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Reviewed 4 August 2022

While visiting from South Carolina we stopped in for lunch. I had the beef brisket and ribs both which were very good. The restaurant serves food at a counter so service was not an issue. The place was clean.

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed 20 March 2022 via mobile

Went while visiting friends in Houston. My kids are picky eaters and they loved this place. Everything was amazing. The ribs were smoked to perfection and falling off the bone, the Mac and Cheese and Fried Okra were amazing. The brisket was so tender and...juicy. I don’t think you can go wrong with any of the options. The icing on the cake is when my wife and confirmed this was the same place we saw on the Netflix show “High on the Hog” we just smiled from ear to ear while we enjoyed this delicious food. The portions are like everything in Texas, big! We fed our family of 6 for lunch and had enough left over for dinner.More

Date of visit: March 2022
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Reviewed 27 October 2021

Great BBQ lunch for our group. The Brisket and Pulled Pork sandwiches were awesome. Their BBQ sauce was good and the sides were very tasty. There was plenty of parking and seats inside. The wait and server staff were friendly and efficient, Great lunch experience...-- we will be back!More

Date of visit: October 2021
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Reviewed 24 June 2021

Do not visit this place!!! They have the worst customer service ON EARTH!!! You will have to wait for over an hour, they only have one cash register open (no matter how long the line is), and she is not competent at all. The matriarch...of family run business is EXTREMELY RUDE!!! They will "mess," your order up, and they could care less about how long you have waited, how long the lines are, and don't care how long you have to wait in the Heat!!! They will be out of business soon, they have no manners, all of the employees are very slow and lethargic!!!!! Spend your money else where, and if you do visit this place, please beware of the old lady who works the front, and please check your plate before you leave!!!More

Date of visit: June 2021
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Reviewed 29 April 2021

I've recently visited Houston and stopped @ Gatlin's for the first time on my way to the airport. I was lucky enough to have the owner close by while I mentioned that I was out of town and was trying to figure out what to...order, which trigger this sweet lady to come over and help. I left the ordering to her and she suggested the brisket, the ribs, macaroni and cheese, and potato salad as sides. As we were eating she came by multiple times to make sure everything was ok. It was a fantastic experience beginning with the food and ending with the great folks and service, and will highly recommend it to anyone who will listen, and make it a go-to place anytime I'm in town.More

Date of visit: April 2021
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Reviewed 28 May 2020 via mobile

Another amazing trip to Gatlin’s! Naomi is always a nice smiling face to see. She is so sweet and helpful. Thank you to all the staff for the constant warm greeting each time we come. The brisket and pulled pork are our go-to’s each time....Great smoke, acidic and pepper flavors!! I was thrilled to see they were offering the yams and greens again, instead of just the weekends when we were here last in Feb. Thank you all for all you do and being open to satisfy our BBQ cravings. See you again real soon!More

Date of visit: May 2020
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Reviewed 24 March 2020

Gatlin Barbeque on Ella is a fantastic place to dine in at the food is#1 if you go one time you will continue going

Date of visit: March 2020
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Reviewed 29 February 2020

I was transiting though Houston Intercontinental Airport on my way back home from Mexico and had a craving for some BBQ. Not to disappoint, IAH now has Q BBQ (spin off of Gatlin's BBQ). I was delighted! Their beef brisket sandwich was mouth wateringly delicious...and the service was prompt and friendly! I tad bit pricey, but that's normally the case in airports. Definitely worth it!More

Date of visit: December 2019
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Reviewed 25 February 2020

I try the local BBQ restaurants when I travel, and this is my 2nd best favorite. The brisket (lean) was delicious, and not dry. The sausage was also very tasty. The Mac and cheese was also good, and better than many places. I also had...the yams, which I don't find in other BBQ places, but found them to be almost too sweet.More

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed 6 February 2020 via mobile

This was our 3rd visit here and still is by far our favorite BBQ! My only complaint is now they only serve the collard greens and yams on the weekends (big bummer, both are VERY yummy) and I wish they kept up with the sweet...tea a little better as our glasses were soured and ended up getting water instead. But that won’t stop us from visiting. Picture of our food was brisket, pulled pork, cucumber salad, smoked corn, green beans and BBQ beans. The brisket was mixed and tends to be on the drier side but has a ton of flavor that is consistent throughout. The sides all seem to have a strong vinegar flavor which is very nice and compliments the meat well. The staff is so friendly and try to expect your needs ahead of time. The facility is very clean and organized. The prices are great for the value of food. Highly recommend a try!More

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed 14 January 2020

I have a birthday celebration of 18 people and everyone of them were more that pleased with the service and all agreed that Gatlin's BBQ is the best!! We ordered baby back ribs (the meat fell off the bone) and every type of sausage and...meat on the menu including one hamburger!! Then we argued over who's was the best!! The fried okra was the bomb! All of us want to make this an annual event it is that delicious!More

Date of visit: December 2019
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Reviewed 30 December 2019

If you crave a real Texas BBQ, come here. Smoky and juicy brisket, lots of other options. Very decent sides, nice fries. Friendly and fast service.

Date of visit: December 2019
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Reviewed 28 December 2019 via mobile

Repeat visit here. Brisket is Great tasting & texture. Green bean and BBQ beans sides are delightful. Food quality, quantity & price points offer a Great Value!

Date of visit: December 2019
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Reviewed 13 December 2019

The staff are all friendly and passionate about BBQ. We loved our lunch here. The BBQ is f-a-n-t-a-s-t-i-c. The ribs were delicious and fall off the bone, but the star for me by far was the brisket. Phenomenal. Their sauce is also one of the...best imo, so we got a bottle to take home. Fortunately TSA left it alone :-)More

Date of visit: December 2019
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Reviewed 10 December 2019 via mobile

We tried this based on recommendations from our friends. Arrived around 6pm before it got busy. Ordered half slab of baby back ribs and half pound of spicy sausage. Sides that we tried included the veggies, cole slaw, mash potato. Self service and friendly environment....The ribs are nicely marinated but I prefer it to be more moist.More

Date of visit: December 2019
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No, sorry,but its actually quite far from Downtown. It is on what we call the near N.W. side, close to 290. It is off the 610 North Loop and Ella Blvd.
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  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 3.5