Highest-rated barbecue restaurants in Louisville

Written by:
August 12, 2022
Foodio // Shutterstock

Highest-rated barbecue restaurants in Louisville

Cooking meat low and slow over an indirect heat source—the only real qualifications for barbecue—is a truly American tradition, going back to indigenous cultures and picked up by early Spanish colonizers who also gave it the name the cooking style goes by now: barbacoa. Today, barbecue is a wildly popular staple across the U.S., with many cities and regions boasting their own take (and all claiming to have the best). Because barbecue meat spends hours upon hours cooking, restaurants are a go-to source for many Americans who would rather not spend all day and all night tending to their flames. Stacker compiled a list of the highest-rated barbecue restaurants in Louisville on Tripadvisor. Tripadvisor rankings factor in the average rating and number of reviews. Some restaurants on the list may have recently closed.

You may also like: Highest-rated Chinese restaurants in Louisville, according to Tripadvisor

1 / 23
Tripadvisor

#23. Shirley Mae's Cafe

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (46 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (5.0/5), Service (5.0/5), Value (5.0/5)
- Type of cuisine: Bar, Barbecue
- Price: $
- Address: 802 S Clay St Smoketown Area of Louisville. Corner of Clay and Lampton, Louisville, KY 40203-2561
- Read more on Tripadvisor
2 / 23
Tripadvisor

#22. Rubbies

- Rating: 3.5 / 5 (30 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (4.0/5), Service (4.0/5), Value (4.0/5), Atmosphere (3.0/5)
- Type of cuisine: Bar, Grill
- Price: $
- Address: 6905 Southside Dr, Louisville, KY 40214-3721
- Read more on Tripadvisor
3 / 23
Tripadvisor

#21. Bud's Tavern

- Rating: 5.0 / 5 (32 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (5.0/5), Value (5.0/5)
- Type of cuisine: American, Bar
- Price: $
- Address: 4014 Dixie Hwy, Louisville, KY 40216-3808
- Read more on Tripadvisor
4 / 23
Tripadvisor

#20. Smokey Bones Jeffersontown

- Rating: 3.5 / 5 (105 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (4.0/5), Service (4.0/5), Value (3.5/5), Atmosphere (3.5/5)
- Type of cuisine: American, Bar
- Price: $$ - $$$
- Address: 2525 Hurstbourne Gem Ln, Louisville, KY 40220
- Read more on Tripadvisor
5 / 23
Tripadvisor

#19. Louie's Hot Chicken and Barbecue

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (28 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (4.5/5), Value (4.5/5)
- Type of cuisine: Quick Bites, American
- Price: $
- Address: 4222 Poplar Level Rd, Louisville, KY 40213-1593
- Read more on Tripadvisor

You may also like: Highest-rated cheap eats in Louisville, according to Tripadvisor

6 / 23
Tripadvisor

#18. Holy Smokes BBQ

- Rating: 3.5 / 5 (21 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (3.5/5), Service (3.5/5), Value (3.5/5)
- Type of cuisine: Quick Bites, Barbecue
- Price: $$ - $$$
- Address: 7508 Preston Hwy, Louisville, KY 40219-3135
- Read more on Tripadvisor
7 / 23
Tripadvisor

#17. Bootleg Bar-B-Q

- Rating: 3.5 / 5 (67 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (3.5/5), Service (4.0/5), Value (3.5/5), Atmosphere (3.5/5)
- Type of cuisine: Quick Bites, Barbecue
- Price: $$ - $$$
- Address: 9704 Old Bardstown Rd, Louisville, KY 40291-4418
- Read more on Tripadvisor
8 / 23
Tripadvisor

#16. Famous Dave's

- Rating: 4.0 / 5 (76 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (4.0/5), Service (4.0/5), Value (4.0/5), Atmosphere (4.0/5)
- Type of cuisine: Barbecue, American
- Price: $$ - $$$
- Address: 8605 Citadel Way, Louisville, KY 40220
- Read more on Tripadvisor
9 / 23
Tripadvisor

#15. Martin's Bar-B-Que Joint

- Rating: 4.0 / 5 (30 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (4.0/5), Service (4.5/5), Value (4.0/5)
- Type of cuisine: Quick Bites, American
- Price: $$ - $$$
- Address: 984 Barret Avenue, Louisville, KY 40204
- Read more on Tripadvisor
10 / 23
Tripadvisor

#14. Fdky Bbq

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (39 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (4.5/5), Value (4.5/5), Atmosphere (4.5/5)
- Type of cuisine: Quick Bites, American
- Price: $$ - $$$
- Address: 9606 Taylorsville Rd, Louisville, KY 40299-2737
- Read more on Tripadvisor

You may also like: Highest and lowest paying education jobs in Louisville

11 / 23
Tripadvisor

#13. Against the Grain Brewery & Smokehouse

- Rating: 4.0 / 5 (569 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (4.0/5), Service (4.5/5), Value (4.0/5), Atmosphere (4.0/5)
- Type of cuisine: Barbecue, American
- Price: $$ - $$$
- Address: 401 E Main St at Slugger Field, Louisville, KY 40202-1110
- Read more on Tripadvisor
12 / 23
Tripadvisor

#12. Guy Fieri's Smokehouse

- Rating: 3.5 / 5 (688 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (3.5/5), Service (4.0/5), Value (3.5/5)
- Type of cuisine: American, Bar
- Price: $$ - $$$
- Address: 434 S 4th St, Louisville, KY 40202-3436
- Read more on Tripadvisor
13 / 23
Tripadvisor

#11. Mark's Feed Store

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (65 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (4.0/5), Service (4.5/5), Value (4.0/5)
- Type of cuisine: American, Barbecue
- Price: $$ - $$$
- Address: 6501 Bardstown Rd, Louisville, KY 40291-3042
- Read more on Tripadvisor
14 / 23
Tripadvisor

#10. River Road BBQ

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (56 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (5.0/5), Value (4.5/5)
- Type of cuisine: Quick Bites, American
- Price: $$ - $$$
- Address: 3017 River Rd, Louisville, KY 40207-1012
- Read more on Tripadvisor
15 / 23
Tripadvisor

#9. Frankfort Avenue Beer Depot

- Rating: 4.0 / 5 (123 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (4.0/5), Value (4.5/5), Atmosphere (4.0/5)
- Type of cuisine: American, Bar
- Price: $$ - $$$
- Address: 3204 Frankfort Ave, Louisville, KY 40206-2744
- Read more on Tripadvisor

You may also like: Highest-rated fine dining restaurants in Louisville, according to Tripadvisor

16 / 23
Tripadvisor

#8. Doc Crow's

- Rating: 4.0 / 5 (2,015 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (4.0/5), Service (4.0/5), Value (4.0/5), Atmosphere (4.5/5)
- Type of cuisine: American, Bar
- Price: $$ - $$$
- Address: 127 W Main St, Louisville, KY 40202-1343
- Read more on Tripadvisor
17 / 23
Tripadvisor

#7. City Barbeque

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (118 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (4.5/5), Value (4.0/5)
- Type of cuisine: Quick Bites, American
- Price: $$ - $$$
- Address: 9429 Viking Center Dr, Louisville, KY 40222-5688
- Read more on Tripadvisor
18 / 23
Tripadvisor

#6. Martin's Bar-B-Que Joint

- Rating: 4.0 / 5 (142 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (4.0/5), Service (4.0/5), Value (3.5/5)
- Type of cuisine: American, Barbecue
- Price: $$ - $$$
- Address: 3408 Indian Lake Drive, Louisville, KY 40241
- Read more on Tripadvisor
19 / 23
Tripadvisor

#5. Mission BBQ

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (72 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (4.5/5), Value (4.0/5)
- Type of cuisine: Quick Bites, American
- Price: $$ - $$$
- Address: 4607 Shelbyville Rd, Louisville, KY 40207-3301
- Read more on Tripadvisor
20 / 23
Tripadvisor

#4. Momma's Mustard, Pickles & Bbq

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (131 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (4.0/5), Service (4.0/5), Value (4.0/5)
- Type of cuisine: American, Bar
- Price: $$ - $$$
- Address: 119 Hurstbourne Parkway, Louisville, KY
- Read more on Tripadvisor

You may also like: Highest-rated steakhouses in Louisville, according to Tripadvisor

21 / 23
Tripadvisor

#3. Momma's Mustard, Pickles & BBQ

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (408 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (4.5/5), Value (4.0/5), Atmosphere (4.0/5)
- Type of cuisine: American, Bar
- Price: $$ - $$$
- Address: 102 Bauer Ave, Louisville, KY 40207-2559
- Read more on Tripadvisor
22 / 23
Tripadvisor

#2. Mark's Feed Store Bar-B-Q

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (1,176 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (4.5/5), Value (4.5/5), Atmosphere (4.0/5)
- Type of cuisine: Barbecue
- Price: $$ - $$$
- Address: 1514 Bardstown Rd, Louisville, KY 40205-1156
- Read more on Tripadvisor
23 / 23
Tripadvisor

#1. Feast BBQ

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (388 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (4.5/5), Value (4.0/5), Atmosphere (4.0/5)
- Type of cuisine: Quick Bites, American
- Price: $$ - $$$
- Address: 909 E Market St Ste 100, Louisville, KY 40206-1670
- Read more on Tripadvisor

Trending Now