Food, Fun
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 (Memphis)·Dined on November 15, 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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 (Phoenix)·Dined on November 15, 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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 (Naples)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Surprised no music in a Beale Street joint. Great BBQ

Tags: Casual, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on October 5, 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 !

Tags: Fun, Bar Seating, Happy Hour, Live Music
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 28, 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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 (Orlando)·Dined on September 11, 2017

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

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Fun, Bar Seating, Seasonal, Quick Bite, Casual, People Watching, Comfort Food, Kid-friendly, Scenic View, Great for Lunch, Great for Brunch
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 (New York Area)·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.

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 (Tulsa)·Dined on July 26, 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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 (Memphis)·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!

Tags: Live Music, Good for Groups, Comfort Food
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 (Nashville)·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!

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 (Birmingham)·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!!!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Quick Bite, Handcrafted Cocktails, People Watching, Vibrant Bar Scene, Seasonal
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 (Dallas)·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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Bar Seating, Great Beer
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 (Toronto)·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!

Tags: Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Local Ingredients, Fun, People Watching
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 (Memphis)·Dined 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!

Tags: Comfort Food, Fun
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 (Memphis)·Dined 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

Tags: Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch, Good for Groups
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 (Memphis)·Dined 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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 (Dallas)·Dined 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.

Tags: Comfort Food, Fun, Authentic, People Watching
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 15, 2017

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

Tags: Fun, Local Ingredients, Authentic, Worth the Drive, People Watching, Good for Groups, Live Music, Fit for Foodies, Outstanding Value, Hot Spot, Casual
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 (Little Rock)·Dined on March 2, 2017

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

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Casual, Live Sports, Worth the Drive, Authentic
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 (Columbus)·Dined on February 8, 2017

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

Tags: Quick Bite
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 (New York Area)·Dined 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!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Authentic, Live Music, Fun, Bar Seating, Quick Bite, Late-night Find
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 (Key West)·Dined 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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 (Memphis)·Dined 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.

Tags: Fun, Tasting Menu, People Watching
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 (Memphis)·Dined 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.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Spicy
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 (Denver)·Dined 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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 (Cleveland)·Dined 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.....

Tags: Live Music, Worth the Drive, Kid-friendly, Bar Seating, Local Ingredients
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on September 13, 2016

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

Tags: Authentic, Comfort Food
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 (Jacksonville)·Dined on September 1, 2016

Great tender ribs and the turnip greens were some of the best I've ever had. We ordered the apple dumpling with ice cream and it arrived in a little hot skillet. It was so good.

Tags: Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Casual
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 (Memphis)·Dined on July 21, 2016

was seated actually before reservation time. food was very good but was disappointed that the only choice for bar-b-q was ribs. the ribs were good and fell off the bone but i would still like to have gotten some pork and mutton. food was good and portions were plentiful. our waitress left some room for improvement as she forgot about us or lost us for periods of time. place was very busy but did not have to wait very long on food.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Memphis)·Dined on July 18, 2016

This is a cool, casual place to eat comfort food Memphis-style.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on June 27, 2016

Very disappointed . Ribs were not done. My wife had shrimp just ok. Caesare salad was smothered in cheese. Was told this was great place for Memphis BBQ...WAS NOT!!

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 (Memphis)·Dined on May 25, 2016

Excellent service, generous portions, great value, and the food was outstanding. We had the ribs/catfish combo, t-bone for 2 and apple dumpling. We enjoyed it all. The staff was super efficient and professional. We will definitely come back again.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Memphis)·Dined on May 17, 2016

The place was easy to find great to hear and the music was brilliant

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Memphis)·Dined on May 17, 2016

Our first visit to the blues City Cafe was very good. My wife had the cat fish and I had a half rack of ribs which were superb! Server was rushed off his feet but very friendly and efficient.
The only gripe we might have is that we seated near the prep and cooking area which made it hot and noisy.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Late-night Find
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on April 28, 2016

Loved the food, especially the ribs. Staff was super friendly. Quick turnover so don't be turned off if there is a line.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Kid-friendly, Late-night Find, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on April 25, 2016

Excellent place to visit if your in Memphis. You won't be disappointed.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on April 7, 2016

We had a party of 8 adults. The food was good. Service was great.

Tags: Good for Groups, Kid-friendly
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 (Naples)·Dined on April 5, 2016

My ribs were just ok. I was expect ion more flavor. The gumbo us good My husbands dinner the seafood Au gratin was very good he enjoyed it completely. Service was prompt and efficient pricing was reasonable. It was a fun place to people watch and listen to great music.

Tags: Hot Spot
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 (Memphis)·Dined on March 3, 2016

Everything was great...our table was ready when we arrived, the food and service was wonderful!

Tags: Good for Groups
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