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Ridgewood Barbecue

900 Elizabethton Hwy, Bluff City, TN 37618-4304
+1 423-538-7543
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  • Excellent71%
  • Very good16%
  • Average7%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“baked beans” (45 reviews)
“pork” (55 reviews)
“french fries” (34 reviews)
16:30 - 20:30All hours
American, Barbecue
££ - £££
900 Elizabethton Hwy, Bluff City, TN 37618-4304
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Always excellent and I'm somewhat of a pit master myself and hard to please I buck the trend and always get the beef bbq and love it. The beans are great, fresh cut and deep fried fries. Another hit is the blue cheese. Freakin amazing!

Thank Bo B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The blue cheese with French fries is like Heaven! We love it so much. My husband and I always share a pork bbq sandwich, a large fry, a baked bean, and a blue cheese dip. We love this place.

Thank MomiTo3Boys
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I have been eaten at this restaurant for many many years and the barbecue is great. They make the best blue cheese dressing you’ll ever eat. Sometimes fries are really fresh and sometimes they are really greasy and nasty. The biggest complaint I have With...More

Thank SharkCinTN
Reviewed 11 October 2017

You just can't beat their BBQ, their beans, and their slaw. Add in an order of fresh cut fries and you have 1)m more than you can eat, and 2) the finest BBQ meal in 3 states. Seriously, folks, this is a BBQ meal at...More

Thank rgdrake
Reviewed 4 October 2017

The barbeque is the best anywhere, then you add an order of beans and blue cheese with crackers and the meal goes from great to amazing! Normally, I don't even like blue cheese, but their homemade blue cheese with crackers for an appetizer is truly...More

Thank fightermom2myfightin
Reviewed 22 September 2017

Well off the beaten path, Ridgewood is truly an American classic. The best BBQ in the region, it has retained its 1950s atmosphere. Well worth the drive and the wait!

Thank tim_b_toolman
Reviewed 13 September 2017 via mobile

I have to admit that I am not a fan of Bar-B-Que that comes slathered in sauce right out of the kitchen, so my obvious bias puts Ridgewood at a disadvantage. Ridgewood cools and slices the meat first. Which I think robs the meat of...More

Thank Iluvlizbeth
Reviewed 29 August 2017 via mobile

Visited Ridgewood BBQ for the first time this week. Had heard about it for years on the radio. Not the most convenient place to get to or to find without a GPS or knowledgeable friend onboard. A bit of a drive from most places in...More

Thank VolunteerTravel1225
Reviewed 28 August 2017

Thin sliced smoked pork is the meat for the BBQ. Their sauce is unique and flavorful. We send it to friends out of state. A new book about it's history (the Proffitt family has several generations of ownership/management). During peak mealtimes, parking is difficult and...More

Thank Henk1049
Reviewed 21 August 2017

We recently visited Ridgewood Barbecue while we were at Bristol Motor Speedway. It's nestled in the woods less than 10 miles from the track. We had a party of 8 and the service was fantastic and prompt - in fact our drinks were never empty!...More

Thank nikkim5112017
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7 June 2016|
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Response from Misscarribbean | Reviewed this property |
Sorry I don't know about Gluten free to know! They are known for great barbecue. They do not have ribs. Great Beans, homemade blue cheese dressing to dip crackers or fries in! No dessert! It's all about the barbecue!
Carrie H
6 January 2016|
Response from Austin P |
I would imagine the BBQ is gluten free.
Kenny L
4 February 2015|
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Response from tntwosome2013 | Reviewed this property |
I've never seen ribs served there. They have BBQ pork or beef platters with beans, fries & a roll. It is served sliced.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Local cuisine
Open Hours
11:00 - 14:30
16:30 - 20:30
11:00 - 14:30
16:30 - 20:30
11:00 - 14:30
16:30 - 20:30
11:00 - 14:30
16:30 - 20:30
11:00 - 14:30
16:30 - 20:30
11:00 - 14:30
16:30 - 20:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 900 Elizabethton Hwy, Bluff City, TN 37618-4304
  • Location: United States  >  Tennessee (TN)  >  Bluff City
  • Phone Number: +1 423-538-7543
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