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Franklin Barbecue

900 E 11th St, Austin, TX 78702-1905
+1 512-653-1187
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  • Excellent79%
  • Very good13%
  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“pulled pork” (166 reviews)
“ribs” (379 reviews)
“potato salad” (96 reviews)
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American, Barbecue, Grill, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
900 E 11th St, Austin, TX 78702-1905
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Reviewed 18 September 2017 via mobile

I waited six hours to get my food, and I would do it again. It is easily the best brisket I've had in my life! Get there early, like 7am. Bring water, shade, and a chair.

3  Thank Jonathan B
Reviewed 10 September 2017 via mobile

It was literally just okay! I don't want to hate on this historic place in Austin but it was just okay we got some ribs for a Christmas party spent over 60 bucks for just one slab (I know that's crazy) overpriced and just okay

2  Thank Jeffrey J
Reviewed 8 September 2017 via mobile

I've been to Franklins just once a while back and still remember how good it was- wow. The meat just melts in your mouth and is not dry like other barbecue places... you don't even need to put sauce on it! Really unforgettable taste.

1  Thank 02Mambo
Reviewed 6 September 2017 via mobile

Talked friends into predawn line to beat wickedly long lines later in the day. First time customer and heard the raves and reviews about their almost mystical charred meats. Spoiler: Definately not worth the wait. Meats were tasty but dry. Was embarrassed to have taken...More

5  Thank msidoric
Reviewed 6 September 2017

Everything is great but the wait-it takes at least an hour to get in. They do provide drinks and things to do while you wait and you end up making new acquaintances from being by the same people in line for the time you are...More

1  Thank walterr892
Reviewed 6 September 2017

The wait is part of the charm. I hope that they get back on their feet quickly after the smoker accident. Can't wait.

Thank crockettbrian
Reviewed 6 September 2017 via mobile

Best ribs and brisket ever smoked! Heard there was a fire there recently so may be closed for renovations. Definitely worth a trip to Franklin's if you are in Austin.

Thank Dan D
Reviewed 6 September 2017 via mobile

Long lines, yes. Memories made,Yes! You will meet people from all over the U S and other countries. All have heard about the B B Q and they are willing to wait it out. The B B Q does not disappoint. It melts in you...More

Thank Rita H
Reviewed 6 September 2017 via mobile

Family came to visit. Wanted to treat them to Franklin BBQ without the line. If you plan it right, you can order in advance. It's limited, several weeks in advance, limited number of orders and not to far in advance. There is a minimum, but...More

Thank Cheryl B
Reviewed 6 September 2017 via mobile

Let me explain the title of my review, "best brisket but still not for me." The brisket is 100/100 and is the best I've had but... You wait in an incredibly long line with almost a sea of out of towners. I don't say that...More

Thank Sedrate
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Kevin L
2 December 2017|
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Response from Kyle S | Reviewed this property |
Yes, they had some lawn chairs under the stairs. I wasn’t sure if they were already there, or if people brought them. It’s under a covered area under the restaurant at the front of the line, so I think you’d have to be there... More
Christopher D
16 August 2017|
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Response from Shanewave1965 | Reviewed this property |
Preorder online, but it can be limited at times, so it's best to call ahead and set it up. Unfortunately, it doesn't seem to speed anything up overall.
23 June 2017|
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Response from SnargyBoy | Reviewed this property |
You can pre order for a minimum number of pounds.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
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  • Value
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Kids
Open Hours
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 900 E 11th St, Austin, TX 78702-1905
  • Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  Austin>  > East Austin
  • Neighbourhood: East Austin
  • Phone Number: +1 512-653-1187
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