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Iron Works

100 Red River St, Austin, TX 78701 (South Austin)
(512) 478-4855
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Ranked #246 of 3,115 restaurants in Austin
Price range: $0 - $20
Cuisines: American, Barbecue
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Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine, Outdoor seating
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Neighborhood: South Austin
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242 reviews from our community

73% Recommend
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Dallas, Texas
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63 reviews 63 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

Some great BBQ which Austin is known for. A lot of good options here, from ribs and brisket to some interesting sides. I didn't care much for the potato salad, as it seems to be almost german style. No AC, just fans. But, full of charm and character that you expect from some place in Austin. Parking isn't horrible for... More

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Gainesville, Virginia
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72 reviews 72 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

Unpretentious, but excellent bbq with a good list of sides and meat to choose from. I had the pork loin, one of my friends had the brisket, and two others had the beef ribs (huge!). Very good food, left believing we had the best bbq in Texas.

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Colbert, WA
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64 reviews 64 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

The BBQ is really good! The sauce is sweeter and the "hot" BBQ sauce adds some cayenne pepper. I enjoyed the pork loin and the brisket. The corn on the cob was pretty good, too. The folks taking orders were pleasant and quick, but the young lady cashiering was uncertain how to banter with customers.

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Corsicana, Texas
19 reviews 19 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

Iron Works is an Austin tradition and is good enough to attract a long line of patrons lined up out front even on hot days. The baked potato with BBQ brisket is my fav here. Seat yourself in a spot with a view and kick back with old friends. This is not a fancy place where you will find a... More

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Austin, Tx
2 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

This place is garbage. They staff act like their doing you a huge favor just letting you in the door. They won't let you get a combo plate, and if you ask for one, they'll look at you like they're annoyed you even dared to step into their sacred building. Their meat is dry, their staff is openly hostile. My... More

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East Texas
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28 reviews 28 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

Fun atmosphere and good food. This is what hanging out in Texas, especially Austin, is all about. It's a good time with good food so bring a few good friends and enjoy. We had both beef and pork ribs. The beef were ginormous and the pork were petite and oh, so, tender. Nicely seasoned. Easy walk to all the downtown... More

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Seattle, WA
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35 reviews 35 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

The food here is fantastic! Their menu is the standard BBQ fare but the flavor far exceeds standard. I had the brisket which was delicious and the cream corn which I highly recommend. The atmosphere fits its southern BBQ vibe. If you like BBQ you will not be disappointed!

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Stafford, Virginia
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135 reviews 135 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

I visited iron works a couple of times about ten years ago and was always pleased with the quality of the food. This time was just so-so. I had the sampler platter, which included brisket, sausage, and one large rib. The brisket and rib meat were ok and flavor was ok. However, the sausage was very dry and not good.... More

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Murfreesboro, Tennessee
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22 reviews 22 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

I ate here during SXSW. The line was out on the street, but went surprisingly fast. I had the sample platter because I seriously couldn't settle on just one thing. The sausage and beef ribs stood out the most. They were absolutely delicious! I wish I had ordered extra sausage. The sides were sub-par, but expected. They are the typical... More

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San German, Puerto Rico
14 reviews 14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

The place may seem old not pretty to look at but the food is amazing... You feel like your in an old styled barbecue joint

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