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The Swinging Door

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3818 Fm 359 Rd, Richmond, TX 77469
(281) 342-4758
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11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Sun 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wed - Thu 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Best Ribs in town!

Casual and kid friendly. Great for small or very large groups. Food is delicious and the service is great.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Eileen W
Richmond, Texas
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Richmond, Texas
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Casual and kid friendly. Great for small or very large groups. Food is delicious and the service is great.

Thank Eileen W
Houston, Texas
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53 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The Swinging Door is an institution! It's possibly the oldest, rattiest building I've ever dined in, but the BBQ is outstanding, the servers are super friendly, and they serve the hands-down best green beans I've ever eaten. The cobbler isn't too bad either.

Thank amanda_n_byrum
Sugar Land, Texas, United States
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34 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

With the rage of BBQ joints around the state we are so pleased to have one tucked away in Pecan Grove. You can count on great service and consistently outstanding food! All of the offerings are delicious! Smoke slow over pecan wood the meat has a slight sweet smoke flavor. The menu is simple hand lettered and printed on a... More 

Thank Mary S
Houston, Texas
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27 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2015 via mobile

Agree with some of the other reviewers... Bar-B-Q was just ok... We had brisket and sausage... Sausage was definitely the favorite ...the sides (rice, beans,potato salad and cole slaw) were all fairly bland. The portions were generous... But I would have opted for smaller portions and more reasonable prices. With the smallest 1 meat 2 sides plate being at $14+...it... More 

Thank gbcb7
Richmond, Texas, United States
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2015 via mobile

This is a nice family run operation, with lots of local high-school kids working there. It can get really busy sometimes if they have an event in their big back room. Their ribs are their best bet. Big, tender and flavorful. Brisket is my second favorite, followed by the smoked turkey. Sausage is last, but it's a personal thing. Theirs... More 

Thank Jeffrey F
Red Deer, Canada
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55 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2015 via mobile

I had the ribs and brisket combo with potato salad and coleslaw. The ribs were tough. The brisket dry with and the fat was not rendered. The sides were mostly mayo. The syrupy bbq sauces and grimy atmosphere added nothing good to the experience. For one of the top rated places in town on tripasvisor, this was a terrible and... More 

Thank Sirmeus
Houston, Texas, United States
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30 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2015

Having a friend in from Argentina (think Argentine beef) I was looking for a unique place with outstanding BBQ. The night before the Swinging Door, we had excellent BBQ at the Brisket House and loved it. A day later, after 5 hours of shopping, and being on the far west side of Houston,I recommended we go to the Swinging Door... More 

Thank Lorraine D
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4 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2015 via mobile

I've been going to this place for years .. Still love it .. The flavor is always good and consistent. I love that it hasn't changed in 20 yrs

Thank Denise W
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23 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

Well worth the trip, First step in the door and the aroma tells you this is genuine, and very special. Very few places like this left. Nothing contrived here - you are in a historic place that a family owns and runs with pride. Its been around for decades and it continues to offer exceptional quality and value. Excellent brisket,... More 

Thank Mrhook
Richmond, Texas
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17 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

It's been a while since I have been there but I have been eating BBQ there since 1984. Their ribs and chicken are beyond compare. The side orders are great and the portions are more than generous. Steve and his staff have always treated me courteously. PS: Save room for the peach cobbler or pecan pie with ice cream afterwards.

Thank Ron C

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 3818 Fm 359 Rd, Richmond, TX 77469
  • Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  Texas Gulf Coast  >  Richmond
  • Phone Number: (281) 342-4758

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 20
  • Cuisine: Barbecue

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Large groups, Local cuisine, Families with children
Open Hours
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm

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