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“Don's BBQ” 4 of 5 stars
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Donn's Bar-B-Que
7001 Oak Meadow Dr, Austin, TX 78736-1911
(512) 288-4060
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Ranked #371 of 2,938 Restaurants in Austin
Cuisines: Barbecue
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Austin, Texas, USA
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27 reviews 27 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Don's BBQ”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2013 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Oakhill location has good brisket, beef ribs, sausage, sauce and sides. Not very busy on weekends and evenings. Family pack is a good take out option.

Visited October 2013
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austin
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71 reviews 71 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 33 cities Reviews in 33 cities
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
“Barbecue done right.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2013

Donn's is overlooked mainly because it just isn't the hip place to be! But if you are looking for great food, reasonable prices and friendly staff then you have found the right place. I appreciate their attention to making sure my to go orders are packed up as they should be. Just remember they are closed on Sunday.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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San Antonio, Texas
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167 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 32 cities Reviews in 32 cities
96 helpful votes 96 helpful votes
“OMG! Eat Here When In Oak Hills”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2013

I haven't been to Donn's BBQ in awhile and always forget about it because of it's tucked away location. Was near the "Y" in Oak Hills this weekend and was craving beef ribs. Not very many places serve them, so I don't get to eat them very often. Donn's came to mind, so we headed over to pick some up for takeout.

First thing that hits you when you walk through the door is the smell. You know you are in for a treat when the smell permeates the entire building. The heart and soul of the restaurant is smoked in and there's no escaping greatness.

A pleasant treat was that Santiago was there at the counter waiting to share his passion with us. It showed. He's been there for years, and his love of BBQ shows in his pride as he showed us our choices. I had the ribs, potato salad and baked beans. My sweatheart had brisket and pork ribs with potato salad and pinto beans.

When Santiago's erstwhile companion handed us our order, our arms dropped low with the weight. These were some serious ribs we were about to eat. We drove faster than normal to get home.

This is where the OMG! Comes in. You know on that rare occasion when something hits your taste buds that is so overwhelmingly extraordinary you have to make spontaneous happy noises and flailing hand gestures?! We wait weeks, sometimes months sometimes to experience that moment. This was it. We were in BBQ heaven and every bite better than the one before. The meat was tender and juicy. You could taste the smokey flavor, but it didn't overpower the taste. It was sheer joy in a Styrofoam box.

If you haven't tried Donn's, make a special trip. The ambiance is true Texas BBQ, right down to the gingham table cloths and picnic tables. You can walk next door to the trailer trucks and get some ice cream afterwards. If you have'n been to Donn's, I hope this review reminds you how good it is and return. Way better than the Salt Lick without the wait and pretense.

Visited January 2013
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Nairobi, Kenya
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Reviews in 26 cities Reviews in 26 cities
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
“Reasonable Lunch”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2012

Donn's had come recommended to us. It was down the street from our RV spot, so I treated the family and invited a friend. The cafeteria-style setting and lines of tables were fine, exuding a down home feel. The restaurant was busy with lunch traffic, which typically signifies excellent food. The staff were very friendly. The prices reasonable. The food was reasonable. I had adequate smoked briskit. My wife had the combo plate with chicken, sausage, and brisket. Nothing special.

  • Visited July 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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St. Pete, FL
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7 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 24 cities Reviews in 24 cities
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
“Good BBQ”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2012

As tourists, we kind of wandered into this place when we got hungry on the drive between Austin and Johnson City. It's very casual. You go up to the counter, order your food and then take it back and eat at picnic tables set up in rows.

I ordered a lunch special consisting of a brisket sandwich, two sides (out of a choice of about a dozen) and a drink. The server cut the meat to order. It was a good sized portion. The side orders of beans and coleslaw were huge. The price was quite reasonable. All of it tasted very good. The others in our group enjoyed theirs too.

  • Visited March 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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