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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.
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33 Current Reviews
Summary of Diner Ratings & Reviews
Overall 
4.1 / 5
(Outstanding) 4.1 / 5
(33 Reviews)
Open Ratings Snapshot
Rating Breakdown 33 reviews
5 stars
(14)
4 stars
(11)
3 stars
(6)
2 stars
(1)
1 star
(1)
Food 
4.2 / 5
(Outstanding) 4.2 / 5
Service 
4.1 / 5
(Outstanding) 4.1 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
2.2 / 3
Energetic
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
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Diners classify this restaurant as:
  • neighborhood gem(13)
  • good for groups(11)
  • late-night find(10)
  • hot spot(9)
  • fit for foodies(8)
  • great for lunch(7)
Blues City Cafe Reviews List
Review 1 for Blues City Cafe
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Fun Beale St place to dine!

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
"Great food, service and fun place to dine. We're there on MLK holiday and the place was packed. BUT...our food came out quickly and HOT!! We had a burger and fries, catfish and turnip greens. All delicious! Will go back soon and try the ribs and the sausage/cheese platter. And I need to mention the prices are very reasonable!"
Dined on 1/18/2016
 2014
Special Features: neighborhood gem, good for groups, hot spot, great for lunch, fit for foodies, kid-friendly
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Review 2 for Blues City Cafe
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 1/12/2016
 2016
Dined on 1/12/2016
 2016
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Dined on 1/12/2016
 2016
Special Features: good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, late-night find
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Review 3 for Blues City Cafe
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Dined on 11/18/2015
 2006
Special Features: neighborhood gem
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Review 4 for Blues City Cafe
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

Decent BBQ

OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 11/19/2015
 2008
Dined on 11/19/2015
 2008
Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"Another choice for BBQ downtown. Would suggest a more professional list of beers other than handwritten copy."
Dined on 11/19/2015
 2008
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Review 5 for Blues City Cafe
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

My Thoughts

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Dined on 11/10/2015
 2009
Dined on 11/10/2015
 2009
Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"My wife and I had a good time here. No Dancing but great Blues Music live. The food was good and the potions were bountiful."
Dined on 11/10/2015
 2009
Special Features: neighborhood gem, special occasion, late-night find
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Review 6 for Blues City Cafe
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Best Ribs

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"This place is very basic, but they do one thing really well BARBEQUE RIBS. they were fantastic. Literally fell off the bone. Sauce was delicious. Sides were fine, but the ribs were the big hit!!!!"
Dined on 11/03/2015
 2007
Special Features: neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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Review 7 for Blues City Cafe
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

We will return

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"Great location. Great ribs. Awesome steak. Staff attentive and friendly."
Dined on 11/02/2015
 2011
Special Features: neighborhood gem, late-night find
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Review 8 for Blues City Cafe
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

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Dined on 10/19/2015
 2014
Dined on 10/19/2015
 2014
Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Dined on 10/19/2015
 2014
Special Features: neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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Review 9 for Blues City Cafe
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

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Dined on 10/19/2015
 2015
Dined on 10/19/2015
 2015
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
Dined on 10/19/2015
 2015
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Review 10 for Blues City Cafe
Overall rating 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5

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Dined on 10/14/2015
 2010
Dined on 10/14/2015
 2010
Food 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
"Not the Memphis dining experience we were hoping for. Overall the food just wasn't good. very greasy. I know, it's fried but it shouldn't taste like grease. Not a fan!"
Dined on 10/14/2015
 2010
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Review 11 for Blues City Cafe
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 9/29/2015
 2015
Dined on 9/29/2015
 2015
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Dined on 9/29/2015
 2015
Special Features: neighborhood gem
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Review 12 for Blues City Cafe
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

Don't believe the Hype

Food 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"My group decided to try Blues Cafe for dinner due to the very good reviews of the catfish. It was just ordinary---and nothing outstanding. The coleslaw was excellent though, likewise the ambience of the cafe, and the service. Disappointed!"
Dined on 9/22/2015
 2012
Special Features: good for groups, late-night find
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Review 13 for Blues City Cafe
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
"Best turnip greens I've ever tasted. Fall off the bone rubs."
Dined on 9/22/2015
 2009
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Review 14 for Blues City Cafe
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 9/14/2015
 2015
Dined on 9/14/2015
 2015
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Dined on 9/14/2015
 2015
Special Features: neighborhood gem, good for groups, fit for foodies, late-night find
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Review 15 for Blues City Cafe
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

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Dined on 9/09/2015
 2008
Dined on 9/09/2015
 2008
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Dined on 9/09/2015
 2008
Special Features: good for groups, hot spot, fit for foodies
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Review 16 for Blues City Cafe
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Great Food

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
"We really enjoyed eating at Blues City Cafe. The service was good and the food was very good. We both had the Memphis Steak and it was very filling. Over all it was a good experiance. Thank you."
Dined on 8/13/2015
 2015
Special Features: good for groups, great for brunch, hot spot, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, fit for foodies, kid-friendly, late-night find
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Review 17 for Blues City Cafe
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
Dined on 1/19/2015
 2006
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Review 18 for Blues City Cafe
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 8/07/2015
 2015
Dined on 8/07/2015
 2015
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Dined on 8/07/2015
 2015
Special Features: hot spot, great for lunch, fit for foodies
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Review 19 for Blues City Cafe
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Fabulous Food & Service

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
"I drove down from Muscatine, IA (8 hours) just to take a group of guys out to dinner, that are working for us in Olive Branch, MS. Made a reservation at Blues City Cafe and I'm glad I did, food was awesome and the customer service was perfect. Would definitely recommend to anyone visiting Memphis."
Dined on 7/07/2015
 2015
Special Features: good for groups, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, late-night find
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Review 20 for Blues City Cafe
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Dinner in Memphis

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
"We thoroughly enjoyed our meal at the Blues Cafe, a Memphis classic bbq joint. Lots of personality and fantastic food, great value and delicious catfish !!"
Dined on 5/27/2015
 2008
Special Features: neighborhood gem, great for brunch, fit for foodies, kid-friendly
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Review 21 for Blues City Cafe
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 5/26/2015
 2015
Dined on 5/26/2015
 2015
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Dined on 5/26/2015
 2015
Special Features: good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly
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Review 22 for Blues City Cafe
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"One good reason to visit blues city cafe is the live music every night. We were disappointed to find that our reservation was essentially worthless. They stuck us in the back area away from the live music. The food was good. Extremely large portions. Service was fast and courteous."
Dined on 4/23/2015
 2004
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Review 23 for Blues City Cafe
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Great Experience!

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"We had a really great experience at the Blues City Cafe!"
Dined on 4/21/2015
 2009
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Review 24 for Blues City Cafe
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

Took my Team for a Team Builder and Lunch

Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Dined on 4/16/2015
 2011
Special Features: good for groups, hot spot, kid-friendly
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Ratings-Only Reviews for Blues City Cafe
Based on the average of (9) ratings-only reviews
Overall 
3.9 / 5
(Very Good) 3.9 / 5
6 out of 6 recommend this product
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
3.9 / 5
(Very Good) 3.9 / 5
Ambiance 
3.7 / 5
(Very Good) 3.7 / 5
Noise Level
2.2 / 3
Energetic