Bluegrass BBQ - Reading

3.7
312 reviews
£25 and under
Barbecue

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Casual
Situated on bustling Gun St in the centre of Reading. With a passion for Real American BBQ, it is our quest to bring the genuine flavours of the Southern States to the UK.

For lunch & dinner we serve our smoked meats, all cooked the true American way which means our BBQ pitmasters work around the clock to ensure the 'cue we serve when our doors open is the best you will find - it takes nearly 48 hours of loving care and attention to perfect each of our smoked meat cuts.

For breakfast every weekend from 9am, we serve up freshly made-to-order American pancakes with delicious toppings, as well as fully loaded smoked breakfast plates.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 312 People Are Saying
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CoreyS
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food is amazing definitely will be returning.

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SheilaM
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Nice venue for meeting friends but not cosy. Order at the bar or with the QR code on the table.
Overall a good experience

CJ
ClareJ
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food was plentiful, tasty and there was enough choice. The portions were very generous so we didn’t get to try the deserts!

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DavidH
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 19 October 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Excellent food. Southern fried chicken was and the sundaes were particularly delicious.

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HelenT
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 17 October 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We booked here because we wanted pancakes to celebrate a birthday.
Unfortunately the service was very slow and they totally messed up our order. 2 of the 5 breakfasts arrived 15 minutes before the rest of the order.
Pancakes were very dry and hash browns more like onion bahjees.
All pancakes options are served with maple syrup, no other sauces or syrups available

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SarahH
1 review
Dined on 16 October 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience5

Great place if you want to eat pancakes. Not great if you want a cooked breakfast.

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EmmaC
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 15 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really cool place, service was great and food was delicious as always!

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PAULK
1 review
Dined on 15 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I can’t believe I’ve lived in Reading all my life and this was the first time I went. Food was brilliant and loved the American sodas. Will be definitely be back again and visiting more frequently.

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Pennies
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 15 October 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Nobody advises you have to order food at the bar. When the food arrived it was cold. We had to ask for the cutlery. Coleslaw is dry, chicken and brisket was dry. Not enough sauce. The menu makes your mouth water but the reality is a big disappointment! Shame really....

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LizzieW
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lovely meal:) it was for my partners birthday. Great service too.

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Nessy1966
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food fab
Service great
Sons 18th he loved every minute of it

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DanielleM
London
1 review
Dined on 9 October 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience1

Food was not hot and the mushroom was only half cooked. Not pleasant and would not go back.

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DanC
London
1 review
Dined on 8 October 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Service was good, disappointed that the chilli on the chips was still cold.

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AndrewC
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Been here when it 1st opened and it was excellent. Now it is very poor. At Louis ribs were dry as were the boneless chicken wings. The wings were over cooked. The coleslaw was horrendous and looked like it had been made 3 days previous. The value was not good 3 adults and 2 toddlers was £70 . It’s pretending to be an American bbq restaurant but no quality at all.

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Tarjim
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience1

Bit greasy and sat near the kitchen which was smelly

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OpenTable Diner
Berkshire
4 reviews
Dined on 3 October 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Service was slow 30 mins drink t 45 mins for food when arrived was Luke warm.

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MaryW
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 1 October 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Got there for pre theatre dinner at 6.45pm just to be told at least 40 minute wait for food although restaurant empty. Will not be going back.

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StephenK
1 review
Dined on 1 October 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience3

Overcooked ribs. Undercooked sweet potato fries, which were actually wedges.
Dry pulled pork.
Flat beer.
Service slow, 30 min wait for food.

My partner had been before and said it was poor but i insisted I wanted to try it. I should have listened.

Location good.

JB
JanB
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

I booked our table for 5 celebrating with a birthday meal for my daughter. Drinks and good arrived promptly but the fries on our plates were luke warm and clumpy. The chicken wings and burgers were all great though.
Didn't have time to ask the waitress to replace them as we were going onto another venue after which was a booked slot and didnt want to be late.

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AndyJ
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Some of the food was cold, it didn’t all come at once and the burger was over cooked. Which was a disappointment and in contrast to our last visit, and to be fair we have been there often. The overall ambience and music was good and the two staff on were efficient and pleasant, but it left me thinking would I risk going into Reading again to take the chance that things had improved.
Kind regards
Andy

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RebeccaG
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 20 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food as usual - filling and delicious 😋 recommend for any meat lover but maybe skip the booze

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PeterG
1 review
Dined on 19 September 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience3

No food 30 minutes after placing the order, and clearly we had been forgotten as EVERYBODY ELSE - including people who came after us - had their food. 10 minutes after I asked where our Sharer Meat Platter was, it arrived - and the meat was DRY! Overcooked. All of it. As this was a Birthday meal with my son and we were now late for a Theatre show I did not make a big fuss and we just left (online order means you pay whether they give you a good meal or not!). This was not a good meal, although the drinks were OK. No service either - I had to search to find someone to ask where the meal was - the waiters should have been chasing for our food, not me!

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AmyB
1 review
Dined on 18 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service great food and really good atmosphere I always enjoy my visits to bluegrass. The pancakes are amazing

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RohanJ
1 review
Dined on 17 September 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience2

I paid £16 for a combo meal and the portion size was less than dishes costing £9-£10.
I feel like whoever put the plate together didn’t know what they were doing?
I had to go home and eat again.
I have the photo if bluegrass wants to see the portion i was served.

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EmilyB
1 review
Dined on 17 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service as usual - only critique was the lack of social distancing because of Covid

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GrahamF
London
4 reviews
Dined on 16 September 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Delicious ribs and brisket. Great selection of beer. A must visit for meat lovers!

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mariannap
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always come back for the tasty food (the ribs in particular are fab). Nice people serving, nice ambience and good value for money. We enjoy ourselves everytime we go.

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SabinB
Berkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great food here, fresh and tasty , nice and quiet place to eat

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Jayy
1 review
Dined on 10 September 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Restaurant was very noisy.

When meal arrived, the chicken was pink and looked raw.

Very disappointing

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James
1 review
Dined on 10 September 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience2

Will never go back it was a special occasion and it was dreadful

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Catherine
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Really delicious meal, good atmosphere. Definitely recommend

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Chand
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Food was lovely, we had an issue with one of us getting normal chips instead of sweet potato and we asked for correction. This didn't happen so when they collected the plates at the end I mentioned we never got them. The server said there must have been a mis communication and offered my son a scoop of ice cream FOC. This was the difference in a mediocre review and a recommendation.

CB
ChelseaB
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love BBQ food, not pretty to look at but delicious and good portion sizes at a fair price

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 22 August 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience2

We booked for breakfast on my birthday. The staff were lovely but there obviously wasn’t enough of them. We ordered drinks and food, and had to ask several times for drinks (tea and coffee) but told that only one person was making drinks so there was a wait. They eventually arrived 30 minutes after order and as three of us were finishing food. My husbands smokehouse breakfast came with eggs and beans really hot but everything else cold. Sent it back and it returned 15 minutes later with everything cold. The waitress apologised, and was very polite and helpful but it was not the experience we hoped for.

SM
SageyM
Berkshire
5 reviews
Dined on 21 August 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Have been here previously when I found everything was really good. This time I was disappointed in the service snd customer service, the food was ok but not as good as my previous visit. Nice but slightly disappointing.

JM
JasonM
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 21 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great tasting food and great prices with ultra friendly helpful staff

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AdamH
1 review
Dined on 20 August 2021
Overall3food5service1ambience3

Staff having to run around the place up and down the stairs, meaning they are incredibly understaffed. Due to the rushing, our waiter ended up spilling all our sauces all over the table and onto my boyfriend. It is clearly not the staffs fault but management, as the staff was friendly upon entry but are being pushed to do two to three times the work load they should be doing. Not checked in on, have to order via the app. When food did come, it was very good but came seperately spread out so much so that we had finished our mains before any of our sides came out.

Disappointing and wont be coming back again even though the food was good. Should of just ordered from deliveroo.

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SarahD
1 review
Dined on 20 August 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Table ready when we arrived. Upon arrival we were told there was up to a 20min wait for food. Ordered from the table. Long wait for drinks. Waited nearly an hour for food. Mixed reviews. Mine was lukewarm as was my sons. Tasted good. I had the belly pork. Table behind us were very loud and using a lot of swear words. Luckily my children are older but some of the words we didn’t need to hear. Overall it’s was ok but think they were busy and didn’t think they could cope with the amount of people.

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Chaz
1 review
Dined on 20 August 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Our food took 1 1/2hrs to get to the table, when it did, items of food were missing and weren’t replaced as promised, not enough staff, no one checked on our food, complete shambles.

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DerekV
1 review
Dined on 20 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great night! Can’t fault the experience as was really easy from booking a table, ordering food, fast service and all round care. Will be back soon as the food was amazing.

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You can order delivery directly from Bluegrass BBQ - Reading using the Order Online button. Bluegrass BBQ - Reading also offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at 0118 959 9112.

Bluegrass BBQ - Reading is rated 3.7 stars by 312 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.