Blues City Cafe

Bar, Café, and American Restaurant$$$$
Downtown Memphis, Memphis
  • Anthony E.
    "If you're from out of town, try the Best Meal on Beale."(4 Tips)
    "Get the Gumbo (It's spicy and amazing)."(14 Tips)
    Drew D.
    "Love the sausage and cheese good BBQ sauce."(4 Tips)
    Lori F.
    "The catfish fillet melts in your mouth & the fries are awesome!!!!"(19 Tips)
139 Tips and reviews
  • ribs
  • catfish
  • meal on beale
  • gumbo
  • tamales
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  • Lisa H.
    Sampler platter with BBQ ribs & catfish was delish!
  • Ollie M.
    Its not Cafe, Its local Memphis beer people!
  • Sergio T.
    Life music 🎶
  • Connor
    ConnorMarch 31
    This place is incredible. Get the Gumbo (It's spicy and amazing). The catfish is delicious also. Wash it down with a Ghost River Golden Ale.
  • Theo J.
    Theo JamesMarch 19
    I feel this place was the Uncle Bills of STL. Where my St Louisians at?
  • Gabby C.
    Gabby CotteeFebruary 27
    The ribs are so good!
  • Elliott F.
    Elliott FloydFebruary 25
    Don't leave Beale St. Until you get those barbecue ribs.
  • Danni
    DanniJanuary 5
    Perfectly tender, juicy, flavourful rib with just perfect amount of fat on meat. Half rack or rib was just right amount of food for me. When all other BBQ joints are closed, this is the place to go!
  • Caleb M.
    Caleb MarshDecember 21, 2016
    If you aren't up for much exploring and want to stick to Beale Street for the night this is a great place for ribs and the catfish is spectacular.
  • James C.
    James ChurchDecember 2, 2016
    Tamales and chili the bomb.
  • Amália S.
    Amália SouzaNovember 1, 2016
    Maior costela ever! Delicious, the rib melted every where!!
  • Sarah M.
    Sarah McCarthySeptember 5, 2016
    Eat ALL the ribs!!!
  • Zach H.
    Zach HedrickAugust 30, 2016
    Best gumbo on Beale! You've got to try their tamales, wow!
  • Neiep R.
    Neiep RegionAugust 9, 2016
    Ribs n catfish
  • Cheryl O.
    Cheryl OppenheimMay 19, 2016
    Get the steak!
  • Don P.
    Don PlattMay 17, 2016
    Great little lunch yesterday.
  • James S.
    James SpeckerMay 3, 2016
    Food is great. Service is questionable.
  • Christian K.
    Christian KuehneApril 27, 2016
    Ribs are great and service is awesome! Great music too
  • Kristin
    KristinApril 9, 2016
    Gumbo covered cheese fries!
  • Jesse B.
    Jesse BagelsMarch 27, 2016
    Man oh man nothing like stopping in Memphis in the middle of the night and getting to eat here, do NOT miss the gumbo cheese fries and the ribs, too good
  • Allan W.
    Allan WhiteMarch 1, 2016
    Joy is a great server and knows the menu inside out.
  • Brenda M.
    Brenda MooreFebruary 19, 2016
    Ribs, Catfish, slaw, baked beans, green beans. Pecan pie
  • Charlotte S.
    Charlotte ScarfFebruary 1, 2016
    Pretty fun place for fast food and tunes.
  • Ted C.
    Ted ClarkJanuary 22, 2016
    Ribs are great
  • Jaime Hervar
    Jaime HervarJanuary 7, 2016
    The beer it's the best!
  • Edna M.
    Edna MercerDecember 30, 2015
    Gumbo is great
  • Joe K.
    Joe KoolOctober 17, 2015
    The Gumbo cheese fries were the truth not to mention the catfish was fried nice.
  • Ann C.
    Ann ChasovikovaOctober 14, 2015
    Best ribs in Tennessee, awesome local beer, good music, WiFi elvislives
  • Chawn J.
    Chawn JonesAugust 23, 2015
    Ribs fries Cole Slaw BBQ Sauce
  • Jim A.
    Jim AndersonAugust 18, 2015
    Try the Ribs w/ Baked Beans, Fries, & Toast - The best meal I ate all week! 3:30am on Beale Street. (via @Foodspotting)
  • Jim A.
    Jim AndersonAugust 18, 2015
    Try the Fried Catfish Meal - It was more about the ribs AND the catfish! (via @Foodspotting)
  • Jim A.
    Jim AndersonAugust 15, 2015
    Try the Best Meal On Beale - A slab of ribs, a fried catfish filet, beans, slaw, fries and Texas toast. What's not to like? (via @Foodspotting)
  • Anna V.
    Anna VladauJune 7, 2015
    Fried chicken tenders
  • Rick H.
    Rick HApril 25, 2015
    Great ribs, great music. Nuff said.
  • Cristian C.
    Cristian CanessaJanuary 16, 2015
    Ribs and shrimps
  • Kenneth R.
    Kenneth RobersonJanuary 6, 2015
    Been here 25+ times
    Steaks are cooked to perfection!!! Chef Greg and Chef Larry are incredible!!
  • Jeff C.
    Jeff CraneDecember 23, 2014
    Loved the tamales!
  • Kris W.
    Kris WhiteDecember 6, 2014
    I love they ribs
  • Barry S.
    Barry SegalNovember 7, 2014
    had desert, was good, service was just ok
  • Liz H.
    Liz HarknessOctober 19, 2014
    Gumbo is spicy and delicious.
  • Karen J.
    Karen JohnsonOctober 17, 2014
    The Gumbo is very good!
  • David F.
    David Foley, Jr.September 29, 2014
    The ribs and the catfish are as good as it gets!
  • Russell H.
    Russell HolleySeptember 9, 2014
    Get the BBQ!
  • Michael S.
    Michael SpencerAugust 26, 2014
    Great music and food.
  • Roger M.
    Roger MaAugust 7, 2014
    Grab the rib and catfish special!
  • Kris C.
    Kris ConcepcionJuly 27, 2014
    Quality ribs at this cafe.
  • Ryan N.
    Ryan NoslerJune 27, 2014
    whoever said try the tamales...shut up. This is memphis not mexico. whoever said try the ribs and put blues city hot sauce on fries...amen.
  • Big John K.
    Big John KrishackJune 18, 2014 pains me to say this place just isnt what it used to be. Aside from the horrid service, bug in tea, hairs in food (yes plural) the ribs were dry and is that sweet baby rays I taste? Shame !
  • Willis J.
    Willis JacksonJune 6, 2014
    Order seafood au gratin, but get it with fries. Total bliss.
  • MEM
    MEMMay 30, 2014
    Best Ribs In the World!!! Also great service and friendly staff!!!
  • Edward W.
    Edward WebberMay 24, 2014
    The hush puppies are awesome
  • James H.
    James HerrinMay 19, 2014
    Ribs Ribs Ribs
  • Andy A.
    Andy AndersApril 24, 2014
    Very nice place to visit
  • Elena Q.
    Elena QbApril 3, 2014
    Just had the sausage and cheese appetiser (nothing amazing) and the gumbo. What annoyed me is that I was given the check before I ever had a chance to order dessert.Seriously? Way to upsell, girl!!
  • Yvonne S.
    Yvonne SmithFebruary 22, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Ribs are to die for!!!!!
  • Carl S.
    Carl StokerOctober 25, 2013
    You can't go wrong with the catfish and ribs
  • Amanda C.
    Amanda CrawfordOctober 23, 2013
    Awesome service, even better food!!
  • Angie E.
    Angie EastwoodOctober 16, 2013
    The red chili is yummy!!
  • Nicko J.
    Nicko JamisonSeptember 29, 2013
    Great chicken strips!
  • Stefan M.
    Stefan MollSeptember 28, 2013
    You should try the 20 oz Cowboy Cut Ribeye steak.
  • Stefan M.
    Stefan MollSeptember 28, 2013
    Unbendingt das Cowboy Cut Ribeye Steak probieren.
  • Angie C.
    Angie C.July 24, 2013
    Well no Ryan Harris means no Rita :(. Cold beer will be nice...
  • Deepak S.
    Deepak ShrivastavaJuly 23, 2013
    Ok atmosphere...kinda grimy. Very older-type crowd....maybe an off night for a Tues?
  • Cori J.
    Cori JmeyerJuly 19, 2013
    If you want a quick satisfying bite to eat, get the sausage and cheese platter.
  • Angie C.
    Angie C.July 19, 2013
    Ryan is the best bartender Eva!!!
  • Diana A.
    Diana AJune 22, 2013
    So the bartender puts the filthy piece of paper literally on the head of the beer! She is a pig to say it nicely
  • Tony B.
    Tony BarnettJune 16, 2013
    The pecan pie ala mode is amazing!
  • Mark A.
    Mark AddisJune 14, 2013
    My Memphis ribs favorite! Good food, good beer, no b.s.
  • Dan M.
    Dan MaccaroneJune 9, 2013
    Ribs are amazing! The tamales are an ocean of grease- avoid for the sake of your heart. Fries are better with the table side Blues City Cafe seasoning.
  • Julie S.
    Great food, great service, great people watching! Tamales are awesome and the marinated salad is so good you will want another bowl!
  • Clay
    ClayMay 3, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    I don't care what anyone says, this is the BEST steak in Memphis hands down!!
  • Melody T.
    Melody TravelsApril 29, 2013
    The catfish & tartar sauce are awesome! Perfect southern meal served here
  • George G.
    George GloverApril 24, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Lindsay's cute coming or going......
  • George G.
    George GloverApril 19, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    This it...dinner
  • George G.
    George GloverApril 12, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Best steak in Memphis@2:00am
  • D K.
    D KingApril 10, 2013
    A great place to go to for just about anything food and drink wise!!! I will be coming back when I come to the city
  • Adonis S.
    Adonis SardinasMarch 22, 2013
    Best place to eat on beale. Catfish is good. Ribs are good. Good portions for the price.
  • Karen O.
    Karen OwensMarch 15, 2013
    The food was fair. No need to visit again!
  • Kelli W.
    Kelli WestMarch 9, 2013
    The ribs are amazing!
  • Ross F.
    Ross FrontzFebruary 11, 2013
    The fries are heavenly.
  • Michelle M.
    Michelle MestasFebruary 11, 2013
    This place is too good! Get the Gumbo and stuffed Mushrooms
  • Crystal C.
    Crystal CrawfordJanuary 31, 2013
    Tamales & chili.
  • Rebecca S.
    Rebecca SeligsteinJanuary 24, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Good option for late night food. The best ribs on Beale, but I would go with the chili and tamales. Some of the best in Mem. Also the stuffed mushrooms & catfish are delicious.
  • Katie M.
    Katie MacJanuary 21, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Freeworld on Sundays is one of the best shows you'll see on Beale!
  • Drew D.
    Drew DanielJanuary 19, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Love the sausage and cheese good BBQ sauce.
  • Jens P.
    Jens PetersenDecember 31, 2012
    The "Best Meal on Beale" is amazing. The ribs are made perfectly and the catfish tastes amazing.
  • Wendy B.
    Wendy BrothertonOctober 7, 2012
    Try the Tamales and Chili - Awesome
  • sona c.
    sona chambersAugust 20, 2012
    No wifi for customers so cant give shout out on twitter.
  • Kyle
    KyleAugust 4, 2012
    Must get the ribs!
  • Kimberli K.
    Kimberli KennedyAugust 1, 2012
    Very friendly people! The first booth is the best cause u can see what's all going on in the restaurant and outside!!
  • Lori F.
    Lori FreyJuly 21, 2012
    The catfish fillet melts in your mouth & the fries are awesome!!!!
  • Deshun B.
    Deshun BanksJune 9, 2012
    Love the Shrimp
  • Jess S.
    Jess SpearsJune 7, 2012
    Best catfish I've had in my entire life.
  • Anthony E.
    Anthony EuMay 25, 2012
    Amazing music, great staff and I love the food. If you're from out of town, try the Best Meal on Beale.
  • Jason P.
    Jason PaceMay 11, 2012
    The seafood au gratin is awesome!
  • William L.
    William LiebeApril 21, 2012
    Brittany is awesome. Ask for her section.
  • Shatara M.
    Shatara MooreMarch 31, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    The ribs....beyond great.
  • Memphis Travel
    Memphis TravelJanuary 31, 2012
    DYMO - Dance Your Meal Off at the Blues City Band Box, which features live entertainment nightly along with some of the best ribs in Memphis.
  • Greg D.
    Greg Djfatboyvj G'regJanuary 22, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    Food is the best and entertainment is allways on point.
  • Jessi J.
    Jessi JJanuary 1, 2012
    Tamales! And best meal on beale is awesome too!
  • Graham G.
    Graham GeiselmanDecember 30, 2011
    Ask to sit in Dwight's section. Amazing service.
  • JJ
    JJDecember 29, 2011
    Decent gumbo .... Hard workin' band to tonight
  • Fernando H.
    Fernando HernandezDecember 29, 2011
    Nice ribs!!!
  • Victoria W.
    Victoria WrightDecember 29, 2011
    The memphis strip is excellent. It's a lot of steak so perfect for sharing!
  • Joseph H.
    Joseph HydeDecember 2, 2011
    Salad with rib meat topper
  • Jonathon M.
    Jonathon MatthewsNovember 29, 2011
    Come for Freeworld on Sunday's!
  • Irene L.
    Irene LiuOctober 19, 2011
    the ribs were pretty good, but apparently they're not the best in town!
  • Bill B.
    Bill ByrdSeptember 24, 2011
    Fried catfish and ribs:) awesome!
  • Ken R.
    Ken RogersSeptember 8, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    The Memphis Strip, a 16 oz. steak, is one of the best steaks in Memphis. And dip the fries in the steak's grease; it's divinely awesome! RIP Chef Bonnie Mack
  • Roberto C.
    Roberto CerbinoAugust 15, 2011
    The chili...oh my god... Read more
  • Keri S.
    Keri ShepherdJuly 30, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Grilled chicken salad with house dressing.. Ahhh!
  • 💙✊🅰♏💙
    💙✊🅰♏💙June 29, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Stephen is the best server/bartender EVERRRE!
  • Andy K.
    Andy KleinJune 17, 2011
    Awesome ribs and even better music! What a great joint.
  • Toya C.
    Toya C.June 6, 2011
    This shrimp gumbo is to die for!!!!!
  • Blake B.
    Blake BrignacMay 29, 2011
    HUGE beers on tap! Be a man and get a Fat Tire!
  • Billy
    BillyMay 11, 2011
    The best ribs in Memphis if you are not looking for dry rub. For dry rub you need to head over to Rendezvous.
  • Sarah J.
    Sarah JonesMay 1, 2011
    Eat the chicken fingers or tamales!! They're awesome!!!
  • Jessica H.
    Jessica HarrisApril 16, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Rip James Harris best cook blues city ever had.
  • Richard K.
    Richard KrausMarch 3, 2011
    The seafood Gumbo is heaven in food form!
  • Vigdis
    VigdisDecember 5, 2010
    GREAT chili!! ;) be aware, the chili is HOT!! ;)
  • Donna W.
    Donna WisherDecember 5, 2010
    Meh, ribs were not the best in Memphis...try Interstate or Neeleys instead.
  • Ayleen
    AyleenNovember 21, 2010
    I love this place! All the food is GREAT.
  • Daniela V.
    Daniela V.October 27, 2010
    Agree w/Dave.. order the ribs, and a Blues City Brew... MMMM Delcious!
  • Laurel H.
    Laurel HeebshOctober 24, 2010
    Great service!
  • Steve P.
    Steve PhillipsSeptember 12, 2010
    Gotta give it up for the ribs!
  • Katie M.
    Katie MacAugust 31, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    Freeworld on Sundays is the BEST!
  • Brianne P.
    Brianne PerezAugust 11, 2010
    Great chicken strips!!
  • The Commercial Appeal
    Have you tried the tamales? You should. :)
  • Chris R.
    Chris RackliffeJune 18, 2010
    Get the sausage and cheese platter. It's crazy.
  • Shawn D.
    Shawn DankoJune 13, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Whenever you head to Blues City always ask for Lonnie's section he is a consumate professional and always guides you thorugh and amazing dinner experience.
  • Chandler M.
    Chandler MoultonMarch 29, 2010
    Thur/fridAy good. For rockabilly
  • James P.
    James PerryMarch 15, 2010
    Awesome gumbo and tamales!
  • Dave
    DaveNovember 20, 2009
    Get the Ribs and chase it with a Beer
  • Janek J.
    Janek JohanekApril 29, 2016
    Kdo chce poznat živou hudbu v pořádném rozjezdu na výbornou zábavu musí navštívit hned na začátku Beal street výborná muzika
  • Fernando G.
    Fernando GobboNovember 10, 2015
    Ótimo restaurante. . Boa conida
  • Aline
    AlineJanuary 10, 2015
    café r salgado
  • Lydia E.
    Lydia EspaAguiMay 29, 2014
  • I Wanna M.
    I Wanna ManagementJanuary 5, 2014
    Muy buen sitio para comer y en plena Beale! Bien fe precio y personal majisimo. Muy buenas las costillas!
  • Aitor H.
    Buena comida y barata. Mas blues!!!
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