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About B.B. King's Blues Club - Memphis

Established in 1991, this is the original B.B. King’s Blues Club located in Memphis, Tennessee, the home of American blues music, legendary musicians, famous barbecue, historic landmarks and great basketball. With live entertainment every night of the week – from authentic blues to classic soul and rock and roll – and a menu full of Southern favorites, the club is a popular destination spot on Memphis’ historic Beale Street. The club offers a full menu comprised of a variety of the South’s most delicious comfort foods influenced by flavors from New Orleans all the way to the Mississippi Delta, including authentic Memphis-style barbecue. You MUST stop in for our award winning ribs that are some of the best in town – which says a lot for a town known for the world class barbecue! Open daily for lunch, dinner and late night meals, the intimate restaurant and live music venue has some of the finest local entertainment in town live on stage nightly as well as national touring performers.

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

Cuisines:
American, Southern

Hours of Operation:
Monday - Thursday 11am - 12am
Friday - Saturday 11am - 2am
Sunday 11am - 11:30pm

Cross Street:
2nd

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(901) 524-5464

Website:
http://www.bbkings.com/memphis/

Entertainment:
We have live music nightly! For a schedule of events please visit www.bbkingclubs.com. BB King's will have you jamming to music inspired by the King of Blues, the Queen of Motown and the Soul of Funk. They musicians will remind you why Aretha demanded R-E-S-P-E-C-T, why Tina left her good job in the city, why Ray has Georgia on his mind and what the Temptations are talking about!

Catering:
BB King's Blues Clubs has catering menus to accommodate a celebration for any size. We offer hot appetizers, cold appetizers, hot and cold dips action stations, buffets and limited menus. Visit www.bbkingclubs.com for our event packets.

Executive Chef:
Seth Krasnove

Additional:
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
BB King's is known for its special events. We can hold up to 400 seated and have live music nightly. Any group over 15 is given special attention and work with our Sales Manager. They can be reached by e-mailing memphissales@bbkingclubs.com.

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Private Dining

B.B. King’s offers several creative options to meet your event needs. With a unique layout, the club has several different areas available for booking that perfect venue space for a variety of events – from birthday parties and family reunions to wedding receptions and corporate events.

B.B. King's Blues Club - Memphis Ratings and Reviews

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4.3

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4.5

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4.7

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4.3

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Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

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 (Nashville)·Dined 3 days ago

Came to Memphis to go to the Orpheum. Loved BB King’s.

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 (Memphis)·Dined 6 days ago

Great. Great. Great!
Food, atmosphere, service & music all great.
Only one day in Memphis. I am glad I chose BB Kings

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fun, Casual, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Mississippi)·Dined 6 days ago

Valentines Day 2018 was great!
Preston Shannon Band never disappoints!

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 (Savannah)·Dined on February 13, 2018

We went for Valentines. Food great and really good band so enjoyable. Not loud at all. So many on Beale Street you can hear three stores away. Not here. Janae our server very responsive and helpful. Chicken fried chicken w Mac & Cheese and side of gravy to die for. We’ll be back.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Fun, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Good for a Date, Hot Spot, People Watching
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 (Dallas)·Dined on February 13, 2018

We arrived and were seated right away at a table to the side of the bandstand and a view of Beale Street. Our waitress took our drink orders and told her to bring us the catfish bets with comeback sauce right away. If you haven't had these I highly recommend!!! Our waitress was extremely helpful and gave us all the info we needed to make our orders. My wife had the shrimp and cheesy grits which she just loved and I had a rack of ribs and Oh My, the sauce was out of this world. The sides were also wonderful and didn't leave much. Our waitress kept our drinks filled and was there for anything we needed. We got to the restaurant about 45 minutes before the band (King Beez) started playing and we were not rushed out the door after we finished eating but instead, welcomed to stay as long as we wanted to enjoy this great music and perfect atmosphere. This place is a must when staying in Memphis and will want to come back during your next stay.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Happy Hour, Great for Brunch, Comfort Food, Cozy, Late-night Find, Creative Cuisine
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 (Edmonton)·Dined on February 12, 2018

Great music and great bites

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 (Memphis)·Dined on February 7, 2018

Great experience in Memphis, blues, good food, lots of fun.

Tags: Live Music, Authentic
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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 5, 2018

We specifically drove to Memphis from Chicago to have ribs at BBKings Blues Club and hear great music performed by the All Star Band. The ambience was energetic and fun. I didn't expect too many people there since it's February (the streets were empty during the day) but BBKings was packed, most likely because of the entertainment! The food was good, and the blues music was excellent.....All in all, an enjoyable evening.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Vibrant Bar Scene, Casual, Fun, Late-night Find, Bar Seating, Good for Groups, Live Music, People Watching, Cozy
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 (Memphis)·Dined on January 31, 2018

Fabulous experience! Server was great. Very attentive, but not overly so. Food excellent and good value. Band was kickin' it! Would go back in a heartbeat!

Tags: Live Music, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Comfort Food
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 (Memphis)·Dined on January 18, 2018

I made the reservation but BB Kings Loud and Brash staff turned us away. They said the Intl Blues Competition was happening and so went had to leave...
Sincerely,
Drew Campbell
Minnesota

Tags: Authentic
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 (Memphis)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Great location for Memphis tourists. Highly rated local barbecue. Unique experience for the area.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Live Music
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 3, 2018

Shaqnnon Preston drew us to the BB's but did not play due to ilness. Band covered admirably and made the evening completely worthwhile.

Tags: Comfort Food, Live Music
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 (Orlando)·Dined on December 30, 2017

I have used OpenTable numerous times to make a reservation and loved it. This time was different. When getting in line I told the bouncer that we had a reservation, and he looked at me like I was crazy. He said that they don't do reservations there but we could go inside. Once inside I told the front desk staff that we had a reservation for 4:45 pm. He said that we should just wait over there and they would seat us. We waited, and waited, and waited. I eventually asked the host if we should have received a paging device so that we could be seated. Had the nerve to roll her eyes and tell me that she gave it to my husband. She didn't give anything to my husband. So I requested one, and again told her that I had made a reservation through OpenTable for 4:45 pm. I eventually got a paging device and stood there for 45 minutes waiting to get seated. About every 15 minutes I would ask the host where we were at on the list because I HAD MADE a reservation at OpenTable. Each time an eye roll and was told I was next. The server then went over to the bar where my husband was standing and chose to rub her backside on his hand that was resting on the top of one of the bar stools. OKAY. Husband thought that was stupid, so did I. Eventually we got seated almost an hour after the scheduled time. Other than the front staff, the vibe was great, food was awesome and service from the waitress were on point. Front door staff could use a little more training on customer service.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Hot Spot
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Ribs were sticky and delicious as expected. The chicken strips and mac and cheese were crazy good. My kids are already asking when we can go again.

Tags: Casual, Comfort Food, Fun, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot, Live Music
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 (Nashville)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Loved the southern food..grits, catfish, rice with crayfish, tender, delicious ribs.
Music was so good. We drove to Memphis for this experience and it did not disappoint.
The hostesses and wait staff were pleasant and helpful.
Families with children were welcomed.
The food came quickly..nice and hot.
I would visit again.

Tags: Live Music, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Late-night Find, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Spicy, Authentic, Fun, Kid-friendly, Good for a Date, People Watching
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Totally enjoyed our evening - stop over while traveling
from Atlanta, Ga to St. Louis, MO

Tags: Live Music, Cozy, Great Beer
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 (Memphis)·Dined on December 20, 2017

The wait staff was Perfect and friendly on helping with the menu items and real quick to bring the drinks. The food prices and portions were Horrible. It's nothing special. Plain food you can get anywhere. We split and tried several different things that sounded neat and good in the menu. When it came to the table it was nothing special and nothing you can't get at your local Popeyes....

Tags: Live Music
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Had a nice lunch and had hoped to stop back at night to hear the band but ran out of time.

Tags: Comfort Food
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 (Memphis)·Dined on December 14, 2017

Ambience was fun and a great place to enjoy a bite to eat and drinks. Will return in the future!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fun, Live Music
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 (Birmingham)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Our server, Lanetta, was extremely nice. Did a great job and made us feel very welcomed. She is an asset. BBQ plate was good, as were the nachos.

Tags: Live Music
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on November 29, 2017

The food was great. Service and Atmosphere were terrific! Memphis Blues are the best!

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene, Neighborhood Gem, Live Music
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 (Grand Rapids)·Dined on November 23, 2017

If you are in Memphis you MUST stop into BB Kings for a meal and to take in the live music. BB was a staple of the city and his resto is the same. My wife and i totally enjoyed the experience and the people we met there.

Tags: Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Live Music, Fun, Vibrant Bar Scene, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Bar Seating
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Food was good, but the music was even better. Listened to the BB KIng House Band and Memphis Jones. Both were good, but really enjoyed Memphis Jones' show.

Tags: Good for a Date, Vibrant Bar Scene, Special Occasion, Late-night Find, Hot Spot, Live Music, Casual
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 22, 2017

We came for dinner but ended up just ordering the nachos (so good! they have bbq sauce on them!) and catfish bites (and the slaw was amazing!) We REALLY enjoyed the live music and the food - what a fun evening! We’ll definitely come back if we visit Memphis again!

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 (Memphis)·Dined on November 20, 2017

Great overall experience, the food was excellent, the employees were very professional and nice. Made reservation a week ahead of time and had no issues!!!! Band wax excellent, great visit thanks!!!!!!!!

Tags: Authentic, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 9, 2017

We got the ribs and brisket. Service was really slow. We had to request utensils, refills and even napkins. The meat portions were huge but the sides are tiny (as in they come in like 3 oz cups.

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 (Oxford)·Dined on November 6, 2017

Great music atmosphere. Food is good American fare we weren't there for a fancy meal - the music was the attraction. Good idea to book ahead to get a good table especially if you only have a limited time in Memphis. Be aware that there's likely to be a cover charge I(c$5 pp) to get in as well as the cost of the food and the tips for the waiting staff and band.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fun, Special Occasion
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 (Memphis)·Dined on November 6, 2017

We were very surprised that there was a cover charge to get into the restaurant for our dinner reservation. Having just arrived from Nashville, where all bars and restaurants have free entry, this was annoying. We quite happily and generously tip the bands but having to pay for entry, and then seeing that the band had their tip bucket out, I’m wondering who this cover charge goes to?
We got a pretty mediocre table, considering that we made a reservation a couple of weeks in advance. We saw “walk-ins” get much better seats.
The food was very good, and our waitress was also very good.
Music was energetic but MUCH too loud, esp at 7pm. Where would the decibel level go from there?

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Memphis)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Awesome !!!
I have been visiting Memphis for more than 10 years a few times a year for Work and leisure. I always schedule trip around seeing Memphis Jones . You can not get All a Memphis has to offer without his show. Seek him out. This just happens to be a great restaurant and where I’ve been able to track him down the last few years. Great food great service and AMAZING entertainment. Memphis Jones or
BB KINGS never disappoints.

Tags: Casual, Good for a Date, Live Music, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food
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 (Memphis)·Dined on November 2, 2017

Arrive early. They gave our table away a although we had reservations.

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 (Memphis)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Great time...wonderful waitress..good food...shrimp and grits with a twist

Tags: Live Music, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Fun, Hot Spot, Sunday Lunch
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Great place highly recommend

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 (Memphis)·Dined on October 26, 2017

House band King Beez were great. Good very good and generous.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Live Music
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 (Memphis)·Dined on October 24, 2017

We wanted MemphisBlues but got some Motown as well. The chicken and ribs were great.

Tags: Comfort Food, Hot Spot, Fun, Live Music, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on October 23, 2017

The music was fabulous!! They took requests and I asked for "At Last". They hit it out of the park.

Tags: Fun, Live Music, Late-night Find
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 (Memphis)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Skip the dining and go for the music only or you will be thoroughly disappointed. My friends and I meet at BBKings once a year and stay in Memphis for an all-out weekend. our highlight is always BBKings....until this time. the old Mr. BB King died and this place has rapidly declined in food and service. It is not even close to the standards it used to hold. I wont be back until they correct it and go back to the proper portions and excellent food that made them famous. you can hear the blues anywhere on Beale Street.

Tags: Live Music
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 (New England)·Dined on October 20, 2017

GREAT band, food and service!!! Highly recommend.....GREAT EXOERIENCE!!

Tags: Fun, Authentic, Live Music, Hot Spot, Good for Groups, Comfort Food, Great Beer, Casual, Local Ingredients
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on October 19, 2017

great music great service...went there 2 times during our stay

Tags: Fun
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 (Memphis)·Dined on October 18, 2017

My wife and I, along with our best friends celebrated my wife's b'day at BBKings Blues club in Memphis. The food was outstanding and the music more than lived-up to the Kings standards. Really a lot of fun, highly recommend dropping in when in Memphis.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Live Music, Fun, People Watching, Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Casual, Vibrant Bar Scene, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 17, 2017

Went there for music and ambience, not disappointed. Cab driver said not the best food but pretty good for us!

Tags: Hot Spot
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