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Franklin Barbecue

#3 of 3,023 Restaurants in Austin
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
East Austin
American, Barbecue, Grill
As featured in 3 Days in Austin
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900 E 11th St, Austin, TX 78702-1905
+1 512-653-1187
11:00 - 16:00
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Tue - Sun 11:00 - 16:00
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Houston, Texas
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122 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Missed out on last visit to Austin... Planned better this time. Tried a sampling of everything, and was happy with it all. Another unique interpretation of BBQ - less crusty, more seasoned - but thoroughly smoked and tender. Our persistence paid off!

Thank diver94523
Salt Lake City, Utah
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78 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This is my 3rd visit to Franklins! We fly from SLC Utah for this BBQ! Waiting in line is right of passage. Bring your coolers and folding chairs! We love to pre game for BBQ and mingle with others who share and understand great BBQ. We arrive at 815 or by 845am at the latest for an establishment that opens... More 

Thank BlackLotus801
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Waited 2 hours - starting at 10:30am and worth the wait (and I never wait!) Brisket superb, ribs unbelievable. Plus ask for a tour of the smokeroom..... you pretty much have to plan your day around this place.

1 Thank Tom N
Des Plaines, Illinois
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4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Wonderful brisket. Met expectations which were very high. Pulled pork was also top notch. Everyone very friendly. Great experience.

1 Thank argylecutter
Detroit, Michigan
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839 reviews
518 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 215 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is what Heaven must be like. Waited for hours and it was worth every min. I had a bit of everything. Ribs, Brisket, sausage, all outstanding. It just so good. The staff here is out of this world. They came out a few times to check on us. I meet Mr Franklin and chatted with him for a while.... More 

1 Thank Joe M
Indianapolis, Indiana
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53 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We waited three hours for food but it was so worth the wait. They had chairs, little brisket sandwiches, and beer to tide us over. We got the last of the pulled pork (along with brisket and sausage) and it was the best pulled pork I have ever had. The pies were delicious too.

Thank Kristen B
Austin, Texas
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39 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I live in Austin, have never stood in line for Franklin BBQ. It's just not something I'll do for food. However, you can order ahead if you order at least 5 lbs of meat and you can simply walk up and get your order and leave. They offer this through their website, opened the prior month, so you have to... More 

1 Thank Nancy D
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We showed up at like 1pm on a weekday the week of Christmas and only waited an hour, and they still had almost everything!!! We then stayed at an airbnb across the street where we watched people line up for barbeque at 7am everyday ... guess we got lucky! l This place is absolutely fantastic. I don't even know what... More 

Thank Stacey K
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9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I've been to Franklin's two times and waited 5+ hours each visit. The BBQ is top notch. However, you could drive to Opie's BBQ in Spicewood (44 minutes from DT Austin) or Coopers in Llano (1.5 hrs from DT Austin) and get the same or better food, and drive back to Austin in a shorter amount of time than you'd... More 

1 Thank James L
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I have been eating BBQ my whole life having grown up in central Texas; and Franklin's brisket is noticeably better than any other brisket I've tasted. I've never tried anything else there, due to the fact that the brisket is so good. However, the line/wait is scary. I used to live in Austin and we would want to go to... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
American, Barbecue, Grill
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Local cuisine
Open Hours
11:00 - 16:00
11:00 - 16:00
11:00 - 16:00
11:00 - 16:00
11:00 - 16:00
11:00 - 16:00
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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