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Franklin Barbecue

#5 of 3,054 Restaurants in Austin
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
East Austin
As featured in 3 Days in Austin
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900 E 11th St, Austin, TX 78702-1905
+1 512-653-1187
11:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Tue - Sun 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Fort Worth, TX
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19 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed May 7, 2016 via mobile

Been here twice and was blown away both times. I've had the ribs and brisket and the Tipsy Texan (by far the best value). The ribs are fantastic, but the brisket is to die for. By far, the best brisket I've had. My daughter prefers the lean cut, while me and my son prefer the moist cut. Both are unbelievably... More 

1 Thank PicOrion
Irvine, California
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed May 6, 2016

We waited from 9:30 am and we had our first bite of this amazing BBQ at 1:30pm. There's nothing like it! The meat melts in your mouth and the favors are intense. We ordered a little bit of everything, our mentality is your waiting that long might as well taste it all. Just take your laptop or browse online and... More 

1 Thank elyjoaquin
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed May 3, 2016

If you want to try real, authentic Texas brisket or BBQ then this is the place you need to go! The wait is something that would probably send you running from other places, but the food is worth the wait! People bring chairs and cornhole and other things to pass the time, you might even make some new friends while... More 

Thank chris s
Williamsburg, Virginia
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31 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed May 3, 2016 credit card Amex Card Member Review

If you are at all curious about real Texas brisket, you've got to try Franklins at least once. Yes, you will have to wait approximately 4 hours but it is an event! People bring chairs, corn hole, books, etc. and chat with each other in line. The beef brisket is so tender that it makes the wait worthwhile. My husband... More 

1 Thank Sherry V
Austin, Texas
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68 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed May 1, 2016

I've been here three times now and it never fails to satisfy me. The wait can be a bit long, but I think it's part of the experience! There are chairs outside for you to wait, definitely go with several people and just have fun talking while you wait. The food is out of this world good. I highly recommend... More 

1 Thank VinnyPoker
Denver Colorado
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162 reviews
108 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed April 30, 2016 via mobile

After reading the reviews we decided to get there pretty early, 7:45. There were already about 100 people in line. I would risk getting there about noon, less than 75 in the line by then. Ok, about the food. The brisket was probably the most delicious beef I have ever eaten! The smoky flavor through the thickest part of the... More 

1 Thank YoAdrian99
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed April 30, 2016 via mobile

in a food coma was here a total of 7 hours (in line and eating) .... not disappointed worth every single minute hands down the best bbq i ever had

1 Thank notpicky325
Austin, Texas
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137 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
Reviewed April 29, 2016 via mobile

I went by at 9:30 to check the line at Franklin's and found it to be amazingly short. I easily found parking and jumped in line at the end of their building. At 9:30, I still had 1 1/2 hours until they opened at 11AM, but this time goes quickly. Their are plenty of other people to talk to in... More 

1 Thank DannyMac13
Chicago, Illinois
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42 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed April 29, 2016

This BBQ was catered into a lunch meeting and it was amazing. The brisket was best I ever have had. The ribs were spectacular. I highly recommend it.

1 Thank CutterInChicago
New York
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34 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed April 27, 2016 via mobile

Get there early. On a Wednesday we got on line at 8:50 am and were in about 11:45. I'd wait online 3 days for that brisket. Wait, no 3 years! Yum.

1 Thank Dorie D

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
American, Barbecue, Grill, Gluten Free Options
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Kids, Families with children, Local cuisine
Open Hours
11:00 am - 4:00 pm
11:00 am - 4:00 pm
11:00 am - 4:00 pm
11:00 am - 4:00 pm
11:00 am - 4:00 pm
11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 900 E 11th St, Austin, TX 78702-1905
  • Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  Austin>  > East Austin
  • Neighborhood: East Austin
  • Phone Number: +1 512-653-1187

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