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Fat Matt's Rib Shack

#29 of 3,282 Restaurants in Atlanta
Certificate of Excellence
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Morningside - Lenox Park
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1811 Piedmont Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30324-5214
404-607-1622
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Today
11:30 am - 12:30 am
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Hours:
Sun 1:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Mon - Thu 11:30 am - 11:30 pm
Fri - Sat 11:30 am - 12:30 am
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Delivery, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Takeout

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Visitor rating
  • 322
    Excellent
  • 138
    Very good
  • 42
    Average
  • 15
    Poor
  • 9
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Great Ribs Period!

I eat ribs everywhere I go and this place lived up to the hype. Not only is it rated top ten in America but it should be higher on the list. We went to Atlanta for a friends party and heard of this place from reading reviews on line. The ribs fell off the bone. The cole slaw and baked... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 27, 2015
spoilednewyoker
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New York
Good for:
  • Dining on a budget
  • Local cuisine
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New York
Senior Contributor
40 reviews 40 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

I eat ribs everywhere I go and this place lived up to the hype. Not only is it rated top ten in America but it should be higher on the list. We went to Atlanta for a friends party and heard of this place from reading reviews on line. The ribs fell off the bone. The cole slaw and baked... More 

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Spartanburg, South Carolina
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42 reviews 42 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

Loved the ribs and pulled pork sandwich. Sandwich and chips for under $4 in love. Greens were great potatoe salad not my favorite. Ate late night live music small inside tables and few more on small patio outside. Will be back

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St. George, Utah
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW via mobile

This is some of the best BBQ ever. Chicken was great, pork sandwich was even better. The mac n cheese was super creamy. We love this place and would definitely try it again.

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Hendersonville, Tennessee, United States
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90 reviews 90 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

This is your classic hole-in-the-wall BBQ joint: and it tastes fantastic. The baked beans are a bit spicy, but the entrees and Mac & Cheese are classic.

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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

Had a great time when I ate hear. The music was a real treat. I'll be going back soon. Food was excellent too. The line was long but steadily moving. They could get a bigger place to accommodate their success.

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Lansing, Michigan
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54 reviews 54 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

We loved this place, and evidently so does everyone! It was packed. Despite the line out the door, we were able to order and sit fairly fast. The place is a shack, an interesting, funky fun shack with Blues legends gracing the walks. The food is great. Although my chicken was on the dry side, it was fast forgiven thanks... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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11 reviews 11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

Nothing fancy and a simple building where you wouldn't expect such good BBQ. Fat Matt's has been around a while and has developed a good reputation for it's food over the years. Blues inspired artwork with a small stage for blues and jazz bands inside. Not much room inside, but the wait staff was very prompt and friendly. Parking is... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

There's no way to top the ribs and Brunswick stew at this place! From now on I will compare all other barbecue restaurants to this one and it's not going to be pretty for the competition.

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Reston, Virginia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

Went for lunch and the outside patio was filled. Available tables inside. The staff is warm, friendly and funny! Emphasis on funny! Patient as well...it was my first time and I couldn't decide. Choose 1/2 rack with bbq beans, collards and sweet tea. Sweet tea was refreshing without being cloyingly sweet. The collards, firm...cooked just right. The ribs? Oh my...the... More 

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Lakeland, Florida
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

Been many times but May 5th last time. Food decent but music so loud and bad ruined food and mood. Blues is meant to be played loud but not so much you insides shake. Others left or went outside. 6 of us all said same.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1811 Piedmont Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30324-5214
  • Location: United States  >  Georgia (GA)  >  Atlanta>  > Morningside - Lenox Park
  • Neighborhood: Morningside - Lenox Park
  • Phone Number: 404-607-1622

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 20
  • Cuisine: American, Steakhouse, Barbecue

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Dining on a budget, Local cuisine
Open Hours
Sunday
1:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 11:30 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 11:30 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 11:30 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 11:30 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 12:30 am
Saturday
11:30 am - 12:30 am

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?