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Franklin Barbecue

#5 of 3,054 Restaurants in Austin
Certificate of Excellence
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East Austin
As featured in 3 Days in Austin
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900 E 11th St, Austin, TX 78702-1905
+1 512-653-1187
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11:00 - 16:00
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Tue - Sun 11:00 - 16:00
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Charlotte, North Carolina
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5 reviews
Reviewed yesterday NEW

We made a last minute decision to try and get lunch here. Didn't realize that people had been lining up since about 7:30am in the morning for BBQ. We didn't get there until around 11:00am and the "last man standing" (last person guaranteed food) was a few people ahead of us in line. As we were standing in line contemplating... More 

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Thank WakefieldAG
Tel Aviv, Israel
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52 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Best BBQ I've had, ever. Eating at Franklin's has ruined BBQ everywhere else for me. I waited in line for over 4 hours to get a taste of heaven, and boy was it worth it. I ordered their beef ribs (to die for, and only available on certain days), brisket, sausage, and pork ribs. It comes with a ton of... More 

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Thank chenster22
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Been in central Texas For a few years; everyone said I had to go to Franklin. I thought, "meh, who waits for hours for BBQ? Sounds like a tourist trap." I was wrong. Black's and La Barbecue and the rest are super awesome if you don't want to wait in line for 2-3plus hours, but this is an experience you've... More 

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Thank Jon K
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16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

This was great. they ran out of everything except brisket and sausage but those items where awesome and delicious. Was a little pricey but it was worth it. Good local beer and great customer service. If you are coming to visit Texas try to come to the Capital and enjoy the Succulent meat and great TEXAS SERVICE.

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Thank Jairo D
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83 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Don't get me wrong, the BBQ was good. The brisket was cooked like butter. But, the pulled pork lacked in flavor as did the sides. Desserts are super cute- but ours were hard to eat. Crust was thick and hard. Would we go back-- probably-- would we wait in line- no

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Thank Dawn S
Austin, Texas
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3 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago

Fun n great. Great food worth the wait. Play heads while you are waiting . Everything they is true. Beef and sausage are my favorites

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Thank R V
Austin, Texas
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7 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Yes, the brisket at Franklin's is amazing. I've never stood in line for a long time for it—I drive by on misty/rainy days and see if the line is short. I've lucked out a couple of times. I don't think I'd wait in line for 2 hours for it, but 45 minutes, yes. The espresso bbq sauce is great—a different... More 

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Thank David B
Austin, Texas
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18 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

You hear people tell you that it is worth waiting in line for this BBQ and you think, "No way, it can't be worth 3 hours of my time to eat even really good BBQ." Ya, so... YOU are wrong. No other way to say it, it is that good. Waiting in line is fun too.

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Thank David J
Austin, Texas, United States
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39 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

They served a large group so my rating is probably not accurate to their normal servings. This was at the Westminster luncheon so they served a LOT of folks that day.

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Thank Craig D
Austin, Texas
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 1 week ago

I am a native austinite (rare these days) and grew up eating bbq all of the central texas region. I have never had brisket as good as Franklin's. It makes me happy just thinking about sinking my teeth into this amazing bbq. There is a line but it is worth the wait.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
American, Barbecue, Grill, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Kids, Local cuisine, Child-friendly
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 - 16:00
Tuesday
11:00 - 16:00
Wednesday
11:00 - 16:00
Thursday
11:00 - 16:00
Friday
11:00 - 16:00
Saturday
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?