Bluegrass BBQ - Reading

3.7
327 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 327 People Are Saying
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MelanieS
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Favourite place to eat in Reading by far! Always choose here if we have friends visiting or an occasion. Celebrated last 2 birthdays (that we were allowed too) and my graduation day here. Can’t fault the food or service.

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DouglasE
Hampshire
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Went here for a mates birthday, venue was really nice, food was delicious. We had a small issue with warm chips but was very quickly resolved so all good.

Will go again.

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Claire
Warwickshire
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Restaurant a bit cold, food not piping hot and a bit overpriced, order on the app which was slow and drinks overpriced but overall was good.

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JohanaG
Berkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 21 November 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience4

Blue Grass is always one restaurant we want to come back because the food is good, specially the Ribs, unfortunately this time we went for ribs and the ran out.

We try other dishes but the star dish has to be always available, in our opinion.

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MartinH
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 20 November 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The food was amazing. The only criticism I have is that the food could of been hotter when it arrived to the table

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OliB
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 19 November 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Excellent food as always and food arrived as ordered on time. Very good!

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 13 November 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience1

Very disappointed in visit. They had run out of gin. Orders were delivered wrong on our table (as well as table next to us). No ambience. Ordered half rack of ribs was more like a quarter. Overall just not great. We didn’t stick around for dessert. We noted the table next to us also had items ordered wrong on their order.

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NicolaB
West Sussex
2 reviews
Dined on 6 November 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience2

Booked here for dinner as it was recommended, wasn’t very impressed as the wait for food was an hour even though it wasn’t very busy. Realised there must have been a private party downstairs but no one mentioned this. When the food arrived it wasn’t brilliant to be honest, part of the order was wrong and the food was mediocre at best. Very disappointed overall

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CarolineS
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 6 November 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience2

Ordering food is a nightmare. The food was all very dry and to spicy to be enjoyable.

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BrianS
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 5 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was great
service was good
No problems with anything

Bluegrass BBQ - Reading
Responded on 17 November 2021

Thanks for your review!

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Abbiss
1 review
Dined on 3 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The place is amazing….

Came here for the first time a few weeks ago and it will be our new go to place for food from now on.

Foods delicious, prices are good, drinks are good, staff are kind and attentive.

Can’t recommend enough, you defo won’t regret a visit.

Bluegrass BBQ - Reading
Responded on 17 November 2021

Great to hear! Thanks for the review and see you soon!

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Smith
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 31 October 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Great food - especially for breakfast! Would highly recommend as it’s a nice treat:)

Bluegrass BBQ - Reading
Responded on 17 November 2021

Hey! Thanks for the review!

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BenW
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 30 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really nice bit of grub, been there 4 times now, can’t wait to go back.

Bluegrass BBQ - Reading
Responded on 17 November 2021

So great to hear BenW! Look forward to seeing you again soon.

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Jessica
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 30 October 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience3

The food was delicious and there's a good range of options, but service was not brilliant. The food arrived at our table at the normal sort of speed you'd expect but the plates were missing some of the food that they were supposed to come with. This was rectified but we had basically finished our meal by then.

Bluegrass BBQ - Reading
Responded on 17 November 2021

Hi Jessica, sorry to hear we didn't deliver a great service as we should have for you. We really hope you give us another chance to impress you!

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AMVL
London
3 reviews
Dined on 29 October 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

First visit to Bluegrass. Food was delicious and plenty. Great value for money

Bluegrass BBQ - Reading
Responded on 17 November 2021

Thanks so much for your review! We will pass onto the team. Thank you.

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CoreyS
1 review
Dined on 25 October 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food is amazing definitely will be returning.

Bluegrass BBQ - Reading
Responded on 17 November 2021

Thanks for the review! Hope to see you soon.

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SheilaM
London
1 review
Dined on 23 October 2021
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

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ClareJ
1 review
Dined on 23 October 2021
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!

Bluegrass BBQ - Reading
Responded on 17 November 2021

So glad you enjoyed! Thanks for the review.

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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.

Bluegrass BBQ - Reading
Responded on 17 November 2021

Will feedback to the team, thanks!

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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!

Bluegrass BBQ - Reading
Responded on 17 November 2021

Thanks for the review!

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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.

Bluegrass BBQ - Reading
Responded on 17 November 2021

Thanks PaulK! So glad and look forward to seeing you again soon!

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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.

Bluegrass BBQ - Reading
Responded on 17 November 2021

Thanks for the review Lizzie!

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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.

Bluegrass BBQ - Reading
Responded on 17 November 2021

Hi Danielle, thanks for the review and sorry you didn't enjoy your visit. Not what we strive for. Our food is smoked 'low n slow' the authentic American BBQ way, so is served warm (not piping hot) as a result of being cooked for a long time at a low temperature over hickory wood. We recently won 'Best American BBQ Smokehouse, UK' at the Hospitality Awards. We do hope you give us another chance to impress you!

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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.

Bluegrass BBQ - Reading
Responded on 17 November 2021

Sorry we didn't impress you when you visited. If it was a busy time, you absolutely should have been told about any waits on food, so apologies. Our American BBQ is slow smoked 'low n slow' the authentic way, so is served warm not piping hot. Again, you should have been advised of this so apologies if we didn't manage expectations on your visit. We do hope you give us another chance to wow you!

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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.

Bluegrass BBQ - Reading
Responded on 17 November 2021

Hey there, thanks for your review. Please bear in mind, even if the restaurant doesn't look busy, we do have several floors and secret speakeasy rooms for large group bookings, as well as Deliveroo / take away orders going through the kitchen. So the kitchen can still be busy with orders you can't see. Our apologies if this wasn't explained properly though. We do hope you give us another chance. We just won 'Best American BBQ Smokehouse, UK' at the Hospitality Awards, so hope you give us a try!

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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
Berkshire
2 reviews
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.

AJ
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

Bluegrass BBQ - Reading
Responded on 17 November 2021

Thanks for the review!

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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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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 327 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.